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Barbara Annis
International Gender Expert, Author
"Keynote: Reaching Women as Lucrative Customers" - Dec. 9, 8:00am
"Image and Power: Building Credibility In A Male Paradigm Without Sacrificing Your Authenticity" -- Dec. 8, 10:45am
Barbara Annis is an outstanding leading edge thinker who has designed breakthrough workshops and interventions since 1979. She has been studying transformational learning with many exceptional thinkers, including Dr. Flores, Ph.D. Program Director of Linguistics, University of Berkeley. Her programs include workshops for men and women, youth, and couples, as well as her highly acclaimed corporate initiatives. Barbara is recognized throughout Canada and the United States as the authority on Gender Awareness. Her recently published book on the subject titled Same Words, Different Language is certain to become required reading for both women and men striving to achieve excellence in the workplace of the future.


Seana Dowling
Research Director, Quantitative Research Group, IDC
"Keynote: WITI/IDC's Women Holiday Shopping Scorecard" -- Dec. 8, 8:00am
As Research Director in IDC's Quantitative Research Group (QRG), Seana Dowling leads IDC's Advanced Analytics initiative, identifying and developing advanced analysis opportunities with demand-side data. With extensive experience in demand-side project design and management, Ms. Dowling focuses on conducting statistical analyses to identify and explore data trends at a deeper level.

Ms. Dowling also leads QRG's Consumer Research initiative, as well as participates in the development of numerous global market models segmenting and forecasting specific aspects of the technology market. The Quantitative Research Group, situated within the Global Research Organization (GRO), works with IDC analysts worldwide on their demand-side projects and market models to improve the accuracy, credibility and timeliness of IDC's forecasts and market analysis.

Ms. Dowling has worked in research design and analysis for more than fifteen years. Prior to joining IDC, Ms. Dowling worked as a research assistant at the University of Anchorage Alaska. She was involved with multiple research projects, some of which resulted in publications in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, Ms. Dowling lectured in statistics and research methodology courses. Before beginning her graduate studies, Ms. Dowling served in the U.S. Army in the Air Defense Artillery.


Marci Garcia Marci Garcia
Senior Corporate Strategic Marketing Manager, Branded Storage Marketing, Sony
"Keynote: Reaching Women as Lucrative Customers" - Dec. 9, 8:00am
Marci Garcia serves as the senior corporate strategic marketing manager of branded storage products at Sony Electronics. In this role, she is primarily responsible for creating marketing communications plans in the U.S. market for Sony's optical and tape storage products.

Garcia joined Sony Electronics in 1999 to develop comprehensive planning programs for Sony's presence at tradeshows and events. Prior to her current role, she was also the marketing communication manager for Sony's displays, VAIO PCs and CLIE handheld devices, gaining increased authority and leadership with each successive role.

Before joining Sony, Garcia spent seven years in various marketing management roles at ARESCOM, Inc. and Better Image Productions, Inc. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Humboldt State University.


Margaret Heffernan
Top 100 Media Executive, International Author
"Keynote: How Women Can Win in the Workplace" -- Dec. 8, 12 noon
Margaret was born in Texas, raised in Holland and educated at Cambridge University. She began her career at the BBC where, she wrote, directed, produced and commissioned prize-winning documentaries and dramas.

Leaving the BBC, Margaret ran the trade association IPPA, which represented the interests of film and television producers and was described by the Financial Times as "the most formidable lobbying organization in England."

In 1994, Margaret sold her business and moved to the U.S. where she advised software companies on the emerging multimedia market. Subsequently, she ran, bought and sold software companies, including ZineZone Corporation and iCAST Corporation. She was named one of the "Internet's Top 100" by Silicon Alley Reporter in 1999, one of the "Top 25" by Streaming Media magazine and one of the "Top 100 Media Executives" by The Hollywood Reporter in 2000.

Margaret writes a regular column for Fast Company and Real Business magazines. She sits on the board of several companies and continues to advise both established and start up businesses. Her book, The Naked Truth: A Modern Woman's Manifesto about Working and What Really Matters was published in September 2004 by Jossey-Bass. Widowed in 1985, Margaret remarried in 1991 and has two children.


Danielle Levitas Danielle Levitas
Vice President, IDC Consumer and Broadband Markets Group
"Keynote: Reaching Women as Lucrative Customers" - Dec. 9, 8:00am
Danielle Levitas is the vice president of IDC's Consumer and Broadband Markets group. The Consumer Markets programs track trends in gaming, digital audio, digital television, set-top boxes, TV services, DVD, online consumer behavior, home networking, and more. The Broadband Markets and Technologies program tracks consumer and enterprise broadband adoption by technology. She is responsible for driving research initiatives within the services. In addition to writing analysis on the digital TV and DVD markets, Danielle serves as IDC's consumer market expert and conducts custom consulting research across the segment. She is a driven professional with a strong commitment to customer service, advising her clients on a variety of industry trends and developments.

In 2001, Danielle launched IDC's Interactive Consumer Services programs, expanding IDC's coverage in gaming and TV research. In 2004, she expanded IDC's consumer research products to create dedicated programs for the home networking and audio markets and helped launch IDC's regional consumer research programs.

Prior to joining IDC's Consumer Device and Technologies service in 2000, she was a research manager for IDC's storage service, responsible for conducting research on the worldwide storage market. Since joining IDC's Storage program in 1995, she focused on the worldwide Winchester disk drive market and its components and in 1998, launched IDC's first U.S. Storage Mechanism end-user survey, which identified market trends for storage in consumer and commercial environments. In 1999, she created IDC's first hard disk drive forecast by consumer application.

Danielle has a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


Marissa Mayer Marissa Mayer
Vice President, Search Products and User Experience, Google
"Keynote: Topic to be announced soon." -- Dec. 9, 12 noon
Marissa Mayer has been with Google since 1999. Currently the Vice President of Search Products and User Experience, she has managed the user experience on Google's website for the past 6 years. While at Google, she has been a software engineer and product manager (and occasionally designer and usability analyst) working on projects including the main web search, image search, Google News, Froogle, Groups, Desktop Search, and Orkut. Several patents have been filed on her work.

Marissa has been featured in various publications including Newsweek as one of the 10 Tech Leaders of the Future, Red Herring as one of 15 Women to Watch, and Business 2.0 as a member of the Silicon Valley Dream Team. She has also been profiled in Fortune magazine.

Concurrently with her full-time work at Google, Marissa has taught introductory computer programming classes at Stanford to over 3,000 students and has received both the Centennial teaching award and the Forsythe award for outstanding contribution to undergraduate education.

Prior to joining Google, Marissa worked at the UBS research lab (Ubilab) in Zurich, Switzerland and SRI International in Menlo Park, California. She holds a B.S. with honors in Symbolic Systems from Stanford as well as an M.S. in Computer Science also from Stanford.


Melissa McVicker Melissa McVicker
Director, Intel Global Communications Group, Sales & Marketing Group
"Keynote: Reaching Women as Lucrative Customers" - Dec. 9, 8:00am
Melissa McVicker is co-director of Intel Global Communications Group. In this role, her focus is on technology and product platform communications and Industry Analysts outreach. She is responsible for managing Intel's relationships with the worldwide media and industry analysts as well as representing these external viewpoints as part of Intel's sales and marketing organization.

Previously, McVicker was desktop and mobile platforms marketing manager for Intel's Asia-Pacific Region. Among her responsibilities was to oversee demand creation for Intel Architecture platforms and desktop and mobile products through implementation of campaign initiatives, push marketing programs and OEM education in 14 countries.

Prior positions held by McVicker, who joined Intel in 1996, include serving as Asia-Pacific regional manager for the Internet & Software Relations Group and technical assistant to then-Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing Sean Maloney (now executive vice president and general manager, Intel Mobility Group). In this capacity, McVicker ensured that Maloney's internal and external activities helped drive the company's Internet strategy and further develop Intel's role in the industry.

She earned her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico and MBA in marketing from UCLA's Anderson School of Management.


Dana Thorat Dana Thorat
Research Manager - IDC
"Keynote: WITI/IDC's Women Holiday Shopping Scorecard" -- Dec. 8, 8:00am
Dana Thorat is a research manager for IDC's Mobility Metrics primary research program. Ms. Thorat conducts research among consumer and business mobile and IT users, corporate buyers of IT products and services, and emerging customer segments, such as women and teens. Much of her research is based on regular surveys conducted among IDC's International Technology Advisory Council, a panel of more than 45,000 technology users and buyers worldwide. Her studies typically focus on gauging attitudes, preferences, behaviors, and purchasing patterns of end users and corporate buyers through segmentation, predictive modeling, and other methods of data analysis.

Ms. Thorat was formerly a senior research analyst in IDC's Wireless and Mobile Communications program, where she researched wireless mass market wireless voice and data services and applications. She also examined market trends, vendor strategies, revenue opportunities, and the demand from adult and youth markets for emerging wireless services and content. Since 1995, Ms. Thorat has also held other roles at IDC, including senior analyst for IDC's Global Market Models and Demand-Side Research service where she managed mobile and enterprise technology panels to support various primary research efforts. She was also a senior analyst in the Residential Broadband and Telecommunications service, where she conducted research on the market for enhanced telecommunications services, and in IDC's Investment Research Services where she was responsible for a number of IDC's larger management consulting accounts.

