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Intuit Joins Worldwide Leaders at the UN to Take the Stage—and a Stand—on Gender Equality

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 3, 2019

*Originally posted by Intuit

Since assuming the role of Chief Diversity and Inclusion officer at Intuit a year ago, Scott Beth has interviewed 170 employees—which means taking an interview about every other day. Why? He wants to understand what it means, to these unique individuals, to feel they belong at Intuit.

We believe that gender equality in the workplace is defined by more than percentages in a gender equality report. It’s defined by our ability to ensure that employees of all genders and identities truly and authentically belong. Practically speaking, Intuit measures this type of inclusivity by regularly asking its employees through an anonymous survey, “do you feel that you belong at Intuit?” Our relatively high scores of 82 percent points is nearly equal between men and women. Women comprise one-third of Intuit’s Board of Directors, and the CEO staff is at parity.

Yet our team knows our work is far from done. While we have nearly reached parity in pay overall, and in non-technical positions, the company is working to move the needle on parity between genders in technical positions and getting the belonging score closer to 100 percent.

Taking a stand

Earlier this week, Beth stood up in front of international diplomats and business leaders at the United Nations headquarters to dive into what gender equality means at Intuit and across society, more broadly. Intuit’s Head of Innovation for Israel, Baat Enosh, also moderated a panel between Beth and executives at Webpals and Taboola to advance the discussion in a room of business leaders. These discussions are part of the biggest worldwide gender equality event which draws on leadership from the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Beth’s opportunity to take the stage was provided through a unique partnership with Parliament 51 (P51), a network of leading companies that are committed to promoting an equal opportunity future. In 2018, Intuit’s Israel office signed P51’s declaration of standards reflecting commitment to diversity in the workforce, and Enosh is a Chairwoman of P51.

In 2019, Intuit will sign the global standards put forth by P51 to declare our commitment to gender equality across our offices worldwide.

Why Intuit cares

Historically, corporations have played a key role in driving social change (e.g. contributing to the end of Apartheid, and advancing LGBTQ rights in the workplace). The gender equality movement itself has been further inspired by Intuit, Google and others in and outside of Silicon Valley that regularly and transparency report on gender and racial diversity. It’s time the private sector take a stand–and take action–in gender equality. Companies—like Intuit—can and should drive this change by making investments that raise the inclusion of women in society. 40 percent of small businesses are owned by women, and women influence or manage 85 percent of all consumer purchases—so failing to market to women would be a huge miss for our company.

At the United Nations, Beth called for the private sector to take a stand—and take action—in gender equality. We believe Intuit is on the forefront of driving this change by making investments that raise the inclusion of women in society.

Three models for equality in the workplace

For Intuit, gender equality inspires curiosity, innovation, and customer empathy. Here are three models meant to drive gender equality that Beth shared with UN-Commission on the Status of Women participants.

1. Building the talent pipeline

Intuit invests in STEM programs at large, like Girls Who Code, Code2040, Lesbians Who Tech, Grace Hopper, NCWIT, Latina Vida, mentoring programs in middle/high schools, and many other programs. We are actively re-engaging—and training—mid-career women technologists returning to the workforce.

Some great female technologists taking time away from their career to raise a family, take care of aging parents, or start their own business, and when they decide to return to High Tech, we pay for these technologists to learn new technologies like artifical intelligence, machine learning, and mobile app development. Our program—Intuit Again—is in its fourth year and has a 100 percent placement into full time positions in the US. We will continue to invest in development programs specifically for women in tech, such as mentorship and peer support networks.

2. Start with safety

Our employees have a wide range of life experiences and beliefs and we believe in a culture of diversity, inclusion and belonging. We also realize that employee safety, which includes a psychologically and emotionally safe work environment, is the foundation for the change we need to drive. We meet this need by offering a transparent, actionable code of conduct, non-discrimination policies, and an environment where employees can bring their whole, best selves to work.

3. Inclusivity starts at the top

We can’t expect to build a culture of belonging if our leaders aren’t inclusive. Our leaders undergo extensive training on seven attributes of inclusivity, including inclusive facilitation, transparency and authenticity, caring and respect, courage to give feedback, curiosity, cultural competency, and risk taking.  Some tangible actions that manifest from this training are monthly feedback meetings, standard criteria for promotions and leadership capability that allows our managers and leaders to promote equality in and outside of the workplace.

