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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:

Using Lean Innovation Principles to Thrive During Times of Change

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

Presenter: Brant Cooper

Change is hard. Large successful organizations achieved their greatness by superior execution in known markets. When the world around you changes dramatically however, much of what you once "knew" is now uncertain. Enterprises are asking:

- How can we get closer to our customers?
- How do we become more agile?
- How can we act more entrepreneurially?

Lean Innovation principles can help. Employees need a new way of thinking, a new way of working.

In this webinar, Brant will discuss how to act like a startup, while protecting the core business. He will cover:

- The Innovation Spectrum
- Challenges in the Enterprise
- What is a Lean Startup?
- Customer interaction, Experimentation, & Actionable Data
- How to Get Started Tomorrow

You will learn how to be fast, agile, and create an environment of continuous learning.

Brant Cooper helps organizations big and small innovate. He is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, The Lean Entrepreneur, and the popular "The Entrepreneur's Guide to Customer Development." His most recent book project is The Lean Brand, bringing the rigor of lean startup principles to the marketing black box of branding. As a sought after keynote speaker, startup advisor and corporate mentor, Brant travels the globe speaking with entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, debunking the Myth of the Visionary, teaching Lean Startup and Customer Development principles, and empowering employees to create new value. You can find out more about Brant at www.MovesTheNeedle.com

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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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Feel Like a Fraud? Fight the Impostor Syndrome to Boost Your Confidence & Career

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

Presenter: Kim Meninger

Do you feel undeserving of your success? Do you worry that you'll be exposed as a fraud? If so, you may be struggling with the Impostor Syndrome which is a term for the feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy many professionals face, particularly as they reach higher levels of success.

In this webinar, you will gain:

- A deeper understanding of the Impostor Syndrome and its effects on high-achieving women.

- An ability to identify common triggers of the Impostor Syndrome in order to recognize the roots of your feelings.

- Key strategies for overcoming feelings of self-doubt and increasing your confidence.

Kim Meninger is an ICF-certified executive coach and the founder of Executive Career Success, LLC. While she serves leaders of all backgrounds, levels and industries, Kim specializes in partnering with high-tech women to help them become more effective, confident, and influential leaders.

Prior to coaching, Kim had a successful corporate career managing strategic business partnerships at EMC Corporation and Monster Worldwide. She leverages her professional experience, as well as her MBA and BA in psychology, to help others maximize their career success and satisfaction.

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The Glass Hammer is YOU!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Joanne Moretti, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Sales Enablement, Jabil, Inc.

In this webinar, Joanne Moretti, who sits amongst 20 other top executives at an 18 billion dollar, 180,000 person mega technology manufacturing firm, Jabil, will provide us with some of her most powerful leadership tips and insights for both men and women building their career. With each insight she will offer you tools and best practices to navigate the sometimes choppy waters of growing a career inside a small, medium or global enterprise. And she offers insights on starting up your own company given her background as a former board member on two Silicon Valley Start-ups. You will be riveted with her passion, candor and down to earth stories, but moreover you will walk away better armed to grow a successful career no matter what path you choose. Regardless of your background, there will be something valuable in the TOP 10 LIST that she will share, for everyone!

Joanne Moretti is the Senior Vice President, Marketing & Sales Enablement, for Jabil, Inc., based in St. Petersburg Florida, residing in Dallas, TX. She has 30+ Years in the High Tech Industry and today is proud to be on the Executive Leadership team at Jabil, where she is driving a go-to-market transformation in order to deliver greater sales productivity and ultimately improve shareholder value.

Several of Joanne's former positions include:

- VP & Chief Marketing Officer of Dell's Software division.
- The first VP & Dean of the award winning HP Sales University.
- SVP of Product Marketing at Computer Associates.
- Managing Director of CA Canada and the U.S. West Division, a multi-million dollar operation where she drove 20 straight quarters of growth and where she worked in several software engineering roles, consulting roles, sales and sales management roles all leading up to this position.

