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Watermark 2019 Mid-Year Update

Posted By Ann Barlow, Watermark Board Chair, Monday, June 3, 2019

Dear Watermark community,

As we approach the half-year mark, the Watermark board and team wanted to give you an update on the many important developments over the past several months, and what’s ahead for the remainder of the year.

1. Do you know Watermark’s next Executive Director?

As you may know, Marlene Williamson, Watermark’s CEO for the past four years, has retired. We wish her the best in this new phase of her life. As a result, we are conducting a search for a new executive director (title change reflects the current nonprofit norms) to lead this premier organization as we continue to increase the number of women in leadership positions in Silicon Valley and beyond. We are excited to meet this new leader, who will help our community in achieving this mission by providing essential connections, education, and advocacy. If you know anyone who would love to contribute their talents in this position, please send them this link: https://www.wearewatermark.org/page/CareersWatermark_ED.

2. Watermark team

 We are so pleased and proud to tell you that Kim Steppe has been promoted to Vice President of Sponsorships. Kim, who joined Watermark last year, is an experienced Congressional ambassador with a history of working in nonprofit organization management. She has lobbied for Alzheimer’s research funding and advocated at the federal and state level for public policies that improve the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. Since joining Watermark, Kim has demonstrated a passion and keen ability to align businesses with programs that will meet their education and advocacy needs as they support women’s advancement inside their own organizations and beyond. Kim continues to work alongside Erin Tselenchuk, VP of Marketing and Events, and Office/Financial Administrator Asa Enocson. Marilyn Nagel, who retired as Watermark CEO in 2014 and continues to lead some of Watermark’s most popular programs, is supporting the team during our Executive Director search. Recognizing that our members are an indispensable element to Watermark’s strength and vitality, we have also reinstated the Membership Director position. Marion Long, former head of Diversity at New Relic, is now in this role, where she will help members in making connections and make maximum use of our diverse programs.

3. Membership enhancements coming

Watermark is rolling out new membership benefits with a mission to promote, connect, and amplify the influence of all of our members individually and collectively. We are experts at creating a safe and comfortable space where women truly come together, make meaningful connections, new opportunities, and in short, magic. Toward that end, details on new specialized programs created for: senior executives, CEOs, small entrepreneurs, director-level members, and emerging executives will be shared with our members along with new simplified membership categories.

4. Development programs

 We are also enhancing Watermark’s development offerings both for our membership and sponsorship communities with more digital options that complement our highly acclaimed in-person workshops, conferences, and webinars.

5. Advocacy

Watermark has been advocating for women’s equality and advancement since our inception over 25 years ago. This year, we are working with several progressive companies that offer tools and applications to break through the logjams that persist in creating gender equity, belonging and inclusive environments. In the coming months, look for new information and insights on the often-unexpected factors that impede equity, and how some in Silicon Valley and beyond are addressing now.

We are excited at all that is in the works and grateful to you, our sponsors, members, and community for your partnership. I hope to see you at an upcoming event, and we welcome your questions and comments.


Ann Barlow
Watermark Board Chair

Questions? Please contact me!

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New Watermark Partnerships with KPMG, NineSigma, and Mount Saint Mary’s University Focus on Leadership Programs for Women

Posted By Administrator, Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Updated: Monday, September 24, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, September 25, 2018 -- Watermarkthe 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, kate@wearewatermark.org.

About Watermark

 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.


KPMG LLP is the independent U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG International’s independent member firms have 197,000 professionals working in 154 countries. Some or all of the services described herein may not be permissible for KPMG audit clients and their affiliates or related entities. Learn more at www.kpmg.com/us or follow us @KPMGUS_News.

 About NineSigma

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


 Watermark | Erin Tselenchuk | erin@wearewatermark.org


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