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Watermark Announces Two New Board Members

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Watermark is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors: Lori Nishiura Mackenzie and Carin Taylor. The Board provides leadership for carrying out Watermark's mission to increase the representation of women in leadership roles by empowering them to make their mark in and for their companies, their careers and their communities.

"Watermark's mission has always been to connect, develop and advocate for women at any level of their career. With a focus on women’s equality and advancement since our inception over 25 years ago, Watermark continues its evolution that can only be achieved from a strong foundation built upon engagement from its prestigious Board of Directors." says Ann Barlow, Watermark Board Chair. "By welcoming the new newest Directors, Lori and Carin, to the Watermark Board reflects the powerful contributions and dedication it has by bringing recognized leaders who advocate for women into the fold to advance our work." 

Lori Nishiura Mackenzie is Executive Director of Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research and the co-founder of the new Stanford VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab. She advises the diversity and inclusion efforts at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and teaches executive education. Lori speaks globally at organizations such as the European Central Bank, the Watermark Conference for Women and the World Banking Group. Her work has been published in the Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, BBC, San Francisco Chronicle, and brand eins. Lori was one of the BBC’s 100 Women in 2017 and was interviewed for the 2018 documentary, bias. Lori brings 20 years of business management experience from companies including Procter & Gamble, Apple, eBay and PayPal and is on the board of the Alliance for Girls. She has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Carin Taylor is Chief Diversity Officer at Workday and has global responsibility for the development and execution of Workday’s inclusion and diversity strategy. Prior to joining Workday, Carin served as the head of diversity, inclusion, and innovation at Genentech where she was responsible for strategic initiatives including executive coaching, building and leading highly effective teams, and increasing employee engagement. She was also responsible for creating strategies to successfully recruit, develop, and retain diverse workforces as well as enabling large organizations to leverage diversity and inclusion to drive innovation. Before Genentech, Carin held various positions in human resources, inclusion and diversity, finance, and customer service at Cisco Systems.

Watermark is a non-profit organization and 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. Led by the current Watermark Board of Directors, the 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.

For more information about Watermark, contact press@wearewatermark.org

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Watermark Announces Three New Board Members

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Watermark is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors: Jessica Aguirre, Monica Kumar, and Erika McEnroe. The Board provides leadership for carrying out Watermark's mission to increase the representation of women in leadership roles by empowering them to make their mark in and for their companies, their careers and their communities.

"Watermark women assist, support, advise and advocate for one another, and the three newest board members embody this spirit," says Ann Barlow, Watermark Board Chair. "I’m continually amazed by how members go out of their way to support one another on everything from matching internships for nieces and daughters to finding new roles when a member is in transition. Watermark is honored to have Monica, Jessica and Erika join a prestigious board and help in continuing to evolve how we connect, develop and advocate to achieve our mission." 

Jessica Aguirre is the 6 and 11 p.m. evening anchor at NBC Bay Area News and an Emmy award winning journalist. Jessica has been a primetime, evening anchor, in the Bay Area for the last 20 years. She has worked for Univision, and has anchored and reported in Los Angeles and Miami, . Her Emmy awards include her series, investigative work, and field anchoring on the deadly Sonoma and Napa county firestorms, the emotional journey of a transgender teen, the "Ghostship" warehouse fire in Oakland, the struggles of migrant children, and uncovering child molesters. She has also received an Associated Press award. More recently Jessica won an Emmy for field anchoring from the deadly Sonoma and Napa county firestorms. As the daughter of immigrant parents, she deeply involved in organizations that promote literacy and help stem the Latino achievement gap including The Silicon Valley Education Fund. Her Emmy nominated education show "Class Action" took a deep look at the issues facing California educators and public schools. Her signature interviews with education leaders like U.C. President Janet Napolitano, State Superintendent of Education Tom Torlakson, and reform activist Michelle Rhee have distinguished her as a leading education specialist in the Bay Area. Her investigative reporting into the aftermath of the Napa earthquake and the impact on local schools led to school safety legislation being introduced by Assemblyman Bill Dodd.

Monica Kumar is the SVP of Product and Solutions Marketing at Nutanix where she’s responsible for driving the global Go-to-Market (GTM), messaging, thought leadership and category creation efforts for the company to take them into the next chapter of growth. She plays a critical role in driving the marketing growth and direction of the company as well as continuing to generate brand/category awareness and the evolving the positioning across Nutanix’s suite of products. Prior to joining Nutanix, Monica worked at Oracle where she launched several ground-breaking PaaS and IaaS solutions to the market including Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM. Most recently, she led the global product marketing and sales GTM for Oracle’s industry-leading, multi-billion dollar Data Management portfolio, including the world's first self-driving Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud. She believes that "empathy" is the most critical leadership trait and "managing" an organization is not the same as "leading" them. Monica is passionate about supporting women in STEM and in Leadership. She was awarded “2017 Powerful Women of the Bay” by CDA Consulting Group and “2017 Women of Influence” by The Silicon Valley Business Journal in recognition for being passionate about educating, empowering, and connecting with women in business and the community.

Erika Varga McEnroe is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer at Synopsys, Inc., an S&P 500 company. She is currently responsible for corporate governance, public reporting, mergers and acquisitions, ethics & compliance, privacy, marketing-related legal matters and procurement. Erika also helps lead Synopsys’ corporate social responsibility efforts. She joined Synopsys in April 2007 from SupportSoft, Inc., where she took the company public in 2000 and served most recently as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Erika began her career as an auditor at Ernst & Young. Erika was honored for her outstanding achievements, leadership, and impact to her organization, field and community with a 2018 YWCA Tribute to Women. Erika also serves as the Corporate Secretary for the Synopsys Foundation and the Synopsys Outreach Foundation, and serves on the board of directors of Watermark and the National Charity League, Heritage Oaks chapter.

Watermark is a non-profit organization and 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. Led by the current Watermark Board of Directors, the 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.

For more information about Watermark, contact press@wearewatermark.org

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