Joanne is a Lean Six Sigma Master and a Computer Science grad of CDI Institute, Toronto. She sat on the board of the IT Association of Canada, and also sat on the board of startup companies: Alteryx (Big Data/Analytics company) and Coversant (IoT Middleware, sold 2015).Joanne has received a number of awards and is a recognized advocate for the development and growth of Women in STEM related industries as well as Business in general. Here are a few of her awards:

- "Woman of Influence" Award by the Executive Women's Forum in 2008 & 2013.
- Silicon Valley Women World Awards - Gold Award in Business 2015
- "Women of Influence" Award by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal.
- Lifetime Achievement Award from CloudNow (Women in Cloud Computing).
- Corp U's – Best New Corporate University of the Year Award.
- Searchie Award for best SEO Innovation.
- Top 25 Women in the Channel EcoSystem.

She has been featured and quoted in many articles, but she is most proud of being featured in Success Magazine on the topic of "Building Customer Loyalty."

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WITI Member Orientation

Friday, July 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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Machine Learning: Trends, Terminology, and Toolkits

Thursday, July 7, 2016
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Jennifer Bolton

Self-driving cars? Robot butlers? Artificial intelligence and machine learning are increasingly making the headlines. But how accessible are they for businesses that do not have large teams of data scientists? In this webinar, Jennifer Bolton will cover the machine learning lifecycle, demystify terms like deep learning, and demonstrate how to use pre-trained models to support popular use cases from lead scoring to image analysis.

Jennifer Bolton is Sr. Director of Marketing at Dato, a machine learning provider which makes sophisticated machine learning easy to build, deploy, and iterate quickly. As an IT consultant with PwC, she traveled around the US and internationally for seven years before settling in Seattle. Since then, Jennifer has held Marketing and Product leadership roles at F5 Networks, Smartsheet, and Allrecipes. Jennifer loves geeking out on new technologies which make people's lives exponentially easier.

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Accelerate Your Impact

Thursday, July 21, 2016
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: JJ DiGeronimo

In this webinar, JJ DiGeronimo will share some of her action based strategies from her new book, Accelerate Your Impact: Action-based Strategies to Pave Your Professional Path, due to hit the bookshelves this summer.

Many professional women aspire to advance their career. Yet many encounter a sea of obstacles because they don't have "the playbook" to navigate corporate cultures and industries.

With more than 20 years' experience in the tech industry, JJ DiGeronimo is no stranger to navigating the twists and turns of moving from entry-level positions to leadership. She's learned first-hand that securing that next position, a board seat, or even starting a new initiative, often requires women to enhance their relevance, establish new sponsors, and expand their network.

Join us as JJ discusses a series of proven initiatives that high impact women can leverage to accelerate their professional paths. Through personal anecdotes, examples, and stories from those who have stumbled, fallen and succeeded, JJ will share this playbook with you so that you can focus on specific actions to maximize your talents and make your professional goals a reality.

JJ DiGeronimo, president of Tech Savvy Women, is a thought leader for Women in Tech and Girls in STEM. She began her 20-year career in high tech, designing data center infrastructures for Fortune 500 companies after graduating with a computer information systems degree in 1995. She is now a featured columnist for Smart Business Magazine, where she shares her technology, leadership, inclusion, and retention expertise. Through Tech Savvy Women, her books and keynotes, JJ empowers professional women and consults senior executives on diversity strategies to retain, attract and promote experienced women in technology and related fields.

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How to STOP the Social Media Struggle: Five Steps to Clarity and Conversions

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Kyra Reed

The single biggest mistake that people make with their social media is not having a PROVEN strategy. They go straight to the tactics and this approach adds unnecessary hours of work to your week and actually BLOCKS leads and sales from coming in! You end up frustrated, lost and confused.

We understand this because we've witnessed hundreds of entrepreneurs and our agency client companies come to us completely tangled in the social web, unable to figure out how to fix their social efforts.

In fact, we were seeing so many clients like this that we knew we needed to develop an actual process we could put them through, to help get them on the right path with their social and out of making the same mistakes again. We knew the Right System would need to be:

- Simple to follow
- Accessible for companies of any size, regardless of available resources
- Easy to implement

It would also need to provide the most important tenets of social media and turn efforts into income. We searched high and low and nothing like this existed in the industry, so we created it ourselves.

