Watermark Innovation Conference 2018
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Watermark Innovation Conference 2018

When: Wed., April 18, 2018
8:45 am-5:00 pm PST
Where: Juniper Networks
Aspiration Dome
1081 Innovation Way
Sunnyvale, California 
United States
Contact: Mary Thorsby

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Prestige Members: Complimentary
Basic Members: $90
Members Bring a Guest for $130  
Non-Members: $150

Innovation Anywhere
Too big to innovate? Too small? Overwhelmed by shifting disruptions? Worried that you’ve already missed your innovation opportunity?

Put your worries aside. You’re right on time! These days, innovation belongs to everyone. Catch up and speed forward with new ideas, new inspiration and new collaborations – everything you need to better position yourself for your mos
t innovative year ever.

Back by popular demand: Our ShutterDivas portrait booth! Be sure to stop by for some innovative new photos of yourself!


Agenda at a Glance (We'll be adding and updating, so check back often!)

8:45 a.m. Registration and Networking

10 a.m. Welcome

10:10 a.m. Nina Simosko: The New Lessons of Innovation Culture – Learnings from Silicon Valley and Around the World
Nina Simosko, CEO, NTT Innovation Institute (NTT i3), drives home the universal truth about innovation: Regardless of how you define it, innovation belongs to everyone. Every organization of every size has the potential – and the need – to be innovative. Nina shares her observations on the truth about innovation and how it involves building a portfolio and hedging bets. People. Ideas. Attitudes. Connections. Divergence. Convergence. They all play a role.

11 a.m. Renée Mauborgne: Blue Ocean Shift
Already a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and LA Times best-seller, Blue Ocean Shift, the newest book from Renée Mauborgne, is quickly changing the innovation landscape. Blue Ocean Shift follows Renée's first book, Blue Ocean Strategy, recognized as one of the most iconic and impactful strategy books ever written. Blue Ocean Strategy has sold more than 3.6 million copies, is a bestseller across five continents, and is published in a record-breaking 44 languages.

Be among the first 200 to RSVP and you'll receive a complimentary copy of Blue Ocean Shift. Copies also will be for sale at the conference – Renée will be available to sign them after her presentation.

11:50 a.m. Lunch and Book Signing

1 p.m. Presentation from Black Girls Code
As part of our commitment to girls' leadership programs, Watermark will donate a portion of our conference proceeds to Black Girls Code (BGC), founded by Kimberly Bryant in 2011. BGC's mission is to empower young women of color between the ages of 7-17 to embrace the current tech marketplace as builders and creators by introducing them to skills in computer programming and technology.







1:15 p.m. Building Innovative Teams
Innovation isn’t an individual endeavor; it’s a team sport. The art of building innovative teams requires skill, vision, perseverance and the right culture. How do groups of distinct individuals become high-functioning teams? What are the toughest challenges and best practices in overcoming them? Whether at the earliest startup stages, inside enormous organizations or across an entire ecosystem, this panel will dive into practical team-building steps for an (often) impractical world.


• Tara Chklovksi, Founder and CEO, Iridescent
• Amy Flood, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Gilead
• Saura Naim, Senior Director, Business Execution Office, Juniper Networks
Moderator: Kris Reyes, Journalist








2 p.m. Leila Janah in Conversation with Denise Brosseau
Join us for a conversation between two of the Bay Area's most exciting entrepreneurs! Leila Janah is the Founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI, two companies that provide work for low-income people around the world using cutting-edge social enterprise models in technology and luxury skincare. Denise Brosseau is the Founder and CEO of Thought Leadership Lab, where she helps executives, professionals and civic leaders set a course for maximum impact in their fields. Denise is the Co-Founder of Watermark – celebrating our 25th anniversary this year!


2:45 p.m. Networking Break and Gender Innovation 3D VR Personal Screening
Amy Logan, CEO of Gender Innovation and President of USNC-UN Women SF Bay Area, and Stacy McKenzie, Director, Optical North Productions, share their new 3D virtual reality film, BELONGING, which gives the viewer the experience of unconscious gender bias and microaggressions in the workplace through a different gender's point of view. Stop by their table during this break and at the Watermark Wine Reception for a personal screening and a toolkit of interventions and culture change.



3 p.m. Mindsets for Innovation: Hands-On Workshop
You already have everything you need to succeed. Your team is full of unique observations and creative ideas. But, if you're like most people, you haven't learned to fully access them yet. In this interactive workshop led by Mona Thompson and David Havens of Collective Capital, you'll participate in interactive activities based in design thinking and theatrical improvisation to build your muscles of attention, resilience and creativity.




