2019 Watermark Innovation Conference
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2019 Watermark Innovation Conference

When: Wed., April 17, 2019
7:00 am-5:00 pm PST
Where: Juniper Networks
Aspiration Dome
1081 Innovation Way
Sunnyvale, California 
United States
Contact: Erin Tselenchuk

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Prestige Members: Complimentary   |   Basic Members: $95   |   Members Bring a Guest for $135   |  Non-Members: $155

Innovation - Shifting Perspective, Shifting the Dial

Mark your calendars and save the date for our annual Innovation Conference at Juniper Networks Aspiration Dome on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. This year's conference focuses around the concept of the people behind technology that is changing the narrative around women leaders in the workplace. Thought-leaders, disrupters, innovators, data-driven specialists, human-focused advocates and leading companies and organizations are converging for one day to share how anyone, from any function, from any industry can implement tech for good through a series of keynotes, panels, and workshops. Join us and learn why and how to shift the gender perspective for a more equitable future.

Onsite Professional Head Shots! Be sure to stop by during registration, lunch or breaks at our onsite portrait studio with Suz McFadden Photo. Update your professional head shot with a complimentary session. Images are shared after the conference and available for purchase online.

Special Morning Agenda: C-Suite Exclusive Workshop*

7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Pre-Registration for C-Suite Breakfast Workshop

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. C-Suite Breakfast Workshop: Susan Lindner | Storytelling for Innovators and Disruptors

Disruption is seismic. It triggers new growth, products and amazing market opportunities. And it offers layoffs, political infighting, and destruction. How do leaders get customers to follow them in light of massive change and an uncertain future? By cracking the code on history’s greatest storytellers, Susan gives leaders a blueprint for creating their own stories that offer a vision, message, and path that the market can follow – with religious zeal. Whether you’re a corporate innovator or startup disruptor, this talk is the critical link that lets you communicate your ideas and turn a message into a movement that others will follow. During this session, you'll take the impact back to your team: 1) Learn how top CEOs are crafting stories that move audiences to embrace disruption, 2) Get a step-by-step guide to telling your personal story of innovation, and 3) why followers should care Prepare for the inevitable opposition from the market, and soldier on anyway.

*Included in Innovation Conference registration cost but is only available to those currently in the Watermark C-Suite Networks; please register HERE for this session.

General Agenda (check back for updates and new guest speakers!)

8:30 a.m. Registration, Breakfast and Networking

10:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks: Watermark and Juniper

10:10 a.m. Fireside Keynote: Katica Roy, CEO of Pipeline Equity in conversation with Kristen Go, USA Today

11:00 a.m. Innovation Keynote: Holly Liu, Co-Founder Kabam

11:50 a.m. Announcements

12:00 p.m. Lunch, Book Signings, Headshots

12:45 p.m. Nonprofit Partner | Simone Marean, Girls Leadership CEO and Co-Founder
As part of our commitment to girls' leadership programs, Watermark will donate a portion of our conference proceeds to Girls Leadership. Girls Leadership's mission is to equip girls with the skills to exercise the power of their voice. By structuring their work around four central values (Authentic Communications, Courageous Growth, Equity, and Play), their goal is to reach 25 million girls and provide them with the awareness, skills and confidence to live as everyday leaders. Learn more about this organization during a special afternoon conversation. 

1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Equal Reality Meets Leadership, with BlackRock | An Afternoon with Interactive Demo: "A Seat at the Table"

This original and interactive demo will feature “A Seat at the Table”, an exclusive demo of Watermark's new VR IP created with Equal Reality. You will be the first to experience this exciting new IP intended to uncover unconscious bias and have the tough conversations that follow in a no-shame no-blame manner. Moderated by Kate Byrne, President of Intentional Media, conversations with Diana Angelini from BlackRock and Annie Harper from Equal Reality will uncover the importance of this technology for any industry as you witness the evolution of closing the unconscious bias gap.

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. The Chemistry Group | A Hands-on Workshop

Talent is abundant. Achievement is scarce. Due to poor decisions, based on uninformed, inconsistent and biased information, talent is not accurately identified or connected to the right opportunity. This interactive session based on data will engage everyone in the room and is designed to identify What Great Looks Like for you, your team, and your business, and then connect everything so you can work brilliantly together. By combining business, technology, HR and psychology expertise, learn the art and science of talent identification, growth and management.

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Networking Break

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Panel | Tech for Good

Innovation is more than just technology changing how we do business, but rather how to do business for good. Big and small, public and private, for-profit and nonprofit, how we do business is changing in a demanding world that needs more than just profits. By integrating a "give-back" model to their business, learn more about how these thought-provoking companies and organizations are winning consumers, customers, members, partners, and the general public by driving technology to advance women in positions of leadership and that makes our world a better place. 


