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Facebook Live with Charmaine McClarie

Posted By Colette Marcellin, Watermark Intern, Saturday, July 29, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, August 8, 2017

At the 2017 Watermark Leadership Conference, we got the chance to connect with Charmaine McClarie, a senior executive coach with decades of experience working with leaders across 27 industries. Charmaine was excited to lead a dialogue about what it means to be seen, heard, remembered and recognized as a leader.

Charmaine summarized her Executive Success Principles: communicate the vision, speak in headlines, have three must-make points, create witnesses, don't audition for the part and embody your message. Charmaine stressed the importance of effective communication to career success and defined a successful leadership presence as "showing up and being your full self."

Charmaine explained that women face the unique challenge of self-definition: "Other people will inevitably define you, but their definition will always be inadequate." She encourages women to observe language, culture and how people are showing up within an organization, and empowers women leaders "by helping them to be themselves and helping them to speak the language of power."

Watch Charmaine's full interview here and check out our Facebook and Twitter for more highlights from our 2017 Watermark Leadership Conference.

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Facebook Live with Gladys Kong

Posted By Colette Marcellin, Watermark Intern, Saturday, July 29, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, August 8, 2017

At the 2017 Watermark Leadership Conference, we were lucky enough to sit down with Gladys Kong, CEO of UberMedia and one of Fortune's Most Powerful Women. Gladys shared her experiences moving to the United States and finding her passion in engineering and technology, explaining that one of her reasons for speaking at the conference was to encourage more women to get into tech, grow their careers and mentor other women.

Gladys addressed the confusion of her company, UberMedia, with Uber, a company that is working to overcome its negative association with how it treats women. She clarified that her mobile data and tech company is not at all affiliated with Uber and was "very proud to say that we actually are the Uber that has 50/50 gender equality." Gladys believes that the main challenge is that there aren't enough women in tech, and encouraged women to find mentors and sponsors who will speak up for them and help them move up.

In the future, Gladys said, "I'm trying to speak out more at conferences like this so that other people can hear the story of how an introvert like me can also grow into a leadership position. I hope that encourages others."

Watch Gladys' full interview here and check out our Facebook and Twitter for more coverage of our 2017 Watermark Leadership Conference.

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Facebook Live with Lauren Goode

Posted By Colette Marcellin, Watermark Intern, Saturday, July 29, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, August 8, 2017

At the 2017 Watermark Leadership Conference, we had the opportunity to speak with Lauren Goode, a senior technology editor at the Verge who has covered and interviewed tech leaders for nearly a decade. Lauren was very excited to interview Gladys Kong, CEO of UberMedia, at the conference.

When asked about the greatest challenges that women face in tech, Lauren immediately replied, "How much time do I have?" Lauren addressed the "pipeline problem" of getting women into tech, but also explained the issue of retaining women in tech roles, encouraging tech companies to ensure that women are fulfilled and growing their careers.

Lauren stressed the importance of talking about the issue of gender inequality in tech. When reaching out to companies for interviews, Lauren often specifically asks to speak with female executives and engineers and consciously strives to strike the right balance when quoting male and female sources.

Lauren co-hosts "Too Embarrassed to Ask" with well-known tech journalist Kara Swisher, describing Kara as a "force of nature" who encouraged her to be decisive and ask for what she wants. Lauren is also hosting and producing the new Verge video series "Next Level." The series is "all about next-level innovation," offering a inside look into the development of products that "have the potential to really impact our technology lives in a major way."

Watch Lauren's full interview here and check out our Facebook and Twitter for more exciting looks into our 2017 Watermark Leadership Conference.

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Facebook Live with Cammie Dunaway

Posted By Colette Marcellin, Watermark Intern, Thursday, July 27, 2017

At the 2017 Watermark Leadership Conference, we had a great conversation with executive, board member and author Cammie Dunaway before her panel with Bindu Garapaty, Liz Lawlor and Denise Thomas. Cammie gave us an inside look at her new book, Fit Matters: How to Love Your Job, and gave insightful career advice to women and men.

Cammie's experiences with a seemingly perfect job that didn't align with her natural skills and tendencies inspired her to write Fit Matters. In her book, Cammie shares that "we all deserve to work in a place where we can really use our highest and best talents."

Cammie encouraged women to critically examine which aspects of their job aren't the right fit and then ask, "What are the days when I'm really at my best?" She emphasized that you don't necessarily have to change jobs to improve your situation and find projects that fuel your passion.