Since then, we have tested it with everyone from brand new entrepreneurs, to start-ups, to our established corporate clients. We have refined it, optimized it, published it on Forbes and Adweek's Social Times, and we teach it every single week. And now, we are very excited to be able to share it with you.

In this webinar, you will learn about:

- The simplest and most effective method for developing an easy-to-execute social media strategy
- The right mindset to conquer social media
- How to create powerful, long lasting connections that convert into a stream of traffic, leads and sales
- The process to define your brand, messaging and positioning — the right way, once and for all
- The best path to reach your target audience and ensure your content converts into $ales
- The exact steps to turn your social media into a selling machine!

Once you understand the fundamental building blocks of a social media strategy, you can start applying all those tactics and finally you will start seeing results from your efforts!

Kyra Reed is an industry veteran and a community-focused brand innovator, who brings a unique and fresh social-first approach to brand marketing and digital strategy. Prior to co-founding [made to order], she spent 15 years working with dozens of companies of all sizes ranging from traditional to social marketing, including start-ups, mid-size businesses and well-known events such as the Monterey Pop Festival.

For her work spearheading the revitalization of the iconic Roxy Theater and Sunset Strip in Los Angeles entertainment district, she was named a ‘Social Media Pioneer,' by Entrepreneur Magazine. In this role, she has one of the most prominent social media case studies to date.

Reed is the author of Blog 101, a beginner's guide to blogging and a contributor to The Power of Real-Time Social Media Marketing by Beverly Macy. She has guest-lectured at UCLA and USC and has spoken at a number of conferences, including Digital Music Forum West, Blog World, ASCAP Expos and SXSW. Her work has been featured in top tier media outlets including TechCrunch, The New York Times and NPR.

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WITI Member Orientation

Friday, August 5, 2016
8:00 AM - 9:00 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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Content Marketing Strategy -- Creating Content that Connects

Thursday, August 11, 2016
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Gretchen Fox

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Youtube, Snapchat - keeping up with consumers is one of the biggest challenges for 21st century entrepreneurs, marketers and business owners.

While businesses have produced content since the beginning of time, the proliferation and expansion of always-on social media platforms has moved content from a seasonal quarterly advertising campaign to an all day, every day effort. The amount of social channels that need daily content and the voracious appetite of 21st century consumers, mean content is often created just for the sake of content and it lacks any relevance. This is a tremendous waste of resources and results in zero engagement. We don't run our advertising campaigns like this and we shouldn't run our social channels like this either.

The lack of strategy to ensure every piece of content is relevant to your target audiences is where many social programs fail. When social programs don't convert, the platform is often blamed rather than the content. It is possible to make every piece of content count - it simply needs to be meaningful.

Creating a content strategy based on “The Social System” vs based on guesswork will not only maximize your content, it will be the foundation for social engagement and TRUE community - the best immunization from Facebook's constant organic reach algorithm changes. This webinar will help you make sure you get the most out of every piece of content and use it to make connections that count.

Gretchen Fox is a recognized executive and thought leader in social marketing. She provides a social vision and strategy for startups and Fortune 500 brands, striving to take social to the next level. Prior to launching [made to order], she served as Vice President of Social at Live Nation Entertainment, the world's leading live entertainment company.

Before joining Live Nation, Fox launched one of the first Social TV products to deliver interactive and live streaming experiences at NASPERS R&D project and Silicon Valley start-up, MediaZone. In this role, she managed online marketing for some of the world's biggest sport properties including: AELTC's Wimbledon Championships, IndyCar Race Control, Rugby World Cup, ING New York City Marathon, and NBC's Winter Olympics.

Her work has earned her the Billboard Magazine Top Women in Social, regular press coverage, and a role as contributing writer for Forbes online.

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How Successful Leaders Beat Self Defeat

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

Presenter: Chris Makell, CEO of Spark of Brilliance

According to the Anita Borg Institute, research shows that women leave tech companies at twice the rate as men. Why? Well, 30% cite working conditions - their ability to advance and 17% organizational climate - their ability to work with a superior.