Prior to IDC, Ms. Thorat worked at Network World magazine as an associate features editor. She has presented at IDC sponsored events and client conferences and is quoted in business and trade publications. Ms. Thorat has a B.S. degree in liberal arts from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and is pursuing a master's degree in Marketing Analytics at Bentley College.


Emcee for the Hall of Fame Gala

Amber MacArthur Amber MacArthur
Co-Host/Co-Producer 'Call For Help' - G4TechTV Canada/HOW-TO Australia
Co-Host 'Gadgets & Gizmos' - G4TechTVCanada
Web Strategy Manager, iPrimate Strategic Creativity

"Using Different Mediums to Promote a Key Message" - Dec. 9, 10:45am
Aside from working as co-host and co-producer on Call for Help and Gadgets & Gizmos (G4TechTV), Amber MacArthur is Web Strategy Manager at iPRIMATE, where, among other projects, she works on Microsoft Home Magazine. She also recently taught Web writing and usability for The Centre for Creative Communications at Centennial College (Toronto, Ontario).

Prior to moving to Toronto, she spent three years in San Francisco and one year in Boston working in the technology industry. She was a Writer and Branding Strategist at Razorfish San Francisco, a leading interactive marketing and consulting agency, where she developed online content and usability strategies. While at Razorfish she worked as a Webby Awards Judge for The Webby Awards 2000, analyzing and rating more than 100 Web sites for content, design, and user experience quality.

Her professional experience in San Francisco and Boston includes almost three years as Director of Web Marketing at HigherMarkets, a software start-up, where she managed corporate branding initiatives, software usability, online course development, and she was Managing Editor of The Pulse, the HigherMarkets bi-weekly e-newsletter.

She has a post-graduate Bachelor of Journalism degree (majors: Broadcast and Online Journalism) from the University of King's College (Honourable Mention, Online Journalism - Atlantic Journalism Awards 1999) and a Bachelor of Arts (English) degree from Dalhousie University.


Session Speakers

Carol Anderson Carol E. Anderson
Author, Consultant
"Deeper Power" -- Dec. 8, 9:30am
Carol Anderson is an organizational change agent who brings over 25 years of experience helping leaders design working environments that inspire the human spirit and lead to positive business results. She has worked with client groups ranging from Fortune 500 companies to community-based leadership programs. Insightful as an organizational strategist, she assists executives, teams, and departments to identify and agree upon the approach for complex change. Helping leaders in teams see issues from a systemic perspective in a colorful and comprehensive way allows them to open up to a more compassionate view of intricate situations and to move toward resolution. She has a passionate interest in the area of courageous leadership and the role it plays in organizational change.

Carol holds a Doctor of Ministries degree from The University of Creation Spirituality as well as masters degrees in organizational development from Pepperdine University, in film and video from the University of Michigan and in School Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. Her B.A. is in sociology and business education. She has also completed a four year program in the healing arts. She is the author of a book entitled When You Add Up Life, stories that reflect major lessons learned in her five decades of living, and a contributor to Enlightened Power, How Women are Transforming the Practice of Leadership, published by Jossey Bass, 2005.


Shellye Archambeau Shellye Archambeau
CEO of MetricStream
"The Female Advantage" -- Dec. 8, 3:30pm
Ms. Archambeau is the CEO of MetricStream, a leading technology firm located in the Silicon Valley. Archambeau also is the Chairperson of the FWE Bay Area CEO Forum, a group of woman CEO's who meet once a month and discuss and help resolve corporate challenges that they are facing, such as operational issues, sales compensation and channel strategies.

Prior to joining MetricStream, Archambeau was CEO of Zaplet. Before that, Archambeau was Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Sales for Loudcloud, Inc, responsible for all global sales and marketing activities. At Loudcloud she led the transformation into an enterprise-focused company while growing sales 50% year over year. Previously, Ms. Archambeau served as Chief Marketing Officer of NorthPoint Communications, where she led the design and implementation of all sales and marketing strategies. She also served as president of Blockbuster, Inc.'s e-commerce division and was recognized by Internet World as one of the Top 25 "Click and Mortar" executives in the country in June of 2000. Archambeau spent the prior 15 years at IBM, holding several domestic and international executive positions.

Ms. Archambeau earned a B.S. degree at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.


Barbara Bauer Barbara T. Bauer
Vice President, Software Engineering and Development, Sun Microsystems
2005 Hall of Fame Inductee
"Global Way: Owning your Future in a Fiercely Competitive World" -- Dec. 8, 9:30am
Barbara T. Bauer is the Vice President of Software Engineering and Development for Sun Microsystems, formerly StorageTek. Sun is a $2B revenue company that provides storage products to the enterprise companies around the world. Barbara leads an organization of 180 software developers working in engineering centers around the world. This organization is building an important portfolio of new software products with a flexible and highly efficient platform infrastructure. A very important part of this new architecture and product strategy are the Echoview and ACP projects at Mindtree.

Prior to joining StorageTek, Barbara held executive positions at US West, a major telecommunications provider in the western United States. At US West her organization of 800 engineers provided the major enterprise applications for this company and pioneered the use of internet technology in customer applications. During her career in software development she has worked for Bell Laboratories, IBM, and Raynet, a subsidiary of Raychem.

Her academic background includes Bachelor and Masters degrees in physics.


Sonja Bernhardt Sonja Bernhardt
Chief Executive Officer, ThoughtWare
2005 Hall of Fame Inductee
"Sharing Wisdom: Strategies of Successful Entrepreneurs" -- Dec. 8, 2:15pm
Sonja Bernhardt is known for her obvious enthusiasm, visionary leadership, intelligent rational thinking and business acumen. She is CEO of ThoughtWare, a multi Award Winning Business, and a Certified Developer of Enterprise™. She is the first Australian to be inducted into the WITI Hall of Fame.

As a serial entrepreneur, Sonja is currently a director of three companies and holds a diverse range of executive board and committee appointments, locally, state, nationally and internationally. In addition to successfully running ThoughtWare, Sonja is the founder of WIT-Women in Technology in Australia, as well as the chair and co founder of AWISE - Australian Women in IT and Science Entity.

Sonja has also taken on an impressive list of ICT industry board/committee and voluntary roles where she has inspired many by the contributions to diverse industry and community groups she has made. She holds three management and information technology related degrees and is the mother of three children.


Linda Bolliger Linda Bolliger
"Boardroom Bound" -- Dec. 8, 10:45am
Linda K. Bolliger has traveled the path of using entrepreneurship to engineer social change. As a successful business owner for over 20 years and current community leader in Washington, DC, she has founded and operated, in addition to her own management and consulting firm, numerous public service projects such as the Enterprise Exchange, Inc., the Washington Business Guide© and the Public/Private Partnership on Small Business Incubation. Boardroom Bound® Services, Inc., is her current public service challenge. Pre-Enron, she established Boardroom Bound as a 501c(3) Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization whose overall goal is to restore public trust in Corporate America by preparing a new generation of diverse, independent director-candidates for corporate board service... AND... to accelerate their journey to the corporate boardroom via the group's alternative pipeline. Today, most Americans share her corporate change vision. Her story illustrates how one person can still make a difference i n a nation roiled by corporate scandals.


Michael Bonfils Michael Bonfils
CEO, Hyper Interactive
"Taking the Lead on the Internet...Successful SEO Strategies" - Dec. 8, 9:30am
Michael Bonfils is the Chief Executive Officer at Hyper InterActive Corp, a company specializing in providing International search engine and advertising technology services for advertising agencies and Fortune 500 firms. Mr. Bonfils is a speaker and writer on search technology and trends, having contributed his time to BusinessWeek, NewsWeek and other publications and events. In addition to his 9 years of search marketing experience, from 2001 to 2004, Michael created one of the nation's largest internet desktop advertising sales channels. He sits on the board of directors for many organizations including TechBiz Connection, SONETLabs, and is the former VP Communications for the American Marketing Association in SoCal. Currently, as he exands his organization into China in 2005, Michael and his firm continues to help companies achieve their goals by implementing strategic online advertising initiatives.


Tiffani Bova Tiffani Bova
Sr. Director, Channel Sales and Alliances -- Gateway
"Women in High Tech Channels" - Dec. 8, 2:15pm
Tiffani Bova was recruited as an expert in the channel for Gateway Computers (GTW) to design and implement an industry leading reseller program and drive revenues via the indirect sales channel within Gateway's Professional organization. Gateway is the third largest PC company in the United States and among the top ten worldwide. Its products received more than 150 awards and honors last year.

Prior to joining Gateway, Bova acted as the vice president of sales and channel programs for Interland (INLD), building their channel presence and revenue growth. She was instrumental in the success and significant increase in the company's visibility in the competitive marketplace of web hosting, consistently meeting or exceeding sales goals quarter over quarter.

In 2002 & 2003, Bova was named one of the leading channel advocates heading up innovative channel program campaigns and in 2004 she was named one of the six to watch by CRN Magazine. Also, in 2005 she was named one of the six to watch by VARBusiness Magazine and a leading channel chief in the industry. Widely regarded as an expert in the technology reseller channel, this 13-year technical sales veteran has also held management positions with leading companies including Sprint, Inacom and Winstar and Gateway.

