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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:

WITI Virtual Career Fair Platform Demo

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
3:00 PM ET (12:00 PM PT)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($0 Nonmembers)

Is your company considering participating in the WITI Virtual Career Fair on March 9th? Join us on for this webinar where we'll demonstrate our exciting new platform.

Register on-line or call the WITI office at 818-788-9484 to register by phone.

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Why Women Need to Lead

Thursday, February 18, 2016
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Will Marré

Women love technology but frequently hate the technology companies they work for - that's the conclusion of multiple research surveys recently published in the Harvard Business Review and on Fortune.com. Brand companies like Facebook, Apple, Intel and Google can't seem to raise the percentage of women in their technical workforce above 20% due to the river of women leaving after 10 to 15 years of fighting gender bias, unfriendly policies, lack of leadership opportunities and women-hostile cultures. How can we change this?

Having more women leaders is a proven competitive advantage and the continuing female-talent exodus is a serious threat to the growth and prosperity of tech companies. New research from McKinsey and Company, Accenture, and MIT confirm that women's thinking, versatility and social intelligence gives them leadership advantages desperately needed in complex, collaborative working environments. This isn't just a theory - a woman's thinking patterns improve customer-valued innovations (growth) and lean execution (profit). MIT's research is based on 156 trials of teams working to solve complex problems and the teams with the most women got the best results.

The proven way that women increase their leadership power is to adopt the 5 strategies of SMART Power Leadership to overcome the hard power, hypercompetitive culture bias that is rampant in technology companies today. In this webinar, Will Marré will show you:

1. How to get opportunities to lead by developing a compelling leadership agenda that amplifies your credibility.

2. How to increase your influence and make persuasive presentations to a skeptical audience.

3. How to use structured collaboration to drive decision alignment.

4. How to create high accountability without being "bitchy."

5. How to promote changes in company policies that respect, encourage and inspire women.

You do not need to "lean in" to succeed in toxic cultures. You need to "stand out," lead and change these cultures.

You may be wondering why a man would be teaching women how to lead and succeed. The reason is that Will Marré has been consulting with senior leaders in organizations for over three decades. He knows what it takes to change a culture. He knows what leadership excellence is and has helped many women get promoted to the C- suite including CEO. And perhaps the most helpful thing is that he knows what men are saying about women, when women are not in the room. Will Marré is on a mission to help more women rise into leadership positions because he believes our future depends on it.

Will Marré is the co-founder and former president of the Covey Leadership Center which brought The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to millions worldwide. Today his focus is on developing Smart Power women leaders through his Smart Power Academy (SPA). The 2.5 day SPA is a research-based, leadership and career development retreat. Women learn to use the thinking tools, behavioral skills and leadership practices necessary to be effective in the new, disruptive economy (http://theleadershipspa.com). Smart Power is based on gender synergy - how men and women can use gender-based strengths to lead and work together to multiply positive results.

Will is the author of Save the World and Still Be Home for Dinner, Supercharge Your Career and Work Like a Genius and his soon to be released book Why We Need Women to Lead. Will was featured by the University of California TV (UCTV) for his online course, "Turn your Superpower into your Career." Will serves on the leadership faculty of UCSD Extension and is a former Leadership Scholar in Residence at the University of San Diego.

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Leading Energetically

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Melanie Polkosky, Ph.D.

Everyone is a leader either by choice or default. We lead ourselves and we lead others. Each of us has opportunities to lead and influence others. Today's effective leader inspires, encourages, challenges, and energizes. The question is "How do you lead?"

The majority of the US workforce is not engaged at work, according to 2015 Gallup surveys. What are the distinguishing factors of cultures of engagement? How do effective leaders impact the culture?

In "Leading Energetically," Melanie Polkosky challenges participants to consider how energy and engagement impact their quality of life. She will:

- Identify the seven distinct levels of energy and the impact on engagement and consciousness.
- Determine the difference between "catabolic" and "anabolic" leaders.
- Introduce the "Energetic Self-Perception Chart."
- Consider how energy shifts can create change.

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, was 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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WITI Member Orientation

Friday, March 4, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST  |  FREE for WITI Members ($0 Nonmembers)

Please join us for the WITI Monthly Membership Orientation. Hear about all of the the great things WITI is doing and how you can leverage them as a WITI member. These calls will take place on the first Friday of each month.

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Power Trip: Tools for Maximizing Your Personal Power At Work (tm)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Dr. Miriam Reiss

Men aren't the only ones with power tools. Women have power tools too but are sometimes unaware of them and how to use them effectively. Women with introverted personality styles are more likely to underuse their power tools, resulting in getting overlooked at work and missing key opportunities. So, how can you bring out your power tools and use them to your professional advantage?

This webinar will:

- Detail women's recognition and use of power tools, and how this impacts work performance
- Consider how personality style is dynamically interwoven with women's power tools
- Explore the role of personal foundation in power tool effectiveness

Through this perspective and observational lens, you may discover tools that you have been hiding from yourself and/or downplaying with others, and the impact of these choices. Successful use of power tools can create a recognizable, ripple effect leading to a stronger, more fulfilling career.

