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President, West Coast, Peppercomm Strategic Communications | LinkedIn
Ann Barlow is Partner and President of Peppercomm West Coast and Managing Director of the agency’s creative/digital group. For more than 25 years, she has counseled b2b and b2c companies of all sizes, nonprofit organizations and universities.
Together with teams from Peppercomm’s offices and affiliates around the globe, she has advocated for clients’ positions with consumers and the public, NGOs and government, and the financial and business communities. Her personal passions are executive presentation coaching, crisis management and digital communications.
A graduate of the University of Illinois, Ann is on the board of Illini West and is past board chair of the Professional BusinessWomen of California. She serves on the board of directors for Watermark and is a Watermark Make Your Mark award winner. Ann has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in the Bay Area and PR Professional of the Year by PR News.
Chief Customer Officer, Uniphore | LinkedIn
Mary Ann Bianco is an executive leader with diverse experience driving revenue growth, building and scaling global organizations with a focus on business transformation. As Chief Customer Officer for Uniphore, she leads all aspects of the Customer Experience through the entire customer lifecycle. Previously, as Vice President, Customer Success for Oracle’s Cloud SaaS applications business, she led the transformation from On-Prem to Cloud SaaS by building out the strategy to deploy and grow a high-touch customer success model.
With her strong operational career running large scale teams for Oracle’s on-premise business, Mary Ann is known for her knowledge in IT, Governance, Risk and Best Practices for adoption leading a global customer support team for an $800M business unit for Oracle’s largest Fortune 200 customer base.
Mary Ann is committed and passionate about supporting women in the advancement of their career. As an early pioneer in 2006, she was one of the founders of OWL (Oracle Women’s Leadership), originally a grass roots initiative that grew to over 50,000 women in 27 countries. In addition, she has an exemplary record of nonprofit Board experience having served on 3 boards: PBWC (5 years), San Jose State Engineering Advisory Board (8 years) and Watermark, which she joined in 2012.
Mary Ann also serves as a peer mentor for an AI Accelerator (Bishop Ranch Intelligence Innovation Accelerator) helping advance early stage AI companies gain momentum from prototype to funding.
Mary Ann was a 2010 recipient of the YWCA Twin Award for Female Executives in Silicon Valley, the 2014 Watermark Award for “Women Who Made Their Mark.” She holds a Masters Degree (ED.M) in Education Administration from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science from Slippery Rock University.
Evening Anchor, NBC Bay Area News | LinkedIn
Jessica Aguirre is the 6 and 11 p.m. evening anchor at NBC Bay Area News and an Emmy award winning journalist. Jessica has been a primetime, evening anchor, in the Bay Area for the last 20 years. She began her career at the Spanish Language network, Univision, while attending the University of Miami. Before arriving in the Bay Area in 1998 she anchored and reported in Los Angeles and Miami, earning Emmy awards for her series on the struggles of migrant children and for her investigative work on child molesters. Her journey to Cuba, chronicling the struggles of boat people fleeing the island, won an Associated Press award. During her tenure at NBC Bay Area Jessica won an Emmy for her poignant, two part series, on the emotional journey of an East Bay transgender teen and her efforts to preserve her fertility before undergoing sex reassignment surgery and another Emmy for her live coverage of the "Ghostship" warehouse fire in Oakland.
More recently Jessica won an Emmy for field anchoring from the deadly Sonoma and Napa county firestorms. As the daughter of immigrant parents, she deeply involved in organizations that promote literacy and help stem the Latino achievement gap including The Silicon Valley Education Fund. Her Emmy nominated education show "Class Action" took a deep look at the issues facing California educators and public schools. Her signature interviews with education leaders like U.C. President Janet Napolitano, State Superintendent of Education Tom Torlakson, and reform activist Michelle Rhee have distinguished her as a leading education specialist in the Bay Area. Her investigative reporting into the aftermath of the Napa earthquake and the impact on local schools led to school safety legislation being introduced by Assemblyman Bill Dodd.
Partner and President, DeWinter Group | LinkedIn
As a Partner at the DeWinter Group, Derek DeWinter helps to lead his organization and maintain its position as the premier finance and technology search firm in the Bay Area. In addition to working with clients and candidates, Derek helps set strategic direction, develop business, hire and train and occasionally shares a funny story picked up during his 20+ years in the search business.
In addition to the DeWinter Group, Derek currently serves as President of a National Search Organization called AAFA – The American Association of Finance & Accounting, and is on the board of directors for Watermarkand the Los Gatos Chapter of boys team charity (btc). Derek graduated from Santa Clara University and lives in Los Gatos, with his wife and three children. He has lived in Oakland, Michigan, Germany and Oahu but is from Maui and yes, has been known to surf, spearfish and can talk pidgin if necessary.
