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New Keynote, Dr. Melanie Matheu at Women in Health and Life Sciences Summit

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE FEATURE: Dr. Melanie Matheu

Friday | March 8 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Nevro | Redwood City | RSVP TODAY

We continue to bring the foremost thought-leaders and innovators to our events and conferences. Our inaugural Women in Health and Life Sciences Summit is no different. Our afternoon fireside keynote is with Dr. Melanie Matheu, CEO and Co-founder of Prellis Biologics, who will share her vision to eliminate the need for organ donor lists, and the challenges she has faced as a woman in this industry (but it hasn't stopped her from from developing a background in Immunology, Chemistry, Physiology, & Biophysics, just to name a few.

One of the fastest rising CEOs in the Bay Area, Dr. Matheu and her company are creating fully vascularized human tissues and organs for transplantation. Her realization that the tiny blood vessels necessary for creating human organs could be replicated using the laser technology at the center of her PhD thesis work, led to development of the blended engineering and biology approach Prellis is using to solve the human organ shortage. Dr. Matheu is an expert in laser-based imaging of the immune system and developed Prellis' platform technology. She brings her multi-disciplinary experience in specialized laser microscopy, cell biology, physiology, and biophysics to address the unsolved biomedical challenge of rapid 3D printing of large, vascularized tissues.

Check out all the speakers, including Watermark exclusive development and leadership workshops. And as always, thank you to our host and sponsor, Nevro.

Registration is open to everyone however a limited number of registrations will be available. Secure your space, and RSVP TODAY.

Tags:  Health and Life Science  HLSS  Nevro  Watermark  WeAreWatermark 

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Featured Partner Podcast: YesPlz | Jiwon Hong, Co-founder & CEO

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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This special podcast with FoundersPlace.co features Watermark's 2018 Entrepreneur Conference Big Pitch Winner, Jiwon Hong, Co-founder and CEO of YesPlz!

Jiwon Hong is the Co-founder and CEO of YesPlz, Inc. dubbed as the AI for fashion search whose mission is to make online shopping more relevant. Through YesPlz, Jiwon built a visual filter that’s fueled by AI to make searching for fashion online in tune with buyers’ style and preferences. They have a proprietary machine-learning algorithm which helps customers find the exact style that they are looking for from various online shopping destinations and sources. Originally from Korea, Jiwon had previously founded 50ml which is a marketplace online for gourmet condiments allowing local food artisans to connect with everyday consumers. (watch short promo video now)


Also, join Todd Wilms and high-profile women CEO guests for two upcoming exclusive events:

Tues | March 5 - Speaker Series: Founder's DNA: A Guide to Leadership and Success (featuring special guests: Andy Cunningham, Erica Brescia, and Charu Sharma) - RSVP (a copy of Todd Wilm's Amazon hot list book, Beyond Product, is included in the ticket)

 Wed | March 6 - Webinar: Founder's DNA, a Guide to Leadership and Success (featuring special guests: Andy Cunningham and Stacy Ferreira) - RSVP

LISTEN TO ALL FOUNDERSPLACE.CO PODCASTS.

Tags:  Big Pitch  Entrepreneur  FoundersPlace.co  podcast 

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Featured Partner Podcast: Reach Out | Molly Beck, Author

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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Episode 75 from Advice to My Younger Me, features Molly Beck, the author of Reach Out and Build Your Network: The Simple Strategy to Expand Your Network and Increase You Influence. During this podcast, host Sara Holtz discusses with Molly using email to build your network efficiently and effectively You’ll hear:

  • How to clarify your short-term career goals
  • Where to start building your network
  • How to reach out to people you don’t know for career-enhancing advice
  • And the importance of letting people know how you used their advice

If you're attending the annual Watermark Conference for Women on Friday, February 22 at the San Jose Convention Center, stop by the Watermark booth throughout the day and say hi to Sara Holtz!

LISTEN TO ALL ADVICE TO MY YOUNGER ME PODCASTS.

