2016 Speakers

Thank you to all of our amazing speakers from this year’s 2016 Conference! Check out the Conference Center page for recaps and resources.

Below are speakers from the April 2016 event. If you’re interested in submitting a proposal for the Feb 1st 2017 Watermark Conference for Women, please CLICK HERE.

2017 Speakers will be listed here as they are confirmed.


Keynotes


John Jacobs

JOHN JACOBS is co-founder and chief creative optimist of The Life is Good Company, which spreads the power of optimism through inspiring art, a passiona... Read Full Bio

Leila Janah

LEILA JANAH is the founder and CEO of Sama and Laxmi; two companies that share a common social mission to end global poverty by giving work to people in ... Read Full Bio

Mindy Kaling

MINDY KALING is an actor, writer, producer and director. She currently stars in the Hulu original comedy series “The Mindy Project,” which she also... Read Full Bio

Cindi Leive

CINDI LEIVE is the editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine and glamour.com, which together reach one out of every eight American women, with 10 m... Read Full Bio

Pattie Sellers

PATTIE SELLERS assistant managing editor, Fortune and executive director of MPW/live content, Time Inc. Sellers has written more than 20 F... Read Full Bio

Abby Wambach

ABBY WAMBACH is a retired forward of the 2015 Women’s World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. One of the world’s greatest players of ... Read Full Bio

Special Guest Speakers


Jessica Aguirre

JESSICA AGUIRRE is the 6 and 11 pm evening anchor at NBC Bay Area News, and host of "Class Action," an Emmy nominated weekly education segment focused on... Read Full Bio

Lynne Born

LYNNE BORN is a partner and chief operating officer of Seiler LLP. The firm specializes in the ultra-high net worth space and provides tax, advisory an... Read Full Bio

Bina Chaurasia

BINA CHAURASIA is Ericsson's chief human resources officer, responsible for maintaining the company¹s culture of collaboration, engagement and innovatio... Read Full Bio

Jenny Dearborn

JENNY DEARBORN is senior vice president and chief learning officer at SAP, accountable to drive measurable business impact by designing, aligning and ens... Read Full Bio

Laura Garcia-Cannon

LAURA GARCIA-CANNON anchors weekday mornings, “Today in the Bay.” This multiple Emmy Award winning journalist began her career in broadcasting in San... Read Full Bio

Francine Katsoudas

FRANCINE KATSOUDAS is senior vice president and chief people officer at Cisco. She plays a major role in the company’s overall performance, leading org... Read Full Bio

Felicia Mayo

FELICIA MAYO is currently serving as the vice president, global talent acquisition and authenticity and inclusion for Juniper Networks in Sunnyvale, CA.... Read Full Bio

Erin McSweeney

ERIN McSWEENEY is the executive vice president of global human resources with EMC Corporation, setting the people strategy to ensure that world-class tal... Read Full Bio

Rami Rahim

RAMI RAHIM is chief executive officer with Juniper Networks, and a member of the company’s board of directors. Rahim was appointed CEO in November 2014... Read Full Bio

Marlene Williamson

MARLENE WILLIAMSON is the chief executive officer of Watermark and serves on its board. Previously, she was chief marketing officer of a number of techn... Read Full Bio

Breakout Session Speakers


Lisa Abramson

LISA ABRAMSON is an entrepreneur and executive coach. She co-founded Mindfulness Based Achievement, the New MBA, which teaches high potential women leade... Read Full Bio

Jolen Anderson

JOLEN ANDERSON is senior vice president and chief diversity officer of Visa Inc. In this role, she leads the strategic development and implementation of ... Read Full Bio

Johanna Argan

JOHANNA ARGAN is a Los Angeles based costume designer by way of New York. She has been around clothes most of her life, dating back to the NY garment bus... Read Full Bio

Erna Arnesen

ERNA ARNESEN is vice president of global channel and partner marketing for Plantronics. She is responsible for developing Plantronics’ global channel a... Read Full Bio

Ann Barlow

ANN BARLOW is partner and president of Peppercomm West Coast and managing director of the agency’s creative and digital group. For more than 25 years, ... Read Full Bio

