The WITI Strategist
www.witi.com
Feb. 26, 2003
The newsletter for women who consider technology
central to their businesses, careers, professions.

In This Issue:

WITI News

WITI's Global expansion - UK, Ireland, Mexico, Hong Kong

Leveraging your Membership in Professional Associations

WITI launches online web technology classes for members


Chapter Spotlight - Meet Stacie Clark, Houston

WITI4Hire Company/Job Spotlight

Looking For A Job?

Not Yet a WITI Member?

Chapter Meetings
February
March

WITI Opportunities



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WITI News

WITI's Global Expansion
As the world continues to shrink, and companies globalize, WITI's unique position as a global leader for women in technology becomes more significant. WITI Europe started as one chapter, less than 2 years ago, led by Pat Nathan, Executive at Dell Computer Corporation, who was on assignment in Europe and knew building WITI in UK not only reflected her core values of helping other women advance, but was a strategic win for Dell and WITI. As Pat built the U.K. chapter, she found women driving 3 hours one way to attend a WITI meeting, and has been contacted by women throughout Europe wanting to start WITI chapters. By the time Pat left for a new assignment at Dell Austin, women from more than 80 companies in UK had participated in WITI meetings.

WITI just launched its first chapter in Ireland and in Mexico, and is currently planning additional chapters throughout Europe and Asia.

Pat is back in Austin with an exciting new assignment at Dell. She will be speaking at WITI's Silicon Valley Conference where she will be honored to acknowledge her wonderful work in launching WITI in Europe.

To find out more about WITI's Silicon Valley Conference, go to:
http://www.witi.com/center/conferences/santaclara

To find out more about global partnering opportunities, contact carolyngrossman@corp.witi.com.

Leveraging your Membership in Professional Associations
Since as long as associations have been around, men in business and professions have considered it pretty standard practice to join at least one professional association, both as an effective way of building a strong network among their colleagues, as well as being part of the "club". When you think about it, it's a terrific way of continuing a feeling of community after you leave the built in community of college. To my regret, because I had this independent "I am not a joiner" attitude when I was young, I never appreciated the power and benefits of a professional association until, ironically, I started WITI. Since then, I have grown to understand and appreciate the value a professional association can have personally and professionally, for now and for the future.

Over the years I have observed interesting differences with which women approach their participation in WITI, with significant results. Here is a checklist of possibilities for those of you who may want to optimize your membership in WITI or some other association, and never really considered all of the options:

1. Attending meetings and conferences - this may sound very basic, but many associations have members who join for years and rarely attend a meeting. Why attend when your plate is already so full? The opportunity to stay updated about what's happening with your colleagues, to build relationships, to let others know what you're doing and what you're looking for - invaluable!

2. Get active in your local chapter - as a board member, on a committee, etc. What better way to build relationships than to actively work with other professionals? I am convinced that building relationships with your colleagues is not only personally satisfying but the best investment you can make in your future.

3. No Chapter in your region? Then work with your association to start one or generate interest among your peers in starting one. Most associations are always looking for new places to start communities or chapters.

4. Utilize your association's web site. For example, as a WITI member, you have special access to the member control panel: www.witi.com/members. Here you can access the member directory to network with other professionals, find research and statistical data for reports, and join Special Interest Group (SIG) listserves for more networking.

5. Submit a speaker's application - Most associations, like WITI, are continuously seeking speakers for their national and regional events.

6. Nominate someone for an award - such as nominating a woman for the WITI Hall of Fame

Radical Sabbaticals/Careers

WITI's 2003 conference theme is Women Leading Reinvention and Innovation for Technology, Themselves, Their Companies. The Silicon Valley Conference will include at least one session about women who have made major changes in their careers and chosen very unusual sabbaticals. If that applies to you or you know a woman in technology who has chosen an entirely different path for their sabbatical or careers, please send the following information to Rebecca@corp.witi.com:

    Name
    E-mail
    Phone
    Very brief description (such as from aerospace engineer to stand up comic; from lawyer to corporate marketing, etc)

Affordable Web Technology Learning now available online at witi.eclasses.org

WITI has partnered with eClasses.Org to provide special pricing for you and your employees.

Since 1998 eClasses.Org has provided the very best in online training for 25,000 Web developers and others. It offers a catalog of online courses covering the breadth of Web work, from HTML to Flash, from CSS to XML. All classes are taught by fellow experts and working professionals in the field.

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  • 4 Web certificate programs

    Sign up at http://witi.eclasses.org. Members click here to go to your member control panel for your promo code to get up to 35% savings on all courses.

    CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT - Meet Stacie Clark, Houston
    Stacie Clark is currently the Regional Chapter Director of WITI Houston. WITI Houston inspires women in and through technology. Through mentoring, networking and education, they empower women, at all phases in their career, to develop themselves as leaders in their companies, communities and families. Meetings are held in the evening of the second Wednesday of each month. WITI Houston also offers programs such as networking, socials, mentoring groups, and special workshops throughout the year.

