Women in Technology International Announces 7th Annual WITI Silicon Valley Smart Partnering Conference & Expo

June 5, 2002

Additionally, WITI will be unveiling the findings of the Key3Media-WITI Technology Buyer Research findings that will highlight significant market trends impacting the immediate future for women professionals.

New to WITI’s Annual Conference: Winning Government Contracts

WITI will introduce a new workshop, “How to Respond to Government RFPs”. The US Government petitions for proposals and allocates funds for technology contracts. Washington DC mandates that 5% of these contracts be granted to women-owned businesses, however, today 2% of these contracts actually find their way to women entrepreneurs. In an effort to better facilitate fund allocation for women-owned businesses WITI is proud to have created a specific workshop led by Lurita Doan, President & CEO, New Technology Management, Inc (Deloitte & Touche Fast50, Washington Technology Fast50 – (6th) and Forbes ASAP Fast500 – (67th) and Working Woman 500). Doan will instruct participating attendees through an interactive workshop about listing on Government RFP sites, how to develop a winning proposal for Government Contracts, as well as successful marketing strategies to gain Government Business.

For more information on The WITI 7th Annual Smart Partnering Conference and Expo, please see “Conference-At-A-Glance” Addendum.

Carolyn Leighton, Founder of WITI said, “We are in the midst of pioneering a new model for empowerment, products, services, best practices tools and advocacy for women for the networked global economy.”

“And to that end, we are leveraging our annual conference to better facilitate meaningful exchange and deal flow for women business professionals. We are so excited with the corporate sponsors enthusiasm for our new business efforts and will look forward to continued momentum,” said Mariana Danilovic, WITI CEO.

About WITI

WITI is an international leader in empowering the professional development of women. For more than a decade, WITI has successfully provided women in technology; inspiration, education, conferences, on-line services, publications and an exceptional worldwide network of resources. WITI is the first and only international organization solely dedicated to advancing women through technology.

The WITI mission is to provide access to people, resources and opportunities for their members to achieve their goals. WITI achieves this by providing relevant educational and leadership programs, and building an intimate, results oriented networking structure. They create powerful alliances and partnerships, develop a capital resource network, and transform media perceptions of women and technology.

In the last three years, WITI’s constituency has expanded from women in technology to women who consider technology central to their businesses, careers and professions. WITI’s expansion includes the development of web- based tools, products and services, innovative support to women entrepreneurs, early-stage ventures, education, technology centers, and media networks. WITI’s rapid expansion includes over 30 regional chapters worldwide. WITI prides itself on establishing a global brand with local outreach, and recognizing and celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of men and women.

For more information about how WITI is dedicated to advancing women through technology and how your company can be involved, please see WITI at: http://www.witi.com/ , call 1.888.437.7228 or contact the office of the CEO, mariana@corp.witi.com.

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