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Rami Rahim: Make Your Mark Award Winner Spotlight

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Updated: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Congratulations to the winner of our Bill Campbell Award to a Man Who Gets It: Rami Rahim, CEO, Juniper Networks.

A rarity in the industry, Rami has risen from an early employee – beginning his Juniper career in 1997 as employee number 32 – to CEO.

Rami started as an engineer on the company’s first breakthrough product – the M40 core router – and is now in his third year leading the multibillion-dollar company. He has re-energized and refocused Juniper’s 9,000+ employees and investments, beaten Wall Street estimates and, with his outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion and valuing the collective wisdom of all Juniper employees, customers and partners, he is ranked among the top-rated CEOs in the country.

Congratulations, Rami!

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Cloudera: Make Your Mark Award Winner Spotlight

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Updated: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Congratulations to the winner of our Impact award: Cloudera.

The world’s leading organizations trust Cloudera to help solve their most challenging business problems, using the platform to efficiently capture, store, process and analyze vast amounts of data, with advanced analytics that help drive better business decisions.

With full support from the CEO, senior leadership team and board of directors, Cloudera offers a number of initiatives, professional development events and discussions designed to support women in leadership.

Plus, Cloudera seeks to ensure that all HR programs are monitored and free from implicit bias, including the talent assessment, salary review and applicant processes. The company also helps women who have taken time away from the business world to re-enter the workforce. As a result, Cloudera is seeing an increase in women applicants for all open roles.

Well done, Cloudera!

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Make Your Mark Keynote Speaker and Beneficiary

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Updated: Sunday, October 22, 2017

We're thrilled to have The Honorable Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland, as our Make Your Mark keynote speaker. And as part of Watermark's mission to increase the number of women in leadership positions, a portion of our evening's fundraising will benefit IGNITE. Founded in 2010, IGNITE is building a movement of young women who are ready and eager to become the next generation of political leaders.

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Watermark Conference Sold Out!

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Monday, October 16, 2017
Updated: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Wow, that was fast! Our Friday, Feb. 23 Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley has completely sold out! If you'd like to be added to the wait list, or you're interested in volunteering or exhibiting, head over to the event website for details.

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Watermark in The WSJ & The Mercury News

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Thursday, October 12, 2017
Updated: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Joann Lublin, author of Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World, highlighted our Sept. 7 event at Equinix as part of her book tour recap for The Wall Street Journal.

She even arranged to use that fun photo taken by Watermark member Michele Nur. It was Joann's favorite from her tour!

Watermark CEO Marlene Williamson was quoted in The San Jose Mercury News the other day, weighing in on AB 168, a bill intended to help close the state’s gender pay gap. Nice job, Marlene!

Have you been in the news recently? If you're a Watermark member, let us know and we'll spread the word.

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RSVP Today: Last Four WLUs for This Year

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Updated: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Our Women Like Us (WLU) Networks, held 5:30-7:30 p.m., are among our most popular events – an excellent way to network and connect with other Watermark members and fans who live or work near you. Enjoy some great wines and hors d'oeuvres while you're at it!

We have four more for this year:

Tuesday, Nov. 7 Peninsula, Duane Morris, 2475 Hanover St., Palo Alto

Tuesday, Nov. 14 East Bay, Morgan Stanley, 1333 North California Blvd., #133, Walnut Creek

Tuesday, Dec. 5 South Bay, Kendra Scott, Santana Row Shopping Mall, San Jose

Tuesday, Dec. 7 San Francisco, Nina McLemore, 233 Grant St., San Francisco

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Webinars Ahead: Nov. 1 and Dec. 6

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Updated: Sunday, October 22, 2017
We're ending 2017 with two excellent webinars – which, as always, are free to all Watermark members.

Register today and join us 10-11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1, for Mastering Your Own Resiliency in Any Work Environment with Indigo Ocean Dutton. Indigo will show you how to create good habits that keep your energy working in your favor in the areas of emotion, purpose, physicality and mental clarity.

Register today and join us 10-11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 6 for Courageous Presence: Building Your Executive Presence with Cindy Solomon. Cindy remains one of our most popular speakers. Don't miss her insights on how to position yourself as an even stronger and more courageous leader.

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A Wonderful Watermark Weekend for Women!

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Updated: Sunday, October 22, 2017

We are still on Cloud 9 from such a wonderful weekend filled with a new appreciation for presence, new insights around emotional intelligence and renewed energy toward commitment to whatever is important to us. Presence, as our facilitator Abigail Stason says, is the “ultimate disrupter.” We certainly enjoyed many positive and powerful “disrupters” in the beautiful setting of 1440 Multiversity.

Many thanks to Abby for guiding us through The Conscious Leader with such life-changing sessions. And many thanks to the more than 20 participants who added such spark and heart-felt contributions throughout the weekend.

Here's a look at what a few of our participants said:

“This phenomenal group of women made this an unforgettable weekend. Peace and strength surround us as we all reach for our goals.” – Linda Brennan, Director, M&A Finance, VMware

“Thank you Abby and Watermark for bringing us all together. I am applying the Evolution Revolution techniques throughout my 1440-minute day given this world we live in today. I hope to see you all again and find a way to stay connected.” – Imee DuBose, Higher Education Leader and Innovator, Stanford University

“Thank you, Abby, for your guidance through the material and for leading such a transformative workshop. I learned and gained so much from everyone. Let's keep in touch and support one another to be truly conscious leaders.” – Nikki Roda, Staff Interaction Designer, VMware

“I’m grateful for this amazing weekend reconnecting with my authenticity and meeting all of you wonderful and unique ladies. I already debriefed my boss on my experience and he would like me to share my key learnings with the rest of my colleagues at our next staff meeting, so this is a good progress!” – Jessica Kahoon, Segment Development Director, Commercial Excellence, Celestica


Many thanks to Imee and Jessica for the great photos. Look for more Watermark offerings at 1440 next year!