    Stacie works with start-ups to Fortune 500 companies and professional candidates to facilitate confidential job searches and career solutions. Prior to joining MAGIC, Stacie was the Manager of a Distribution company. Stacie has been involved in WITI, mentoring abused children and their families, coaching, and has performed community outreach programs for many years.

    You may contact Stacie directly: sclark@magicorp.com.

    COMPANY/JOB SPOTLIGHT
    Every issue of the WITI Strategist will feature a Job Spotlight. If you want to get in front of companies, specifically looking for women in technology, post your resume for free in WITI4HIRE: www.witi4hire.com/resume_db/candidate_join_form.php

    Company Spotlight
    Dominion
    - Experience the energy of a broadband future. Share the excitement and growth as we expand our fiber optic network into the 21st century. Connect with Dominion Telecom, the carrier providing broadband solutions to wholesale customers regionally and beyond.
    http://witi4hire.com/companies/600.phtml

    Job Spotlight
    Office Depot
    Manager, Sr. Merchandising System Development

    The primary role is to manage the activities of a team of developers supporting a set of closely related business functions...
    http://witi4hire.com/candidates/view_job.phtml?no=116256

    Looking For A Job?
    Because of WITI'S new relationship with CMP Media, WITI will reach hundreds of thousands more people in business and technology. More employers are signing on daily to search the WITI4HIRE resume database and to post new jobs.

    To connect with this market, you don't have to be a WITI member to post your credentials (FOR FREE) or to look at the job opportunites in WITI4HIRE - www.witi4hire.com

    Not Yet a WITI Member?

    Consider these benefits for WITI members only:

  • Send/receive e-mails in WITI's general or technical listserves for invaluable and quick input on broad ranging issues.
  • Member spotlights, interviews and speaking opportunities
  • Invitations to members only meetings and events
  • Special Interests Groups
  • New Member Directory
  • Special discounts at all WITI events and meetings worldwide
  • More benefits planned for 2003

    Check out the demo version of our new online member control panel for many more benefits.

    Chapter Meetings

    Scheduled Meetings:

    WITI Chicago
    Wednesday, February 26

    WITI Atlanta
    Saturday, March 8

    WITI Portland
    Tuesday, March 11

    WITI Houston
    Wednesday, March 12

    WITI Silicon Valley
    Thursday, March 20

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    WITI OPPORTUNITIES

    WITI SALES DIRECTORS
    Sales Directors will be assigned territories in which to identify and contact corporations, government agencies, and NGOs to sell WITI products and services. Products include corporate memberships, conference sponsorships, and WITI Fast Track advertising.

    Sales Directors exemplify the WITI brand: they build relationships with their target market and present opportunities for their customer to sell, recruit, and build relationships with the WITI demographic; they have excellent sales, writing, and presentation skills, and good contacts in their regions. Above all, SDs will champion the WITI core values of leadership, mentorship, and supportiveness in all of their endeavors. Specifically, we need SD candidates to embrace the following Objectives and meet all or most of the following Requirements.

    For more info...

    WITI is Seeking Strategic Partner Directors
    WITI is seeking executive women with successful relationship building experience interested in working with WITI as a Strategic partner Director throughout the U.S., Europe, Mexico and Australia. Interested candidates are encouraged to send their resumes to Carolyn Grossman, WITI's Executive Vice President of Strategic Partnerships.

    carolyngrossman@corp.witi.com

    WITI Internship
    WITI has several internship opportunities available in the areas of journalism/writing, administrative, marketing, and event planning. Resumes are currently being accepted and can be sent to: catherine@corp.witi.com. Please send resume and cover letter as Microsoft Word attachments. Complete position descriptions can be found at InternshipPrograms.com.

    WITI Chapter Directors
    WITI is currently looking for Regional Chapter Directors. Launching and operating a WITI Chapter can be a very rewarding and satisfying experience. WITI Chapters provide women unique opportunities to develop professionally and personally through shared experiences and networking. As a WITI Chapter Director you will have the opportunity to create a platform for women involved in technology, to share their knowledge, inspire and support each other, expand their business contacts, and improve their skills. You will interact directly with some of the most exciting professional women who will speak at WITI Chapter meetings, and you will experience the satisfaction of creating a network of women who will support each other to excel in technology. Chapter leadership requires dedication and a personal commitment of time and effort. If you embrace and disseminate WITI's core values, and if you are ready to make a commitment to supporting and advancing women in technology, the WITI Professional Association will work with you to ensure the success of your Chapter. To receive more information and an application please contact our Executive Director, Shannon Lemmon (shannon@corp.witi.com)

    WITI is continuing its global expansion and seeking the following candidates:

      Membership Director
      Chapter Directors (link for application)
      Telemarketers
      Worldwide Membership Director
      Strategic Partner Directors
      Account Executives
      Interns

    If you are interested in being considered for any of the above positions, please e-mail your resumes to:

    Chapter Directors: Shannon@corp.witi.com
    All others: Carolyn@corp.witi.com - please reference one of the job titles above in your heading.

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