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How to be Heard in a World that Interrupts Women Recap

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

We certainly struck a chord with this topic! Our How to be Heard in a World that Interrupts Women #LeadOn Workshop with Dr. Miluna Fausch was a great success! The audience packed the room at DLA Piper, Tuesday, June 20. Many thanks to Monica Phillips for hosting us, to the folks who stepped up for Miluna's "laser coaching," to our volunteers (especially those from DeWinter Group!) and to all of you for joining us for such a special evening.

How about that amazing Q&A session? Among Miluna's "be heard" tips:
  • Your real job when giving presentations is to be in the present moment – in your body, out of your head and maintain focus. This is where the magic occurs for you and for your audience. It is not about the PowerPoint. It's about bringing value to the audience.
  • Give yourself time to prepare and practice before a presentation – it's key.
  • Plant your feet and make sure they're lined up, unmoveable and grounded. Speak loudly enough to be heard. Don’t let a big audience intimidate you.
  • Don’t say “sorry” without a valid reason.
  • Breathe fully from the lower belly so you can project to the back of the room – sing from your feet. Your voice has depth, width, height and 3D volume.

And among our survey comments:

  • "Loved the insight on working on my voice."
  • "The speaker's great. Excellent interaction with the audience."
  • "I appreciated the vulnerability and flow of the Q&A."
  • "Very interactive. Allowed opportunity to practice techniques in real time."
  • "Very valuable advice on dealing with day-to-day scenarios. Highly interactive session."

Another great Watermark evening. We'll post video shortly. In the meantime, here are a few of our favorite tweets:


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Members on the Move

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Monday, June 19, 2017
Updated: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Week of June 19

Along with her awesome new newsletter, Above the Bottom Line, Watermark Board Member Nikita T. Mitchell, Senior Manager, Strategy and Planning, Cisco, is featured in a Nicole Antoinette podcast titled Making an Impact and Running Toward Fear. In this episode, Nikita shares stories from business school and from being a woman in the corporate workplace. Nikita and Nicole talk about the role of money in both art and activism, and about the fact that women often struggle with the ability to openly ask for the money they need to do the work they're doing. Congrats, Nikita!

And Watermark Board Member Cindy Solomon is raising the #allmalepanel red flag with a LinkedIn post. She’s invited to an upcoming LIMRA conference – and there’s not a woman scheduled to speak on the main stage. Cindy asks, incredulously: “Women don’t sell or buy financial products?” Weigh in with a comment. The more we remind event planners about the importance of diversity among presenters, the better.

Watermark Emerging Executive Advisory Committee Member Bindu Garapaty of Juniper Networks was featured on a Tapping Your Talent's Authenticity panel at a Harvard Business Publishing's The Power of Authentic Leadership conference earlier this month. Bindu is quite the expert in authenticity. Don't miss her Authentically YOU webinar, 10-11 a.m., Wednesday July 5. Great job, Bindu!

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Q3 Watermark Webinars

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Sunday, June 11, 2017

If professional development continues to be part of your 2017 career plan – and we bet it does – tune in for our popular webinar series – each covering a special topic designed to move you to the next level. Our webinars are guaranteed to engage your team and generate productive discussions. Consider using them as your monthly Lunch and Learn. Or access them later – anytime, anywhere. Just register below beforehand, and we'll send you links and passwords to the recordings.

All webinars are free to Watermark members, and $30 for non-members, so please be sure to take advantage of them. Here's what we have lined up for the next few months:

Wednesday, July 5
Authentically YOU with Bindu Garapaty


Have you ever been compelled to respond in a certain way or held back a reaction because it was not the appropriate time or place? Have there been times when your head, heart and intuition were not aligned? This is the dance between the false and true self.

In this webinar, Bindu Garapaty will address how our false and true selves are developed and deepened. We will explore the value and the purpose of knowing which ‘self’ surfaces and identify practical skills to integrate our reactions and experiences. You will walk away from this webinar with a strategy to identify your most authentic self, have greater insights into your leadership character and embrace the authentic YOU.

Visit Bindu's website, connect with her on LinkedIn and follow her at @BinduGarapaty.

Wednesday, Aug. 2
Successfully Managing Challenging or Difficult People, One Opportunity at a Time with Marvell Allen


There’s no question about it: We are all human, and there will come a time when we will experience interactions with challenging or difficult people, both in the workplace and in our personal lives.

In the workplace, difficult people can create a negative environment, impede team progress on projects and reduce employee engagement and motivation. In our personal lives with friends and families, they can be disruptive to our family structure and create tension that often surfaces over and over again.

In this webinar, Marvell Allen will review a few reasons why people can be difficult in the workplace and several ways you can begin to have control in your interactions with these team members or colleagues.

Visit Marvell's website, connect with her on LinkedIn and follow her at @MarvellCAllen.

Wednesday, Sept. 6
Stepping Up Your Success Strategy with Jennifer Blair


You’ve got one quarter left in the year. Are you where you want to be in your career? Your life? Are you achieving the goals you set at the beginning of the year, and if not, what will it take to end your year on a high note? Join Life Coach Jennifer Blair as she helps you identify what’s working and not working, and then strategically gives you the tools to move forward to achieve what you want. 