4 p.m. Closing Remarks, Watermark Wine Reception and Book Signing


Speaker Bios

Nina Simosko, CEO, NTT Innovation Institute (NTT i3)
Focused on fostering strategic innovation, Nina and her NTT i3 work with established enterprise companies interested in investigating new approaches to evolving into technology-first, digitally-driven businesses. NTT i3 partners with early stage digitally-native businesses looking to expand their presence and challenger advantage. Accelerating the movement of innovation from initial idea to marketplace implementation, NTT i3 combines access to the significant global infrastructure resources, investment fund, research knowledge, and trusted long-standing customer relationships of NTT Global with its own software startup expertise and deep enterprise relationships.

Previously, Nina was responsible for leading the creation and execution of Nike Technology strategy, planning and operations world-wide. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President of SAP’s Global Premier Customer Network (PCN). At SAP, she led both the PCN Center of Excellence and SAP’s Global Executive Advisory Board. During her eight year tenure, she was a part of SAP’s Global Ecosystem & Partner Group which was charged with continuing to build and enable an open ecosystem of software, service and technology partners together with SAP’s communities of innovation. In addition, she served as the Global Chief Operating Officer for the worldwide Customer Education organization, responsible for driving more than half a billion euros in global education software and services revenue.

Nina serves on the advisory boards of two early-to-mid stage technology companies: Reflektion and AppOrchid.

NinaSimosko.com    LinkedIn    @ninasimosko

Renée Mauborgne, Professor of Strategy, INSEAD and Author, Blue Ocean Shift and Blue Ocean Strategy
Renée is a Professor of Strategy at INSEAD, one of the world’s top business schools, and is co-director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute in Fontainebleau, France. She is the author of the international bestselling book Blue Ocean Strategy, which is recognized as one of the most iconic and impactful strategy books ever written, and the just released New York Times, #1 Wall Street JournalUSA Today and Los Angeles Times Bestseller Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing – Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New GrowthAmazon selected Blue Ocean Shift as a Best Business and Leadership Books, and both Financial Times and Apple iBooks selected it as Best Business Book of the Month.

Renée advises, consults and speaks to companies and governments worldwide, and has published numerous articles in Harvard Business Review and The Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of International Business Studies, MIT Sloan Management Review, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, among others.

Renée is a co-founder of the Blue Ocean Global Network (BOGN), a global community of practice on the Blue Ocean family of concepts. BOGN embraces academics, consultants, executives and government officers.

BlueOceanStrategy.com   LinkedIn 

Tara Chklovksi, Founder and CEO, Iridescent
Tara's mission in life has been to transform the opportunities available to young people, especially girls, to reach their full-potential and impact their communities. Tara founded Iridescent in 2006 to create and deliver powerful science, engineering, and technology education to empower underrepresented young people.  

Iridescent has since grown to a community of over 7,000 mentors and more than 90,000 participants throughout the world through its flagship programs Curiosity Machine and Technovation. Forbes highlighted Tara in 2016 as “the pioneer empowering the incredible tech girls of the future” and she was prominently featured in the award-winning documentary Codegirl.  

Also in 2016, Tara was honored by Discovery’s Science Channel as the first inaugural CEO Science Super Star Hero for igniting passion for science and encouraging the next generation of innovators, problem solvers and game changers. A frequent speaker for her thought leadership in STEM education, she recently presented Iridescent’s work at the White House STEM Inclusion Summit and at the UN. Tara earned her BS in Physics from St. Stephen’s College and a MS in aerospace engineering from Boston University. Tara left her PhD program in aerospace engineering at USC to pursue her social entrepreneurship to found Iridescent and directly empower girls and children everywhere.


Amy Flood, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Gilead
Amy joined Gilead’s corporate communications department in January 2000 to manage product communications for the launch of the company’s first product for HIV. She was appointed senior vice president of public affairs in March 2018, and in this role is responsible for corporate and product communications supporting the company’s business and leading brands, employee communications, patient advocacy and corporate giving programs.   

Prior to joining Gilead, Amy worked in healthcare public relations in New York, relocating to San Francisco in 1998 to help establish her firm’s west coast operations. She started her career in non-profits, working on women’s and children’s health advocacy.

