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An Attendee’s Guide to February 1st

Texas Conference For Women

First, we just have to acknowledge…

Our amazing sponsors! Their contributions subsidize the cost of the conference and allow us to keep ticket prices uniquely affordable. We could not put on this event without their support, and we encourage you to get to know the companies demonstrating their real commitment to women in the workplace.


Help in Planning Your Day

As you think about what you’d like to get out of the conference day, we encourage you to browse our online agenda as well as download our NEW app, brought to you by Cisco and available on all major platforms. Browse the day’s offerings and save your favorite events to a private, personal schedule. Get realtime alerts and program updates. Use the handy networking feature to facilitate new connections. (If you have last year’s app, please delete it and search “WatermarkConf” for the latest version!)


What to Expect

The Conference is anchored by two powerful keynote sessions – one in the morning and one over lunch; three different hour-long breakout sessions and multiple small business and social media roundtables in the afternoon. But that’s not nearly all!

Enter the Exhibit Hall and you’ll find the Gilead Career Pavilion, the Social Hub, the Dell Technology Pavilion, the Ericsson Community Connection Pavilion and the Women-Owned Business Marketplace. You’re also invited to a wine tasting reception sponsored by Bonterra Organic Vineyards in the Exhibit Hall from 4:00-5:00 pm. 


Gilead Career Pavilion

The Gilead Career Pavilion is open all day, 7:30am – 5:00 pm, and is one of our most consistently popular offerings for a reason. You’ll want to bring your current resume for free professional critique, and organize your thoughts in advance for a free one-on-one coaching session with a coach from the International Coach Federation San Francisco Bay Area chapter. In addition, some of our sponsors will be on site recruiting. No advance sign-up is required.


The Social Hub

The Social Hub is the perfect spot to connect and recharge! Visit our photo booth for a souvenir snapshot and to add your face to our “Who’s In?” wall. And do not miss Amanda Healy’s fabulous Social Profile Makeover Workshops, offered from 11am – 4:45pm. Power up at a charging station before you leave.


Ericsson Community Connection Pavilion

Stop by to learn about opportunities to get involved, and to drop off your donations of new and gently-used professional accessories, handbags and jewelry for Dress for Success San Jose (booth #615).


Women-Owned Business Marketplace

Come take advantage of the many opportunities available to entrepreneurs in the Women-Owned Business Marketplace, plus support other women-owned small businesses by shopping the exhibits.

Stop by the QVC+zulily stage to watch live product pitches and realtime expert feedback. Limited walk-up presenter slots will be available in the afternoon. Learn more.

From 3:00 – 4:40 pm, join one of several Small Business Roundtables for an intimate unscripted talk led by an expert facilitator.


Dell Technology Pavilion

Put the Dell Technology Pavilion on your list for the afternoon – there you’ll find digital experts leading small-scale Social Media Roundtables from 3:00 – 4:40. Bring your questions!

While you’re there, stop by the Yahoo! booth for a free headshot. Then unwind with a complimentary massage, courtesy of Dell.


Get Social

Share your highlights from the day at #WatermarkConf and @wtrmrk and follow us on social media to stay in touch on Conference Day and all year long!


Did you miss our email about Conference Day Logistics, including important parking info? Catch up on everything you need to know to make your day a success here!

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Important Information for Conference Day

2016/ Photo by Marla Aufmath/ Getty Images for the Watermark Conference for Women

Please take a moment to read the information below about conference-day logistics. When you’re thoroughly prepared you can thoroughly enjoy all the Watermark Conference for Women has to offer!


When You Arrive…

Printing Badges: Starting Friday January 20th you will have access to download and print your badge. Your badge is your ticket for entry and must be printed and brought to the conference with you.

If are the main registrant for a group of people, you need to email the badges to your guests by logging into the registration. Your registration login information was provided in your confirmation letter.

If someone else registered you, you do not have login access to the registration and the main registrant will email your badge to you for you to print.