In this webinar, Jennifer will help you:

  • Identify your 2017 accomplishments to date
  • Define what success will look like at the end of the year
  • Prioritize inspired action items and your workload to move you forward
  • Use strategic leadership techniques to step up your game
  • Help you find ways to boldly move through what blocks you or holds you back
  • Communicate your brand
  • Claim your success and value

End the year on an excellent note – and ace your annual review!

Visit Excavive.com, connect with Jennifer on LinkedIn and follow her on Facebook.

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July WLUs: Now in Marin!

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Sunday, June 11, 2017

Our Women Like Us (WLU) Networks continue to grow, with a new group starting in Marin! Use the links below to register for our July WLUs:

Tuesday, July 11: Women Like Us – Marin, at The Hivery in Mill Valley
Tuesday, July 11: Women Like Us – Peninsula
, at Perkins Coie in Palo Alto
Thursday, July 13: Women Like Us – East Bay
, at Future State in Oakland

Our Women Like Us (WLU) Networks are valuable Watermark networking opportunities where you can meet other Watermark women who live or work near you. We hope to see you there.

Questions? Send us an email and we'll get right back to you.

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Welcome Colette Marcellin, Our Summer Intern

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Saturday, June 10, 2017

Welcome aboard to Colette Marcellin, our Watermark Marketing and Events Intern for the summer! Many of you met Colette at our June 6 Women Like Us event at Samsung in San Jose. And she has already written a member profile on Dr. Miluna Fausch, below.

Colette is from the Bay Area and attends the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She is a rising third year student, double majoring in Economics and Political Philosophy, Policy and Law and minoring in Women, Gender and Sexuality.

Colette's greatest passion is connecting with and empowering women, from her campaign experience for female political candidates to her leadership role in One Less, a sexual assault education and prevention group at UVA.

Colette is also interning for Watermark sponsor Juniper Networks this summer – so Juniper employees, keep an eye out for her!

We're excited to have you, Colette!

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Member Spotlight: Dr. Miluna Fausch

Posted By Administration, Saturday, June 10, 2017

by Colette Marcellin, Watermark Intern

Meet Dr. Miluna Fausch, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Command the Room. A self-described curious person who is "always in training for something," Dr. Miluna's personal experiences with her voice led her to realize that businesspeople could benefit from what she learned about working a room and getting over her own stage fright.

Dr. Miluna brought her passion for empowering women to speak up and find their authentic voice to Watermark when she moved here from Southern California. She joined Watermark eight months ago, before she had even arrived in the Bay Area.

In her #LeadOn workshop How to Be Heard in a World that Interrupts Women, set for Tuesday, June 20, at DLA Piper in Palo Alto, Dr. Miluna will define what a presentation is, explain the four biggest fears that women have in public speaking and presenting, share her own journey of finding her voice despite physical and emotional adversity and discuss her three keys to owning your voice and commanding a room, including costly mistakes that women are making at work.

Her workshop will also cover the feminine versus masculine voice and the masculine energy in the Bay Area, and conclude with laser coaching and group exercises.

"Actually, I don't really define voice as male or female," Dr. Miluna says. "A great voice is a great voice. But what I see women doing is turning into a more masculine or aggressive tone which is completely not in alignment with a woman's grace and power... Strong, bold energy is great – I don't call it male or female."

Curious about Dr. Miluna's own best tips that she follows before speaking or presenting?

1. "I'm always rehearsing and practicing. I always take the time to prepare and give myself every reason to succeed."
2. "I always set my purpose and remind myself why I'm there. I remind myself of the honor of being able to change people through public speaking."

Join us and learn more about tips and tricks from Dr. Miluna's vast experience and expertise.

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Members on the Move

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Friday, June 2, 2017
Updated: Friday, June 2, 2017

Week of May 29, 2017

Watermark Board Member Divya Ghatak is the new Vice President, People, at Nevro. She's responsible for all aspects of Talent, Culture and People Operations globally to serve Nevro's mission and ensure team member success and development. Prior to this new role, Divya was Chief People Officer at GoodData.

Watermark Board Member Maya Strelar-Migotti recently joined as one of Managing Directors for Golden Seeds, an early-stage investment firm that focuses on women leaders. At Golden Seeds, Maya will be seeking out women-owned startups in need of funding. She will continue her consultancy and advisory engagements via Tritom Partners.

Watermark Ambassador Tina Dao, Senior Director of Engineering at FitBit, will be on a panel at Conscious Leadership: Through the Lens of Women in Tech. The event, hosted by Conscious Capitalism, is set for 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, June 21. Watermark members and followers are welcome to attend.

And congrats to member Denise Green on her new book, Work-Life Brilliance: Tools to Break Stress and Create the Life You Crave – a best-seller on Amazon. Denise is a popular motivational speaker, executive coach and writer who helps leaders go from burned out to brilliant. Learn more about her on her website.

Are you a Watermark member with some great news to share? Let us know about it! We're always eager to help spread the good word!

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Our Radical Candor Recap Featuring Kim Scott

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Bad bosses make people miserable. They also kill innovation, stifle growth, increase costs and create instability. Well-meaning people become bad bosses without even realizing it.

