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Athena and Watermark Launch Alliance to Scale Impact of Women in Leadership

Tuesday, February 26, 2019   (0 Comments)
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SAN FRANCISCO, February 26, 2019 – Watermark and Athena today announce a strategic alliance to expand market access and scale impact across California through their combined women’s leadership training.

As California’s leading, member-based organizations dedicated to advancing the careers of professional women, Watermark and Athena  have a combined 45 years of providing leadership training, mentoring, and networking to close the gender and pay gap. 

This timely partnership will grant Watermark and Athena’s respective member portfolios with reciprocal membership privileges in accessing 100+ annual leadership training programs.  By bridging California’s top two influential women’s advocacy groups from San Diego to San Francisco, the multiplier effect will serve the significant talent demands inside these global STEM hubs.

“This collaboration was an epiphany to bring extended value to the members of both Watermark and Athena,” stated Marlene Williamson, Watermark’s CEO and Board Director. “We will further empower our respective communities with access to rich experiences, thought-leading content, and unsurpassed resources to keep moving the dial on gender parity.”

“As companies compete for both talent and customers, they recognize the need to modernize their workforce and board leadership,” said Holly Smithson, Athena’s CEO. “The collective output of this alliance stands to enrich the talent pipeline, expand the power of the networks and provide businesses with an unparalleled talent recruitment platform.”

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About Watermark

Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, Watermark is the leading community of top women executives, emerging executives and entrepreneurs 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 also supports girls’ leadership programs to help build a well-qualified workforce for the future. For more information visit: and follow @wtrmrk.

About Athena

Athena is widening the bridge to empower 1 million women working and leading in STEM, by 2030.  Athena offers its member community with instruments for change through leadership training, community investment, and market research. Its 20-year history of advancing women in one of the nation's leading STEM hubs marks Athena as a premier women's empowerment advocate. For more information visit: and follow @athenasandiego.


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