Chief People Officer, SentinelOne | LinkedIn
As Chief People Officer at SentinelOne, Divya Ghatak has extensive leadership experience developing strategic people operations for diverse global businesses, with a special focus on employee engagement, talent and leadership development, corporate culture and organizational collaboration. Previously Chief People Officer at Nevro, she was responsible for all aspects of Talent, Culture and People Operations globally to serve Nevro's mission and ensure team member success and development.
Prior to Nevro, Divya was the Chief People Officer for GoodData and was responsible for Talent Acquisition and Brand, Employee Engagement and Culture, Leadership Development, Total Rewards, Global People Programs (including Performance/Development Planning, Wellness, Diversity) Payroll, Facilities and Administration. Previously, Divya led talent and implementation of people strategy for SaaS and Collaboration at Cisco Systems, assuming HR responsibility for a $4.5 billion/4,500 employees global business. She has also held HR Leadership roles for Switching, Service Provider, Consumer and Corporate Development organizations over her six and half years at Cisco. Prior to Cisco, she served as Director HR for North American Operations at Tavant Technologies.
Divya founded and served as CEO for Venturis India, an executive search firm focused on multinational firms in India. Her passion is building amazing experiences where talented people can perform at their best. Through her data-driven approach, Divya focuses on measurable impact and alignment of people processes with company brand, culture and goals. Divya is also an avid advocate and evangelist of building diverse and inclusive teams.
She also serves on the board of directors for Watermark, and she co-leads the Watermark CHRO Network.
Monica is the SVP of Product and Solutions Marketing at Nutanix where she’s responsible for driving the global Go-to-Market (GTM), messaging, thought leadership and category creation efforts for the company to take them into the next chapter of growth. She plays a critical role in driving the marketing growth and direction of the company as well as continuing to generate brand/category awareness and the evolving the positioning across Nutanix’s suite of products. Prior to joining Nutanix, Monica had a fulfilling career at Oracle where she launched several ground-breaking PaaS and IaaS solutions to the market including Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM. Most recently, she led the global product marketing and sales GTM for Oracle’s industry-leading, multi-billion dollar Data Management portfolio, including the world's first self-driving Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud. Monica has a strong track record of creating new categories and building businesses from inception to hyper scale - through integrated sales and marketing including thought leadership, awareness, sales GTM strategy, and enablement all coming together to achieve results. Monica is an expert in building, retaining, and motivating teams for maximum performance with a focus on serving customers, the company and its people. She believes that "empathy" is the most critical leadership trait and "managing" an organization is not the same as "leading" them. Monica is passionate about supporting women in STEM and in Leadership. Monica serves on the board of directors for Watermark, an organization whose mission is to increase the number of women in leadership positions. She was awarded “2017 Powerful Women of the Bay” by CDA Consulting Group and “2017 Women of Influence” by The Silicon Valley Business Journal in recognition for being passionate about educating, empowering, and connecting with women in business and the community. Monica draws inspiration from her incredible family and friends who give her unconditional support to strive to become a better person. Follow her on Twitter @mbkumar.
Felicia Mayo is the Vice President Human Resources at Nike. Previously, she was Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Tesla as well as Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition and Authenticity and Inclusion for Juniper Networks. She started her career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a Benefits Research Analyst after graduating with a B.A. of Political Science from North Carolina State University. PwC afforded her the opportunity to lean into her leadership capabilities by leading one of the largest outsourced defined contributions accounts. PwC set the foundation for Felicia to continue her career growth in high-tech in Silicon Valley, starting with Siebel Systems and then Oracle.
Felicia serves on the board of directors for Watermark, and she co-leads the Watermark CHRO Network. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Rho Delta Omega Chapter located in Palo Alto. She has served as Vice President, Committee leader and Mentor to undergraduates at Stanford University.
Jen McClure is an executive and board director with experience in technology, media and the financial services industries. She is a respected leader with a track record of identifying important business, technological and societal trends and leading transformation within organizations to support leadership, employee engagement, innovation, competitiveness and sustainability. Jen is the CEO of JEM, a Silicon Valley-based global management consultancy and publishing group, and was recently named a Power Player in management consulting by Business Insider. Previously, Jen was Vice President of Digital and Social Media at Thomson Reuters, Chief Marketing Officer of Redwood Collaborative Media, and held management roles at Ziff Davis, Ketchum and New Electronic Media Science. Jen founded and led the nonprofit think tank, Society for New Communications Research for 10 years, until its merger with The Conference Board in 2016. She now serves as Distinguished Principal Fellow and Program Director at The Conference Board. She is a Governance Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD); serves on the Leadership and Technology Advisory Councils and Economic Development and Health and Human Resources Committees of the National Small Business Association and is the former chair of Stanford Women on Boards. In addition to Watermark, Jen currently serves on the boards Miracle Messages and KQED, where she chairs the Audit Committee. She is on the advisory boards of HealRWorld, How Women Lead and How Women Give and is a founding limited partner of How Women Invest, as well as a LP in three other venture funds, Spike Ventures, Off the Grid and Portfolia. Jen earned her master’s degree at Stanford University, her B.A. at Sarah Lawrence College and a graduate certificate in History, Politics and Sociology at Oxford.
Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer Synopsys, Inc | LinkedIn
Erika Varga McEnroe is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer at Synopsys, Inc., an S&P 500 company. She is currently responsible for corporate governance, public reporting, mergers and acquisitions, ethics & compliance, privacy, marketing-related legal matters and procurement. Erika also helps lead Synopsys’ corporate social responsibility efforts. She joined Synopsys in April 2007 from SupportSoft, Inc., where she took the company public in 2000 and served most recently as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Erika began her career as an auditor at Ernst & Young.
Erika was honored for her outstanding achievements, leadership, and impact to her organization, field and community with a 2018 YWCA Tribute to Women. Erika also serves as the Corporate Secretary for the Synopsys Foundation and the Synopsys Outreach Foundation, and serves on the board of directors of Watermark and the National Charity League, Heritage Oaks chapter.
Lead Strategist, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Stanford Graduate School of Business ; Co-Founder, Stanford VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab| LinkedIn
Lori Nishiura Mackenzie is Lead Strategist, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the co-founder of the new Stanford VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab. She advises the diversity and inclusion efforts at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and teaches executive education. She is the former Executive Director of Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Lori speaks globally at organizations such as the European Central Bank, the Watermark Conference for Women and the World Banking Group. Her work has been published in the Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, BBC, San Francisco Chronicle, and brand eins. Lori was one of the BBC’s 100 Women in 2017 and was interviewed for the 2018 documentary, bias. Lori brings 20 years of business management experience from companies including Procter & Gamble, Apple, eBay and PayPal and is on the board of the Alliance for Girls. She has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Head of Employment Law and Litigation | Director, Employment Inclusion and Impact SurveyMonkey | LinkedIn
Melynnie Rizvi is the director of employment, inclusion, and impact at SurveyMonkey. Rizvi provides strategic guidance to the People team, oversees global employment law, and leads SurveyMonkey for Good, the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion, and social impact initiative. Prior to SurveyMonkey, she was the senior director of global employment, litigation, chief sustainability and diversity officer, and chief compliance officer at Veritas, a global technology company. Prior to Veritas, she was a director of global employment law at Symantec. Prior to Symantec, she was a partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith and an associate at Baker & McKenzie. Rizvi is a board member of Fresh Lifelines for Youth and former board member of Success Through Education Program. Rizvi is a recent graduate of Northern California Grantmaker’s Racial Equity Action Institute and The Leadership Consortium, Harvard Business School’s Executive Leadership Acceleration Program, and was named 2016 Employment Counsel of the Year. She received her JD and Bachelors of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, In Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Khozema brings over 20 years of experience in finance, most recently serving as GE Digital’s chief commercial officer. Khozema previously served in a variety of positions within GE, including as the chief financial officer and EVP of corporate development at GE Digital and the vice president of corporate audit staff of GE. Khozema earned his bachelor's degree from the Indiana University Bloomington and graduate coursework at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Carin Taylor is chief diversity officer at Workday and has global responsibility for the development and execution of Workday’s inclusion and diversity strategy. Prior to joining Workday, Carin served as the head of diversity, inclusion, and innovation at Genentech where she was responsible for strategic initiatives including executive coaching, building and leading highly effective teams, and increasing employee engagement. She was also responsible for creating strategies to successfully recruit, develop, and retain diverse workforces as well as enabling large organizations to leverage diversity and inclusion to drive innovation. Before Genentech, Carin held various positions in human resources, inclusion and diversity, finance, and customer service at Cisco Systems.
Western Regional Director, BDO USA LLP | LinkedIn
Nicole Ward is Western Regional Director of BDO USA, the fifth largest, global public accounting and professional services firm, providing assurance, tax, financial advisory and consulting services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies.
During the course of her business career, Nicole has held leadership roles in marketing, business development, management, strategic planning, training and staffing. Most recently, she worked with Tatum LLC, as their Northern California Practice Director, and Accretive Solutions (also known as Horn Murdock Cole) as the Director of Business Development.
Nicole is from Los Angeles, and graduated from the University of California-Santa Barbara. Nicole serves on several boards within the San Francisco community. She serves on the board of directors for Watermark, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ArtPoint of the De Young Museum, and on the Advisory Committee of the Glow Foundation.
