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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:

Learning To Use Power Questions

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Andrew Sobel, coauthor of Power Questions as well as seven other acclaimed books on professional relationships

Join relationship authority and bestselling author Andrew Sobel for an intensive, one-hour webinar on how to use powerful questions to build relationships, engage others, and persuade more effectively. If you work with clients and customers, lead a team, or would like to improve your professional and personal relationships, this webinar will give you the tools you need to succeed. You'll learn:

- What distinguishes a power question from an ordinary question
- Questions that will help you connect with and engage people you've just met
- How to formulate "credibility-building" questions to indirectly (and impressively) establish your expertise and experience
- Questions that will uncover the other person's most important priorities and needs
- How to use questions to reframe the problem and the solution and create a broader canvas for the conversation
- Questions that you should never ask

Andrew is the co-author of the international bestseller Power Questions, which has been translated into 16 languages. His other books include the ground-breaking Clients for Life and the award-winning All For One. Andrew helps companies and individuals develop clients for life and build the professional relationships that are critical to their success. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Harvard Business Review, USA Today, and dozens of other publications. He has been featured on Fox News, CNN, and ABC News. His clients include Citigroup, Xerox, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Ernst & Young, Booz Allen Hamilton, Towers Watson, and other leading companies. Andrew was a Senior Vice President and Country Chief Executive for Gemini Consulting, and for the last 19 years has led his own international consulting firm. He has been married for 32 years and has three children.

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Taking the Road Less Traveled Has Made All the Difference

Thursday, September 10, 2015
10-11AM PT (1-2PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($0 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Marene Allison

From Army Officer to Chief Information Security Officer - Marene Allison will discuss how taking the road less traveled in her life and taking a few calculated risks, has made all the difference on her road to Chief Information Security Officer at Johnson & Johnson.

Marene N. Allison, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Johnson & Johnson, has responsibility for protecting the Information Technology (IT) systems and data worldwide through elimination and mitigation of IT risk. She co-leads the IT Risk Management Council and is a member of the Enterprise Compliance Council. Marene joined Johnson & Johnson in September of 2010.

Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Marene was Chief Security Officer and Vice President for Medco, the largest pharmacy benefit manager in the United States. Marene was responsible for all aspects of the company's security, regulatory and compliance including, physical and logical security, executive protection as well as HIPPA, Payment Card Industry, Medicare and prescription fraud and IT controls.

Prior to that, Marene was with Avaya as head of Global Security where she worked on securing the World Cup network in Korea and Japan in 2002. Before joining Avaya she was Vice President of Loss Prevention and Safety for the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company. Before joining the corporate world, she served as a Special Agent in the FBI working on undercover drug operations in Newark, NJ and also working on terrorist bombings in San Diego, CA. She developed and participated in the nuclear terrorism exercise, Compass Rose ’88, the largest mock terrorism incident exercise by the federal government.

Marene has a Bachelor of Science degree from The United States Military Academy at West Point, in the first class to include women. She has served in the US Army in the Military Police, at Ft Hood, TX, Ft Chaffee, AR and Ft McClellan, AL. She has served on the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services appointed by the Secretary of Defense and the Overseas Security Advisory Committee appointed by the Secretary of State. She is a founding member of West Point Women and currently serves on their Board of Directors.

Marene is married, has one son and lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA.

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Leadership Mastery in the Digital Age AND... Everyone is a LEADER

Thursday, September 17, 2015
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Cheryl Cran, CSP

In today's fast-paced digital workplace there is a need for speed of "human abilities" which includes leadership. Everyone is a leader and as businesses shift to a "shared leadership" model, the skill sets and attitudes need to shift in a big way.

In this fast-paced, inspiring and practical application webinar, you will learn:

- How to upgrade your leadership OS to meet the needs of a fast-evolving workplace
- The "mindset model" that will help you and others to shift results by being a "sharer" and a "learner"
- How to be a multi-generational morpher, which will allow you to adapt your approaches and solutions to work for ALL of the generations working together
- What it means to be a "leadership master" in today's fast changing digital workplaces

Cheryl Cran, CSP, HoF is a thought leader on change leadership and the future of work. She is the author of six books including "Leadership Mastery in the Digital Age." Her newest book is being released in November, 2015, titled "The Art of Change Leadership - Driving Transformation In a Fast Paced World" (Wiley 2015). Cheryl has been a successful leader of teams since her early twenties and the study of master leadership is her life-long work's passion. She has been the CEO of Evolutionary Business Solutions since 1997 and she thrives on helping leaders to innovate, drive superior business performance, and create engaged and inspired teams. Her clients include Gartner, AT&T, Omnitel, Bell Media, EY, Digital Strategy Conference and many more. To find out more about Cheryl go to www.cherylcran.com

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Thriving Through Change

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Kathy Chou

As the saying goes, "change is the only constant in life." Especially in the technology industry, the rate of transformation has - and continues to - increase dramatically. While change can help us learn, grow and expand our boundaries, it can also be disruptive, scary and confusing. How can you rise above the challenges that change presents? How do you flourish during times of uncertainty?