Finally, Cammie shared her realization that needs change over the course of your life. Telling her own story of deciding to travel less after her son was born, Cammie encouraged women to be courageous in speaking up and finding an environment that satisfies their needs.

Watch Cammie's full interview here and check out our Facebook and Twitter for more exciting content from our 2017 Watermark Leadership Conference.

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Facebook Live with Daina Middleton

Posted By Colette Marcellin, Watermark Intern, Thursday, July 27, 2017

At the 2017 Watermark Leadership Conference, we had the chance to sit down with author and keynote speaker Daina Middleton to discuss her book and her involvement with Watermark. As a "big supporter of Watermark for many years," Daina said she felt honored to be opening up the Watermark Leadership Conference.

Daina shared the inspiration for her book, Grace Meets Grit: How to Bring Out the Remarkable, Courageous Leader Within: she watched a female CEO lose her job because her boss did not recognize her different decision-making approach. Daina set out to explore how different communication styles translate into different leadership behaviors.

In regard to her experiences as a female executive at companies like Twitter and HP, Daina acknowledged that gender is an example of a style difference that can present challenges in the workplace, and she emphasized the importance of building diverse teams from an individual and company standpoint.

Finally, Daina advocated understanding how different behaviors affect workplace situations rather than only undergoing sensitivity training.

Watch Daina's full interview here and check out our Facebook and Twitter for more exclusive looks into our 2017 Watermark Leadership Conference.

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Upcoming Women Like Us (WLU) Events

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tuesday, August 1 South Bay WLU Samsung – RSVP
Thursday, August 3 San Francisco WLU
, BDO RSVP
Tuesday, September 5 Peninsula WLU Pivotal
RSVP
Thursday, September 14 East Bay WLU TBD – 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
Oracle

 


"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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Two Evenings with Deborah Tannen

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tuesday, August 15    |    5:30-7:30 p.m.    |    Deloitte    |    San Jose

REGISTER FOR SAN JOSE>>

Wednesday, August 16    |    5:30-7:30 p.m.    |    Fitbit    |    San Francisco

REGISTER FOR SAN FRANCISCO>>

We've had such great response to our upcoming Evening with Deborah Tannen at Deloitte in San Jose that we've added a second event the next night at Fitbit in San Francisco! So now you have two opportunities to bring friends and enjoy this special event.

In her new book, You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships, Deborah Tannen, renowned linguist at Georgetown University and a regular on The New York Times bestseller list, deconstructs the ways women friends talk and how those ways can bring friends closer or pull them apart. From casual chatting to intimate confiding, from talking about problems to telling what you had for dinner, Deborah uncovers the patterns of communication and miscommunication that affect friendships at different points in our lives.

Drawing on interviews with 80 women of diverse backgrounds, ranging in age from nine to 97, You’re the Only One I Can Tell gets to the heart of women’s friendships – how they work or fail, how they help or hurt and how we can make them better.

Add the book to your summer reading list and join us for a Watermark evening with Deborah and those closest to you!


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What Women Want – and Why You Want Women – in the Workplace: Watermark and CCL White Paper

Posted By Cathleen Clerkin, PhD, CCL, Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Updated: Monday, July 24, 2017

Note: Our new study with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®), a global provider of leadership development and research, reveals the powerful influence that women have on workplace cultures – and explores the steps organizations must take to recruit, promote, and retain female talent.

“What Women Want — and Why You Want Women — in the Workplace” by CCL senior researcher Cathleen Clerkin, Ph.D., is now available. Below are the highlights that Cat captured and shared at our Tuesday, July 18 unveiling at Ericsson.

Organizations that don’t realize the importance of women in the workplace are missing out. Besides doubling your talent pool, recruiting women into your organization may also increase your company’s financial performance.

Previous research shows that Fortune 500 companies with the highest representation of women on boards financially outperform companies with the lowest representation of women on boards. Moreover, gender-diverse teams have higher sales and profits compared to male-dominated teams, and a recent Gallup study found that gender-diverse business units have higher average revenue than less diverse business units.

But women in the workplace might do even more than boost the bottom line.

In this study, we found that having more women in the workplace actually makes an organization a better place to work. Our hundreds of survey respondents estimated what percentage of individuals in their workplace were women. Answers ranged from 0–100%, with the average being about 45% (pretty close to the national average).

Having a higher percentage of female talent in an organization predicted:

• More job satisfaction.
• More organizational dedication.
• More meaningful work.
• Less burnout.