She is a member of the Arthur Page Society, a professional public relations organization; a member of the Board of Trustees for AIDS United, a national non-profit advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C.; and a member of the board of Point Source Youth, a non-profit working to end youth homelessness. Amy is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, with a degree in English Literature.


Saura Naim, Senior Director, Business Execution Office, Juniper Networks
Saura heads a newly formed Business Execution Office that drives accountability and leads enterprise-wide transformation that assures Juniper continually improves customer experiences and financial results. Since joining Juniper in 2005, Saura has been able to define, drive and execute complex, cross-functional business transformation while developing great teams that deliver exceptional results.

With a strong Business Operations background working across Enterprise Portfolio, Process and Program Management, SW Licensing and Monetization, Engineering, IT Systems, Manufacturing and the Supply Chain, she repeatedly delivers successful transformation that optimizes, aligns and accelerates Juniper strategy.

Saura continuously sponsors women inside the workplace. She has been a Tech Women mentor for women from Kazakhstan, Cameroon and Pakistan. Saura has been selected to participate in US State Dept. Delegation trips with Tech Women, inspiring and promoting women in STEM across Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. This year she is also Co-Chair of the Tech Women Mentor Alumni Council. Saura is an active member of Watermark and sits on the board of a Jewish summer camp in Southern California, Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa. Saura holds a MSM from Ben Gurion/Boston University, a BA from SUNY Binghamton and has completed the Stanford Executive Program.


Kris Reyes, Journalist
Kris Reyes is a journalist with more than a decade experience working in various newsrooms across Canada. She is a multiplatform storyteller, always seeking new ways to use the power of a narrative or conversation to bring empathy and insight. 

Kris has produced thousands of daily news and feature stories, playing key roles from concept to air. She was the lead anchor and host for Global News Toronto's The Morning Show, a live three-hour news, talk and lifestyle program. Among her favorite interviews: Primatologist Jane Goodall, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Strategist David Axelrod, Scientist Richard Dawkins.

krisreyes.com   LinkedIn   @krisreyes   Vimeo


Leila Janah, Founder and CEO, Samasource and LXMI
Leila's two companies share a common social mission to end global poverty by giving work to people in need. She is the co-author of America's Moment: Creating Opportunity in the Connected Age and the author of Give Work, in which she shares her innovative ways to end poverty.

Prior, Leila was a Visiting Scholar with the Stanford Program on Global Justice and Australian National University’s Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. She was a founding Director of Incentives for Global Health, and a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners (now Booz & Co.).

Leila is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a Director of CARE USA, a 2012 TechFellow, recipient of the inaugural Club de Madrid Young Leadership Award, and the youngest person to win a Heinz Award in 2014. She earned her BA from Harvard in African Development Studies.

leilajanah.com   leila_c

Denise Brosseau, CEO, Thought Leadership Lab and Co-Founder, Watermark
Through Thought Leadership Lab, Denise consults with entrepreneurs, executives and their teams on how to increase their influence, expand their impact and become recognized for their big ideas. She is also a lecturer at Stanford Business School on topics of credibility and thought leadership and is the author of Ready to Be a Thought Leader?

Denise is a serial entrepreneur who was the co-founder of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (now Watermark). She was also the co-founder of Springboard Enterprises – the women’s startup launch pad that has led to over $7B in funding for women entrepreneurs and the co-founder of the Invent Your Future Conference.

Denise earned her BA from Wellesley College and her MBA from Stanford. She was honored in 2012 by Watermark as one of six Women Who Have Made Their Mark. She was also recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change and by the Silicon Valley Business Times as a Top 100 Woman of Influence in Silicon Valley.

thoughtleadershiplab.com    LinkedIn   @thoughtleadrlab   

Mona Thompson, Co-Founder and Partner, Collective Capital
Mona combines human-centered design research and facilitation with her experience as a theatrical improviser and applied improvisation trainer to help teams be more connected and innovative. She earned her degree in Urban Studies from Stanford University, co-designed and produced a theatrical production on Alcatraz and has performed improv in 22 cities around the United States.

@cocapSF   @monajthompson




David Havens, Co-Founder & Partner, Collective Capital
David began his career investing in education technology startups with NewSchools Venture Fund. After three years of supporting their portfolio of entrepreneurs and leaders, he joined a management rotation program at Avant, a finance technology company in Chicago, where he improved user experience using data and helped to lead a 400-person call center. Since returning to San Francisco, David joined SYPartners as a strategy consultant before going full time with Collective Capital. He earned his degree in Human Biology from Stanford University.

@cocapSF   @eduhavens




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