Watermark Leadership Conference 2017
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Watermark Leadership Conference 2017

When: Fri. July 14, 2017
9:30 am-4:30 pm PST
Where: Intuit
2600 Marine Way, Building 20
Mountain View, California 
United States
Contact: Mary Thorsby

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Prestige Members: Complimentary   |   Basic Members: $90 
Members Bring a Guest for $125   |  Non-Members: $145

NOTE: We are SOLD OUT! If you'd like to be added to our wait list, please let us know and we'll circle back to you!

Recognizing that today's leaders can be found at all stages of their careers, we’re combining engaging and inspirational speakers with diverse, interactive panels and sessions. Learn more about leadership, and yourself, at this very special conference. Seating is limited and the conference always sells out, so RSVP today to ensure your spot!

Here's what attendees said about our 2016 Leadership Conference:

  • “Very organized and extremely professional, with very accomplished, successful speakers and panelists.”
  • “Really great! Terrific job! Speakers were inspiring and gave me so much to think about in terms of my own career and development.”
  • “Today’s conference was wonderful. This is my second conference and I left feeling motivated and re-energized.”
  • “What a fantastic opportunity to be in the company of so many fellow leaders who want to lead better, with more authenticity and fearlessness!”


2017 Agenda at a Glance

9:30 a.m. Registration, Breakfast and Networking


10 a.m. Welcome
Jennifer Correa, VP and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Intuit
Marlene Williamson, CEO, Watermark


10:10 a.m. Keynote Speaker
Daina Middleton, author, Grace Meets Grit: How to Bring Out the Remarkable, Courageous Leader Within

Daina Middleton shares lessons learned from her own career and reveals how she achieved success at the highest levels of some of today’s most male-dominated fields. She'll show you how to recognize and embrace your unique strengths as leaders, leverage the “leadership superpowers” of others and make an immediate difference in the culture and effectiveness of your organization.

11 a.m. Panel: Embracing – and Thriving Through – Change
With ever-present reorganizations, restructurings and layoffs, the thought of losing a job can paralyze anyone. But it doesn’t have to. Find out what you can be doing now to prepare for the inevitable changes you’ll continue to face – and not just adapt, but thrive as you move through your career gracefully and courageously.


Bindu Garapaty
, Marketing Talent and Leadership Development, Juniper Networks
Liz Lawlor, HR Program Manager, Intuit
Denise Thomas, Government Contracts & Pricing, Gilead Sciences
Cammie Dunaway
, author, Fit Matters: How to Love Your Job


12 p.m. Lunch


12:40 p.m. Raffle Drawing

12:45 p.m. Girls Who Code Presentation
Founded in 2012 to close the gender gap in technology, today Girls Who Code (GWC) reaches 10,000 girls in 42 states through after-school clubs and summer programs. Intuit is a frequent host to the GWC summer program, giving high school sophomores and juniors hands-on experience in computing concepts, programming fundamentals, mobile phone development, robotics and web development and design. Intuit employees also serve as mentors, speakers and field trip chaperones. A portion of our conference proceeds will benefit Girls Who Code as part of our mission to support girls' leadership programs and ensure a well-qualified workforce for the future.


1 p.m. Coding Her Way to CEO: One Introvert’s Path to Power
Fireside Chat with Lauren Goode, Senior Technology Editor, The Verge, interviewing Gladys Kong, CEO, UberMedia
How does an introverted engineer who immigrated to the U.S. from Hong Kong as a teenager get tapped to succeed Bill Gross as CEO of UberMedia, an Idealab-powered company recognized by The Wall Street Journal as one of the 50 most successful startups? Learn how she made the leap into leadership, becoming one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women and leading her company to profitability for the first time less than a year after being named CEO.



1:45 p.m. Networking Break

Bring your business cards and spend a few minutes connecting with all the wonderful attendees you'll meet today! Or simply stretch your legs, grab some water, tea or coffee and get ready for our inspiring and interactive workshop.


2 p.m. Speak Up. Stand Out. Be Heard!
Workshop Featuring Charmaine McClarie, McClarie Group

Communicating is more than words and phrases. It is the ability to project competence and professionalism; voice opinions confidently; speak up in meetings; move plans and projects forward and present ideas "up the ladder" in a way that garners attention and respect.

Whether speaking to managers, employees or large groups, you need to ensure you're heard, supported and understood. In Charmaine McClarie's workshop, you'll learn strategies that are the heart of her Executive Success Principles as you discover how to:

• Go from invisible to visible
• Communicate both up and down the food chain
• Increase communicative self-awareness
• Build competence, confidence and credibility
• Be seen and heard as leaders

Polish your "leadership presence" by re-examining how you see yourself and embrace the power, confidence and presence you need as you move forward in your career.

3:20 p.m. Closing Remarks

3:30-4:30 p.m. Bastille Day Reception
Celebrate Bastille Day and the conclusion of the Leadership Conference with a French-themed reception. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and bubbles on Intuit’s breathtaking patio.


Speaker Bios

Throughout her career as an executive for companies such as Frito Lay, Yahoo! and KidZania, Cammie Dunaway has earned a stellar reputation as a brand-builder with an impressive list of corporate and startup successes.

And then along the way, something happened: she began listening to her heart. Two successful years into a prestigious position as Executive VP of Sales and Marketing of Nintendo, Cammie realized that while this job appeared to be the culmination of all she’d accomplished in her career, it was not truly a good soul-fit.

Hoping to share what she’d learned the hard way, she and her executive coach co-wrote the book, Fit Matters. In it, they address practical, hands-on ways to explore, as she writes, “what could happen for all of us, and for the world, if more people actually LOVED their jobs?”