But thanks to Kim Scott’s new book, Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity, we can avoid the path to bad boss-dom.

Kim has found a way to help us move beyond feedback (“feedback is screechy and makes us want to put our hands over our ears”) to providing guidance (“guidance is something most of us long for – it’s praise and criticism”) so that we can do the best work of our lives and, at the same time, build the best relationships of our careers.

Four years in the making, Radical Candor is now a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller, and Kim is hot on the speaking trail.

Our Watermark crowd gathered at FireEye on Thursday, May 25, to hear Kim’s insights on how to care personally while challenging directly.

Barbara Massa, FireEye’s Executive Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources (pictured with Kim), loves the book so much that almost every page of her copy is dog-eared and filled with highlighter ink!

Kim shared her firsthand experience in learning the true value of radical candor during her time at Twitter, Google and Apple. If you missed the event, or if you'd like to hear Kim again, we've got the video!

Among Kim's key takeaways:

Get it. The best way to practice giving guidance is to receive it. One good question to ask: “Is there something I can do differently that would make it easier for you to work with me?”

Give it. Humbly, helpfully, immediately and in person. Praise in public and criticize in private. “A huge percentage of communication is non-verbal,” Kim says. “Your best chance to learn how your guidance is landing is to be able to experience that directly in the same room as the other person.”

Gauge it. Radical candor is not measured at the speaker's mouth, it's measured at the listener's ear. “The purpose of criticism is to help people know what to do better, and the purpose of praise is to help people know what to do more of,” Kim notes. “You have to see how what you’re saying is landing. And ask: ‘Is this helpful? How did that land for you?’”

Encourage it. The best time to solicit feedback, Kim says, is at the very end of your one-on-one meetings. But it’s not easy, even for the most seasoned of leaders.

“From the moment we learn to speak, our parents tell us some version of, ‘If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all,’” Kim says. “Undoing training that you’ve had since you learned to speak is hard. If you’re in a position of leadership, it’s not just your job, it’s your moral obligation.”

Many thanks to FireEye for hosting our event, to our volunteers and to all of you for attending and live tweeting!

Here's a look at some of our favorite tweets:

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June WLUs: Join Us!

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Tuesday, May 30, 2017

We're absolutely thrilled by the turn out, networking and festivity that we're seeing at our Women Like Us (WLU) Networks! Wow!

These events are valuable Watermark networking opportunities where you can meet other Watermark women who live or work near you. WLUs are grouped by geographic areas – currently on the Peninsula and in the South Bay, East Bay and San Francisco.

We have two WLUs this month – please join us:

Thursday, June 1: Women Like Us – San Francisco
Tuesday, June 6: Women Like Us – South Bay

WLUs are open to all Watermark members. Non-members are welcome to attend up to two WLUs before deciding on membership. Questions? Send us an email and we'll get right back to you.

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Members on the Move

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Watermark member Olga Mack is certainly doing her part to increase the number of women in leadership positions – specifically the number of women who serve on boards of directors. As the founder of Women Serve on Boards, Olga and her team use social media campaigns, letters and petitions to corporate leaders, urging them to make inclusion of women and diversity a priority.

Steadily and surely, Women Serve on Boards is making a positive impact. Land O’Lakes recently added Joyce A. Cacho to its advisory board and Discovery Communication added Susan M. Swain to its board of directors.

Over the past few weeks, Women Serve on Boards has rolled out a new F500 social media campaign focused on the remaining 20 Fortune 500 companies that have yet to appoint a woman to their board of directors.

Stay tuned. More good news is in the works, no doubt about it! Please show your support on Twitter by following @BoardsWomen!

Congratulations, Olga!

Watermark member Donna Flores now has an extended role at Ericsson, one of our Watermark sponsors. Formerly an Internal Communication Specialist for Ericsson in Silicon Valley, Donna is now Global Employer Brand and Communications Specialist.

Donna is now responsible for Ericsson’s employer brand to attract global talent, engage team members and create employee advocates.

Well done, Donna!

Watermark is happy to report that member Jenn LeBlanc is now a co-lead for our Peninsula WLU group.

Jenn is the CEO and Founder of ThinkResults Marketing. She joins Ching Valdezco of Exec-Comm and Heather Jerrehian of Massdrop as a co-lead of this popular group.

Be sure to say hello to her at our next Peninsula WLU on Tuesday, July 11. Location is still TBD, but you can go ahead and register now. We'd love to see you there!

And member Stacie Pham just joined our Emerging Executive Advisory Committee, a fantastic group of women who provide us with key insights and spot-on recommendations into the types of programming that's most helpful to those on their way up in their careers.

Stacie is IC Business Partner, North America, Ericsson, a Watermark sponsor. You'll definitely meet her at our Watermark Leadership Conference on Friday, July 14 at Intuit in Mountain View. The Leadership Conference is inspired by our Emerging Executive Advisory Committee.

Many thanks to both Jenn and Stacie for lending their expertise to Watermark!

Are you a Watermark member with some great news to share? Let us know about it! We're always eager to help spread the good word!

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