This week, NetApp's Women in Technology group celebrated its third year anniversary with a special 1-hour presentation from Jo Miller, CEO of Women's Leadership Coaching. A leading authority on women's leadership, Jo is a sought-after, dynamic, and engaging speaker delivering keynotes and teaching workshops to Fortune 1000 companies worldwide. In today's session, Jo emphasized the three essential elements of a great personal brand: determining your ideal career niche, defining your succinct message, and then making that brand visible.
In October, 2009, NetApp launched the Women in Technology forum with a mission to support and foster the development of NetApp's women by providing a forum for mentoring, networking, communication and professional development. Through the executive sponsorship of Senior Vice President Brian Pawlowski, the WIT is now in 9 geographical sites: Sunnyvale, Bangalore, Research Triangle Park, Pittsburgh, Waltham, Vancouver, Wichita, Boulder and Vienna, Virginia. Anyone at NetApp is invited to join a local distribution list and also see an internal community site for more information on sponsored conferences, webinars, and guest speaker presentations.
Each WIT site also hosts face to face meetings every couple of months, and leaders report back to share ideas and concepts. There are currently over 700 members of the WIT worldwide!