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How Do You Command A Room? 3 Tips to Boost Your Executive Presence

Posted By Guest Post: Ching Valdezco, Exec|Comm, Wednesday, August 14, 2019

This is an original post from Exec |Comm, a Watermark partner and co-branded workshop facilitator.

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How Do You Command a Room? 3 Tips to Boost Your Executive Presence
By: Ching Valdezco
 

Growing up in the Philippines, I was taught to be humble and accommodating, rather than outspoken or bold. We were encouraged to get along, rather than rock the boat.

My first jobs were with two of the world’s top companies, Procter & Gamble and Hewlett-Packard. My global colleagues were extroverted and confident – they always knew the right thing to say. I found myself too intimidated to speak up in meetings. Not a quality that was going to fast-track me for a leadership position.

I’m petite – 5’ flat. On top of that, I’m an Asian woman, so I look much younger than I am. As a director of strategy and planning at a Fortune 50, I had to learn how to boost my presence, command the room, and engage executive audiences effectively.

So what changed that allowed me to confidently lead global teams and work with senior executives? I took control of my presence. Coming from a technical background, I had to learn that it’s not just about the facts – how I say something is just as important as what I say.

Here’s how you can strengthen your presence and instantly own the room.

1. Connect With Your Listeners

  • Eye contact helps you connect with your audience and show confidence. It’s a powerful connection tool, and it’s all about balance. Too little and you seem detached. Stare them down and you seem creepy. The most effortless way to relate to your audience without detracting from what you’re saying is to follow “one person, one thought.” That is, each thought gets delivered to one set of eyes.

Tip: When seated, look for ‘power positions.’ Position yourself somewhere in the room where you can see the group and make eye contact with key stakeholders.

2. Own Your Space

  • Gestures reinforce your message, and help you own your space. When standing, open your gestures and demonstrate a strong stance. Don’t be afraid to visually express what you’re saying, but keep it in the “gesture zone” – from about your chin to your waist, and just over shoulder width.

Tip: When seated, keep your hands on or above the table and remember to gesture naturally.

3. Take Your Time

  • Pace and pauses tell your audience that what you’re saying matters. Power is never rushed. When you sound confident, it’s easier for your audience to have confidence in you. If you speak too fast, you risk sounding nervous or uncomfortable, and you send one of two wrong messages:
    • “What I’m saying isn’t important enough to take up your time,” or,
    • “I don’t care if you understand, I just want to dump my info on you.”

Tip: Slow down and use pauses to command attention and emphasize key points. There’s power in the pause.

Follow these three quick suggestions and you’ll come across as confident and credible.

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Congratulations #WomenofInfluence!

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Watermark invites you to congratulate the Silicon Valley Business Journal Women of Influence Award Winners, including Watermark members (Heather Jerrehian, Emtrain | Monica Phillips, DLA Piper; Spark Plug Labs | Rashim Mogha, Automation Anywhere) and sponsors (Amy Fliegelman Olli and June Yang, VMWare | Sherry Ryan, Juniper Networks | Dr. Yun Freund, Equinix | Jen Betz, Maxim Integrated | Roshan Mehdizadeh Corsiglia and Kripa Krishnan, Google | Yan Li, Western Digital Corp | Charlene M. Morrow, Fenwick and West LLP | Lisa Su, AMD | Rania Succar, Intuit). 

 The Silicon Valley Business Journal's annual Women of Influence awards program is designed to honor the region's most influential business women. These specific women and sponsors have made their mark on their communities as well as the Watermark community. View all winners HERE.


 Interested in submitting more nominations? Watermark is currently accepting nominations for our 2019 Make Your Mark (MYM) Awards. Entries will be accepted online through Friday, June 7. The MYM Awards are open to all professional women, as well as an award for a man and organization who are working to advance women in positions of leadership!

 SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATIONS HERE

The awards will be conferred in the following categories:
1) Connection Award: A woman who connects women (and men)
2) Development Award: A woman who helps develop women
3) Advocacy Award: A woman who advocates for the advancement of women
4) Bill Campbell Award: A man who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing women as an ally
5) Impact Award: A company that demonstrates a commitment to advancing women

Tags:  leadership  Silicon Valley Biz Journal  Women of Influence 

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The Power of Motherhood

Posted By Administration, Sunday, May 12, 2019


This is a special note to our Watermark community of working mothers. Today is the day, a moment during the year when you should pause and reflect on all the accomplishments you have achieved as a working mother. Our definition of mother comes in all forms: mothers, grandmothers, great-grand mothers, mother-in-laws, aunts who are present as mothers, the mothers of our friends, and all the women who act as mothers and influence our lives. And by working, there is the added title and distinction of "working mother". We know your long nights and early mornings, your "mental" workload of making sure that your kids are where they need to be with everything they need, your "emotional" tug-of-war of being a working mother, and your constant search of work-life balance in order to be your best possible mom-self.

