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Watermark allows me to stay in touch with best practices and innovative solutions. I come away from every event with creative approaches to challenges and with a new awareness of important business trends in the market.
The entire Geron table really enjoyed the Make Your Mark Awards – it was so inspiring! I look forward to becoming more involved with Watermark events, and I suspect that a number of my colleagues came away from last night with the same intent.
I meet with women executives and learn from their successes, which always gives me the energy to pursue my goals. Plus, I have this fantastic opportunity to share with other women what I have gained from being a Watermark member.
The value of Watermark goes so far beyond the overused word ‘network.’ This organization, and the relationships I have formed as a result of my participation, have very simply improved my ability to be successful in both my work and my life.
Mary Ann Bianco
I have developed lasting, remarkable relationships through my years with Watermark. We come together with a common goal and aspiration to be advocates for women to champion their talents, interests, goals and their dreams.
Never have I met such a capable, impressive group of people than those in the Watermark community. In any event you can find the Valley’s thought leaders and the innovators who are utterly committed to raising the bar for all women, everywhere. Watermark has influenced my professional life and deepened my commitment to give back to other women who are charting a new career course or redefining their personal brand. I was chosen to be on a Watermark panel this year about managing conflict in the workplace. Both my initial preparation and brainstorming with the other panelists that night taught me as much as I was able to teach others. Watermark, as an organization, is like that: It always challenges me to grow in ways that I had considered possible, while reminding me of strengths and hard-won victories over the past 16 years of launching startups. I can’t imagine being able to make the impact I have in my company without having the wisdom of Watermark members behind me. The entire Watermark team redefines what is possible for so many, and I am forever grateful.
Watermark enables me to establish trusted relationships that I turn to many times to help source resources, solve business challenges and bounce ideas off as I crystalize my thinking. Watermark also gives me the platform to pay it forward.
Watermark allows me to bring my whole self. I am a better leader as a result of the Watermark development programs that I participate in. I am a better sponsor for those seeking mentorship and connections. I am better person because I am able to advocate and make an impact in my community.
I cannot overstate the impact of the Watermark network. It provides me with valuable resources and invaluable contacts. It is hard to overstate the friendship, camaraderie and fun times. But then I think about the support and advice from the network and the educational sessions. The celebrations of women's achievements and our members' successes. The opportunity to reach out to more women and support their career and give them the confidence to break through glass ceilings and work to their potential. There is a tremendous joy in being part of such a network.
Kathy Woeber Gardner
I joined Watermark as a young corporate partner at one of the top multinational law firms in the Bay Area. I was seeking a place to develop business outside of the usual stomping grounds of my male colleagues. I quickly discovered that Watermark was so much more than a place to develop clients; joining Watermark and serving on its board of directors placed me in the midst of awe-inspiring professional women who truly amaze me. Watermark’s incredible ecosystem led me to chart my own career map without feeling like I had to follow other lawyers’ well-trod paths. I am now an entrepreneur, building a boutique corporate law firm and successfully pursuing the international work I love as a trusted advisor to technology and life science clients.
Watermark conferences exceed my expectations in every way and inspire and encourage all of us to be our best selves. It's great to be around such a remarkable batch of confident, smart women leaders who are changing the world for the better with very little fanfare. This can only be good for the whole world.
Mercedes De Luca
I reconnected with colleagues and other executives at Watermark when I rejoined the organization earlier this year. Attending the events and meeting other members led directly to my new role as COO for Basecamp. Thank you, Watermark!
After spending a year (and far more money) involved with a different women’s organization, I'm convinced that Watermark is by far the leader in supporting and encouraging women in Silicon Valley. And well worth the cost.
One of the things I love about Watermark events is the amazing people I meet and the friendships that I create. They are often deeper and longer lasting than any other event I go to.
What a wonderful way to make new connections and catch up with longtime friends! I really enjoyed the diverse mix of amazing women at Wine, Women and Wisdom. It again reminded me how fortunate we are to live in a place like Silicon Valley.
Thank you for such a wonderful event featuring the Blogher team. I was very impressed with the quality of content and honesty. You were so warm and welcoming, I felt instantly at ease in a room full of women I did not yet know.