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Watermark Announces 2016 Make Your Mark Award Winners; Keynote: Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Thursday, November 10, 2016  
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Mary Thorsby
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21st Year of Honoring Outstanding Women  

PALO ALTO, CALIF. – Nov. 10, 2016 – Watermark, a community of Bay Area executive women at the top of their fields – as well as those well on their way – honors seven outstanding Bay Area leaders the annual Make Your Mark Awards.

The awards, now in their 21st year, honor leaders who embody the organization’s mission of increasing the number of women in leadership roles by empowering them to make their mark for their companies, careers and communities.

This year’s winners are (bios at end of document):

Connection: Lauren Diehl of Oracle

Development: Ana Corrales of Google / Nest

Advocacy: Susan Lovegren of AppDynamics

Impact: Intuit

Bill Campbell Award (Man Who Gets It): Gordy Davidson of Fenwick & West – marking the first time that Watermark has given its Make Your Mark Award to a man

Watermark Emerging Executive of the Year: Bindu Garapaty of Juniper Networks Watermark

Senior Executive of the Year: Julie Brush of Solutus Legal Search

The event’s keynote speaker: Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Founder, CEO and President of The Representation Project.

 “Our Make Your Mark Awards winners forge purposeful, meaningful and lasting relationships that amplify their individual and collective impact,” says Watermark CEO Marlene Williamson. “They are great examples of leaders who connect, develop and advocate for other women, every step of the way.”

Sponsors include Intuit, Amazon Lab126, LinkedIn, Seiler LLP, Oracle, Juniper Networks, Houlihan Lokey, Sequoia, Genomic Health and Grant Thornton. Wine sponsor: Attune. Media sponsor: Silicon Valley Magazine.

Winner Bios

Lauren Diehl of Oracle Corporation

Lauren is a Senior Director of Global Customer Management. She joined Oracle in 1990, moving from Boston to California and has been a global business leader for 26 years. She passionately leads a global team empowering the Support Account Management community to enable greater success with Oracle's largest and most strategic customers. 

During the past 16 years, Lauren has contributed to the growth of Oracle's revenue from strategic Support customers from $2B to $10B. Current responsibilities include globalizing strategic initiatives, M&A, communication, education for the Support Account Management community and innovation of tools and processes for more effective business management. Lauren is focused on growing customer satisfaction and revenue with Oracle's largest Support customers, thus ensuring customers drive true business value and maximize the benefits from their Oracle solutions.

Lauren has a proven track record in globalizing strategic initiatives and successfully evolving the Global Support Account Management organization through industry and organizational change. She has successfully integrated 90+ acquisitions over the last 16 years into Global Customer Management including Sun, BEA, Siebel and PeopleSoft. Lauren is a Watermark member and executive sponsor for HQ Oracle Women’s Leadership (OWL). She is also a winner of the TWIN award from the YWCA.

Lauren's passion is enabling and motivating others within Oracle's large global organization, and she has been highly successful in achieving and exceeding goals through an engaging leadership style that breaks down barriers to success and influences the performance of direct and indirect teams. 

Ana Corrales of Google / Nest

Ana is Vice President of Global Operations, Supply Chain and Google Store for Google / Nest. A well-known people leader with a knack for growing startup businesses into multi-billion dollar companies, Ana has been honored with the Most Powerful and Influential Women Award from the National Diversity Council, the Tribute to Women Award from the YMCA and the Industry Leader Award from the Professional Business Women of California.

Prior to her role at Google, Ana was Senior Vice President of Product Operations at Cisco Systems. At Cisco, Ana held multiple senior leadership roles across Operations including Quote to Cash, Customer Operations, New Business/ Consumption Model enablement, and Supply Chain. Before joining Cisco, she was an operations leader at Hewlett Packard.

In 2006, Ana co-founded and served on the board of a solar startup. As the acting CEO, Ana successfully sold the company in 2010.

Ana is a native of Costa Rica and earned her master's degree in engineering from Stanford University. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children. In her free time, she enjoys photography, dancing, baking and trying to play the piano.

Susan Lovegren of AppDynamics

Susan is Chief People Officer at AppDynamics, where she leads the company’s vision, strategy and programs around its people. Susan is passionate about creating working environments where both employees and business thrive. In the rapidly changing world of work – new business models, skills transformation, automation, analytics, globalization, diversity – Susan recognizes that HR has a critical and strategic role to play. Building HR organizations that look to the future as well as build the fundamentals through a great employee experience has been an ongoing passion. She believes employee programs and practices should be relevant for today's contemporary workforce and HR has a unique role in positively challenging the status quo. Prior to AppDynamics, Susan was Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Juniper Networks. She is a longtime Watermark member and co-leads the C-Suite CHRO Network.

Gordon Davidson of Fenwick & West

Gordy is a Partner at Fenwick & West, advising high-technology, clean technology and life sciences companies, with clients ranging from startups to Fortune 1000 companies. He has worked on 50+ public offerings and 100+ acquisitions valued at more than $75 billion and has represented boards of directors, audit committees and executives in numerous special investigations.
He has been recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal, Corporate Lawyer of the Year for the Silicon Valley and Securities Lawyer of the Year for the San Francisco Area by Best Lawyers. In September 2016, Gordy was named to the Global Silicon Valley Hall of Fame.
Along with Bill Campbell and Shellye Archambeau, Gordy has been a co-sponsor of the Watermark Entrepreneur Conference since its inception.

Bindu Garapaty of Juniper Networks and The Happy Leader, LLC

Bindu manages Marketing Talent and Leadership Development at Juniper Networks and is the CEO, The Happy Leader, LLC. 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.

Julie Brush of Solutus Legal Search

Julie is Founding Partner of Solutus Legal Search. She is widely recognized as the leading legal industry expert and counselor to elite corporate and law firm executives throughout the globe. Her legal search and consulting practice spans all market sectors and includes general counsel, junior to senior in-house counsel and lateral law firm partner placement. Julie is the founder and author of The Lawyer Whisperer, a popular career and advice column for legal professionals and corporate organizations.

Her awards include The Women’s Initiative Entrepreneur of the Year, the Women of Influence Award, the Best and Brightest Business Leaders of "40 Under 40" by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and the YWCA Tribute to Women & Industry Award.

Julie is a Watermark member, co-lead of Watermark’s General Counsel Women of the C-Suite Network and a Watermark Ambassador.

About Watermark

Watermark is the leading community of top women executives, entrepreneurs and emerging executives in the San Francisco Bay Area whose mission is to increase the number of women in leadership positions. The membership organization connects, develops and advocates for the advancement of women in the workplace by offering regular leadership development programs and networking opportunities and promoting gender diversity and equality initiatives. Watermark supports girls’ leadership programs, as well, to help build a well-qualified workforce for the future.