Tags:  Advice to My Younger Me  Podcast  SaraHoltz  Watermark  WeAreWatermark 

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Watermark's Women in Health and Life Sciences Summit

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, January 29, 2019


Friday | March 8 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Nevro | Redwood City

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There is a shift the Health and Life Sciences industry, with today’s leaders found at all stages of their careers. Leading this change are women, who are transforming the Health and Life Sciences industry through their revolutionary ideas, powerful innovations, and determination to develop inclusive and diverse environments of leadership.

 Women in Health & Life Sciences Summit, brought to you by Watermark and Nevro, is the first of its kind focused on learning and networking opportunities for the advancement of women leaders. Join women and men of all levels from senior executives to emerging leaders, in this unique one-day event.

 The morning keynote begins the day by addressing Education, Advocacy & Inclusive Leadership with Nevro's President and CEO, and Watermark's 2019 recipient of the Bill Campbell awardRami ElghandourIn this industry relevant discussion, Rami Elghandour, focuses on why Diversity makes us smarter, the impact of unconscious bias, and Nevro’s commitment to gender equity through three strong pillars: Education, Advocacy and Inclusive Leadership. Drawing on experience, research and testing models, he will share what can (and must) be done today to implement immediate change though inspiration and influence.

In additional to the insightful and powerful keynotes, there are dynamically engaging panels, and interactive workshops focused on developing practical leadership skills, which will impact any individual’s executive presence and company’s advancement in the health and life sciences industry.

Registration is open to everyone however a limited number of registrations will be available. Secure your space, and RSVP TODAY.


If you are interested in sponsoring this Summit,

please contact Kate Byrne, kate@wearewatermark.org

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Are You Ready to R.I.S.E.?

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Updated: Monday, January 14, 2019

Watermark and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) have worked closely to discover What Women Want, how to empower them to get it, and what needs to change in the workplace. On January 30th, Jennifer Martineau, author of Kick Some Glass, featuring special guest, Parisa Naseralavi from Cisco, will share insights on what defines the proverbial glass ceiling and how to fulfill your potential. REGISTER TODAY!

In addition, CCL has released Ready to R.I.S.E., which shares new insights from 300 women leaders, 5 Women's Leadership Innovation Labs, 3 continents and 1 diverse world. R.I.S.E.'s four topics included:

  • Reinventing what it means to be a leader, by asking “How do we change the definition of leadership so that women aren’t constrained by male definitions?”
  • Initiating partnerships and conversations, by exploring the headlines we’ll see in five years if women have strong networks.
  • Supporting women and girls by providing spaces to learn to lead, by creating and designing such spaces for women and/or girls. 
  • Engaging and educating others about their role in creating the environment that liberates leadership potential in women and girls, by examining what men, governments, organizations, and the media can do to champion women’s and girls’ leadership.

The contents of this report can and should be used by individuals, organizations, and policymakers to consider and act upon relevant and meaningful recommendations to address the many challenges that stand in the way of girls and women filling the leadership pipeline in parity with men. Together, we can make a difference and take a stand.

Tags:  CCL  Equity  Leadership  R.I.S.E.  Watermark  WeAreWatermark Watermark 

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Kick it Right in 2019

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Welcome to 2019! We want to thank the Watermark Community - our members, sponsors, and partners - for being part of our community that we are taking global. Each of you brings your own experience, knowledge and powerful energy to advance women in positions of leadership.

We have launched into the new year without hesitation by building a number of co-branded workshops, programs, events, and our much anticipated annual Conference for Women next month. Most importantly, Watermark is going global in 2019 with our new digital education platform, The Learning Center (TLC). With the contributions made last year, you helped make your mark on the world with our new technology. The upcoming launch of TLC will bring the Watermark experience to women, and men, in workplaces worldwide, which will feature our webinars, offer certificates of completion, 90 second tips, and more.

In addition, we have a number of Bay Area-based events and workshops coming up. Mark your calendar and get ready to experience the Watermark like never before:

That said, we want to celebrate the growth Watermark experienced in 2018 due to the demand of women to connect, develop and advocate in leadership:

  • New sponsors joined the Watermark movement, including Tesla, BlackRock, Microsoft, Bank of America, Informatica, 24/7.ai, Boston Scientific, Cloudera, Microsoft Ventures, Morgan Stanley, Nevro, Oath Inc a subsidiary of Verizon, Sony PlayStation, Silicon Valley Bank, andTeslaKPMG, NineSigma, Mount Saint Mary's University, and more!
  • New partners and programs offered by BetterUp, Center for Creative Leadership and Portfolia
  • New co-branded workshop partners at the Professional Development Academy and Exec|Comm's Executive Presence
  • Continued support of girls development programs including Black Girls Code, Girls Who Code, and Girl Scouts of Northern California
 
We are moving past the glass ceiling and we want to hear about you kicking glass by sharing updates with us: promotions, new careers, new product or service launches, speaking engagements, and more.

