Changemakers: A Watermark Conference for Women
At Changemakers: A Watermark Conference for Women, you’ll learn from the greats about how to speak up to spark change – just like they did in tackling today’s most explosive issues: the “she-cession,” racism, climate crisis, and more. Coming to your living room on March 25!
Cleo Wade is a poet, activist, and the author of the best-selling books, What the Road Said, Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life, and Where to Begin: A Small Book About Your Power to Create Big Change. She has been called the poet of her generation by Time Magazine and one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company. Cleo works to foster connections between self-love, self-care, and our moral and spiritual responsibility to build beloved communities She sits on the board of The Lower East Side Girls Club, the National Black Theatre in Harlem, the Women’s Prison Association, Gucci's Gender Equality Fund Chime For Change, and E Pluribus Unum, an organization based in her hometown New Orleans, focused on ending racial inequities in the American South. Cleo currently lives in California with her partner Simon where she can be found writing, painting, watching bad movies, and dancing in the kitchen with her daughter Memphis.
Dr. Dawn Wright is the chief scientist of Esri and holds an important role in strengthening the scientific foundation for Esri software and services. Esri is a global leader in supplying geographic information software (GIS), maps, and databases to companies around the world. She also is the representative for Esri to the scientific community. A specialist in marine geology, Dawn has both authored and contributed to some of the most definitive literature on marine GIS. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Geological Society of America, the American Association of Geographers, the Oceanography Society, the California Academy of Sciences, and Stanford University’s Earth Leadership Program. Dawn holds lifetime achievement awards from the American Association of Geographers, the Geological Society of America, and UC Santa Barbara. She maintains an affiliated faculty appointment as professor of geography and oceanography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University.
As founder and CEO of Maven, Katherine Ryder oversees the largest virtual clinic for women's and family health, offering parents and prospective parents virtual care and services for fertility, maternity, and parenting/pediatrics. Ryder started Maven in 2014 after witnessing firsthand how a lack of access to medical care affected new mothers and their children. Since then, the company has raised $92 million in funding from investors like Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman and Mindy Kaling. In 2020, Maven was named #1 Most Innovative Healthcare company by Fast Company.
Prior to founding Maven, Ryder worked in venture capital and as a journalist, writing for the Economist from Southeast Asia, New York and London and The New Yorker. In 2009, she assisted former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson in writing a memoir about the national financial crisis. Ryder has been named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40 and she has spoken at events such as Forbes Healthcare Summit, Fortune Brainstorm Health, the Oliver Wyman Health Innovation Summit, and HLTH.
Rosario Dawson is an artist, designer, and activist. She made her film debut at the age of 15 in “Kids,” followed by Spike Lee’s “He Got Game” and “The 25th Hour.” She’s since starred in a range of films, including “Alexander,” “Rent,” “Top Five,” and “Men in Black II,” and the “Sin City” franchise. On the small screen, Dawson has played various roles such as ‘Allegra Dill’ in USA’s “Briarpatch” and as ‘Claire Temple’ in the Netflix adaptation of the Marvel comic book series “Daredevil, Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist,” “Jessica Jones,” and “The Defenders,” as well as “Jane the Virgin” and most recently, “The Mandolorian.” In 2013, Rosario founded Studio One Eighty Nine (Studio 189), a fashion and media lifestyle brand based in Africa that produces African and African-inspired content and clothing. In 2011, Rosario was honored by Barack Obama with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her valuable contributions to the community. Dawson is passionate about helping empower LatinX millennials to vote and lead, so in 2004 she co-founded Voto Latino. The organization has registered over one million people and was one of the co-founders of National Voter Registration Day. In addition to her commitment to Voto Latino, Dawson is an active board member of several philanthropic organizations, including The Lower East Side Girls Club, Operation USA and the Environmental Media Association.
Zainab Salbi is a humanitarian, author, and journalist. She founded the Women for Women, a global non-profit directly supporting 420,000 women survivors of war in rebuilding their lives. Zainab is also the executive producer and host of “Through Her Eyes” on Yahoo News. “#MeToo,” “NOW WHAT?” on PBS, and “The Nida’a Show” on TLC Arabia. She is the author of four books, including her best selling memoir Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam. She has been recognized in several publications for her inspiring work, including being named one of the “25 Women Changing The World” by People in 2016, and Fast Company identified her as one of “100 Most Creative People in Business.” Currently, Zainab is launching Daughters for Earth, a campaign that aims at mobilizing women’s direct engagement on climate change solutions.