SAN FRANCISCO, CA – May 10, 2010 – ON24, Inc.,the global leader in webcasting and virtual event solutions, announced today that the company has collaborated with Women’s Leadership Exchange (WLE), the leading organization dedicated to the success of women business owners and professionals, to offer “A New Way of Doing Business,” the first virtual conference for women in business. Scheduled for May 26, 2010, the summit will feature a streaming video keynote delivered by Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post.
“The WLE virtual summit will enable us to bring women from all around the world together for a day of knowledge, tools, resources and connections,” explained Leslie Grossman, WLE co-founder. “To our knowledge, it is the first virtual event of its kind in our industry. The convenience of a virtual conference is especially important to women business owners and executives, as they are master multitaskers, often focused on balancing the various commitments in their professional and personal lives.”
A second streaming video keynote will be offered by Edie Weiner, futurist and author of “Future Think.” She said, “With this cutting-edge technology that is so user-friendly, participants will gain tremendous tools for success without having to leave home or the office. I expect a ‘full house’ for my virtual keynote.”
The WLE Virtual Summit will also feature several educational seminars on timely business topics, each with live Q&A; a networking lounge with live chats and business card exchange opportunities; and an interactive exhibit hall filled with new products and services for business women.
“ON24 has been able to re-create our physical event, virtually,” said WLE co-founder Andrea March. “Attendees will experience all that the acclaimed WLE annual conference offered, right from their own desktops.” The summit will include breakthrough ideas to propel careers forward; inspiration from top women leaders; and leading-edge seminars featuring industry experts. Topics include social media and sales; blasting through the recession without a hard hat; and marketing communications.
“With its virtual summit, the WLE is providing a communications solution ideally suited for the female business leader,” said ON24 Chief Marketing Officer Denise Persson. “Women face unique challenges as they strive to balance their many commitments. A virtual conference like this one provides the valuable content they need to continue their professional development, but without the inconvenience of time-consuming travel.”
She added that ON24’s end-user research has shown that many virtual event attendees actually prefer meeting and working online. Respondents say that they are more likely to ask a speaker a question and request information from an exhibitor at a virtual conference than at a physical conference.
The summit (Twitter hashtag #WLEVS) will be presented on May 26 from 12:00 noon till 5:00 pm EDT, with content available on demand for three months. The cost of the event is $119, and the first 300 registrants will pay only $99. Registration information is available at www.womensleadershipexchange.com.
About Women’s Leadership Exchange
Women’s Leadership Exchange® (WLE) is a social entrepreneurship dedicated to providing women with the knowledge, tools and connections that women need to be successful in their own businesses, the corporate world and the not-for-profit environment. WLE programs and events feature leading experts, interactive content, facilitated networking opportunities, and educational and practical resources. WLE also offers a resource-packed website, teleconferences, an e-newsletter, a blog and a leadership program that enables women to support each other. For more information visit www.womensleadershipexchange.com or call 888.937.5800.
About ON24, Inc.
The recognized global virtual events market share leader, ON24 provides webcasting and virtual environments for corporate communications and demand generation. The ON24 platform is a complete Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud offering; no deployment resources are required. ON24 offers fully integrated, enterprise-wide solutions for applications ranging from training, user conferences and company meetings to partner expos and trade shows. More than 750 organizations, including IBM, Cisco, CA, Merck, AstraZeneca, Fiserv, Credit Suisse, GE and Oracle, rely on ON24. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices throughout the world. For more information, visit www.ON24.com.