A native of Honolulu and an alumnus of Punahou School, Bova holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University.


Patricia Brown Patricia Brown
Senior Executive Editor, Optimize, CMP Media
"The Latest Trends in Information Distribution - TV/Online Video/Podcasting and More" -- Dec. 8, 3:30pm
As the senior executive editor of Optimize magazine, Patty is responsible for working with the Optimize team to establish editorial direction, to manage editorial operations and to develop content across the magazine, its online resources and executive programs. Patty is a CMP Media veteran, having edited, written and managed CommunicationsWeek (later InternetWeek) and tele.com magazine. She also spent time at The McGraw-Hill Companies as editor-in-chief of Aviationnow.com. Prior to joining CMP, she was an editor at Phillips Publishing and worked in broadcasting.

Patty holds a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in non-fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University.


Tushara Canekeratne Tushara Canekeratne
Executive Vice President Global Technical Operations -- Virtusa Corporation
"Sharing Wisdom: Strategies of Successful Entrepreneurs" -- Dec. 8, 2:15pm
Tushara Canekeratne is a co-founder of Virtusa Corporation. She has served as Executive Vice President of Global Technical Operations since 1996. Virtusa is a global provider of software development and IT services to large enterprises and leading software product vendors in the financial services, communications, retail, and high tech industries.

As EVP Technical Operations, Tushara is responsible for delivery of global services including the company's unique Productization™ Methodology, Process, Quality and Operational Excellence strategies with oversight that stretch across four countries supporting a distributed global team. A senior executive with global experience in general management, information technology and operations, Tushara drives the company's focus on excellence in Operations, Engineering, People, Process and Communication. Her overall expertise and strength lies in her exceptional leadership skills combined with astute business acumen and the uncommon ability to connect with her team members in order to draw out their inherent talent and full potential. She is instrumental in fostering innovation, leadership, teamwork and core values within the organization.

Starting and growing successful companies is something that comes naturally to Tushara. Before Virtusa, she was a member of the founding team at INSCI Corporation, a document and archival management company. As a key member of the management team, Tushara helped take the company public in 1994. At INSCI Corporation, the product developed by Tushara was named Product of the Year in 1997 by the Association of Imaging and Information Management and Imaging Magazine. In the early years she worked with leading Wall Street companies.


Sandy Carter Sandy Carter
Vice President, Marketing - WebSphere Marketing, Strategy and Channels
"What New Technologies Can Help Me Grow My Business?" -- Dec. 8, 3:30pm
Sandy Carter rejoins the WebSphere brand at IBM as VP, Marketing as of March 2005, with worldwide responsibility for Marketing, Strategy, and Channels.

Her most recent prior position was Vice President, Infrastructure Solutions and On Demand Operating Environment at IBM. Ms. Carter was responsible for cross-company strategy, offering management and all worldwide marketing activities in support of the On Demand Business initiatives. Sandy led the widespread and rapid deployment of IBM's Infrastructure Solutions into the industry at high-visibility conferences like Gartner ITxpo and GigaWorld.

Before joining the On Demand Business team Carter was Vice President of marketing for Tivoli Software at IBM, during which the Tivoli brand turned in consecutive quarters of double-digit growth. She managed two major brand launches and increased both customer and partner awareness, earning IBM Tivoli the honor of being one of the "Ten best direct marketing campaigns" from Campaign Magazine. Previously, as vice president of WebSphere marketing and channel execution she helped to grow market share 10 times faster than the competition. Her leadership with channel partners earned WebSphere the #1 ranking in CRN's "Channel Champions" satisfaction survey. Earlier in her career, as the marketing director of IBM's PartnerWorld for Developers, Netfinity brand, Carter was responsible for over $1 billion of worldwide solution revenue in the Intel server arena. She launched PartnerWorld for Developers for the Netfinity brand, which is now the world's fastest growing solution developer program. Her e-business vision of transforming to an e-relationship model has resulted in a year-to-year increase of over 20% in customer satisfaction.


Martha Ceja Martha Ceja
Manager, Diversity Services - Bernard Hodes Group
"Attracting And Recruiting Women" -- Dec. 8, 2:15pm
Martha Ceja, manager, Diversity Services, Bernard Hodes Group, provides research, consultation and media strategies to assist clients in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. Martha has over 10 years of project management, marketing and communications experience, working with clients on the development of overall diversity strategy, management and implementation of research projects. Her client list includes McGraw Hill, Apex Systems, Symantec, Best Buy, Corning and Merck.

Over the years, Martha has amassed extensive knowledge of the Hispanic market, providing advertising and communications strategies for various clients including Home Depot, California Commerce Bank, and Bank of America. She has conducted diversity-training sessions for recruiters around Best Practices in Hispanic Recruitment. Martha has also moderated marketing panels and implemented training for volunteer, staff and management levels. Her experience as Director of Fund Distribution for United Way has afforded her the opportunity to assist clients in both the not-for-profit and for-profit arenas. Martha has provided consultation pro-bono to charitable organizations in San Jose, California.

Martha completed diversity training with the National Multicultural Institute, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University and a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is a member of the Public Relations Association of America, the Multicultural Communications Committee, the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, National Association of Female Executives and Madrinas (godmothers), a Latina leadership network.


Marian Cook Marian Cook
CEO/President - Ageos
"Global Way: Owning your Future in a Fiercely Competitive World" -- Dec. 8, 9:30am
"Starting/Building a Successful WITI Network" -- Dec. 8, 3:30pm
Marian Cook is the President of Ageos, a business and technology consulting firm that helps clients find innovative ways to drive profitable growth and develop their leadership. Headquartered in Chicago with an office in Denver and working internationally, the company partners with clients to create new services, products and markets, streamline operations, and create sales and business strategies.

Long active in the community, Ms. Cook has been appointed to Chicago's Mayor's Council of Technology Advisors, Inaugural SpringBoard Midwest Steering Committee, Empowering Women Network Strategic Advisory Board, Founding member of The Field Museum's Council on Africa, Steering Committee for the W/MBE Venture Capital Conference, Regional Advisory Board, Women in Technology International (WITI), Advisory Board, Center for Information Management, Loyola University.

Her leadership has most recently been recognized by The Influential Woman in Business Award presented by The National Association of Women Business Owners, The Top 100 People of Chicago's High Tech Community by I-Street magazine and the "Woman in Black" Award winner for leadership in the technology and business community. Ms. Cook has also been a columnist for IT Contractor magazine and a subject matter expert editor for McGraw-Hill on running professional services firms.


Stephanie Ann Cota Stephanie Ann Cota
CEO, Creative Consultants Group, LLC
"Using Different Mediums to Promote a Key Message" - Dec. 9, 10:45am
Stephanie Cota started Creative Consultants Group in 1999. She has taken her background in web development & design, database programming, e-commerce management, and CRM, and weaved it together to provide a completely new service to the mid-sized business market: a fully-trackable online lead generation system. Utilizing a combination of Pay-per-Click advertising, Google AdWords, CRM, and Web Analytics, Creative Consultants Group offers a customized service to its clients. Along with a vast array of technical skills is the creative aspect of this work. Seeing between the lines and fine-tuning very subtle items to make a stronger, and more cohesive whole, is Stephanie's forte.

Stephanie engages in public speaking events quite regularly. Her speaking engagements and interviews include the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), The World Journal, a writer's collation held in Vienna Austria, and Strategic Web Marketing. She is also the co-author of Insider's Guide To SEO: How to Get Your Website to the Top of the Search Engines. An expanded and updated 2006 version will debut in January.


Joseph P. Coyle Joseph P. Coyle
Vice President, Operations Support & External Affairs -- Raytheon Missile Systems
"Succeeding In A Male-Dominated Industry" -- Dec. 9, 1:45pm
Joseph P. Coyle is Vice President of Operations Support and External Affairs at Raytheon Missile Systems, responsible for environmental health and safety, security, government property management, systems and procedures, enterprise support services, travel services, work and family resources, and community and government relations. He has primary responsibility to focus on maintaining and enhancing Raytheon's role as a good corporate citizen in the community, and for environmental stewardship and operations support effectiveness.

Previously, Coyle was vice president of Human Resources and External Affairs, overseeing all HR functions within the business, including labor relations, systems and procedures, compensation, recruiting, publication services, and government and community relations.

Coyle serves as the community and government relations representative from Raytheon for various community organizations. He has served as chairman of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and the Alexis de Tocuqueville Society. He is currently on the board of the United Way of Southern Arizona, Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Pima County Workforce Investment Board, Greater Tucson Economic Council and San Miguel High School. Coyle serves on the Regional Transportation Authority Citizen Advisory Committee and previously was on the Governor's Task Force on K-12 Education.


Gayle Crowell Gayle Crowell
Information Technology Group, Warburg Pincus LLC
"The Next Generation of Technologies" -- Dec. 8, 10:45am
"What New Technologies Can Help Me Grow My Businesses?" -- Dec. 8, 3:30pm
Gayle Crowell's role with Warburg Pincus represents the culmination of an outstanding career in the technology sector. Leveraging her extensive experience in operations, sales and organizational management, Gayle works closely with portfolio companies to help drive business strategy, evaluate market opportunities and build world-class management teams. As a former CEO, Gayle understands the challenges senior leaders face in building sustainable, long-term businesses in technology today. Her hands-on knowledge, coupled with a keen perspective into the financial markets and venture capital environment, brings a unique and valued viewpoint to the companies in the Warburg Pincus portfolio.