Radha Bhaman

RADHA BHAMAN is the senior vice president of human resources for the core technologies division at EMC. She brings over 20 years of experience as a strat... Read Full Bio

Mary Ann Bianco

MARY ANN BIANCO is vice president, customer success, for Oracle. She is responsible for the delivery of support services to Oracle’s largest and most s... Read Full Bio

Joanne Black

JOANNE BLACK is America’s leading authority on referral selling-- the only business-development strategy proven to convert prospects into clients more ... Read Full Bio

Trudy Bourgeois

TRUDY BOURGEOIS is the CEO and president of The Center for Workforce Excellence.  She is a renowned and respected authority on leadership development, c... Read Full Bio

Julie Campbell

JULIE CAMPBELL holds the position of associate buyer, Floorcare & Cleaning for QVC. In this role she supports the sourcing, selection, negotiation, ... Read Full Bio

Ginnie Carlier

GINNIE CARLIER is the west region talent leader at Ernst & Young LLP.  She leads the EY talent team which is devoted to attracting, developing, grow... Read Full Bio

Christine Carter

CHRISTINE CARTER is a sociologist and senior fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. She is the author of “The Sweet Spot: How to Find... Read Full Bio

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy

SUKHINDER SINGH CASSIDY is a leading technology executive and entrepreneur.  She is currently founder and CEO of JOYUS, the leading online video enterta... Read Full Bio

Karen Catlin

KAREN CATLIN is a leadership coach, an advocate for women in the tech industry, a TEDx speaker and co-author of "Present! A Techies Guide to Public Speak... Read Full Bio

Sharon Chiarella

SHARON CHIARELLA is the vice president of community shopping at Amazon where she leads the team responsible for iconic Amazon experiences including custo... Read Full Bio

Mallika Chopra

MALLIKA CHOPRA is a mom, media entrepreneur, public speaker and published author. Her most recent book, “Living With Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey ... Read Full Bio

Lea Coligado

LEA COLIGADO is a computer science major at Stanford whose work experience includes Google, Apple and Facebook. Last year she started a photoseries model... Read Full Bio

Marianne Cooper

MARIANNE COOPER is a sociologist at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, and an affiliate at the Stanford Center on Poverty ... Read Full Bio

Mark Coopersmith

MARK COOPERSMITH is an educator, Fortune 500 executive, entrepreneur and author. A senior fellow at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, he teaches a... Read Full Bio

Janet Crawford

JANET CRAWFORD is CEO of Cascadance, a Bay Area-based firm supporting leaders in building brain-friendly organizations. A female scientist and pioneer in... Read Full Bio

Jennifer Dabnor

JENNIFER DABNOR is a category leader for collectibles at Amazon Marketplace, focused on innovation and new business development. She has facilitated the ... Read Full Bio

John Danner

JOHN DANNER teaches courses on innovation, strategy and venture development at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and School of Information, as well... Read Full Bio

Jonathan Davidson

JONATHAN DAVIDSON is executive vice president, general manager with Juniper Development and Innovation. In this role, he is responsible for driving strat... Read Full Bio

Jenny Dearborn

JENNY DEARBORN is senior vice president and chief learning officer at SAP, accountable to drive measurable business impact by designing, aligning and ens... Read Full Bio

Derek DeWinter

DEREK DeWINTER is partner and president of the DeWinter Group, where he helps lead his organization and maintain its position as the premier financial re... Read Full Bio

Dr. Lisa Dyson

DR. LISA DYSON is the CEO of Kiverdi, a next-generation sustainable oil company that converts CO2 and waste carbon gases into customized oils using the p... Read Full Bio

Tamar Elkeles

TAMAR ELKELES, Ph.D. is the chief people officer at Quixey, where she leads all global human resources operations. Her scope of responsibility includes o... Read Full Bio

Jodi Euerle Eddy

JODI EUERLE EDDY is a senior vice president and the CIO for Boston Scientific, a medical device company that transforms lives through innovative medical ... Read Full Bio

Gail Evans

GAIL EVANS is the chief information officer for Mercer. She joined Mercer from Microsoft, where she was the group partner program manager. In that role, ... Read Full Bio

