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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:

Are You Ready for When Millennials Take Over?

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Jamie Notter

Whether we are ready for it or not, the future of business is here. It's a future in which organizations must learn how to move faster, flatten their hierarchies, share more openly, and operate more digitally. And although many of these changes are a direct result of the Millennial generation shaking up today's workplaces, it's much bigger than that. This new era goes beyond generations and requires leaders from every generation to learn new ways of working, leading, and managing.

In this webinar, author and thought leader Jamie Notter will share research, case studies and lessons learned from his newest book co-authored with Maddie Grant, When Millennials Take Over: Preparing for the Ridiculously Optimistic Future of Business. It identifies the four key capacities that must be developed inside organizations to successfully adapt to this new reality. It's not about simply “dealing with Millennials”— it's about working with them to design organizations that will thrive in today's environment and understand how to drive deep engagement with employees, customers, members and volunteers in a new way. You will:

- Understand the key drivers of the Millennial generation, not in an attempt to "deal" with them, but to understand how their perspective is relevant to the broader changes we face leading and managing organizations in today's environment.

- Learn the importance of digital, clear, fluid, and fast in creating organizational cultures that will thrive in the 21st century.

- Identify some practical ways to start shifting the culture of your own organization by changing processes and facilitating new behaviors among employees from all generations

Jamie Notter helps organizations get better performance through stronger cultures. A partner at Culture That Works LLC, Jamie brings twenty years of experience in conflict resolution, diversity, leadership, and management to his consulting work with organizations. He is an accomplished speaker and author and has written several books, including the 2015 release, When Millennials Take Over: Preparing for the Ridiculously Optimistic Future of Business.

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Get Started With Bluemix for the WITI Hackathon

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($0 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Ruth Willenborg

Come learn about IBM's new cloud development platform: IBM Bluemix

As part of this workshop you will be able to:

- Learn the fundamentals of building and deploying your application in the Cloud (Bluemix DevOps Services)
- Work with Bluemix experts on how to use the product and migrate your application
- Help shape Bluemix with your input and feedback
- Data Management Services hands-on lab

IBM and WITI have partnered together for the first ever WITI Hackathon! This will be an international code-a-thon where developers, scientists, students, entrepreneurs and educators gather to build applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions focused on Internet of Things and wearables.

IBM Bluemix is a cloud development platform that helps developers rapidly build applications and will be the exclusive platform used at the WITI hackathon. Take the first step by Registering with WITI and signing up for your complimentary IBM Bluemix account.

Ruth Willenborg is a Distinguished Engineer in IBM Cloud, Ecosystem Development. She leads the introduction of new technologies to developers, partners, start-ups, and academics across the globe. Ruth has over 25 years of experience in software development at IBM. She is co-author of Performance Analysis for Java Web Sites (Addison-Wesley, 2002) and numerous articles on WebSphere performance, using WebSphere with virtualization technologies, cloud computing, and Bluemix. In 2014, Ruth started a volunteer activity, Bluemix for Kids, providing kids resources for programming web and mobile applications. You can contact Ruth at rewillen@us.ibm.com.

5/8 IBM Bluemix Virtual Workshop -

Here is the call in information:
Toll free: 1-888-426-6840;
Toll: 1-215-861-6239; Passcode: 1140 2942
For other countries: https://ibm.biz/BdRAUx
SmartCloud Meeting Link: https://apps.na.collabserv.com/meetings/join?id=2891-0505
SmartCloud Meeting Password: ibmibm

Short description:
Come learn about IBM's new cloud development platform: IBM Bluemix
As part of this workshop you will be able to:

- Learn the fundamentals of building and deploying your application in the Cloud (Bluemix DevOps Services)
- Work with Bluemix experts on how to use the product and migrate your application
- Help shape Bluemix with your input and feedback
- Data Management Services hands-on lab

5/15 Virtual Learnathon- We will share demos and examples from previous hackathons. Brainstorming session. INFO TBD

