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Networking Wisdom From Women in Technology President Kellye Sheehan

As the 2014-2015 president of the popular DC networking group Women in Technology (WIT), Kellye Sheehan is determined to introduce more professional business women to the 20-year-old organization that isn’t just for the tech-savvy.

An experienced senior manager, Sheehan currently leads the Program Management Office (PMO) for a $1.06B segment of Hewlett-Packard’s US Public Sector Enterprise Services organization.

She has 34 years of experience in the Systems Engineering and Information Technology sectors. Her assignments have included serving as program manager, program director, division director, and vice president for large and medium-size companies, leading teams in solution delivery, product management, and business development.

Sheehan studied computer science and electrical engineering (digital systems design) at Texas A&M University’s College of Engineering, and later she studied artificial intelligence at the University of Texas at Austin.

Scroll down to learn more about WIT, and discover Sheehan’s top networking tip.


Women in Technology: Taking Networking to the Next Level

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

Kellye Sheehan: WIT just celebrated its 20th anniversary, and I’m proud to say that we have worked hard to stay on top of the changing needs of our 800+ members. What initially started as a speaker program, with one sales and marketing special interest group, has become an organization with several dozen missions and program areas.

  • For instance, we are working with younger women with the goal of taking them from the classroom to the boardroom. So we offer mentoring for girls at the junior high and high school level who are thinking about pursuing STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] careers. In fact, when WIT decided to encourage STEM programs for girls, the organization founded the Women in Technology Education Foundation (WITEF), as a fund-raising charity to fund scholarships and educational programs.
  • We also offer adult mentoring for women who have been in a STEM industry for fives years or more and pair them with an experienced senior woman. This Adult Mentor-Protégé program is probably our signature program.
  • We also provide workshops in Workforce Development, Job Fairs, and Meet the Company sessions with area employers who are looking to hire qualified women.
  • For more experienced business professionals, we offer Board Service Training and certification, which helps women who would like to serve on corporate boards.
  • And, of course, our regular Leadership Lunches in Maryland and Virginia provide women with opportunities to network during their busy day so they have time to leave work, travel to lunch, and get back to the office.

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

Kellye Sheehan: Time is always an issue. We have a small number of paid staff to manage our administrative office, and the majority of our programs are planned and executed by professional women in technology or STEM-related careers who volunteer. And that is always a challenge.

I also believe that a major crossroads came when we were trying to figure out how to structure our board, which provides leadership and governance, and the various committees that plan and execute our programs. We tried several models before evolving to something approximating our current model.

Another crossroads was how to make women in technology-related careers aware of what we offer, how they can benefit, and what the volunteer opportunities are where they can serve. We now have a communications committee, a social media manager, and regular communications that go out twice monthly from our wonderfully talented office staff. All that has helped tremendously.

A continuing challenge is finding those experienced, dynamic women to lead our programs and committees, and to serve on our WIT board of directors. So it’s back to the time issue. Since many of these women are also busy in their demanding jobs, WIT remains a place where we work out how to juggle and balance all the opportunities at our disposal.

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

Kellye Sheehan: Most people come directly from work, so we offer food at the beginning of our events. We try to plan interesting topics and interesting speakers, with a goal in mind. Then we leave an open segment of time either before or after, which encourages conversation and interaction. You can either “work the room” or stand in one place, and you’ll still come across interesting people and interesting conversations.

Inkandescent Networking: What do you believe is most important about networking?

Kellye Sheehan: If you network regularly, you’ll meet an amazing number of people with similar interests, relevant experience, something to offer, and something they need. Networking fosters making new connections, so we’re not restricted to just the people in our company or work group.

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

Kellye Sheehan: In order of importance, I’d say:

1. Decide before you go what you’d like to get out of it.

2. Go prepared to do that.

3. Be open to “serendipity.” After all, you never know whom you will meet. Nice surprises often occur.

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

Kellye Sheehan: Pay your dues. Work hard. Develop skills. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or negotiate for what you want.

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

Kellye Sheehan: I’ve always been in the engineering industry, working as a leader or executive. I help build complex solutions for customers with very hard problems. I’ve often been aware of navigating new territory by being a woman in a very male-dominated industry.

But, the reality is that I’ve had many men serve as mentors and positive advocates for me over the years. So I would say, look for those who will help you learn, help you develop, and enable you to achieve amazing things.

Take advantage of those opportunities, and just step around any discouraging or thorny people or situations. Show what you can do. Get good advice. Be willing to tell the story of your successes. Negotiate well.

