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The 2020 Watermark Conference for Women is sold out and we do not anticipate releasing any more tickets. However, if you would like to be notified in the event that tickets do become available, please fill out the form below.

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2019 Conference Logistics

Next week we’ll all be together learning, growing, and amplifying our power. Today? Let’s prepare.
 

Plan Your Day at the Watermark Conference for Women

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Attendees: Don’t Miss Important Messages!

Dear Attendees,

Over the coming days we’ll be sharing important information via email to help you plan your best day at the Watermark Conference for Women. 

But getting through to you can be a challenge: As spammers have become sneakier, your company email’s spam filters have become more sensitive. On top of that, we recently changed email providers, which changed the way many of our messages are being directed. (You may now find us in the “Promotions” tab of your Gmail account, or, worse, in your Spam folder.)

What to do:

  • Add newsletter@conferenceforwomen.org to your Contacts.
  • Email your IT desk and ask them to whitelist the conferenceforwomen.org domain.
  • Be aware that we start emailing attendees up to one month in advance of the conference date, and look for our messages.

We hate spam, and we promise not to send you any. We appreciate your help as we work to get important conference day information to you!

—The Watermark Conference for Women

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Letter to Attendees from the Team San Jose CEO

February 26, 2018

Dear 2018 Watermark Conference for Women attendees and staff,

On behalf of Team San Jose, I extend our sincerest apologies for the experience you had in our Convention Center. I understand that at least one third of the attendees were served frozen meals and that there were also issues with service and room temperature. We know this is completely unacceptable and Team San Jose accepts full responsibility for these incidents.

We had a refrigeration unit malfunction that resulted in the meals being frozen and we are making every change possible to insure this does not happen again. Please note too, that since this has never happened before, our staff was not experienced or trained to handle the situation. Based on your experience, moving forward, we promise to make sure our staff is better trained.

While I know this apology does not change your negative experience, it is my great hope to work with the Watermark Conference for Women team to find a satisfactory resolution and to rebuild the trust in service excellence that has been lost. We are committed to making sure that nothing like this ever happens again.

Sincerely,

Karolyn Kirchgesler
Chief Executive Officer
Team San Jose

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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 registration@conferenceforwomen.org.

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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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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