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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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Women of Influence: A Great Night for Watermark Members

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Wow! What a great night for six of our Watermark members! We were happy to be on hand for the Women of Influence 2017 awards this past Thursday in San Jose. Hosted by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, the event honored 100 outstanding women, with each sharing a few words of wisdom as they accepted their awards.

Here's a look at our Watermark honorees (click their names to see their profiles) and what they said:

(Top row)
"Go Beyond, Take a Risk...and to the Millennials, Always Be You, Boo." – Felicia Mayo, Vice President for Global Talent Acquisition and Diversity, Juniper Networks (and member of Watermark's board of directors)

“I have faced several challenges on my way here, but each one of them has only strengthened me to make me the person I am today; a thorough professional who is focused at her goals. Winning this award would not have been possible without the inspiration I have received from my husband and my team, for whom I have the deepest respect, and from whom I have derived the strength to challenge myself and perform better at each stage.” – Ritu Mangla, Founder and CEO, Mobilyte

"Do not give anyone the power to determine your potential.” – Merline Saintil, Head of Operations, Office of the EVP & CTO, Intuit (and member of Watermark's board of directors)

“Go for the moonshots, persevere, be humble when you succeed.” – Anu Gali, Director of Engineering, Groupon

(Bottom row)
“Have passion in what you do every day, and remember to say thank you. Thank you, VMware and my hubby.” – Stephanie Joe, Vice President of Security and Networking Operations, VMware

“Learn how to read the room – and adjust accordingly.” – Michele Haddad, Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources, TIBCO Software

Nominations are open for the 2018 awards. Let's see yet more Watermark members on the list!

Congratulations, everyone!

Watermark's VP of Business Development, Sponsorship and Membership Kate Byrne chats with Women of Influence award winner and Watermark Board Member Felicia Mayo of Juniper Networks. We had a steady stream of visitors at our Watermark information table! Welcome to our new members!

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Watermark Welcomes Carina Ruiz, New Board Member

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Thursday, May 18, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Watermark is delighted to announce that Carina Ruiz from Deloitte is the newest member of the Watermark board of directors.

Carina is a Partner who leads Deloitte’s Advisory and Treasury M&A services and has over 19 years of experience in treasury strategy and design, finance, banking and consulting. She has been the treasury lead advisor in over 80 M&A deals – from due diligence to implementation – and has successfully led the stand-up and integration of multiple deals across various industries.

In addition to Carina’s Treasury expertise, she has led both the finance and project management threads of several large-scale divestitures. This work includes operating model design, organizational structure remodeling, Day 1 planning and execution and transformation planning for post-Day 1 activities.

Carina also leads Deloitte’s Advisory M&A Consulting Services which includes offerings such as Accounting & Reporting Transformation, Cyber, Valuation and Treasury.

Carina is a Certified Public Accountant and has an MBA from the Leavey School of Business of Santa Clara University.

Welcome aboard, Carina!


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Watermark Celebrates Women of Influence

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Watermark is thrilled to be on hand for the 2017 Women of Influence awards at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose this Thursday, May 18. The Silicon Valley Business Journal is honoring six Watermark members!

Congratulations to:

• Anuradha Gali, Groupon
• Michele Haddad, TIBCO Software
• Stephanie Joe, VMware
• Ritu Mangla, Mobilyte
• Felicia Mayo, Juniper Networks (and Watermark board member)
• Merline Saintil, Intuit (and Watermark board member)

You can help us celebrate their success by registering here, and look for our information table at the expo and networking reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. The dinner and awards are at 6 p.m. We hope to see you there.

By the way, several other award winners are part of our Watermark community via our sponsors and events, as well. Congratulations, too, to Dawn Belt and Larissa Newmann of Fenwick & West, Eugenia Corrales of ShorTel, Lisa Fontenot of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Cheri Devlin of Microsoft, Shelly Gordon of G2 Communications, Julie Holloway of Latham & Watkins, Puja Jaspal of VISA, Dr. Karin Lachmi of Bioz, Victoria Lee of DLA Piper, Denise Lombard of Cisco, Karen Peacock of Intuit, Monica Kumar of Oracle and Sarah Solumn of Davis Polk!

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Join Us in Celebrating 50/50 Day For a More Gender-Balanced World

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Watermark is pleased to support 50/50 Day – a day dedicated to a global conversation about what it will take to get to a more gender-balanced world in all sectors of society: business, politics, culture, home and more.

50/50 Day is inspired by the film 50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present and Future of Women and Power, directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tiffany Shlain.

The film highlights a 10,000 year history of women and power — from setbacks and uprisings, to the bigger context of where we are today.

And speaking of today – more than 11,000 events are going on in all 50 states and more than 65 countries, right now. Tune into the livecast – and if you're near the Oakland City Center BART station, stop by 17th and San Pablo and watch the creation of a Six Words on Gender Equality art installation. Find out how to contribute your #SixWords to the project.

If you're doing your own special 50/50 event or outreach, please tag @wtrmrk and #Watermark in your social media posts. We'll share them throughout the day.

Here's to 50/50, and to doing our part to accelerate the pace of positive change.

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Watermark Innovation Conference 2017 Recap

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Tuesday, May 2, 2017
What a fantastic Watermark Innovation Conference at Oracle Santa Clara this past Friday! The auditorium was packed for our engaging keynote, panels, fireside chat and our design thinking workshop. Audience questions and comments made the event even better!

Many thanks to our sponsors Deloitte, Oracle and Massdrop, to our presenters and volunteers and to all of you for participating.

Here are a few of our favorite comments from the surveys:

• “Fantastic brain candy! I enjoyed the Innovation Conference and plan to come to more Watermark events.” – Libby DeMeo, Benz Communications

• “Leslie’s keynote was awesome and inspiring. I enjoyed hearing her stories and seeing how we all go through the same fears.” – Donna Flores, Ericsson

• “The 'do what you love' message came through loud and clear – as did understanding that failure is part of the process.”

• “The speakers have inspired me to stretch, take risks and push through to the next step.”

Method Garage and Watermark Special Offers
Based on the positive response to the workshop, Method Garage is offering a deeper-dive design thinking bootcamp for conference attendees. If you're interested, send us an email today and we'll get you connected.

And, as a special offer from Watermark, if you're not yet a member – or you know someone who would like to join – we're offering a 15% discount now through June 30. Check out our membership options and use the code Mem15 when you sign up. Questions? Send an email to Kate and she'll get right back to you.

Upcoming Events
If you loved the conference, then sign up now for our 2017 Watermark Leadership Conference in July – it will sell out, too! And don't miss our Watermark Weekend for Women in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains this fall. We'd love to see you at both, and at any of our other more than 50 events we host each year.

Videos and Tweets
We'll post our event videos shortly. In the meantime, here are a few of the many great tweets we enjoyed throughout the day – search for #IC2017 for more!

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