5/22 IBM Bluemix Virtual Workshop

Here is the call in information:
Toll free: 1-888-426-6840;
Toll: 1-215-861-6239; Passcode: 1140 2942
For other countries: https://ibm.biz/BdRAUx
SmartCloud Meeting Link: https://apps.na.collabserv.com/meetings/join?id=2891-0505
SmartCloud Meeting Password: ibmibm

Short description:
Come learn about IBM's new cloud development platform: IBM Bluemix
As part of this workshop you will be able to:

- Learn the fundamentals of building and deploying your application in the Cloud (Bluemix DevOps Services)
- Work with Bluemix experts on how to use the product and migrate your application
- Help shape Bluemix with your input and feedback
- Data Management Services hands-on lab

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How to Find Work in the 21st Century

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

Presenter: Dr. Charles Michael Austin

The working world of the 21st century is a freelance marketplace. Whatever work you do, you need to be constantly marketing yourself - because corporate loyalty is essentially dead and because you'll have many careers during your lifetime.

In this webinar, Dr. Chaz Austin will share tips on how to navigate an increasingly fluid and often intimidating landscape so that you can develop a game plan to find work you want – now and for the rest of your career. He will discuss:

- Moving your job-seeking strategy into the 21st century
- The importance of passion
- The employer's perspective
- How communication is the key to your success
- Networking
- Getting out of your own way
- And much more

Dr. Charles Michael Austin, Ed.D. (known as "Doctor Chaz") is a recognized authority in the field of Career Development and Career Training. He is the author of How To Find Work . . . And Keep Finding Work for the Rest of Your Life, and 101 Ways to Find Work . . . and Keep Finding Work for the Rest of Your Career! (published by Cengage PTR).

Dr. Chaz's mission is to train his clients how to market themselves in what has become a freelance world, where corporate loyalty is dead and everyone has to hustle for work - for as long as they continue to work.

Dr. Austin has presented papers on career training and development to: the National Association of Women MBAs, the Association for Business Communication, the National Council for Workforce Education, the Society of Educators and Scholars, the International College Teaching and Learning Conference, and the Global Conference on Education (where he was keynote speaker).

He has served as: Director of Career Development at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, Career Resource Specialist for Business Students and Alumni at Woodbury University in Burbank, MBA Career Development and Employer Relations Manager at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Business and Management, and Director of Placement at Video Symphony in Burbank.

He holds a B.A. in Sociology from The City College of New York, an M.A. in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University, and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University.

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Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It

Thursday, June 11, 2015
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Dorie Clark

Too many people believe that if they keep their heads down and work hard, they will be lauded as experts on the merits of their work. But that's simply not true anymore. To advance your business or your cause, you have to inspire others to listen and take action. In this webinar based on her book Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It, HBR and Forbes contributor Dorie Clark explains how to build a following around your ideas.

You'll learn how to:

- Break through the noise and communicate in a way that makes others take notice
- Create a community that helps your idea spread
- Leverage social networks – online and off – to gain momentum
- Ensure your ideas receive the attention they deserve and make an impact

Dorie Clark is the author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013) and Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It (Portfolio/Penguin, 2015). A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, she is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Entrepreneur, and the World Economic Forum blog. Recognized as a “branding expert” by the Associated Press, Fortune, and Inc. magazine, Clark is a marketing strategy consultant and speaker for clients including Google, Microsoft, Yale University, Fidelity, and the World Bank.

She is an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and a Visiting Professor for IE Business School in Madrid. Dorie has guest lectured at Harvard Business School, the Harvard Kennedy School, Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, the Wharton School, the MIT Sloan School of Management, and more. She is a frequent guest on MSNBC and appears in worldwide media including NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. You can follow her on Twitter @dorieclark and download her free 42-page Stand Out Self-Assessment Workbook here

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Create and Give Better Presentations

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
3-4PM PT (6-7PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Martha Weeks

How effective are the presentations that you develop and deliver? Are you confident that audiences understand your messages and are compelled to action? Do people remember your point a day, a week or a year later? How well do you connect with audiences, both with what you say and how you say it?

