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Happy Valentine's Day: Share Some Amazon Smile

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017
Hey there, Valentine! Amazon offers a great way for you to share the love while you're shopping for your someone special.

Just sign into AmazonSmile (instead of Amazon), select Watermark Institute as your beneficiary and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of all your eligible purchases to support Watermark's mission of increasing the number of women in leadership positions.

Now that's something to smile about! Happy Valentine's Day!

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Watermark Conference: Our Favorite Photos and Tweets

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Saturday, February 4, 2017

If you were one of the 6,500 Watermark members, colleagues and friends who joined us at our Feb. 1 Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley, chances are you’re still talking about the powerful keynotes by Shawn Achor, Annie Clark and Viola Davis (“own your story”) and the incredible conversations between Kara Swisher and Sheryl Sandberg – and wow, the chance to see former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice on stage together? How great!

Trending Topic on Twitter, #1 and #2
The San Jose Convention Center was sold out, with participants celebrating the theme: The Power of Us: Amplify Your Voice. We amplified our voices so much that we were the #2 trending topic on Twitter (congrats, Bey!), and at one point during the day, we reached #1!

Great Feedback!
Here’s how a few participants described the conference:

“I felt like I was a part of history.”

“What a PHENOMENAL day of learning, listening, leaning in, absorbing, becoming enlightened and inspired, exploring new emotions, amplifying my voice and meeting amazing kindred spirits – women and men. I am recharged and re-energized to have a positive impact in all of my interactions – professionally and personally.”

“A truly remarkable conference.”

“The personal stories came out from each and every speaker (keynote and breakouts), and they all showed success as a result. Thank you for this rare opportunity, and for empowering us always.”

Watermark Conference in the News

If you missed the media coverage – more than 40 reporters (including from BBC World News, BuzzFeed, Fortune, NBC National, Huffington Post, Bay Area News Group, Politico, San Francisco Chronicle, Silicon Valley Business Journal, Girls in Tech, NBC Bay Area, KPIX-5 and KCBS) were there – here are a few highlights:

Watermark members and potential members: Did you write about the conference? If so, send us your links. We'll be happy to share your stories in future newsletters and here on our blog.

Look for more photos and video this week on our Conference Center page.

Watermark Trial Membership
We had great response to our Watermark Trial Membership – welcome new members! If you didn’t have a chance to sign up, there’s still time! The conference is just one of the more than 50 fantastic events we hold each year. Watermark members receive discounts along with other fantastic benefits. So join us! It’s a six-month membership for just $99. Deadline: Feb. 8. Ready to sign up for a full year? Check out our full membership options.

Thank You, Everyone!
Many thanks to all for another outstanding Watermark Conference for Women – especially to our sponsors and volunteers, and to everyone for sharing #WatermarkConf via social media. What a great day!

Here are a few of our many favorite posts:



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Feb. 2 and 7 WLUs: Join Us!

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Thursday, January 26, 2017
Updated: Thursday, January 26, 2017

We've got two fun Women Like Us (WLU) Networks coming up:

Thursday, Feb. 1   |   San Francisco   |   DocuSign   |    RSVP Here

Tuesday, Feb. 8   |   South Bay   |   Scratch   |    RSVP Here

Both are from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

These events offer valuable Watermark networking opportunities where you can connect with other Watermark women who live or work near you. Discussions at our WLUs help move conversations quickly past polite small talk – and straight to the heart – where all real connections happen.

Non-members are welcome to attend up to two WLUs before deciding on membership.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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Your Mission is Our Mission

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Monday, January 23, 2017
Updated: Thursday, January 26, 2017

This past weekend, we experienced the strength of our numbers and the importance of our amplified voices as millions of women, men and children across the United States and all over the world came together to celebrate the power of women.

At Watermark, we celebrate the power of women every day.

As you know, we are a non-partisan, non-profit organization with a very clear mission: to increase the number of women in leadership positions. Regardless of political affiliation, more women in leadership positions is a mission we all support.

