Watermark Women in Health & Life Sciences Summit
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Watermark Women in Health & Life Sciences Summit

 Export to Your Calendar 3/8/2019
When: Friday, March 8, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm PST
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1800 Bridge Pkwy
Redwood City, California  94065
United States
Contact: Erin Tselenchuk

Online registration is available until: 3/8/2019
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PRICING: Prestige Members: Complimentary | Basic Members: $95 | Non-Members: $155

Join Watermark at Nevro for our inaugural summit, focused on the role that women play in the Health and Life Sciences industry, from leading innovation to building teams. Open to women and men, this one-day conference will help build communities, mentor women through their careers and development goals, all while inspiring and provoking the change that is happening in this space.

There is a shift the Health and Life Sciences industry, with today’s leaders found at all stages of their careers. Leading this change are women, who are transforming the Health and Life Sciences industry through their revolutionary ideas, powerful innovations, and determination to develop inclusive and diverse environments of leadership. Women Leaders in Health & Life Sciences Summit, brought to you by Watermark and Nevro, is the first of its kind focused on learning and networking opportunities for the advancement of women leaders. Join women and men of all levels from senior executives to emerging leaders, to share experiences with insightful and powerful keynotes, dynamically engaging panels, and interactive workshops focused on developing practical leadership skills, which will impact any individual’s executive presence and company’s advancement in the health and life science industry.

If you are interested in sponsoring this Summit, please contact Kate Byrne, kate@wearewatermark.org


9:00 a.m. Registration, Breakfast and Networking

10:00 a.m. Welcome

Marlene Williamson - CEO, Watermark
Divya Ghatak - Vice President, People, Nevro

10:10 a.m. Keynote: Education, Advocacy & Inclusive Leadership

Rami Elghandour - President and CEO, Nevro

In this industry relevant keynote, Rami Elghandour, President and CEO of Nevro will talk about why Diversity makes us smarter, the impact of unconscious bias, and Nevro’s commitment to gender equity through Education, Advocacy and Inclusive Leadership. Drawing on experience, research and testing models, he will share with you what you can do today to implement immediate change though inspiration and influence.

11:00 a.m. Panel: Women in Life Sciences Spectrum - Innovating, Funding and Leading

Moderator: Divya Ghatak - Vice President, People, Nevro
Katherine Neuenfeldt - Vice President of Market Access, Nevro
Julie Pilitsis, MD, Ph.D. - Chair Dept. of Neuroscience & Experimental Therapeutics Professor of Neurosurgery, Albany Medical Center
Jordan L. Tate, M.D., MPH - Alliance Spine and Pain Centers
Trish Costello - CEO and Founder, Portfolia

There are a number of challenges and obstacles that women face in the Life Science field, including the shift and requirement to have an entrepreneurial mindset. This leading panel of women MDs, Ph.Ds, and experts will have a candid discussion of the evolution of technology and new resources, how to fund and bring those solutions to market, as well as scale a team through expertly honed leadership skills. By sharing their personal experiences, you will learn best practices and important lessons from leaders in the field.

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:15 p.m. Breakout Workshops (choose two 45 min sessions, repeats at 2:30 p.m. after 15 min break)

Session 1 - Negotiating: from the Board Table, to the Company Table, to the Family Table with Ching Valdezco

Session Overview: How comfortable are you with negotiating? Whether it’s about a promotion, a raise, or getting the resources you need for that high-stakes project, many women feel hesitant or anxious when getting ready to make a big request. In this workshop, you’ll learn a process and skills from the expert in this space, to help you with confidence, creative solutions, measurable results, and stronger long-term relationships.

Session 2 - Overcoming the "ow" in Power with Kate Byrne Every person has power within.

Session Overview: What differentiates us is how we comfortably harness, use and maintain this power regardless of the environment we find ourselves in. During our time together, we will look at the different types of power, which are the most impactful depending upon the generations, power dynamics and how to counteract them and finally using power in negotiation. Please come prepared with real life examples of when you felt out of your power to share with others. A very collaborative workshop that is interactive.

Session 3 - Purposeful Prediction with Performance with The Chemistry Group

Session Overview: Coming Soon

3:30 p.m. Networking Break

3:45 p.m. Afternoon Fireside Keynote

Melanie Matheu - CEO and Founder, Prellis Biologics 

4:30 p.m. Networking Reception

5:30 p.m. Close


Rami Elghandour joined Nevro in 2012, has served as Nevro’s Chief Business Officer, and currently serves as President and CEO of the company. Prior to joining Nevro, Mr. Elghandour was an investor with Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation (JJDC), where he led several investments including Nevro Series B Financing. During his tenure, Mr. Elghandour served on the Board of Directors of several private companies, including Nevro’s, and led strategic initiatives in the development and management of JJDC’s portfolio. Prior to joining JJDC, Mr. Elghandour worked for Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc. (acquired by St. Jude Medical, Inc.), where he led firmware design and development on several implantable spinal cord stimulators. Mr. Elghandour received a MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rutgers University School of Engineering. 


Divya Ghatak Divya Ghatak joined Nevro in 2017 and serves as Vice President, People. Prior to joining Nevro, Ms. Ghatak served as Chief People Officer at GoodData, a data products and business intelligence company, where she oversaw all aspects of HR including talent acquisition, team engagement, leadership development, total rewards and key initiatives such as wellness and diversity. Prior to GoodData, Ms. Ghatak held leadership roles at Cisco Systems from 2007 to 2013 and at Tavant Technologies from 2004 to 2007. From 1999 to 2004, Ms. Ghatak founded and ran her own executive search firm. Ms. Ghatak also serves on the board of Watermark, a non-profit dedicated to increasing the number of women in leadership. Ms. Ghatak received a BA in Economics from Delhi University and an MA in Human Resources from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India.