Dr. Miriam Reiss, business, career and life coach, helps professional women reboot from self-hindering to self-confident, by custom rewriting their internal code. Miriam's coaching clients have included women in technology at companies including Boeing, Microsoft and Starbucks. A regular presenter at WITI webinars and the WITI Annual Summit, Miriam is a Master Certified Coach, the International Coach Federation's expert ranking. Miriam is co-author of the book, "Branding & Marketing Mastery," and is writing a book on self-esteem. Miriam holds graduate degrees from Peace Theological Seminary, Cornell and Columbia Universities, and the University of Santa Monica. She is trained in business strategy, soul-centered professional coaching, spiritual science and spiritual psychology. Miriam can be reached at [email protected]

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Nice Girls Donít... Brag

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Renee Weisman

Do any of these sound familiar?

1. You jumped through hoops to complete a major project and didn't get the credit you deserved.

2. You believed you were clearly in line for a job opportunity but didn't get it.

3. Your work was presented at a meeting by your boss and you weren't even invited.

You will never get the opportunities, promotions, or other recognition you deserve unless people know about the good work you do. In short you need to brag. But for most people, especially women, brag is a four letter word. It IS possible to let others know how great you are without being pushy, arrogant or obnoxious and this session will show you how.

Renee Weisman, owner of Winning at Work Consulting, is the author of three books, "Winning in a Man's World," "5 Ways to Get a Man to Listen," and "7 Steps to Bragging the Right Way." Renee was a Distinguished Engineer and Director of Engineering at IBM Corporation prior to retiring. A featured writer for numerous online magazines and newspapers, Renee provides training at Fortune 500 companies, smaller firms, universities and professional societies on how men and women can work together more productively. Having been one of the first women engineers, managers, and executives in the heavily male dominated semiconductor engineering field, she learned by "living it" how to achieve career and business success and now teaches others to do the same.

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WITI Member Orientation

Friday, April 1, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST  |  FREE for WITI Members ($0 Nonmembers)

Please join us for the WITI Monthly Membership Orientation. Hear about all of the the great things WITI is doing and how you can leverage them as a WITI member. These calls will take place on the first Friday of each month.

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Women Who Fund - Investing with a Gender Lens

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Natalie Pace

There has been much talk and discussion regarding the lack of diversity, especially gender, in business. From Silicon Valley to Hollywood to Wall Street, the number of women executives and decision makers are at an all-time low. We were predicted to reach gender parity in 2015 but now the prediction has changed to 2085.

Women are almost 51% of the population and women entrepreneurs are the majority business owners in the US yet recent reports have concluded that:

- Across industries, the numbers of women at the executive decision making level, is at its lowest point in 15 years.
- In venture capital, only 6% are women, down from 10% in 1999.
- Women receive only 5% of the start-up capital.
- Women-led high-tech companies typically launch with capital at levels that are 30-50% less than those led by men.
- Forty-seven percent of gamers are women, but 88 percent of video games developers are male.

At the same time, studies also found that:

- Women-led, venture-backed companies bring in 12% more revenue than male-led companies.
- Companies with higher representation of women on boards or at the decision making level, out-perform those without.
- Teams with at least one female founder did 63% better than all-male founder teams.

Even "Mr. Wonderful," Kevin O'Leary from the Shark Tank found that his companies with women CEOs outperformed all of the men.

Many strategies have been suggested on how to change this dynamic, however, many of them are directed at convincing or shaming men. But neither women nor the world economy can wait for men in power to change. If during the global down turn, women owned businesses had the same access to capital as men, we would have pulled the entire world out of the recession at a faster rate. And if women entrepreneurs received the same amount of capital as men, we would create six million jobs - two million in the first year. To put that in perspective, the current unemployment number in the US is 7.9 million.

Women "control of the purse" - meaning, a big chunk of the available capital in the world is, and the majority will be, controlled by women. We are currently living through the largest transfer of wealth from men to women in history. Currently, women decide where 27%, or approximately $20 trillion, of the world's capital will be spent, while earning $13 trillion. And by 2028, women will control 75% of consumer discretionary spending worldwide. In the US alone, women in some way control 39% of investable assets. Companies with women on the executive team have an economic impact of $3 trillion annually, which translates into the creation and/or maintenance of more than 23 million jobs.

This webinar will educate women on why and how they, individually and collectively, have the power to impact this global inequity... AND make money! In addition, women will learn what it means to invest with a "Gender Lens" and hear of the resources available to begin making gender-based financial decisions.

Tracy Gray has over 20 years' experience assisting organizations in a variety of industries reach their goals. She is currently Managing Director at The 22 Capital Group (The 22), an international investment and advisory firm. Tracy is also the founder of We Are Enough. We Are Enough's mission is to increase the flow of capital to women entrepreneurs by educating women on how and why they should invest in women-owned, for profit businesses. Ms. Gray was recently named one of the 50 "Women of Influence" in business in Los Angeles.