Danielle Feinberg

DANIELLE FEINBERG is the director of photography for lighting for Pixar Animation Studios. She began her career at Pixar in February 1997. As she worked ... Read Full Bio

Brienne Ghafourifar

BRIENNE GHAFOURIFAR is a young, full-stack entrepreneur on a mission to radically transform the way technology helps people interact. While she acknowled... Read Full Bio

Jackie Glenn

JACKIE GLENN is the vice president and global chief diversity officer for EMC Corporation, leading the D&I strategy for the company’s global operat... Read Full Bio

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith

MARSHALL GOLDSMITH is the world authority in helping successful leaders achieve positive, lasting change in behavior, for themselves, their people and t... Read Full Bio

Emily Greener

EMILY GREENER helped launched I AM THAT GIRL in 2008. A nonprofit inspiring girls to LOVE, EXPRESS, and BE who they are, I AM THAT GIRL is currently re... Read Full Bio

Annabelle Gurwitch

ANNABELLE GURWITCH is an actress, activist and New York Times best-selling author. Her most recent book is “I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT: Complime... Read Full Bio

Heidi Hartmann

HEIDI HARTMANN is a MacArthur fellow, and leading economist and women's movement intellectual whose work has been translated into more than a dozen lang... Read Full Bio

Elaine Hering

ELAINE LIN HERING is a consultant with Triad Consulting Group, where she works with clients to diagnose challenges, design solutions, and deliver program... Read Full Bio

Julia Hu

JULIA HU is a serial entrepreneur, who has been named to the 30 Under 30 list by Inc. magazine and Top 10 Women in Tech by Forbes. Prio... Read Full Bio

Albany Irvin

ALBANY IRVIN joined QVC in 2009 as a program host. Her unquenchable thirst for learning new things makes her a go-to electronics host in the ever changin... Read Full Bio

Karineh Khachatourian

KARINEH KHACHATOURIAN is managing partner of the Duane Morris Silicon Valley office, practicing in the area of intellectual property litigation and couns... Read Full Bio

Nicole Lapin

NICOLE LAPIN is a finance expert you don’t need a dictionary to understand. She got her start in finance at age 18, reporting from the floor of the Chi... Read Full Bio

Jennie Leigh

JENNIE LEIGH is vice president of service enablement in the global services and support organization at Akamai Technologies. In this role, she is respons... Read Full Bio

Ana Carolina Lopez Pinaya

ANA CAROLINA LOPEZ PINAYA is an M.B.A. candidate and innovation access intern at University of California-Davis. Her focus is on entrepreneurship, innova... Read Full Bio

Leslye Louie

LESLYE LOUIE has held numerous senior marketing, sales, and operational roles during her 20 year career in the global high-tech industry.  She was vice ... Read Full Bio

Patricia McDonald

PATRICIA A. McDONALD is vice president of human resources and director of the Intel talent organization at Intel Corporation. She leads a global organiza... Read Full Bio

Heather McNicholl

HEATHER McNICHOLL holds the position of director, vendor education, development and new vendor discovery with QVC. In this role, she develops new vendo... Read Full Bio

Nikki Medoro

NIKKI MEDORO is an award winning journalist with KGO 810, Cumulus Media. She has covered news in the bay area for more than a decade. A graduate of San J... Read Full Bio

Nikita Mitchell

NIKITA T. MITCHELL is a senior manager at Cisco where she is responsible for strategy and planning initiatives for the company’s $20 billion Americas s... Read Full Bio

Tara Sophia Mohr

TARA SOPHIA MOHR is an expert on women’s leadership and well-being. She helps women play bigger in sharing their voices and bringing forward their id... Read Full Bio

Kerry Morris

KERRY MORRIS joined Zulily in May of 2013 and has headed up the Home & Hardlines Merchandising teams after spending 10 years at Amazon, where she ma... Read Full Bio

Kathleen Mullaney

KATHLEEN MULLANEY joined Udacity in 2011 as one of its first employees with the aim of making education more affordable and useful to students worldwide... Read Full Bio

