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Putting the Brakes on Bad Behavior: Just in Time for International Women's Day

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Friday, February 24, 2017
As you can imagine, we receive a flurry of calls and emails any time sexual harassment occurs in the workplace. Like all of you, we continue to be dismayed when we hear of an organization that mistreats and disrespects anyone – including women. And when it happens within newer, seemingly more progressive companies, it disappoints us even more.

Watermark’s take? First, a big thank you to Susan Fowler for coming forward with her brave account reflecting her ordeal. As Watermark CEO Marlene Williamson noted at our Watermark Conference for Women earlier this month: “I encourage you to be a gender whistle blower. If you see something, say something. If you hear something, do something.”

Susan has done exactly that – and so should we all.

Second, we're heartened when CEOs take the opportunity to stop, admit to mistakes, launch an investigation and make diversity and inclusion a priority. We’re hopeful that their intentions are genuine. The most important question that all CEOs should ask: What kind of corporate culture are they fostering where sexual harassment is tolerated and swept under the rug?

Watermark sponsor companies, members and fans are well-known for fostering inclusive corporate cultures that lead to gender parity and equality. In fact, we’re receiving an equal number of calls and emails asking for speakers in honor of International Women’s Day, March 8.

We’re thrilled to partner with Citrix, Juniper, Global Foundries, OKTA, Gilead and others, scheduling on-site events centered around women in leadership and a chance for those who attended our Watermark Conference to share their experiences and brainstorm ways to weave what they learned into their day-to-day jobs.

Interested in doing the same at your workplace? Send us an email today and we’ll help you plan just the right program.

It's 2017. This sort of behavior by any company is unacceptable. Watermark is here to provide our members, sponsors and followers with expert programming and guidance to support your corporate culture of diversity, inclusiveness – and respect.

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On Our Portal: New Job Listings in Our Career Center...Go Work for Viola Davis!

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Friday, February 24, 2017
Watermark members: Be sure to update your profiles on our portal. It's a great way to keep the Watermark community up to date on your careers and projects. Email us if you need help.

And are you looking for a job? Or looking for a Watermark member to fill a job? Our members-only Career Center is growing! Xilinx just listed two new positions – Communications Sales Director and a Business Management Director. Plus, we have job openings from Equinix, Talas Engineering and JuVee Productions, owned by actor Viola Davis and her husband Julius – they're looking for a Head of Digital Content.

So join Watermark today and see who's looking for you!

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Members, Sponsors and Staff on the Move

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Friday, February 24, 2017

Congratulations to Watermark Board Member Nikita Mitchell! She recently launched a great new website and weekly newsletter, Above the Bottom Line, where she tracks how the world’s most influential companies are taking a stance on the issues we care about. So sign up and have a read!

Well done, Nikita!

New Watermark members Christine Leffler and Michele Nur are involved with TedX OnBoard, and invite all Watermark members join them – use HAPPY as the promo code and save 50%. The event is noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Hacker Temple in San Francisco. Christine is heading the Social Media Street Team and Michele is leading the marketing effort for the event.

Watermark member Leah Yoneda has been promoted to Director of Marketing for Seiler LLP, a Watermark sponsor. Her responsibilities include brand strategy, digital marketing, client experience and other arenas within marketing. Leah has worked with professional services firms for 12 years, specializing in public accounting and financial services. Congrats, Leah!

And speaking of congrats: BNY Mellon, WOW! Big congratulations for being recognized as one of 52 firms in the 2017 Bloomberg Financial Services Gender Equality Index! Bloomberg creates the list by researching data across areas such as gender-equal compensation, supplier diversity programs and retention rates of women clients. BNY Mellon Wealth Management is a Watermark sponsor.

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Upcoming Women Like Us (WLU) Networks

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Friday, February 24, 2017

Upcoming Women Like Us (WLU) Networks

Thursday, March 2  |  East Bay   Tuesday, March 7  |  Peninsula
Tuesday, April 4 |  South Bay      Thursday, April 6  | San Francisco

5:30-7:30 p.m. Open to all Watermark members. Non-members are welcome to attend up to two WLUs before deciding on membership. Please use links above to register.

Our Women Like Us (WLU) gatherings are a great way to get to know Watermark women who live or work near you – and enjoy lovely wines and hors d'oeuvres while you're at it.

