Make Your Mark Award Celebration

INDIVIDUAL TICKET PRICING: Prestige Complimentary | Members $75 | Non-Members $95
TABLE OF TEN (10) PRICING: $750 Members | $950 Non-Members


Join us on January 29, 2020 for our signature event, Watermark's Make Your Mark Celebration! This annual appreciation event is a celebration of women making their mark and recognizing leaders who connect, develop and  advocate for women.

We are pleased to announce our 2020 Make Your Mark Award Winners!

   CONNECT | Anne Devereux-Mills, CEO, Parlay House
  DEVELOP | Dr. Sheila Robinson, Owners and Publisher, Diversity Women Media
 ADVOCATE | Tina Tchen, CEO and President, TIME'S UP
   BILL CAMPBELL | Charles Meyers, CEO, Equinix
   IMPACT | Pivotal Ventures


And be sure to register to hear the fireside conversation with Tina Tchen, in conversation with Jessica Aguirre!

Our Make Your Mark Awards celebrating our 25th anniversary is next month and we are thrilled to announce our Keynote Speaker, Tina TchenPresident and Chief Executive Officer, TIME’S UP. Tina Tchen serves as president and CEO of TIME’S UP Now and the TIME’S UP Foundation, overseeing the organizations’ efforts to change culture, companies, and laws in order to make work safe, fair, and dignified for women of all kinds. In 2017, Tina co-founded the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund with Robbie Kaplan, Fatima Goss Graves, and Hilary Rosen; since then, the Fund has connected nearly 4,000 people to legal or PR support for sexual harassment across dozens of different industries. Tina served all eight years in the Obama White House, including as an Assistant to President Obama, Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama. While at the White House, Tina spearheaded the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families and helped form the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. Prior to taking the helm at TIME’S UP, Tina was a lawyer specializing in workplace culture, advising companies on gender inequity, sexual harassment, and diversity. She has served on numerous strategic advisory boards for organizations, businesses, and nonprofits, including the United State of Women, which she continues to co-chair.


  • 3:00 | Registration and Champagne Registration 
  • 3:30 | Welcome 
  • 3:45 | Keynote Speaker, Tina Tchen in conversation with Jessica Aguirre
  • 4:05 | Awards (Connect, Develop, Advocate, Bill Campbell, and Impact) and Auction 
  • 5:15 | Reception 
  • 7:00 | Close 

For over 25 years, Watermark is the largest women’s nonprofit in California comprised of  executive women from all levels, from the C-Suite to Emerging Executives, cross-function and  cross-industry. With a mission to increase the number of women in leadership positions, we connect them with one another, develop their leadership skills through original programming  and advocate for women in the workplace. TIME'S UP is a driving force and message of helping change corporate and societal culture for “safe, fair and dignified work” for all those who identify as women, aligns with Watermark’s mission and the work we do every day. Many thanks to Tina and TIME'S UP for being advocates of women and leading the way to a “society free of gender-based discrimination in the workplace and beyond”. 

If you have questions about the event, please contact Erin Tselenchuk. If you are interested in purchasing a sponsorship, please contact Kim Steppe.