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

Kellye Sheehan: When looking to create a new organization or a new program, you may not see the benefit in the same year as when you start. But keep after it, take a good concept and refine it, and eventually a good result comes forward. And so the rest of us are now benefiting from their earlier vision.

Inkandescent Networking: What are your big dreams and goals for Women in Technology in 2015 and beyond?

Kellye Sheehan: I would love to provide services and programs to an ever-larger number of women and girls, and to start successful chapters in other locations around the country. Ideally, our members will also include more women in senior executive and board member roles for technology-related organizations.

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

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 27, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Boston Green Drinks - January Happy Hour

Location: Scholars 25 School St. Boston, MA 02108
Cost: Free | Register for event

Wednesday, January 28, 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

MLK Community Leaders Breakfast

Location: Bordy Theater 216 Tremont St, 1st floor Boston, MA 02116
Cost: Free | Register for event

Wednesday, January 28, 5:30 PM TO 7:30 PM

Mega Networking Event

Location: Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel 903 Dulaney Valley Road Towson, MD 21204
Cost: $35 (Non-member) | $25 (Member) | 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, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

reStart Hiring Event

Location: Sheraton Baltimore Washington Airport Hotel - BWI 1100 Old Elkridge Landing Rd Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
Cost: Free | Register for event

Thursday, January 29, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Annual Mayoral Luncheon

Location: Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel 17th & Race Streets Philadelphia, PA 19103
Cost: $150 | 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

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

DC Net Impact 2015 Kick-Off!

Location: Fadó Irish Pub 808 7th Street Northwest Washington, DC 20001
Cost: $20 (view website for discount details) | Register for event

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

New Year's Resolution Mixer (Boston)

Location: M J O'Connor's 27 Columbus Avenue Boston, MA 02116
Cost: Free | Register for event

Thursday, January 29, 6:15 PM to 9:00 PM

Boston Girl Geek Dinner 18 Sponsored by Blade

Location: Blade 250 Summer Street Boston, MA 02210
Cost: $8 | Register for event

Friday, January 30, 7:45am-9:00am

BBJ Book of Lists 101

Location: 160 Federal St FL 12 Boston MA 02110
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

Tuesday, February 3, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

501 Tech Club Networking Event & Happy Hour at The Vault in Downtown Boston

Location: The Vault 105 Water Street Boston, MA 02109
Cost: Free | Register for event

Tuesday, February 3, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Arlington Entrepreneurs Networking Night

Location: Common Ground Bar & Grill Conference Room 319 Broadway Arlington, MA 02474
Cost: $10 | Register for event

Tuesday, February 3, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

TechHub Boston Demo Night - February 2015

Location: Brooklyn Boulders 12A Tyler Street Somerville, MA 02143
Cost: Free | Register for event

Wednesday, February 4, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Networking Mixer with County Executive, Steve Schuh and Council Members

Location: Sheraton Annapolis Hotel 173 Jennifer Road Annapolis, MD 21401
Cost: $40 | Register for event

Wednesday, February 4, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

What does the Economy have in store for 2015 and beyond?

Location: Sofitel Miami Luxury Hotel 5800 Blue Lagoon Drive Miami, FL 33126
Cost: $75 | Register for event

Thursday, February 5, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Mix It Up After Work @ Blue Martini Miami

Location: 900 S Miami Ave, Ste 250 Miami, FL 33130
Cost: $12 with pre-pay / $20 at the door with RSVP | Register for event

Friday, February 6, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

First Fridays Exchange: Presentations - Coaching Technical Staff

Location: Little Havana 1325 Key Highway Baltimore, MD 21230
Cost: $20 | 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

Sunday, February 8, 8:00 PM

GBLA Masquerade Ball

Location: Horseshoe Casino Baltimore 1525 Russell Street Baltimore, MD 21230
Cost: $65 | Register for event

Tuesday, February 10, 6-9pm

Philadelphia at Ladder 15

Location: 1528 Sansom St Philadelphia PA 19102
Cost: $12 RSVP | $15 RSVP at door | $20 w/out RSVP | 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

Wednesday, February 11, 6-9pm

DC at Johnny Pistolas

Location: 2333 18th St NW Washington DC 20009
Cost: $12 RSVP | $15 RSVP at door | $20 w/out RSVP | Register for event

Thursday, February 12, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Biz Mix at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

Location: Johnny Sanchez Restaurant at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore 1525 Russell Street Baltimore MD 21230
Cost: $35 | Register for event | Phone: 410-454-0510

