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WITI Webinars

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:

Preparing for the Ask: Negotiating Employment Offers, Raises/Promotions & Severance Packages

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Karen Berntson, Esq., Principal, Berntson Law

With 40% of women now the primary breadwinners in their households, it is more important than ever for women to think strategically about their careers. While every person's career is unique, there are common professional milestones for many – from negotiating an offer of employment to asking for a promotion or a raise. Some may find themselves in a situation where they have to negotiate a severance agreement. Others may want to strike out on their own and start a business. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to negotiation, there are key issues to consider at each stage of employment. Led by an attorney who specializes in employment issues, this webinar is designed to highlight the key compensation and non-compensation issues to consider at each of these stages.

Recognizing that working professionals invest a lot of time and energy to build successful careers, Karen Berntson started her firm (www.berntsonlaw.com) so that professionals would have access to a trusted advisor when making important career decisions. Karen, who specializes in employment and labor matters, has spent 15 years advising working professionals on the career decisions that matter most-like negotiating salary, benefits, and severance packages.

Karen received her law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. After school, she joined the law firm Bell, Rosenberg & Hughes LLP in Oakland, where she represented individuals, corporations and public entities. Karen later represented employees and unions at the law firm Davis & Reno in San Francisco before starting her own law practice. Prior to starting her law career, Karen worked in Washington, DC, on the legislative staff for Senator Barbara Boxer.

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Avoiding Unintended Consequences

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Amanda O’Neill

Have you ever rolled out a new product or service? Implemented a new policy? Designed and communicated a new sales commission strategy? Did it go according to plan or were there elements that surprised you?

Join us as we explore examples of decisions that resulted in unforeseen benefits or unintended consequences. Amanda O'Neill, Director of Sales Operations at AT&T's Emerging Business Markets, will then walk you through a few simple steps to enhance your decision making skills and avoid any surprises!

Amanda O'Neill is currently Director of Sales Operations in AT&T's Emerging Business Markets, responsible for managing the Inside Sales team that on-boards and activates customers, as well as enables long-term sustainability through inside sales support. In this capacity, her team also supports the program's Channel Account Managers. The Sales Operations team is focused on process improvement, development, and implementation, in coordination with Pricing, Strategy and Operations.

Prior to her current role, Amanda served as the Lead Chief of Staff for Brooks McCorcle, President of Emerging Business Markets. In this role, she led internal communications efforts and coordinated operational reviews, executive briefings, channel conferences, speaking engagements and results reporting. She also led the design and construction of a significant expansion project at AT&T Plano Foundry.

In 5 years with AT&T, Amanda has also managed operations teams, third parties and global projects in AT&T Network Operations.

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Speak Like a Leader: Keys to Creating & Delivering TED-worthy Presentations, Pitches & Communications

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: John Bates

"You have something truly awesome to share with the world.

I'm here to bring that out of you so it can live and make a real difference in the world we inhabit, together."

- John Bates

In this webinar, you will learn how to use Human Evolutionary Biology and Human Neurophysiology to:

  • Make the very most of every word you speak, and WHY it works
  • Move your listeners to action with a new level of ease
  • Stand out from the crowd and be remembered
  • Leave your fear and anxiety around public speaking far behind
  • What you will learn in this fun hour is applicable to TEDx events, pitching your business, raising venture capital, marketing, presenting, selling and even talking by the water cooler with 1 person, 10 people, 100 or 10,000. You will come away thrilled with your new outlook and abilities.

    Bring a pencil/pen and a notebook. (And, if you didn't know about TED.com talks, you'll be happy you do now!)

    People regularly say that John's is the best communications training they have ever received.

    John Bates began working in the dotcom arena in 1994. He shares the secrets and tools that have allowed him to be an award winning public speaker since high school, co-found or be a very early employee at numerous startups, raise hundreds of millions in venture capital, fail big, succeed big and travel the world coaching hundreds of executives, TED & TEDx speakers. John is a co-author of World Class Speaking In Action, an Amazon #1 Best Selling book in which he writes about the Science of Speaking Success.

    John's communication, leadership and pitch coaching have won him rave reviews from top level execs at the Volkswagen Electronics Research Lab, the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centers in Silicon Valley & Boston, Prescience International, Stone Brewing Co., Motorola Solutions, Janssen Labs in San Diego, LAZ Parking, Oculus Innovative Sciences, DudaMobile, Real-Time Innovations (RTI) of Silicon Valley, the American Embassy in Slovakia, Telefonica/O2, PlaySpan (acquired by Visa), ČSOB, and many others, along with top reviews from TEDxHoboken, TEDxFulbright, TEDxVilnius, TEDxTaiz, TEDxVeniceBeach, and more.

    You can find out more at www.ExecutiveSpeakingSuccess.com

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

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014
    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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    Upcoming Webinars

    Preparing for the Ask: Negotiating Employment Offers, Raises/Promotions & Severance Packages
    Begins Oct 28

    Avoiding Unintended Consequences
    Begins Nov 11

    Speak Like a Leader: Keys to Creating & Delivering TED-worthy Presentations, Pitches & Communications
    Begins Nov 18

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

    Exit Planning & Strategies Maximizing the Value of Your Business in a Sale
    Begins Dec 10

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