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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

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 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

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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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

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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


CongratulationsAna 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.RSVPto celebrate with us!

Ana Pinczukiwas 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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