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Earn It: What a Great Evening!

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Friday, September 8, 2017

Photos by Michele Nur

Thank you, everyone, for joining us last night. We were thrilled to hear from Joann S. Lublin and Melissa Dyrdahl, and we very much appreciate Equinix for hosting us at their beautiful Redwood City headquarters.

Your feedback plays a key role as we continue to bring you outstanding speakers and programs. Please take a moment and share your thoughts with us:

Event Survey Link

As always, we look forward to seeing you at future Watermark events.
Questions? Please send us an an email, and we'll get right back to you.

In the meantime, here are some of our favorite tweets from last night!

 

 

 

 

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Upcoming Women Like Us (WLU) Events

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Saturday, September 2, 2017

Tuesday, September 5 Peninsula WLU at Pivotal RSVP
Thursday, September 14 East Bay WLU at Merit Resource Group – RSVP
Tuesday, August 1 South Bay WLU at Samsung – RSVP
Thursday, August 3 San Francisco WLU
at WeWork RSVP

5:30-7:30 p.m. Use the RSVP links above to register.

Ready for some mid-year networking and making new connections? Watermark's popular Women Like Us (WLU) events are continuing to grow and expand, offering valuable networking opportunities where you can connect with other Watermark women who live or work near you – and enjoy some nice wines and hors d'oeuvres while you're at it.

WLUs are open to all Watermark members. Non-members are welcome to attend up to two WLUs before deciding on membership.

Join us – we'd love to see you!

Questions? Send us an email, and we'll get right back to you.


What Watermark Women Are Saying About Our WLUs

"I meet the most interesting women at our WLUs. Great conversations among a very welcoming group of professional women. I highly recommend the WLUs to any members and potential members."

Indigo Ocean Dutton
Awaken, LLC

 


"WLUs provide an easy way to connect with other Bay Area women leaders. I have learned so much from our meaningful conversations about our challenges and successes – it's helped me become a better leader in my business."

Elizabeth Dean
TM Financial Forensics, LLC
San Francisco WLU Co-Lead


"Attending WLUs has fulfilled something I was really craving – connection with other business women I can relate to. I've met so many inspiring and enjoyable women at these events and have made valuable connections for my business."

Joie Seldon
Executive, Leadership & Emotional Intelligence Coaching



"I love attending the WLU events. Since the focus of the evening is on networking and getting to know one another, I find that you have more time to spend engaging in fruitful conversation with members and guests!"


Allison Padilla
Oracle

 


"I have been to several WLUs and have always felt welcome – never having awkward moments where you don’t know anyone at first. There are always interesting conversations to join and interesting women to meet."

Jackie Kleinman
KB Financial Advisors

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Two Great Watermark Evenings with Deborah Tannen

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Thursday, August 17, 2017


Thank you, everyone, for joining us this week – we were thrilled to hear from Deborah Tannen not once, but twice! We very much appreciate Deloitte for hosting us Tuesday night in San Jose, and Fitbit for hosting us last night in San Francisco. Both events attracted packed crowds of longtime Deborah Tannen fans – along with many new ones!

Your feedback plays a key role as we continue to bring you outstanding speakers and programs. Please take a moment and share your thoughts with us:

Survey for San Jose Attendees

Survey for San Francisco Attendees

As always, we look forward to seeing you at future Watermark events. Questions? Please send us an email, and we'll get right back to you.

In the meantime, enjoy some of our favorite Deborah Tannen tweets!

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Watermark Entrepreneur Conference: The Big Pitch

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Monday, August 7, 2017

Attention entrepreneurs – and emerging entrepreneurs!

Want to showcase your new idea or startup to an audience of potential investors, partners and customers? Could you use some practice pitching to top Bay Area VCs? Ready to receive some helpful suggestions on polishing your presentation?

Then apply for The Big Pitch – our popular afternoon session featured at our annual Watermark Entrepreneur Conference! The event is set for Tuesday, Oct. 17 at Fenwick & West.

