Leadership Workshops

One of the most valuable parts of being a Watermark sponsor is access to our on-site Customized Corporate Programs, which are designed to strengthen and enhance your company’s female talent.

These leadership development programs are not to be confused with our public events – they are facilitated on your campus or at your office for your intended audience, whether it be sponsor members, women at various management levels or even clients and partners. Each unique program is strategically designed to foster career, personal and corporate development.

Each Customized Corporate Program is subject to individual pricing, so feel free to select one or more that best target your specific needs. If you are interested in multiple programs, we recommend applying for Watermark sponsorship, which provides a significant discount for all programs. For more information, please contact Kim Steppe

Our Customized Corporate Programs fall into four categories:

Emotional Intelligence

  • Discover Your Why: Knowing your Why helps you find clarity in your purpose, bringing fulfillment and value to you and your business. Many of us know the vision of our business or the mission of our organization, but few of us truly understand our Why. In this workshop, participants will craft their personal Why statement and discuss ways to bring it to life. Having a clear Why allows you to be at your best and focus on what truly matters to you and your work.
  • Leveraging Mental Toughness to Rock Disruption: Disruption or the threat of disruption can happen internally when there is a change in leadership for example, or externally when an entire company or industry is at risk. How we greet disruption can paralyze us, or it can propelled us to the next level thinking required for maximum agility and progress. Learn how to leverage Mental Toughness to use disruption to your advantage today and in the future. 
  • Successful Leadership: Five Keys of Influence: What defines successful leadership?  What common traits are shared among the most impactful and influential leaders of our time?   One thing: Communication.  If you want to be an effective leader in your life and career, build dedicated and loyal teams of employees, and motivate communities for change, mastering this skill is crucial.  In this interactive workshop you will learn the five keys of strong communication for improved leadership, sales, and business success.  By using engaging, hands-on exercises based in psychology that are designed to tap into your brain’s natural potential, you will have a deeper understanding of your hidden personal and professional barriers in communication that keep you from sharing your mission effectively and you will learn new skills, based in brain science, on how to inspire and motivate others to work with you.
  • Gaining Mental Toughness to Show Up and Deliver:  Many times we don't see what world-class performers put into the finished product. We see the tip of the iceberg, an athlete on t.v. or a CEO on a company wide address or in a press conference. They work extremely hard to reach a high-level of proficiency, and it's vital that they know how to deliver especially when it really matters. What you want to achieve is no less important. What could you achieve if you understood, mastered and applied the same tips, tools and habits that world-class performers use when they need to compete under pressure? Learn how to gain clarity on your big dream and the mental toughness to show up and deliver, especially when the pressure is on. 
  • Key Factors in Motivation and How to Apply Them to Yourself and Your Team:  World-class performers maintain a high level of motivation over the long haul, even through setbacks and failures. Learn what mindset that you and your team will need to develop to foster motivation through the good times and during challenging times. The focus will be gaining the mental toughness necessary to drive high performance for everyone on your bench.
  • How Confidence Affects Productivity and How to Get More of Both:  Confidence and productivity go hand in hand, and it's challenging at best to have one without the other. World-class athletes view confidence a little differently than the rest of us, and it's how you may think! Learn the key factors in building confidence to champion best productivity and performance, consistently.  
  • Boundary Spanning Leadership: Turning Boundaries into Frontiers: We live in a world of vast collaborative potential. Yet, all too often, powerful boundaries create borders that splinter groups into Us and Them, leading to limited possibilities and uninspiring results. To transform these borders into innovative frontiers in today’s global, multi-stakeholder organizations, you need Boundary Spanning Leadership. In this workshop you will learn the power of boundary spanning for success, and six practices to make those connections so you and your team can achieve more together.  Based on CCL’s ground breaking research and book “Boundary Spanning Leadership”, this workshop includes specific process maps and case studies that show how to use the boundary spanning concepts successfully.  Applicable for mixed gender groups. 
  • The Conscious Leader: Interested in replacing excuses with reaching the next level to be exceptional? Want to lead the new paradigm of interacting at work? Eager to take your organization to a new standard of excellence? This workshop focuses on actionable consciousness practices that you can use daily to increase your productivity, creativity and connection. Recommended for mid-level to the highest senior levels. Applicable for mixed gender groups.
  • Influence and Impact: Increase your female employees’ ability to contribute to your organization with greater influence and impact, focusing on five key leadership roles that contribute to their ability to influence. Recommended for mid-level to the highest senior levels. Applicable for mixed gender groups.
  • Leading Gracefully: A New Model of Impactful Leadership for Women: Women in the workplace have a unique challenge in the face of ingrained gender bias. Studies show that leadership is still equated with traditionally masculine qualities, like being aggressive, direct and dominating. However, when women choose to lead with this style, studies also show their likeability and effectiveness suffers. This 2-hour training is designed to offer an alternative model of leadership more aligned with women's natural capacities.

