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Congratulations #WomenofInfluence!

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Watermark invites you to congratulate the Silicon Valley Business Journal Women of Influence Award Winners, including Watermark members (Heather Jerrehian, Emtrain | Monica Phillips, DLA Piper; Spark Plug Labs | Rashim Mogha, Automation Anywhere) and sponsors (Amy Fliegelman Olli and June Yang, VMWare | Sherry Ryan, Juniper Networks | Dr. Yun Freund, Equinix | Jen Betz, Maxim Integrated | Roshan Mehdizadeh Corsiglia and Kripa Krishnan, Google | Yan Li, Western Digital Corp | Charlene M. Morrow, Fenwick and West LLP | Lisa Su, AMD | Rania Succar, Intuit). 

 The Silicon Valley Business Journal's annual Women of Influence awards program is designed to honor the region's most influential business women. These specific women and sponsors have made their mark on their communities as well as the Watermark community. View all winners HERE.

 Interested in submitting more nominations? Watermark is currently accepting nominations for our 2019 Make Your Mark (MYM) Awards. Entries will be accepted online through Friday, June 7. The MYM Awards are open to all professional women, as well as an award for a man and organization who are working to advance women in positions of leadership!


The awards will be conferred in the following categories:
1) Connection Award: A woman who connects women (and men)
2) Development Award: A woman who helps develop women
3) Advocacy Award: A woman who advocates for the advancement of women
4) Bill Campbell Award: A man who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing women as an ally
5) Impact Award: A company that demonstrates a commitment to advancing women

Tags:  leadership  Silicon Valley Biz Journal  Women of Influence 

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The Power of Motherhood

Posted By Administration, Sunday, May 12, 2019

This is a special note to our Watermark community of working mothers. Today is the day, a moment during the year when you should pause and reflect on all the accomplishments you have achieved as a working mother. Our definition of mother comes in all forms: mothers, grandmothers, great-grand mothers, mother-in-laws, aunts who are present as mothers, the mothers of our friends, and all the women who act as mothers and influence our lives. And by working, there is the added title and distinction of "working mother". We know your long nights and early mornings, your "mental" workload of making sure that your kids are where they need to be with everything they need, your "emotional" tug-of-war of being a working mother, and your constant search of work-life balance in order to be your best possible mom-self.

We want to remind you that you are amazing, both at work and at home. And whether you have littles at home, teenagers, grown children or grandchildren, or provide guidance in the lives of others, remember we are continuing to raise the next generations of strong individuals by showing that when we are working mothers, we can have our cake and eat it too.

"Don't look at email or texts while you are spending time with your children off-Hours. Looking back, I wish I had created better boundaries." - Mary Ann Bianco, Watermark Board Liaison

Read more brilliant thoughts about working motherhood at Before I Became a Mom, I Wish I Knew...48 Tips for Working Moms, by Alli Smalley at PowerToFly.

And we remind you, it takes a village. We are here for you and again, we wish our working moms a very Happy Mother's Day!

- The Watermark Team

Tags:  Leadership  Motherhood  Working Moms 

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Watermark Announces Three New Board Members

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Watermark is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors: Jessica Aguirre, Monica Kumar, and Erika McEnroe. The Board provides leadership for carrying out Watermark's mission to increase the representation of women in leadership roles by empowering them to make their mark in and for their companies, their careers and their communities.

"Watermark women assist, support, advise and advocate for one another, and the three newest board members embody this spirit," says Ann Barlow, Watermark Board Chair. "I’m continually amazed by how members go out of their way to support one another on everything from matching internships for nieces and daughters to finding new roles when a member is in transition. Watermark is honored to have Monica, Jessica and Erika join a prestigious board and help in continuing to evolve how we connect, develop and advocate to achieve our mission." 

Jessica Aguirre is the 6 and 11 p.m. evening anchor at NBC Bay Area News and an Emmy award winning journalist. Jessica has been a primetime, evening anchor, in the Bay Area for the last 20 years. She has worked for Univision, and has anchored and reported in Los Angeles and Miami, . Her Emmy awards include her series, investigative work, and field anchoring on the deadly Sonoma and Napa county firestorms, the emotional journey of a transgender teen, the "Ghostship" warehouse fire in Oakland, the struggles of migrant children, and uncovering child molesters. She has also received an Associated Press award. More recently Jessica won an Emmy for field anchoring from the deadly Sonoma and Napa county firestorms. As the daughter of immigrant parents, she deeply involved in organizations that promote literacy and help stem the Latino achievement gap including The Silicon Valley Education Fund. Her Emmy nominated education show "Class Action" took a deep look at the issues facing California educators and public schools. Her signature interviews with education leaders like U.C. President Janet Napolitano, State Superintendent of Education Tom Torlakson, and reform activist Michelle Rhee have distinguished her as a leading education specialist in the Bay Area. Her investigative reporting into the aftermath of the Napa earthquake and the impact on local schools led to school safety legislation being introduced by Assemblyman Bill Dodd.

