Upcoming MCWT ConnectNet Events: The Michigan Council of Women in Technology has scheduled its ConnectNet Webinar and face-to-face events for April. On Thursday, April 4, the ConnectNet eLearning Webinar is titled  “Excel for Smarties – It’s Easier Than You Think.” It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern time. Attendees will learn a core set of standard Excel functions together with some simple methods to make those functions turn into powerful spreadsheet “applications.” These methods will prove to be valuable within your work life, as well as provide you new opportunities within your personal data management needs. All attendees will receive an Excel workbook file that will demonstrate the functions and methods and provide an environment to practice and experiment with their usage. The in-person ConnectNet forum, to be held Tuesday, April 9, is titled “The 7th Habit: Sharpening the Saw.” “Sharpening the Saw” means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have, which is you. It keeps you fresh. You increase your capacity to produce and handle the challenges around you. Without this renewal, your body becomes weak, mind mechanical, emotions raw, spirit insensitive, and selfish. Matt Ruma will be leading the discussion and going through Steven Covey’s best-selling book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.  Special attention will be given to the last habit, “Sharpening the Saw.” Ruma serves as Master Technology Guide for Epitec where he leads a development team and practices software craftsmanship. This event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Epitec Inc., 24800 Denso Drive, Suite 150, Southfield. An RSVP is needed to ensure your spot; register online at www.mcwt.org. Formore information, please contact events@mcwt.org

Pure Michigan governor’s conference on tourism coming: There are many great reasons to attend this year’s Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism being held in Detroit April 14-16. But the number one reason to attend is to take advantage of the opportunity to network, brainstorm and collaborate with 1,000 of the best and brightest tourism innovators, business owners, state and local officials, economic developers and community leaders from across the state. In addition to keynote speakers Peter Yesawich and Josh Linkner, who will present insights into attracting more visitors to your destination or businesses and boosting creativity to maximize results, Gov. Rick Snyder will share his vision for expanding Pure Michigan marketing efforts internationally. Entrepreneurship and economic development will also have a strong presence at this year’s conference, with interactive breakout sessions and the presentation of a $5,000 Pure Michigan Jump Start grant for the top out-of-the-box idea to promote Michigan tourism products, services and businesses. The Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism 2013 is hosted by Travel Michigan, Michigan State University and the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association. The location is at Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Register today to get the best conference hotel room rate. More at www.milodging.org/conference/.