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Women in Technology: "Networking Around the Beltway"

Women in Technology is a Washington, DC-based organization that seeks to empower women to be architects of change in the technology industry. With programming for technical professionals, executive management, business owners, and students, WIT provides the opportunity for all women to learn and connect to move their careers forward.

Leaders of the organization explain that the core of WIT’s mission is advancing women in technology, from the classroom to the boardroom. Their programming and networking opportunities give members the opportunity to expand their professional skills and knowledge and meet the people who can help them take their career to the next level.

WIT programs offer an amazing opportunity to expand your professional knowledge and networks,” says Sue Butler, chair of WIT’s Executive Women Special Interest Group. “Whether it’s at a small, focused SIG [special interest group] event or a monthly WIT, you’ll discover new insights and end up with dozens of business cards from new colleagues.”

Scroll down for our Q&A.


Inkandescent Networking: Tell us about Women in Technology and how it has grown in the last few years.

Sue Butler: WIT recently celebrated our 20th year! Women in Technology was started to help women in high-tech roles and women who work with and for tech-related organizations “from the classroom to the boardroom” progress in their careers. Several years ago we evolved our mission “to help women become architects of change” in their own companies and organizations. Today we are almost 1,000 members strong and our goal is to grow to 2,000 members.

Inkandescent Networking: How has your mission changed to keep up with the times?

Sue Butler: Today, we are helping young women in middle school and high school through GIT, Girls in Technology. We also formed WITEF, Women in Technology Educational Foundation, which has a separate board and budget. It serves as a philanthropic organization that WIT directly supports. Several years ago we also formed The Leadership Foundry, with the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) to help prepare women to get on corporate boards.

Inkandescent Networking: What was the major crossroads in building this organization? And how did the leadership handle it?

Sue Butler: The popping of the high-tech/dot-com bubble, as well as 9/11 certainly affected WIT’s growth. The economy—especially the 2008 crash—have also affected our growth. WIT is a professional membership organization, and women (and men—5 percent of our members are men) join as individuals. This has helped to make individual memberships portable. We have kept our dues very affordable ($115 a year or $200 for a two-year membership), and yearly we have sent out a membership survey to assess what our members like and don’t like about WIT, programs they would like to see within WIT, suggestions to better our organization, etc.

Inkandescent Networking: WIT hosts regular networking events, which are really fabulous. What makes them work? And what do you think is the secret to networking success?

Sue Butler: We have over 13 committees and special interest groups, representing a real diversity of interests within WIT, but also reflecting the different roles our members play within their own companies and organizations. These special interest groups also address the various needs women professionals have throughout their careers—including professional development, networking, programs that teach and inform our members on trends in technology, job searches, and interviewing. You can see we strive to help our members develop all of the skills, both hard and soft, that they will need as they progress through their career.

We also publish a biweekly, digital newsletter that goes out to all of our members about WIT events, programs, new members, committees, etc.

I think our programs work because of the really hard work and commitment of our members. We are a 100 percent volunteer organization.

I think the secret to networking success is, first of all, the right attitude. Networking is something you do all of the time—everywhere. It is a way of life and something you do throughout your career, not a transactional activity to get a job or make key connections with people who might benefit one’s career at the time. Networking is a selfless attitude of building long-term relationships and giving to others, without the expectation of immediate return.

But you never know if the next person you meet might change your life or play a defining role in your career. People do not, however, throw themselves on the hood of your car. You have to be out there, meeting people and giving to others. Networking cannot be just one-sided. People see that a mile away. I also think that listening to the needs of others and having a generous desire to help others is absolutely key. What goes around truly comes around.

Inkandescent Networking: What is so important about networking?

Sue Butler: Life coach and self-help author Tony Robbins says that “one referral is equal to 15 cold calls.” Networking is an effective and viable way to get ahead in one’s career, connect with key stakeholders, search for a job, develop your career, obtain business, and connect opportunities to people. As a woman, I think it is also a great way to build wonderful relationships with other professional women.

Inkandescent Networking: What are your top three secrets to networking well?

Sue Butler:

  • View networking as a way of life and an attitude.
  • Understand that “no ones care what you do until they know you care” —about them. You cannot network with the expectation of immediate return.
  • No one gets to where they want to go by themselves. Networking is critical for everyone.

Inkandescent Networking: What advice do you have for the women in your network about being successful in business?

Sue Butler: Be open to new opportunities, and get out there and network. Business, like life, changes every day. We all must be able to change and adapt, and we must be willing to reinvent ourselves professionally.

Inkandescent Networking: Tell us a little more about your business, and your top leadership lesson for other women. Do you live by that lesson?

