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Watermark Welcomes Carina Ruiz, New Board Member

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Thursday, May 18, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Watermark is delighted to announce that Carina Ruiz from Deloitte is the newest member of the Watermark board of directors.

Carina is a Partner who leads Deloitte’s Advisory and Treasury M&A services and has over 19 years of experience in treasury strategy and design, finance, banking and consulting. She has been the treasury lead advisor in over 80 M&A deals – from due diligence to implementation – and has successfully led the stand-up and integration of multiple deals across various industries.

In addition to Carina’s Treasury expertise, she has led both the finance and project management threads of several large-scale divestitures. This work includes operating model design, organizational structure remodeling, Day 1 planning and execution and transformation planning for post-Day 1 activities.

Carina also leads Deloitte’s Advisory M&A Consulting Services which includes offerings such as Accounting & Reporting Transformation, Cyber, Valuation and Treasury.

Carina is a Certified Public Accountant and has an MBA from the Leavey School of Business of Santa Clara University.

Welcome aboard, Carina!

 


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Watermark Celebrates Women of Influence

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Watermark is thrilled to be on hand for the 2017 Women of Influence awards at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose this Thursday, May 18. The Silicon Valley Business Journal is honoring six Watermark members!

Congratulations to:

• Anuradha Gali, Groupon
• Michele Haddad, TIBCO Software
• Stephanie Joe, VMware
• Ritu Mangla, Mobilyte
• Felicia Mayo, Juniper Networks (and Watermark board member)
• Merline Saintil, Intuit (and Watermark board member)

You can help us celebrate their success by registering here, and look for our information table at the expo and networking reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. The dinner and awards are at 6 p.m. We hope to see you there.

By the way, several other award winners are part of our Watermark community via our sponsors and events, as well. Congratulations, too, to Dawn Belt and Larissa Newmann of Fenwick & West, Eugenia Corrales of ShorTel, Lisa Fontenot of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Cheri Devlin of Microsoft, Shelly Gordon of G2 Communications, Julie Holloway of Latham & Watkins, Puja Jaspal of VISA, Dr. Karin Lachmi of Bioz, Victoria Lee of DLA Piper, Denise Lombard of Cisco, Karen Peacock of Intuit, Monica Kumar of Oracle and Sarah Solumn of Davis Polk!

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Join Us in Celebrating 50/50 Day For a More Gender-Balanced World

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Watermark is pleased to support 50/50 Day – a day dedicated to a global conversation about what it will take to get to a more gender-balanced world in all sectors of society: business, politics, culture, home and more.

50/50 Day is inspired by the film 50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present and Future of Women and Power, directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tiffany Shlain.

The film highlights a 10,000 year history of women and power — from setbacks and uprisings, to the bigger context of where we are today.

And speaking of today – more than 11,000 events are going on in all 50 states and more than 65 countries, right now. Tune into the livecast – and if you're near the Oakland City Center BART station, stop by 17th and San Pablo and watch the creation of a Six Words on Gender Equality art installation. Find out how to contribute your #SixWords to the project.

If you're doing your own special 50/50 event or outreach, please tag @wtrmrk and #Watermark in your social media posts. We'll share them throughout the day.

Here's to 50/50, and to doing our part to accelerate the pace of positive change.

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Watermark Innovation Conference 2017 Recap

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Tuesday, May 2, 2017
 
What a fantastic Watermark Innovation Conference at Oracle Santa Clara this past Friday! The auditorium was packed for our engaging keynote, panels, fireside chat and our design thinking workshop. Audience questions and comments made the event even better!

Many thanks to our sponsors Deloitte, Oracle and Massdrop, to our presenters and volunteers and to all of you for participating.

Here are a few of our favorite comments from the surveys:

• “Fantastic brain candy! I enjoyed the Innovation Conference and plan to come to more Watermark events.” – Libby DeMeo, Benz Communications

• “Leslie’s keynote was awesome and inspiring. I enjoyed hearing her stories and seeing how we all go through the same fears.” – Donna Flores, Ericsson

• “The 'do what you love' message came through loud and clear – as did understanding that failure is part of the process.”

• “The speakers have inspired me to stretch, take risks and push through to the next step.”

Method Garage and Watermark Special Offers
Based on the positive response to the workshop, Method Garage is offering a deeper-dive design thinking bootcamp for conference attendees. If you're interested, send us an email today and we'll get you connected.