Nicole has also served as Vice Chair of the Business Arts Council, Chair of the Arts Forum of the Commonwealth Club, Founder and Chair of Epicenter:Arts and on the board of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Nicole’s philanthropic support of the arts is fueled by her personal passion as an artist. She is a film and stage actor, commercial voice over actor and classically trained singer.
Senior Wealth Director, BNY Mellon Wealth Management | LinkedIn
Leigh Wasson brings 28 years of investment management and client relationship experience to her role as a Senior Wealth Director at BNY Mellon Wealth Management. At BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Leigh collaborates with team members and advisors to develop and implement comprehensive wealth management solutions for entrepreneurs, founders, executives, philanthropists and their family members. Leigh’s areas of specialization includes working with business owners and founders to accelerate the value of their businesses.
Prior to BNY Mellon, Leigh was Regional Managing Director of Northern California for Citi Private Bank. Leigh's background also includes 16 years at JP Morgan with both the private bank and the institutional investment management division, where she was a Managing Director with assignments in Australia, London, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Newport Beach.
Leigh is a member of the Board of Directors of The Japan Society of Northern California, a member of the Advisory Board of Astia and is a Certified Exit Planning Advisor. Leigh earned her BBA in Finance from The University of Texas and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Peggy joined Watermark in February 2020. A media consultant, communications expert, advisor and entrepreneur, Peggy spent the first two decades of her career as an award-winning editor in New York City, where she held senior editorial positions at some of the most iconic names in women’s media, including Vogue, Glamour and Real Simple, before becoming Editor-in-Chief of More and Global Editor-in-Chief of Reader’s Digest. She returned to the Bay Area in 2013 to serve as Editor-in-Chief of Sunset Publishing, and in the same year co-founded Shebooks, an e-book company devoted to publishing stories by and for women.
Peggy brings deep experience in branding, communications and public relations to her new role. As a consultant, she has coached communications teams at nonprofits and startups, built new digital communities for brands including AARP, and helped tech companies connect to their audiences with engaging multi-platform content, most recently as launch editor of the Airbnb magazine. Peggy is a communications advisor and investor with Portfolia, which creates investment funds designed for women to back the companies they want to see in the world. She is also a mentor with SHE-CAN, the educational organization that trains the next generation of female leaders in post-genocide countries. She currently serves on the board of directors of Washington & Jefferson College.
Owner Åsa & Mats Enocson AB
Asa has been involved in all aspects of Watermark (including its former iteration FWE&E). The first six years she managed Watermark’s financials, events logistics, sponsor/member support and office and IT/web operations. In 2010 she moved back to Sweden where she started her own business, Åsa & Mats Enocson AB. She is currently working as a consultant for Watermark, where she continues to manage Watermark financials as well as working as the back-office support.
Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, Asa began her career as a project manager for Swedline, a database and software company that developed and pioneered a geographic information system for tourist information. She came to the U.S. in 1996 to manage the operations and IT functions for REAL SPORTS magazine, the definitive sports magazine for fans of women’s professional, collegiate and amateur sports, after which she joined Watermark in 2004.
Avery joined the Watermark team in May 2020 as a recent graduate from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in International Relations, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Her experience in marketing and event planning has cultivated a passion for being hands-on with clients, leading her to a customer relations & retention emphasis. She is excited to help Watermark build and expand their network and ensure members have an amazing experience. When Avery is not at work, you can find her being “Aun” to her toddler nieces or indulging in the latest self care routine.
Curator of the Industry Track, VidCon
Karyn Kane Williams is an expert in event content/program development & speaker recruitment. She is currently the Curator of the Industry Track at VidCon and a Program Consultant for Watermark.
She Co-founded Leade.rs, where she was Director of Content and oversaw the research and creation of a 8,000 speaker database. She also led content development for VentureBeat’s suite of events, where she managed spearheaded speaker recruitment & session development.
Karyn was Director of Program Development at the European technology conference LeWeb for eight years, working closely with the founders to grow the conference brand into an international powerhouse.
She also held key positions at IDG where she managed brands serving the technology industry’s leading CEOs. Karyn managed domestic and international conferences for investment bank Robertson, Stephens & Company and started her career in Washington D.C., where she worked for the G.H.W. Bush Administration in various capacities. Including at the Republican National Committee, The Presidential Inaugural Committee, The Republican Eagles and The White House.
Jess Alvarenga is an investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker. Coupled with her background in journalism and social justice organizing, she uses filmmaking as a way to document and reimagine immigrant narratives, particularly that of the Central American Diaspora. In Spring 2017, she was awarded an Individual Artist Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance and the City of Houston for her work on the Central American population in Houston. Jess has a Master's in Journalism degree from UC Berkeley.