Tactical Skills

  • NEW - Mastering Friction: Turning Conflict Into Innovation: Friction between groups is natural in an organization. When drama outpaces productivity, both the individuals and the organization suffer. Instead of trying to dampen or eliminate friction, why not harness this energy to foster innovation? This workshop is designed to bring diverse points of view together, so that they be heard and understood. The outcome enables you to transform the heat of drama into productive value and innovation. 

  • NEW - Getting Heard Above the Noise: In today’s busy, chaotic environment, it’s hard to be heard and noticed, both within an organization, as well as in your industry. This workshop will introduce concepts to help individuals cut through the noise with specific action items for both internal and external situations. Attendees will leave with an action plan that will help them become more effective at representing themselves and their organizations. Can be targeted to emerging executives or mid-level managers. 
  • Confidently Share Success Stories: Do you find it difficult to tell a poignant success story with ease? Are you trying to speak confidently about yourself without bragging? Do you listen to yourself ramble on and on until you forget the point of your own story? This workshop will help you tackle these issues and more. Join us for this hands-on workshop as you discover how to confidently craft and share success stories that are clear, concise and impactful. You'll learn to trim success stories to their essence, take on the bragging issue and create a concise story from an outline.

  • Deliver Technical Information to Non-Technical Audiences: The “Curse of Knowledge” is real. It’s quite possible that you know your subject so well that you assume your audience will understand it, even if they don’t. Given the fact that you have just seconds to either grab your audience’s attention or completely lose it, you can’t afford to waste time. Therefore, it’s imperative that you ensure your audience easily understands your information. In this workshop, we’ll discuss using storytelling techniques to deliver technical information in a captivating way so that it’s comprehensive to your non-technical audience. Bring your technical information and we’ll work to make it compelling, clear and concise so your message will be understood and remembered.
  • Deliver Your Stories with Poise and Confidence: You have a story to tell. It could be a pitch, a keynote, a webinar or anything in between. You feel good about your content. However, you’re not confident about delivering it. What do I do with my hands? My eyes? My nerves? This workshop will help you deliver any story well. We’ll discuss public speaking anxiety management, body language, voice techniques, practice preparation, confident language, handling Q&A, etc. Join us as we work together to help you deliver your message with poise and confidence.
  • Creating a Manager Mindset: Transitioning from Individual Contributor to Manager: Moving from Individual Contributor to Manager can be a daunting transition. As Ram Charan says in The Leadership Pipeline, “…the most difficult aspect of this transition is that first-time managers are responsible for getting things done through others rather than on their own.”  Two areas of critical importance in making this transition are 1) understanding the more intangible changes in mindset and perspective that are required to be successful, and 2) developing the necessary skills and behaviors all managers must master.  In this session we will look at 5 key dimensions of the “Manager Mindset” and how they impact your actions and the manager you want to be. Filled with interactive exercises, you will identify which of your values and beliefs impact your actions most and create a personal road-map to guide your development.
  • Inclusionary Hiring: This workshop addresses discriminatory factors that exist throughout entire hiring process.  It allows discussion for job requirements, soft skills, and what the culture fit actually means.  Participants will also gain perspective on a minority candidates experience, address their own biases and learn effective ways create an inclusive process…... from sourcing to start date.
  • How Deliberate Practice Accelerates Mastery and Motivation:  It's been proven in science over the last three decades that there is a right way and wrong way to practice to achieve high level mastery. When done correctly, it can accelerate competency and fuel motivation to get better. When done incorrectly, the results can be burnout, frustration or giving up. Learn what deliberate practice is, how it can be applied to yourself and/or your team for mass progress, results and job satisfaction. 
  • Using Emotions to Drive High Performance and Champion Results:  World-class athletes manage emotions differently than most, and the results can be dramatic. This is a learned skill that we need to know too, if we want to rise above the rest. Emotions are very powerful, and can be used to propel us to greatness or to set us up for failure. Learn some of the Mental Toughness tips, tools and habits of world-class performers, so you can use your emotions to be your best, quicker. 
  • Feedback That Works:  Giving feedback can be uncomfortable for some, yet sharpening this skill can bring incredible dividends and career development important to leaders moving up. Based on research from the Center for Creative Leadership, this workshop teaches CCL’s simple, proven feedback approach. This approach is teaches users to be clear, positive and authentic, while communicating a difficult message. Unlike many other feedback approaches that antagonize the listener or create undue anxiety on the giver, this practice empowers your listener to take ownership and understand the impact they are having.  This workshop is interactive and provides clear tools and techniques for practicing and applying feedback techniques immediately.  Applicable for mixed gender groups.