And, as a special offer from Watermark, if you're not yet a member – or you know someone who would like to join – we're offering a 15% discount now through June 30. Check out our membership options and use the code Mem15 when you sign up. Questions? Send an email to Kate and she'll get right back to you.

Upcoming Events
If you loved the conference, then sign up now for our 2017 Watermark Leadership Conference in July – it will sell out, too! And don't miss our Watermark Weekend for Women in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains this fall. We'd love to see you at both, and at any of our other more than 50 events we host each year.

Videos and Tweets
We'll post our event videos shortly. In the meantime, here are a few of the many great tweets we enjoyed throughout the day – search for #IC2017 for more!


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This Week's WLUs: Join Us!

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Sunday, April 30, 2017

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

These events are valuable Watermark networking opportunities where you can meet other Watermark women who live or work near you. WLUs are grouped by geographic areas – currently on the Peninsula and in the South Bay, East Bay and San Francisco.

We have two WLUs this week – please join us:

Tuesday, May 2: Women Like Us – Peninsula
Thursday, May 4: Women Like Us – East Bay

And two more in June:

Thursday, June 1: Women Like Us – San Francisco
Tuesday, June 8: Women Like Us – South Bay

WLUs are open to all Watermark members. Non-members are welcome to attend up to two WLUs before deciding on membership. Questions? Send us an email and we'll get right back to you.

Many thanks to our upcoming WLU sponsors!



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Upcoming Watermark Webinar Wednesdays

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Friday, April 14, 2017
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 the next few months:

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

Registration is closed, but if you'd like to see the replay, please send us an email.

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 31
Web Meetings That Wow with Sheri Jeavons

REGISTER TODAY>>

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

REGISTER TODAY>>

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.

Wednesday, July 5
Authentically YOU with Bindu Garapaty

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Have you ever been compelled to respond in a certain way or held back a reaction because it was not the appropriate time or place? Have there been times when your head, heart and intuition were not aligned? This is the dance between the false and true self.

In this webinar, Bindu Garapaty will address how our false and true selves are developed and deepened. We will explore the value and the purpose of knowing which ‘self’ surfaces and identify practical skills to integrate our reactions and experiences. You will walk away from this webinar with a strategy to identify your most authentic self, have greater insights into your leadership character and embrace the authentic YOU.

Visit Bindu's website, connect with her on LinkedIn and follow her at @BinduGarapaty.

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Women of Influence: Six Watermark Members Made the List!

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Tuesday, April 11, 2017
The Silicon Valley Business Journal recently announced its 2017 Women of Influence awardees and we're thrilled to see six Watermark members made the list!

Congratulations to:

• Anuradha Gali, Groupon
• Michele Hadad, TIBCO Software
• Stephanie Joe, VMware
• Ritu Mangla, Mobilyte
• Felicia Mayo, Juniper Networks (and Watermark board member)
• Merline Saintil, Intuit (and Watermark board member)

Help celebrate their success Thursday, May 18, at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose. The expo and networking reception begin at 4:30 with the dinner and awards at 6 p.m.

By the way, several other award winners are part of our Watermark community via our sponsors and events, as well. Congratulations, too, to Dawn Belt and Larissa Newmann of Fenwick & West, Eugenia Corrales of ShorTel, Lisa Fontenot of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Cheri Devlin of Microsoft, Shelly Gordon of G2 Communications, Julie Holloway of Latham & Watkins, Puja Jaspal of VISA, Dr. Karin Lachmi of Bioz, Victoria Lee of DLA Piper, Denise Lombard of Cisco, Karen Peacock of Intuit, Monica Kumar of Oracle and Sarah Solumn of Davis Polk!

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In Recognition of #EqualPayDay: Six Steps to Successful Negotiations Video on Our YouTube Channel

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Updated: Friday, April 14, 2017

Last week's Six Steps to Successful Negotiations with Ching Valdezco was spot-on and timely – especially today, recognized as Equal Pay Day. Tuesday, April 4 represents the amount of time into this year that women work in order to achieve pay equity with male counterparts for last year.

While we shouldn't have to negotiate simply to be paid the same as men, strong negotiation skills are all part of the career equation and key to moving up the career ladder. We invite you to enjoy Ching's presentation on our YouTube channel (Part 1 and Part 2), and hope that you gain new insights as you prepare for your next negotiation.

Many thanks to Ching and to sponsor Grant Thornton for such a great event!

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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.

REGISTER TODAY>>

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

REGISTER TODAY>>

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

REGISTER TODAY>>

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

REGISTER TODAY>>

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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