And we need your help.

Now is a great time to further demonstrate your support for Watermark by joining our Leadership Circles. Your investment helps us expand our ability to connect, develop and advocate for women in the workplace and, through our support of girls' leadership programs, to ensure a well-qualified workforce for the future.

Please select your Leadership Circles level today:

$5,000 Diamond
$1,000 Titanium
$700 Platinum
$500 Gold
$250 Silver
$100 Bronze

As part of this exclusive group, your name will be added to our Leadership Circles webpage and included in our other promotional materials. You'll also receive invitations to Watermark Leadership Circles special events and offers.

Your contribution to Watermark is 100 percent tax-deductible. Our tax ID number is 94-3373788.

Thank you for helping us put more women in power.

The Watermark Team

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Members (and Sponsors) on the Move

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Monday, January 23, 2017
Updated: Saturday, January 21, 2017

Watermark members and sponsors are starting the year on award-winning notes! Have a look at who’s doing what!

Congratulations to a long-time Watermark corporate executive member, Sheridan Foster, on the launch of her new company, Elemental Green! This exciting startup is accelerating the adoption of green building and renovation by bringing homeowners and building pros the latest eco-products, green education and inspiring articles about sustainable homes. Elemental Green is making a difference for a healthier, more economical and climate-friendly future.

Sheridan was also recently named by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison as one of their 125 People of Impact.

Watermark member Monica Phillips of Spark Plug Labs continues to post her wonderful Powerful Conversations podcasts.

Here are a few recent ones to enjoy:

How Technology is Transforming the Health Care Industry with Sam de Brouwer of doc.ai and Melanie Matheu of Prellis Bio.
• Award-winning Author Larry Robertson on Creativity and Entrepreneurship
Tech Careers, Empathy and Championing Others to Success with Watermark member and Make Your Mark Award winner Meg Bear
Board Leadership and the Journey to Find Your Own Voice with Watermark member Olga Mack, GC of Clearslide

Watermark's 2016 Make Your Mark Awards wine purveyor Attune Wines just won a gold medal for its 2104 Pinot Noir – the very wine that we served at the event! The medal comes from the San Francisco Chronicle's Wine Competition this past weekend. Congrats, Attune!

And in more great news: Our Feb. 1 Watermark Conference for Women was highlighted in Politico Playbook, the most widely read newsletter among California opinion leaders. Scroll down, you'll see it under Events. More news coverage to come, no doubt about it.

Speaking of news – who's participating in the various women's marches across the across the country this Saturday? Let us hear from you! We'd love to share your comments, observations and photos from this very special day.

Last, Watermark sponsor Equinix is looking for a Corporate Development Manager to drive its M&A effort. M&A has been a critical driver of growth at Equinix. Since 2007, Equinix has completed more than 10 corporate acquisitions with a total consideration of more than $6 billion. The position is a unique opportunity to develop your transaction experience, strategic thinking, finance skills and understanding of the data center space. Details here!

Do you have good news to share? Send us an email and we'll help you spread the word.

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Member Profile: Dr. Rita Lustgarten

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Saturday, January 21, 2017

Watermark is pleased to introduce one of our newest members, Dr. Rita Lustgarten, CEO and founder of Women on the Leading Edge, a global leadership firm providing High level Mentorship, Executive Leadership coaching, Strategic and Brand consulting and transformational and revolutionary programs in business, and leadership development for high achieving women and women of influence.

A global thought leader, visionary, business growth strategist, social activist and philanthropist, Dr. Rita inspires women to go beyond where they presently are, unleashing the creative potential of themselves as leaders and thereby attaining greater levels of significance, influence and affluence.

She invites everyone to attend her groundbreaking Women Influencers Global Mastermind Summit, March 25-26, 2017, in San Francisco and in Nice, France – take your pick! And look for her Watermark Webinar, coming up on Wednesday, July 5.