In this webinar, you will lean the steps to build an effective presentation, starting from conceiving an idea to effectively conveying that idea to an audience. You will see how small changes can make a big difference in how well your presentations are received - changes like a more exciting opening, a preview of your message, and a strong call to action. You will receive tips for creating slides that support, rather than detract from, your presentation.

This webinar will give you tools to improve the power of your presentations.

Martha Weeks is a business communication expert who helps people present their ideas more effectively. Her beliefs include:

- Public speaking is part art and part science. People can work at it to improve but it takes time and effort.
- Complex things can be explained in simple and understandable ways. You need to show people why it matters and give them examples. Bag the jargon and cluttered slides.
- We all have an inspirational talk inside us. Everyone has a story to tell.

Martha has run her own marketing consulting firm since 1993, providing services to Fortune 100 firms such as HP, Intuit, and Salesforce, and numerous start-up companies. She also works as a communications coach and guest lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she has coached TED talks and dozens of inspirational speeches.

Martha earned an MBA from the University of California-Berkeley. She has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

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7 Secrets to Leverage Strategic Planning to Increase the Performance of Your Team, Department or Company

Thursday, July 16, 2015
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: David Finkel

Whether you run a small department of four, a division with 400, or an entire company, you still face the difficult task of getting your full team aligned on clear priorities and executing in tandem.

To make matters more challenging, you've have to do this in the face of escalating demands, distracting emails, and reoccurring fires that make it very hard for you to get your team producing at their best.

What can often get missed in all this rush and urgency is the time to step back and strategically evaluate and create your plan, which will allow you to achieve maximum value for your enterprise.

Let Wall Street Journal and Business Week bestselling author David Finkel give you a simple map to solve this growing problem. In this one hour webinar you'll learn:

- The 5-step process to create your 1-page (yes one page) quarterly plan of action (and how to leverage this 1-page plan to get your team producing at its best).
- The 3 most important strategic principles you need to break through and past your current level of success (remember, it's not about more, it's about better!).
- The most damaging mistake that the business leader makes when trying to do her strategic planning (and exactly how you can protect yourself from this mistake).
- 5 concrete tools to narrow your strategic focus down to those fewer, better choices that truly create explosive growth!

David Finkel is co-author of SCALE: 7 Proven Principles to Grow Your Business and Get Your Life Back (written with Priceline.com co-founder Jeff Hoffman), and one of the nation's most respected business thinkers. A Wall Street Journal and Business Week bestselling author of 11 business books, David's weekly business owner e-letter is read by 100,000 business owners around the world. David is the CEO of Maui Mastermind®, one of the nation's premier business coaching companies. Over the past 20 years, David and the other Maui coaches have personally scaled and sold over $2 billion of businesses.

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The Politics of Promotion: How High Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Bonnie Marcus

The workplace is a highly political environment where key decisions about who gets ahead, who gets the plum assignments, and who gets access to scarce resources are not decided solely on merit. Yet women ignore the politics, thinking their talent and hard work will get them ahead. Promotion and political savvy are critical to influence the decision making process for career advancement. In this webinar, Bonnie Marcus will address:

- The importance of being politically savvy for career advancement.
- How to use promotion as a political skill for access to informal networks, information, and opportunities.
- How to build and nurture a power network to support your career ambition.
- The impact of the rules, power, and culture of the organization on your career.

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

Thursday, August 6, 2015
6-7PM ET (3-4PM 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

Are You Ready for When Millennials Take Over?
Begins May 5

Get Started With Bluemix for the WITI Hackathon
Begins May 6

How to Find Work in the 21st Century
Begins May 12

Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It
Begins Jun 11

Create and Give Better Presentations
Begins Jun 24

7 Secrets to Leverage Strategic Planning to Increase the Performance of Your Team, Department or Company
Begins Jul 16

The Politics of Promotion: How High Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead
Begins Jul 21

The Leader is YOU! Build Your Change Intelligence for Influence and Impact
Begins Aug 6

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