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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.

Warmly,

Ann Barlow
Watermark Board Chair


Questions? Please contact me!

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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

Tags:  Board of Directors  Leadership  Watermark  WeAreWatermark 

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NEW: May Speaker Series, Lindsey Pollak!

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

PRICING*: Prestige Members: Complimentary | Basic Members: $39  | Non-Members: $54

*Autographed copies of the book are available for purchase at the end of the event.

RSVP TODAY


“In an era where five different generations now work shoulder to shoulder in open offices, it’s not just individual professionals who must cultivate adaptivity and a commitment to continuous learning. As Lindsey Pollak suggests in this instructive and engaging book, companies must do so as well — especially if they want to fully utilize the talents of their increasingly diverse workforces.”

 

REID HOFFMAN – co-founder of LinkedIn and co-author of Blitzscaling and The Start-up of You


Millennials have only just begun their reign as the largest generation in the workplace. But they are not alone. For the next decade at least, these young professionals will be working side by side with more established generations, including the Baby Boomers, who are working longer than ever, and an entirely new group coming up, Generation Z. This means within any organization, any team, any meeting, any marketing opportunity, you may find any combination of generations. Each of these age groups has their own attitude, expectations, and professional style. To lead and succeed in any organization today, you must adapt to how Millennials work, while continuing to accommodate their older colleagues and paying attention to the next generations coming up. As the leading expert on generations in the workplace, Lindsey Pollak combines the most recent data from a variety of authoritative sources with her own original research, as well as detailed case studies from her Fortune 500 clients.

Pollak outlines the ways businesses, executives, mid-level managers, employees, and entrepreneurs can handle situations that may arise when diverse styles clash and provides clear strategies to turn generational diversity into business opportunity.


About Lindsey Pollak

Lindsey Pollak is a New York Times bestselling author, keynote speaker, and one of the world’s leading experts on millennials and the multigenerational workplace. She is the author of Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World and Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders. She has served as an official ambassador for LinkedIn, millennial workplace expert for The Hartford, and chair of the Cosmopolitan magazine Millennial Advisory Board. A graduate of Yale University, she is based in New York City.

 


THANKS TO OUR CO-SPONSOR

 

AND MANY THANKS TO OUR HOST


Open to All, Recommended for: Emerging Executives; Mid-Senior Executives; Executives; Graduate Students; Women; Men

Tags:  leadership  Speaker Series  Watermark  WeAreWatermark 

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New Keynote, Dr. Melanie Matheu at Women in Health and Life Sciences Summit

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE FEATURE: Dr. Melanie Matheu

Friday | March 8 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Nevro | Redwood City | RSVP TODAY

We continue to bring the foremost thought-leaders and innovators to our events and conferences. Our inaugural Women in Health and Life Sciences Summit is no different. Our afternoon fireside keynote is with Dr. Melanie Matheu, CEO and Co-founder of Prellis Biologics, who will share her vision to eliminate the need for organ donor lists, and the challenges she has faced as a woman in this industry (but it hasn't stopped her from from developing a background in Immunology, Chemistry, Physiology, & Biophysics, just to name a few.

One of the fastest rising CEOs in the Bay Area, Dr. Matheu and her company are creating fully vascularized human tissues and organs for transplantation. Her realization that the tiny blood vessels necessary for creating human organs could be replicated using the laser technology at the center of her PhD thesis work, led to development of the blended engineering and biology approach Prellis is using to solve the human organ shortage. Dr. Matheu is an expert in laser-based imaging of the immune system and developed Prellis' platform technology. She brings her multi-disciplinary experience in specialized laser microscopy, cell biology, physiology, and biophysics to address the unsolved biomedical challenge of rapid 3D printing of large, vascularized tissues.

Check out all the speakers, including Watermark exclusive development and leadership workshops. And as always, thank you to our host and sponsor, Nevro.

Registration is open to everyone however a limited number of registrations will be available. Secure your space, and RSVP TODAY.

Tags:  Health and Life Science  HLSS  Nevro  Watermark  WeAreWatermark 

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Featured Partner Podcast: Reach Out | Molly Beck, Author

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 19, 2019

LISTEN NOW

Episode 75 from Advice to My Younger Me, features Molly Beck, the author of Reach Out and Build Your Network: The Simple Strategy to Expand Your Network and Increase You Influence. During this podcast, host Sara Holtz discusses with Molly using email to build your network efficiently and effectively You’ll hear:

  • How to clarify your short-term career goals
  • Where to start building your network
  • How to reach out to people you don’t know for career-enhancing advice
  • And the importance of letting people know how you used their advice

If you're attending the annual Watermark Conference for Women on Friday, February 22 at the San Jose Convention Center, stop by the Watermark booth throughout the day and say hi to Sara Holtz!

LISTEN TO ALL ADVICE TO MY YOUNGER ME PODCASTS.

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Kick it Right in 2019

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Welcome to 2019! We want to thank the Watermark Community - our members, sponsors, and partners - for being part of our community that we are taking global. Each of you brings your own experience, knowledge and powerful energy to advance women in positions of leadership.

We have launched into the new year without hesitation by building a number of co-branded workshops, programs, events, and our much anticipated annual Conference for Women next month. Most importantly, Watermark is going global in 2019 with our new digital education platform, The Learning Center (TLC). With the contributions made last year, you helped make your mark on the world with our new technology. The upcoming launch of TLC will bring the Watermark experience to women, and men, in workplaces worldwide, which will feature our webinars, offer certificates of completion, 90 second tips, and more.

In addition, we have a number of Bay Area-based events and workshops coming up. Mark your calendar and get ready to experience the Watermark like never before:

That said, we want to celebrate the growth Watermark experienced in 2018 due to the demand of women to connect, develop and advocate in leadership:

  • New sponsors joined the Watermark movement, including Tesla, BlackRock, Microsoft, Bank of America, Informatica, 24/7.ai, Boston Scientific, Cloudera, Microsoft Ventures, Morgan Stanley, Nevro, Oath Inc a subsidiary of Verizon, Sony PlayStation, Silicon Valley Bank, andTeslaKPMG, NineSigma, Mount Saint Mary's University, and more!
  • New partners and programs offered by BetterUp, Center for Creative Leadership and Portfolia
  • New co-branded workshop partners at the Professional Development Academy and Exec|Comm's Executive Presence
  • Continued support of girls development programs including Black Girls Code, Girls Who Code, and Girl Scouts of Northern California
 
We are moving past the glass ceiling and we want to hear about you kicking glass by sharing updates with us: promotions, new careers, new product or service launches, speaking engagements, and more.

Again, we thank you for being part of our community since our founding over 25 years ago. And as you build your resolutions for the coming year, we have a message for you: Make your mark. Do it today. Be the leader you are inside. Whether you are an emerging leader, a senior executive or an entrepreneur, be the leader you challenge yourself to be each and every day. Make your mark on the world. Be part of Watermark. Together, #WeAreWatermark.

Tags:  #BelieveWomen  #ImWithHer  #MeToo  #TimesUp  Watermark  WeAreWatermark 

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