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Make Your Mark Awards, Our Signature Event

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Sunday, October 1, 2017
Updated: Monday, October 9, 2017

Join us for our signature event, the Watermark Make Your Mark Awards, when we celebrate Women Who Make Their Mark. Enjoy old friends, make new ones and be inspired by the incredible women (and men!) who make up the Watermark community – leaders in every field who are changing the world of work for women everywhere.

We invite you to purchase tickets to our VIP Reception beforehand, as well, where you'll have a chance to visit with our Make Your Mark Award winners and our fantastic event sponsors, partners, Watermark board members and ambassadors. The VIP Reception will be held in the upstairs atrium from 5-6 p.m., with our main event in the ballroom beginning at 6 p.m. You can purchase the VIP Reception tickets along with your main event tickets, or you can purchase them separately later.

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Make Your Mark Awards! Connection: Irana Wasti of GoDaddy, Development: Ritu Mangla of Mobilyte, Advocacy: Olga Mack of ClearSlide, Impact: Cloudera, Bill Campbell Award (Man Who Gets It): Rami Rahim of Juniper Networks, Watermark Emerging Executive of the Year: Margaret Kelleher of VMware and Watermark Senior Executive of the Year: Heather Jerrehian of Massdrop.


We're thrilled to have The Honorable Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland, as our keynote. A portion of our evening's fundraising will benefit IGNITE.

Note: The Hyatt has an event parking fee of $10.

If you are interested in sponsorship and/or table pricing, please contact Kate Byrne.

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Full Steam Ahead with Men Who Get It

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Thursday, September 28, 2017

by Marlene Williamson, CEO

 

It seems like every day, for the past many, many months, we’ve read and heard about gender-related harassment, discrimination and disrespect, and, just the other day, this piece in The New York Times highlighting a group of men who think our desire for parity has gone “too far.”


It’s easy to become disheartened. The good news, however, is this: People – women and men – are talking. And those who thought they could get away with their continual misbehavior are finally facing the consequences.

The level of awareness and discussion around women in the workplace has risen to a new high – literally! Leaders at the very top know that they must embrace gender diversity and increase the number of women in key positions. It’s the right thing to do, of course – and it also drives the bottom line. They’re struggling with how to lead this change in a way that makes everyone feel valued.

Watermark is proud to help. We fully understand that for women to move full steam ahead, we need to honor and support men as allies. More and more men have become Watermark members (welcome!), and we’re thrilled to see so many men attending our programs. So next time you RSVP for an upcoming Watermark event, RSVP for two and bring a man!

Earlier this month, we supported the Better Man Conference, which, now in its second year, has grown by leaps and bounds. We’re encouraging our sponsor companies to sign the Paradigm for Parity ­pledge. And we’re continuing to create programming that will help bridge the diversity divide – and, we hope, speed up the pace of change.

Make Your Mark Awards: Honoring Men, Too
Another way we honor and support men as allies is through our Make Your Mark Awards. Last year, we introduced the Bill Campbell Award – or, as we like to call it, the “Man Who Gets It” award. Gordy Davidson, Partner, Fenwick & West, was the well-deserved first recipient. This year, the award goes to Juniper Networks CEO Rami Rahim, a longtime proponent of diversity and inclusion.

Congratulations to our other winners, too: Connection: Irana Wasti of GoDaddy, Development: Ritu Mangla of Mobilyte, Advocacy: Olga Mack of ClearSlide, Impact: Cloudera, Watermark Emerging Executive of the Year: Margaret Kelleher of VMware and Watermark Senior Executive of the Year: Heather Jerrehian of Massdrop.

We invite you all to join us as we honor these outstanding leaders at our Make Your Mark Awards, Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Hyatt Regency Burlingame. The reception starts at 5 p.m., with the awards dinner at 6 p.m. If you’re unable to attend in person, please consider joining our Leadership Circles.

Entrepreneur Conference: Just a Few Tickets Left
And for all you entrepreneurs – or future entrepreneurs – don’t miss our Entrepreneur Conference, Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Fenwick & West. We’ve got Stacy Brown-Philpot of TaskRabbit, Amy Chang of Accompany – she was just featured here – and a long list of investors, risk-taking, team-building and marketing experts and our popular competition, The Big Pitch. We have just a few tickets left, so please RSVP right away.

Conference for Women: We’ve Got Amal Clooney!
Speaking of a few tickets left – our Watermark Conference for Women isn’t until Feb. 23, 2018, but the San Jose Convention Center is already filling up! RSVP today to hear Amal Clooney and other smart, inspiring speakers. We will sell out, so please don’t miss this wonderful opportunity.

How Will You End the Year on a Great Note?
We have just three months remaining in 2017. When you look back on this year, what will be among your best accomplishments?

I hope at least a few involve Watermark. Whether you landed a board seat, great new job or promotion, made new connections, learned new skills, found a new source of inspiration – or maybe you made a new friend – that’s what the Watermark community is all about.

Let us hear from you. We want to know what’s on your mind, and how we can make next year – Watermark’s 25th anniversary – even better.

Best regards,

Marlene Williamson
CEO, Watermark

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