Carolyn Leighton founded WITI to help women advance by providing access to - and support from - other professional women working in all sectors of technology (read the story or watch the video.) WITI started in 1989 as The International Network of Women in Technology and, in 2001, evolved into The WITI Professional Association, the world's leading trade association for tech-savvy women. Today, WITI is the premiere global organization empowering women in business and technology to achieve unimagined possibilities.
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.
WITI now provides an outsourced solution to power companies' women's networks. We currently provide these services for ADP, AT&T, eBay, EMC, GEICO, IBM, and Life Technologies. While these companies already had some programming in place, they particularly like our services for their employees because it allows women (and some of the men) to participate in programs around the globe. We offer 2 to 4 live webinars a month in addition to a library of content on the web that helps them grow in their careers and life in general. We also have live events, meet-ups at industry events, networking, mentoring, etc.
In addition to the employee training and retention services, we also support recruiting initiatives, product branding initiatives, personal branding or your key people and working with you to make yours the company of choice for professional, tech savvy women.
For organizations that want to reach decision makers, hire "star" employees and increase their bottom line by tapping into the power of WITI's products and services. Businesses benefit by recognizing that women's leadership skills and purchasing power are the greatest economic force at work in the American economy today.
WITI WIN provides a forum for professionals to network with each other, forge connections, share resources and discover opportunities in their technology industry.
WITI is proud of being the first organization to recognize technology as being a means to advancing women in corporate America and in their own businesses. Today, our members encompass ANY woman that celebrates the role that technology plays in her career, business and life.
Women talk and we listen. We are not "just" a networking organization. We have creative and innovative products and services that you just don't find in other women's organizations.
From the beginning, WITI was different because we didn't espouse the "male bashing" that was prevalent in other women's organizations at the time. Even today, WITI stands apart. We encourage men to join WITI and we include men in our programming efforts. One of WITI's mandates is bridging the connections between men and women in order to open more doors and opportunities for WITI members.
WITI has developed corporate programs that help businesses increase their bottom line. Working with WITI makes sense. Businesses can reach women decision makers, hire "star" employees, increase market share in a virtually untapped market, find suppliers that get the job done more effectively, and more!
WITI realizes that we can't change the world alone! We have put into place dynamic alliance programs, such as industry discounts, business tools, and additional networking opportunities. For our corporate clients, our partnerships offer a powerful means of reaching thousands of additional women worldwide with information about products and services. Since women are the primary purchasers of just about everything, this translates into a cost-effective way to impact bottom line. Current Alliances.
WITI consists of two entities: WITI Professional Association, a for profit Professional Trade Association and Media Company, and the WITI Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Both work together to make a positive difference for women, while conscientiously maintaining the legal and ethical boundaries required by the different structures.
The WITI Professional Association (WITI PA) has become the world's leading trade association for professional tech savvy women.
The WITI Networks, part of the WITI PA, are designed to establish WITI in communities throughout the world. WITI Networks are established to help WITI members in their communities fast forward their businesses & careers and effectively handle their challenges through the tools, connections and resources WITI provides, such as:
CEO, Chairwoman & Founder
EVP, Corporate Relationships & Strategy
Advisory Board member biographies are available here.
WITI has Networks around the world. More information on WITI Networks is available here.