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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:

Culture and Stories: Women in Technology at Wells Fargo

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($0 Nonmembers)

Presenters: Ana Golubovski, VP Marketing Data Decision Strategy Manager; Tammy Larsen, VP Technology Manager; and Tara Oberhofer, SVP Marketing Data Decision Strategy Manager

Wells Fargo has a rich history of diversity and inclusion, including a commitment to women that dates back to 1873, when the company hired Mary Taggart to manage an express office in Palmyra, Nebraska. She was the first of more than 350 women who managed company locations in towns across America from 1873 to 1918. That tradition continues today, with women holding many executive-level leadership positions and representing 7 of the 16 seats of the Board of Directors.

In this one-hour webinar, three Wells Fargo leaders will share their own career journeys in technology. They will share more about women at Wells Fargo, both yesterday and today, and discuss how Wells Fargo promotes diversity and inclusion across the company. Lastly, they will provide an overview of the company, including its data and analytics organization, which is focused on transforming how Wells Fargo uses data to provide greater insight to its businesses through consistent, simplified, innovative data services.

Don't miss this session with Wells Fargo leaders Ana Golubovski, VP Marketing Data Decision Strategy Manager; Tammy Larsen, VP Technology Manager; and Tara Oberhofer, SVP Marketing Data Decision Strategy Manager.

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Success Strategies for a Thriving Career for Women in Technology

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

Presenter: Aditi Banerjee, Ph.D.

Businesses today are becoming global for a variety of reasons, which include getting access to emerging markets, advanced technology, cost competitiveness, and the availability of talent. Outsourcing and new business models are becoming important approaches to meet strategic business objectives in leading companies. This has changed the landscape of career progression and opportunities available for women in the technology industry.

In this webinar, Aditi will introduce you to the Engineering Services industry and share success strategies for you to have a thriving career in the ever-changing dynamic of the global marketplace. You will learn about:

- Outsourcing Industry: market size and trends
- Engineering Services in the global product engineering landscape
- Opportunities for Women
- Career Transitions
- How to find your "Sweet Spot"
- Tools for Success

Aditi Banerjee, Ph.D. leads the Medical Devices business in Engineering Services at Infosys Ltd and is responsible for driving growth initiatives in strategic accounts. She has 18 years of business, marketing and technology leadership experience in the Product and Engineering services industry. Prior to joining Infosys, she worked in Texas Instruments, where she was world-wide Marketing Manager. She managed Analog and Embedded business growth at Texas Instrument's key OEM accounts, as well as new logo business development.

Aditi received her Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from North Carolina State University, M.S. from Pennsylvania State University and MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She received her Bachelor in Engineering from NIT, Nagpur, India. She holds 3 US patents and 13 Technical publications.

She is a member of the Industry Advisory Board at Southern Methodist University Dallas.

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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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Thriving Through Change

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Kathy Chou

As the saying goes, "change is the only constant in life." Especially in the technology industry, the rate of transformation has - and continues to - increase dramatically. While change can help us learn, grow and expand our boundaries, it can also be disruptive, scary and confusing. How can you rise above the challenges that change presents? How do you flourish during times of uncertainty?

In this webinar, Kathy Chou will explore changes in the technology industry, as well as organizational and personal change. She will provide tips and share best practices to help deal effectively with change so that you not only survive, but thrive.

Kathy Chou is senior vice president of Sales Strategy and Operations at Informatica, a $1B enterprise software company. She is responsible for driving sales and channel partner strategy, processes and tools, sales and partner operations, sales compensation, planning, reporting/analytics and sales enablement.

Kathy Chou has more than 20 years of operations and management experience in the high-tech industry. Before joining Informatica in May 2014, she worked at Intuit as vice president of Sales Operations and Strategy. At Hewlett-Packard, Kathy was vice president of Personal Systems Group Sales Strategy and Operations and Worldwide Commercial Sales representing $18B in revenue. Previously, she held management positions at Linux Networx, Penguin Computing and Agilent Technologies.

Chou serves as chair of the Stanford Alumni Committee on Trustee Nominations and director of the Asian Pacific Fund. She is a member of the Stanford International Research Institute in Social Sciences (iRiSS) board of directors. The Silicon Valley Business Journal selected her as one of the Top 100 most influential women in 2011. In 2013, she was awarded the distinguished Stanford Medal.

Kathy earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, a master's degree in manufacturing systems engineering, and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

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

Thursday, December 10, 2015
3-4PM ET (12-1PM 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

 Past Webinar Recordings

Upcoming Webinars

Culture and Stories: Women in Technology at Wells Fargo
Begins Aug 11

Success Strategies for a Thriving Career for Women in Technology
Begins Aug 12

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

Thriving Through Change
Begins Sep 23

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

Be Heard - Through the Glass Ceiling
Begins Nov 4

The Leader is YOU! Build Your Change Intelligence for Influence and Impact
Begins Dec 10

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