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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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