An active leader in the Silicon Valley, Gayle honed her management and operational skills with executive roles at leading software companies, including Oracle Corporation, E.piphany, RightPoint Software, View Star, Mosaix, Recognition International, DSC, and Cubix Corporation. Through the years, she successfully led multiple companies through challenging turnarounds. She currently serves as a Board member of Yodlee, Mobile Productivity, Inc, and InfoGenesis as well as serving as the Chairman of Infogenesis. In addition, she sits on the National Board of Directors for the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE), a non-profit organization. As a member of the Women in Technology International (WITI) advisory board, Gayle helps shape the direction of the well-known association for women in the technology sector - acting as a mentor and inspiration for today's and tomorrow's female technology executives. She is also an active member of the Women's High Tech Coalition and serves on the Capital City Arts Initiative (CCAI) Advisory Board.


Nora M. Denzel Nora M. Denzel
Senior Vice President and General Manager of HP's Software Global Business Unit
"Top 10 Ways Women Shoot Themselves In the Foot In the Workplace" -- Dec. 9, 9:30am
Nora has worldwide responsibility for the entire HP software portfolio including the industry leading OpenView and OpenCall management software product lines. She joined HP in 2000 as the Vice President of the storage business and was promoted to her current position in May, 2002. Prior to joining HP, she was the Senior Vice President and a corporate officer of Legato Systems, Inc. where she was tasked with running the engineering and technical support operations of the company as it grew from $50M to over $250M in revenue. She began her career at IBM in San Jose, California as an engineer and left in 1997 IBM after serving in several engineering, marketing and executive posts in the storage division. She was recognized by the YWCA of Santa Clara County with a Tribute to Women in Industry award for her contributions to the substantial revenue growth of IBM's storage software and was named in the top 20 movers and shakers in the worldwide storage business by Storage Magazine. She holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York and an M.B.A from Santa Clara University. She serves on the boards of Women in Technology International and on the advisory board of the Business School at Santa Clara University. Her hobbies include scuba diving, reading, biking and mentoring young men and women in high-tech firms in the Silicon Valley.


Alicia Dollard Alicia Dollard
Executive Vice President & Corporate Technology Practice Leader, Ruder Finn
"The Latest Trends in Information Distribution - TV/Online Video/Podcasting and More" -- Dec. 8, 3:30pm
Alicia Dollard is an Executive Vice President and leader of Ruder Finn's Corporate Technology practice, a strategic group of professionals dedicated to international clients in both the business-to-business and business-to-consumer technology marketplace. Working across Ruder Finn's global network of offices, Alicia brings nearly 15 years of editorial, marketing and public relations experience to the agency.

With a diverse background in consumer, business-to-business and high-technology programming, Alicia is a strategic partner in helping clients leverage their marketing and product/service assets to develop visionary branding and communications programs based upon insightful corporate messaging and measurable results. Alicia's experience involves working with such clients across hardware, software and services sectors, including: Information Builders, Targus, Worldspan, Ricoh Corporation, Microsoft, AboveNet, Agency.com, Sharp Electronics, Time Warner Cable, Technology Service Solutions (IBM), Reebok International, Target.com and XOsoft.

Prior to joining Ruder Finn, Alicia worked for the consumer and technology divisions of Shandwick Public Relations. Before entering public relations, Alicia was a daily news and features reporter for The Hartford Courant. Her reporting was featured as Associated Press wire-feeds and front-page articles. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in communications and journalism from the University of Connecticut.


Anthony Ghosn Anthony Ghosn
Corporate Governance Expert
"Achieving Successful SOX Compliance Sustainability: A Compliance Environment Beyond the 2004 SOX Frenzy" -- Dec. 9, 1:45pm
Anthony E. Ghosn, the founder of Dynamic Performance Metrics (recently merged with Risk Analysis Group), brings over 20 years of experience in management accounting, process integration and IS solutions development to the fields of Corporate Governance and Risk Management. Mr. Ghosn's cross-disciplinary background in the areas of SEC compliance, business management and business intelligence application-development provides the foundation for the firm's proprietary approach to Corporate Performance Management from a Corporate Governance (boardroom) perspective. As the creator of the Compliance Solution MatrixTM, proprietary algorithms and technical architecture for enterprise solutions to Sarbanes Oxley legislation and other regulatory matters, Mr. Ghosn and his team are recognized by some of the world's largest IT vendors as top-tier service providers.

Mr. Ghosn has spearheaded and managed corporate governance and risk management projects for companies such as: Zurich North America; Bertelsmann; Banamex/Citibank; Saraza (Brazilian Credit Agency); Dreyfus Brokerage Services; Coca Cola; NBC; and Fluor Corporation. Mr. Ghosn's educational background includes a BA in Economics from the University of Washington, an MBA from the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, as well as certificates in Strategic Global Marketing from Templeton College at Oxford University and Process Re-Engineering from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Amanda Goodson Amanda Goodson
Senior Manager, Mission Assurance for Raytheon Missile Systems
"Succeeding in a Male-Dominated Industry: The Myth-Busting Panel" - Dec. 9, 1:45pm
Amanda Goodson serves as Senior Manager, Mission Assurance for Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona where she is responsible for ensuring success on a Missile Defense Agency Exo-Atmospheric program. Ms. Goodson serves as technical authority that plans, coordinates, directs and serves as single interface for programmatic mission assurance activities.

As Senior Executive, Ms. Goodson was Director, Safety and Mission Assurance Office, at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. In this position, she directed the safety, reliability, maintainability, and quality activities on all MSFC programs with responsibilities encompassing a broad range of activities in support of the Nation's space program. She served in this position from March 1997 to August 2003. Prior to that appointment, she was named Deputy Director, Safety and Mission Assurance Office. She was responsible for participating with the Director in planning, coordinating, and directing the Safety, Reliability, and Quality Assurance functions at MSFC.

Ms. Goodson holds a bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering, master's degree in Management, and a Doctor of Ministry degree. She also holds certificates from NASA Senior Executive Service Career Development Program, Executive Development Program, and Penn State University Program for Strategic Leadership.


Jessica Hardwick Jessica Hardwick
CEO and Co-Founder, SwapThing, Inc.
"Building A Successful Internet Business" -- Dec. 9, 1:45pm
Jessica Hardwick brings a passion for barter and more than 15 years of high-technology experience to her latest challenge at SwapThing. Her goal is to greatly increase the incidence of barter by making it faster, easier and more inexpensive.

Prior to founding SwapThing, Jessica was Founder and President of Geek2Chic.com, a content/e-commerce web site dedicated to forming an online community based on a broad range of interests. She directed the company's growth to nearly 30 employees and five million monthly hits. Ms. Hardwick began her career in sales support and customer support before moving to Silicon Graphics, where she served in a series of increasingly responsible positions, including Developer Programs Manager and Internet Alliance Manager. In the latter position, Jessica managed strategic relationships with more than 100 global Internet partners. She later was Director of Partner Programs at RightPoint and Senior Partner Marketing Manager at PrimeResponse.

A native of Scotland, Jessica holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Santa Clara University.


Lorraine Hariton
"What New Technologies Can Help Me Grow My Business?" -- Dec. 8, 3:30pm
Lorraine Hariton has spent more than 25 years in the technology sector. As a former CEO and general manager, Hariton has also directed a number of executive functions, including business development and strategy, sales and marketing. Much of Hariton's career has allowed her to be affiliated with companies whose products reflect key milestones in the timeline of technology, including IBM's mainframes, Network Computing Devices' thin-client technology, Verifone's e-commerce financial infrastructure, Beatnik's Internet audio solutions and Apptera's speech applications.

From June 2003 to December 2004, Hariton was President and CEO of Apptera. During her tenure, Apptera shipped its first commercial products, established marquee customers and channel partnerships and raised $8 million in venture capital. Previously, Hariton was CEO of Beatnik, Inc., where she currently remains as Chairman. During her tenure with Beatnik, she raised more than $40 million in venture capital. Hariton grew the company from 10 to 125 employees and successfully re-positioned the company for profitability from a web based audio content company to the leading audio technology provider for wireless devices.

Hariton is a triathlete. She is Chairman of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives and serves on the board of The Entrepreneur's Foundation and the Stanford Institute for Research on Women and Gender. She has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in mathematical sciences from Stanford University.


Alyse Hart Alyse Hart
Presenter
Alyse Hart left the daily grind five years ago and works as a corporate exist strategist inspiring accomplished women to rethink the way they work. She worked in advertising and publishing for 20 years and was the youngest female VP of Advertising for Thomson International Publishing. After weathering buy-outs, start-ups, and home office environments, she created her own exit plan. She calls herself a general instigator, storyteller, and agent for change. She developed Corporate Recovery to offset the effects of corporate life and helps executive women transform their relationship with their company. She developed the concept of "Corporate Recovery" and is finishing her first book.