We want to remind you that you are amazing, both at work and at home. And whether you have littles at home, teenagers, grown children or grandchildren, or provide guidance in the lives of others, remember we are continuing to raise the next generations of strong individuals by showing that when we are working mothers, we can have our cake and eat it too.

"Don't look at email or texts while you are spending time with your children off-Hours. Looking back, I wish I had created better boundaries." - Mary Ann Bianco, Watermark Board Liaison

Read more brilliant thoughts about working motherhood at Before I Became a Mom, I Wish I Knew...48 Tips for Working Moms, by Alli Smalley at PowerToFly.

And we remind you, it takes a village. We are here for you and again, we wish our working moms a very Happy Mother's Day!

- The Watermark Team

Tags:  Leadership  Motherhood  Working Moms 

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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.

 


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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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Are You Ready to R.I.S.E.?

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Updated: Monday, January 14, 2019

Watermark and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) have worked closely to discover What Women Want, how to empower them to get it, and what needs to change in the workplace. On January 30th, Jennifer Martineau, author of Kick Some Glass, featuring special guest, Parisa Naseralavi from Cisco, will share insights on what defines the proverbial glass ceiling and how to fulfill your potential. REGISTER TODAY!

In addition, CCL has released Ready to R.I.S.E., which shares new insights from 300 women leaders, 5 Women's Leadership Innovation Labs, 3 continents and 1 diverse world. R.I.S.E.'s four topics included:

  • Reinventing what it means to be a leader, by asking “How do we change the definition of leadership so that women aren’t constrained by male definitions?”
  • Initiating partnerships and conversations, by exploring the headlines we’ll see in five years if women have strong networks.
  • Supporting women and girls by providing spaces to learn to lead, by creating and designing such spaces for women and/or girls. 
  • Engaging and educating others about their role in creating the environment that liberates leadership potential in women and girls, by examining what men, governments, organizations, and the media can do to champion women’s and girls’ leadership.

The contents of this report can and should be used by individuals, organizations, and policymakers to consider and act upon relevant and meaningful recommendations to address the many challenges that stand in the way of girls and women filling the leadership pipeline in parity with men. Together, we can make a difference and take a stand.

Tags:  CCL  Equity  Leadership  R.I.S.E.  Watermark  WeAreWatermark Watermark 

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Katherine Fordon: Make Your Mark Award Winner Spotlight

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Updated: Thursday, November 8, 2018

Congratulations Katherine Fordon, the winner of our 2018 Emerging Executive of the Year award. We will be honoring Katherine (and our other winners) at our annual Make Your Mark Awards on Thursday, Nov 15 at the Santa Clara Marriott. RSVP to celebrate with us!

Katherine Fordon is a Bay Area communications professional with 16 years of experience helping companies market and communicate their messages to their employees and the world. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, Katherine went on to work as a sports writer for the Longmont Times-Call (formerly known as the Daily Times-Call). A move to Chicago led Katherine into the field of public relations where she worked on the world-famous “got milk?” mobile marketing tour and represented well-known companies and organizations, such as Turtle Wax, Rubbermaid, GLAD, USG, John G. Shedd Aquarium and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), as well as Fortune 500 clients, including Whirlpool Corporation and Skil Power Tools (Robert Bosch GmbH). After agency life, Katherine spent almost a decade running her own communications consulting business, Katherine Fordon Public Relations (KFPR), helping Bay Area companies and agencies with their communications needs. Katherine is currently the Director of Corporate Communications for Wilbur-Ellis, a San Francisco-based company. Passionate about women’s rights and equality, Katherine is a board member of Women of Wilbur-Ellis, the Company’s first business resource group, a member of Watermark’s Emerging Executive Advisory Council and a volunteer for Courageous Women Association’s Career Development and Economic Empowerment Program. Katherine also serves as a board member for Diablo Valley Montessori School. When she’s not working, Katherine enjoys spending time with her husband and two children exploring all the wonderful food, music, culture and nature in the Bay Area and beyond.

Most Valuable Lesson

It’s a pretty basic and fundamental lesson, but more important than ever in our digital world: Never burn a bridge. Everything comes back to haunt you, good or bad.

Advice for 20-Year-Old Self

Stop. Breathe. And know that this is just a moment, is a small space in time where work or life – or both – are crazy. Life is constantly going to throw you curve balls and the innings never end. Just take them one at a time and lean into those pitches, don’t step out of the batter’s box.