List of Past Winners

Year Winners Then Now
2018 Brandi Galvin Morandi Chief Legal Officer, Equinix

Chief Legal and Human Resources Officer and Corporate Secretary

  Ana Gabriela Pinczuk Former President & General Manager, HPE Chief Development Officer, Anaplan
  René Shimada Siegel CEO and Founder, Connext CEO and Founder, Connext
  Rami Elghandour CEO and President, Nevro  
  Amee Cooper Senior Director R&D Operations, VMware Senior Director R&D Operations, VMware
  Katherine Fordon Corporate Communications Director, Wilbur Ellis Corporate Communications Director, Wilbur Ellis
   Women Who Code    
2017 Irana Wasti SVP, GoDaddy SVP & Head of GoDaddy EMEA
  Ritu Mangla Founder and CEO, Mobilyte Founder and CEO, Mobilyte
  Olga Mack General Counsel, ClearSlide Blockchain Strategist, Author, Speaker, Women's Advocate
  Rami Rahim CEO, Juniper Networks CEO, Juniper Networks
  Margaret Kelleher Senior Manager, VMware Senior Manager, VMware
  Heather Jerrehian VP. Massdrop COO, Emtrain
2016 Lauren Diehl Sr. Director, Global Customer Success Management, Oracle Sr. Director, Global Customer Success Management, Oracle
  Ana Corrales Vice President of Global Operations, Supply Chain, Google / Nest VP Google Store
  Susan Lovegren Chief People Officer, AppDynamics Chief People Officer, Medallia
  Gordy Davidson Partner, Fenwick & West Chairman, Fenwick & West
  Bindu Garapaty Education and Training, Juniper Networks, Associate Director, Gilead Sciences
   Julie Brush Founding Partner, Solutus Legal Search Founding Partner, Solutus Legal Search
2015 Jacqueline Akerblom West Region Managing Partner, Grant Thornton West Region Managing Partner, Grant Thornton
Ayelet Baron Founder, CreatingIs Chief Purpose Officer, Genius
Meg Bear SVP & General Manager, Cloud Services, Imperva SVP, Juvo
Julie Clugage Co-Founder & Executive Director, Team4Tech Co-Founder & Executive Director, Team4Tech
Mary Fuller Managing Director & Associate General Counsel, IP, Maxim Integrated VP, Chief Policy Officer and Head of Leagal, KIPI
2014 Shellye Archambeau CEO, MetricStream Board Director, Strategic Advisor, Speaker
Mary Ann Bianco VP, Customer Support, Oracle VP, Customer Support, Oracle
Lynne Born Partner & COO, Seiler CEO, Perelson Weiner LLP
Judy Little Strategic Alliance Management Executive, Ericsson EVP &GM USA, Chayora
Danae Ringelmann Co-Founder & CDO, Indiegogo Co-Founder & CDO, Indiegogo
  Merline Saintil Head of Operations, Mobile & Emerging Products, Yahoo! COO, 7 Cups
2013 Amy Buckner CEO & Co-Founder, AnswerLab CEO & Co-Founder, AnswerLab
  Ann Barlow West Coast President, Peppercomm Strategic Communications West Coast President, Peppercomm Strategic Communications
  Gayle Crowell Consultant, Technology Group, Warburg Pincus Consultant, Technology Group, Warburg Pincus
  Sharon Knight Founder, Avik Ventures President & COO,Hawthorne Effect
  Bobbie LaPorte Founder & CEO, RAL & Associates Founder & CEO, Bobbie LaPorte & Associates
  Diane Gage Lofgren SVP & Chief Communications Officer, Brand Communication, Kaiser SVP, Sharp HealthCare
  Bethany Mayer SVP & GM, HP Networking, HP Executive Partner, Siris Capital Group LLC
  Linda Oubre Dean, College of Business, San Francisco State University President at Whittier College
  Cindy Reese SVP, Worldwide Operations, Oracle SVP, Worldwide Operations, Oracle
  Marlene Williamson CMO, BigMachines CEO, Watermark
  Erna Arnesen VP, Global & Strategic Services Partnerships, Cisco Advisory Board Member at ZL Technologies
  Denise Brosseau CEO, Well-Connected Leader CEO & Founder, Thought Leadership Lab
  Jennifer Cullenbine Founder, Executive Director & Queen Elf of The Family Giving Tree Founder, Executive Director & Queen Elf of The Family Giving Tree
  Karineh Khachatourian Partner, K&L Gates Managing Partner, Duane Morris, Palo Alto Office
  Wendy Lea CEO, Get Satisfaction CEO, Cintrifuse
  Maya Strelar-Migotti VP, Head of IP & Broadband Development, Ericsson CEO & investor, 4PIA, Inc.
2011 Sheryle Bolton Principal, Bolton Consulting Professor of Practice, Entrepreneurship, at Hult International Business School
  Nancy Duarte Principal, Duarte Design Principal, Duarte Design
  Lorraine Hariton Special Representative for Commercial & Business Affairs, US Department of State  President & CEO, Catalyst
  Hannah Kain President & CEO, ALOM President & CEO, ALOM
  Susan Lucas-Conwell CEO, Great Place to Work Executive Vice President, CSIRO US
  Carol Novello President, Humane Society Silicon Valley President, Humane Society Silicon Valley
2010 Nancy Brinker Founder and CEO, Ambassador, Susan G. Komen Cancer Advocate and Global Consultant, Founder, Susan G. Komen
2009 Padmasree Warrior CTO, Cisco CEO, NIO U.S
2008 Heidi Roizen CEO, SkinnySongs Partner, DFJ
2007 Marissa Mayer VP, Search Products & User Experience, Google Co-Founder at Lumi Labs
2006 Dawn Lepore President, CEO & Board Chair, Board Member and Investor
2005 Michelle Peluso President, CEO & Founder, Travelocity and Founder, Site59 SVP and Chief Marketing Officer at IBM
2004 Pat House Co-Founder, Vice Chairman, Siebel Systems Member of the Board of Trustees at The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
2003 Carol Bartz Chairman, President & CEO, AutoDesk Board Member, Retired CEO, Yahoo, and Lead Director, Cisco
2002  Jane Shaw CEO, Aerogen Independent Biotechnology Professional
2001 JoMei Chang CEO, Vitria CEO, Vitria
2000 Cynthia Ringo CEO, Coppercom Impact Investor, Managing Partner at DBL Investors
1999 Donna Dubinsky CEO, Handspring Former CEO of Palm and Handspring and Numenta
1998 Peggy Taylor Office of the President, PeopleSoft Investment Manager/CEO Advisor
1997 Mary Coleman President & CEO, Aurum Software Venture Capitalist, Walden International
1996 Judy Estrin CEO, Precept Software CEO, JLabs
Mary Ann Byrnes CEO, Corsair Communications CEO, Konacom
1995 Pauline Lo Alker CEO, Network Peripherals Chairman & Founder, AJK Systems
  Lisa Conte CEO, Shaman Pharmaceuticals President, CEO & Board Member, Jaguar Animal Health

Many thanks to our 2018 sponsors: