SOURCE: Invent Your Future Enterprises

January 19, 2007 12:05 ET

Learn the 10 Best Ways to Climb the Ladder in 2007 at the Entrepreneurial Skills Conference for Corporate Women Feb. 8 - 9 in Silicon Valley

Microsoft, Bridge Bank, PBWC, ATW, Springboard Enterprises, the SBA and Other Sponsors Join Invent Your Future Enterprises to Fast-Track the Success of Corporate and Entrepreneurial Women Leaders

SAN CARLOS, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 19, 2007 --Build valuable business skills and know-how to take your career and company to the next level at The Entrepreneurial Skills Conference, February 8 - 9, 2007 at the Microsoft Conference Center in Mountain View, CA. The nation's top authors, experts, business leaders and professors will share their secrets and strategies to spark your entrepreneurial drive and accelerate your rise to the top. Register by Jan. 19th for early bird discount at

From improving negotiation skills to understanding a P&L, the conference has something for women at all stages of their careers. Whether you're a corporate manager who wants to move up the career ladder, an 'intra'-preneur who is ready to lead corporate initiatives or a new or aspiring business owner, this event will prepare you for success.

Join us and discover the 10 best ways to take your career to the next level:

1.  Enhance your business skills in negotiation, finance, strategy,
    selling & decision making;
2.  Get more organized in hands-on sessions with the latest
    productivity-enhancing tools like smartphones & PDAs;
3.  Build your technology expertise by learning about the latest
    sales-enhancing tools: customer relationship management (CRM),
    search engine optimization (SEO) & blogging;
4.  Learn to work smarter (not longer) with tips & techniques from business
    experts who have 'been there, done that' and want to share their
5.  Get your message out by discovering tools to be heard, remembered and
    achieve business results;
6.  Exchange best practices & business resources with other corporate women
    and inspiring entrepreneurs on the fast track;
7.  Find answers to your toughest questions during interactive breakout
    sessions with lots of Q&A;
8.  Participate in a business simulation exercise to build your
    business IQ;
9.  Gain ongoing support to overcome your career and business challenges by
    joining an Entrepreneurial Mindset team that will meet after the event;
10. Create a vision and roadmap to reinvent your career by building
    real-world skills you can implement right away and driving real results
    for you and your company.
"This extraordinary event addresses 'elephant-in-the-room' issues most conferences tip-toe around or avoid altogether," said Sam Horn, nationally acclaimed author, award-winning speaker and conference emcee. "It focuses on how to take responsibility for your career by building the confidence and skills to hold your own in a pressure-packed environment. Get input from accomplished women executives who have 'been there, done that' and are willing to share their lessons learned so women working their way up the ranks don't have to go it alone."

"The advancement of women is now a strategic requirement for employers striving to retain leaders, attract new talent and bring products and services to market that reflect the diverse needs and preferences of customers," said Ruth Stergiou, Co-Founder of Invent Your Future Enterprises.

Co-Founder Denise Brosseau adds, "We teach women that the biggest mistake you can make in your life is to think you work for someone else. Every job is a stepping stone to your future and the steps you choose to take make up your career. Learning, expanding and honing your entrepreneurial skills will prepare you for the opportunities ahead. We designed this unique conference to help women build the skills they need to be more competitive, to nurture their entrepreneurial drive and to inspire them to reinvent their careers."

More highlights:

--  Stanford's top negotiation professor Maggie Neale will share time-
    tested techniques to improve your negotiation skills;
--  Former HP 'intra'-preneur Adrian Ott (Exponential Edge) will reveal
    the secrets of starting and building an internal corporate venture;
--  An SBA lender and the co-Founder of the Springboard Venture Forums
    will discuss founding and funding a new business;
--  Sales expert Joanne Black (author, "No More Cold Calling") will impart
    strategies for attracting and retaining the most profitable customers;
--  Mathilda Khabbaz, Vice President of Citibank will improve your
    understanding of a P&L, including key ratios that identify problems ahead;
--  Productivity guru Pierre Khawand (People-OntheGo) will share the most
    important tools and techniques to overcome the email deluge;
--  Small business and PR experts Kara Swisher (Wall Street Journal) and
    Aundrea Lacy (Luv's Brownies) will share tips and inspirational stories to
    spark your inner entrepreneur;
--  Tech experts Barbara Coll (, Jory Des Jardins (BlogHer)
    and Carolyn Acker (Infusion CRM) will highlight tech tools to increase your
    productivity, reach new customers and boost your profits;
--  Advancement expert Kara Helander (Catalyst) will help you take charge
    of your career and learn how to be your own mentor;
--  Learn more at

Sponsors of The Entrepreneurial Skills Conference include: Microsoft; Bridge Bank; New Dimension Enterprises, Ltd.; the SBA; Burke Williams Spa and Townsend and Townsend and Crew, LLP. Partners include: Professional Business Women of California (PBWC); Alliance of Technology and Women (ATW); BlogHer; Forum for Women Entrepreneurs & Executives; FountainBlue; Indian Business & Professional Women; NAWBO Silicon Valley; the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center; Springboard Enterprises; Women Impacting Public Policy; Women In Consulting and Women's Technology Cluster. Learn about sponsorship opportunities at

"Microsoft's sponsorship of The Entrepreneurial Skills Conference underscores our commitment to empower women leaders in corporate and small business environments and foster their success," said Diana Beckman, Northern California area general manager for Microsoft's Small and Midmarket Solutions and Partners (SMS&P) group. "Each year, we make significant investments in the top events for career and personal development and networking, and we're delighted to be part of this unique conference to help women realize their potential."


Visit to register and receive gifts valued at more than $150. Includes conference sessions, Business Simulation Challenge, materials, exhibits, continental breakfast, lunch and reception. Group discounts available by emailing

About Invent Your Future Enterprises

Invent Your Future Enterprises is a professional development company that is accelerating the success of the next generation of corporate and entrepreneurial women leaders through corporate retention and diversity programs, business simulation training, skill-building conferences, eseminars and toolkits. Built by highly experienced, connected and committed social entrepreneurs, the company's products and services fast-track the success of corporate managers on their way up the career ladder, 'intra'-preneurs who are building internal corporate ventures, and new or aspiring business owners. Learn more at or call (650) 472-3782.

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