Smartest Career Move

Walking away from running my own consulting business to go back inhouse with a single company. I was leaving behind freedom to choose my clients, choose the people I would work with, set my pay and decide my own hours. However, what I gained was so much more. I gained a team that is focused on a single goal. I gained exposure to markets and industries that I never would have in my own consulting business. I gained a boss who not only cares about my career, but cares about my family and my life outside of work as well.

Secret Ingredient for Growth and Success

Being myself. For so long, I tried to fit inside these personalities that I thought my manager or supervisor wanted in the role. Only when I truly was myself did I start to see growth and change. That growth and change, leads to success.

Tags:  Emerging Executives  Leadership  Make Your Mark  Women 

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Ana Pinczuk: Make Your Mark Award Winner Spotlight

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 8, 2018
Updated: Thursday, November 8, 2018

Congratulations Ana Pinczuk, the winner of our 2018 Development award. We will be honoring Ana (and our other winners) at our annual Make Your Mark Awards on Thursday, Nov 15 at the Santa Clara Marriott. RSVP to celebrate with us!

Ana Pinczuki was President and General Manager for HPE Pointnext, HPE’s $7B+ services business until August 2018. She led a team of 25,000 IT experts responsible for driving customer’s digital transformation journeys including Hybrid IT and Intelligent edge consulting, professional and operational services. Previously, Ana was the Chief Product Officer at Veritas where she was responsible for driving a $2.5B products organization, including the Veritas Information Availability, Information Management, Backup and Recovery and Appliances portfolios. Prior to joining Veritas, Ana spent 15 years at Cisco where she held various roles including SVP, Global Services Sales, Services COO and SVP, Global Services Support. Ana also spent nine years in the Cisco Development Organization driving Engineering groups, including Cisco’s high-end routing platform and IOS product management and software development. Ana started her career at AT&T Bell Laboratories as a systems engineer and held numerous roles there, including Vice President responsible for deploying AT&T’s Internet backbone. Ana is a member of the International Women’s Forum, Anita Borg Institute, Cornell Computer and Information Sciences Advisory Board, and Carnegie Mellon Engineering Advisory Board. She is also the recipient of numerous awards including Fortune’s 2018 and 2017 Top 50 Latinas, 2016 Women of Influence Award, 2017 and 2016 HITEC 100, 2014 Corporate Index (Top 25 Hispanics), 2013 Latina Style Executive of the Year, and 2013 TWIN Award. Ana holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, a Master of Technology Management degree from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, and a Master of Science Degree in Software Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Smartest Career Move

I've reinvented myself several times, whether it's going from an engineering centric role to business development or sales, shifting technologies, size of companies, geographic location, etc. One of the smartest career moves I made was when I moved from AT&T to Cisco. Looking back, it was a crazy decision. I was 7.5 months pregnant, had spent 15 years at AT&T on the East Coast, was a Vice President with a thriving career. I moved with a 2 year old and newborn to California, took a demotion to a Senior Director into a position that was very new at the company, and had to restart at a new company. Yet it was the best decision ever! I learned a new market, was a small fish in a bigger pond (very grounding experience), had to prove myself once again, and learned to make choices to balance personal and professional goals. Most of all, I learned to trust my instincts and to be agile in new situations. It has served me well throughout my career.

Favorite Mentor (and Mentee)

My favorite mentor is my husband. He is very grounded and gives me the best advice (even when I want to ignore it). I am an extroverted person that is always multitasking in many areas of my life - work, kids, parents, community, for profit or non-profit boards, etc. He's helped me think beyond a career path but truly how to think about success, with career being just one part of that.

I have so many mentees that I've enjoyed mentoring. I've had one mentee at Cisco that has progressed from individual contributor to an executive. I was not easy with my advice to him but I was very honest. He listened, took it in, and has really grown as a leader. He's taught me how to be a better listener and work with feedback to improve oneself. I had one mentee at HPE who was also a reverse mentor. I was able to give her advice about what to do in her role as a new services seller, and she helped me immensely with feedback from the ground - truly what was going on in the field.

Personal Hero

My mom is my personal hero. She got her PhD in the 60s in Biology at a time when there were few women (specially married women with a child) pursuing PhDs. She has an amazing disposition, has been a wonderful mom, wife and role model, and is still a professor at almost 80! I aim to be as great a human as she is.

Tags:  Development  Leadership  Make Your Mark  Women 

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Brandi Galvin Morandi: Make Your Mark Award Winner Spotlight

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Updated: Monday, November 5, 2018

Congratulations Brandi Galvin Morandi, the winner of our 2018 Connection award. We will be honoring Brandi (and our other winners) at our annual Make Your Mark Awards on Thursday, Nov 15 at the Santa Clara Marriott. RSVP to celebrate with us!