Again, we thank you for being part of our community since our founding over 25 years ago. And as you build your resolutions for the coming year, we have a message for you: Make your mark. Do it today. Be the leader you are inside. Whether you are an emerging leader, a senior executive or an entrepreneur, be the leader you challenge yourself to be each and every day. Make your mark on the world. Be part of Watermark. Together, #WeAreWatermark.

Tags:  #BelieveWomen  #ImWithHer  #MeToo  #TimesUp  Watermark  WeAreWatermark 

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Katherine Fordon: Make Your Mark Award Winner Spotlight

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Updated: Thursday, November 8, 2018

Congratulations Katherine Fordon, the winner of our 2018 Emerging Executive of the Year award. We will be honoring Katherine (and our other winners) at our annual Make Your Mark Awards on Thursday, Nov 15 at the Santa Clara Marriott. RSVP to celebrate with us!

Katherine Fordon is a Bay Area communications professional with 16 years of experience helping companies market and communicate their messages to their employees and the world. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, Katherine went on to work as a sports writer for the Longmont Times-Call (formerly known as the Daily Times-Call). A move to Chicago led Katherine into the field of public relations where she worked on the world-famous “got milk?” mobile marketing tour and represented well-known companies and organizations, such as Turtle Wax, Rubbermaid, GLAD, USG, John G. Shedd Aquarium and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), as well as Fortune 500 clients, including Whirlpool Corporation and Skil Power Tools (Robert Bosch GmbH). After agency life, Katherine spent almost a decade running her own communications consulting business, Katherine Fordon Public Relations (KFPR), helping Bay Area companies and agencies with their communications needs. Katherine is currently the Director of Corporate Communications for Wilbur-Ellis, a San Francisco-based company. Passionate about women’s rights and equality, Katherine is a board member of Women of Wilbur-Ellis, the Company’s first business resource group, a member of Watermark’s Emerging Executive Advisory Council and a volunteer for Courageous Women Association’s Career Development and Economic Empowerment Program. Katherine also serves as a board member for Diablo Valley Montessori School. When she’s not working, Katherine enjoys spending time with her husband and two children exploring all the wonderful food, music, culture and nature in the Bay Area and beyond.

Most Valuable Lesson

It’s a pretty basic and fundamental lesson, but more important than ever in our digital world: Never burn a bridge. Everything comes back to haunt you, good or bad.

Advice for 20-Year-Old Self

Stop. Breathe. And know that this is just a moment, is a small space in time where work or life – or both – are crazy. Life is constantly going to throw you curve balls and the innings never end. Just take them one at a time and lean into those pitches, don’t step out of the batter’s box.

Smartest Career Move

Walking away from running my own consulting business to go back inhouse with a single company. I was leaving behind freedom to choose my clients, choose the people I would work with, set my pay and decide my own hours. However, what I gained was so much more. I gained a team that is focused on a single goal. I gained exposure to markets and industries that I never would have in my own consulting business. I gained a boss who not only cares about my career, but cares about my family and my life outside of work as well.

Secret Ingredient for Growth and Success

Being myself. For so long, I tried to fit inside these personalities that I thought my manager or supervisor wanted in the role. Only when I truly was myself did I start to see growth and change. That growth and change, leads to success.

Tags:  Emerging Executives  Leadership  Make Your Mark  Women 

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Ana Pinczuk: Make Your Mark Award Winner Spotlight

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 8, 2018
Updated: Thursday, November 8, 2018

Congratulations Ana Pinczuk, the winner of our 2018 Development award. We will be honoring Ana (and our other winners) at our annual Make Your Mark Awards on Thursday, Nov 15 at the Santa Clara Marriott. RSVP to celebrate with us!