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

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Ana Corrales Joins Watermark Board

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017

Watermark is pleased to welcome Ana Corrales to our board of directors. Ana is Vice President of Global Operations, Supply Chain and Google Store for Google / Nest – and she received our Development Award at our Make Your Mark Awards last fall.

Ana is a well-known people leader with a knack for growing startup businesses into multi-billion-dollar companies. Prior to Google, Ana was Senior Vice President of Product Operations at Cisco Systems. And in 2006, she co-founded and served on the board of a solar startup. As the acting CEO, Ana successfully sold the company in 2010.

Ana has been honored with the "Most Powerful and Influential Women Award" from the National Diversity Council, the "Tribute to Women Award" from the YMCA and the "Industry Leader Award" from the Professional Business Women of California.

Welcome aboard, Ana!

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Kate Byrne Named New VP, Business Development, Partnership and Membership for Watermark

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017

A special welcome to Kate Byrne, Watermark's new VP, Business Development, Partnership and Membership. Kate replaces Danielle Zimmerman, who has moved to Atlanta with her family.

Kate has held executive leadership roles at the Tides Foundation, George Lucas Education Foundation, Future LLC, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, SF Gate and Inc. She's passionate about education and women and girls empowerment, having led efforts at Global Girl Media and World Pulse and founding Girls Gone Global, a budding social enterprise charged with igniting girls' voices, social impact, media and financial literacy skills.

Interested in becoming a Watermark sponsor, partner or member? Please email Kate!

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2017 Watermark Conference: The Coverage Continues

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Friday, February 17, 2017
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017

We've continued to see great media coverage and recaps of our Watermark Conference for Women, held Wednesday, Feb. 1, to a sell-out crowd of 6,500. Many thanks to all of you for sending us your stories. Here are a few we've been collecting: Silicon Valley Hosts Thousands at Largest Gathering for Women: 2-17 Watermark Conference published by Siliconeer, A Student's Perspective by Notre Dame San Jose student Karly Vaughn, Watermark Reflections by West Valley College student Sofia Vartanian, How Getting Personal Drives Success: Lessons Learned fro Watermark Conference 2017 by Alicia Wong of Juniper Networks, Watermark Conference for Women Recap by new member Kimberlee Stephens and this nice Shawn Achor-inspired Science of Happiness infographic from our friends at Blue Beyond Consulting. Did we miss yours? Let us know! We'd love to see it!

Check out the videos of Watermark CEO Marlene Williamson and Watermark Board Chair Lynne Born. For more video and photos, please visit our 2017 Conference Center. And mark your calendar for Feb. 23, 2018 – our next Watermark Conference for Women! 

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Happy Valentine's Day: Share Some Amazon Smile

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017
Hey there, Valentine! Amazon offers a great way for you to share the love while you're shopping for your someone special.

Just sign into AmazonSmile (instead of Amazon), select Watermark Institute as your beneficiary and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of all your eligible purchases to support Watermark's mission of increasing the number of women in leadership positions.

Now that's something to smile about! Happy Valentine's Day!

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Q1 Watermark Message from Marlene

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Friday, February 10, 2017

Let’s Keep Going, Stronger Than Ever

by Marlene Williamson

Wow, Women of Watermark and the Men Who Get It: What a great way to start the year!

The overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to last week’s sold-out Watermark Conference for Women, right on the heels of the incredible Women’s March, shows that this is our time. Now more than ever, women must pull together, help one another (thank you, Madeleine Albright) and make our voices heard.

We also must increase the number of women in leadership positions – the very mission of Watermark. For more than 24 years, we have launched and fostered initiatives to connect, develop and advocate for the advancement of women in the workplace. Our Watermark Conference for Women is one of those initiatives.

We continue to hear wonderful feedback about last week’s keynotes, breakouts and the Expo Center. If you missed our favorite photos and tweets, check them out on our blog.

And mark your calendars: Our next Watermark Conference is set for Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Tickets will go on sale later this year.

Welcome New Members!
We’re thrilled by the number of new members who have joined our Watermark community. Now is your time to use your Watermark membership to your advantage.

Come to our events – yes, traffic is a challenge, but believe me, it’s worth it (and there’s wine upon arrival). Dial into our webinars. Network and stay connected with other members. And ask your company to bring our exclusive corporate programs to your campus.

Watermark Portal: New Job Openings

One of the many benefits of Watermark membership is our new-and-improved member portal. Sign in, update your member profile and check out our new Career Center, featuring job openings from Xilinx, Equinix and Talas Engineering. Have a look at who’s looking for you – and if your company has open jobs, please list them with us. What better candidates than Watermark women?