Ms. Gray is on the Exergy, Inc. advisory board and Isidore Recycling board of directors. She also serves on the non-profit boards of directors for the California State University, Dominguez Hills Philanthropic Foundation, CHINAWEEK, and arts and culture organization Clockshop and the advisory board of the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy. She recently served on the boards of the University of Southern California's Center for International Business, Education and Research, the Los Angeles Regional Export Council and Women in International Trade LA.

Ms. Gray has authored economic development articles and a national report and is a frequent speaker at various conferences and events including TEDx, Google and Banc of California. She has traveled to 40 countries, studying international business and economic development in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Ms. Gray holds a B.S. in Mathematical Science with an aeronautics emphasis from the University of California, Santa Barbara and dual MBAs from Columbia University and University of California, Berkeley specializing in private equity, international business and corporate social responsibility.

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Five Key Strategies for Getting What You Want in Your Career

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Lisa Gates

As women, we know we need to build more competence and confidence in negotiation and everyday problem-solving. Yet most of the research on women and negotiation (and the resulting advice hurled our way) angles toward what women need to do to tiptoe through the minefield of gender expectations, and all manner of macro- and micro-inequities we experience.

But what if we really don't have to tiptoe and turn ourselves inside out to avoid backlash?

What if we could get the workplace to conform to us?

In this webinar, Lisa Gates, co-founder of She Negotiates, will discuss the five key strategies for getting what you want in your career, while not changing a single thing about who you are, and addressing the age-old double binds like:

- Be strong, but don't be bossy
- Say yes to everything, but don't be a doormat
- Be powerful, but be deferential

Yes, those double binds. Let's change the conversation...

Lisa Gates is a negotiation consultant and executive coach who knows how to bridge the gap between self-worth and net worth. As co-founder of She Negotiates, she delivers her company's signature courses, Strategic Conversations and Career Oxygen, both onsite and online. Lisa is the author of four video courses available online at lynda.com, including Asking for a Raise, Negotiation Fundamentals, Conflict Resolution Fundamentals and Coaching and Developing Employees. She has been a frequent contributor to Forbes Woman, The Daily Muse, and LinkedIn, and the work of She Negotiates has been featured on NPR, CNN, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, More Magazine, and Real Simple, among others.

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WITI Member Orientation

Friday, May 6, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST  |  FREE for WITI Members ($0 Nonmembers)

Please join us for the WITI Monthly Membership Orientation. Hear about all of the the great things WITI is doing and how you can leverage them as a WITI member. These calls will take place on the first Friday of each month.

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Own Your Ambition

Thursday, May 19, 2016
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Bonnie Marcus

Women who have chosen to embark upon a professional career path are often described as aspiring, goal-oriented, and driven. They are ambitious individuals. In this webinar, Bonnie will address the nature of ambition Ė where it comes from as well as how to nurture and maintain ambition for long-term career success despite any obstacles you might face. Bonnie will help attendees:

- Explore their mindset about ambition
- Nurture and manage their ambition amidst stress, career roadblocks, and changing desires
- Identify their internal barriers to owning their ambition
- Uncover external/structural barriers in their workplace

Bonnie Marcus M.Ed. is a certified executive coach, speaker and author. A former corporate executive, Bonnie founded her firm, Women's Success Coaching, in 2007 with the mission to help professional women promote and position themselves for success. Her latest book, The Politics of Promotion: How High Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead, provides a road map for women to navigate the complexities of their workplace to get the promotions they deserve.

A contributing writer for Forbes and Business Insider, Bonnie has also been published in Entrepreneur, Women in HR, Reader's Digest, Diversity MBA, and CIO Magazine. She has been featured in Fast Company, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, Inc., and the Huffington Post.

Bonnie received a BA from Connecticut College and a M.Ed. from New York University.

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WITI Member Orientation

Friday, June 3, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST  |  FREE for WITI Members ($0 Nonmembers)

Please join us for the WITI Monthly Membership Orientation. Hear about all of the the great things WITI is doing and how you can leverage them as a WITI member. These calls will take place on the first Friday of each month.

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  Previous Webinars

 Past Webinar Recordings

Upcoming Webinars

WITI Virtual Career Fair Platform Demo
Begins Feb 16

Why Women Need to Lead
Begins Feb 18

Leading Energetically
Begins Feb 23

WITI Member Orientation
Begins Mar 4

Power Trip: Tools for Maximizing Your Personal Power At Work (tm)
Begins Mar 8

Nice Girls Donít... Brag
Begins Mar 22

WITI Member Orientation
Begins Apr 1

Women Who Fund - Investing with a Gender Lens
Begins Apr 12

Five Key Strategies for Getting What You Want in Your Career
Begins May 4

WITI Member Orientation
Begins May 6

Own Your Ambition
Begins May 19

WITI Member Orientation
Begins Jun 3

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Founded in 1989, WITI is the nation's leading trade association for professional, tech-savvy women committed to using technology, resources and connections to advance women worldwide. With a global network of smart, talented women and a market reach exceeding 2 million, WITI has established powerful strategic alliances and programs to provide connections, resources, and opportunities within a supportive environment of women committed to helping each other. WITI's mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity.