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Watermark Entrepreneur Conference Set for Oct. 6 at Fenwick & West

Tuesday, September 27, 2016  
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Keynote features Robyn Sue Fisher, Founder and CEO of Smitten Ice Cream, who began selling her fresh ice cream from a red Radio Flyer wagon on the streets of San Francisco and will end the year with 10 stores throughout the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. – Sept. 27, 2016 – Watermark, a Bay Area-based women executives membership organization working to increase the number of women in leadership positions, delivers on its commitment to provide relevant professional development with its annual Watermark Entrepreneur Conference, set for 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, at Fenwick & West in Mountain View.

Designed for women (and men, too) who have an idea for a business, are already running their own business or are working on internal corporate initiatives, the Watermark Entrepreneur Conference features access to several of the most prominent venture capitalists and other investors active in Silicon Valley and beyond.

Along with the keynote "fireside chat" with Smitten Ice Cream founder and CEO Robyn Sue Fisher, participating entrepreneurs, VCs, angels and corporate investors include:

  • Nancy Schoendorf, General Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures
  • Susan Lucas-Conwell, Chief Innovation Catalyst, Growth Resources
  • Edith Dorsen, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Women’s Venture Capital Fund
  • June Fallon, Advisor, Board Member, Accredited Investor, Sand Hill Angels
  • Christie Pitts, Venture Development Manager, Verizon Ventures
  • Karen Drexler, Founding Member, Astia Angels
  • Manthi Nguyen, Investor, Band of Angels
  • Gwen Edwards, Investor, Golden Seeds

The intensive half-day conference will offer helpful information, in-depth and interactive breakout sessions and networking opportunities to address the many business challenges that entrepreneurs face in launching and scaling their businesses.

Joining the eight VC presenters are 10 of the Bay Area’s most successful entrepreneurial innovators eager to share their firsthand experience, including Ching-Yee Hu, Founder and CEO of Sprogs Fresh; Beth Kawasaki, Founding Committee and Vice President, ReBoot Accelerator for Women; Theodora Lee, Founder and Owner, Theopolis Vineayards; Julie Clugage, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Team4Tech; Shellye Archambeau, CEO, MetricStream; Heather Sullivan, VP, Human Resources, Samsung Global Innovation Center; Wendy Castleman, Innovation Leader and Design Thinking Strategist, Intuit; Julius Pryor III, Head of Innovation, Diversity and Inclusion, Genentech/Roche; Christie Simons, Partner, Deloitte & Touche and Gordy Davidson, Partner, Fenwick & West.

“This is an excellent opportunity for attendees to talk with and learn from the experts as they move forward to achieve their entrepreneurial goals,” says Watermark CEO Marlene Williamson. “We’ve lined up some very exciting investors and entrepreneurs to share their experiences, strategies, lessons learned and what's next on the horizon.”

For information regarding the full agenda, breakout sessions, bios on all of the speakers and the concluding wine reception, please visit our event page.

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.


What: Watermark Entrepreneur Conference 2016

Date: Thursday, Oct. 6, 2015

Time: 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM PDT

Location: Fenwick & West, 801 California St., Mountain View

Non-Members: $145; member pricing varies