Brandi Galvin Morandi is the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Equinix, the global interconnection and data center company. Brandi leads a global organization, responsible for legal and regulatory compliance matters, governmental affairs and corporate governance, including working closely with the Equinix Board of Directors. Under her leadership, her organization has grown to support a business generating over $5 billion in revenues annually. Brandi has led the successful consummation of numerous acquisitions and joint ventures nationally and internationally and has also led the internal and external legal teams to complete over $27 billion in equity and debt financings.

When Brandi co-founded the Equinix Woman’s Leadership Network 10 years ago, her goal was not to separate women from men, but to help elevate them towards equality. This is why her Connection Award is so fitting as this year, the EWLN further branched into the leadership space across the world to bring leaders together to take immediate action in removing gender bias. Through practicing inclusion and driving action through top leaders, the discussion and awareness about where the opportunities for Equinix exist has become a top priority for our incoming CEO.

Secret Ingredient to Success

Empowerment for all employees, by creating an environment where every individual is given the opportunity to bring their best to work. This is facilitated by identifying and removing barriers for my team, by giving everyone a voice, and thinking through representation and opportunity across my diverse global team. In addition to this, I also believes that taking people with you on a journey makes you more successful. Once you find yourself gaining traction and being recognized for your contributions and success, look around and figure out who you can bring with you.

Advice for 20-Year-Old Self

Recognize the power of your own voice earlier. Everyone brings a unique set of skills, experiences, and backgrounds to the table and the unique assets are the biggest contribution to a company. In finding your own voice, also have confidence in yourself and take risks. Raising your hand and trying new things is not always easy, but the more you do it, the easier it feels to try something new.

Personal Hero

My personal hero is Ruth Bader Ginsburg who said, “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you”. RBG inspired me through her methodical approach and looking at the long view. She strategically chipped away at equality over decades, and used her voice to create an easier path for those behind her.

Personal Mantra

Teamwork and humility.

Tags:  Advocacy  Leadership  Make Your Mark  Women 

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René Shimada Siegel: Make Your Mark Award Winner Spotlight

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 1, 2018
Updated: Thursday, November 1, 2018

Congratulations René Shimada Siegel, the winner of our 2018 Advocacy award. We will be honoring Women Who Code (and our other winners) at our annual Make Your Mark Awards on Thursday, Nov 15 at the Santa Clara Marriott. RSVP to celebrate with us!

René Shimada Siegel is extremely passionate about empowering colleagues and advocating for the next generation of communicators. She is the founder and CEO of Connext, Silicon Valley’s marketing and communications consultancy. For two decades, her company has made life easier for hundreds of technology clients with specialized consultants ranging from recent grads to senior strategists. René also passes on her real-world experience to students as a public relations professor at San Jose State University and is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, career strategies, and personal branding. She currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Lucas College of Business at San Jose State University, and will be a featured speaker at the 2018 Public Relations Society of America International Conference. As an entrepreneur, René’s been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Working Mother, Newsweek Japan, CNBC, and Dan Pink’s Free Agent Nation, among others. She’s also been a regular columnist for Inc.com.

Smartest Career Move

Rebranding our 20 year old company last year was risky as hell. Will the team follow? Will our clients get it? Is this really the right direction? YES! We’ve elevated our brand, separated ourselves from our competitors, and changed more lives along the way. We now live in this amazingly cool space that is the convergence of The Gig Economy and Generations XYZ. And it’s a ton of fun!

Admired Mentor or Muse

My daughter Arielle is my mentor. Her impending birth was the catalyst for leaving my corporate job to build the life I wanted for my family. While in college, she was a catalyst to help us see the gap between college students and recent graduates, and the Silicon Valley corporate teams that need them. Now, we bridge that gap. She continually pushes me outside my comfort zone and inspires me with confidence. Her advice and opinions are unfiltered, on point, and the smack-in-the-face that I need sometimes to stay current and not become a dinosaur.

Quotes to Live By

Best Work. Best Life. Everyone deserves both.

Personal Heros

My hero is Dominic Prado for three reasons. What he does, the way he does it, and the way he lives his life. Dom joined us as a summer marketing intern and became our entire marketing department. As a business leader I have purpose and passion but struggled to articulate a powerful vision and voice. My hero riffed with me, challenged me, nudged me forward with quiet strength and fearless instincts. With no prior experience, he rebranded our entire company with a new name, logo, website, social media. But then he did so much more. He’s made my vision come to life in ways I never expected. Dom has overcome unexpected challenges with such grace. Because of him, I look at the world in a totally different way. It’s all about what is possible.

Tags:  Advocacy  Leadership  Make Your Mark  Women 

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