These findings align with Bain & Co's research, which highlights that within 2 years in corporate, a woman's confidence declines by 52% and her aspirations to reach top management declines by 63%. These are sobering numbers. However, we know that there ARE successful women leaders in tech who have overcome these statistics and gone on to higher levels of success, without derailing their careers or opting out. What can be learned from their experiences?

In this webinar, Chris Makell, CEO of Spark of Brilliance, will discuss how successful leaders beat self defeat by using three techniques for conquering the characteristics that lead to those "swift" departures: anger, rebellion and guilt.

You'll gain insights into what you can do to overcome or prevent derailment, i.e. self defeat:

- What to do when they don't get how you feel
- How to put on your "game face" while sitting on the bench
- When the art of listening vs. advising is the BEST leadership strategy

The challenge of leading in the face of business and life's stressors can be draining. These practical steps will be immediately useful and will place you on the path to increased confidence in your abilities and greater resilience when "stuff" gets in your way.

Chris Makell is the CEO of Spark of Brilliance. She has worked for over 25 years with individuals and groups from new hires to executive levels in multiple industries, with a target for extraordinary personal and professional effectiveness, performance and achievement.

Her corporate experience includes systems engineering, leadership positions in management, development and training, and executive placement/succession planning for a highly visible and profitable technical organization. She has traveled to India, Singapore, China and France to uplevel sales skills and technical expertise for a Fortune 20 corporation.

As a certified professional coach and master mentor to women in technology leaders, team leaders and women-led starts ups in the Austin area, she is expert in unleashing your confidence, courage and resilience as a business leader.

Her business expertise and profile have been highlighted in the Danbury News Times, San Jose Mercury News, Sacramento Bee and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Women In Business PR News, Corporation PR News, and the International Business Times.

Chris has received the Best Woman Owned Business award and is an active mentor/advisor for Dress for Success Austin, Women Communicators of Austin, and Austin Women In Technology. She is a featured speaker for the Austin Business Journal and the Executive Women in Texas Government. She is a published author of the books:

A Smack Upside The Head - Your guide to Blazing Business Success and Courage Is The New GREEN - A guide and journal for women business leaders to unleash your courage and transform the world

Chris holds a BA in Sociology from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH and an MS in Business Management from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT.

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Avoid the Top Three Career Mistakes Professional Women Make When PLANNING a Family

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Suz O'Donnell

Do you want to have a baby, but worry it will interfere with your career? Do you worry that having kids, means you'll be stuck with boring work options? Do you think your colleagues' viewpoint of you as a "go-getter" will change, if they find out you are even considering starting a family? Have you become increasingly aware of unconscious bias and how it affects women's careers? Have you heard that women who have children are not only paid less than men, they are also paid less than women without children?!?!?

Overcome these fears and beat the statistics!

In this webinar, Suz O'Donnell will share how to avoid the three most common career mistakes professional women make when planning a family. It's up to YOU to take the bull by the horns to drive the factors that are in your control and influence the factors that seem to be outside of your control. She will:

- Articulate the top three mistakes professional women make when planning a family that prevent them from getting what they want out of their career.

- Distinguish which risk factors are under your control and how you can influence the risk factors that seem to be out of your control.

You will leave the webinar with a three-step plan to ensure you get what you want out of your life and career.

Note: If you already have one or more children, register for the August 31st webinar "Avoid the Top Three Career Mistakes Professional Women Make When BALANCING a Family." If you have kids, but are planning to have another, then you may want to attend both sessions. Each session will prepare you for upcoming business conversations associated with your family plans.

Suz O'Donnell is the author of the Career-Family Formula™ and owner of Thrivatize LLC, which is focused on increasing diversity at the top. As a mid-career mother, she is passionate about supporting powerful women who are planning families and women who already have families, to maintain their desired career trajectory.

Prior to Thrivatize, Suz spent 17 years in management consulting at Accenture, Ernst & Young, Capgemini, and Gallup. She has worked with clients at Cisco, Genentech-Roche, Digitas, Eli Lilly, Walmart, Time Warner, Telefonica, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Kimberly-Clark, Vail Resorts, University of Chicago Medicine, and many more.