Ana Pinczuki was President and General Manager for HPE Pointnext, HPE’s $7B+ services business until August 2018. She led a team of 25,000 IT experts responsible for driving customer’s digital transformation journeys including Hybrid IT and Intelligent edge consulting, professional and operational services. Previously, Ana was the Chief Product Officer at Veritas where she was responsible for driving a $2.5B products organization, including the Veritas Information Availability, Information Management, Backup and Recovery and Appliances portfolios. Prior to joining Veritas, Ana spent 15 years at Cisco where she held various roles including SVP, Global Services Sales, Services COO and SVP, Global Services Support. Ana also spent nine years in the Cisco Development Organization driving Engineering groups, including Cisco’s high-end routing platform and IOS product management and software development. Ana started her career at AT&T Bell Laboratories as a systems engineer and held numerous roles there, including Vice President responsible for deploying AT&T’s Internet backbone. Ana is a member of the International Women’s Forum, Anita Borg Institute, Cornell Computer and Information Sciences Advisory Board, and Carnegie Mellon Engineering Advisory Board. She is also the recipient of numerous awards including Fortune’s 2018 and 2017 Top 50 Latinas, 2016 Women of Influence Award, 2017 and 2016 HITEC 100, 2014 Corporate Index (Top 25 Hispanics), 2013 Latina Style Executive of the Year, and 2013 TWIN Award. Ana holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, a Master of Technology Management degree from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, and a Master of Science Degree in Software Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Smartest Career Move

I've reinvented myself several times, whether it's going from an engineering centric role to business development or sales, shifting technologies, size of companies, geographic location, etc. One of the smartest career moves I made was when I moved from AT&T to Cisco. Looking back, it was a crazy decision. I was 7.5 months pregnant, had spent 15 years at AT&T on the East Coast, was a Vice President with a thriving career. I moved with a 2 year old and newborn to California, took a demotion to a Senior Director into a position that was very new at the company, and had to restart at a new company. Yet it was the best decision ever! I learned a new market, was a small fish in a bigger pond (very grounding experience), had to prove myself once again, and learned to make choices to balance personal and professional goals. Most of all, I learned to trust my instincts and to be agile in new situations. It has served me well throughout my career.

Favorite Mentor (and Mentee)

My favorite mentor is my husband. He is very grounded and gives me the best advice (even when I want to ignore it). I am an extroverted person that is always multitasking in many areas of my life - work, kids, parents, community, for profit or non-profit boards, etc. He's helped me think beyond a career path but truly how to think about success, with career being just one part of that.

I have so many mentees that I've enjoyed mentoring. I've had one mentee at Cisco that has progressed from individual contributor to an executive. I was not easy with my advice to him but I was very honest. He listened, took it in, and has really grown as a leader. He's taught me how to be a better listener and work with feedback to improve oneself. I had one mentee at HPE who was also a reverse mentor. I was able to give her advice about what to do in her role as a new services seller, and she helped me immensely with feedback from the ground - truly what was going on in the field.

Personal Hero

My mom is my personal hero. She got her PhD in the 60s in Biology at a time when there were few women (specially married women with a child) pursuing PhDs. She has an amazing disposition, has been a wonderful mom, wife and role model, and is still a professor at almost 80! I aim to be as great a human as she is.

Tags:  Development  Leadership  Make Your Mark  Women 

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Brandi Galvin Morandi: Make Your Mark Award Winner Spotlight

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Updated: Monday, November 5, 2018

Congratulations Brandi Galvin Morandi, the winner of our 2018 Connection award. We will be honoring Brandi (and our other winners) at our annual Make Your Mark Awards on Thursday, Nov 15 at the Santa Clara Marriott. RSVP to celebrate with us!

Brandi Galvin Morandi is the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Equinix, the global interconnection and data center company. Brandi leads a global organization, responsible for legal and regulatory compliance matters, governmental affairs and corporate governance, including working closely with the Equinix Board of Directors. Under her leadership, her organization has grown to support a business generating over $5 billion in revenues annually. Brandi has led the successful consummation of numerous acquisitions and joint ventures nationally and internationally and has also led the internal and external legal teams to complete over $27 billion in equity and debt financings.