In this webinar, Kathy Chou will explore changes in the technology industry, as well as organizational and personal change. She will provide tips and share best practices to help deal effectively with change so that you not only survive, but thrive.

Kathy Chou is senior vice president of Sales Strategy and Operations at Informatica, a $1B enterprise software company. She is responsible for driving sales and channel partner strategy, processes and tools, sales and partner operations, sales compensation, planning, reporting/analytics and sales enablement.

Kathy Chou has more than 20 years of operations and management experience in the high-tech industry. Before joining Informatica in May 2014, she worked at Intuit as vice president of Sales Operations and Strategy. At Hewlett-Packard, Kathy was vice president of Personal Systems Group Sales Strategy and Operations and Worldwide Commercial Sales representing $18B in revenue. Previously, she held management positions at Linux Networx, Penguin Computing and Agilent Technologies.

Chou serves as chair of the Stanford Alumni Committee on Trustee Nominations and director of the Asian Pacific Fund. She is a member of the Stanford International Research Institute in Social Sciences (iRiSS) board of directors. The Silicon Valley Business Journal selected her as one of the Top 100 most influential women in 2011. In 2013, she was awarded the distinguished Stanford Medal.

Kathy earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, a master's degree in manufacturing systems engineering, and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

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ROI's - Return on Investment & Ripple of Impact

Thursday, October 15, 2015
3-4PM PT (6-7PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Annette Mason

"ROI's" - What does an ROI mean to you as a leader in business? As an individual wanting to make a difference? Or as an organizational leader that cares both about achieving your business goals and leading your team of people to contribute and feel accomplished in the work that they do? It is no accident that when you align the organizational goals with meaningful work that you beat the odds of today's corporations with only 30% engagement. In this webinar, you will learn what you can do to impact your ROI on two fronts:

- Return on Investment AND
- Ripple of Impact

Annette will address the fundamentals of the traditional ROI and elaborate on Ripple of Impact so that you and your team feel true meaning in how you spend your days, weeks and years in your career. The more meaning you feel in your daily activities, the more upward spiral you create for yourself. And that is contagious. Unfortunately the corollary is true too. The more you spend your last ounce of energy with draining work and arrive home drained, your home life is influenced too.

More meaning => More energy and excitement => Interesting contributions to your Life (Personal or Work)

Annette will discuss:

- The importance of understanding ROI from an economic standpoint
- The significance of quality of life and how ROI, Ripple of Impact, can provide you and those you most care about a quality of life worth living today, not waiting until the "someday maybe..." or "when things slow down, I will..."
- How to do this for yourself
- How to share with your team, empowering without having to be the task master
- Some simple frameworks and exercises to free yourself up to genuinely create value in your career and personal life. Bust the Myth that, "I have to wait for my CEO or Division Manager to create an aligned, meaningful environment for me and my team."

Annette Mason is an entrepreneur, speaker and book contributor. A former corporate executive, Annette founded Trilogy Design Works with the mission to build creative, safe environments for people and their organizations to innovatively grow and prosper.

Annette is passionate about creating value in both organizations and for individuals. The equation for creating value has both economic and quality of life implications; it is never too soon to recognize that. It is also never too late to gain that perspective and take appropriate action. She takes great pride when her clients, friends and family say, "We are successful and happier because of what you have shared with us."

Annette received a Masters of Science in Systems Management from University of Southern California, a Bachelors of Arts from Stephens College, Columbia Missouri and is presently pursuing a Masters of Science in Executive Leadership from University of San Diego (May 2016.)

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Women as Barometers of a Healthy Workplace: Overcoming Gender Stereotypes in STEM

Thursday, October 22, 2015
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Melanie Polkosky, Ph.D.

We are currently engaged in a national conversation about gender diversity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Today, more than any time in the past, the lack of women in demanding science and technology fields is understood to be a significant problem that many thought leaders and progressive organizations have been striving to address for more than four decades. And yet, the number of women in STEM has plateaued or even decreased over the last few years.

This webinar will focus on women as barometers of workplace culture. The data tell us a majority of women are avoiding or leaving STEM fields due to their toxic environments. As women in technology, what is the daily impact of gender stereotypes on our energy, resilience and well-being? What does a welcoming, inclusive and supportive workplace culture look like? How can we each become the change we wish to see?

Goals of the Webinar:

- Define gender stereotyping and gender diversity as they relate to STEM fields;
- Describe how gender stereotyping effects social cognition, or the processes by which we understand ourselves and others;
- Evaluate several types of catabolic and anabolic energy that result from gender stereotyping;
- Identify at least 5 ways women can thrive in their career and life by overcoming limiting beliefs about gender.

