WITI - Women in Technology International
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 products and services include: Networking, WITI Marketplace, Career Services/Search, National Conferences and Regional Events, Publications and Resources, Small Business Programs, Research, Bulletin Boards and more.
WITI's mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity.
1. Provide a platform of connections, resources and opportunities
2. Transform corporate and media perceptions of women
3. Create a pipeline of women to fill leadership positions in corporate America
4. Demonstrate that advancing women directly contributes to the prosperity of all
5. Influence top leaders in government, academia and industry to recognize the purchasing power of women
6. Encourage girls and young women to choose business and technology careers
WITI Corporate Members
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, Life Technologies and Thompson Reuters. 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.
Our recruiting services include scraping all of your jobs and adding them to our jobs database, setting up targeted events to help you attract the passive candidates you cannot find through other areas, and work with you on other creative ideas to help you get hires.
WITI Professional Network
For professional women who consider technology central to their businesses, careers and professions, WITI Networks provide amazing connections, resources and opportunities - all in a supportive environment that includes men who champion WITI's mission.
WITI Corporate Network
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 the that women's leadership skills and purchasing power are the greatest economic force at work in the American economy today.
WITI Global Executive Network (GEN)
For VP and C-level women, this network enables them to influence change, collaborate with peers, and become role models and mentors.
WITI Student Network
To support the women of tomorrow, WITI has formed this network for college and university students on the cusp of new careers and ready to be mentored and inspired!
WITI Member Profile
Around the Globe
What Type of Organization
Small Business Owner
Women using the power of technology
All Functions: Finance, Human Resources, IT, Management, Sales, Operations, Marketing, Engineering, etc.
Every career stage:
College or University Student
Small Business Owner
Member of the Professions
WITI Member Demographics
Statistics about our members are available here.
What differentiates WITI?
How WITI is Organized
We're The First
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.
We Team with Men
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.
We Team With Business
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.
Our Corporate Partners
WITI has been fortunate to cultivate valuable relationships with world-class businesses that are not only committed to diversity and the advancement of women, but also recognize the amazing purchasing power of women and the bottom line benefit of reaching women as consumers. Current Partners.
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.
WITI Professional Association and Media Company
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:
- Providing online and in-person forums
- Offering online access to technology business and professional resources
- Connecting members to core competency experts
- Utilizing the WITI platform for a variety of member recognition programs
- Providing on-line and offline mentoring programs
- Creating speaking opportunities at WITI and other industry events
- Providing a Marketplace to promote WITI member businesses
WITI's Women in Technology Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was founded in 1995 to promote philanthropic projects to encourage and support young girls and women in the pursuit of careers in science and technology. The Foundation's WITI Hall of Fame awards was created to highlight and recognize the incredible accomplishments of women in science and technology. The Women in Technology Foundation also supports various charities with aligned goals and objectives.
WITI Executive Management Teams:
WITI has Networks around the world. More information on WITI Networks is available here.
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