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WITI South Florida Regional Network
Entrepreneur Connections and Entrepreneur Spotlight

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The purpose for this meeting is to network business professionals and entrepreneurs within South Florida as well meet the creative minds behind companies on the rise. First come and network with others to discuss your business ideas and strategies. Then we will listen to WITI's own entrepreneur’s in action and learn about becoming a more socially responsible operation and how that contributes to the sustainability of the planet, save money and attract more business.

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Simple Lean & Green

Identify Waste and Know Your Carbon/Ecological Footprint

Many of the activities we perform in our day to day business operations and personal life are laden with small opportunities to eliminate waste and become a more efficient and "lean" operation - increasing revenues without increasing resources. Imagine that - save money and save the planet! Add to that the fact that becoming a more socially responsible operation contributes to the sustainability of the planet and greening your operation can save money and attract more business.

This presentation will help you to identify the ten types of waste that may be occurring in your business (or home) and give you a new perspective on how to become more efficient and green. We will talk about continuous improvement as a core business value and discuss how all shades of green are good shades of green. We will provide information to help you understand how to identify waste and the basics on determining your carbon footprint and what you can do to off-set it.

With a global network of smart, talented women and a market reach exceeding 2 million, WITI has powerful programs and partnerships that provide connections, resources, opportunities and a supportive environment of women committed to helping each other. Along with its professional association of Networks throughout the U.S. and worldwide, including Hong Kong, Great Britain, Australia, and Mexico, WITI delivers value for individuals that work for a company, the government or academia, as well as small business owners.

About Our Speaker(s)

Yveatte Rothermel
In addition to being the ‘Greener’ Partner at Simple Lean and Green, Yveatte Rothermel works for the Florida Earth Foundation, a non-profit organization. At Florida Earth, she coordinates educational programs focused on water issues in Florida. Previously Yveatte worked for Vayan, an interactive marketing and data solutions company in Boca Raton, FL, as the Human Resources & Recruiting Manager. In her five years at Vayan, Yveatte helped grow the company from ten to 50 employees, including full life cycle recruiting from entry to executive level positions. She also implemented benefits and performance management programs from the ground up, including an online performance tracking tool to automate functions for managing employee goals and activities. Previous to Vayan, Yveatte held roles at several internet startups, including Eggrock Partners and Breakaway Solutions, which were full service providers of e-solutions. While pursuing her Master's degree in International and Intercultural Management, Yveatte did a 15 month practicum at OSRAM FSL in Foshan, China where she worked as Assistant Personnel Manager in charge of all expatriate employees.
Yveatte has a BBA degree in International Business from Schiller International University (Heidelberg, Germany), a MIIM degree in International and Intercultural Management from the School for International Training (Brattleboro, VT) and studied Environmental Education at Florida Atlantic University.

Patricia Martineau

With a background in aviation technical operations, and systems and project management, Patricia has seen much inefficiency throughout her career. She has always had a personal green consciousness and became fascinated with the business possibilities after studying Lean at the LAI (Lean Advancement Initiative) at MIT in Boston and then being exposed to the concepts of “Green IT”. Patricia saw the synergies, the potential, and the emerging market, and created the concept of “Simple Lean & Green” to increase the rewards of the growing green consciousness throughout the business community today, as well as a path for businesses to be more competitive through reducing wasteful practices. Patricia is at the fore-front of the crowd, educating, leading, giving, and helping others help their own businesses save, give back, and thrive!

Patricia is a graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara, acquired a PMP certification (Project Management Professional) in 2003, and has a Six Sigma Greenbelt and a Master’s Certificate in Applied Project Management from Villanova University.

Event Date and Venue

This event will be held from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at:

    The Tower Club
    100 SE 3rd Avenue
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33394

The Tower Club is located on the 28th floor of the Region's Bank building, at the southeast corner of Broward Boulevard and Southeast Third Avenue.

From Interstate 95
Take the Broward Boulevard exit East, continue to Southeast Third Avenue. PASS Third Avenue and turn right into the first driveway to access parking.

From Federal Highway
At Broward Boulevard, go west to Southeast Third Avenue (the first street light) and turn left. Make another left on Southeast Second Street (the first street light.) Turn left into the second driveway to access parking.


Pre-registration for this event is closed and on-site registrations will not be accepted.

Contact Us

For more info regarding registration or event details, please contact Jackye Clayton ([email protected]).

For more details about pre-registration, contact Tech Support.