Webinars

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:

What is "A Kaizen Mindset?" Are you applying Kaizen - A Change for the Better?

Thursday, February 22, 2018
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Dennis Conte, CSM / CSPO / SA / PMP / CSP, SolutionsATI Consulting, Inc.

"Kaizen" is Japanese and translates to "A Change for the Better," and came to be synonymous with company-wide efforts to improve upon and intelligently streamline business practices. This Japanese productivity philosophy helps you organize everything you do, and is the foundation for "constant, continuous improvement." Simply, every aspect of an organization should, at all times, strive to do what it does better.

In this Webinar, Dennis Conte will share principles of Kaizen that drive continuous improvement, such as Muda (Waste), Muri (Overburden) and Mura (Unevenness).

Attendees will be able to apply the concepts of Muda, Mira, and Mura in their own processes, plus understand how to use "5 Whys" - a root cause analysis method.

Learning Objectives:

1) Understand the history of Kaizen, Mira, Muda, and Mura in Lean methodology.

2) Be able to see that these concepts apply to just not agile processes, but to all levels of the business.

3) Learn how to use tools such as "5 Whys," to find waste.

4) The Six Steps to implement Kaizen.

Dennis Conte is a dedicated agilist with 16 years of experience providing enterprise and team level coaching for multiple multi-million-dollar projects. Having worked in Silicon Valley for over 27 years, Dennis has experience with some of the most prominent companies in the High-Tech Industry. An active member of the Scrum Alliance and Agile Leadership Network, he holds multiple Agile certifications.

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Changing the Dynamic in Challenging Situations

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenters: Ciara Gogan

As women in technology, we often feel that we need to work harder and shout louder in order to be given half the recognition of our male peers. What if that weren't true? What if we could change the dynamic?

If we carry ourselves with more confidence and authenticity, we will find that we will be treated differently. If we KNOW what we bring to the table and OWN IT, believing ourselves to be equal, that's what we will find, equality!

Join Empowerment Specialist & Impact Coach, Ciara Gogan, for an interactive session demonstrating the skills you can develop to grow your confidence and shift perceptions. In this webinar you will learn:

How to listen:

- Methods of gaining self-insight
- Tips for assessing your strengths
- Ways to communicate more powerfully with others
- What it takes to start changing the conversation

Ciara has been a woman in technology for over 20 years. She got her start in Telecom when she volunteered to learn the Erickson phone system at the insurance company she worked for. She learned on the job and in formal training, as you do! A skilled Avaya Engineer, Ciara learned to embrace change as voice technology went from TDM to VoIP and then to SIP.

During these changes, she learned more about server and network environments than she ever thought she would. She used this love of change when she decided on a major career shift to coaching.

Ciara's passion is helping her clients attain the life they want, on their terms. She helps them to find their voice, deal with the "mean girl" in their head, and gain meaningful insight into themselves. Her clients learn how to prioritize in their work and home lives, how to be recognized as strategic members of their teams, and how to take their rightful place in the world!

Ciara attained her Master Professional Life Coach certification at Impact Coaching Academy, learning the skills that have helped thousands of people just like you. She is also a Huffington Post Contributor, writes for Thrive Global, is a change.org Petitioners Coach, and has been a feature on Women You Should Know. All of this, plus her 20+ years of analytical experience in technology, can help you to make real, positive changes in your life.

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WITI Member Orientation

Friday, March 2, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($0 Nonmembers)

Please join us for the WITI Monthly Membership Orientation. Hear about all of 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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The Ally's Journey: The 5-Step Process to Become an Inclusionary Leader

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenters: A Dale Thomas Vaughn

"When men help us (with the gender equality movement) change happens 10x faster,"
Patricia Arquette


How do we engage men as allies in the intersectional movement toward equality and inclusion? What can they do to help? What can you do? What do they need to do themselves?

Each ally sets out on a personal journey to understand their privilege so they can leverage it across levels of intersectionality. That can be uncomfortable at first, but often becomes extremely empowering. Each ally starts their learning with blind spots and unconscious biases, which they need to confront within a safe space and with supportive guidance instead of shame and blame. Each ally eventually uncovers the difference between intention and impact, expanding their capacity to own their impact while connecting to the experiences of others. From this empathy grows new tools, habits, connections, behaviors and confidence in bringing more allies to the table. The ally's journey to becoming woke is a repeatable process, and everyone wins, so all we need to do is focus on building this system into our culture en masse.

