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Watermark's 2017 Webinar Lineup for Q2

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Saturday, March 25, 2017
Updated: Friday, March 31, 2017

Webinar Wednesdays     |     10-11 a.m.  PST      |     WebEx

If professional development continues to be part of your 2017 career plan – and we bet it is – tune in for our popular webinar series – each covering a special topic designed to move you to the next level. Our webinars are guaranteed to engage your team and generate productive discussions. Consider using them as your monthly Lunch and Learn. Or access them later – anytime, anywhere. Just register below beforehand, and we'll send you links and passwords to the recordings.

All webinars are free to Watermark members, and $30 for non-members, so please be sure to take advantage of them. Here's what we have lined up for Q2 2017:

Wednesday, April 5
How to Harness Your Emotions for Powerful Leadership with Joie Seldon, M.A.


Business today is more forward thinking than ever. Yet we are still constrained by a culture that sees emotions as a weakness, especially at work. Rather than a weakness, emotions are one of the greatest resources we have.

Joie Seldon is an expert on Emotional Intelligence. She’ll explain how to manage emotions in ways that reduce conflict with co-workers, diminish stress, create more fulfillment and make the workplace more enjoyable.

You will learn the value of all emotions, even those labeled as negative, and how embracing your emotions allows you to strengthen your self-confidence and your ability to be the master of your own fate.

Visit Joie's website, connect with her on LinkedIn and follow her at @joieseldon.

Wednesday, April 26
How to Get to the Boardroom with Shellye Archambeau


So you want to serve on a public board. What steps should you take? How do you prepare for a board search?

Don't miss this special webinar with Shellye Archambeau, CEO, MetricStream, and member of the board of directors for Verizon, Nordstrom and Watermark. Shellye will share her personal story of getting her first board seat, along with what boards are looking for, how to develop board-ready skills, how boards find members and how to package yourself.

Shellye will also talk about the importance of choosing your board carefully, boardroom dynamics and the time commitment involved.

Visit MetricStream's website, connect with Shellye on LinkedIn and follow her at @ShelArchambeau.

Wednesday, May 3
Web Meetings That Wow with Sheri Jeavons


Great web meetings empower you to communicate your message to people all over the world in a dynamic way. Through webcam, desktop sharing and dynamic tools, it’s like you’re all in the same room.

It’s not just about the technology though. It’s about you, the communicator. How you organize your meeting and engage through the use of tools will inspire you to conduct more meetings online.

Sheri Jeavons of Power Presentations will share tips and tricks on how to unite remote workforces, conduct on-the-spot collaboration, communicate complex information, inspire through vocal energy, engage international attendees, craft compelling content that resonates online and more.

Visit Sheri's website, connect with her on LinkedIn and Facebook and follow her at @SheriJeavons.

Wednesday, June 7
High Performance and Mental Toughness in the Workplace with Sheryl Kline


It's one thing to be a high performer from time to time – but quite another to be a sustainable high performer over the long haul. According to Certified High Performance Coach Sheryl Kline, to be a true high performer in your career, you must be mentally tough and reach new heights in your relationships and personal wellness, too.

Sheryl will cover the five pillars that lead to heightened and sustainable High Performance as well as the key factors of Mental Toughness needed to get there. Learn the habits of the world's highest performers and take away clear, actionable steps on how to plan and achieve your absolute best while finding joy in the process.

Visit Sheryl's website, connect with her on LinkedIn and Facebook and follow her at @SherylKline.

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Member Spotlight: Ching Valdezco Director, Exec|Comm

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Sunday, March 19, 2017

Have you signed up yet for Six Steps to Successful Negotiations with Ching Valdezco? We have a few seats left – it's Wednesday, March 29, at Grant Thornton in San Francisco. So sign up today!

In the meantime, here's a little Q&A we did with Ching – enjoy!

Ching, tell us what you're doing these days.
I’m a Director at Exec|Comm, in the San Francisco office. We’re a communication skills consulting firm, headquartered in New York with teaching resources around the world. For over 30 years, our firm has helped business leaders and professionals communicate, present, influence and lead more effectively.

What does your job entail?
I build and manage client relationships in Silicon Valley. In addition, I help business professionals improve their skills through one-on-one coaching, and classroom training.

What do you love about it?
I’ve managed global teams for over 15 years, and I love seeing the people I coach grow and develop. It feels great to hear, “I learned this because of you, and it’s helped me tremendously in my career.”