A Range of Events
Our Watermark Conference is one of more than 50 events we hold each year. We’ve held two WLUs, a webinar and our Women of the C-Suite Network gathering since then!

Our next big event is Own It: The Power of Women at Work with Sallie Krawcheck, 6-8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27 at Samsung in San Jose. This is one that you don’t want to miss! Sallie is a powerhouse and a fantastic speaker. She’ll highlight how the unique strengths and traits that women bring to the workplace make a positive economic difference – and how we can use those qualities to further catapult our careers.

In March, we have our East Bay and Peninsula WLUs, our Yes/No: How Two Simple Words Determine Your Balance webinar and our Six Steps to Successful Negotiations workshop. And save the date: Our Watermark Innovation Conference is scheduled for Friday, April 28, at Oracle in Santa Clara. More details to come.

Partners in Advocacy
Along with connecting our members and rolling out any number of leadership development programs, Watermark continues to move the dial forward in advocacy. Our work with CCL, support of Paradigm for Parity and our Watermark Index, Make Your Mark Awards and our commitment to girls’ leadership programs are a few of the many projects we’re constantly working on. We need your help! If you’d like to get even more involved in Watermark, send us an email and we’ll put you to work! We’re always in need of volunteers.

Let Us Know How Else We Can Help
Remember: Watermark is here for our members in good times and in bad. We support you on your way up – and we’re here for you during those inevitable career setbacks that we all have faced. Our Board of Directors, Ambassadors, C-Suite Leads, WLU Leads and, of course, our hard-working staff members, are always available to help.

You never know when a relationship that you’ve developed through Watermark will open a door that you never thought possible. Just ask any one of us. We all have great Watermark stories to tell.

Watermark works – and we’re here to help you make your membership work for you.

Here’s to the rest of Q1 – let’s keep going, stronger than ever.

Best regards,

Marlene Williamson

CEO, Watermark

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Watermark Conference: Our Favorite Photos and Tweets

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Saturday, February 4, 2017

If you were one of the 6,500 Watermark members, colleagues and friends who joined us at our Feb. 1 Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley, chances are you’re still talking about the powerful keynotes by Shawn Achor, Annie Clark and Viola Davis (“own your story”) and the incredible conversations between Kara Swisher and Sheryl Sandberg – and wow, the chance to see former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice on stage together? How great!

Trending Topic on Twitter, #1 and #2
The San Jose Convention Center was sold out, with participants celebrating the theme: The Power of Us: Amplify Your Voice. We amplified our voices so much that we were the #2 trending topic on Twitter (congrats, Bey!), and at one point during the day, we reached #1!

Great Feedback!
Here’s how a few participants described the conference:

“I felt like I was a part of history.”

“What a PHENOMENAL day of learning, listening, leaning in, absorbing, becoming enlightened and inspired, exploring new emotions, amplifying my voice and meeting amazing kindred spirits – women and men. I am recharged and re-energized to have a positive impact in all of my interactions – professionally and personally.”

“A truly remarkable conference.”

“The personal stories came out from each and every speaker (keynote and breakouts), and they all showed success as a result. Thank you for this rare opportunity, and for empowering us always.”

Watermark Conference in the News

If you missed the media coverage – more than 40 reporters (including from BBC World News, BuzzFeed, Fortune, NBC National, Huffington Post, Bay Area News Group, Politico, San Francisco Chronicle, Silicon Valley Business Journal, Girls in Tech, NBC Bay Area, KPIX-5 and KCBS) were there – here are a few highlights:

Watermark members and potential members: Did you write about the conference? If so, send us your links. We'll be happy to share your stories in future newsletters and here on our blog.

Look for more photos and video this week on our Conference Center page.

Watermark Trial Membership
We had great response to our Watermark Trial Membership – welcome new members! If you didn’t have a chance to sign up, there’s still time! The conference is just one of the more than 50 fantastic events we hold each year. Watermark members receive discounts along with other fantastic benefits. So join us! It’s a six-month membership for just $99. Deadline: Feb. 8. Ready to sign up for a full year? Check out our full membership options.

Thank You, Everyone!
Many thanks to all for another outstanding Watermark Conference for Women – especially to our sponsors and volunteers, and to everyone for sharing #WatermarkConf via social media. What a great day!

Here are a few of our many favorite posts:



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