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:

Credit Management: Make Your FICO® Score Work for You

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Sonali Hirekatur, Senior Product Manager at myFICO

Most people think of their credit score only when they need it. Imagine your surprise when you learn that your score is not up to par to get the interest rate you want when you buy a house, apply for a credit card, or apply for a loan. Even a few points lower on your mortgage interest will result in thousands of savings over the life of the mortgage. It pays to be informed about your credit health.

In this webinar, Sonali will help you understand how your credit management behavior may affect your FICO® Score. With this knowledge, you can proactively manage your credit so you and your FICO® Score are ready when it's time to apply for the next big loan. You will learn:

- What the FICO® Score is and how it differs from free credit scores
- The relationship between the top three credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion) and the FICO® Score
- Why FICO scores may differ across all three bureaus
- The importance of knowing about FICO Score versions based on your credit goals (when you apply for a mortgage, auto-loan, credit card etc.)
- Which credit management activities can influence your FICO score

Sonali Hirekatur is a Senior Product Manager at myFICO (the consumer division of Fair Isaac). She has over 15 years of product management experience in financial services and e-commerce industries. At myFICO, Sonali creates tools, features and content to help de-mystify the relationship between personal credit management and the FICO score. She has a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Pune University.

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Exerting Influence Without Authority - What's in Your Toolbox?

Thursday, October 5, 2017
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Candice Benson

Congratulations - you've been asked to lead a change initiative or large project! But there's a hitch - its success depends on the cooperation of several co-workers across your organization over whom you have little or no formal authority.

If you're like most individuals, you face this sort of challenge frequently and need to get things done through peers inside and outside your organization. In this age of virtual teams and multiple functions within and even between companies, how can you influence others?

During this webinar, you will learn ways to develop skills and techniques such as:

- Constructive persuasion and negotiation
- Personal styles for effective communications
- Political support or access to important resources

Candice will share insight and provide tools for you to further succeed in business or your personal life by exerting influence without authority!

Candice Benson is an internationally recognized Management Consultant and the CEO of Benson Consulting Inc. For over 15 years, she has been instrumental in successfully leading companies at all levels to operational excellence, leading to great profits and time-savings. She has led highly complex workflow, process, and back-end optimization projects for Fortune 50 companies, including several major M&A transactions, and her true passion is bringing this expertise to companies of all sizes, as she knows the benefit that a focus on operational excellence can bring.

Her clients have taken her across the United States and to London, Malaysia, and Hong Kong to oversee proper implementation of their improvement efforts. Candice has also been seen in national publications such as Smart Money Magazine and The New York Times.

Candice, a true Change Agent, is an experienced PMO Director, Portfolio Manager, Program Manager, and Project Manager. She has been certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP®) from the Project Management Institute and is a Six Sigma/Lean certified leader, mentor, and Project Management coach.

Candice is a member of the Greater Manchester (New Hampshire) Chamber of Commerce, the New Hampshire High Tech Council, and the New Hampshire Financial Management Association. She sits on the Board of the NH High Tech Council and is the Chairperson of the TechWomen|Tech Girls initiative. Candice is the VP of East networks for WITI (Women in Technology International) and the Regional Director for the Boston Network. She earned her Bachelor's Degree, with a double major, from Rutgers University. A married mother of three daughters, Candice has lived on both coasts and in London, England. She now makes her home in Bedford, New Hampshire.

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WITI Member Orientation

Friday, October 6, 2017
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PT (2:00 - 3:00 PM ET)  |  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 Social Paradigm Shift, How To Win The Race to Digital Dominance

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Gretchen Fox

There's a digital arms race underway - and most people don't even know it's happening. The stats are shocking. People around the world have embraced social media well beyond anyone's expectations. U.S. consumers now spend a whopping 10 hours per day looking at a screen and five of those are spent on mobile devices with Facebook coming in as the #1 app by a landslide. Everyone is struggling to keep up and the skills gap keeps growing. The statistics point to a scary future where this gap is correlating with another growing gap: the economic differential between the haves and the have-nots. For example, in the U.K., digital tech employees are offered 36% higher wages than the rest of the economy. This presentation will take an exciting look at the current digital landscape and the critical steps attendees need to take to not just compete but win in the 21st century.

Gretchen Fox is a recognized executive and thought leader in social media & digital transformation. She provides a social vision and strategy for startups and Fortune 500 brands striving to take social to the next level. Prior to launching MTO Agency (Made to Order) and MTO EDU, Ms. Fox served as Vice President of Social at Live Nation Entertainment, the world's leading live entertainment company, where she built an in-house social agency servicing over 100 live music venues and superstar touring artists including Pink, Rihanna, and Jay-Z. Before joining Live Nation, Ms. 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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GENDER SYNERGY: How women can work with men to transform the quality of their work-life and magnify their impact and opportunities

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Will Marré

Do you feel that you have been overlooked for a promotion or an exciting opportunity because you are a woman? Over 70% of women who work in STEM organizations say yes to that question. If no one listens to you, is there a reason to keep speaking up? If your talent is not being recognized does it make sense to exhaust yourself achieving other people's goals without being rewarded? The logical reaction to bias is to quit trying so hard to succeed in a culture, which makes success virtually impossible.

WITI's Survey research of global STEM companies reveals that most work cultures are systematically bias in ways that disempower women and others that don't fit the "in group" culture. Bias is today's hot business problem because it disempowers vital talent necessary to succeed. But traditional strategies of fighting for female equality are failing. What is succeeding is creating cultures that empower both women and men with new ways of working. You must become the change agent of a culture transformation in which men and women both thrive because respecting cognitive diversity is the highest value. You must become self-empowered because that will empower others.

In this webinar, you will learn the essentials of gender synergy that will increase your influence and impact immediately.

Key takeaways:

- How to get men to promote gender equality and promote more opportunity for women.
- The business case for gender synergy and cognitive diversity.
- 3 simple behaviors male leaders can adopt to engage and motivate female professionals.
- 3 essential habits women must adopt to be given more opportunities and more respect.
- Why bias training doesn't reduce bias and what does.
- 5 policies that you should ask your company for because it will enable your company to recruit and retain the world's smartest women.

Will Marré is the co-founder and former president of the Covey Leadership Center which brought The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to millions worldwide. Today his focus is on developing Smart Power women leaders through his Smart Power Academy (SPA). The Academy's researched based programs focus on leadership, career development and cultural transformation. Women learn to use the thinking tools, behavioral skills and leadership practices necessary to be effective in authoritarian organizations struggling to transform to the new, disruptive economy.

Smart Power is based on gender synergy - how men and women can use gender-based strengths to lead and work together to multiply positive results. These programs are now being taught worldwide in companies who don't want to be worth behind. You can find out more at: https://smartpoweracademy.com

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WITI Member Orientation

Friday, November 3, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PT  |  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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WITI Member Orientation

Friday, December 1, 2017
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PST  |  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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  Previous Webinars

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Upcoming Webinars

Credit Management: Make Your FICO® Score Work for You
Begins Sep 27

Exerting Influence Without Authority - What's in Your Toolbox?
Begins Oct 5

WITI Member Orientation
Begins Oct 6

The Social Paradigm Shift, How To Win The Race to Digital Dominance
Begins Oct 11

GENDER SYNERGY: How women can work with men to transform the quality of their work-life and magnify their impact and opportunities
Begins Oct 17

WITI Member Orientation
Begins Nov 3

WITI Member Orientation
Begins Dec 1

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