In addition to putting her reflections and practical tools into this book, Cammie currently advises many companies and serves on the board of directors for Red Robin, Nordstrom FSB and Go Health. She’s been featured and quoted in publications such as The New Yorker, USA Today and Forbes, and is a frequent speaker at organizations such as Stanford, Levi Strauss, General Mills and LinkedIn.

She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School.

CammieDunaway.com     LinkedIn     @cwd8

Bindu Garapaty is the Marketing Talent and Leadership Development manager for Juniper Networks and the CEO of The Happy Leader. As a true believer in the human potential, Bindu has found the intersection of happiness, human behavior and leadership. She drives the New College Grad and senior leadership development program for Marketing at Juniper Networks. And with a doctorate degree in clinical psychology and an entrepreneurial spirit, she is the co-founder and CEO of The Happy Leader, LLC. She infuses evidence-based practices and lessons learned from her leadership roles in health care, corporate and academia to empower leaders to find their intersection of happiness, meaning and impact.

Bindu is a Watermark member, serves on the Emerging Executive Advisory Committee and is co-lead of the South Bay Women Like Us Network. She was honored last fall with the Emerging Executive of the Year award at Watermark's Make Your Mark Awards.

The Happy Leader    LinkedIn   @BinduGarapaty

Lauren Goode has been covering the consumer technology industry for nearly a decade, interviewing some of the biggest names in tech. She is currently a senior technology editor at The Verge, host of the new Verge video series "Next Level" and co-hosts “Too Embarrassed to Ask” on Recode Radio with Kara Swisher. Prior to The Verge, Lauren was managing editor of consumer tech coverage at Recode and was a senior tech reviewer at AllThingsD. Before that, she worked as a multimedia producer and reporter at the Wall Street Journal Digital Network, where she helped launch its live-streaming video programming and produced and co-hosted the "Digits" technology show. She started her career in media working from the ground up in cable television.

LinkedIn    @LaurenGoode

Gladys Kong, CEO of UberMedia, is an award-winning expert in mobile technology and data solutions. Since joining UberMedia in 2012 as CTO, Gladys has been responsible for assembling a best-in-class data science team. She’s overseen UberMedia’s pivot from a social media app developer to a leading mobile location data and technology company.
An entrepreneur and founder of multiple tech companies, Gladys holds numerous patents in the mobile technology space. In 2016 and 2015, Business Insider named Gladys one of its “30 Most Powerful Women in Mobile Advertising.” In 2016, Mobile Marketer named her one of the 25 “Mobile Women to Watch.”
Under her leadership, UberMedia has been ranked #16 in The Wall Street Journal’s Top 50 Startups, listed as one of Fast Company’s “50 Most Innovative Companies,” one of the OnMedia Top 100 Private Companies and one of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” by Entrepreneur Magazine.  
Gladys earned her B.S. degree in engineering and applied science from California Institute of Technology and an M.S. degree in computer science from UCLA. She currently sits on the board of directors for Innovate Pasadena, an organization promoting technology and entrepreneurship.

UberMedia     LinkedIn     @gladyzzz

Liz Lawlor is a Human Resources program manager for Intuit, leading the company through changes in how best to assess and grow talent. She is a graduate of Intuit's highly selective HR Rotational Program, where she gained a unique perspective in the changing needs of the technology workforce and helped drive one of the most significant change initiatives for Intuit HR in recent memory.

Liz earned her business administration degree, with an emphasis in management and operations, from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

LinkedIn    @liz_lawlor

Charmaine McClarie is a senior executive coach who helps leaders have their best year ever. She has worked with leaders in 27 industries across five continents. Her clients include top executives from Coca-Cola, DuPont, Humana, Johnson & Johnson, Starbucks and T-Mobile.

During her 20+ years as an executive coach, 98% of Charmaine’s clients have been promoted within 18 months – whether that means going from SVP to EVP, growing from regional to global leadership or becoming corporate director.

Charmaine serves on the EMBA program faculty at the University of Missouri Kansas City Bloch School of Management and is a visiting lecturer at the Smith College Executive Education program.

McClarie Group has been profiled in Financial Times, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times and People.

McClarie Group     LinkedIn     @McClarieGroup     YouTube


Daina Middleton is an author and expert in marketing, and currently a leadership coach. Her previous roles include head of business marketing at Twitter; CEO of the global performance marketing company Performics; SVP of analytics, social media and innovation at Moxie Interactive and various marketing roles at Hewlett-Packard.

Her new recent book, Grace Meets Grit: How to Bring Out The Remarkable, Courageous Leader Within, is designed to drive actionable behavioral change for women and men in the workplace. She is also the author of Marketing in the Participation Age.

Daina serves as a director on the boards of Marin Software and Healthwise. Her work has been published in Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company, The Huffington Post and Ad Week, and she has appeared on CNBC.

DainaMiddleton.com     LinkedIn     @DainaMiddleton     Facebook     YouTube


Denise Thomas is Manager of Government Contracts and Pricing at Gilead Sciences, a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. She has over 10 years of pricing experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry. In her current role, Denise is responsible for managing, analyzing and assisting in the submission of Federal, Medicaid and 340B drug pricing programs. She also provides strategic input, financial and operational assessments of legislative and regulatory changes.

In addition, Denise serves as a co-lead on Gilead’s Leadership Organization of Black Employees Strategic Partnership pillar, an employee resource group designed to foster a sense of belonging and inclusion that can spark innovation, accelerate employee development and make a difference inside and outside Gilead.

Denise earned her degree in economics and finance from Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville.





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