  • Building Meaningful Connections: This highly interactive workshop explores the importance of networks and gives each participant an opportunity to document and evaluate their network, and develop a plan to enhance it building new and impactful relationships with women in your organization. This 2-hour workshop is applicable to a mixed gender group or women at any level.  It is also recommended to help build your women’s network, developing and solidifying cross-functional relationships within your company.
"I thought that I was a great networker, but this workshop opened my eyes to the fact that my current network is not going to help my career development. I was astounded by the gaps that I have. I now have the tools to be more strategic with the process."
- Oracle Executive
"This program was very relevant, engaging, fun and inspirational - there were also a number of 'aha' moments."
- Ericsson Executive
" I learned a new perspective on networking. The presenter gave us great actions items that I can start implementing immediately."
- Intuit Executive
  • Negotiating Effectively: What Works for Women: How comfortable are you with negotiating? Whether it’s about a promotion, a raise, or getting the resources you need for that high-stakes project, many women feel hesitant or anxious when getting ready to make a big request. In this 2-hour workshop, you’ll learn a process and skills to help you with confidence, creative solutions, measurable results, and stronger long-term relationships.
  • Your Personal Brand is in Your Hands: How Employees Can Create & Manage Their Personal Brand at Work for Leadership Success: This workshop inspires & motivates employees from all generations, at all levels, to be more accountable and improve their leadership skills by focusing on their Personal Brand at work. There’s NO downside to having employees willing to work on themselves, and their leadership style, to create a more positive Personal Brand and productive workplace. This 2-hour workshop is best suited for mid-level to the highest senior levels and is applicable for mixed gender groups.
"The facilitator touched on a lot of key and relevant points. She was exciting and entertaining despite the very factual information being shared."
- Ericsson Executive
"The messaging and asks from this workshop were simple and doable. I came out of this session with some tangible and useful skills. What a phenomenal facilitator!"
- VMware Executive
"Excellent advice and thought provoking. Can't wait to touch-up my personal brand!"
- Maxim Integrated Executive
  • Enhancing Conflict Management Skills: We often hear the words “workplace conflict” and begin to look for the nearest exit.  However, being able to recognize, embrace, and successfully manage a variety of conflict situations is a key success factor for today’s professionals. This lively inter-active 2-hour workshop will review some of the main causes of conflict, assist the participants in understanding their own conflict style, and provide an overview of tools and strategies that can support greater confidence and adaptability when faced with team or individual conflict. 
"This workshop was a great opportunity to understand board placement and governance."
- Intel Executive
"The facilitator gave a thorough explanation of the types of boards, personality styles/fit and, most importantly, how to create an action plan and next steps."
- DLA Piper Partner
"The workshop provided a wonderful framework of options and paths to board service."
- Ericsson Executive
"The facilitator provided a great education on the realities of joining a board."
- Reed Smith Partner
  • Boundaries for Brilliance: How to Say No with Grace, Not Guilt: This workshop provides practical insights and tools to help you decline requests in ways that build credibility, relationships and results. You will leave this workshop with clarity about where to invest your precious energy so you feel less overwhelmed and more focused on the things that allow you to be healthier, saner and more effective. Recommended for mid-level to the highest senior levels. Applicable for mixed gender groups.
  • Finding Your Voice: Improving Your Business Presentation & Communication Skills: This interactive workshop delivers an experience that magically transforms how participants communicate and present themselves; influencing the confidence, creativity and best abilities of each speaker. Participants significantly improve their communication skills from public presentations to one-on-one communications. Group collaboration and creative interchange also improves, setting a higher communication standard throughout your company.
  • Executive Presence: It's not enough to have the best products, services, strategies or concepts – you need to communicate their value with conviction and executive presence is the starting point.  This 2-hour workshop is recommended for mid-level to the highest senior levels and is applicable for mixed gender groups.
"Incredibly energetic and engaging facilitator! I loved learning how to control the room!"
- Xilinx Executive
"It was amazing to see the growth of the volunteers before our eyes."
- Zynga Executive
"This program gave me some clear guide lines for presenting any idea or issue to a group. This will help with organizing those thoughts better before speaking in meetings - incredibly practical!"
- Ericsson Executive
  • The Art and Science of Storytelling: Stories help you influence and inspire others. During this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to construct and tell compelling stories. We’ll discuss the appropriate use of humor, and how to use stories to deliver a memorable message. You’ll also learn helpful delivery skills for telling stories during meetings and calls.