Suz is certified in executive coaching, personal branding, and workshop facilitation. She has lived/worked in seven countries, is fluent in Spanish, and dabbles in Italian and French.

She is also the proud mother of a hilarious boy, creative girl, and friendly dog. Suz is married to a wonderful man who helps her balance all the amazing things life and work offer. She loves international travel, improv comedy, volunteering, and Zumba.

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Avoid the Top Three Career Mistakes Professional Women Make When BALANCING a Family

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Suz O'Donnell

Do you feel overwhelmed trying to have a fruitful career while also attempting to spend quality time with your family? Do you feel like your career trajectory has changed since you had kids? Do you feel like your brand as a "go-getter" has taken a hit? Have you become increasingly aware of unconscious bias and how it affects women's careers? Have you heard that women who have children are not only paid less than men, they are also paid less than women without children?!?!?

Overcome these fears and beat the statistics!

In this webinar, Suz O'Donnell will share how to avoid the three most common career mistakes professional women make when balancing a family. It's up to YOU to take the bull by the horns to drive the factors that are in your control and influence the factors that seem to be outside of your control. She will:

- Articulate the top three mistakes professional women make when balancing a family that prevent them from getting what they want out of their career.

- Distinguish which risk factors are under your control and how you can influence the risk factors that seem to be out of your control.

You will leave the webinar with a three-step plan to ensure you get what you want out of your life and career.

Note: If you don't have children yet but are planning for them in the future, register for the August 24th webinar "Avoid the Top Three Career Mistakes Professional Women Make When PLANNING a Family."

Suz O'Donnell is the author of the Career-Family Formula™ and owner of Thrivatize LLC, which is focused on increasing diversity at the top. As a mid-career mother, she is passionate about supporting powerful women who are planning families and women who already have families, to maintain their desired career trajectory.

Prior to Thrivatize, Suz spent 17 years in management consulting at Accenture, Ernst & Young, Capgemini, and Gallup. She has worked with clients at Cisco, Genentech-Roche, Digitas, Eli Lilly, Walmart, Time Warner, Telefonica, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Kimberly-Clark, Vail Resorts, University of Chicago Medicine, and many more.

Suz is certified in executive coaching, personal branding, and workshop facilitation. She has lived/worked in seven countries, is fluent in Spanish, and dabbles in Italian and French.

She is also the proud mother of a hilarious boy, creative girl, and friendly dog. Suz is married to a wonderful man who helps her balance all the amazing things life and work offer. She loves international travel, improv comedy, volunteering, and Zumba.

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WITI Member Orientation

Friday, September 2, 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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WITI Member Orientation

Friday, October 7, 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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WITI Member Orientation

Friday, November 4, 2016
8:00 AM - 9:00 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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WITI Member Orientation

Friday, December 2, 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

Using Lean Innovation Principles to Thrive During Times of Change
Begins Jun 1

WITI Member Orientation
Begins Jun 3

Feel Like a Fraud? Fight the Impostor Syndrome to Boost Your Confidence & Career
Begins Jun 8

The Glass Hammer is YOU!
Begins Jun 28

WITI Member Orientation
Begins Jul 1

Machine Learning: Trends, Terminology, and Toolkits
Begins Jul 7

Accelerate Your Impact
Begins Jul 21

How to STOP the Social Media Struggle: Five Steps to Clarity and Conversions
Begins Jul 26

WITI Member Orientation
Begins Aug 5

Content Marketing Strategy -- Creating Content that Connects
Begins Aug 11

How Successful Leaders Beat Self Defeat
Begins Aug 18

Avoid the Top Three Career Mistakes Professional Women Make When PLANNING a Family
Begins Aug 24

Avoid the Top Three Career Mistakes Professional Women Make When BALANCING a Family
Begins Aug 31

WITI Member Orientation
Begins Sep 2

WITI Member Orientation
Begins Oct 7

WITI Member Orientation
Begins Nov 4

WITI Member Orientation
Begins Dec 2

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