SOURCE: WITI (Women in Technology International)

September 20, 2006 10:45 ET

WITI (Women in Technology International) to Feature Impressive Lineup of Keynotes at Annual Silicon Valley Conference

Exhibitors and Female Leaders to Celebrate 11th Anniversary of Hall of Fame Program

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 20, 2006 -- WITI (Women in Technology International), the nation's leading professional organization for tech-savvy women, is proud to announce an impressive list of keynote speakers for its annual, three-day conference in Santa Clara. Top-level professionals from companies such as Tesla Motors, Google, Symantec, IDC, NOAA, among others, will be presenting keynote addresses and interacting with attendees during sessions with topics ranging from technical and professional development to current economic and workplace trends.

The keynote speakers include Sierra Dall, president and CEO, Challenge International, Inc., Dr. Pieter Tans, senior scientist, (NOAA) Climate Monitoring Laboratory, and Martin Eberhard, CEO, Tesla Motors, who will jointly present on the issue of "Climate Change: The Risks… The Opportunities... and The Story of a Sexy New Electric Car," while Cindy Solomon, president, Solomon & Associates, Inc., will strategize on "Creating a Culture of Courage: The New Leadership Challenge." Furthermore, Danielle Levitas, VP of Consumer and Broadband Research, IDC, and Robin Raskin of Princeton Review will generate exciting dialogue about "Women at Play: Women as Consumers of Entertainment Technology." Other notable sessions include "Dangers of Web 2.0 And Ways To Protect Yourself" hosted by Erin Hintz, VP of Worldwide Consumer Marketing, Symantec Corp., and "Social Networking: Does it apply to business?" with Konstantin Guericke, Co-Founder and VP of Marketing, LinkedIn, Daphne Kis, VP of Business to Business Programs, CNET Networks, and Melanie Deitch, Director of Marketing, Facebook, leading discussions.

The conference will take place on October 29th through the 31st at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara and be lead by long-time WITI member and Mistress of Ceremony, Karenann Terrell, CIO of Baxter International Inc. This is WITI's single largest event of the year where women can exchange ideas and opportunities with innovative decision-makers from both established and emerging companies. The WITI EXPO and Taste of Technology Reception will also be an ideal environment for attendees to experience new technologies firsthand and extend their social network with other like-minded women.

"WITI is committed to bringing content and speakers who are meaningful, inspiring and relevant to the needs of our conference attendees. We are totally committed to empowering women at all stages of their careers, from the moment they walk into their first job through CEO/Chairwomen of major corporations," said Carolyn Leighton, Chairwoman/Founder of WITI.

The 11th Anniversary of WITI's annual Hall of Fame Dinner, sponsored by the Women in Technology Foundation, will honor five recipients for their outstanding achievements in science and technology. WITI's Hall of Fame is considered the most prestigious award given to women who have made significant contributions in the fields of science and technology. This year, WITI is teaming with the Santa Clara Girl Scouts and the YWCA to bring young women in grades 6 through 9 to the Hall of Fame Awards to help inspire and encourage them to select careers in science and technology.

As of September 20, confirmed conference sponsors and partners include Altera, AMD, BA Jobs, BEA Systems, Bernard Hodes, Catchpole, Computer Associates, eBay, Fish and Richardson, Geico, Hewlett-Packard, HPCwire, IBM, Intel, Kellogg & Andelson, Raytheon, Ruder Finn, San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley Law Group, Sony, Spherion, Symantec, UBS and Women's Calendar.

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About WITI

WITI is the nation's leading trade association for professional, tech-savvy women committed to using technology, resources and connections to advance women worldwide. With a global network of smart, talented women and a market reach exceeding 2 million, WITI has established powerful strategic alliances and programs to provide connections, resources, and opportunities within a supportive environment of women committed to helping each other. WITI's mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity.

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