Watermark will select three entrepreneurs to present for five minutes apiece, followed by a three-minute Q&A and five minutes of direct feedback from a panel of expert judges including VCs – the friendly, dolphin kind; no sharks here!

The Big Pitch is open to all entrepreneurs. You do not have to be a Watermark member to apply.

You must complete the application form and email it to us by Friday, Sept. 1, to be considered. We’ll announce the winners by Friday, Sept. 15.

Criteria for Submission:
• Founder or at least one member of the C-Suite must be female
• Completed application
• Your idea/company has not yet received first round of professional funding

Pitch Format:
• 5 minute presentation + 3 minute Q&A + 5 minute feedback
• 10 slides maximum

Prizes:
• Each presenter receives one full conference pass, as well as a presentation coaching session with Nathan Gold, The Demo Coach
• Each presenter/company will be included in all Watermark conference promotions – before, during and after the event – including on our website, social and our popular email blasts

Apply Now:
Please download and complete The Big Pitch application and email it back to us by Friday, Sept. 1.

Not interested in pitching? Come to the conference anyway! Purchase your tickets here!

Questions? Send us an email and we'll get right back to you.

Thank you, and good luck!

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New Watermark Member Benefit: Set Up Your 1:1 Networking Profile

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Monday, July 31, 2017

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Attention Watermark members! You received an email from us this past Friday announcing our partnership with The GUILD. 

This exciting new member benefit is designed to help you connect and network with more members through 1:1 meetings. 

Choose coffee, lunch or drinks and how often you'd like to meet – and we'll suggest the most convenient time and place. Find your mentor, accountability partner or connect with a peer to help you build your network and achieve your goals – even between the more than 50 networking events, programs and conferences we hold each year.

Let us know if you need us to resend the invitation  – and remember, it's a benefit for Watermark members only.

Not yet a member? Learn more about Watermark membership here. Please send a note to Kate if you have any questions!

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Facebook Live with Charmaine McClarie

Posted By Colette Marcellin, Watermark Intern, Saturday, July 29, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, August 8, 2017

At the 2017 Watermark Leadership Conference, we got the chance to connect with Charmaine McClarie, a senior executive coach with decades of experience working with leaders across 27 industries. Charmaine was excited to lead a dialogue about what it means to be seen, heard, remembered and recognized as a leader.

Charmaine summarized her Executive Success Principles: communicate the vision, speak in headlines, have three must-make points, create witnesses, don't audition for the part and embody your message. Charmaine stressed the importance of effective communication to career success and defined a successful leadership presence as "showing up and being your full self."

Charmaine explained that women face the unique challenge of self-definition: "Other people will inevitably define you, but their definition will always be inadequate." She encourages women to observe language, culture and how people are showing up within an organization, and empowers women leaders "by helping them to be themselves and helping them to speak the language of power."

Watch Charmaine's full interview here and check out our Facebook and Twitter for more highlights from our 2017 Watermark Leadership Conference.

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Facebook Live with Gladys Kong

Posted By Colette Marcellin, Watermark Intern, Saturday, July 29, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, August 8, 2017

At the 2017 Watermark Leadership Conference, we were lucky enough to sit down with Gladys Kong, CEO of UberMedia and one of Fortune's Most Powerful Women. Gladys shared her experiences moving to the United States and finding her passion in engineering and technology, explaining that one of her reasons for speaking at the conference was to encourage more women to get into tech, grow their careers and mentor other women.

Gladys addressed the confusion of her company, UberMedia, with Uber, a company that is working to overcome its negative association with how it treats women. She clarified that her mobile data and tech company is not at all affiliated with Uber and was "very proud to say that we actually are the Uber that has 50/50 gender equality." Gladys believes that the main challenge is that there aren't enough women in tech, and encouraged women to find mentors and sponsors who will speak up for them and help them move up.