Sue Butler: I started my own boutique executive search practice, CXO Resources, Inc., to be a resource to CEOs and other “C-level” executives who need key executives who will manage their sales teams, position their organizations for growth, and obtain critical exposure in front of their target audiences. We place director level and higher leaders in sales, marketing, and public relations, and we work with growing organizations to identify, qualify, and “bring to the table” the leaders who will build their client bases, generate substantial revenue, and substantially move their business plans forward.

Having spent more than 25 years building relationships with senior executives, I have a long history of working with senior management at the C level as a consultant. I have owned my own business, served as director of business development in several start-ups, worked in executive search at the senior executive level for over 12 years, and have partnered with organizations in a variety of fields to assess their needs and consult with them to find appropriate solutions.

The mantra of CXO Resources, Inc. is “Consult, Search, Contribute.” I consult with all of my clients up-front, to make sure I have a crystal clear picture of the hiring need and situation, corporate and management culture, expectations for success, and the organization that the hired candidate will join. I search and provide fully qualified and motivated candidates in a timely manner. My clients get a very experienced, senior-level executive recruiter who partners and works directly with them to complete a critical search, and I work tirelessly to contribute to moving my client’s business plan forward.

My top leadership lesson for other women: Be fearless and passionate about the value you bring to the marketplace and your unique “value proposition.” I have had to learn this lesson myself along the way.

Inkandescent Networking: Looking back, what advice would you have for the founders of Women in Technology?

Sue Butler: Continue to ask what our members want and need, and then work tirelessly to give it to them. Build bridges and strategic alliances with other organizations.

For more information about Women in Technology, visit its website, www.womenintechnology.org.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 24, 6:00 PM TO 8:00 PM

vBeers Miami After Work Hours IT Meet-Up Event

Location: Biscayne Tavern (Inside of the B2 Hotel) 146 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL 33132
Cost: Free | Register for event

Saturday, December 27, 9:00 a.m

Holiday College Football Returns to Annapolis with the 2014 Military Bowl

Location: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium | 550 Taylor Ave , Annapolis, MD 21401
Cost: $20-75 | Register for event

Wednesday, December 31, 9:30 pm – 12:30 am

Ring in the New Year at Freedom’s Eve!

Location: 140 Rock Creek Church Rd NW, Washington, DC 20011
Cost: $100 (Advance Tickets Required) | Register for event | Phone: 202-829-0436 x31228

Thursday, January 1, 09:00 AM

Workshop 205: Build & Fund Your Business Plan

Location: 100 South Biscayne Boulevard Miami, 33131-2011
Cost: $75 | Register for event

Thursday, January 1, 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM nightly 11/16/14 -01/01/15, weather permitting

Spectacular Holiday Light Display Comes to Sandy Point State Park

Location: 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21409
Cost: $14 per Car / $50 per bus | Register for event

Thursday, January 1, 6:00 PM

Workshop 125 Business Image Identity

Location: 100 South Biscayne Boulevard Miami, 33131-2011
Cost: $40 | Register for event

Thursday, January 1, 6:00 PM

Workshop 115 Establish Brand Awareness & Create a Lead Generation Strategy to Grow your Business [North]

Location: 100 South Biscayne Boulevard Miami, 33131-2011
Cost: $40 | Register for event

Tuesday, January 6, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Christmas at Mount Vernon | November 28, 2014 – January 6, 2015

Location: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121
Cost: $17 | Register for event | Phone: 703-780-2000

Tuesday, January 6, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Annapolitan Tuesdays Networking Mixer

Location: Ports Of Call 210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, MD
Cost: Free | Register for event

Wednesday, January 7, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Business Before Hours at Maggiano's

Location: Maggiano's Little Italy 1201 Filbert Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
Cost: $35 | Register for event

Thursday, January 8, 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Philadelphia Downtown Business Networking Event for January 2015

Location: SANDLER TRAINING,The Training Resource Group 123 South Broad Street 8th Floor Conference Room Philadelphia, PA 19109
Cost: Free | Register for event

Thursday, January 8, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce 45th Golden Coconut Awards

Location: The Kampong 4013 S Douglas Rd Miami, FL 33133
Cost: $65 | Register for event

Saturday, January 10, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

My Monticello: An Exhibition of Student Art

Location: 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Cost: RSVP | Register for event | Phone: (434) 984.9883

Tuesday, January 13, 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Saddle Brook Business Networking Event for January 2015

Location: Park 80 West Plaza 2 - Cafeteria 250 Pehle Ave Saddle Brook, NJ 07663
Cost: Free | Register for event

Tuesday, January 13, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

YPN Networking at PYT

Location: PYT 1050 N. Hancock St. #67 Philadelphia, PA 19123
Cost: $20 | Register for event

