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Social Mission as Strategy
By Neerja Raman
2005 WITI Hall of Fame Alumni
A global economy demands new strategic insight. Some entrepreneurs are breaking new ground in this area and delivering social as well as economic returns on investment by working in underserved communities. This article introduces the concept of creating competitive advantage by employing a social mission as a business strategy. Three women led enterprises spanning USA, Brazil and India, were studied to develop the case for investing in technology solutions for poverty alleviation and social empowerment.
Are you ready to transform your life and/or your career, but need help figuring out "what next?" Do you know that there must be "more to life," but you aren't sure how to go about finding it? Do you want to join the journey to financial success by making a commitment to uncover and eliminate unconscious barriers to your success? If you answered YES to any of these questions, please join us for a WITITalk Teleclass.
Participants in these teleclasses have made major changes in their lives, after just the first class!
Securing a Global Workforce
By Candice Tal
So much to do, so little time. How do you create an effective global management strategy for securing thousands of highly mobile employees each with numerous electronic devices? How safe is your company's Intellectual Property and your employees' personal data? How do you prevent hackers from attacking your corporate infrastructure & stealing your intellectual property? Are your employees aware of inadvertently leaking information? How do you protect yourself and your global workforce?
WITI Featured Network Event
Los Angeles Holiday Mixer @ Disney Studios
December 6, 2007 • Burbank, CA • Register Now!
Please join us on the Disney studio lot for an evening of holiday networking. Come one, come all, and bring your business cards. Prizes to be raffled during the evening. Men are welcome and encouraged to attend. Complimentary Hors d' Oeuvres. Cash bar.
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This is a technical, highly influential role for an individual contributor capable of leading a virtual cross-business and central IT team in documenting requirements, identifying and resolving issues, and applying a business mindset to the development of fit-for-purpose datacenter solutions.
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Protecting Your Future
Insurance is a major ingredient in protecting your financial future. Insurance is a way to share the risk with a large number of people through an insurance company.
Even though insurance reduces risk to an individual, it costs money. So, when do you insure? If the loss that may occur can be handled by your regular income within a reasonable time period without a change in your lifestyle, then self insure. Self insuring means that you take the full financial risk yourself. If the cost of the loss disrupts your or your love ones lifestyle or future, consider insuring.
Property risks are easier to see and you may be required by law to purchase insurance. Next time, we will discuss the risks that are not easy to see. In the meantime, if you have an insurance question, contact us at [email protected]. Yours, BMS Staff.
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Opportunity Green Sustainable Business Conference
November 17, 2007 @ UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Opportunity Green 2007 at UCLA is an unprecedented gathering of the prime movers and shakers in the world of green business.
The best and brightest entrepreneurial CEOs, executives, professionals, designers, investors and bloggers focused on building profitable, socially responsible and sustainable enterprises will convene on the UCLA campus on November 17th.
Explore Green 2.0; Opportunities for Green Investment Capital, Green Consumer Trends, Business Blogging, The Green Tech/Clean Tech Revolution and more.
Join industry professionals who share your commitment to the triple bottom line, as together we explore the future of sustainable & profitable business.
WITI Partners with the Institute for Women's Leadership!
Mention WITI to Receive Special Pricing on "Trade Up" Intensives
Professionals Trade Up
Designed specifically for professional women this intensive applies the "Trade Up" principles to accelerate leadership development.
What you will learn in this 1-day program:
"Since I've used the 'Trade Up' methodology to redesign my life I am healthier and happier than I have been in years. My work is flourishing much more effortlessly. I stopped believing that I couldn't have it all...on my terms!"
- Discover your untapped potential
- Reveal and remove self-sabotaging behaviors
- Create practices for increasing your impact
- Learn communication skills that allow you to operate at the enterprise level when required to
Dr. Colleen Brophy, Chief of Vascular Surgery
For Complete Details, Download the "Trade Up" PDF or Visit the Institute for Women's Leadership at www.womensleadership.com
Nomination Deadline for Tribute to Women (TWIN) Awards, November 21, 2007
The YWCA of Silicon Valley's 24th annual Tribute to Women (TWIN) Awards honors women who exemplify excellence in executive-level positions while recognizing companies that encourage and support a diverse workplace. Tribute to Women (TWIN) honorees are chosen through a blinded selection process by a committee of past honorees. Nomination criteria, focused on contributions relative to growth, profitability, and innovation, can be found by clicking here. The selected women will be honored, along with the companies that employ them, at the Tribute to Women (TWIN) Awards and fundraising dinner on May 15, 2008, held at the San Jose Fairmont.