At the UN-Commission on the Status of Women event, in front of diplomats, NGOs, non-profits, governmental organizations, and leaders at private entities, Beth declared Intuit’s commitment to women around the world. We are fully committed to investing in gender equity through education, transparency, sharing of best practices, financial investments, and promoting a healthy workplace culture.

For more information about the Parliament 51 declaration, visit http://www.parliament51.com.

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Are You Ready for the Next Level of Leadership?

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 19, 2019

What would happen if General Colin Powell, Cynthia Trudell, Suzie Smibert, Sara Andrews, Tom Murphy, and many other executives and coaches came together to close the leadership skills gap in your organization? Well, they did and the result is available to you with Watermark’s High Performance Leadership Academy! This 12-week online program was designed to enable frontline managers to achieve their fullest potential; to make them better leaders. 

April 22, 2019 | only 50 spaces available | REGISTER | Download Details

 September 16, 2019* | only 50 spaces available | REGISTER | Download Details


As Debbie Storey, EVP Mobility Customer Service (Emeritus) from AT&T said: “This leadership program offers foundational leadership training, and helps women increase their network, find the balance they need to take on leadership at work, grow their confidence, and learn from the real-life stories of other successful women. I believe this program is a great investment in women leaders.”

The Academy is comprehensive. It’s not a singularly focused course on any one area of concern, but rather a whole solution of competencies needed to close the leadership skills gap today. The Academy is aimed at developing the most important leadership capabilities which will enable first- and mid-level managers to be more effective in their roles. Additionally, and importantly, the Academy is scalable, cost-effective, and designed to be non-disruptive to the already busy schedule of all frontline leaders. As a result, it creates the fastest return on learning possible. It makes frontline leaders better and in turn creates a positive impact on team and organizational performance.

And be sure to watch Watermark's recent Informational Webinar with CEO Tim Raschulte and Facilitator Debby Thomas, Ph.d.


Questions? Contact us HERE.

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2019 Innovation Conference Speakers Announced, Keynote: Katica Roy, Pipeline Equity

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 12, 2019

2019 Watermark Innovation Conference

Wednesday | April 17 | 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Juniper Networks | Sunnyvale


Prestige Members: Complimentary | Basic Members: $95

Members Guest for $135 | Non-Members: $155

This conference always sells out, be sure to secure your registration today!

This year's conference focuses around the concept of the people behind technology that is changing the narrative around women leaders in the workplace. Thought-leaders, disrupters, innovators, data-driven specialists, human-focused advocates and leading companies and organizations are converging for one day to share how anyone, from any function, from any industry can implement tech for good through a series of keynotes, panels, and workshops. Join us and learn why and how to shift the gender perspective for a more equitable future. 

Morning Fireside Keynote Announcement: Katica Roy (CEO and Founder, Pipeline Equity), Moderated by Kristen Go, USA Today

Katica Roy, CEO and Founder of Pipeline Equity, is driven by a passion to eradicate economic inequality and champions the rights of refugees, women, and children. An award-winning business leader with more than two decades of experience in technology, healthcare and financial services, Katica is credited as a rare combination of expertise in and passion for gender equity, people analytics, and sales operations. "Only 22% of employees say gender diversity is regularly measured and shared." - McKinsey 2016. 

 WATCH FIX THE LEAKY PIPELINE NOW and learn more about Katica's work in transforming the workplace through technology.

Kristen Go is the National Editor for USA Today. As the managing editor for news, she works with the national reporters and editors who cover breaking news and enterprise throughout the western half of the United States. She's worked at The San Francisco Chronicle, the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, Arizona Republic and Denver Post. She lives in Northern California. 

A frequent moderator for Watermark, she has previously interviewed Anneka Gupta, Co-CEO for LiveRamp at Watermark's 2018 Leadership Conference. WATCH INTERVIEW HERE

Subscribe to the Watermark blog for more Innovation Conference agenda updates! 

