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WITI Webinars are FREE for all of our members, and non-member pricing is also available. We offer multiple webinars to take advantage of each month and our members also have access to recordings and materials from past webinars. Details of our current offerings follow:

A New Year, A New Resolution: Starting Your Own Business and Making your Business Dreams into a reality!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Nellie Akalp, Founder & CEO of CorpNet.com

If you've decided that starting a business is your New Year’s Resolution for 2015, you are already off to a successful new year. Starting a business doesn't have to be as scary as people make it seem. There are plenty of resources out there to lend a helping hand and in this webinar, Nellie Akalp will walk you through some of the legal aspects of starting a business. Nellie has formed well over 100,000 LLCs for entrepreneurs, so she knows a thing or two about starting up! In this webinar, she will cover:

  • Business Structures: why you need to pick a business structure, what the most popular structures are, and what the best one for your business is.
  • Business Licenses and Permits: why you need them to operate your business, how this is different from the actual set up of the business structure, and getting rid of the confusion that is currently out there.
  • Business Compliance: the importance of keeping your business compliant after you are launched.
  • Next Steps: DIY, using an attorney and Document Filing Services.
  • If you aspire to become a business owner, this webinar is not one to miss!

    Nellie Akalp is CEO of CorpNet.com, her second incorporation filing service based on her strong passion to assist small business owners and entrepreneurs in starting and protecting their business. Through the various “Do-It-Yourself” and “Business-Startup” services she has founded since 1997, she has formed over 100,000 corporations and LLCs. As CEO of CorpNet, she helps educate small business owners to incorporate a business, Form an LLC, or File a DBA, in any state, and in any county across the U.S. To learn more about Nellie visit www.corpnet.com/corpnetnellie

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    Female Founder Success Story: Advice on Building your own Tech Start-up

    Thursday, December 4, 2014
    12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($0 Nonmembers)


    Sana Salam is the founder and president of Canada based tech startup- a lean boot strapped firm Sodales Solutions, which has grown considerably within its first year. Sana's inspiration behind Sodales was to help enterprises simplify their business by humanizing the meaning of technology. As a winner of the SAP Mobile Apps Challenge for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 and recently the SAP and Google Apps challenge, Sana has a significant amount of knowledge and a unique perspective to offer to other women who are looking to build their tech startups from ground-up.

    Hear directly from Sana: her candid perspectives into the struggles and triumphs of her start-up journey. Learn how starting small, taking small incremental steps, and developing a winning strategy helped her launch a successful start-up.

    In this webinar Sana will share her insights and experiences and give you the opportunity to ask questions.

    Agenda:
    - Sodales Solutions startup success with SAP
    - SAP PartnerEdge program for Application Development
    - Getting Started: resources and next steps
    - Q&A: bring your questions, we are saving time at the end just for you

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    Thursday, December 4, 2014
    12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($0 Nonmembers)


    Sana Salam is the founder and president of Canada based tech startup- a lean boot strapped firm Sodales Solutions, which has grown considerably within its first year. Sana's inspiration behind Sodales was to help enterprises simplify their business by humanizing the meaning of technology. As a winner of the SAP Mobile Apps Challenge for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 and recently the SAP and Google Apps challenge, Sana has a significant amount of knowledge and a unique perspective to offer to other women who are looking to build their tech startups from ground-up.

    Hear directly from Sana: her candid perspectives into the struggles and triumphs of her start-up journey. Learn how starting small, taking small incremental steps, and developing a winning strategy helped her launch a successful start-up.

    In this webinar Sana will share her insights and experiences and give you the opportunity to ask questions.

    Agenda:
    - Sodales Solutions startup success with SAP
    - SAP PartnerEdge program for Application Development
    - Getting Started: resources and next steps
    - Q&A: bring your questions, we are saving time at the end just for you

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    Why Business Needs Feminine Leadership

    Wednesday, January 28, 2015
    12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

    Presenter: Monique Svazlian, Feminine Leadership Expert & Executive Coach

    In this webinar, you will learn:

    - The top 3 leadership challenges are that are keeping women from climbing to the top
    - Why closing the gender gap is the biggest economic opportunity of the 21st century
    - Research & data that support the need of women & men who lead to use collaborative leadership skills
    - The 7 Attributes of Feminine Leadership you can leverage that will help you become confident, influential, and effective in any business environment

    Studies show that women are better liked, more effective and can improve organizational performance when they embody a more feminine style of leadership, by leveraging qualities such as empathy, collaboration and long-term thinking. According to a recent global survey, 66% of respondents preferred leaders who exhibited feminine leadership traits. It's time that we revolutionize women's leadership training and offer a model of leadership more fully aligned with women's natural gifts & talents.

    Monique Svazlian is the Founder of Highest Path Consulting, specializing in executive coaching, training, and events such as the Women & Power Leadership Forum, with the purpose of forming supportive communities of women, closing the gender gap and guiding women to embrace their feminine strengths & capacities to be able to foster innovation and collaboration in the 21st century workplace.

    During her time working in the corporate world, one of the challenges she faced was to produce a 10,000 person conference for eBay, which allowed her to step into her leadership to gain unique insight into the challenges women face in business today. Monique's work is inspired by her vision of a world where women hold 50% of the world's top leadership positions.

    She is a writer for the Huffington Post on women's leadership issues, and her upcoming book, the Art of Feminine Leadership: 7 Superpowers for Women Who Want to Climb to the Top & Change the World will be out in 2015.