Kathy Hill Kathy Hill
Professional Coach
"Success Strategies - What do you Really Want?" -- Dec. 9, 9:30am
As a Professional Coach, Kathy specializes in helping people through career and life transitions. With over twenty years of top producing coaching, career counseling, recruiting, sales, and marketing experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her clients. She works with individuals in one-on-one and group settings, in addition to leading workshops and teaching teleclasses. Several of her recent classes include: "Exploring Your Life Purpose," "Creating A Mission Statement For Your Life," "Strategies to Successfully Achieve Your Goals," and "Laying the Foundation for Explosive Growth In Your Life & Business." Her personal mission is to "help people connect with their life's purpose and to then live lives that honor it."

Kathy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northeastern University in Boston, with a BS in Business Administration. She was a top sales producer for several Fortune 100 firms in the Information Technology industry, selling hardware, software, and professional services to clients in the Washington, DC area. She was voted "Outstanding Young Woman of America" in 1982. Every year that she was in sales, Kathy was awarded membership in the "President's Club" and received recognition trips around the world.

Realizing that her life's purpose was to help people, she opened and managed a highly successful executive search firm that provided career counseling and recruiting services for individuals and companies in the technology industry. Her passion for helping people grew, and she now focuses exclusively on coaching individuals through career and life transitions. Her coaching clients are located all across the country.


Diane Krakora Diane Krakora
President and CEO, Amazon Consulting LLC
"Women in High Tech Channels" -- Dec. 8, 2:15pm
Diane Krakora is the founder and President of Amazon Consulting LLC. Amazon Consulting was formed in early 1998 with a vision of enabling high technology companies to increase their sales by focusing on the need for effective, efficient alliance structures. Despite the recent challenges in the high tech industry sector, Amazon Consulting has experienced rapid growth over the last 5 years and Diane now leads a growing team of experienced Amazon Consulting specialists who develop and implement partnering strategies and programs at many leading high tech companies.

In addition to her success with Amazon Consulting, Diane is regularly featured in industry publications such as VARBusiness and SoftwareSales Magazines, giving expert advice with a fresh and sometimes renegade perspective of the reseller industry. Her comprehensive understanding of multi-channel strategies, entrepreneurial drive and results-oriented focus make her a highly sought after and popular guest speaker at events on a range of topics. Diane also provides monthly seminars and webinars on timely and relevant partnering and alliance-related topics.

Before founding Amazon Consulting, Diane accumulated more than a decade of broad experience in business development, channel strategy and implementation, marketing communications, and both inside sales management and strategic account selling. She held positions in both large and small high-tech environments across a wide range of technologies and began her high tech career in advertising.

Diane is also active and/or holds leadership positions with numerous professional and charitable organizations, actively supporting programs that empower young women. She held a board position for the YWCA's Teen Women Entrepreneur Program, a program which gave teens the opportunity to learn about the experience of leading their own small business. She is also involved in Girls for a Change, an organization formed to empower girls to be active leaders of positive change in their own lives and their communities.


Katja Kukovic Katja Kukovic
Founder, Best Web Promo
"Taking the Lead on the Internet...Successful SEO Strategies" - Dec. 8, 9:30am
Katja Kukovic is the founder and owner of Best Web Promo, an internet marketing firm based in San Francisco. She started the firm in 2002, working with the travel industry in Florida, and has since built it up to cover a wide range of businesses in a variety of industries.

Katja's company specializes in Business-to-Consumer marketing solutions using organic search engine optimization and pay-per-click management. She also helps companies define key areas for monetizing existing traffic in a more efficient manner. Her hands-on, personable problem-solving approach with her clients has been a key differentiator in comparison with other companies.


Bill Lamond Bill Lamond
Pioneer Coach
"Feminine Principle in Leadership" -- Dec. 9, 1:45pm
A founding member of the personal coaching profession in the United States, Bill Lamond is the inventor of a system of strategic thinking based on the way women naturally think and operate. Aspects of this thinking have been taught to more than 300,000 people globally. According to Bill, "In the information age, the feminine style of relationship and cooperation is the wave of the future for everyone in business." Lamond's clients include women in business, technology, the professions, sports and entertainment. He teaches them to use the power of their natural genius, their appetite and desire and the natural ability that women have to attract and keep relationships to achieve sustained championship results in an elegant, first-class style. A popular speaker, Lamond has mesmerized audiences across North America with his vision of a world where passion and cooperation are the hallmarks of human endeavor and where the Voice of women is expressed and heard in its fulll power and magnificence.


Lois Landau Lois Landau
CEO, Reach Communications
"Using Different Mediums to Promote a Key Message" - Dec. 9, 10:45am
Lois Landau is the CEO of Reach Communications Inc., a pioneer in personal communication software (PCS). After a successful career in real estate sales, Lois founded Reach Communications in 2000 to develop PCS products. Her vision was to use e-mail technology to provide real estate agents with an easy and inexpensive means of maintaining on-going personal contact with their clients. Since then, she has evolved the company into an entirely new component of the customer relationship management (CRM) industry. In the past four years, RCI has invested more than $2 million to create a family of personal communications software (PCS) products. These can be used in multiple industry verticals to sustain professional relationships with personalized messaging.

After careful product development, RCI has established a solid customer base from which it has gathered input for future product offerings. Under Lois's leadership, the company is now positioned for rapid growth in terms of new markets and expanded geography. The keystone product, ReachEach1™, has been purchased by nearly a thousand California real estate professionals, title officers, and mortgage brokers. Reach Everyone™ for small businesses and enterprises will be launched this summer, and wireless applications are in development.

Fifteen years as a top real estate specialist provided Lois both the ideas and the experience to create the RCI product portfolio. She founded and managed the Santa Barbara branch office of Sotheby's International Realty. She earned #1 regional sales honors for both Coldwell Banker and Sotheby's. Lois excelled at providing highly personalized, professional services to buyers and sellers in that trendy community. She was picked by Harry & Linda Thomason to locate and equip their Santa Barbara retreat for just-elected President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary.

Lois earned a BA degree in sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a MA degree in education from San Jose State University. She is the author of: "Too Many Tomatoes and Other Good Things", a Harper/Collins publication about organic vegetables. She is the proud mother of five adult children who live in various locales around the world. A fifth generation Californian, Lois lives in San Francisco with her architect husband Ken Landau.


Laurel Leone
Founder & Owner, LEONE Advertising
Laurel is the founder and owner of Leone Advertising, a small advertising firm in Menlo Park specializing in high-engagement advertising, that is, advertising sought by rather than pushed at the business or consumer customer. Leone Advertising began their high-engagement focus on the print side of the ad industry in yellow pages (which they consider the original search engine), managing national campaigns for clients including Wells Fargo and Round Table Pizza. They've evolved to embrace the online side through website SEO and design projects for a variety of professional, consumer and non-profit clients.


Susan Lucas-Conwell Susan Lucas-Conwell
Founder, Clear-Day
Susan is an experienced business strategist with over 20 years in international marketing and general management experience. She possesses a particular flair for launching new products, brands, and services. In 2002, she founded Clear-Day, an international business accelerator specializing in navigating cross-cultural and other business issues that arise when companies go abroad. The firm's clients include a select portfolio of European and US companies such as Nokia (New Ventures Division), Spotter (French media technology enterprise) and a European private equity firm.

Susan is currently working with the Shambaugh Leadership Group to open their West Coast office in 2006, having developed their European network. Susan founded and remains President of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives Europe, the premier American non-profit organization for women entrepreneurs in high-growth technology and life science industries. She is also Honorary Co-Chair of the International SIG (Software Development Forum) in Silicon Valley.

She started her career at General Mills before moving to Paris, where she held senior management positions at Cartier International and Bausch & Lomb (Ray-Ban). Ten years ago, she moved into the technology sector, first taking a French internet start-up to second-round financing, then consulting in transatlantic business development with a UK-funded firm, Virtual European Office.

Susan graduated with Honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in economic history, a Masters Degree in Economic History from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from The Wharton School. Often cited in the media, she is a frequent speaker at conferences in Europe and the U.S. on international marketing and women entrepreneurship.


Judith Lukomski Judith Lukomski
Author, Founder - Transitions Today
"The Power of One" -- Dec. 9, 9:30am
"Negotiating Win/Win Solutions" -- Dec. 9, 1:45pm
Judith Lukomski is a highly regarded business leader and organizational change management specialist. With a career spanning more than twenty years, she has a proven background in Strategic Planning and Enterprise Implementation, Organization Design, Leadership Development and Communication Programs. Dedicated to bringing out the best in people and organizations, she founded Transitions Today™, a successful consulting and coaching firm committed to helping companies and individuals embrace change and experience the powerful results of new dimension thinking.

Blending an extensive background in business management and psychology with universal principles, Judith shares techniques and tools which spark transformation. She has consistently delivered winning results in a multitude of industries including: Medical Manufacturing, Financial Services, Communications and Insurance. Judith employs a motivating brand of innovation and practicality to enhance company performance, designing solutions that capitalize on company strengths and optimize growth opportunities. She is a popular and profound speaker, writer, teacher, lifecoach and holistic practitioner.