• Morgan Stanley: Alice Vilma, Managing Director Multicultural Client Strategy

• SurveyMonkey: Jon Cohen, Chief Research Officer

• EA: Julie Wynn, Global Partner Solutions and Manager, Outreach and Corporate Giving

• Moderated by: Karina Cabrera-Bell, Founding Partner, OpenAccess and CEO, Reach Mama Network

4:00 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Closing Remarks

4:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Reception


SPEAKER BIOS (in order of appearance)

Susan Lindner | Founder and CEO, Emerging Media

Cultural Anthropologist. Brand Marketer. Disruptor. Susan got her start as an AIDS educator in the brothels of Thailand, helping turn prostitutes into entrepreneurs. Today, she's the founder of Emerging Media, a branding, PR and marketing agency dedicated to helping tech founders reach their finish lines. Her award-winning strategies have gotten 10 companies acquired, and she is now hell bent on sharing them with the world. Susan speaks to startups, innovators, and top executives from 60+ countries at GE, PWC, Deutsche Bank, Capital One and at global conferences, consulates and trade organizations about strategic storytelling, mastering the message and the media for maximum impact.


Katica Roy | CEO and Founder, Pipeline Equity

Katica Roy is the founder and CEO of Pipeline, an award-winning SaaS company that leverages artificial intelligence to identify and drive economic gains through gender equity. In addition to its core platform, Pipeline launched the first gender equity app on Salesforce’s AppExchange. As a former programmer, UI/UX designer and data scientist, Roy draws on this rich expertise to build a company that in just over one year won seven awards, including the AI Breakthrough Award (Google and Qualcomm were winners in other categories), launched a social listening campaign that garnered 18MM impressions in two months, and quadrupled the sales pipeline. Katica is also a thought-leader, frequent editorial contributor and speaker, in 2017 was named a Luminary by the Colorado Technology Association, in 2018 a Denver Business Journal Outstanding Women in Business finalist and in 2019 a Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business.

Kristen Go | West Coast Editor, USA Today

Kristen is the managing editor for news and works with the national reporters and editors who cover breaking news and enterprise throughout the western half of the United States. She's worked at The San Francisco Chronicle, the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, Arizona Republic and Denver Post. She lives in Northern California.




Holly Liu | Co-Founder, Kabam

Holly is the co-founder of mobile gaming company Kabam. She was the lead designer for their flagship game, Kingdom of Camelot. She is a Visiting Partner at Y Combinator, a Board Member of Animoca, and is on the advisory board at University of California, Berkeley School of Information. In 2018, she receive the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Technology Entrepreneurship Award, and she was featured among “America’s Top 50 Women in Tech” by Forbes” Named one of Fortune’s “10 Most Powerful Women in Gaming”, Forbes’ “12 Women in Gaming to Watch”, and Forbes’ “10 Women Entrepreneurs to Watch from Google Ventures’ Portfolio Companies”, she was also named by Inc as a Top 10 female founder unicorn. She studied at UC Berkeley and at the University of California, Los Angeles.


Simone Marean | CEO and Co-Founder, Girls Leadership

Simone has taught Girls Leadership programs and presented on girls across the country and internationally, including the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls and the American School in Dubai. Simone has a Masters degree in Educational Theatre from NYU and taught at many New York City schools including The Young Women’s Leadership School, and The Brearley School. She has appeared on the Today Show and KQED’s Forum. Simone grew up on the north shore of Boston and graduated from Bryn Mawr College Magna Cum Laude. She now lives in Berkeley, CA.

Annie Harper | CEO and Co-Founder, Equal Reality

Annie is a Technology Specialist and Entrepreneur, and one of Women's Agenda female founders to watch in 2018, Tech Crunch Startup Battlefield, and YC Startup School. Annie believed there were more effective ways to teach social skills and inclusion, and founded Equal Reality to do just that; utilizing Virtual Reality's ability to teach what it’s like to be in another person's position. By using Virtual Reality to convey these experiences, users can learn in a way which is private, immersive, and repeatable. Annie specializes in creating immersive experiences. Her broad technical background covers Programming, Game Development, Computer Graphic Art, UX testing and research, Multi-Spectral light cameras / sensing technology. She has worked on the initial team at Intel’s Perceptual Computing group, and at Intel RealSense lab building Brain-Computer Interface prototypes. Prior to engineering, Annie created computer graphic art for the Discovery Channel, Architecture, Military and Negotiation training.

Diana Angelini | Partner Consultant at Aladdin Wealth Technology, BlackRock

Diana Angelini is a Partner Consultant within BlackRock’s Aladdin Wealth Technology team. She drives go-to-market strategies and engagements that help financial institutions unlock technology use through innovative marketing and shared expertise. She represents to clients BlackRock’s robo-advisor, FutureAdvisor, and award-winning wealth technology iRetire. Previously, she worked on Wealth Advisory sales teams, responsible for bringing in over $800 million of BlackRock mutual funds, iShares ETFs, and alternatives. As Secretary of BlackRock’s WIN Network, a founding member of the WIN Community Connect Committee, and the San Francisco Leadership Community Engagement Committee, she connects BlackRock to broader companies and organizations, focused on diversity, inclusion and philanthropic initiatives. Prior to BlackRock, she was a Banker at J.P. Morgan Private Bank, and founded the first annual Women’s Mentorship Networking Luncheon and Putnam Investments first Women's Leadership Network. She also founded “The Dot Series”, a cross-industry millennial networking society, and is an Emerging Executive Advisory Council for Watermark. Diana graduated from Boston College Carroll School of Management with a dual degree in Finance and Marketing, and was President of the largest on-campus organization, Women in Business.

