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Special Conference Edition
This year marks the 11th year since WITI held the first WITI Conference in 1995 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The buzz was huge; everyone told us they were blown away by the scale, the enthusiasm and the soul of WITI. Until WITI held its first conference, women were used to going to women's events held on a much smaller scale. Gloria Steinem was the keynote speaker, and she shared a message of focussing on developing technology to make the world a better place.
Fast forward to December 8th and 9th, 2005, when women from around the world will converge to attend WITI's 11th annual Silicon Valley conference and 10th annual Hall of Fame Gala. Don't miss this great opportunity! Here's just a preview of some of the conference highlights:
There are so many compelling sessions, it was hard to select a few highlights! But these reflect the level of timely topics you will find throughout the conference:
Women in High-Tech Channels
Diane Krakora, AmazonConsulting
Rauline Ochs, Group Vice President, North America Alliances and Channels -- Oracle Corporation
Julie Parrish, Vice President, Global Channel Sales and Strategy, Symantec Corporation
Tiffani Bova, Sr. Director, Channel Sales and Alliances -- Gateway
A panel of female alliance executives discuss the challenges of running some of today's leading technology channel programs and the role women will play as the channel emerges as one of the key areas for organizational growth opportunities.
Deeper Power: A New Perspective on Personal Leadership
Patricia Shafer, President - Compel Organizational Excellence Alliance
Carol Anderson, founder of Rebellious Dreamers
The emotional truth of our world is held in and revealed through stories. We have stories within us about power - who has it, who doesn't, if we have it, if we don't - are woven into our believe and mental models socialized by gender, ethnic group, culture and family. Carol Anderson and Paricia Shafer have spent much of their professional lives examining the essence of personal and organizational power. They bring diverse experiences to the analysis. Carol is an organizational systems artist, who has worked extensively with Fortune 500 firms. Patricia is President of Compel Ltd., an organizational excellence alliance dedicated to evoking courageous leadership and guiding organizational change.
Technology Changes to the Marketplace
Dr. Carolyn Turbyfill, Principlal Consultant, Cigital
Neerja Raman, Director, Imaging Systems Lab (ISL), Printing & Imaging Research Center, HP Labs
Susan Lucas-Conwell, Clear Day
A panel discussion about Technology changes to the marketplace including Platformization - what it is and how if affects technology in the global environment; technology changes in security/defense; and the future of communications, including wireless, etc.
The Next Generation Of Technologies
Gayle Crowell, Warburg Pincus
Are you up to speed on all the latest technologies? Do your children know more about blogging or podcasting than you do? Do all of your friends have IPods? Do you have a family webpage? Just what is Bluetooth and how hard is it to set up? Does your family use Wikipedia? Have you lowered your phone bills by using VOIP? Come join this lively session where we will bring you up to speed on this year's hottest technologies. After attending this session, you will be in a great position to make informed decisions about which of this technologies are "must haves" for you in your personal or business life.
The Power of Shifting Context: Becoming a Contextual Leader
Rayona Sharpnack, CEO/ Founder - Women's Leadership Institute
The ability to define and create new and better possibilities is the mark of high-impact leadership, a capacity that is in high demand in our orgnizations and society today.
A complete list of sessions is available on WITI's site
Perhaps you have heard of Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Consumer Web Products? She's one of the rising stars of Google and was recently on the cover of Fast Track Magazine Marissa will be a lunch keynote speaking on The Art of Simplicity In Leading a Premiere Technology Company. Get an insider's peek at today's most fascinating company that has effectively and creatively used technology on many dimensions, and not just as a functionality in itself. As vice president of consumer web products, Marissa shares the art of how she keeps things simple at Google as technology becomes more complicated, and discusses the unique challenges she has faced in the process.
If you missed Margaret Heffernan, author of The Naked Truth: A Working Woman's Manifesto on Business and What Really Matters at one of WITI's events, this is the time to meet a brilliant, outspoken WITI woman. She will share invaluable perspectives about a topic close to all of us: How Women Can Win in the Workplace.
The WITI Hall Of Fame 10th Anniversary
Every year, the Women in Technology Foundation holds its annual WITI Hall of Fame event, as a fund raiser to raise awareness of the accomplishments of women in science and technology, to encourage young girls to pursue careers in technology and to encourage all women to become technology literate.
The winners of the WITI Hall of Fame Award, selected by an independent panel of judges, are extraordinary women who stand as important role models for future generations of women. Please join us in demonstrating your support and respect for these women's notable achievements.
The 2005 inductees are:
Barbara Bauer, vice president software engineering and development, Sun Microsystems, known for spearheading several advanced projects that have redefined technology roadmaps, while also volunteering to serve as president for Girls Count, a non-profit Colorado-based coalition formed to promote mathematical, science and technology education among female students.
Sonja Bernhardt, chief executive officer, Thoughtware Australia, a champion of IT within her home country who's largely credited with leading wide-scale programs that created professional and academic development opportunities, thus helping thousands of school students and hundreds of professionals within Australia's IT industry.
Sandra E. Burke, Ph.D, manager of Cardiovascular Systems Research at Abbott Vascular Devices, who is being honored for her research into drug-coated intravascular stents for the treatment of restenosis (the re-narrowing of arteries) - a cardiovascular device that promises a significant improvement for surgical procedures to heart patients.
Melendy Lovett, president, Texas Instruments Educational & Productivity Solutions, the first woman in that company's history to be named business President, and founder of the Women of Texas Instruments Fund, an organization that expands math, science and technology education opportunities for young females.
Amparo Moraleda Martinez, president, IBM Spain, Portugal, Greece, Israel and Turkey, who has been voted "The Most Valued Executive Woman" in Spain and among the top IT business leaders in EMEA.
Neerja Raman, director, Imaging Systems Lab of Hewlett Packard, where she leads her team in creating the strategic vision and technology roadmap for the company's innovative camera and ink-jet products, among others.
Opportunity & Tech Expo
Last, but not least, this year's conference will feature a technology and Opportunity Expo featuring technology products and outstanding opportunities with leading companies including...
Get a free pass to the Opportunity Expo by using the promo code "SVEXPO05" when you register here: www.witi.com/sv/.
Hope to see you in person at WITI's 11th Annual Silicon Valley Conference, December 8 & 9, at the Doubletree Hotel San Jose!
Founder and Chairwoman, WITI