Members on the Move

Watermark Members and Sponsors: Send us your good news! We’d be happy to share it with our community. Remember, when one of us earns a promotion, an award or any sort of achievement or recognition, we all take a step forward. We publish Watermark on the Move on our blog, as well, and in our email newsletter, which reaches more than 20,000 subscribers.

Week of April 10, 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, Michele Haddad of TIBCO Software, 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!

Week of March 6, 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!

Week of Feb. 27, 2017

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.

Week of Feb. 20, 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.

Watermark members and sponsors are starting the year on award-winning notes! Have a look at who’s doing what!

Week of Jan. 23, 2017

Congratulations to a long-time Watermark corporate executive member, Sheridan Foster, on the launch of her new company, Elemental Green! This exciting startup is accelerating the adoption of green building and renovation by bringing homeowners and building pros the latest eco-products, green education and inspiring articles about sustainable homes. Elemental Green is making a difference for a healthier, more economical and climate-friendly future.

Sheridan was also recently named by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison as one of their 125 People of Impact.

Watermark member Monica Phillips of Spark Plug Labs continues to post her wonderful Powerful Conversations podcasts.

Here are a few recent ones to enjoy:

How Technology is Transforming the Health Care Industry with Sam de Brouwer of and Melanie Matheu of Prellis Bio.
• Award-winning Author Larry Robertson on Creativity and Entrepreneurship
Tech Careers, Empathy and Championing Others to Success with Watermark member and Make Your Mark Award winner Meg Bear
Board Leadership and the Journey to Find Your Own Voice with Watermark member Olga Mack, GC of Clearslide

Watermark's 2016 Make Your Mark Awards wine purveyor Attune Wines just won a gold medal for its 2104 Pinot Noir – the very wine that we served at the event! The medal comes from the San Francisco Chronicle's Wine Competition this past weekend. Congrats, Attune!

And in more great news: Our Feb. 1 Watermark Conference for Women was highlighted in Politico Playbook, the most widely read newsletter among California opinion leaders. Scroll down, you'll see it under Events. More news coverage to come, no doubt about it.

Speaking of news – who's participating in the various women's marches across the across the country this Saturday? Let us hear from you! We'd love to share your comments, observations and photos from this very special day.

Last, Watermark sponsor Equinix is looking for a Corporate Development Manager to drive its M&A effort. M&A has been a critical driver of growth at Equinix. Since 2007, Equinix has completed more than 10 corporate acquisitions with a total consideration of more than $6 billion. The position is a unique opportunity to develop your transaction experience, strategic thinking, finance skills and understanding of the data center space. Details here!

Do you have good news to share? Send us an email and we'll help you spread the word.

Week of Jan. 2, 2017

Watermark members and partners are starting the year on a great note! Have a look at who’s doing what!

Pamela O'Leary has landed a new role at Watermark sponsor Ericsson as a Talent Acquisition, Global Diversity Lead. You can learn more about Ericsson's innovative approaches to talent acquisition during our Gender Balance: We're Achieving It, and So Can You event, Jan. 11. Plus, Pamela was invited to, and attended, the White House Summit on Building the Tech Workforce of Tomorrow, held in December. What a great honor!

Speaking of honors, congrats to Watermark Board Member Shellye Archambeau! Her company, MetricStream, a market leader in Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) apps and solutions, was awarded "Industry Innovator of the Year" by SC Magazine in the Risk Management and Policy Management category. Shellye's on the cover of Enterprising Women, and she shares her wise wisdom in Tech: 4 Steps to Succeed, recently published by Ivy Exec.

Kathy Ullrich is now Partner, Technology Practice, at Odgers Berndtson, a Top 6 global recruiting firm, with 54 offices in 28 countries. Kathy specializes in searches for senior executives in the technology sector, working with major corporations and venture-backed companies in high tech, software, Internet and services. She also works with the company's Diversity practice, offering solutions to improve inclusion and diversity at technology companies.

And, here's a great opportunity to accelerate your career this year! Watermark partner UC Davis Graduate School of Management is expanding its presence in the Bay Area with a 10-month M.S. in Business Analytics program offered on Friday and Saturdays in San Francisco, heart of the Big Data revolution. Designed to prepare innovative leaders for the digital economy, the program has fellowships, scholarships and other financial aid available to help you invest in your future success. Apply now for fall 2017.

Have some good news to share? Send us an email and we'll help spread the word!