Monica Kumar is the SVP of Product and Solutions Marketing at Nutanix where she’s responsible for driving the global Go-to-Market (GTM), messaging, thought leadership and category creation efforts for the company to take them into the next chapter of growth. She plays a critical role in driving the marketing growth and direction of the company as well as continuing to generate brand/category awareness and the evolving the positioning across Nutanix’s suite of products. Prior to joining Nutanix, Monica worked at Oracle where she launched several ground-breaking PaaS and IaaS solutions to the market including Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM. Most recently, she led the global product marketing and sales GTM for Oracle’s industry-leading, multi-billion dollar Data Management portfolio, including the world's first self-driving Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud. She believes that "empathy" is the most critical leadership trait and "managing" an organization is not the same as "leading" them. Monica is passionate about supporting women in STEM and in Leadership. She was awarded “2017 Powerful Women of the Bay” by CDA Consulting Group and “2017 Women of Influence” by The Silicon Valley Business Journal in recognition for being passionate about educating, empowering, and connecting with women in business and the community.

Erika Varga McEnroe is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer at Synopsys, Inc., an S&P 500 company. She is currently responsible for corporate governance, public reporting, mergers and acquisitions, ethics & compliance, privacy, marketing-related legal matters and procurement. Erika also helps lead Synopsys’ corporate social responsibility efforts. She joined Synopsys in April 2007 from SupportSoft, Inc., where she took the company public in 2000 and served most recently as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Erika began her career as an auditor at Ernst & Young. Erika was honored for her outstanding achievements, leadership, and impact to her organization, field and community with a 2018 YWCA Tribute to Women. Erika also serves as the Corporate Secretary for the Synopsys Foundation and the Synopsys Outreach Foundation, and serves on the board of directors of Watermark and the National Charity League, Heritage Oaks chapter.

Watermark is a non-profit organization and community of top women executives, emerging executives and entrepreneurs in the San Francisco Bay Area whose mission is to increase the number of women in leadership positions. Led by the current Watermark Board of Directors, the organization connects, develops and advocates for the advancement of women in the workplace by offering regular leadership development programs and networking opportunities and promoting gender diversity and equality initiatives. Watermark also supports girls’ leadership programs to help build a well-qualified workforce for the future.

For more information about Watermark, contact press@wearewatermark.org

Tags:  Board of Directors  Leadership  Watermark  WeAreWatermark 

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NEW: May Speaker Series, Lindsey Pollak!

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

PRICING*: Prestige Members: Complimentary | Basic Members: $39  | Non-Members: $54

*Autographed copies of the book are available for purchase at the end of the event.


“In an era where five different generations now work shoulder to shoulder in open offices, it’s not just individual professionals who must cultivate adaptivity and a commitment to continuous learning. As Lindsey Pollak suggests in this instructive and engaging book, companies must do so as well — especially if they want to fully utilize the talents of their increasingly diverse workforces.”


REID HOFFMAN – co-founder of LinkedIn and co-author of Blitzscaling and The Start-up of You

Millennials have only just begun their reign as the largest generation in the workplace. But they are not alone. For the next decade at least, these young professionals will be working side by side with more established generations, including the Baby Boomers, who are working longer than ever, and an entirely new group coming up, Generation Z. This means within any organization, any team, any meeting, any marketing opportunity, you may find any combination of generations. Each of these age groups has their own attitude, expectations, and professional style. To lead and succeed in any organization today, you must adapt to how Millennials work, while continuing to accommodate their older colleagues and paying attention to the next generations coming up. As the leading expert on generations in the workplace, Lindsey Pollak combines the most recent data from a variety of authoritative sources with her own original research, as well as detailed case studies from her Fortune 500 clients.

Pollak outlines the ways businesses, executives, mid-level managers, employees, and entrepreneurs can handle situations that may arise when diverse styles clash and provides clear strategies to turn generational diversity into business opportunity.

About Lindsey Pollak

Lindsey Pollak is a New York Times bestselling author, keynote speaker, and one of the world’s leading experts on millennials and the multigenerational workplace. She is the author of Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World and Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders. She has served as an official ambassador for LinkedIn, millennial workplace expert for The Hartford, and chair of the Cosmopolitan magazine Millennial Advisory Board. A graduate of Yale University, she is based in New York City.





Open to All, Recommended for: Emerging Executives; Mid-Senior Executives; Executives; Graduate Students; Women; Men

Tags:  leadership  Speaker Series  Watermark  WeAreWatermark 

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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.

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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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