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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:

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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Building Relationships For Life: The Challenges and Opportunities for Millennials, Xers, and Boomers

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

Presenter: Andrew Sobel

Not a day goes by without a headline proclaiming how different Millennials are from their older Gen Xers and Baby Boomer colleagues, and there are many studies to back up these claims. But in one respect, Millennials (aged 21-34) face the same challenge every generation has had to contend with:

How do you build a powerful, supportive network of key relationships that will help you thrive in your career - both internally in your firm and externally with clients and important contacts in your field?

In 2016, relationship authority and bestselling author Andrew Sobel conducted a global study of nearly 3000 educated professionals, to examine the relationship-building needs, challenges, and habits of all three main generational cohorts.

During this webinar, he will review a series of powerful findings from his Global Relationships Study:

- Why there is such a gap between how important we know trusted professional relationships are, and our relatively low satisfaction with them.

- The specific challenges that Millennials have in working with older colleagues - and vice-versa.

- The two relationship-building skills everyone wishes they could get better at.

- The key factor that appears to double employee engagement scores and cut intended attrition by 50%.

- The one - and only one - social media platform that people say is truly helpful in building relationships.

Andrew Sobel is the leading authority on client loyalty and the ingredients of enduring business relationships. He is the author of eight acclaimed, bestselling books, including Power Relationships, Power Questions, All for One, and Clients for Life, which have been translated into 19 languages. He has advised many of the world's leading public companies and professional service firms, including Citigroup, PwC, Cognizant, Deloitte, Hess, Bain & Company, Booz Allen Hamilton, Experian, and many others. Andrew was a senior vice president and Country Chief Executive for Gemini Consulting, and for the last 20 years has led his own international consulting firm.

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Wanted: Women in STEM

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
11am-12PM PT (2-3PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($0 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Katie Broderick

What are some of today's biggest challenges for women in STEM? We will examine the findings from the WITI/451 Research report examining the impact of gender in the workplace for the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Titled "Wanted: Women in STEM - An Exploration of Influential Factors, Their Professional Journey & Ways to Foster Change," the survey of 1,100 WITI members found that early STEM exposure is crucial and a variety of support mechanisms are needed to achieve women's goals in a predominantly male field. WITI members from around the word participated in the survey, although the majority of respondents were from the US.

Katie Broderick is Research Director at 451 Research. She has collaborated on some of the industry's leading quantitative research on colocation, cloud computing, and datacenter infrastructure management. Currently, Ms. Broderick runs 451 Research's Datacenter KnowledgeBase. She also studies market dynamics on a custom basis for clients including topics such as cloud computing, hosting, software-defined infrastructure, and brand awareness.

Prior to joining 451 Research, Ms. Broderick was a Senior Research Analyst at Egon Zehnder International. While there she focused solely on board level consulting and corporate governance research. She was previously a Senior Analyst at IDC, where she conceptualized and led the firm's datacenter infrastructure management research, producing market forecasts and the first vendor comparison across the space. She also led the company's server forecasts for cloud computing. Ms. Broderick holds a Masters' in Economics and Finance and an undergraduate degree in Economics and Spanish Language and Literature, both from Brandeis University.

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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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How to Lead Confidently in the Age of Uncertainty: An Interview with the former President of Starbucks, Howard Behar

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

Presenter: Howard Behar

As a woman in technology, are you feeling the pressure to "do more and be more" with fewer resources than ever before? Are you looking for better ways to handle the increasingly complex problems you and your team are facing on a regular basis? Are you struggling to keep up with performance expectations while making time to invest in your team - and even your own leadership potential?

Join us for a conversation with Howard Behar, former President of Starbucks, and learn what it takes to lead confidently in the face of adversity and change. During the webinar, you'll hear about the setbacks and challenges that Howard faced in growing Starbucks from a regional store to an international brand. In addition, you'll hear stories and lessons you can use to:

- Harness your personal values to grow your influence and impact
- Put your people first - even in the face of increasing demands - and meet expectations
- Increase your impact and results by empowering those around you
- Use the skills of curiosity and courage to solve complex challenges

Howard Behar is the former President of Starbucks and the author of two books, It's Not About the Coffee and The Magic Cup.

For 21 years, Howard led Starbuck's domestic business as President of North America, and he became the founding President of Starbucks International, opening the very first store outside of North America in Japan. During his tenure, he participated in the growth of the company from only 28 stores to over 15,000 stores spanning five continents. He served on the Starbucks Board of Directors for twelve years before retiring.

