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WIT Luncheon and Panel Discussion, presented by

Thursday, May 12, 2011
12:45 - 1:45pm

Room: Aruba & Bahamas

RSVP today to Shannon.Cunningham@sqlpass.org 
First come, first served.

Mentoring Women In Technology: How to Find or Become a Mentor

Have you been in search of a mentor? Would you like to become a Mentor to a co-worker or colleague? How do you start the conversation with someone you would like to have as a Mentor?

These questions, and more, will be addressed as a panel of industry experts and previous mentors share their stories about being on either side of the Mentoring table. Open discussion and questions for the panel is encouraged. Registeration details will be posted soon. Seating is limited.

WIT Panelists

Karen López, Sr. Project Manager and Architect, InfoAdvisors     

Karen is a frequent speaker at conferences and user groups. She has 20+ years of experience in project and data management on large, multi-project programs. Karen specializes in the practical application of data management principles. She is a former Canadian national spokesperson for Women in IT. She wants you to "Love Your Data".



Adam Jorgensen, President, Pragmatic Works

Adam is a speaker, author and SQL Server MVP. He has been has been delivering industry leading solutions for over a decade. He is very active in the community and can be found at events like PASS Summit, SQL Saturday, Code Camps and user group meetings.  He is the co-founder of BIDN.com, a community site focused on business intelligence development. His main focus is on helping Pragmatic Works’ clients understand how BI can dramatically improve their business and efficiency. Adam’s blog can be found on BIDN.com or on Twitter at @adam_jorgensen.


Melinda White, Program Manager, Computing Programming & Applications, Seminole State College of Florida

Melinda has been involved in several NSF grants to encourage women to participate in STEM professions. TRI-IT is a tri-regional NSF grant that reaches out to high school girls to expose them to positive technology experiences. She is also involved in a STARS program to mentor and encourage under-represented groups to pursue technology careers. Melinda attended University of Florida and has a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics, along with a Masters in Education with specialization in Instructional Computing.















SQLRally OverDrive Panels

Thursday, May 12 – 5:45-7:00pm

Just can’t get enough SQL Server training and networking? Plan to attend one of our informal Thursday evening OverDrive Panels, sponsored by OPASS and MagicPASS. Stay tuned for room information.

Birds of a Feather Discussions

Sit down with a group of people who are interested in the same SQL Server and BI topics as you are. Interested in SSIS? Gather with your peers to discuss the problems you’ve encountered and solved. Each table will be moderated by an expert in that area.

Conducting an Interview, Sponsored by OPASS

Conducting an interview can be intimidating and confusing. What makes a good interview? How do you differentiate candidates? This session will consist of 3 short interviews. After the interviews are complete, attendees will discuss how the interviews were conducted. Did the interviewers ask the right questions? Did the interviewers conduct themselves well? Which candidate would you hire and why? Quest SQL Server expert Kevin Kline will moderate the discussion.

Speed Networking, Sponsored by MagicPASS

Do you have trouble meeting people? Need help starting a conversation? Based on the speed-dating model, you’ll spend a few minutes with several different people with a set of pre-defined questions to ask and answer. Take the time to exchange business cards as well. When moderator Kendal Van Dyke says, “Go!” be ready to make some new contacts.

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