For Complete Details, Please Visit www.ywca-sv.org
Be a Judge at The Annual SIIA CODiE Awards
This year we need judges to help select the finalists for each category. Would you or someone in your organization be willing to help? If you have already signed-up to judge then thank you for your help.
The first round review process takes place from November 21 - February 4, 2008.
You will be asked to review fewer than 10 products and rate them on an online rating form, as well as answer a few open-ended questions. You would not be expected to judge any more than you have the time for, but we really need independent people with knowledge of the software industry to take on this task.
If you are willing and able, we will need your contact information to send you the information, so please visit http://www.siia.net/codies/2008/judges/ and enter in your e-mail address.
Join WITI @ the United Nations!
Join over a thousand ICT and management executive attendees from business, government, and academia at the 19th Annual IT Infrastructure Conference and Exhibit
The Positive Impact of ICT (Information and Communications Technologies) on the Environment and Climate Change
November 27-28, 2007
United Nations Headquarters
New York, NY
On behalf of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development, and AIT Global, I cordially invite you to attend an important Climate Change and Information Technologies Conference in United Nations Headquarters, NYC, November 27-28, 2007.
I am proud to let you know WITI's own Susan Kaplan will serve on the Expert Panel led by Bruce Shaw, who is a Board Member of The Green Grid. This Panel will take "A Look at Technology's Role in Environmental Change." Technology improvements make it easier to succeed in the Green Revolution that's so important to the achievement of corporate ECO responsibilities. Panel Members will discuss the leading role ICT will take in this regard, over the course of the next 24 months. Additional presenters will represent leading global corporations, "green" associations, and governments. Tutorials will illustrate how ICT can: Expand environmental information; Amplify environmental leadership and responsibility; Redefine the efficient data center; Reduce paper dependency; and more.
Please register at No-Charge and view the schedule: http://www.aitglobal.com
I look forward to seeing and speaking with you and your colleagues at the United Nations!
President, Women in Technology International (WITI)
AlwaysOn Venture Summit West
December 6-7, 2007
Half Moon Bay, CA
Venture Summit West is a two-day gathering that highlights the significant economic, political and technology trends impacting the global growth investor. Venture Summit West features the most innovative and influential institutional investors, venture capitalists, investment bankers, research analysts, financial and technology media and corporate buyers in keynote presentations and panel debates.
The Venture Summit will also host 14 Best of Breed CEO Showcases hand-picked from the AlwaysOn annual top 100 private company list, and 36 other qualified six-minute CEO pitches from companies seeking later-stage capital or potential acquirers. The Venture Summit¹s goal is to match growth company buyers and sellers and identify the most promising innovation-driven, growth investment opportunities. At the Venture Summit, our editors will also honor the AO Top Dealmakers and the annual AO Industry Analyst All-Star team.
So mark your calendar and click here to take advantage of the 25% off ticket we have reserved for you before it expires.
Meet the press at
ShowStoppers @ CES
January 7, 2008
Las Vegas, NV
ShowStoppers® is now the official producer of press events for the WITI. The agreement creates exciting new opportunities to introduce the press to smart, tech-savvy women in business, the companies they run, and the companies they create -- with special discounts for WITI members that sponsor ShowStoppers events to meet the press.
ShowStoppers is where reporters and industry analysts discover the future of business, consumer, lifestyle and digital technologies for home, for work, for play. ShowStoppers events are regularly attended by, among others, ABC, CBS, BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, This Old House Magazine, Business Week, Consumer Reports, engadget, Fortune, Forbes, Good Housekeeping, Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline, Maxim, Money, Outlook 4Mobility, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Stuff, USA Today, C/Net, Dow Jones, eWeek, IDC, InfoWorld, Jupiter Research, Network World, Newsweek, PC Magazine, PC World, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, USA Today and ZD Net.
Click here for more info, or contact Dave, 845-638-3527.
