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Megan Rapinoe’s Tips on Building a Winning Team

Megan Rapinoe at the 2020 Watermark Conference for Women

There are so many topics that would be fun to talk with soccer superstar and women’s advocate Megan Rapinoe about. But leave it to pioneering journalist Pat Mitchell to zero in on one so relevant to so many of us.

At the 2020 Watermark Conference for Women Mitchell (the first woman president and CEO at PBS, former president of CNN, co-founder and curator of TED Women) asked: What lessons did you learn on the field that would apply to building any great team?

Here is what the co-captain of the outstanding U.S. Women Soccer team, FIFA player of the year, and Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year had to say: Read More

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Indra Nooyi Has a 3-Point Plan to Advance Women in Leadership

Indra Nooyi at the 2020 Watermark Conference for Women

Imagine what at least one section of Indra Nooyi’s bucket list might look like:

  1. Immigrate to America.
  2. Become CEO of a Fortune 500 company (say, PepsiCo, for example.)
  3. Transform it into one of the world’s most successful food and beverage companies.
  4. Step down after being one of the longest-serving female CEOs. (A dozen years is good.)
  5. Boost the number of women in leadership positions nationwide.

Status report: Done, done, done, done—and just you wait. Read More

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Feel Like an Imposter? That’s a Good Sign

Seth Godin at the 2020 Watermark Conference for Women

There are many ideas about how to overcome imposter syndrome, that very common experience of doubting yourself despite how capable or successful you may be. But at the 2020 Watermark Conference for Women, marketing guru Seth Godin offered another way of looking at it.

“Of course, you feel like an imposter because you are one, and so am I,” he said. “How could it be otherwise? If you are going to lead, if you are going to project the future, if you are going to do something that has never been done before, how could you be sure [it will succeed]?” Read More

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Not Every Success Story Begins That Way: Take it from theSkimm

TheSkimm Co-founders at the 2020 Watermark Conference for Women

When Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin flew into SFO last month to speak at the Watermark Conference for Women, they said they found it traumatic—because, as Carly put it, “we got really beat up here.”

She was referring to when they were young women who had quit their jobs as NBC news producers to build a media organization that could not only reach busy women but help them live smarter.

But their early efforts to fundraise resulted in a string of rejections. Recalls Carly: “They told us, ‘You don’t have a tech co-founder.’ ‘This is content; people don’t want content.’ And, ‘women are a niche market.’” Read More

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Tune in to Women Who Lead on KGO-810!

Every Wednesday, join the women of KGO for a special interviews with female business leaders in Women Who Lead: Pat Thurston (weekdays 12p – 3p) and Nikki Medoro  (weekdays 3p – 6p on The Chip Franklin Show) interview female Silicon Valley business leaders:

Demma Rodriguez
Head of Equity Engineering, Google 

Hillary Weingast
Associate General Counsel and Head of Global inclusion & Diversity, Juniper Networks, Inc.

Ann Barlow
President, Peppercomm West Coast

Courtney Greene Power
General Counsel, Niantic, Inc.

To listen, visit KGO’s Women Who Lead page and look for the “Listen Now” button below each guest’s photo.

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Additional Ticket Notification List

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.

You may also be interested in a Livestream Ticket, or attending our 2nd annual Workplace Summit. Read More

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Brené Brown on the Obstacle to Courageous Leadership—and the Hack that Changed Her Life

2019 Keynote Speaker Brené BrownThe number one obstacle to courageous leadership is not what Brené Brown thought it was when she began studying the topic seven years ago.

“I thought it was fear,” Brown said at the 2019 Watermark Conference for Women. But “it’s not fear that gets in the way of us being brave. It’s armor. It’s what we do when we are afraid. We self-protect, close our hearts completely off and engage in behaviors that move us away from courage: perfectionism, cynicism, having to be the knower instead of the learner.”

As a result, we struggle with having hard conversations. In fact, some leaders say that their cultures are “too nice” to have hard conversations, explaining that they just talk about people instead. And that, quipped Brown, doesn’t seem nice or kind. Read More

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From the Super Bowl to Watermark: Serena Williams on Making the First Move

2019 Keynote Speaker Serena Williams“Making the first move is, for me, so important because I feel like women are generally taught that we don’t have to make the first move,” Serena Williams said to the thousands of women gathered for the 2019 Watermark Conference for Women.

“It could be in dating, it could be in life, it could be in business—but it’s important to take a jump, take a leap, because it can make a difference.”

With 23 Grand Slam singles titles, Williams is one of the greatest athletes, male or female, in history. She’s also a successful entrepreneur, philanthropist, women’s advocate and a new mom. Read More

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Gloria Steinem, at 84, Says She Is Seeing More Support for Women’s Rights Than Ever Before

2019 Keynote Speaker Gloria SteinemIt’s hard to imagine anyone better than the indomitable Gloria Steinem to reflect on the current state of women in America. She’s been the foremost champion, and most recognizable face, of women’s issues for 50 years.

At 84, here’s what she had to say last month at the 2019 Watermark Conference for Women about women’s movements in the U.S. and around the world now being stronger than they have ever been.

“For the first time, in my lifetime, we have majority support for all the basic issues that the women’s movement has cared about historically and that we look forward to,” said Steinem. Read More

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Wednesday Wisdom: Video Highlights

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting a few of our 2019 Watermark Conference for Women speakers and sponsor executives that who inspire us every month of the year.

For three weeks, beginning Wednesday, March 20, we will highlight their #WednesdayWisdom on the Watermark Conference for Women social media channels.

These women are both leaders in their fields and making a positive impact for women in the workplace. Tune in!

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Wednesday, April 3:

Annabel Chang, Vice President, Bay Area, Alaska Airlines

 

 
 

 

Wednesday, March 27:

Lydia StroupLydia Stroup, Senior Group Vice President of Target Stores in the Northern California Bay Area Market

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 20th:

Saura Naim, Senior Director of Business Operations at Juniper Networks

 

 

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