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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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Watermark Conference App FAQ

How do I download the app?

Just search “WatermarkConf” in your app store, or use the appropriate download link below.

Download now on the App Store   Get it now on Google Play   BB-World-button   Windows-store-button

What if I already have the app from the 2017 Conference?

You do not need to download the app again; simply refresh the app by tapping “Menu” in the top left corner, then click on “Update App Now.”

How do I log in?

Tap “LOGIN” in the top-right corner, then simply type in your email address and click “Continue.”

How do I create a profile?

Once you’ve logged in by providing your email address, you can customize your profile by tapping “Profile.” Fill in as little or as much info as you’d like. You can also auto-fill your profile by clicking “Use Your LinkedIn Profile.”

How do I create My Schedule?

You can only create a schedule if you’ve logged in and have finished a profile. Once this is done, simply tap the session you’d like to add to your schedule from the AGENDA screen, and then click “+ Add to Your Schedule.”

How do I view my schedule after I’ve added sessions?

Tap the Menu icon in the top left corner of the app; then “My Schedule.” OR visit the “My Schedule” module on the Home Screen.

If I add sessions to my personal schedule on the app, does that mean I’m guaranteed space in that session?

NO. We do not require or allow attendees to reserve space in any session. Creating a schedule on the app simply allows you to better plan out your busy day. You are not guaranteed space in a session when you add it to your schedule on the app.

What are the codes that follow the session titles in the agenda? (e.g., POE, W, MC)

Great question! These codes describe the type of session:

     POE = Panel of Experts (a thought leader and three panelists engage in a discussion)

     W = Workshop (one speaker, delivering a presentation and providing takeaways on the topic.)

     MC = Moderated Conversation (these sessions are typically “fireside chat” style conversations, consisting of a moderator, and a main speaker.)

How can I connect with a specific attendee?

Simply tap “Menu” on the top left hand corner of your app, then click on “Attendees.” You can search attendees by name, company, or title. You can also send a direct, private message to someone you’re chatting with inside the Conference Community, by clicking on their name, then choosing “Send them a Message.”

How do I use the Conference Community feature?

Under “Menu,” or on the Home Screen, you’ll find the Conference Community. Here, you have a really unique opportunity to reach out to ask questions, learn about job opportunities, or just network and learn more about fellow attendees. Think of this as our very own “NextDoor.”

What’s the red dot under “Menu?”

When you see a red dot on your home screen, that means the app needs to be updated. Simply click on “Menu” on the top left, then click on “Update App Now.”

What if I have more questions about the app?

Within the Attendees section, send a direct message to Danielle Leshinski.

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Ways to Help #Harvey Storm Victims

Our hearts go out to all the Harvey hurricane and flood victims. If you are looking for ways to help, the New York Times recommends these national organizations:

The American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website. You can also text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.

AmeriCares takes medicine and supplies to survivors.

Catholic Charities provides food, clothing, shelter and support services to those from all religious backgrounds.

Donations to the Salvation Army can be made online, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or texting STORM to 51555.

AABB, which coordinates a task force to manage blood collection efforts during disasters, put out a call on Sunday for blood donations in the aftermath of Harvey. Most in demand: those with type O-positive blood.

If you know of other trustworthy organizations and local drives, please post them in the comments section.


  Read more from the September 2017 newsletter

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BizBash Selects Watermark Conference for Women as One of San Francisco’s Top 100 Events

June 20, 2017 — From galas and benefits, to entertainment, sporting events, and more, BizBash has announced its 2017 list of Top 100 Events in San Francisco and has named Watermark Conference for Women to this exclusive list. To select and rank these events, BizBash considers the event’s influence within the industry, in addition to innovation, reach, economic impact, and more.

Now in its fourth year, the Watermark Conference for Women has become a leading resource for professional women in Silicon Valley and beyond—hosting outstanding speakers like Madeleine Albright, Sheryl Sandberg, Viola Davis, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Diane von Furstenburg, Mindy Kaling, and more.

“So many high-profile events call San Francisco home, and to choose the best from this diverse landscape is no easy task,” says Beth Kormanik, BizBash executive editor. “Today’s top events reflect a sharply honed sense of mission, thoughtful production, and engaged guests—factors that all contribute to their success.”

Registration for the 2018 Conference opens in September 2017. Join the mailing list to receive registration updates and speaker announcements.

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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

Fill out the form below to be notified in the unlikely event that more tickets become available. 

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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 registration@conferenceforwomen.org.

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