The Fifth Annual Global Technology Symposium at Stanford
Jan 30 - Feb 1, 2008 • Palo Alto, CA • Register Now!
The Fifth Annual Global Technology Symposium at Stanford, the West Coast's premier investor conference on global emerging technologies, will take place Jan 30 - Feb 1, 2008 in Palo Alto, CA. The Symposium brings together a group of executives, scholars, international trade experts, and policy makers from the U.S., former CIS countries, and Europe in an intimate forum for addressing business issues through substantive and interactive dialogue.
This fifth year of the event will feature recognized thought leaders in global economics, such as:
All WITI members will receive a $300 discount off the standard registration fee of $1,395. Please register yourself using this link www.globaltechsymposium.com and enter the code: WITIMEM2008 when prompted.
- Dr. Arno Penzias, Venture Partner, NEA; Winner, Nobel Prize in Physics 1978
- Mary Warlick, US National Security Council Sr. Director on Russia
- Claudia Fan Munce, VP Corp Strategy, IBM; Managing Director, IBM Ventures
- Tim Draper, Founder, Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Upcoming Network Events
"At a recent WITI Boston event, I met a former client from 10 years ago when I worked for another company. We sat together at the meeting and got re-acquainted. Since then, my former client has introduced me to several IT executives at their firm to generate interest in our services, which may lead to new business. This demonstrates that networking and participating in WITI events can have very positive results...both professionally and personally."
-- Steffani Lomax, Vice President and Co-founder, Software Success Partners
December 5 - Houston
WITI Holiday Social and Toy Drive
December 5 - Atlanta
ITEC Atlanta Conference
December 6 - Los Angeles
Los Angeles Holiday Mixer
December 6 - San Diego
Red Hot Holiday Mixer 2007!
December 6 - South Florida
WITI and SFTA Holiday Fundraising Event
December 6 - Research Triangle Park
Holiday Topic: The Secret - How To Make The Laws Of Attraction Work For You..
December 13 - New York
WITI New York Chapter: Holiday Networking Event
January 15 - Las Vegas
WITI - Making It Your Own
January 22 - South Florida
Interactive Marketing Research Workshop
January 23 - San Diego
Beyond the Office: Extending the Workplace
February 12 - Las Vegas
The History of Technology in Las Vegas
February 19 - South Florida
Mentoring Program Kickoff
March 11 - Las Vegas
WITI Las Vegas March Event - SAVE THIS DATE!
June 10 - Las Vegas
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August 19 - Las Vegas
WITI Las Vegas August Event - SAVE THIS DATE!
September 9 - Las Vegas
WITI Las Vegas September Event - SAVE THIS DATE!
More information about network events in your area is available on our website.
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[email protected] keeps you up to date on where you will find WITI partners, WITI discounts, WITI women attending industry events. Visit the Members area of the WITI website for priority discount codes for these events. If you want a discount to an event you will be attending and/or want to meet other WITI women at that event, just let us know so we can get it for you!
Opportunity Green Sustainable Business Conference
Nov 17 2007
Los Angeles, California
The Positive Impact of Information and Communications Technologies on the Environment and Climate Change
Nov 27 2007-Nov 28 2007
New York, New York
Aspiring TechLeaders: Realizing Your Vision
Dec 4 2007-Dec 5 2007
New York, New York
AlwaysOn Venture Summit West
Dec 6 2007-Dec 7 2007
Half Moon Bay, California
SVASE Main Event: Are We All On The Same Page? - Investors Vs Founders!
Dec 6 2007
Palo Alto, California
Center for Women & Enterprise
Dec 7 2007
Holiday Arts & Crafts Show to benefit San Jose Children's Shelter
Dec 8 2007
Mountain View, California
Executives' Club of Chicago Technology Conference
Dec 12 2007
Black Hat DC 2008
Feb 18 2008-Feb 21 2008
Washington, District of Columbia
AIIM Expo Conference & Exposition
Mar 3 2008-Mar 6 2008
Black Hat Europe 2008
Mar 25 2008-Mar 28 2008
Amsterdam, Outside US/Canada
Sensors Expo & Conference
Jun 9 2008-Jun 11 2008
Black Hat USA 2008
Aug 2 2008-Aug 7 2008
Las Vegas, Nevada
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