    You can learn more at: www.highestpath.com

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    The Power of Personal Branding for Professional Success

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015
    12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

    Presenter: Lorrie Thomas Ross, M.A.

    Branding isn't just for businesses anymore. Your personal presence (the brand called YOU!) is becoming one of the most critical marketing assets to grow your career and to support your organizational growth. In this webinar, marketing expert Lorrie Thomas Ross, M.A. will show you how to manage your personal brand to elevate both your personal and company's marketing efforts. She will:

    - Lead you thorough a success formula to define, refine and grow your personal brand.

    - Teach you how to use the power of online marketing as you grab the reins of your brand identity.

    - Give you tips on how to develop authority, create content, establish personal style and maintain consistency.

    With the right personal branding strategy, you can achieve a competitive edge and reach a larger audience.



    Lorrie Thomas Ross, M.A. is an author, speaker, educator and the CEO of Web Marketing Therapy, Inc., a marketing agency and training company. She is the author of The McGraw-Hill 36 Hour Course to Online Marketing and several courses in the lynda.com video training library. She teaches workshops on-site at corporations and also through UC Berkeley Extension, and universities hire her to write curriculum for online marketing courses. Lorrie speaks nationally at conferences and gives motivational keynotes. She has been featured in the media as a marketing expert in publications including INC. Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and SUCCESS Magazine. Ross is staging a peaceful markEDing® revolution (that is not a typo, that is marketing with an educational focus) to help retrain the way we think about and approach marketing. When she is not geeking out on marketing, Lorrie unplugs to recharge, preferably with family and friends over a great meal (wine and dessert required!). You can find out more at lorriethomas.com

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    Career Success for Introverts

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015
    12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

    Presenter: Dr. Miriam Reiss

    Most women in technology are introverts in personality style. Introverts are often perceived as more subdued in the work environment, more hesitant to initiate and less willing to speak up in professional situations. This behavior can influence their perception by both men and women in the workplace, impact the nature and scope of job responsibilities, and have significant consequences for salary progression and career advancement.

    In this webinar, Dr. Reiss will deal with core aspects of the introvert personality, including subtle areas that are not generally addressed. We will focus on style in the workplace and discuss the nature of style malleability. Dr. Reiss will introduce breakthrough strategies and tools for success with the introvert style, and participants will have the opportunity to ask specific style-related questions and receive coaching from a master career coach specializing in style-aligned performance.

    Dr. Miriam Reiss helps women in technology grow their skills, maximize their professional success, and increase their level of sustained self-confidence and well-being. As co-author of "Branding & Marketing Mastery," Miriam is an executive coach, former marketing director and consultant. Her coaching clients have ranged from biotech professionals to women in engineering, at companies including Boeing and Microsoft. Miriam has presented at WITI webinars and the WITI annual conference. She is Past President, Washington State Chapter, International Coach Federation (ICF), and a Master Certified Coach, the ICF's senior ranking. Miriam holds a doctorate from Peace Theological Seminary, degrees from Cornell and Columbia Universities, and a master's degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Miriam can be reached at miriam@spiritedmarketing.com, www.spiritedmarketing.com.

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    Exit Planning & Strategies Maximizing the Value of Your Business in a Sale

    Thursday, March 19, 2015
    12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

    Presenter: Jan Robertson

    Whether you are a new entrepreneur raising your first VC/angel round, an established business owner or a consultant to a growing business, a successful sale can be the most effective exit strategy. However, this requires planning and skillful execution across all aspects of customer and market growth, IP development and protection, human resources and asset management. In this webinar, Jan Robertson will share real world examples of successes as well as "horror stories you want to avoid." You will leave this interactive session with an understanding of:

  • Timing - is there a right time to sell?
  • Current Market - assessment & perspective.
  • Valuation - what is your business worth, and how to enhance its value?
  • Saleability - what makes a business saleable?
  • IP - how valued and how to protect in a sale.
  • Taxes - how transaction structure can minimize!
  • Financial Statements - what's needed & how to best prepare?
  • Due Diligence - how to speed up and avoid common pitfalls.
  • Sale Process - how a well-run, competitive bidding process can maximize value.
  • Buyers - who are the potential buyers for your business?
  • Legal - mitigating risks during and after the sale.
  • Other - management, employees, and family-owned business issues.
  • This informative webinar is being led by Silicon Valley-based M&A advisor, Jan Robertson, Managing Partner, SiVal Advisors. Jan is a 30-year veteran of the M&A business, and a frequent speaker and author on topics related to M&A. She has advised numerous technology company clients and boards of directors on a wide variety of M&A transactions during her career. In April, 2012 she was honored as one of Silicon Valley's Top 100 "Women of Influence." In March 2013 she was a featured speaker on funding and M&A exits, at the Sixth Annual Women's Private Equity Summit at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay, California. For Jan's full bio, click here: www.sivaladvisors.com/team/jan-robertson/

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    A New Year, A New Resolution: Starting Your Own Business and Making your Business Dreams into a reality!
    Begins Dec 3

    Female Founder Success Story: Advice on Building your own Tech Start-up
    Begins Dec 4

    Why Business Needs Feminine Leadership
    Begins Jan 28

    The Power of Personal Branding for Professional Success
    Begins Feb 24

    Career Success for Introverts
    Begins Mar 4

    Exit Planning & Strategies Maximizing the Value of Your Business in a Sale
    Begins Mar 19

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