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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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Earn It: What a Great Evening!

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Friday, September 8, 2017

Photos by Michele Nur

Thank you, everyone, for joining us last night. We were thrilled to hear from Joann S. Lublin and Melissa Dyrdahl, and we very much appreciate Equinix for hosting us at their beautiful Redwood City headquarters.

Your feedback plays a key role as we continue to bring you outstanding speakers and programs. Please take a moment and share your thoughts with us:

Event Survey Link

As always, we look forward to seeing you at future Watermark events.
Questions? Please send us an an email, and we'll get right back to you.

In the meantime, here are some of our favorite tweets from last night!





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Upcoming Women Like Us (WLU) Events

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Saturday, September 2, 2017

Tuesday, September 5 Peninsula WLU at Pivotal RSVP
Thursday, September 14 East Bay WLU at Merit Resource Group – RSVP
Tuesday, August 1 South Bay WLU at Samsung – RSVP
Thursday, August 3 San Francisco WLU
at WeWork RSVP

5:30-7:30 p.m. Use the RSVP links above to register.

Ready for some mid-year networking and making new connections? Watermark's popular Women Like Us (WLU) events are continuing to grow and expand, offering valuable networking opportunities where you can connect with other Watermark women who live or work near you – and enjoy some nice wines and hors d'oeuvres while you're at it.

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

Join us – we'd love to see you!

Questions? Send us an email, and we'll get right back to you.

What Watermark Women Are Saying About Our WLUs

"I meet the most interesting women at our WLUs. Great conversations among a very welcoming group of professional women. I highly recommend the WLUs to any members and potential members."

Indigo Ocean Dutton
Awaken, LLC


"WLUs provide an easy way to connect with other Bay Area women leaders. I have learned so much from our meaningful conversations about our challenges and successes – it's helped me become a better leader in my business."

Elizabeth Dean
TM Financial Forensics, LLC
San Francisco WLU Co-Lead

"Attending WLUs has fulfilled something I was really craving – connection with other business women I can relate to. I've met so many inspiring and enjoyable women at these events and have made valuable connections for my business."

Joie Seldon
Executive, Leadership & Emotional Intelligence Coaching

"I love attending the WLU events. Since the focus of the evening is on networking and getting to know one another, I find that you have more time to spend engaging in fruitful conversation with members and guests!"

Allison Padilla


"I have been to several WLUs and have always felt welcome – never having awkward moments where you don’t know anyone at first. There are always interesting conversations to join and interesting women to meet."

Jackie Kleinman
KB Financial Advisors

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Watermark Conference for Women Tickets Now on Sale

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Monday, August 28, 2017
Updated: Sunday, October 22, 2017
Treat your team, your customers and yourself to our 4th Annual Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley starting at 8 a.m., Friday, Feb. 23, at the San Jose Convention Center. Head over to the event website, check out the growing list of speakers and register now before we sell out!

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