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Watermark 2019 Mid-Year Update

Posted By Ann Barlow, Watermark Board Chair, Monday, June 3, 2019

Dear Watermark community,

As we approach the half-year mark, the Watermark board and team wanted to give you an update on the many important developments over the past several months, and what’s ahead for the remainder of the year.

1. Do you know Watermark’s next Executive Director?

As you may know, Marlene Williamson, Watermark’s CEO for the past four years, has retired. We wish her the best in this new phase of her life. As a result, we are conducting a search for a new executive director (title change reflects the current nonprofit norms) to lead this premier organization as we continue to increase the number of women in leadership positions in Silicon Valley and beyond. We are excited to meet this new leader, who will help our community in achieving this mission by providing essential connections, education, and advocacy. If you know anyone who would love to contribute their talents in this position, please send them this link: https://www.wearewatermark.org/page/CareersWatermark_ED.

2. Watermark team

 We are so pleased and proud to tell you that Kim Steppe has been promoted to Vice President of Sponsorships. Kim, who joined Watermark last year, is an experienced Congressional ambassador with a history of working in nonprofit organization management. She has lobbied for Alzheimer’s research funding and advocated at the federal and state level for public policies that improve the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. Since joining Watermark, Kim has demonstrated a passion and keen ability to align businesses with programs that will meet their education and advocacy needs as they support women’s advancement inside their own organizations and beyond. Kim continues to work alongside Erin Tselenchuk, VP of Marketing and Events, and Office/Financial Administrator Asa Enocson. Marilyn Nagel, who retired as Watermark CEO in 2014 and continues to lead some of Watermark’s most popular programs, is supporting the team during our Executive Director search. Recognizing that our members are an indispensable element to Watermark’s strength and vitality, we have also reinstated the Membership Director position. Marion Long, former head of Diversity at New Relic, is now in this role, where she will help members in making connections and make maximum use of our diverse programs.

3. Membership enhancements coming

Watermark is rolling out new membership benefits with a mission to promote, connect, and amplify the influence of all of our members individually and collectively. We are experts at creating a safe and comfortable space where women truly come together, make meaningful connections, new opportunities, and in short, magic. Toward that end, details on new specialized programs created for: senior executives, CEOs, small entrepreneurs, director-level members, and emerging executives will be shared with our members along with new simplified membership categories.

4. Development programs

 We are also enhancing Watermark’s development offerings both for our membership and sponsorship communities with more digital options that complement our highly acclaimed in-person workshops, conferences, and webinars.

5. Advocacy

Watermark has been advocating for women’s equality and advancement since our inception over 25 years ago. This year, we are working with several progressive companies that offer tools and applications to break through the logjams that persist in creating gender equity, belonging and inclusive environments. In the coming months, look for new information and insights on the often-unexpected factors that impede equity, and how some in Silicon Valley and beyond are addressing now.

We are excited at all that is in the works and grateful to you, our sponsors, members, and community for your partnership. I hope to see you at an upcoming event, and we welcome your questions and comments.


Ann Barlow
Watermark Board Chair

Questions? Please contact me!

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