Jay Newton-Small

JAY NEWTON-SMALL is Washington correspondent for TIME and the author of “Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works.” She... Read Full Bio

Lisa Nichols

LISA NICHOLS is one of the world’s most-requested motivational speakers, as well as media personality and corporate CEO whose global platform has reach... Read Full Bio

Kendall O'Brien

KENDALL O’BRIEN is vice president, finance and CFO for the office of the chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson.  In supporting the CSO, O... Read Full Bio

Linda Oubre

LINDA OUBRE was appointed Dean of the College of Business at San Francisco State University in July 2012. Oubre’s goals for the College include expandi... Read Full Bio

Sonya Park

SONYA PARK is a senior relationship manager at State Street Global Advisors and is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with institut... Read Full Bio

Jacqueline Hornor Plumez

JACQUELINE HORNOR PLUMEZ is an award-winning psychologist. Her 500 colleagues in the Westchester County Psychological Association have named her their D... Read Full Bio

Victoria Pynchon

VICTORIA PYNCHON is the co-founder of She Negotiates Consulting and Training. Her mission is to equip women with the knowledge, skills and confidence to ... Read Full Bio

Robin Hauser Reynolds

ROBIN HAUSER REYNOLDS is the director and producer of cause‐based documentary films at Finish Line Features, LLC. As both a business woman, a longtime ... Read Full Bio

Carissa Romero

CARISSA ROMERO is the co-founder of the Project for Education Research That Scales (PERTS), at Stanford University’s applied research center on learnin... Read Full Bio

Merline Saintil

MERLINE SAINTIL is the head of operations for the executive vice president and chief technology officer at Intuit. She is an international technology ex... Read Full Bio

Jill Sharp

JILL SHARP is a corporate trainer and performance coach who delivers coaching and development programs to corporate executives and teams from a wide rang... Read Full Bio

Justine Siegal

JUSTINE SIEGAL is the first woman to coach for a Major League Baseball organization and to throw batting practice to a MLB team. She’s worked with both... Read Full Bio

Christie Simons

CHRISTIE SIMONS is a partner at Deloitte & Touche’s Bay Area technology practice and has 25 years of experience serving global technology clients w... Read Full Bio

Courtney Skarda

COURTNEY SKARDA is vice president of Racker experience with Rackspace. She is responsible for reinforcing the company’s core values and continuing to b... Read Full Bio

Shari Slate

SHARI SLATE is vice president and chief inclusion and collaboration officer with Cisco. She is responsible for building a strategy that enhances Cisco’... Read Full Bio

Lisa Smith-Strother

LISA SMITH-STROTHER has been the senior director and global head of employer branding and diversity talent acquisition across Ericsson’s social and dig... Read Full Bio

Cindy Solomon

CINDY SOLOMON is a world-renowned leadership expert, author and speaker who helps Fortune 500 companies build Courageous Leaders®, better enabling their... Read Full Bio

Mary Spio

MARY SPIO is founder and president of CEEK VR, Inc., a social virtual reality company that helped create Boeing’s industry-changing digital cinema tech... Read Full Bio

Maya Strelar-Migotti

MAYA STRELAR-MIGOTTI is senior vice president of Marvell Semiconductor. She is a highly accomplished executive with a history of maximizing revenue and p... Read Full Bio

Lynn Tinney

LYNN D. TINNEY is the vice president of Americas channels at Riverbed Technology. Prior to joining Riverbed in 2014, she served as the director of strate... Read Full Bio

Wendy Wallbridge

WENDY WALLBRIDGE is a strategic and intuitive advisor to Fortune 100 leaders and teams across industries and a pioneer in the coaching field. She has ear... Read Full Bio

Nicole Ward

NICOLE WARD is Western regional director of BDO USA, the fifth-largest global public accounting and professional services firm, providing assurance, tax,... Read Full Bio

Katie Watson

KATIE WATSON joined Gilead in February 2003 to manage compensation and HR information systems. In 2006 she was promoted to senior director of total rewar... Read Full Bio

Lisa Wrightsman

LISA WRIGHTSMAN is the director and founder of Street Soccer USA’s Sacramento Lady Salamanders, a nationwide non-profit that uses soccer to break the c... Read Full Bio

