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Q2 Watermark Message from Marlene

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Wednesday, June 28, 2017

An Incredible Momentum
is Moving Us Forward

by Marlene Williamson

There's no doubt about it: The incredible momentum from the Women’s March and our Watermark Conference for Women earlier this year continues to grow at an exciting pace. Every day, it seems, we learn about a new organization or coalition dedicated to gender parity, and we're seeing the positive change that occurs when enough good people combine their ideas and voices.

Paradigm for Parity and CEO Action for D&I
One such strong pairing is our new alliance with Paradigm for Parity (P4P) – a coalition of CEOs, senior executives, founders, board members and business academics who are committed to women and men sharing equal power, status and opportunity. Our ultimate goal: achieve full gender parity by 2030, with a near-term goal of women holding at least 30% of senior roles.

P4P’s Five-Point Roadmap calls for CEOs and business leaders to:

• Minimize or Eliminate Unconscious Bias
• Significantly Increase the Number of Women in Senior Operating Roles
• Measure Targets at Every Level and Communicate Progress and Results Regularly
• Base Career Progress on Business Results and Performance, Not on Presence
• Identify Women of Potential and Give Them Sponsors as Well as Mentors

At Watermark, we partner with our sponsor companies, delivering our guidance, expertise and customized leadership development programs, to help them achieve these very steps. We encourage all companies, especially our sponsors, to sign the P4P pledge, indicating their true commitment to gender parity.

Our first signer is Watermark’s own board member Shellye Archambeau, CEO, MetricStream. Is your company ready to sign the P4P pledge? If so, send me an email and I’ll help you get started.

We’re also excited to align with CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, a new coalition of CEOs who are asking companies to take a pledge for parity that includes gender, race and orientation. The more organizations working toward parity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, the better. Watermark is here to support them all.

And that includes companies struggling to create the proper workplace culture. We see these kinds of instances as opportunities for Watermark to help companies do better. You can read my thoughts on the Uber shakeup in this recent San Jose Mercury News article by Marisa Kendall.

Sold-Out Events and Expanding Our Reach
The momentum has definitely carried over to our programs. Our Watermark Conference for Women made the Top 100 Events in San Francisco list (under Trade Shows & Conventions) for the second year in a row, edging out HempCon 420 Freedom Festival and the Bay Area Tattoo Convention – now that’s some impressive competition! Our next Watermark Conference is set for Feb. 23, 2018. Tickets will go on sale later this year.

Our conference is one of the more than 50 events we hold each year. If you missed our sold-out Innovation Conference, or our evenings with Sallie Krawcheck, Ching Valdezco, Rachael O’Meara or Kim Scott, you’ll find the videos on our YouTube channel. Please subscribe!

Last Tuesday’s How to be Heard in a World that Interrupts Women with Dr. Miluna Fausch was such a special evening hosted by DLA Piper, with the Q&A covering so many challenges that we all face. You can read the recap on our blog.

And, of course, our Women Like Us (WLU) Network continues to grow. In fact, we’ve added a new WLU in Marin. We hope you'll join us there Tuesday, July 11 – or that same night at our Peninsula WLU. Our East Bay WLU is Thursday, July 13. Our South Bay and San Francisco WLUs are coming up in August. These are excellent opportunities to get to know Watermark women who live or work near you.

Join Us for More

Also coming up: Our Friday, July 14 Leadership Conference at Intuit, which combines engaging and inspirational speakers with diverse, interactive panels and sessions. Learn more about leadership, and yourself, at this very special conference. Seating is limited and the conference close to selling out, so RSVP today to ensure your spot!

And we’ve got Authentically YOU with Bindu Garapaty on July 5, What Women Want – and Why You Want Women – in the Workplace on July 18, Joann Lublin on Sept. 7, our Entrepreneur Conference on Oct. 17 and our Make Your Mark Awards on Nov. 1 featuring Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Make Your Mark nominations are now open! We invite you to submit the names of those you think are most deserving of our signature awards.

On top of that, we hope you’ll join us Sept. 29-Oct. 1 for our Watermark Weekend for Women at 1440 Multiversity. Bring a friend and enjoy hiking, yoga, farm-to-table meals and some excellent leadership development sessions with Watermark facilitator Abigail Stason – all at a beautiful resort in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Use Watermark at the promo code for 20% off. But RSVP soon – the code expires July 7.

We have many, many more upcoming events. Be sure to visit our website regularly – we add new events and content on a regular basis.

Let's Make the Momentum Work for You
I always like to remind our members: Watermark is here for you 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. Let us hear how we’re doing – and what more we can do to support your success.

Here’s to a great first half of 2017 – let’s keep the momentum going.


Best regards,

Marlene Williamson

CEO, Watermark

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