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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:

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 ($0 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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365 Ideas To Go From Good To Great On TWITTER!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: John Sparks

John Sparks is author of the exciting new book, "365 Ideas To Go From Good To Great On TWITTER!," (CreateSpace, 2015). Sparks (@IAmJohnSparks) has earned the distinction of being the "Go-To Man For Twitter." He has more followers than Laura Bush, T. Boone Pickens and The Dallas Stars Hockey Team. Sparks grew his account from less than 800 to almost 200,000 followers in just two years, and he did not buy any of his own followers!

Statsocial.com has recognized Sparks as #66 on the list of Top 100 Social Media Power Influencers of 2015 (http://bit.ly/1DIhYvg). He's also been recognized as #13 on General Sentiment's list of The Top 50 Most Valuable Social Media Influencers, 2015.

In this webinar, John will discuss:

- WHY Twitter is Important
- Twitter Terminology
- How and When to Tweet
- Building a Fan Base
- Growing Your Following
- How To Make Money On Twitter
- Hashtags

And much, much more.

John Sparks is the founder and CEO of Online ImageWorks (@OIWmedia). He is also an adjunct professor teaching online journalism in The Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. He is a veteran newscast producer and has worked at television stations in Dallas, Houston, Harlingen, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Orlando and Tampa.

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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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The Leader in You: How to Be Your Authentic Self and Create a Strategy to Win

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Betsy Myers

Authenticity means finding "the real me" within ourselves and feeling comfortable in our own skin. When you step into who you truly are, you access a source of inexhaustible power. People see you as real, and that fuels a level of trust and confidence. At the same time, you must be conscious of how you treat and connect with the people around you. Whether you are managing a division of a company, leading a project, interacting in your community or raising your children, the way you feel about yourself and how others feel about you, is key to your success and happiness. In this webinar, Betsy Myers will take you through the journey of becoming an authentic leader and share how that creates a strategy to win.

Betsy Myers is Founding Director of Bentley University's Center for Women and Business. A dynamic speaker, Betsy leads workshops around the world on the changing nature of leadership. She is deeply committed to the Center's mission to enable all women to realize their leadership potential and to assist companies to harness the full potential presented by talented women. Betsy is also the author of Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You.

As a senior adviser to Barack Obama's Presidential Campaign, Betsy served first as Chief Operating Officer and then as Chair of Women for Obama. During the campaign, Betsy traveled extensively, speaking to undecided voters and leading the campaign's outreach to women.

Betsy previously spent several years at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, ending as the Executive Director of its Center for Public Leadership.

During the Clinton Administration, Betsy spent several years at the U.S. Small Business Administration in posts that included Director of the Office of Women's Business Ownership. She then moved to the White House as President Clinton's senior adviser on women's issues and Director of the Office for Women's Initiatives and Outreach.

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Learning To Use Power Questions

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Andrew Sobel, coauthor of Power Questions as well as seven other acclaimed books on professional relationships

Join relationship authority and bestselling author Andrew Sobel for an intensive, one-hour webinar on how to use powerful questions to build relationships, engage others, and persuade more effectively. If you work with clients and customers, lead a team, or would like to improve your professional and personal relationships, this webinar will give you the tools you need to succeed. You'll learn:

- What distinguishes a power question from an ordinary question
- Questions that will help you connect with and engage people you've just met
- How to formulate "credibility-building" questions to indirectly (and impressively) establish your expertise and experience
- Questions that will uncover the other person's most important priorities and needs
- How to use questions to reframe the problem and the solution and create a broader canvas for the conversation
- Questions that you should never ask

Andrew is the co-author of the international bestseller Power Questions, which has been translated into 16 languages. His other books include the ground-breaking Clients for Life and the award-winning All For One. Andrew helps companies and individuals develop clients for life and build the professional relationships that are critical to their success. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Harvard Business Review, USA Today, and dozens of other publications. He has been featured on Fox News, CNN, and ABC News. His clients include Citigroup, Xerox, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Ernst & Young, Booz Allen Hamilton, Towers Watson, and other leading companies. Andrew was a Senior Vice President and Country Chief Executive for Gemini Consulting, and for the last 19 years has led his own international consulting firm. He has been married for 32 years and has three children.

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Leadership Mastery in the Digital Age AND... Everyone is a LEADER

Thursday, September 17, 2015
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Cheryl Cran, CSP

In today's fast-paced digital workplace there is a need for speed of "human abilities" which includes leadership. Everyone is a leader and as businesses shift to a "shared leadership" model, the skill sets and attitudes need to shift in a big way.