For more on Dr. Rita and her wonderful work, please visit her website, her Summit page, Women Influencers Global Mastermind Summit – and chat with her at a Watermark event!

You can also reach her via email. Welcome, Dr. Rita!

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Gender Balance Panel: Our Favorite Pics and Tweets

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Saturday, January 14, 2017
Updated: Saturday, January 21, 2017

Photos by Michele Nur

What a great evening at NetApp in Sunnyvale! Watermark's Wednesday, Jan. 11 Gender Balance: We're Achieving It, and So Can You panel was spot-on, offering excellent tips and tricks to help increase the number of women in leadership positions.

Our panel featured Patty Burke, Strategic Business Partner, Center for Creative Leadership, Gwen Carscadden, Chief People Officer for Intersect ENT, Gunjan Aggarwal, Vice President, Global Head of Talent Acquisition and M&As, Human Resources, Ericsson and Kim McEachron, Chief People Officer, Genomic Health. Intersect ENT and Genomic Health are Watermark Index winners – meaning that 30 percent of more of their top leaders and board members are women. Ericsson is Watermark sponsor.

Many thanks to NetApp, our panelists and volunteers and to all of you who joined us! Among our survey results:

  • "Appreciate the wisdom, savvy and inside look at women's careers and companies."
  • "Very enlightening experience to see so many dynamic women leaders."
  • "Excellent discussion by articulate panelists and the audience."
  • "My first Watermark experience was a valuable one."
  • "Absolutely fantastic, as expected."

And here's a look at our favorite tweets!

If you're not yet a Watermark member and would like to join, please email Danielle Zimmerman for more information. We look forward to seeing you at our Wednesday, Feb. 1 Watermark Conference for Women!

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Clip From Our Jenny Blake Event, Dec. 13

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Thursday, January 12, 2017
Updated: Saturday, January 21, 2017


Did you miss our Pivot with Jenny Blake event on Dec. 13 at Google? Here's a clip of highlights! Thank you, Jenny and Google!

For photos and our favorite tweets, check out our recap blog post.

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Welcome Aboard, Asha Zahrt

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Updated: Saturday, January 21, 2017

Watermark is thrilled to announce our new Marketing and Events law extern, Asha Zahrt!

Asha is finishing her last year of law school at the University of the Pacific-McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. You probably met her at our Make Your Mark Awards in November or at our Pivot with Jenny Blake event in December. You'll get to see her again this week at our Gender Balance event at NetApp!

Asha is a dynamo, no doubt about it. She completed her required coursework in only two and a half years – it typically takes three. So now she's free to focus on Watermark, building her Bay Area professional network and studying for the July 2017 bar exam. Upon graduation and passing the bar, Asha would like to work in the Bay Area as a corporate attorney. She already has plenty of experience, working in various corporate G&A legal departments throughout Silicon Valley and launching two businesses, herself.

"Watermark's goals match my own – especially when it comes to encouraging entrepreneurship and advocating for advancement of women in the workplace," Asha says. “I am excited to join this team of exceptional people who care about our community and making sure that women are represented at the top levels of organizations."

We're excited to have you, Asha! Welcome aboard!

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Welcome Aboard, Coral Guo

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Monday, January 9, 2017
Updated: Saturday, January 21, 2017

Watermark is pleased to announce the addition of Coral Guo to our board of directors. Coral is an MBA candidate at the University of California-Davis. Our partnership with UC-Davis includes extending a non-voting board slot to a female MBA student each year. In return, we receive their expertise to help us with our various initiatives. Welcome aboard, Coral!

Coral's classwork focuses on entrepreneurship, finance and marketing strategy. Prior to UC Davis, Coral was an instructor at the Tianjin University of Technology-China, where she taught English, organized student events and provided career development services. Most recently, she co-founded an agriculture technology company in China.

Coral earned her B.A. at Tianjin Normal University and her M.A. from Ohio State University.

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