Melanie Polkosky is an energy leadership coach and consultant who holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive and Neural Sciences. A former teacher and speech-language pathologist, her expertise in social cognition, interpersonal communication and user experience design arose from an eclectic career spanning healthcare, education, science and technology. As a R&D engineer-consultant for a major Fortune 100 technology organization for over 13 years, Melanie worked with numerous international clients, achieved a Thought Leader level of consultancy certification, wrote over 60 publications, received 6 U.S. patents and completed two prestigious global leadership and corporate social responsibility programs.

In 2014, Melanie left her corporate role to fully embrace her lifelong passions of writing and helping others, four years after surviving breast cancer. Her first book, Uncovering Truffles: The Scarcity and Value of Women in STEM, will be published in summer 2015. Today she runs an independent coaching/consulting practice that focuses on the design of empowering, supportive and inclusive work cultures for high potential women and the organizations that value them. Melanie is a vegan, multi-passionate entrepreneur and working mother who loves black-capped chickadees, immersive conversations, dark chocolate, her children's infectious laughter and wildflower-strewn mountains in summer. She lives with her husband, son and daughter near Memphis, Tennessee.

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Be Heard - Through the Glass Ceiling

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

Presenter: Bonnie Gross, BA, DSPA, President, SpeechScience, Inc.

SPEAK SO That Others APPRECIATE the FULL Value Of Your Ideas And Opinions.

Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government, industry, and in technology. This means that women's voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives.

Cheryl Sandberg, bestselling author of LEAN IN, identified one of the major problems holding women back as "..the faulty way women communicate to upper management, colleagues, and clients in business situations."

In this webinar, Bonnie Gross will discuss how to improve your speaking and communication skills so that you will BE HEARD AND APPRECIATED. You will:

- Learn how to use your voice, your tone, and your choice of words as powerful business tools.
- Communicate your message so others will listen.
- Learn to speak succinctly and to the point.
- Get rid of negative speech habits such as "um" and poor pronunciation.
- Discover your inner feelings and attitudes about being strong in business.
- Identify the speaking habits that hold you back, such as "up tone", poor voice projection, "um" and filler phrases, faulty pronunciation, apologizing, as well as body language and facial expression.

Bonnie Gross is the President of SpeechScience International, Inc., which is a company devoted to helping clients reach their full potential as dynamic speakers. They provide coaching and training in Executive Speaking Skills, including dynamic speaking preparation and delivery, speech & voice improvement, accent reduction and fearless public speaking. What differentiates SpeechScience is the combination of radio and television arts plus the use of Speech and Voice Therapy techniques, a computerized biofeedback learning tool, and their own proven programs and techniques to optimize learning and measure progress.

Incorporated in 1997, SpeechScience has helped hundreds of clients such as IBM, CIBC, Cisco Systems, BMO, Siemens, H.J.Heinz, RBC, CIBC and employees of the United Nations (New York), become clear and more powerful speakers.

Bonnie Gross has over 25 years of experience in speech pathology, voice training, writing and performing for radio and television. She has received awards in both professions:

- Honours of the Association AWARD, for outstanding contribution to the profession of Speech pathology.
- Programming Excellence Award, for the weekly TV series "Ethnicity."

The combination of these experiences is what makes Bonnie's programs strongly effective, unique, and always enjoyable.

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Top 5 Social Media Tools for the BUSY Professional

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Alex Cameron

Social media is now a necessary component of business marketing. The most successful businesses on social media have developed a smart marketing strategy that includes setting goals and objectives, utilizing the best tools to engage with their target audience & consistently analyzing their ROI. In other words, there is A LOT to do when it comes to social media. As a busy professional, how can you do all these things above and still manage the other stresses of your job?

During this interactive webinar, you will learn how to make the most of your time and resources and unleash the power of social media to take your social engagement to the next level. You will learn the most relevant, proven tactics for social media success that will save you TIME and MONEY!

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:

- Identify successful tactics for managing their time effectively on social media
- Determine which social media platforms today will yield the highest engagement from their target audience
- Develop an editorial calendar to organize their content into themes
- Schedule content in advance using Hootsuite
- Create quality graphics for their social media content using Canva
- Target their most influential followers on Twitter and leverage those relationships to gain new customers
- Easily curate trending content to promote on social media

Alex Cameron is the Founder & CEO of Signature Social Marketing Consulting. Alex's professional background includes 5 years in hospitality and event management where she earned her reputation as a successful sales leader and marketer. Alex specializes in social media strategy, helping her clients to develop a comprehensive marketing strategy with clearly defined goals as well as tactics for achieving those goals. Alex empowers her clients with the knowledge and direction they need to succeed with their digital marketing. With a client portfolio including Lexus, Toyota & Marriott International, Alex has worked with many diverse industry leaders. Alex also served as the Director of Marketing and Communications for the local chapter of Meeting Professionals International, a global association with over 23,000 members.