  • Communicating Within A Virtual Team: Designed to help virtual teams communicate more effectively with senior leaders, team members, colleagues and clients. Can be tailored into one of our popular programs, that includes effective virtual meetings, the impact of communication styles within virtual teams, writing for results, managing virtual teams, and leading effectively when you live outside the HQ.
  • Inclusionary Leadership: Provides context around social power dynamics and leveraging political capital to push forward internal inclusion initiatives. Participants will also such as Humility, Accountability, Courage and Empowerment.... researched based skills proven to create more inclusive teams that promote belonging.
  • Managing Diverse Teams: Statistics show manager interaction is a primary contributor low retention, and the impact is more dire to minorities and women.  This workshop will re-affirm leadership principles thru the lense of inclusion, a vital step in creating diverse and productive teams.  Participants will also gain communication, conflict and performance management techniques to create belongingness; while addressing perceptions from the employee point of view. 
  • Minority Ambassador Syndrome: Its often difficult being the First... Only... Different in a leadership circle or team.  One can feel burdened with positively representing their entire gender and/or minority group with their every move.  Working twice as hard as dominant group counterparts is additionally exhausting, unsustainable and stressful. This lightning talk will provide perspective on this phenomenon and strategies to leverage strengths to navigate politics and defy stereotype threats.
  • Self-Awareness & Unconscious BiasWho we are today is heavily influenced by our experiences and perspectives. Self-leadership is the starting point for change, and learning more about who you are, how you show up and the gap between your intention and actual impact is the start to meaningful change. This workshop challenges leaders to understand, and to be more self-aware of any limiting biases they have either about themselves or others. By applying the learnings, they foster more inclusive relationships, integrate new perspectives and tap into their full potential.
  • Communicating Across CulturesEffective communication is a necessity to building and maintaining professional relationships. However, communicating with a colleague from a different culture than your own can be an obstacle. This workshop equips leaders with the skills to learn and adapt to various cultural communication styles to achieve a successful collaboration. Participants will grasp a better understanding of their own personal communication styles, learn to communicate in a more efficient manner, establish tactics to open the lines of communication and strengthen valuable relationships with your colleagues.
  • Improving Communications Across the Generations: Learn what makes the different generations at work “tick” to improve communication, team-building, retention and workplace productivity. Recommended for mid-level to the highest senior levels. Applicable for mixed gender groups.
  • Success Strategies For Understanding And Embracing Organizational Change: Employees at every organizational level are faced with the impact, challenge, and opportunity of internal and external changes. Being able to flex in changing business environments and support others through the change process are important attributes for individuals and teams. How change is communicated is often one of the greatest challenges organizations face. This 2-hour workshop will review current issues that impact organizational change, as well as how participants experience and react to changing situations.
  • Board Access: This workshop covers the differences between the various types of boards; the skills, background and experience required for each; and how to find available board positions. Recommended for mid-level to the highest senior levels. Applicable for mixed gender groups.

Yearlong Development

  • Patrons and Protégées (Please inquire about pricing for sponsor and non-sponsor companies): This is a yearlong sponsorship program for Patrons and Protégées that enhances opportunities for high potential women in career growth, visibility, recognition, retention, engagement and promotion.