Tuesday, January 13, 6-9pm

Boston at Bijou

Location: 51 Stuart St Boston MA 02116
Cost: $12 RSVP | $15 RSVP at door | $20 w/out RSVP | Register for event

Tuesday, January 13, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Philadelphia at The Hard Rock Cafe

Location: Hard Rock Cafe | 1113-31 Market St Philadelphia PA 19107
Cost: $12 RSVP | $15 RSVP at door | $20 w/out RSVP | Register for event

Tuesday, January 13, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

DC at The Gryphon

Location: 1337 Connecticut Ave NW Washington DC 20036
Cost: $12 RSVP | $15 RSVP at door | $20 w/out RSVP | Register for event

Tuesday, January 13, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

January Professional & Business Networking Mixer

Location: 49 Social 49 Temple Pl Boston, MA 02111
Cost: $20 | Register for event | Phone: 866 WE SPEED

Thursday, January 15, 8:15 AM to 9:30 AM

Morning Coffee Referrals

Location: Corporate Suites Business Center 825 3rd Ave New York, NY 10022
Cost: $23 | Register for event

Thursday, January 15, 9:00

Workshop 205: Build & Fund Your Business Plan

Location: 100 South Biscayne Boulevard Miami, 33131-2011
Cost: $75 | Register for event

Thursday, January 15, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Small Business Expo 2015 - Miami (FREE TO ATTEND)

Location: Miami Beach Convention Center | Hall C 1901 Convention Center Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139
Cost: Free | Register for event

Thursday, January 15, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

January Networking Happy Hour

Location: James Hoban's Restaurant & Bar 1 Dupont Circle NW Washington, DC 20036
Cost: Free | Register for event

Thursday, January 15, 6-9pm

Baltimore at Mad River

Location: 1110 S Charles St Baltimore MD 21230
Cost: $12 RSVP | $15 RSVP at door | $20 w/out RSVP | Register for event

Thursday, January 15, 6-9pm

Miami at Blue Martini

Location: 900 S Miami Ave Miami FL 33130
Cost: $12 RSVP | $15 RSVP at door | $20 w/out RSVP | Register for event

Thursday, January 15, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

WIT.Connect: Trends to Watch in 2015: Wearables, Smart Home and Internet of Things

Location: Gannett Building 7950 Jones Branch Road McLean, VA 22107
Cost: $50 | Register for event

Monday, January 19, 5:00pm 8:00pm

Maryland Business Reception

Location: Governor Calvert House 58 State Cir Annapolis, MD, 21401 United State
Cost: $200 |

Tuesday, January 20, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Professional & Business Networking Mixer

Location: Dream New York 210 W 55th St New York, NY 10019
Cost: $20 | Register for event | Phone: 866 WE SPEED

Wednesday, January 21, 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Business Before Business Networking Breakfast

Location: Veritext Legal Solutions One Biscayne Tower 2 South Biscayne Blvd., Suite 2250 Miami, FL 33131
Cost: MEMBERS: $10 | FUTURE MEMBERS: $15 | Register for event

Wednesday, January 21, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Roadmap for Growth: Improving Philadelphia's Competitiveness

Location: WHYY Independence Mall West 150 N. 6th Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
Cost: $35 | Register for event

Thursday, January 22, 6-9pm

New York at The DL

Location: 95 Delancey St New York NY 10002
Cost: $12 RSVP | $15 RSVP at door | $20 w/out RSVP | Register for event

Thursday, January 22, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

January Tech in Motion Mixer: Bitcoins and Brews

Location: Ladder 15 1528 Sansom St Philadelphia, PA 19102
Cost: Free | Register for event

Thursday, January 22, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

January Networking Happy Hour

Location: 1200 Miles Restaurant & Bar 31 West 21st Street New York, NY 10010
Cost: Free | Register for event

Thursday, January 22, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

January Networking Happy Hour

Location: 1200 Miles Restaurant & Bar 31 West 21st Street New York, NY 10010
Cost: Free | Register for event

Friday, January 23, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

LinkedIn Training 2.0

Location: Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce DiBona Room 200 South Broad Street Suite 700 Philadelphia, PA 19102
Cost: $35 | Register for event

Saturday, January 24, 6:30pm - 11:45pm

Presidential Gala - People's Choice Awards

Location: La Fontaine Bleue 7514 South Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061
Cost: $95 | Register for event

Wednesday, January 28, 6-9pm

Miami at The Viceroy Hotel Rooftop

Location: 485 Brickell Ave Miami FL 33131
Cost: $12 RSVP | $15 RSVP at door | $20 w/out RSVP | Register for event

Wednesday, January 28, 6:00 PM TO 8:00 PM

MCC Conversation With Women of Influence: Joi Gordon, Chief Executive Officer of Dress for Success