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Time for a Pay ‘Check’: Tech Compensation Trends and Negotiation Tips

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Ester Frey

Ester Frey, Vice President, Technology Staffing Services for Robert Half Technology will address IT's five fastest-growing paychecks in the tech sector. She will also address how women can build upon their skills and leverage their experience to negotiate for dream job they desire and the salary they deserve.

In this webinar we'll cover:

- Overall IT hiring environment
- Five hottest IT jobs right now (& salaries for 2016)
- IT specialties and skills in demand
- Negotiation tips

Ester Frey is Vice President, Technology Staffing Services of Robert Half Technology, a leading specialized staffing firm providing information technology (IT) professionals on a project and full-time basis. Frey has 18 years' of experience in recruiting, staffing and sales management, and in her current role, she assists in the management of Robert Half Technology teams across the United States and Canada. The firm places IT professionals for initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network security and technical support. Prior to this role, she was a regional manager for Robert Half Technology, overseeing branch offices throughout the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining Robert Half, she worked in healthcare recruiting and ecommerce sales and sales management.

Frey is a frequently quoted expert on employment trends in the IT field, and has been featured in various publication and broadcast outlets. She received a bachelor's of arts degree in political science and Scandinavian studies from the University of Washington.

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The Leader is YOU! Build Your Change Intelligence for Influence and Impact

Thursday, December 10, 2015
3-4PM ET (12-1PM PT)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Barbara A. Trautlein, Ph.D.

If you're a woman in technology, your job is all about leading change. What kind of a change leader are you? Do you get inspired by looking forward towards bright futures and new horizons - a visionary leader? Do you get energized by engaging and collaborating with others toward joint goals - a participative leader? Do you "get 'er done" and are sought out for your keen implementation skills - an executional leader? Whatever your style, you'll achieve greater career success and personal satisfaction by embracing and leveraging your strengths, identifying and shoring-up your blind spots, and developing yourself as a leader in an intentional and focused manner. Join us for an interactive learning experience replete with real-life examples and learn how to:

- Diagnose your own Change Intelligence, and appreciate the pros and cons of your style
- ADAPT your mindsets and behaviors to grow as an even stronger and more confident leader - Acknowledge your uniqueness, Deploy your skills in new and creative ways, Avoid overdoing your strengths or neglecting your blind spots, Plan to build new competencies, and Team with others in areas where you are weak or enjoy less
- Emerge as a more competent and confident leader (and we're all leaders - regardless of our title, role, or level!), empowering you to expand your influence and impact

Barbara A. Trautlein, Ph.D. is principal and founder of Change Catalysts, author of the book Change Intelligence: Use the Power of CQ to Lead Change that Sticks and originator of the CQ System to Develop Change Intelligent Leaders and Organizations. For over 25 years, Barbara has conducted workshops for thousands of participants, coached many dozens of people from CEOs to union workers, certified change agents, and facilitated mission-critical transformations - achieving bottom-line business and powerful leadership results for clients. She is gifted at sharing strategies and tactics that are accessible, actionable, and immediately applicable. In addition to her “hands on” work with clients, she is a recognized expert, author and researcher on leadership and change management best practices. This blend of research and real-world expertise makes her an in-demand speaker at conferences in North America, South America, Asia, and Africa. Barbara has a unique ability to connect with her audiences, from C-level executives in Fortune 50 organizations to front-line employees, and across industries, from steel mills to sales teams, refineries to retail outlets, and healthcare to high tech. Clients served include Abbott Laboratories, CareerBuilder, Cisco, Ford Motor Company, ThyssenKrupp, and US Cellular.

Barbara holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan.

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  Previous Webinars

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Upcoming Webinars

Learning To Use Power Questions
Begins Sep 9

Taking the Road Less Traveled Has Made All the Difference
Begins Sep 10

Leadership Mastery in the Digital Age AND... Everyone is a LEADER
Begins Sep 17

Thriving Through Change
Begins Sep 23

ROI's - Return on Investment & Ripple of Impact
Begins Oct 15

Women as Barometers of a Healthy Workplace: Overcoming Gender Stereotypes in STEM
Begins Oct 22

Be Heard - Through the Glass Ceiling
Begins Nov 4

Top 5 Social Media Tools for the BUSY Professional
Begins Nov 10

Time for a Pay ‘Check’: Tech Compensation Trends and Negotiation Tips
Begins Dec 8

The Leader is YOU! Build Your Change Intelligence for Influence and Impact
Begins Dec 10

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