Kate Byrne | President | Intentional Media

Kate married her interest in technology and its ability to advance publishing, and drives Intentional Media as President, a growing global media company dedicated to social impact. She is developing and mentoring a team of CEOs, building new products and amplifying the voices of many who are doing amazing work. With background in generating revenue and promoting social good, Kate has put her expertise to work in both public and private blue chip brands, playing executive leadership roles at Watermark, 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, a regular speaker on issues of gender parity and recognized as one of the 40 most influential top industry performers. She graduated from Stanford with a BA in Psychology.

The Chemistry Group

The Chemistry Group believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to be brilliant at work. Being in the right role in the right place is key to people reaching their potential. Having the right people in the right roles is key to an organization reaching its full potential, too. They’re experts in making that happen. Chemistry spends their days doing some seriously cool stuff around the prediction of people performance, providing organizations with scientifically robust people assessments, highly customized by their in-house science team, that mean volumes of talent can be screened objectively and efficiently. Their assessments have a positive impact on hiring process efficiency, hiring experience and quality of hire, which drives real commercial outcomes for businesses. Laura Brennand-Carter (VP Strategic Sales) will show how Chemistry is changing the way many global organizations think about people selection, enabling them to find and hire the right people for them at scale. Most importantly, they’re giving everyone the opportunity to be brilliant. Laura is a passionate business leader committed to creating more opportunities for people to be brilliant at work. Laura has spent the last ten years leading global, people transformation programs within Fortune 100 companies across Financial Services, Retail, Technology, Healthcare and Professional Services. An expert in assessment & selection, people analytics and business performance improvement, Laura connects the business and HR to enable people and organization to realize their full potential. British-born and New York-based, Laura now leads Chemistry's operations in North America.

Alice Vilma |Managing Director Multicultural Client Strategy, Morgan Stanley

Based at Morgan Stanley in New York City on the Multicultural Client Strategy Team, Alice works with her partners at the Firm to strengthen Morgan Stanley’s connection to the multicultural business community by identifying, developing and executing commercial opportunities with corporate, government, institutional and individual clients. She is also Co-head of the Morgan Stanley Multicultural Innovation Lab, an accelerator that invests in and supports tech and tech-enabled startups with a multicultural or woman founder. She has worked in different roles within the Global Capital Markets Division, including Equity Capital Markets, Securitization and GCM Management. With over 20 years of investment banking, capital markets, structured finance and investing experience across various asset classes and sectors, she has executed over $25Bn of securitization, structured finance and equity transactions over that time. She serves on the boards of Freefrom, New York Road Runners and the University of Miami School of Business. She graduated Cum Laude with a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Miami and received her MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Julie Wynn, Global Partner Solutions and Manager, Outreach and Corporate Giving, EA

Julie began the philanthropic department at Electronic Arts in 2001 and have been involved in the formulation of its mission and goals as well as strategizing partnerships and directions for growth. EA’s footprint is global and they leverage our talent and games to amplify our giving and our impact. They celebrate diversity and seek out partnerships that align with our objectives toward inclusive experiences, and to truly empower the world to play.



Jon Cohen | Chief Research Officer, SurveyMonkey

Jon joined the company in January 2014 bringing nearly two decades of research expertise to its portfolio of survey software products, as well as strategic direction for future innovations. Previously, he was Vice President of Research at the Pew Research Center. As Director of Polling and Polling Editor, he also led The Washington Post’s polling operation through two presidential campaigns and four congressional cycles, as well as numerous gubernatorial and mayoral elections. Prior to the Post, he was a polling expert at ABC News and the Public Policy Institute of California. Jon is a TEDx speaker and an active member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR). Jon earned an MA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in History from Johns Hopkins University.


Karina Cabrera-Bell | Founding Partner, OpenAccess | Founder & CEO, Reach Mama Network

Karina is the Founding Partner at OpenAccess, a boutique talent strategy firm helping companies discover, develop and promote women leaders. A relentless champion for women and girls, Karina is also the Founder, CEO, and podcast host of The Reach Mama Network, a company that connects professional moms of color to opportunity and profiles high-powered moms of color about their career journeys. With over 15 years working in all levels of government, including The White House, US Senate and City government. At the Obama White House, Karina lead the Congressional Affairs and Outreach/Recruitment efforts within the Presidential Personnel Office. She devised strategies to strengthen relationships with Congress and key community partners across the country. She developed leadership programs to grow team skills and recruited dynamic leaders to join President Obama’s political team, having led the most diverse federal workforce in history. She also worked in the U.S. Senate as Senior Policy Advisor for New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Department of Energy and in local government for the New York City Comptroller's Office, and on numerous political campaigns including two presidential campaigns (Obama 08' and Kerry 04'). Karina has been featured in Forbes, ABC News 7 and Univision and she serves on the Community Advisory Panel for KQED Public Media and on the board of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley.

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