In this webinar, Dale Thomas Vaughn will share stories from allies about their experiences from unconscious bystander to "woke." You will learn:

- How to recruit male allies to help end inequality in representation and leadership.
- Why "unconscious bias" training doesn't work by itself.
- How to change your conversation with male colleagues from shame and blame to safety and accountability.

Dale Thomas Vaughn is the co-founder of the Better Man Conference and the Inclusionary Leadership Group. He has set out a path for allyship within multiple FORTUNE 500 companies, and has been seen as an expert on CNN, BBC, and MariaShriver.com. As an activist at the forefront of the conversation around gender equality and healthy masculinity, Dale was acknowledged as a "leader of men of quality" by feminist attorney Gloria Allred, and presented at the International Conference on Masculinities alongside other leaders like Gloria Steinem, Sheryl Sandberg and Michael Kimmel.

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Net Worth Part II: Negotiating Compensation

Thursday, March 22, 2018
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Michele Rufus, Nevel Edge Diversity Search

"I do not demand equal pay for any women save those who do equal work in value. Scorn to be coddled by your employers; make them understand that you are in their service as workers, not as women."
- Susan B. Anthony


Have you ever had 1 or more of the following thoughts during a time to negotiate compensation?

- "I don't want to appear greedy!"
- "I am afraid to ask for too much money. They may not hire me for the position."
- "I don't need an increase just as long as I make what I'm making now."

If so, you need help.

Class is in session. It is time to overcome disparaging compensation within underrepresented communities. Negotiating compensation is an art and skill.

In this webinar, you'll receive the tools to negotiate your best offer.

Learning Objectives:

Part I Wednesday, 2/7 from 3-4PM ET
1. Same Role. Different Check.
2. Demolition Fear or Demolition Worth
3. Understanding the Components of an Offer

Part II Thursday, 3/22 from 3-4PM ET
4. Compensation Research Tools
5. The Art of Negotiation

Michele Rufus is the current founder of Nevel Edge Diversity Search, providing strategy, sourcing, and education solutions from Startups to Fortune 2000 companies. Her clients include: Google, PayPal, Amazon, Capital One, Boeing, and more. Michele is a former Diversity Recruiting Strategy Lead supporting various innovation and technology teams. She creates and maintains relationships with key senior leaders, Diversity & Inclusion, and external partners to align initiatives, resources, and processes to ensure talent is identified, obtained, and retained.

Michele received her BA from Cabrini College and is finishing up her MS in Entrepreneurship from Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business.

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Be a Better Leader by Raising the Quality of Your Conversations

Thursday, March 29, 2018
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenters: Michael Neuendorff, Executive Coach and Trainer, Bay Area Executive Coach

Would you like a more communicative, innovative and energized team? Would you like to be a leader whom people admire and want to work for? You can achieve these goals in part by raising the quality of your conversations. In this war for talent and retention of valuable employees, it's more important than ever to be a leader who lifts up their teams with words and behavior that totally opens them up and draws out the best they have to offer.

In this webinar you'll learn about Conversational Intelligence (C-IQ) and how to apply it to build trust, create stronger relationships and foster creative ideas. The Conversational Dashboard will be presented and explained along with ways to build trust and openness on a team.

Michael Neuendorff has been coaching and training people in business since 2008. After leaving a corporate career at Oracle, Michael decided to fully pursue his passion for entrepreneurship and professional development by entering in to the field of coaching and training. He has his Master Certified Training certification from the Center for Executive Coaching and is also an accredited member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). He works with executives and teams to improve individual and group performance. Michael is a results-driven coach who looks for commitment, accountability and a growth mindset on the part of his clients.

Michael received his BS Advertising degree from Arizona State University and completed additional graduate-level coursework with Heriot-Watt University. He currently co-leads a Business class at Skyline College and formerly instructed for San Francisco State University and was a staff advisor with the San Francisco and San Jose Small Business Development Centers.