Co-author of the book Crystal Therapy with Dr. Doreen Virtue, Judith's intuitive gifts shine through, urging audiences to experience the benefits of inner wisdom in everyday living. With her joyous presence, she reminds us, now is the time to welcome the possibilities of an ever-evolving world; you transform tomorrow with the changes you make today.


Pamala McGlinchey Pamala McGlinchey
Associate Publisher, CMP Integrated Marketing Solutions
"Using different Mediums to Promote a Key Message" -- Dec. 9, 10:45am
Pamala brings over 15 years of diverse technology marketing and strategic planning experience to the CMP Integrated Marketing Solutions (CIMS) team. With direct experience in the vendor community itself, Pamala has first hand knowledge of the marketing and communications challenges many advertisers face in this competitive and fast paced high-tech market. This in depth understanding of vendor marketing challenges coupled with her knowledge of CMP products and effective marketing strategies, enables Pamala to work with each individual CIMS client to create hard hitting, high-impact marketing solutions tailored to meet their unique needs.

Pamala's proven track record in achieving results for customers, her thoughtful approach and her creative thinking and problem solving skills all contribute to a long list of satisfied Custom Media Solutions clients including: Adobe, American Express, Cisco, HP, IBM, Microsoft and Symantec.

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Pamala comes to CMP from Cheyenne Software where she was Assistant Vice President, Worldwide Channel Marketing, and was responsible for creating and executing marketing programs that led to a 75% increase in indirect sales. Prior to Cheyenne, Pamala worked for a number of years in the distribution channel for both Merisel and MicroAge and was focused largely on strategies for maximizing profit margins. Her in-depth vendor and channel experience is rounded out by work at SRI, International in their Information Integrity consulting practice.


Nilofer Merchant Nilofer Merchant, Founder and Principal, Rubicon
"Sharing Wisdom: Strategies of Successful Entrepreneurs" - Dec. 8, 2:15pm
Nilofer Merchant founded Rubicon in 1999 after gaining 15 years of operational experience in key leadership positions at notable technology firms such as Apple, Autodesk, and GoLive (later acquired by Adobe). Time and time again she has used her sharp expertise to design industry-leading go-to-market programs, winning notable awards from CRN, VAR Business and Marketing Association in the fields of marketing and channel development. Through her many successes (and even her losses), Nilofer has honed her multidisciplinary approach for assessing a business situation clearly, applying critical wisdom, and defining a strategic direction.

As the leader of Rubicon, Nilofer has built a distinguished team of fellow consultants and has collaborated with a wide range of executive leaders in Silicon Valley at client firms such as HP, Autodesk, Cogito, Pinnacle, Symantec, Adobe, VA Software, Riverside, and others. She builds 1-3 year future plans for her clients, and continually delivers significantly increased results to their bottom line, driving revenue growth, market share-price and profits. One recent client engagement directly resulted in her client capturing, and clearly quantifying, an additional $28 million in profit over 6 months.

Nilofer contributes to her local church's marketing and stewardship plans, and has held the Chair of Community Fundraising position as a Board Member of the Cupertino YMCA. Early in her career, she served as a Governor appointee to the California Community College Board of Trustees - a position she held for an unusually long 3-year term. Nilofer earned her MBA from Santa Clara University, a BS in Economics from University of San Francisco, and is a certified Instructor of Facilitative Leadership from Interaction Associates.


Randy Methven
"Taking the Lead: Breakthrough Tools for Authentic Leadership" -- Dec. 9, 10:45am
Randy Methven is a senior facilitator and executive coach whose talents beautifully mesh with On Your Mark's reason for being. She has a superb track record in helping executives produce breakthroughs in the productivity and effectiveness of their people. For more than 25 years, Randy has served as an educator, consultant, senior executive, and curriculum and program leader for global businesses and educational institutions. She has designed and led training and development programs for over 100,000 people worldwide.


Bach Nguyen
Independent Consultant
"VoIP (Voice Over IP) - How it Works" - Dec. 9, 10:45am
Bach Nguyen has over 15 years of experience directing IT Infrastructure, with a fort´ in Telecom and Network Architecture and Operations. She had given talks at many technical conferences that have included AT&T User Group, WITI, Interop, and Novell Brainshare. Several of her technical papers had been published by Business Communication Review and LAN Times. She held Senior IT Management Positions at Fortune 500 Companies such as Synopsys, Franklin Templeton, and Novell. Currently, she is an independent consultant.


Rauline Ochs Rauline Ochs
Group Vice President, North America Alliances and Channels - Oracle Corporation
"Women in High Tech Channels" - Dec. 8, 2:15pm
Rauline Ochs is a group vice president for Oracle Corporation, responsible for the North America Alliance and Channels organization. In this role, Ms. Ochs leads a team responsible for Oracle's sales through partners, including system integrators, value-added resellers, independent software vendors, and hardware vendors.

Ms. Ochs has more than 18 years of experience in technology sales, marketing, and operations. Before coming to Oracle, Ms. Ochs was the senior vice president of worldwide alliances at BEA Systems. At BEA, she developed and launched the award-winning STAR Partner Program, and forged industry-defining alliances with regional and global hardware, software, and system integration partners. Before joining BEA, Ms. Ochs spent 15 years at the IBM Corporation in a variety of sales and marketing capacities, including a worldwide partner marketing assignment with the former Lotus Development Corporation. Her most recent role was vice president, Channel Sales for the IBM Americas Software organization.

Ms. Ochs holds an M.B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California at Irvine. She is a charter member of the Software Alliance Executive Panel at IDC, a global market intelligence and advisory firm.


Julie Parrish Julie Parrish
Vice President, Global Channel Sales and Strategy, Symantec Corporation
"Women in High Tech Channels" -- Dec. 8, 2:15pm
As vice president of global channel sales and strategy, Julie Parrish is responsible for developing and executing Symantec's global channel strategy. In this role, she also leads the worldwide partner organization, delivering best-in-class enablement programs to support Symantec's global partner ecosystem.

Prior to her current role, she served as Symantec's vice president of enterprise, mid-market, and channel marketing, providing the strategic direction and ensuring solid execution of Symantec's enterprise and mid-market marketing efforts.

Parrish has more than 18 years of experience in channel, corporate, and field marketing at Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining Symantec, Parrish was vice president of Americas field and channel marketing for VERITAS. In this role, Parrish was responsible for defining VERITAS channel strategy and delivering all aspects of the VERITAS Partner Program, including the development of recruiting, training, and marketing programs to support the VERITAS channel. In addition, she was responsible for all field marketing efforts, including both regional and industry-focused programs. While at VERITAS, Parrish was instrumental in launching the company's first deal registration program. She was also a key driver in the VERITAS Windows Authorized Program, the Advantage Program (an online sales training and promotional program) and re-architecting the VERITAS partner portal to provide better resources and support for the reseller channel.

Parrish holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Decision Information Science from the University of Santa Clara. Parrish is also a member of the Business Marketing Association and the American Marketing Association/Silicon Valley Chapter.


Christian Payne Christian Payne
Chief Executive Officer, Kellogg & Andelson
"Raising Capital/Financing- for Small Business Owners" -- Dec. 9, 9:30am
Christian Payne is Chief Executive Officer of Kellogg & Andelson. Mr. Payne is a former investment banker, having worked for Citibank in London, Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder, Inc. and Cruttenden Roth, where he completed mergers and acquisitions, and public and private debt and equity offerings for middle market companies. In 2000, Mr. Payne co-founded Catalyst Business Systems, a provider of technology, strategic advisory and outsourcing services. Catalyst merged with Kellogg & Andelson and in April 2003, Mr. Payne became President and CEO of Kellogg & Andelson.

Mr. Payne has raised over $300 million for public and private companies since 1999. He provides strategic advisory services to middle market businesses and advises companies as to mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions.

Mr. Payne has a B.S. in Economics from the University of Michigan with a minor in French and German.


Natalie L. Petouhoff Natalie L. Petouhoff
Senior Manager, Customer & Channel Solutions, Hitachi Consulting
"How to Consult and Make Money" -- Dec. 8, 10:45am
Dr. Natalie Petouhoff's charter is to write cutting edge books, articles and white papers that provide companies with mission-critical information to transform their business strategy. Dr. Nat's years as an innovator and thought leader in consulting have provided companies with the unconventional practical discipline necessary to guide companies to rethink their customer strategies. That rethinking includes shifting paradigms from the value the customer brings to them to the value a company can bring to a customer, which affects the Customer Experience, Customer Advocacy and Customer Lifetime Value. Known on the speaking circuit as Dr. Nat, she is invited for book signings and giving keynote speeches at industry conferences like the Gartner Summit.

Dr. Nat has 15 years of experience in technology implementations, focusing on CRM, Contact Centers, ERP and Share Services Systems, Sales and Marketing. Dr. Nat helps clients create their own, unique customer experience, increasing their Customer Lifetime Value. As a Business Process Reengineering and Change Management expert, she is able to help manage projects so that they provide a high rate of return, stay within scope, on budget and on time. As a professor in Pepperdine's Business School, she is teaches Change Management, Leadership, Project Management and Organizational Behavior and Design.

Dr. Nat obtained a Bachelors and Masters degrees in Metallurgy and Material from the University of Michigan. She was awarded the General Motors Fellowship to complete her Doctorate of Engineering from UCLA where she did her thesis research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Hughes Research Laboratories in Metallurgy and High Energy Particle Physics.



Neerja Raman Neerja Raman
Director, Imaging Systems Lab (ISL), Printing & Imaging Research Center -- HP Labs
"Technology Changes to the Marketplace" -- Dec. 8, 9:30am
Neerja Raman is the Director of the Imaging Systems Lab (ISL) in the Printing and Imaging Research Center at HP Labs. She is responsible for research programs in digital imaging, architecture for printing and publishing solutions, information embedding and anti-counterfeiting, digital content management and connected home systems that bridge the entertainment and PC worlds. ISL has a deep competency in imaging systems and a long history of contribution to HP's printing, scanning, camera and projector businesses.

Ms. Raman spearheaded the HP Arts and Science program which aims to promote cultural understanding by digitization, preservation and sharing of paintings and other art objects. In collaboration with HP Philanthropy, the program started in UK and Europe and has recently been expanded to include Asia.

Ms. Raman joined HP Labs in 1995 after 11 years in HP Analytical divisions. One of her early HP assignments was to manage the research that fuelled HP's growth from an instrument supplier to a solutions partner by supplying integrated instrument hardware, software platform and applications for laboratories in the chemical analysis businesses. As an engineer she designed the first real time control, management and reporting system for the HP Mass Spectrometer for UNIX platforms.

In 2004, Raman published her first book, The Practice and Philosophy of Decision Making: A Seven Step Spiritual Guide which is available in boostores and from Amazon. She was featured at the authors' expo, "Books that Empower Women" at the 2004 Women in Technology International (WITI) annual conference.


Sheryl Root Sheryl Root
Owner, RootAnalysis
"Making Money in New Market Niches" -- Dec. 8, 2:15pm
Sheryl Root is a strategy, marketing and product development executive with over 18 years of experience an Hewlett-Packard Company and 10 years of software systems experience and leadership in the financial and computing industries. Her strategic and program leadership experience focused on the definition and delivery of technology-based products and solutions, and her marketing operations experience has been in creating new business models, organizational structures, cost reductions, and revenue generation programs. She has demonstrated proven leadership in business strategy development/execution, marketing operations, and software systems delivery working across departments, functional areas and geographic regions.

Sheryl is currently owner of RootAnalysis, and consults in business strategy creation and execution, program management, and marketing effectiveness for companies like HP, PeopleSoft, Santa Clara University, Novell and Philips.

Sheryl sits on several boards, including Sloan School of Business, Teach for America, and the Stanford Institute on Research in Women and Gender. She holds as Sloan Masters in Business from Stanford University.


Tara Ryan Tara Ryan
Vice President of Marketing, Ketera
"Using Different Mediums to Promote a Key Message" - Dec. 9, 10:45am
As Vice President of Marketing, Tara is responsible for managing, directing and coordinating all marketing activities. Tara brings over 15 years of experience in managing strategic, global marketing programs for technology businesses.

Prior to Ketera, Ryan was Senior Vice President of NetSuite, where she managed product marketing, public relations, analyst relations and marketing communications. Ryan provided branding, pricing, strategy and all demand generation for NetSuite, an on-demand integrated ERP, CRM and eCommerce application. She joined NetSuite from Deloitte Consulting, where she was a Director of Worldwide Marketing, successfully launching global marketing campaigns and alliances with companies such as SAP, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, PeopleSoft, Oracle, and Siebel. Prior to that she was Vice President of corporate marketing at Commerce One, Inc., where she oversaw global marketing for the e-marketplace company.

Prior to joining Commerce One, Ryan was Vice President, Worldwide Marketing for Network Associates, where she managed marketing for five business units and McAfee.com's IPO. Prior to that, Ryan also led the coordination of international advertising efforts at Oracle Corporation, where she helped institute the one of the company's first uses of Internet technology to coordinate global marketing efforts and coordinate the work of five advertising agencies.


Patricia Shafer Patricia A. Shafer, M.B.A., M.Sc.
"Deeper Power" -- Dec. 8, 9:30am
Patricia is founder and president of Compel Organizational Excellence Alliance Ltd., a firm dedicated to Evoking Courageous LeadershipSM. Compel Ltd. members and collaborators are experienced consultants, coaches and advisers who have advanced degrees and certifications; expertise across a range of industries; and a record of research on leadership, organizational behavior and change. Patricia has provided consulting and coaching services to men and women private sector and public officials in 15 countries; held leadership positions in two Fortune 100 companies; and led change, culture and communications initiatives touching headquarters, manufacturing and retail sites.

Patricia holds an M.B.A. from the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Business, and an M.Sc. (with distinction) in Consulting and Coaching for Change, a global joint-venture program of Oxford University, UK, and Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), France. She has also completed an extensive curriculum in personal development and mastery. Patricia is a contributing author to Enlightened Power: How Women are Transforming the Practice of Leadership (Jossey-Bass 2005); and co-author of "The World at Work: Men and Women Tell Us What's Changed and Still Needs to Change in Organizations" (2005) - research with multinational managers on five continents. Technology-related excerpts from the research were recently featured at www.witi.com in an article called: "Transforming Technology: A Leading Role for Women."


Rayona Sharpnack Rayona Sharpnack
"The Power of Shifting Context: Becoming A Contextual Leader" -- Dec. 8, 2:15pm
Rayona founded the Institute for Women's Leadership in 1991. IWL is an organization renown for its groundbreaking work throughout the United States, Australia, and Canada. Drawing from her successful careers in education, professional sports and business, Rayona has become an inspirational coach and mentor for executives in Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, emerging businesses and non-profit organizations.

Rayona has presented her outstanding achievements in advancing women leaders and building high performance organizations to prestigious institutions and associations such as Stanford Business School, UC Berkeley Business School, Mills College, State of the World Forum, the Canadian Federal Government, the Australian Federal Government, Leadership America, and the Professional and Business Women of California. National publications such as Fast Company, Working Mother and the New York Times have showcased Rayona's leadership model, and she has delivered scores of keynote speeches, and designed large conferences around the topic of developing extraordinary women leaders. Rayona is currently co-authoring a book on Contextual Leadership for publication in 2006 and is one of several featured authors of the ground-breaking book, Enlightened Power: How Women Are Transforming the Practice of Leadership.

Rayona's masterful approach as a coach and educator helps her take very complex theoretical concepts and distill them down to poignant, relevant and easily accessible learning distinctions -- resulting in dramatically more effective leadership skills for her clients. More than 5000 professionals have relied on Rayona and the Institute for Women's Leadership to produce breakthrough results both at work and in their personal lives. Her groundbreaking work has earned her an appointment on the Kennedy School, Women's Leadership Board at Harvard.


Joey Tamer Joey Tamer
Consultant, Expert
"How to Consult and Make Money" -- Dec. 8, 10:45am
"Raising Capital/Financing- for Small Business Owners" -- Dec. 9, 9:30am
Joey Tamer is a widely-acclaimed strategic consultant to technology and media CEOs, U.S. and worldwide. Her work helps create wealth for founders and investors of entrepreneurial ventures, and a high return on investment for Fortune 1000 in-house ventures. Her capital strategies drive up her clients' valuations and profitability. She has a special expertise in working with emerging and disruptive technologies.

She consults to Fortune 1000 and mid-sized companies, capitalized start-ups, and investment funds. Her clients have included J.P. Morgan Capital, Sony, IBM, Apple, Hearst, Blockbuster, Technicolor, Harper Collins, Discovery Channel, Time-Warner, Agfa and Scitex.

Her clients say she is "a brilliant strategist and a practical, down-to-earth, get-it-done person," "invaluable in understanding the competitive landscape and alternative strategies" and that she "cuts right through the noise, giving a clear vision of the future," "protecting us from liability and cutting our costs."

Through the emergence of the PC, new media, and the Internet, her clients have been in the business, enterprise and consumer sectors, with companies in technology, hardware and software, media and entertainment, publishing and advertising, distribution, and investment and venture funding. She has worked in the U.S., Europe and China.

A strategist, policymaker, dealmaker, and negotiator, her work includes strategies on entry, exit, capitalization, return on investment, growth, positioning, pricing, distribution, risk-assessment, new market and international expansion, due diligence, and intellectual property.

She speaks and publishes widely. Visit her online at www.joeytamer.com and she can be reached at joey@joeytamer.com.


Dr. Carolyn Turbyfill Dr. Carolyn Turbyfill
Principal Consultant, Cigital Inc.
"Technology Changes to the Marketplace" -- Dec. 8, 9:30am
Dr. Carolyn Turbyfill is a technical executive with a track record as a visionary and first to execute in a new market. She developed the Wisconsin Benchmark which became a de facto standard database benchmark, and she managed the Sun Networking Advanced Development Group that built one of the first wireless LANs.

Dr. Turbyfill is currently a Principal Consultant at Cigital Inc., responsible for its West Coast Practice. Cigital specializes in software security and quality. For over a decade, its expert consultants have implemented programs that assure Cigital's clients' software is secure and reliable while enabling them to dramatically improve how they build and deploy software.

