SAN FRANCISCO, September 25, 2018 -- Watermark, the Bay Area’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in leadership positions, announces its quarterly new partners joining the movement to advance women by fostering careers, along with community and corporate development. KPMG, one of Watermark’s newest partners, is a Fortune 50 company.
The new partners are KPMG (Fortune #29), Mount Saint Mary’s University, and NineSigma. These companies provide their women executives and emerging executives with the tools they need for success, by leveraging numerous Watermark programs to develop and empower employees in their professional careers and personal lives. These programs, many inclusive both for women and men, focus on Tactical Skills, Organization, Emotional Intelligence, and Yearlong Development.
“Our goal is to eradicate gender inequities wherever they exist,” says Emerald Archer, PhD, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Women at Mount Saint Mary’s University. “To accomplish that, we must work collaboratively. We’re proud to partner with Watermark and support its efforts in the Bay Area to increase the number of women serving in leadership positions. It’s professional women like those who will help eliminate obstacles in the workplace and create equitable, supportive policies for women, their families and our communities.”
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Watermark has an additional 35 partners, along with its individual members, benefiting from originally programming from Watermark’s 50+ events annually including multiple half-day conferences, speaker series, webinars, training sessions, and networking events. This year, its 5th annual Conference for Women, features keynotes from Serena Williams, Brené Brown, and Gloria Steinem.
“When companies partner with Watermark, they continue to build a reputation of not only supporting women in leadership roles, but proactively bringing positive change, diversity, and advancement from within their companies,” remarks Marlene Williamson, CEO of Watermark. “They become industry change-leaders by challenging other companies to follow suit.”
Watermark partners engage through its customized corporate programs and memberships to provide their women development opportunities designed to foster women’s careers through corporate advancement and retention. For additional information regarding Watermark partnership opportunities or programming, please contact Kate Byrne, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, Watermark is the leading 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. The membership 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.
About KPMG LLP
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Based in Independence, Ohio, NineSigma North America Inc. (NSNA) has served a wide variety of clients and industries since 2000. NSNA is committed to helping organizations in the Americas connect to new sources of innovation and Solution Providers from across the globe. NSNA’s Open Innovation model allows clients to rapidly gain access to new capabilities, knowledge and technical solutions to advance business objectives. Leveraging large technical crowds around the world through proactive open innovation strategies is a proven method to solve problems, generate new product ideas, discover new technologies and find new innovation partners. NineSigma North America Inc., brings together a team of innovation specialists to provide the highest professional level in Open Innovation services and practices. Our business development directors and program managers have a wide range of knowledge and expertise in all sectors and can help design an effective open innovation program strategy that is customized to your needs. www.ninesigma.com
About Mount Saint Mary's University
Mount Saint Mary’s is the only women’s university in Los Angeles and one of the most diverse in the nation. The University is known nationally for its research on gender equity, its innovative health and science programs, and its commitment to community service. As a leading liberal arts institution, Mount Saint Mary’s provides year-round, flexible and online programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Weekend, evening and graduate programs are offered to both women and men. Mount alums are engaged, active, global citizens who use their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their communities and the world. www.msmu.edu
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