In this fast-paced, inspiring and practical application webinar, you will learn:

- How to upgrade your leadership OS to meet the needs of a fast-evolving workplace
- The "mindset model" that will help you and others to shift results by being a "sharer" and a "learner"
- How to be a multi-generational morpher, which will allow you to adapt your approaches and solutions to work for ALL of the generations working together
- What it means to be a "leadership master" in today's fast changing digital workplaces

Cheryl Cran, CSP, HoF is a thought leader on change leadership and the future of work. She is the author of six books including "Leadership Mastery in the Digital Age." Her newest book is being released in November, 2015, titled "The Art of Change Leadership - Driving Transformation In a Fast Paced World" (Wiley 2015). Cheryl has been a successful leader of teams since her early twenties and the study of master leadership is her life-long work's passion. She has been the CEO of Evolutionary Business Solutions since 1997 and she thrives on helping leaders to innovate, drive superior business performance, and create engaged and inspired teams. Her clients include Gartner, AT&T, Omnitel, Bell Media, EY, Digital Strategy Conference and many more. To find out more about Cheryl go to www.cherylcran.com

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Women as Barometers of a Healthy Workplace: Overcoming Gender Stereotypes in STEM

Thursday, October 22, 2015
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Melanie Polkosky, Ph.D.

We are currently engaged in a national conversation about gender diversity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Today, more than any time in the past, the lack of women in demanding science and technology fields is understood to be a significant problem that many thought leaders and progressive organizations have been striving to address for more than four decades. And yet, the number of women in STEM has plateaued or even decreased over the last few years.

This webinar will focus on women as barometers of workplace culture. The data tell us a majority of women are avoiding or leaving STEM fields due to their toxic environments. As women in technology, what is the daily impact of gender stereotypes on our energy, resilience and well-being? What does a welcoming, inclusive and supportive workplace culture look like? How can we each become the change we wish to see?

Goals of the Webinar:

- Define gender stereotyping and gender diversity as they relate to STEM fields;
- Describe how gender stereotyping effects social cognition, or the processes by which we understand ourselves and others;
- Evaluate several types of catabolic and anabolic energy that result from gender stereotyping;
- Identify at least 5 ways women can thrive in their career and life by overcoming limiting beliefs about gender.

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, will be 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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Be Heard - Through the Glass Ceiling

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

Presenter: Bonnie Gross, BA, DSPA, President, SpeechScience, Inc.

SPEAK SO That Others APPRECIATE the FULL Value Of Your Ideas And Opinions.

Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government, industry, and in technology. This means that women's voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives.

Cheryl Sandberg, bestselling author of LEAN IN, identified one of the major problems holding women back as "..the faulty way women communicate to upper management, colleagues, and clients in business situations."

In this webinar, Bonnie Gross will discuss how to improve your speaking and communication skills so that you will BE HEARD AND APPRECIATED. You will:

- Learn how to use your voice, your tone, and your choice of words as powerful business tools.
- Communicate your message so others will listen.
- Learn to speak succinctly and to the point.
- Get rid of negative speech habits such as "um" and poor pronunciation.
- Discover your inner feelings and attitudes about being strong in business.
- Identify the speaking habits that hold you back, such as "up tone", poor voice projection, "um" and filler phrases, faulty pronunciation, apologizing, as well as body language and facial expression.

Bonnie Gross is the President of SpeechScience International, Inc., which is a company devoted to helping clients reach their full potential as dynamic speakers. They provide coaching and training in Executive Speaking Skills, including dynamic speaking preparation and delivery, speech & voice improvement, accent reduction and fearless public speaking. What differentiates SpeechScience is the combination of radio and television arts plus the use of Speech and Voice Therapy techniques, a computerized biofeedback learning tool, and their own proven programs and techniques to optimize learning and measure progress.

Incorporated in 1997, SpeechScience has helped hundreds of clients such as IBM, CIBC, Cisco Systems, BMO, Siemens, H.J.Heinz, RBC, CIBC and employees of the United Nations (New York), become clear and more powerful speakers.

Bonnie Gross has over 25 years of experience in speech pathology, voice training, writing and performing for radio and television. She has received awards in both professions:

- Honours of the Association AWARD, for outstanding contribution to the profession of Speech pathology.
- Programming Excellence Award, for the weekly TV series "Ethnicity."

The combination of these experiences is what makes Bonnie's programs strongly effective, unique, and always enjoyable.

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Upcoming Webinars

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

365 Ideas To Go From Good To Great On TWITTER!
Begins Jul 28

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

The Leader in You: How to Be Your Authentic Self and Create a Strategy to Win
Begins Aug 18

Learning To Use Power Questions
Begins Sep 9

Leadership Mastery in the Digital Age AND... Everyone is a LEADER
Begins Sep 17

Women as Barometers of a Healthy Workplace: Overcoming Gender Stereotypes in STEM
Begins Oct 22

Be Heard - Through the Glass Ceiling
Begins Nov 4

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