Expert Exchange


Anjula Acharia-Bath

ANJULA ACHARIA-BATH is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, pop culture enthusiast and Angel Investor. She’s worked with ClassPass, The Hunt, (acquired by ... Read Full Bio

Gunjan Aggarwal

GUNJAN AGGARWAL is an accomplished HR leader with several years of experience as head of HR in various roles across U.S., Switzerland, UK and India. Curr... Read Full Bio

Rita Bojalian

RITA BOJALIAN is the business unit attorney for the neuromodulation division at Boston Scientific’s, a medical device company that transforms lives th... Read Full Bio

Lynne Born

LYNNE BORN is a partner and chief operating officer of Seiler LLP. The firm specializes in the ultra-high net worth space and provides tax, advisory an... Read Full Bio

Dawn Cates

DAWN CATES is the director and site head of quality at Boston Scientific’s Bay Area facilities, focused on capital equipment manufacturing, repair and ... Read Full Bio

Bina Chaurasia

BINA CHAURASIA is Ericsson's chief human resources officer, responsible for maintaining the company¹s culture of collaboration, engagement and innovatio... Read Full Bio

Blessie Concepcion

BLESSIE CONCEPCION currently leads the global clinical trials team at Boston Scientific Corporation’s structural heart business, in developing innovati... Read Full Bio

Jina Daniel

JINA DANIEL is a program manager with the strategy, planning and execution organization in Cisco Services, focused on operations and special projects for... Read Full Bio

Ana Flores

ANA L. FLORES is the founder and CEO of Latina Bloggers Connect, Inc and #WeAllGrow Summit. She has dedicated her career to empowering Hispanic America b... Read Full Bio

Ehrika Gladden

EHRIKA C. GLADDEN is the vice president of market strategy for the enterprise infrastructure solutions groups (EISG) at Cisco Systems. EISG is a $16 bill... Read Full Bio

Deanna Harshbarger

DEANNA HARSHBARGER is the global director for the deep brain stimulation franchise at Boston Scientific’s neuromodulation business.  Boston Scientific... Read Full Bio

Heather Hiles

HEATHER HILES is the founder and CEO of Pathbrite, the world’s leading portfolio learning software platform. She recently sold Pathbrite to Cengage Lea... Read Full Bio

Colin Kincaid

COLIN KINCAID is vice president of product management of web portfolio for Cisco. He leads the teams responsible for the development and execution of the... Read Full Bio

Susan Lovegren

SUSAN LOVEGREN is the senior vice president of human resources for Juniper Networks. With an emphasis on the needs of today’s diverse workforce, she su... Read Full Bio

Lisa Nichols

LISA NICHOLS is one of the world’s most-requested motivational speakers, as well as media personality and corporate CEO whose global platform has reach... Read Full Bio

Jossie Prochilo

JOSSIE PROCHILO was named vice president and key account manager for the TDS/US Cellular account in September 2014 and is responsible for bringing in core network busin... Read Full Bio

Sridevi Koneru Rao

SRIDEVI KONERU RAO leads Cisco’s core data and analytics team that drives thought leadership and execution of the digitization strategy. She is respons... Read Full Bio

Ileana Rivera

ILEANA RIVERA is the senior director of IT for computing and client productivity services for Cisco Systems. She leads the teams responsible for end user... Read Full Bio

Helen Scotch

HELEN SCOTCH is head of global regulatory for one of Boston Scientific’s highest growth businesses. Boston Scientific is a worldwide leader in minimall... Read Full Bio

Karen Willem

KAREN WILLEM is the chief financial officer of Lilee Systems, a leader in Industrial IoT. She is a veteran of the technology industry, with more than 25 ... Read Full Bio

Bob Worrall

BOB WORRALL is senior vice president and chief information officer leading Juniper’s global information technology team. In this role, he leads the ong... Read Full Bio

Local Leader


Johanna Argan

JOHANNA ARGAN is a Los Angeles based costume designer by way of New York. She has been around clothes most of her life, dating back to the NY garment bus... Read Full Bio