AGENDA AT A GLANCE (check the Conference Page regularly for updates)

7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Pre-Registration for C-Suite Network Breakfast Workshop*

(*Included in Innovation Conference registration but is by invite only and not included in general registration)

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. C-Suite Network Breakfast Workshop: Susan Lindner | Storytelling for Innovators and Disruptors

8:30 a.m. General Registration, Breakfast and Networking

10:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks: Watermark and Juniper

10:10 a.m. Fireside Keynote: Katica Roy, CEO of Pipeline Equity in conversation with Kristen Go, USA Today

11 a.m. Innovation Keynote: Holly Liu, Co-Founder Kabam

11:50 a.m. Announcements

12:00 p.m. Lunch, Book Signings, Headshots, Exhibit Hall

1:00 p.m. Nonprofit Partner | Simone Marean, Girls Leadership CEO and Co-Founder

1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Equal Reality Meets Leadership, with BlackRock | An Afternoon with Interactive Virtual Reality Demo

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. The Chemistry Group | A Hands-on Workshop

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Networking Break, Book Signings, Headshots, Exhibit Hall

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Panel | Tech for Good


• SurveyMonkey
• Morgan Stanley
• Girls Leadership

4:00 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Closing Remarks

4:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Reception

And as always, many thanks to our conference sponsors:


*Registration is open to everyone however this conference always sells out. Secure your space, and RSVP TODAY.

Tags:  #InnovationConference #WeAreWatermark #Keynote 

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Women Leaders Positively Impact the Bottomline, Period!

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 28, 2019
Updated: Friday, March 1, 2019

Ask yourself: Are you doing enough to make existing leaders better and emerging leaders ready?

Women make up 51 percent of entry- and mid-level employees yet less than five percent of our chief executives. When today's rising women leaders peer into the boardroom they rarely see the person they’re looking for – a female executive to mentor them as they grow in their career.

Watermark’s High Performance Leadership Academy is available to address gender inequality in the corporate sector – because, left unaddressed, the gender gap shrinks the leadership talent pool and costs businesses money – your business!

Ultimately, organizations with more women leaders grow their bottom line by a greater percentage than those without. But to achieve equality in the C-suite, we must first increase and invest in our female leaders at the frontline.

Enroll your leaders today, right here for the 2019 program dates

April 22, 2019 | only 50 spaces available | REGISTER | Download Details

September 16, 2019* | only 50 spaces available | REGISTER | Download Details


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Watermark and Athena: Reciprocal Member Partnership

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

As you may have heard at the recent Watermark Conference from Women as announced by Watermark's CEO, Marlene Williamson, Watermark has partnered with Athena, a San Diego-based women's STEM organization, to expand market access and scale impact across California through their combined women’s leadership training. 

Through this partnership, Watermark and Athena members will receive reciprocal membership privileges in accessing 100+ annual leadership training programs. 

View Athena Member Partner Benefits and Available Programs

As Marlene Williamson stated:

“This collaboration was an epiphany to bring extended value to the members of both Watermark and Athena. We will further empower our respective communities with access to rich experiences, thought-leading content, and unsurpassed resources to keep moving the dial on gender parity.”

View the full article and announcement.

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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


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


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 this upcoming exclusive event:

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


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


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!


Tags:  Advice to My Younger Me  Podcast  SaraHoltz  Watermark  WeAreWatermark 

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Founder's DNA

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 5, 2019
For every storied "unicorn" organization that captures the attention and imagination of an industry, there are hundreds and thousands of entrepreneurs and founders struggling to make their dream - their vision - a reality. But even when the odds are stacked against them, there is a compulsion for those founders to keep moving forward.


Silicon Valley executive and author Todd Wilms interviewed over 70 founders for his new book, Beyond Product, which now is a successful podcast series. His organization, FoundersPlace.co, is dedicated to help founders and entrepreneurs be better leaders. In addition to practical business skills, he is tacking issues like diversity and inclusion, trust, social responsibility, mentoring great talent, and secrets to attracting investors.


Please join Todd as he hosts a series of discussion on The Founders DNA, what it takes to be a great founder for your business. His key insight from his research and conversations with startups led him to understand that there is more to being a great leader than just your idea. Many leaders believe that the great product will be enough. What comes as a shock is the realization that they need to build an entire organization around their idea to make it successful. The Founders DNA will give entrepreneurs a series of practical steps to take to be a better leader and run a more successful company.
Todd will be joined by several industry leaders who will share their experiences building and growing an organization as they have tackled these problems over the last several years or even the last several days. Watermark is excited to be featuring Todd's new book Beyond Product with a pre-release signed copy for every attendee.

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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


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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