As Director of Engineering of the Internet Commerce Group, she built one of the first commercial VPNs and the first firewall appliances (SunScreen SPF-100 and SKIP) at Sun Microsystems. She was the first VP of Engineering at PGP - a multiplatform desktop email encryption product. As VP of Engineering and Operations, she built and managed operations for one of the first direct email marketing systems with interactive java message banners at First Virtual Holdings Inc. which became Messagemedia. At Counterpane, the seminal Managed Security Service (MSS), as VP of Engineering she managed development and operation of the service. At Immunix Inc. (recently acquired by Novell) she managed development of "soft" appliances on top of Immunix, a Red Hat Linux compatible host intrusion prevention operating system.

Dr. Turbyfill is also working with WITI, the Women's Technology Cluster and E3forWomen on an initiative to provide Internet Cafes and Internet Access to women in Afghanistan and Iraq.


Mary Turner Mary Turner
CEO, President, Aspen Software Consultants
"Achieving Successful SOX Compliance Sustainability: A Compliance Environment Beyond the 2004 SOX Frenzy" -- Dec. 9, 1:45pm
Mary Turner, President and CEO of Aspen Software Consultants, has more than 20 years of experience in IT. As CEO of Aspen since 2001, she has built and promoted Aspen's unique expertise in Enterprise Change and Configuration Management Services, significantly increasing Aspen's client roster and revenues year over year. Aspen provides process and tool expertise to BNSF, Ameriquest Mortgage, Southwest Airlines, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Nebraska, First Horizon Home Loans, Tetra Pak, BMC Software, Lockheed Martin, Texas Instruments, JC Penney, and NTT/Verio. Aspen has top-tier relationships with other providers of SCM tools including Telelogic, Serena Software, Rational, and AccuRev with additional capabilities with tools from Computer Associates, Newmerix, MKS, Aldon, Softlanding, Mercury Interactive and Remedy.

Prior to joining Aspen, Ms. Turner spent 11 years with Idea Integration (formerly Berger & Co.) in various leadership positions. At Berger, a Denver based Information Management Consulting firm, she pioneered a Dallas branch office, growing that branch from zero to $20M+ in revenues, supporting the sale of Berger & Co. to modis Solutions. Ms. Turner was a key strategic member of an executive team tasked with the spin-off of Idea Integration from modis Solutions. Leading the largest region for Idea, she provided e-commerce/e-business solutions to industries such as Financial Institutions, Telecom, Energy and Healthcare.

Ms. Turner's early work included 7 years as a technical programmer with Martin Marietta Aerospace and Data Systems in Denver. She holds a degree in Mathematics with a Computer Science Option from the University of Colorado.


Georgina Tweedie Georgina Tweedie
Internet Public Affairs Director, Church of Scientology International
"Taking the Lead on the Internet...Successful SEO Strategies" - Dec. 8, 9:30am
A native of Auckland, New Zealand, Georgina spent 15 years in Sydney, Australia prior to being promoted to the Church of Scientology International headquarters in the US. She now permanently resides with her husband and two children in Los Angeles, California.

Georgina began working in SEO/SEM for the Church of Scientology International's many web sites in 2000. She is a proponent for ethical search engine marketing, and is a member of the Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization (SEMPO). In 2003, she took on the position of Internet Public Affairs Director, taking an avid interest in non-profit issues in the search engines and regularly interacting with major search engines and companies to deal with the challenges involved.


Wendy Wallbridge
"Taking the Lead: Breakthrough Tools for Authentic Leadership" -- Dec. 9, 10:45am
Wendy Wallbridge helps leaders to re-invent themselves so that they are accessing more of their power, purpose and authenticity. She coaches her clients to gain clarity of purpose and vision and to reshape their portfolios of skills, abilities and passions to meet the changing needs in their organization. She guides them through a multi-dimensional development process that builds the targeted competencies they most need to excel in their leadership and in life.

Wendy founded On Your Mark Corporate Coaching & Consulting in 1993. Their client list includes Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies such as Wells Fargo, HP, SBC, Intel, Vodafone and Providian Financial as well as technology, financial and educational institutions including Network Appliance, Nvidia, Alcatel, Silicon Valley Bank and University of California, Office of the President. She has been featured as the change management expert on the Intel-sponsored TV show "Home Sweet Office" and has lectured at the Haas School of Business, The Commonwealth Club and Hewlett Packard.


Tracey B. Warson Tracey B. Warson
"Stand for Results: A Leader's Perspective" -- Dec. 8, 10:45am
Tracey is Executive Vice President and Regional Managing Director for Wells Fargo's Private Client Services in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tracey oversees the investment management and trust, brokerage and private banking team of 400 professionals who serve more than 15,000 Wells Fargo clients. Combined, these clients account for $15 billion in assets under management, more than $1 billion in loans outstanding, and more than $1 billion in deposits.

A 17-year veteran of the company, Tracey assumed her current role in 2003. Prior to joining Private Client Services, Tracey was the EVP and Head of Sales and Distribution of Foreign Exchange, Financial Risk Management and International Treasury Management, a business unit that provides foreign exchange, interest rate and equity risk management solutions to retail organizations, small businesses and large corporations throughout the United States. Tracey drove the development and launch of Foreign Exchange Online, an interactive foreign exchange application in Commercial Electronic Office, Wells Fargo's business-to-business internet portal. Tracey has served in leadership roles on several Wells Fargo advisory groups and committees, including the Wholesale Diversity Committee, the International Group Diversity Committee, the Executive Women's Council and the Women's Business Services Program.

Tracey is a contributing author of the book, Enlightened Power: How Women are Transforming the Practice of Leadership. She is a Trustee on the San Francisco Ballet Board and previously served on the Board of St Mark's school in San Rafael, Calif. The San Francisco Business Times included Tracey in its list of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Business in 2004 and 2005. Tracey is also a member of The Committee of 200.


Marilyn Wilson Marilyn Wilson
President, Wilson Victor Associates
"Building a Successful Internet Business" -- Dec. 9, 1:45pm
Marilyn Wilson is a seasoned executive with proven strengths in marketing, research, product development, strategic planning and business development. She is currently president of Wilson Victor Associates, a company that focuses on helping early stage companies launch products and secure distribution and customers. Previously, Marilyn was CEO of Surveyor Corporation, a software services company. While there she launched a subscription service that provided families with the ability to connect anytime, anywhere to their children at home via any internet connection, including a cell phone.

Before joining Surveyor Corporation, Marilyn served as Chief WOW Officer at Fisher-Price® and led the company's first comprehensive strategic planning process. Through this process she uncovered several growth opportunities appropriate for the Fisher-Price® brand. These new initiatives created an $80 million increase in sales and a 15% increase in corporate profitability within twelve months. As VP Worldwide Marketing and Product Development for Fisher-Price toys, Marilyn contributed to the top-line and bottom-line growth of one of the top four brands in the world today. She built corporate profitability by being truly committed to satisfying the needs of her customers.

In addition to product development and marketing responsibilities Marilyn was assigned the prestigious role of "Executive Partner" to Wal-mart, Fisher-Price's single largest account. Her responsibilities included managing the relationship with merchandising managers and representing Wal-mart's needs in strategic management discussions.

She has a degree in agricultural marketing from Cornell University and is a frequent speaker there as well as California Polytechnic. Her expertise has been published in the highly successful management book, At the Helm.


Ellen Wingard
Executive Coach
"The Power of Reflective Leadership: Cultivating the Still Point" -- Dec. 9, 10:45pm
Ellen Wingard is an executive coach and organizational consultant with more than 24 years of experience working with senior leaders and their teams. A partial list of clients includes the Harvard Business School Press, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pfizer, Inc., PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sanofi-Aventis, Visa, and Wells Fargo. She is the co-editor of the recently published Jossey-Bass book Enlightened Power: How Women Are Transforming the Practice of Leadership (April 2005).

Ms. Wingard is a faculty member of the Institute for Women's Leadership in Redwood City, California and a member of the Women's Leadership Board at the John F. Kennedy School of Development, Harvard University. She is also one the founding advisory board members of the acclaimed Linkage Women in Leadership Summit. In 1999, Ms. Wingard was honored by the Women's Financial Association for her contribution on women in leadership.


Lissa V. Young Lissa V. Young
International Integrated Air Defense Systems Performance Excellence Business Area Lead, Raytheon
"Succeeding In A Male-Dominated Industry" -- Dec. 9, 1:45pm
After twenty years and a variety of roles with the US Military, Lissa V. Young joined the Raytheon Company in the summer of 2003 as the Raytheon Six Sigma Lead Expert for the DD(X) Program. She was responsible for creating and implementing an array of process improvements across the program, which successfully reduced the program's cost overrun by $40 M. In June of 2004, Lissa was selected to be the Raytheon Lead on the pursuit, capture and delivery of a program commissioned by the Secretary of the Air Force to reconstruct the leader and character development systems at the United States Air Force Academy. She currently serves as the International Integrated Air Defense Systems Performance Excellence Business Area Lead.

Lissa serves as an active board member on the Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government's Women's Leadership Board. She is the Development Committee's Co Chair. She is the recipient of the Army's Meritorious Service Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army's Humanitarian Service Medal, the National Defense Service Ribbon, and the Army Service Ribbon. Lissa possesses a Master of Arts in Social Psychology from the University of Kansas.