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									 THOUGHT-LEADERS AND TOP EXECUTIVES GATHER AT ANNUAL SUMMIT
              FOR WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY, INTERNATIONAL (WITI)

    Noteworthy Keynotes, Hall of Fame Awards, Women's Leadership Awards to Be Celebrated


SANTA CLARA, CA – (MARKET WIRE) – 10/14/2008 – WITI (Women in Technology
International), the nation's leading professional organization for tech-savvy women, is pleased to
announce the start of its annual Summit, which includes several notable keynote speakers, educational
sessions, and a host of top executives who will be recognized for their professional accomplishments
within the field.


During the three-day conference, October 12th - 15th, at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, top
executives, consultants and business professionals will discuss their experiences and engage in this
year's celebration of women's leadership. Senior executives from companies such as Disney ABC
Television, GE, and Deloitte will lead roundtable discussions in addition to stand-alone presentations.


Most notably, this year WITI is launching the Women's Leadership Award, honoring women who
have excelled as industry leaders in their communities and workplaces.


"This is the year to celebrate women in leadership roles and WITI is proud to award women who have
shown distinction and initiative," said Carolyn Leighton, Chairwoman and Founder of WITI. "It is our
goal to have the attendees empowered with inspiration to lead and find direction in their personal and
professional lives."


This year's keynote presenters include: Cathleen Benko, Vice Chairman and Chief Talent Officer,
Deloitte LLP; Ardice Farrow, Founder, Publisher, Wake Up Women; Mk Haley, Director, Product
Design and Development, Disney ABC Television Group Digital; Randy Methven, Executive Coach,
On Your Mark; Kjerstin Barley, Sr Vice-President and Industry Leader, Technology and Electronics,
GE Commercial Finance; Sandy Carter, VP, SOA & WebSphere Strategy, Channels & Marketing,
IBM Corporation; Michelle Yozzo Drake, CEO, The Cove Group, Inc.; Judy Estrin, Chief Executive
Officer, JLABS, LLC; Judy Lin, Senior Vice President, Ethernet Switching Technology Group, Cisco;
Shirley C. McCarty, President, Shamrock Consulting and Heidi Peterson, Regional Director - Western
Region, CARE.
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and connect with other women in the technology industry
through round table dialogue and interactive networking sessions, as well as participate in inspirational
discussions with keynote speakers.


The 13th Anniversary of WITI's annual Hall of Fame Dinner, sponsored by the Women in Technology
Foundation, will honor recipients for their accomplishments in the fields of science and technology.
Honorees include Deborah Estrin, Director, Center for Embedded Networked Sensing, Professor,
UCLA; Susan P. Fisher-Hoch, M.D., Professor of Epidemiology, The University of Texas School of
Public Health; Mary Lou Jepsen, CEO, Pixel Qi; Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Professor, Department
of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University and Jian Xu, Ph.D., Distinguished Engineer, CTO,
China Systems and Technology Labs, IBM. The WITI Hall of Fame induction is an esteemed honor
for these women who have made significant and historic contributions in their industry.


For more information, visit: http://www.witi.com/center/conferences/2008/siliconvalley/.


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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Media Contacts:
Megan Neal
Ruder Finn, Inc. (On behalf of WITI)
nealm@ruderfinn.com
212-583-2791

								
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