Our research shows that companies with more female employees have:

 

But that’s not all — we found that having more women in the workplace was also positively related to employee engagement and retention. Specifically, when asked why they stay with their current employer, people from organizations with a high percentage of women were more likely to cite positive and meaningful organizational culture, including having:

• Enjoyable work.
• A job that fits well with other areas of their life.
• Opportunities to make a difference.

These new findings persist regardless of participants’ age, industry, organization size, leadership level, ethnicity, and gender.

In fact, while both men and women in our survey responded with this same positive pattern of results, our findings were even stronger for men on some measures — specifically being satisfied with their job, enjoying their work, and not feeling burned out.

For our respondents, having more women in the workplace is associated with positive organizational outcomes for both men and women.

These are just some of the many findings of our latest research report, based on responses from almost 750 leaders and aspiring leaders. Download the full white paper below to dig deeper into our findings about women in the workplace and to learn how your organization can empower female employees and also improve retention, outcome, performance, and happiness for both men and women.

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Leadership Conference Survey Results + Fave Photos and Tweets!

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Sunday, July 16, 2017

Thanks so much, everyone, for attending our Watermark Leadership Conference this past Friday at Intuit's beautiful Building 20. What a wonderful, action-packed day! We so appreciate Intuit and Veritas for sponsoring the event, the expertise of our Emerging Executive Advisory Committee, Social Media Street Team and our  volunteers – and a very special thank you to Elyssa Rae for working with us to ensure that we delivered a spot-on, exciting and worthwhile conference!

Whether you're at the beginning of your career, somewhere in the middle or you've hit the C-Suite, our outstanding speakers and panelists shared content that applies to us all.

Among our survey results:

• "So well organized! I appreciate that it was on a Friday and started a little later (less traffic). Each speaker was terrific! I wrote a page of takeaways."

• "Charmaine McClarie's session was very compelling, and I loved that it interactive. I also enjoyed Daina Middleton's talk about grace vs. grit. It further solidified that it's important to know your own style and flex into the other when needed – self awareness is key here."

• "I particularly loved the workshop by Charmaine McClaire as it helped me come up with action items for myself to become a better leader and gain more confidence. I hope to see more workshops similar to this."

• "The speakers were outstanding, and I really enjoyed meeting other professional women. I'm a new mother, so I found this environment very supportive."

• "Watermark did an excellent job of showcasing women at varying levels of their careers. From registration to the cocktail reception, this conference was so well planned and organized. Kudos to the event planning team! Excellent job!"

If you attended the conference and haven't yet completed our survey, please take a moment to do so now.

And as part of Watermark's commitment to supporting girls' leadership programs, we are pleased to donate a portion of our conference proceeds to Girls Who Code!

We'll post event video shortly. In the meantime, enjoy our Facebook Live speaker interviews and keynote coverage on our Facebook page – and, below, a few of our favorite tweets (you'll find more by searching Twitter for @wtrmrk and #LeadOn):

 

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We're Ready for Your Nominations

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Who Are The Women (and Men!) Who've Made Their Mark?


Watermark is currently accepting nominations for our 2017 Make Your Mark (MYM) Awards. Entries will be accepted online only through Monday, July 31.

The MYM Awards are open to all professional women – and we even have an award for men!

Our award categories:

• Connection Award: A woman who connects women (and men)
• Development Award: A woman who helps develop women
• Advocacy Award: A woman who advocates for the advancement of women
• Bill Campbell Award: A "Man Who Gets It"
• Impact Award: A company that demonstrates a commitment to advancing women

Click Here to Submit Your Nomination


You may recall last year's fantastic winners:

Lauren Diehl of Oracle: Connection Award
Ana Corrales of Google / Nest: Development Award
Susan Lovegren of AppDynamics: Advocacy Award
Intuit: Impact Award
Gordy Davidson of Fenwick & West: Bill Campbell (Man Who Gets It) Award
Bindu Garapaty of Juniper Networks: Watermark Emerging Executive of the Year
Julie Brush of Solutus Legal Search: Watermark Senior Executive of the Year


Who else has created such an indelible legacy? Submit your nomination today.

Deadline: Monday, July 31

Mark Your Calendars: Our Make Your Mark Awards are set for Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Hyatt Regency Burlingame, featuring keynote speaker Libby Schaaf, Mayor, Oakland. Purchase your ticket to the event and to the VIP reception beforehand.

Questions? Please send an email to: events@wearewatermark.org.

WATERMARK
Make Your Mark

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