Location: Hodgson Russ (24th Floor) 1540 Broadway New York , NY 10036
Cost: MCC members: $20 | Non-Members: $30 | Register for event | Phone: 212-473-7875

Thursday, January 29, 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Baltimore Business Networking Event for January 2014

Location: Sandler Training 810 Gleneagles Ct Suite 103 Towson, MD 21286
Cost: Free | Register for event

Thursday, January 29, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Match Made in Heaven: A Night of Speed Networking

Location: Wix Lounge 235 W 23rd St New York, NY 10011
Cost: $20 | Register for event

Friday, January 30, Friday-Monday

2015 Paralegal Cruise

Location: NCL Sky Cruiseship Departs from Port Miami Miami, FL
Cost: $35-$99 | Register for event

Saturday, February 7, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

edCamp Maryland - Ticket Lottery

Location: Maryland State Department of Education 200 W Baltimore St Baltimore, MD 21201
Cost: Free (lottery) | Register for event

Wednesday, February 11, 6-9pm

Boston at Emerald Lounge

Location: 200 Stuart St Boston MA 02116
Cost: $12 RSVP | $15 RSVP at door | $20 w/out RSVP | Register for event

Monday, February 16, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Professional & Business Networking Mixer

Location: The Time Hotel 224 W 49th St New York, NY 10019
Cost: $20 | Register for event | Phone: 866 WE SPEED

Sunday, February 22, Continues Throughout Feb. 22 2015

Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage

Location: 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024
Cost: Free | Register for event

Sunday, February 22, Starts on November 21, 2014

Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection

Location: 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024
Cost: Free Visit Website For More Info | Register for event

Wednesday, February 25, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Baltimore Career Fair

Location: HIlton 1739 West Nursery Road Linthicum, MD 21090
Cost: Free | Register for event

Wednesday, February 25, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

NYC Women: Transforming Technology (Panel Event)

Location: SVA Theatre 333 W 23rd St New York, NY 10011
Cost: Free | Register for event

Thursday, February 26, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

2015 Best Places to Work Awards

Location: The Signature Grand 6900 State Road 84 Davie, FL 33317
Cost: $85 | Register for event

Saturday, March 7, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Women's Empowerment Brunch & Tea

Location: Sheraton Annapolis Hotel 173 Jennifer Rd Annapolis, MD 21401
Cost: $55 | Register for event

Saturday, March 7, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Minority Business Expo

Location: Boston, MA
Cost: Free | Register for event

Thursday, March 19, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Small Business Expo - Philadelphia

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center - Philadelphia 1101 Arch St Philadelphia, PA 19107
Cost: Free | Register for event

Monday, March 30, 8:30am-10:30am

Mentoring Monday - Bizwomen

Location: Hunt Valley Inn 245 Shawan Road Cockeysville MD 21031
Cost: $35 | Register for event

Tuesday, March 31, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Women in Tech: Panel Discussion (Boston)

Location: Microsoft New England Research and Development Center 1 Memorial Dr #1 Cambridge, MA 02142
Cost: Free | Register for event

Thursday, May 7, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Spring Sip & Social

Location: The Boathouse Canton 2809 Boston Street Baltimore, MD 21224
Cost: Free | Register for event

Wednesday, May 20, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

CWE Eastern MA - The Art of Networking

Location: Center For Women & Enterprise 24 School St Boston, MA 02108
Cost: $10 | Register for event

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Events

Dec. 2, 7:30 am: Join the Philly Chamber at its annual Women in the Workforce event when successful women will share personal, professional stories.

Inside The Network

“There is a turning point in healing when your interest in the world revives, and despair gives way to hope,” explains Dr. Esther Sternberg, whose PBS Special “The Science of Healing,” airs through June.

meet the hosts

Since August 2009, former Pennsylvania State Senator Rob Wonderling (R-24th) has been the President & CEO of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce—the advocate of the region’s business community in 11 counties and three states.

hotels food & Fun

Have a hankering for a delicious salad that’s a zip to prepare, and will make your loved ones swoon? Start with EVOO from Taste.

Book Store

“What we don’t know about the opposite sex can result in a life of misery, or it can be transformed into happiness,” says Bernard Bushell, author of “The Formula: E/S=R — How I Found It and What It Can Do for You.”

Art Gallery

Photographer Cindy Seip has been taking photos since she was in college at the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute back in the early 80s. A longtime designer for The Miami Herald, and a photographer for its Sunday magazine, “Tropic,” she shot photos of some of Miami’s hottest celebs and scintillating newsmakers.

Networking & PR Tips

Andrea is a research scientist in the fields of cognitive neuroscience and psychology, focusing on creativity, intelligence, and motivation. “Networking can make you smarter,” she says. How?