2018 Conference Logistics

It’s an interesting time to be a woman in America, and the fourth annual Watermark Conference for Women promises to be a powerful one.

We’ve got leaders, thinkers, and innovators galore coming together for one day this week. Prepare to be inspired!

Read on for important logistical information, and stay tuned for one more email from us to help you plan your day at the Conference.


We’re Starting Earlier This Year


Please begin to arrive as early as 6:30 am to pass through security and begin enjoying all the Exhibit Hall has to offer starting at 7:00 am. The Opening Keynote will begin at 8:30 am and seating is first-come, first-served.

Some tips to get you through security faster.


Don’t Forget Your Badge!


PRINT & CUT OUT your badge before you arrive. This is your ticket in to the event, and you’ll find instructions for printing and emailing badges in your confirmation letter. Only the main registrant can log in to the registration and email badges. For questions about your registration please contact [email protected]

Seating Assignments. You’ll find your table assignment for the keynote luncheon on your printed badge. Seat assignments are strictly enforced.


Parking Particulars


We encourage you to think about your travel plan—and back-up plan—in advance. The best way to get to the San Jose Convention Center on the 23rd is to take public transit, a taxi, or to carpool.

If you must drive (or have organized a carpool, you go-getter!), please carefully study the parking options and advice on our Travel page. You’ll find maps, prices and even an option to reserve discounted parking in advance. Remember, there will be more attendees than available parking spaces at the Convention Center, so pay attention to the free shuttle from nearby SAP Center Garage and consider other off-site lots (note that shuttle service is only available from the SAP Center).

Feel free to use the Conference Community feature of the conference app to coordinate travel with fellow attendees!


A Note for Newcomers


We’ll be seeing a lot of new faces this year, so we asked our staff and Conference veterans for their advice on making the most of a day at the Watermark Conference for Women.

Check out our Newcomer’s Guide here.


Update Your Résumé


And bring a printed copy (or have one handy on your phone). You’ll definitely want to take advantage of free career coaching and résumé review sessions in the Career Pavilion (sponsored by Gilead) throughout the day. Plus, many of our sponsors will have talent acquisition teams on site. Don’t be caught empty-handed!


Download the App


This year’s app, sponsored by Cisco, is better than ever. You’ll find maps, speaker bios and exhibitor information, and you can easily connect with fellow attendees before, during and after the conference!

Save your favorite breakout sessions to a personal agenda in advance so you can spend less time with your nose in the program and more time enjoying the day. (Breakout session seating is first-come, first served, so it pays to get there fast!)

Search “WatermarkConf” to download the latest version of the app, create your profile and tap “Conference Community” to join in. Set up ride shares, ask for help, discuss the speakers and even post job openings! Visit our app page for more information.


Lunch Menu


At this late date we have turned in our numbers to the caterers and the option to select an alternate meal has been frozen; however if you have a request please come to Registration before 9:00 am on conference day and we will do our best to accommodate you (no promises)!

Please see below for the two meal choices and note that the standard meal is gluten-free. If the meal choices do not work due to restrictions, allergies or preferences, attendees are welcome to bring their own meal.

Standard Meal – Gluten Free
Herb Roasted Chicken Breast with Artichoke Tapenade
Quinoa Salad with corn, tomato, scallions, cucumber, parsley and lemony dressing
Roasted red and yellow Beets in balsamic vinaigrette
Apple Cranberry Frangipane Torte with fresh whipping cream on the side

Alternate Meal – Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free
Herb Crusted Tempeh with Artichoke Tapenade
Quinoa Salad with corn, tomato, scallions, cucumber, parsley and lemony dressing
Roasted red and yellow Beets in balsamic vinaigrette
Fresh Fruit


A Note for New Moms


A nursing mother’s room can be found on the Exhibit level in meeting room 214. You’ll find privacy screens, outlets and a refrigerator for your pumping convenience.

Please plan ahead for the possibility of a crowd at popular break times.

 
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