Now I'm able to take my expertise and share that with professionals in a wide range of industries.

Last week I coached a senior leader at a top financial services firm, who was preparing for a big conference. His talk was about an employee who is battling cancer, and it was great seeing him bring that inspiring story to life.

What’s the most challenging aspect of it?
Uncertainty. This is a big change for me. There can be a lot of risk in leaving a successful career to do something very different. I applied my corporate strategy skills to prepare a strategic plan for my own career. That gave me the confidence to take the leap and go do what I love: to help people grow and be successful.

How long have you lived/worked in Silicon Valley?
Four and half years. We love it here.

Where were you before then?
My husband and I lived in Singapore for six years before moving to the Bay Area. We’ve relocated internationally twice for our careers, and have been very fortunate that our employers supported us moving together.

What do you think are the key skills/expertise you need in order to achieve a level of success in Silicon Valley? What tips worked for you?
Influencing skills – being able to communicate your ideas in a way that builds support and gets results.

So much of the work that goes on in Silicon Valley deals with intangible things. I learned that, as a leader, I need to be able to paint a clear vision and help my audience understand how that vision helps them.

What do you think we all need to be doing to prepare for the next phases of our careers?
Invest in ourselves. Learn to negotiate – hopefully, my Six Steps to Successful Negotiations workshop will help!

Oftentimes, we’re so focused on what we need to deliver today, that we don’t take enough time to set the stage for tomorrow’s success.

The best leaders think ahead and identify specific skills they’ll need to be successful in the next stage of their career (like influencing, or building relationships). They invest time and effort to develop and practice those skills.

When that next great career opportunity comes our way, we want to be ready for it.

What inspired you to join Watermark? What benefits do you enjoy from your membership? How has Watermark been helpful to you?
I attended a thought leadership talk by Denise Brosseau, who co-founded the women’s forum that is now Watermark.

At the time, I was a director of Strategy and Planning at Hewlett-Packard, and wanted to meet and learn from other senior women leaders like Denise. She encouraged me to join Watermark.

I enjoy Watermark’s events. I learn a lot from talking through common challenges with my peers at the C-Suite events. And Watermark  does a fantastic job of making us all feel welcome and connected – please keep it up!

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New White Paper: Developing, Promoting and Retaining Talented Women

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Sunday, March 19, 2017

As part of our partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), we've released our first joint white paper, Developing, Promoting and Retaining Talented Women. The paper highlights key themes in women's advancement in the workplace, with commentary by Watermark members and sponsors including Amee Cooper of VMware, Ching Valdezco of Exec|Comm, Gunjan Aggarwal of Ericsson and Susan Brush of Solutus Legal Search.

You'll find it in our Resources section under White Papers – or you can simply download it here.

We're working on additional white papers with CCL and other groups, and we'll add them to the White Papers section as we complete them.

Are you a Watermark member or sponsor with similar kinds of white papers of your own? We'd be happy to add them to our Resources section. Just let us know! We'd love to have a look!

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At Kepler's: Women Building Businesses from the Ground Up

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Sunday, March 19, 2017

Here's an excellent event from our friends at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park: the Women Building Businesses from the Ground Up panel, set for Wednesday, March 22. Seating opens at 6:30 p.m., with the discussion beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Join us as Sramana Mitra (Founder of One Million by One Million) moderates a conversation with four of the Bay Area's most distinguished women CEOs. Hear Joan Barnes (founder of Gymboree and Begin from Within), Karen Behnke (founder of Juice Beauty), Sheryl O'Loughlin (CEO of Clif Bar, REBBL and founder of Plum Organics) and Helen Russell (co-founder and CEO of Equator Coffees & Teas) share their insights, experiences and the secrets to their persistence in the face of challenges.

We'll be there – let us know if you'll be there, too! Purchase tickets here.

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Members on the Move

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Friday, March 10, 2017

Congratulations to Watermark member Rina Raman! She just landed a new job as Vice President, Customer Experience Group, with Intel, a Watermark sponsor. Rina is a co-lead of our CTO/CIO C-Suite group, and a co-lead of our South Bay WLU.