Andrea Dew Steele

ANDREA DEW STEELE is the founder of Emerge America. She is also a co-founder of the company’s first affiliate, Emerge California. Steele is passionate ... Read Full Bio

Tanya Holland

TANYA HOLLAND is the executive chef and owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland, CA, both featuring her inventive takes on modern soul food, Southern and... Read Full Bio

Linda Oubre

LINDA OUBRE was appointed Dean of the College of Business at San Francisco State University in July 2012. Oubre’s goals for the College include expandi... Read Full Bio

Kim Polese

KIM POLESE is a technology entrepreneur and business leader with a deep track record of innovation. She currently serves as chairman of ClearStreet, whos... Read Full Bio

Justine Siegal

JUSTINE SIEGAL is the first woman to coach for a Major League Baseball organization and to throw batting practice to a MLB team. She’s worked with both... Read Full Bio

Nuria Wolfe

NURIA SANTAMARIA WOLFE leads Twitter’s multicultural strategy for the sales organization in the United States.  In her current role, Wolfe advises Twi... Read Full Bio

Social Media Roundtable


Michelle Glauser

MICHELLE GLAUSER wrote her master's thesis on women's autobiographical acts on the internet and turned from academia to tech when she learned to code at ... Read Full Bio

Bonnie Grant Petrich

BONNIE GRANT PETRICH is the senior director of sales development at EMC. For the last five years she has been passionately educating the EMC salesforce ... Read Full Bio

Tanya Holland

TANYA HOLLAND is the executive chef and owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland, CA, both featuring her inventive takes on modern soul food, Southern and... Read Full Bio

Nicole Johnson

NICOLE JOHNSON is a senior content, digital, and social media marketing professional with over 15 years of experience helping companies tell authentic an... Read Full Bio

Nancy Davis Kho

NANCY DAVIS KHO is a writer in Oakland whose work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, US Magazine, a... Read Full Bio

Christine Martinez Loya

CHRISTINE MARTINEZ LOYA has won widespread acclaim as one of the most influential pinners on Pinterest with over five million followers and has been name... Read Full Bio

Christine Mellon

CHRISTINE MELLON is vice president, HCM transformation with Oracle. She has over 25 years of diverse experience in human resources, and has held various ... Read Full Bio

Linda Popky

LINDA POPKY is the president of Leverage2Market Associates, a Silicon Valley-based strategic marketing company that helps transform organizations through... Read Full Bio

Laura Watkins

LAURA JANE WATKINS is the director of RackspaceStartups|SF, a curated incubator of cloud and big data companies. She was a 2014 Hackbright Engineering Fe... Read Full Bio

Nuria Wolfe

NURIA SANTAMARIA WOLFE leads Twitter’s multicultural strategy for the sales organization in the United States.  In her current role, Wolfe advises Twi... Read Full Bio

Small Business Roundtable


Julie Barton

JULIE HILL BARTON is a writer, mother of two and animal lover from Piedmont, California. Her memoir, “DOG MEDICINE, HOW MY DOG SAVED ME FROM MYSELF,”... Read Full Bio

Carolyn Bruen

CAROLYN BRUEN is a co-founder of The Fletching Group, a talent identification firm focusing on hard-to-find senior level and technical talent. Bruen has ... Read Full Bio

CeCe Clark

CeCe Clark is director of global sales for Motivating the Masses. She has over 17 years of corporate development and entrepreneurial experience, having ... Read Full Bio

Lina Nilsson

LINA NILSSON is vice president of strategy and operations at Enlitic, the medical company founded to dramatically improve diagnostic outcomes for billion... Read Full Bio

Bruce Potterton

BRUCE POTTERTON is a co-founder of The Fletching Group, a talent identification consultancy that supports the needs of hiring managers of small to mid-si... Read Full Bio

Kathy Quinlan-Perez

KATHY QUINLAN-PEREZ has been a master trainer in the personal and professional development industry for over 30 years.  She trains and coaches leaders f... Read Full Bio

Janet Zhou

JANET ZHOU is a new venture expert and product manager at YouTube. Previously, she was director of product for BandPage, the central profile for musician... Read Full Bio