In the future, Gladys said, "I'm trying to speak out more at conferences like this so that other people can hear the story of how an introvert like me can also grow into a leadership position. I hope that encourages others."

Watch Gladys' full interview here and check out our Facebook and Twitter for more coverage of our 2017 Watermark Leadership Conference.

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Facebook Live with Lauren Goode

Posted By Colette Marcellin, Watermark Intern, Saturday, July 29, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, August 8, 2017

At the 2017 Watermark Leadership Conference, we had the opportunity to speak with Lauren Goode, a senior technology editor at the Verge who has covered and interviewed tech leaders for nearly a decade. Lauren was very excited to interview Gladys Kong, CEO of UberMedia, at the conference.

When asked about the greatest challenges that women face in tech, Lauren immediately replied, "How much time do I have?" Lauren addressed the "pipeline problem" of getting women into tech, but also explained the issue of retaining women in tech roles, encouraging tech companies to ensure that women are fulfilled and growing their careers.

Lauren stressed the importance of talking about the issue of gender inequality in tech. When reaching out to companies for interviews, Lauren often specifically asks to speak with female executives and engineers and consciously strives to strike the right balance when quoting male and female sources.

Lauren co-hosts "Too Embarrassed to Ask" with well-known tech journalist Kara Swisher, describing Kara as a "force of nature" who encouraged her to be decisive and ask for what she wants. Lauren is also hosting and producing the new Verge video series "Next Level." The series is "all about next-level innovation," offering a inside look into the development of products that "have the potential to really impact our technology lives in a major way."

Watch Lauren's full interview here and check out our Facebook and Twitter for more exciting looks into our 2017 Watermark Leadership Conference.

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Facebook Live with Cammie Dunaway

Posted By Colette Marcellin, Watermark Intern, Thursday, July 27, 2017

At the 2017 Watermark Leadership Conference, we had a great conversation with executive, board member and author Cammie Dunaway before her panel with Bindu Garapaty, Liz Lawlor and Denise Thomas. Cammie gave us an inside look at her new book, Fit Matters: How to Love Your Job, and gave insightful career advice to women and men.

Cammie's experiences with a seemingly perfect job that didn't align with her natural skills and tendencies inspired her to write Fit Matters. In her book, Cammie shares that "we all deserve to work in a place where we can really use our highest and best talents."

Cammie encouraged women to critically examine which aspects of their job aren't the right fit and then ask, "What are the days when I'm really at my best?" She emphasized that you don't necessarily have to change jobs to improve your situation and find projects that fuel your passion.

Finally, Cammie shared her realization that needs change over the course of your life. Telling her own story of deciding to travel less after her son was born, Cammie encouraged women to be courageous in speaking up and finding an environment that satisfies their needs.

Watch Cammie's full interview here and check out our Facebook and Twitter for more exciting content from our 2017 Watermark Leadership Conference.

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Facebook Live with Daina Middleton

Posted By Colette Marcellin, Watermark Intern, Thursday, July 27, 2017

At the 2017 Watermark Leadership Conference, we had the chance to sit down with author and keynote speaker Daina Middleton to discuss her book and her involvement with Watermark. As a "big supporter of Watermark for many years," Daina said she felt honored to be opening up the Watermark Leadership Conference.

Daina shared the inspiration for her book, Grace Meets Grit: How to Bring Out the Remarkable, Courageous Leader Within: she watched a female CEO lose her job because her boss did not recognize her different decision-making approach. Daina set out to explore how different communication styles translate into different leadership behaviors.

In regard to her experiences as a female executive at companies like Twitter and HP, Daina acknowledged that gender is an example of a style difference that can present challenges in the workplace, and she emphasized the importance of building diverse teams from an individual and company standpoint.

Finally, Daina advocated understanding how different behaviors affect workplace situations rather than only undergoing sensitivity training.

Watch Daina's full interview here and check out our Facebook and Twitter for more exclusive looks into our 2017 Watermark Leadership Conference.

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