If you already have your name badge, you do NOT need to check in at the registration desk upon arrival – you may proceed to pick up your lanyard with badge holder in the Main Lobby.

Seating Assignments: Your badge includes your seating assignment for lunch. We ask that you sit only at your assigned seat during that time. However, all other sessions, including the morning keynote session, are open seating.


Special Meal Requests

Do you (or your guests) require a vegetarian, gluten-free, or vegan meal option? Monday (the 23rd) is the last day to log in to registration and request the alternate lunch. You can find login information in the confirmation email you received upon registration. If someone else registered for you, please ask them to submit the request on your behalf. Learn more.


Getting to the Conference

On February 1st, more than 6,500 women will converge on the San Jose Convention Center at the same time.

We cannot stress enough how important it is to plan ahead for traffic, parking and crowded public transit. We suggest you take public transportation or carpool if at all possible, and allow extra time for travel so you don’t miss anything.

You’ll find directions, parking options, maps and help navigating public transportation on our Travel and Discounts page.


Bring Your Resume

In addition to free one-on-one career coaching and professional resume review opportunities, you will find talent acquisition teams from some of our sponsors in the Gilead Career Pavilion. Now’s a great time to update your resume and start thinking about your career goals.


Bring Your Big Heart

Clean out your closet and help women in need regain their independence.

With the support of Ericsson, we’re happy to welcome Dress for Success San Jose back to the conference! They’ll be collecting new and gently-used handbags, jewelry and scarves for women working their way out of poverty. Bring your donations to booth #615 in the Exhibit Hall.


A Note for Moms

There will be a dedicated Nursing Mothers Room located in Meeting Room 214. Power outlets, a refrigerator and privacy screens will be available, but please plan for the possibility of a crowd during peak break times and bring a battery-operated pump if you have one.


Download the NEW Conference App

Beginning next week, you can download the ALL NEW 2017 WatermarkConf app, sponsored by Cisco, from your favorite app store. If you have last year’s app, you can go ahead and delete it.

Browse the full program and save your own custom agenda for the day. Create a robust profile to engage in meaningful networking and connections with other attendees and speakers. Get maps, session descriptions and speaker information with a tap of the finger, and receive realtime alerts! 

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Special Meal Requests – 2017

The lunch menu has been chosen for the conference and we are pleased to offer the following:

Standard Meal

Latin Flair Salad Trio with Grilled Chicken
Orange & Jicama Salad, Chili Lime Dressing
Quinoa, Nopale Cactus Salad, Grilled Corn, Sweet Onion Vinaigrette
Chayote & Charred Pepper Salad, Tomatillo Dressing
Achiotte Marinated Grilled Free Range Chicken, Chipotle Crema

Alternate Meal

The alternate meal is gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan.

Latin Flair Salad Trio with Grilled Tofu
Orange & Jicama Salad, Chili Lime Dressing
Quinoa, Nopale Cactus Salad, Grilled Corn, Sweet Onion Vinaigrette
Chayote & Charred Pepper Salad, Tomatillo Dressing
Achiotte Marinated Grilled Tofu, vegan chipotle crema

If you or any of your attendees requires the alternate meal, please have the main registrant log in to the registration and make that choice no later than January 23rd.  (Only the main registrant, the person who bought the tickets, can log in to the registration). The login information was provided in the confirmation email sent to the main registrant.

If you and your attendees are having the standard meal there is no need to make a selection.

If neither of these choices works because of preferences or allergies, attendees are welcome to bring their own meal. These are the only two choices and they cannot be customized. We will be unable to accommodate on-site requests.

If you have questions please contact [email protected].

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2016 Speaker Highlights

We went through 2016 attendee evaluations and our own web metrics to compile this list of 2016’s most-loved speakers, sessions and teleclasses (posted online as podcasts).

We hope you find some downtime as 2016 rolls into 2017 to watch, listen and enjoy! Read More

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