Kate Byrne joined Watermark in February 2017. Marrying her interest in technology and its ability to advance publishing, drive revenue and promote social good, Kate has put her expertise to work in both public and private blue chip brands, playing executive leadership roles at the Tides Foundation, George Lucas Education Foundation, Future LLC, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, SF Gate and Inc. She's passionate about education and women and girls empowerment, having led efforts at Global Girl Media and World Pulse and founding Girls Gone Global, a budding social enterprise charged with igniting girls' voices, social impact, media and financial literacy skills.Kate was named to the Folio: 40, a media industry top honor, and recognized as one of the 40 most influential top industry performers. She graduated from Stanford with a BA in Psychology.


Trish Costello founded Portfolia in 2014 with a vision for a new model of entrepreneurial investing designed for women. Her goal is over 100,000 women (and their colleagues and friends) investing in Portfolia Funds in five years. Trish is globally recognized for her pioneering work in preparing the next generation of general partners in venture capital. As the co-founder, long-time CEO and now CEO Emeritus of the Kauffman Fellows Program, the premier global leadership program for venture capitalists, she mentored hundreds of the world's top VCs, and was referred to as the venture capitalist's 'godmother.' She also served as Founding President of CVE Capital Corp, the holding company of a $1B+ venture capital fund of funds. Trish was on the start-up team of the Kauffman Foundation’s entrepreneurship center, led the Commercialization Sub-Committee of the National Science Foundation, and directed the Arthur Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at the globally-ranked Babson College.


Dr. Melanie Matheu founded Prellis Biologics in October 2016 with a design for an optical based printing system on paper and a vision to create fully vascularized human tissues and organs for transplantation. During her academic career, Dr. Matheu authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and a book chapter detailing methods and approaches for high-resolution imaging in tissues. Melanie was inspired to find a way to reverse-engineer laser-based imaging systems into a printer when she realized that the final roadblock in building human organs for transplant was a simple and well-defined engineering problem: How can microvasculature be printed fast enough to build human tissues? Prellis Biologics' technology solves this problem by partially decoupling printing speed from resolution with a novel patent-pending laser based projection system.



Katherine Neuenfeldt joined Nevro in 2013, and serves as Vice President of Market Access. She joined Nevro as a Senior Director, Marketing and held roles of increasing responsibility in marketing, market access and reimbursement. Prior to joining Nevro, Ms. Neuenfeldt served as the Director of Professional Education and the Director of Marketing at Medtronic Vascular, where she led the U.S. launch of Endurant AAA Stent Graft System and managed several other product launches across the portfolio. Prior to joining Medtronic, she worked in commercial marketing at Centocor, a Johnson & Johnson company; HealthTech, a think-tank forecasting the impact of future technology on healthcare delivery; and Triage, a healthcare consulting firm focused on hospital reimbursement and process improvement. Ms. Neuenfeldt received a MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, a MS in Epidemiology from the Stanford School of Medicine, and a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University.


Julie G. Pilitsis MD, PhD is a Professor of Neurosurgery and of Neuroscience at Albany Medical College and Chair for the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics. She completed her neurosurgery residency at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. During that time, she also obtained a PhD in neurophysiology and became active in both basic science and translational research. She went on to complete a fellowship in Functional Neurosurgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. To date, she has served as Chair of the Joint Section on Pain of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) as well as AANS/CNS Chair of Joint Section for Women in Neurosurgery. She is currently an Executive Council Member of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Scientific Program for the AANS, and on the NANS Board of Directors. With the support of the NANS Board of Directors, she began the NANS Women in Neuromodulation Section where she was the first chair and currently serves as senior advisor. Dr. Pilitsis maintains an NIH sponsored research program focused on device optimization for neuromodulation and has published over 120 journal articles, 4 books, and numerous chapters. She serves as section editor of functional neurosurgery in Operative Neurosurgery and is on the editorial board of Neuromodulation.


Jordan Tate, MD, MPH is a Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and in Pain Medicine who has been in practice for over a decade. She received her Medical Degree from Emory University School of Medicine and has a Masters of Public Health – Behavioral Science and Health Education, Emory University, both in Atlanta, GA. Jordan did a Residency Transitional Year Internship at Emory University Department of Internal Medicine in 2010 and a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Chief Resident at Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in 2013. She has also held a fellowship in Pain Medicine Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, the Department of Pain Medicine in Jacksonville, FL. She is a Board Certified American Board of Physical Medicine Professional Society, and affiliated with the American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Association of Academic Physiatrists, and Georgia Concussion Coalition


The Chemisty Group - Coming Soon


Ching Valdezco is an engaging speaker, dynamic trainer, and influential executive coach. She brings over 15 years of expertise in global leadership, negotiation, influencing, and presentation skills to her clients. Her background in tech helps her successfully train professionals at Intuit, Symantec, Microsoft, and other top technology companies. Ching also works with global law firms, financial services firms, consulting firms, and professionals across a wide range of industries. She coaches executives to help them increase their influence and impact. Prior to joining Exec-Comm, Ching led global technology teams at both Hewlett-Packard and Procter & Gamble. At HP, she served as Director, Strategy and Planning. She uses her experience in tech to teach engineering, product, and sales teams how to bring data to life and communicate confidently. After beginning her career in the Philippines, Ching worked in Singapore for six years, and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2016, she was honored to be named one of Silicon Valley’s Top 100 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Thank you to our Sponsor & Host

Recommended for: Senior Executives; Emerging Executives; Entrepreneurs/Founders; Graduate Students; Women; Men; Health and Life Sciences Industry; Investment and Portfolio Industry; New and Emerging Technology Industry