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New Security Procedures for 2018

While attending the Watermark Conference for Women at the San Jose Convention Center, please note that magnetometers will be in use and weapons of all kinds will be forbidden from the event.  Please refrain from bringing large bags containing unnecessary items to expedite your entry through security. Backpacks will be allowed, but are discouraged due to the amount of time it takes to search all of the compartments. Please consider bringing as few bags and packing as few items as possible.

Items like pepper spray, tasers or stun-guns, knives, guns, or any other projectiles, bottles or aerosol cans larger than travel size, or extended sharp items like long handled metal combs or screwdrivers, will be confiscated and not returned. Security will not store items for later pick up under any circumstances.

For the comfort and safety of all attendees, laser pointers, air-horns, whistles, and other noise makers are prohibited. 

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BIG NEWS: The Power of Us, Quantified in HBR

We’re proud to have made it into the Harvard Business Review today, in an article by happiness researcher and Conference for Women veteran Shawn Achor.

You can read the full article here, but here are our main takeaways:

  • People can be cynical about the utility of women’s professional conferences. Achor’s [male] seatmate on a recent flight said “I’m all for equality, but I’m not sure what good it will do.”
  • What good CAN it do? Achor spoke with fellow happiness researcher Michelle Gielan, and the two decided to survey attendees in advance of the 2017 Conferences for Women in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Texas.
  • They wanted to know what, if any, financial or intellectual impacts could be measured among attendees.
  • They surveyed 2,600 women, using prior attendees to study outcomes and first-time attendees as a control group.
  • Among attendees who had never attended the Conference, 18% had received a promotion over the past year. During the same economic period, 42% of women who had attended the Conference received a promotion.  
  • The likelihood of receiving a promotion doubled after attending the Conference for Women.

  • 5% of women in the control group received a pay increase of more than 10% compared to 15% of women who had attended the Conference.  
  • Attendees of the Conference for Women had triple the likelihood of a 10%+ pay increase.
  • 71% of prior attendees reported that they “feel more connected to others.” Achor’s book Big Happiness argues that social connection is the greatest predictor of success and happiness, and tangentially leads to longer, healthier lives.
  • 29% of prior attendees reported that they “agree a lot” with the statement “I feel happier.” 78% of prior attendees reported feeling “more optimistic about the future” than before the Conference. 25% of prior attendees reported that they “agree a lot” with the statement “I feel more capable of handling stress in a positive way.”

“Laurie Dalton White, founder of the Conferences for Women, adds ‘Something special happens when you see that you are not alone. Making connections and building relationships with other attendees and speakers helps women form an understanding of their worth, and then they learn strategies to ask for promotions, seek fair pay, and even become a mentor to others. 

Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan

Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan

‘We invite women like Michelle Obama and Sheryl Sandberg to speak at our conferences not just because of their own personal success stories, but because they are role models who inspire women in both big and small ways.'”

 

Achor and Gielan’s findings suggest that business leaders ought to encourage employees to find social connections in a professional context.

The result may be a happier and healthier workforce.

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Is This Really as Far as We’ve Come?

According to a new poll, 60 percent of women think it’s inappropriate to have drinks alone with a man who is not their spouse, 53 percent think it’s inappropriate to have dinner alone, 44 percent to have lunch and 25 percent to have a work meeting. The men’s numbers for the same activities with a woman who isn’t their spouse were 48 percent, 45 percent, 36 percent and 22 percent, respectively. As this NYT article points out, these findings show how much gender still figures in our work relationships—and hurts our opportunities.

Tell us in the comments: What do you think about the state of male and female interactions in the workplace?


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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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The 2017 Conference is SOLD OUT

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