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WITI Member Orientation

Friday, April 6, 2018
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PDT (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($0 Nonmembers)

Please join us for the WITI Monthly Membership Orientation. Hear about all of 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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Sexual Harassment in the Post-Weinstein Era: Know Your Rights

Thursday, April 19, 2018
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Kelly Armstrong

Multiple courageous women and the #metoo movement have finally created a momentum for lasting change in the United States regarding sexual harassment. Complaints against men in positions of power continue to increase as more and more women feel safe coming forward. Know how to identify workplace sexual harassment, your legal rights, how to protect yourself and your career and what to do if it happens.

Kelly Armstrong represents clients in employment cases against the nation's largest companies. She is the founding partner of The Armstrong Law Firm in San Francisco, California, which has generated millions of dollars in revenue for its sexual harassment and sexual assault clients. Ms. Armstrong has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer in the top 5% and named one of the Top Women Attorneys in Northern California. Ms. Armstrong only represents plaintiffs. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned the distinction of Phi Beta Kappa and attended law school at the University of San Francisco School of Law where she was awarded a scholarship. Kelly is a frequent lecturer and author on a variety of employment law topics. Her cases and/or commentary have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, CNN, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury as well as ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in California. She is also a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association, National Employment Lawyers Association, Consumer Attorneys of California, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, American Association of Justice and Public Justice. Ms. Armstrong has an Avvo attorney rating of 10.0 for the highest-ranking category.

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Pivot Your Career to Cognitive IoT (Internet of Things and AI)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Sudha Jamthe

Cognitive IoT is bringing AI to ordinary things all around us across many industries. Come learn from Technology Futurist and IoT author Sudha Jamthe, about Cognitive IoT, the junction of the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. Did you know Pacemakers are connected to WiFi, Alexa is now getting onto cars and our city lights collect traffic pattern data? Did you know IoT data can be stored in the cloud or on the Edge of a business network or factory? Come learn about Cognitive IoT and how to pivot your career into this exciting new field.

In this Webinar you will learn:

- What is Cognitive IoT?
- What is the Internet of Things and what is involved in building an IoT and making it into a successful business?
- What are applications of Cognitive IoT?
- What is the Cognitive IoT landscape and what companies are working on this?
- What are the skills needed to work in Cognitive IoT?
- What are the job roles of this evolving new field?
- How can you Pivot your career to IoT and Cognitive IoT?
- Can you learn additional skills or take on projects in your current jobs to move to this field without making a huge career shift?
- What are some entrepreneurial opportunities in Cognitive IoT?

Sudha Jamthe is the CEO of IoTDisruptions.com and a globally recognized Technology Futurist with a 20+ year mix of entrepreneurial, academic and operational experience. Sudha loves shaping new technology ecosystems and mentoring leaders by authoring books, teaching online courses and advising business professionals on digital transformation and pivoting their careers.



Sudha Jamthe is the author of "2030 The Driverless World: Business Transformation from Autonomous Vehicles" and 3 IoT books. She teaches IoT Business and the Business of Self-Driving Cars at Stanford Continuing Studies and aspires to bring Cognitive IoT and Autonomous Vehicles together. She serves as the chair of the strategic advisory council of Barcelona Technology School.

You can always find her latest opinions on Medium, Amazon, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter @sujamthe or get her newsletter at IoTDisruptions.com.

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Upcoming Webinars

What is "A Kaizen Mindset?" Are you applying Kaizen - A Change for the Better?
Begins Feb 22

Changing the Dynamic in Challenging Situations
Begins Feb 27

WITI Member Orientation
Begins Mar 2

The Ally's Journey: The 5-Step Process to Become an Inclusionary Leader
Begins Mar 7

Net Worth Part II: Negotiating Compensation
Begins Mar 22

Be a Better Leader by Raising the Quality of Your Conversations
Begins Mar 29

WITI Member Orientation
Begins Apr 6

Sexual Harassment in the Post-Weinstein Era: Know Your Rights
Begins Apr 19

Pivot Your Career to Cognitive IoT (Internet of Things and AI)
Begins Apr 25

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