When Brandi co-founded the Equinix Woman’s Leadership Network 10 years ago, her goal was not to separate women from men, but to help elevate them towards equality. This is why her Connection Award is so fitting as this year, the EWLN further branched into the leadership space across the world to bring leaders together to take immediate action in removing gender bias. Through practicing inclusion and driving action through top leaders, the discussion and awareness about where the opportunities for Equinix exist has become a top priority for our incoming CEO.

Secret Ingredient to Success

Empowerment for all employees, by creating an environment where every individual is given the opportunity to bring their best to work. This is facilitated by identifying and removing barriers for my team, by giving everyone a voice, and thinking through representation and opportunity across my diverse global team. In addition to this, I also believes that taking people with you on a journey makes you more successful. Once you find yourself gaining traction and being recognized for your contributions and success, look around and figure out who you can bring with you.

Advice for 20-Year-Old Self

Recognize the power of your own voice earlier. Everyone brings a unique set of skills, experiences, and backgrounds to the table and the unique assets are the biggest contribution to a company. In finding your own voice, also have confidence in yourself and take risks. Raising your hand and trying new things is not always easy, but the more you do it, the easier it feels to try something new.

Personal Hero

My personal hero is Ruth Bader Ginsburg who said, “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you”. RBG inspired me through her methodical approach and looking at the long view. She strategically chipped away at equality over decades, and used her voice to create an easier path for those behind her.

Personal Mantra

Teamwork and humility.

Tags:  Advocacy  Leadership  Make Your Mark  Women 

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René Shimada Siegel: Make Your Mark Award Winner Spotlight

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 1, 2018
Updated: Thursday, November 1, 2018

Congratulations René Shimada Siegel, the winner of our 2018 Advocacy award. We will be honoring Women Who Code (and our other winners) at our annual Make Your Mark Awards on Thursday, Nov 15 at the Santa Clara Marriott. RSVP to celebrate with us!

René Shimada Siegel is extremely passionate about empowering colleagues and advocating for the next generation of communicators. She is the founder and CEO of Connext, Silicon Valley’s marketing and communications consultancy. For two decades, her company has made life easier for hundreds of technology clients with specialized consultants ranging from recent grads to senior strategists. René also passes on her real-world experience to students as a public relations professor at San Jose State University and is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, career strategies, and personal branding. She currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Lucas College of Business at San Jose State University, and will be a featured speaker at the 2018 Public Relations Society of America International Conference. As an entrepreneur, René’s been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Working Mother, Newsweek Japan, CNBC, and Dan Pink’s Free Agent Nation, among others. She’s also been a regular columnist for Inc.com.

Smartest Career Move

Rebranding our 20 year old company last year was risky as hell. Will the team follow? Will our clients get it? Is this really the right direction? YES! We’ve elevated our brand, separated ourselves from our competitors, and changed more lives along the way. We now live in this amazingly cool space that is the convergence of The Gig Economy and Generations XYZ. And it’s a ton of fun!

Admired Mentor or Muse

My daughter Arielle is my mentor. Her impending birth was the catalyst for leaving my corporate job to build the life I wanted for my family. While in college, she was a catalyst to help us see the gap between college students and recent graduates, and the Silicon Valley corporate teams that need them. Now, we bridge that gap. She continually pushes me outside my comfort zone and inspires me with confidence. Her advice and opinions are unfiltered, on point, and the smack-in-the-face that I need sometimes to stay current and not become a dinosaur.

Quotes to Live By

Best Work. Best Life. Everyone deserves both.

Personal Heros

My hero is Dominic Prado for three reasons. What he does, the way he does it, and the way he lives his life. Dom joined us as a summer marketing intern and became our entire marketing department. As a business leader I have purpose and passion but struggled to articulate a powerful vision and voice. My hero riffed with me, challenged me, nudged me forward with quiet strength and fearless instincts. With no prior experience, he rebranded our entire company with a new name, logo, website, social media. But then he did so much more. He’s made my vision come to life in ways I never expected. Dom has overcome unexpected challenges with such grace. Because of him, I look at the world in a totally different way. It’s all about what is possible.

Tags:  Advocacy  Leadership  Make Your Mark  Women 

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