As an author and speaker, Howard now travels the world delivering keynotes to leaders, corporations, and students on how to put people first and lead with their values.

In addition, Howard serves on the boards of several for-profit and non-profit organizations, including Education Element, iD Tech, The School of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. He is on the advisory boards of Anthos Capital, University of Washington Foundation, and a Trustee for The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation.

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How to Grow Your Influence and Lead in the Digital Age

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

Presenter: Shama Hyder

From entrepreneurs to executives, today's leaders are being called to a new standard: the digital one. In order to reach customers, engage employees and influence stakeholders, leaders at all levels must learn how to swim the currents of the digital landscape and assert their influence through new channels. This is easier said than done. After all, how do business owners and leaders know which technologies to use to connect more deeply with their audience, grow their brand and create a greater impact?

Rather than running from technology, leaders can embrace this brave new world and learn to leverage technology to engage, influence, sell and lead. As a result of this presentation, you will understand why and how to build a digital footprint in today's world and increase your leadership impact - regardless of whether you run a small internal team or have a broader focus. You will:

- Learn the five principles behind building a compelling personal brand

- Establish yourself as a thought leader across audiences with colleagues, bosses and stakeholders alike

- Increase your influence by understanding how to create and distribute intellectual property

- Generate better results from you leadership efforts as a result of growing your platform

Shama Hyder is the founder and CEO of the award-winning agency, The Marketing Zen Group, an integrated web marketing and digital PR firm. She is also a highly acclaimed international keynote speaker and a regular media correspondent, often featured across all major media channels, including MSNBC, Fox Business, Forbes, Inc. and The Wall Street Journal. She is the best-selling author of The Zen of Social Media Marketing (4th Edition) and Momentum: How to Propel Your Marketing and Transform Your Brand in the Digital Age.

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Seeing Female Success from the Male Point of View

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
12-1PM PT (3-4PM ET)  |  FREE for WITI Members ($50 Nonmembers)

Presenter: Michelle Bergquist

In this impactful one-hour webinar, Michelle Bergquist, CEO and Co-Founder of Connected Women of Influence, will share

Insights That Can Move Professional Women from Invisible to Invaluable

Most business books for women are written by women. Unfortunately, an overwhelming percentage of Fortune 1000 firms, top earners, boardroom seats and executive officer positions are filled with MEN.

Has anyone asked THEM what they think women should do to advance in business?

Michelle Bergquist has - and she will share their insightful - and revealing - responses in this can't-miss webinar. Highlights Include:

- How to play the game of business
- How to show results
- How to speak up and get noticed
- How to turn your ask on
- How to get your brag on
- How to search and approach mentors
- How to support other women for advancement
- How to adapt your behavior and still be YOU in business!

Michelle Bergquist is a nationally recognized author, award-winning entrepreneur, lively moderator and engaging, professional speaker. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of Connected Women of Influence, a leading powerhouse community of b2b women owners, executives and professionals who converge and engage to build high-performing professional relationships among peers in business. Michelle is also Co-Founder of SUE Talks™, bold, passionate, talks and viewpoints on business by successful, unstoppable, empowering women changing the face of business.

Michelle is a passionate advocate to advance women in business, and committed to designing platforms, programs, connections and collaborative opportunities that result in more women leading projects, teams, people and companies. In 2014, Michelle was recognized by the National Association of Women Business Owners as the Women's Advocate of the Year. In 2015, she was featured and recognized as one of the Women Who Impact San Diego by the San Diego Metro Magazine.

Michelle's corporate background includes 13 years in commercial banking and over 20 years as an entrepreneur and business owner. She is the author of two books: How Women Sabotage Their Success in Business... According to Men and How to Build a Million Dollar Database. Michelle's professional background includes over 20 years' expertise in helping companies develop winning business plans, obtain funding, increase sales and improve business performance and success.

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WITI Member Orientation

Friday, November 4, 2016
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM 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

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

Building Relationships For Life: The Challenges and Opportunities for Millennials, Xers, and Boomers
Begins Sep 8

Wanted: Women in STEM
Begins Sep 13

WITI Member Orientation
Begins Oct 7

How to Lead Confidently in the Age of Uncertainty: An Interview with the former President of Starbucks, Howard Behar
Begins Oct 18

How to Grow Your Influence and Lead in the Digital Age
Begins Oct 26

Seeing Female Success from the Male Point of View
Begins Nov 2

WITI Member Orientation
Begins Nov 4

WITI Member Orientation
Begins Dec 2

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