Watermark member Leigh Wasson of BNY Mellon Wealth Management (a Watermark sponsor) invites everyone to A Firsthand View of Corporate Governance Reform in Japan, set for 6 p.m., March 9, at DG717, 7171 Market St., in San Francisco. Dr. Christina Ahmadjian will share her experiences as one of the few non-Japanese women to serve as an outside director at a Japanese company. A Harvard, U.C. Berkeley and Stanford alum, Dr. Ahmadjian serves on the boards of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and the Japan Exchange Group.

And more good news from Watermark sponsor ALOM, a global leader in supply chain management. The company was selected by the U.S. Navy to supply a range of information communication technology equipment for a five-year, $14.2 million contract. Congrats to Watermark member Hannah Kain and her team!

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New On Our Website: Contribute to Our Resources Section

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Friday, March 10, 2017

Great news! We've just added a new Resources section to our website featuring original Watermark content – and content from our members. So Watermark members, send us links to your recent white papers, articles, videos and podcasts. We'd love to add them to our collection!

And members: Don't forget to update your profiles on our portal. It's a great way to keep the Watermark community up to date on your careers. Email us if you need help.

Are you looking for a job? Or looking for a Watermark member to fill a job? Our members-only Career Center is growing! Juniper Networks just listed an opening for Vice President, Total Rewards. Plus, we have jobs from Xilinx, Equinix, Talas Engineering – and then there's that sweet Head of Digital Content job at JuVee Productions, owned by actor Viola Davis and her husband Julius.

Not yet a Watermark member? Today's the day! Join us and see who's looking for you!

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Celebrating Women, Every Day

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Updated: Thursday, March 9, 2017
Today marks International Women's Day – a day when we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – and a day when we strengthen our call for accelerating gender parity.

Watermark works steadily, every day, to close the gender gap by increasing the number of women in leadership positions. Our staff is out in full force today giving presentations and workshops at GLOBALFOUNDARIES, Okta, Citrix and other organizations that look to us for expertise and guidance.

We're eager to hear how you're spending the day. Send us a note – we'd love to post a recap.

And what a great day to further demonstrate your support for Watermark by joining our Watermark Leadership Circles! Your investment helps us expand our ability to connect, develop and advocate for women in the workplace and, through our support of girls' leadership programs, to ensure a well-qualified workforce for the future.

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Amazon shoppers – you can support Watermark, too, by shopping via AmazonSmile. Select Watermark Institute as your beneficiary and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of all your eligible purchases to Watermark.

Here's to women everywhere – be bold and celebrate!

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This Month's Women Like Us Gatherings: WOW!

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Updated: Friday, March 10, 2017

We're absolutely thrilled by the turn out, networking and festivity that we're seeing with our Women Like Us (WLU) Networks! Wow!

Last night, more than 75 of you joined in the Peninsula WLU fun at DLA Piper – thank you, Watermark member Monica Phillips! Last Thursday, we had more than 30 at the East Bay WLU at Future State – thank you, Watermark member Kathy Krumpe!

We have two WLUs in April – please join us:

April 4: Women Like Us – South Bay
April 6: Women Like Us – San Francisco

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Members and Sponsors on the Move

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Friday, March 3, 2017

More great news continues for Watermark members and sponsors!

Big congratulations to Watermark Board Member Merline Saintil. Merline was just appointed to the Board of Directors of Banner Corporation and Banner Bank. Merline is Head of Operations for the Product & Technology group at Intuit, a Watermark sponsor.

Interested in board service? Don't miss our How to Get to the Boardroom webinar with Shellye Archambeau!

Watermark Board Member Erna Arnesen has a new job with ZL Technologies as Global Channel and Alliance Officer. She's responsible for global channel and alliance strategy, development, programs and execution. ZL helps enterprises solve problems associated with eDiscovery, Compliance, Security, Analytics, Records Management and Information Governance.

And well done! The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) named Watermark sponsor BDO USA, LLP one of the 2017 Top 60 Companies for Executive Women. The NAFE award recognizes American corporations where women have significant clout to make the decisions that affect their companys' future and bottom line. Watermark Board Member Nicole Ward, BDO's Western Regional Director, must be very proud!

And congrats again to Watermark member Hannah Kain, President and CEO of Watermark sponsor ALOM. She and staffers Lisa Dolan and Rick Mizzo have been recognized by Supply & Demand Chain Executive as 2017 Supply Chain Pros to Know! This the third year for Hannah and the second year for Lisa to receive this honor.

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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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