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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:

STEM - Today and Tomorrow

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Shelley Goldman

In today's difficult employment marketplace, a STEM degree is of paramount importance in maintaining competitiveness, be it individually, nationally or internationally. Having basically replaced a liberal arts education as a prerequisite for employment in most sectors, it opens wide the doors to new and exciting opportunities. Innovative technologies, products, services – all of these require extensive knowledge of STEM. Those with inadequate exposure to these critical fields will find it very difficult to stay relevant in the coming years. It is precisely because of its vital importance that ensuring equal access to STEM literacy should be an educational policy priority.

This webinar will address where the women in STEM fields are today in our continuing attempts to shatter the "glass ceiling." We will discuss the importance of expanding access to computer science education, and develop strategies to engage those populations that are historically the least represented in STEM, girls and minorities. Our goal is to focus not only on the individual, showcasing approaches for women to make a difference in their careers, but also to stress effective relationship building and communication. Working globally and cross functionally through effective relationship building, influence and communication, this webinar will showcase strategies of how women can make a difference in their careers, their own futures and to the future of the next generation.

An AT&T veteran with vast experience in the frontiers of technology, Shelley Goldman is a most accomplished woman. With almost 100 technology patents to her credit, she ranks second among female patent holders at the tech giant. As a coach specializing in STEM, she makes it a priority to work with women and girls to encourage and educate them about opportunities in the STEM field. Shelley blogs for the Huffington Post, has put out a YouTube video and continually mentors students through Girls Who Code and Aspire in her attempt to reach other women and encourage them in STEM. Perhaps her most successful mentee has been her own daughter, Rachel, whom she inspired to become an engineer and who earned an MS in Computer Science from Columbia.

Shelley is responsible for providing the "Voice of the Customer" to AT&T Labs and most recently led the AT&T Emerging Technologies Forum (ETF). ETF provided a venue for AT&T Labs to introduce new concepts, ideas and technologies, forming a bridge between tech innovations and the business environment. No stranger to either space, Shelley has served AT&T through stints in marketing research, customer satisfaction, and mobility as well as at Labs.

Shelley is a graduate of City University of NY – Baruch College (BBA) and Columbia University (MBA). She has participated in Columbia Senior Executive Programs and has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University. Shelley has received numerous awards including the Research Excellence Award for development and deploying services. Her projects have gained international recognition and have been mentioned in publications as diverse as Fortune Magazine and Data Briefs.

Ever mindful of the need to give back to her community, Shelley previously served as regional president of an international charity and presently serves on the board of her local sisterhood organization. She is a wife, proud mother of two and most recently has taken on her most prestigious role yet, grandmother.

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Ask and Get What You Want: Mutual Benefit Negotiation for Women

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

Presenter: Victoria Pynchon

In this webinar, Victoria Pynchon will walk you through the negotiation strategies and tactics now being taught by the most prestigious business schools in the country, including the Harvard Program on Negotiation and at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She Negotiates nests this powerful negotiation strategy in women’s gendered workplace experiences, permitting them to use their existing strengths to powerfully ask, lead and succeed. 

Victoria Pynchon is an author, attorney, keynote speaker, consultant and trainer at the company she co-founded in 2010, She Negotiates Consulting and Training. Pynchon has more than 25 years of commercial litigation and trial experience, a legal Master’s Degree from the world-famous Straus Institute and ten years of experience speaking and writing about mutual-benefit negotiation strategy and tactics. Her two books, The Grownups’ ABCs of Conflict Resolution and Success as a Mediator for Dummies will be followed this year by Get What You Want: Negotiation Scripts for Everyday Life.

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6 Time Tactics to Free Up 8+ Hours per Week to Grow Your Business and Get Your Life Back!

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

Presenter: David Finkel, CEO of Maui Mastermind®

A Proven Time Mastery System for Business Executives

One of the most common complaints for business people is that there's too much to do and not enough time in the day to get it all done. The surprising truth is that you're already working enough hours, you just need to do more with the hours you're already working.

Join Wall Street Journal bestselling author and serial entrepreneur, David Finkel, as he shares with you 6 concrete time tactics to create more value for your business in less time. In this webinar you'll learn:

- A revolutionary new time mastery system designed for business people to help you manage the conflicting demands and multiple hats you wear!
- A simple technique to help you identify precisely what you do that creates the most value for your business!
- How to design out the repetitive, low value items that waste too much of your day!
- How to find, hire, and leverage a personal assistant (and why you can't afford not to!)
- Why discipline and will power are doomed to fail (and the two elements that consistently work!)
- How to earn more, create more, do more, and accomplish more in less time.
- To work smarter so you can grow your business and get your life back!

David Finkel is the CEO of Maui Mastermind®, one of the world's premier business coaching companies with thousands of clients worldwide. He is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of ten books, including Build a Business, Not a Job (Bradstreet) and Scale: 7 Proven Principle to Grow Your Business and Get Your Life Back (Penguin Random House). He lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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The Art and Science of Innovation

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Jeff Hoffman

In a world where major changes happen overnight, some people and some companies still manage to stay ahead, and keep finding new products and new processes to startle and delight their customers. But this is no accident. There are tools and techniques that the world's most innovative companies use to constantly find new ideas and ways to execute them. This webinar will present an actionable list of things you can do to improve your idea flow and continually stay ahead of your competition with new products and better ways of serving your customers.

Jeff Hoffman is a successful entrepreneur and motivational speaker. He has been the founder of multiple startups, the CEO of both public and private companies, and has served as a senior executive in many capacities. Jeff has been part of a number of well-known companies, including Priceline.com. uBid.com, CTI, ColorJar, and more.

Today Jeff serves on the boards of companies in the US, Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia. He supports entrepreneurs and small businesses on a worldwide basis, serving on the global advisory boards of Global Entrepreneurship Week (supporting entrepreneurship in over 130 countries), the US State Department’s GIST program (Global Innovation through Science and Technology, working in 49 emerging nations), the APEC Startup Initiative (the Asia Pacific Economic Council’s 21-member nation association), and many others. He supports the White House, the State Department, USAID, and similar organizations internationally on economic growth initiatives and entrepreneurship programs.

Jeff is a frequent keynote speaker, having been invited to speak in over 50 countries. He speaks on the topics of innovation, entrepreneurship, and business leadership, and is currently writing a book on how to scale a business, which will be published worldwide in 2014. Jeff also teaches innovation workshops to major corporations on a regular basis. He is a featured business expert seen on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CNN International, Bloomberg News, CNBC, ABC, and NPR, and in publications including Forbes, Inc., Time, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and more.

Jeff received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the national CEO council for his contributions to the field of entrepreneurship, as well as receiving the 2012 Champion of Entrepreneurship Award from JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, and Rising Tide Capital.

Outside of the world of technology, Jeff has produced movies in Hollywood, has produced musical events including concerts, tours, and charity events with such artists as Elton John, Britney Spears, NSYNC, and others, and serves on numerous charity and non-profit boards.

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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)

Presentes: 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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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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    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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      Previous Webinars

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    Upcoming Webinars

    STEM - Today and Tomorrow
    Begins Aug 26

    Ask and Get What You Want: Mutual Benefit Negotiation for Women
    Begins Sep 11

    6 Time Tactics to Free Up 8+ Hours per Week to Grow Your Business and Get Your Life Back!
    Begins Sep 18

    The Art and Science of Innovation
    Begins Oct 8

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

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

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

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