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Q4 Message from Marlene: The Silence Breakers and the Imbalance of Power

Posted By Marlene Williamson, Monday, December 11, 2017

In my Q3 Message, I wrote that it seemed like we were hearing and reading about gender-related harassment, discrimination and disrespect every day. While it’s easy to become disheartened, I said, the good news is that people – women and men – are talking.


And wow, are they ever. The topic of sexual harassment has gained such attention that Time magazine selected “The Silence Breakers” as Person of the Year, noting that these brave women have influenced the news this year more than anyone else.


The number of women and men coming forward is absolutely staggering. Their harassers are finally facing the consequences they deserve. And thanks to The Silence Breakers – and anyone who is speaking out – we will, indeed, see a positive change in behaviors and our workplaces. But as long as we continue to experience an imbalance of power, this positive change will be impossible to sustain.


Until we achieve gender parity in the C-Suite and the boardroom – and throughout our organizations – our progression in business will be cut short. Our insights and input will not be fully valued. And our contributions will not find their way to our companies’ bottom lines.

In one of the Time videos, artist/activist Rose McGowan reminds us to: “Know your power. Know your worth.”

At Watermark, we help you do exactly that.



In October, we held what many participants told us was our best Entrepreneur Conference ever. The funding panel was especially powerful as our very candid speakers urged us to be more forceful in empowering ourselves.

Many of you told us our November Make Your Mark Awards was the most inspiring event you’ve attended. Hearing our winners’ speeches and the testimonials of our members was deeply touching. Among our favorite takeaways? This from Kaiser Permanente’s Shakeya McDow: “Watermark has taught me that ‘no’ is a complete sentence.”

Indeed, it is.



We have one more event for 2017 – Writing Your Next Leadership Chapter workshop with Kelly Carlin. It’s Tuesday night, Dec. 12, at Samsung in San Jose. It's not too late to RSVP! We would love to have you with us for this very special evening.

Next year marks Watermark’s 25th anniversary – 25 years of supporting and celebrating the Bay Area’s most outstanding women and men.

We have many exciting programs and initiatives planned ahead – including Watermark Co-Founder Denise Brosseau’s Are You Ready to Be a Thought Leader? workshop on Thursday, Jan. 18, and Daniel Pink and his new book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Tuesday, Feb. 13.

If you’re not yet a Watermark sponsor or member, now’s the time to join us. This is a very exciting time to be part of our growing community.

Here’s to the rest of 2017 – and to a wonderful new year ahead.

Best regards,
Marlene Williamson
CEO, Watermark

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