Thursday, February 12, 5:30 PM TO 7:30 PM

NAWBO-BRC and WIFS Networking Happy Hour

Location: Bluestone 11 West Ayesbury Rd. Timonium, MD 20193
Cost: Free | Register for event

Thursday, February 12, 6-9pm

Baltimore at Pratt Street Ale House

Location: 206 W Pratt St Baltimore MD 21201
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

Tuesday, February 17, 1:45 PM to 3:30 PM

Webinar: Show Me the Money - Market Research and Trends

Location: Burdette, Koehler, Murphy & Associates, Inc. (BKM) 1416 Clarkview Rd Baltimore, MD 21209
Cost: $20 | Register for event

Wednesday, February 18, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

February Professional & Business Networking Mixer

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

Thursday, February 19, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

South Florida Career Fair

Location: Embassy Suites 3974 NW South River Drive Miami, FL 33142
Cost: Free | Register for event

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

Tuesday, February 24, 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Fat-Free Gracewriting: Put Your Writing on a Diet

Location: Engineer's Club 11 West Mount Vernon Place Baltimore , MD 21201
Cost: $50 (Member) | $35 (Non-member) | Register for event

Tuesday, February 24, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Business After Hours at Adventure Aquarium

Location: Adventure Aquarium 1 Riverside Drive Camden, NJ 08103
Cost: $35 | Register for event

Tuesday, February 24, 5:30 PM TO 8:00 PM

"Worth for Women" Networking Night

Location: The Havana Club (Above Ruth’s Chris) 600 Water St. Baltimore, MD 21202
Cost: $35 | 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

Thursday, February 26, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Business Backstage: Philadelphia International Flower Show

Location: Atrium 1218 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
Cost: $65 | Register for event | Phone: 215-790-3839

Thursday, February 26, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Boston Meetup + Pitch-Off

Location: Estate Club One Bolyston Street Boston, MA 02116
Cost: $10 | Register for event

Thursday, February 26, 6-9pm

Miami at Fado Irish Pub

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

Thursday, February 26, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Boston Meetup + Pitch-Off

Location: Estate Club One Bolyston Street Boston, MA 02116
Cost: $10 | Register for event

Saturday, February 28, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Creating Your Cocktail To Success: A Brunch & Learn Affair

Location: Private you will receive an email with location details upon the completion of payment processing
Cost: $30 | Register for event

Thursday, March 5, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Networking and Fundraising @ Blackbird Ordinary

Location: Blackbird Ordinary Miami 729 Southwest 1st Avenue Mar 5th, 6-9PM
Cost: $12 with pre-pay / $20 at the door with RSVP | Register for event

Thursday, March 5, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Mix It Up After Work @ Blackbird Ordinary Miami

Location: Blackbird Ordinary Miami 729 Southwest 1st Avenue
Cost: $12 with pre-pay / $20 at the door with RSVP | 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

Wednesday, March 11, 6-9pm

Baltimore at Angels

Location: 10 Market Place Baltimore MD 21202
Cost: $12 RSVP | $15 RSVP at door | $20 w/out RSVP | 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

Wednesday, March 25, 6-9pm

Miami at Batch

Location: 30 SW 12th St Miami FL 33130
Cost: $12 RSVP | $15 RSVP at door | $20 w/out RSVP | Register for event

Monday, March 30, 7:00am-9:00am

BizWomen

Location: Sheraton Boston Hotel 39 Dalton Street Boston MA 02199
Cost: $50 | 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

Sunday, April 5, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Mix It Up After Work @ Fadó Irish Pub Miami

Location: 900 South Miami Ave Miami, FL 33130
Cost: $12 with pre-pay / $20 at the door with RSVP | Register for event

Thursday, April 9, 6-9pm

Baltimore at Luckie's Tavern

Location: 10 Market Place Baltimore MD 21202
Cost: $12 RSVP | $15 RSVP at door | $20 w/out RSVP | Register for event

Friday, April 10, 03:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Organization 2025: The Innovation Workplace 4/10-4/11

Location: Suffolk University, Sawyer Business School 73 Tremont Street, 9th floor, Boston, MA 02108
Cost: $199 | Register for event

Wednesday, April 15, 6-9pm

Philadelphia at City Tap House

Location: 3925 Walnut St Philadelphia PA 19104
Cost: $12 RSVP | $15 RSVP at door | $20 w/out RSVP | 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

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.