2019 Agenda

Please explore the 2019 agenda, below, to get a sense of what’s in store for the upcoming 2020 Watermark Conference for Women. Registration opens September 12, 2019.

2019 Program (PDF)

6:30 am - 8:15 am Registration Opens The Hub, adjacent to Main Lobby
Remember to bring your printed badge!
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open Exhibit Hall 1
Exhibit Hall Highlights
7:30 am - 5:00 pm Coaches Corner & Resumé Review Exhibit Hall
Open all day | Advance sign-up NOT required
8:15 am - 9:30 am Opening Keynote Session Exhibit Halls 2&3
Seating for the Opening Keynote session is first-come, first-served.
9:45 am - Author Signings Next to Book Store in Exhibit Hall 1
9:45am Author Signing Schedule
10:00 am - 12:30 pm Young Women's Program Meeting Rooms
Special programming for high school junior & senior girls
Changing the World for Beginners (W)
Mental Health Check-Up: High School Edition (W)
10:00 am - 11:00 am Breakout Session I Meeting Rooms
Session Key:

W = Workshop. Interactive sessions that include exercises, role-plays and other activities which offer practical advice.

POE = Panel of Experts. Led by a thought leader in the space, these sessions will offer a brief “state of the climate” followed by a sharing of best practices and lessons learned from experts in the field.

LP = Life Perspective. By sharing real life stories and personal experiences, these sessions offer a mix of advice and inspiration.
Building Trust & Navigating the Workplace After #MeToo (POE)
Leading with Empathy: How to Be the Boss Without Losing Your Humanity (POE)
Thinking in Bets: Avoid Emotional Decision-Making & Embrace Uncertainty (W)
Mental Health Check-Up (W)
Mind the Gap: Negotiation & Getting Paid (POE)
Find Your Tribe: Building a Team of Mentors (POE)
A Purpose-Driven Life: Creating Change from 9-to-5 (POE)
The Changing Meaning of Ambition
Budget for Life (W)
11:00 am - 11:30 am Author Signings Next to Book Store in Exhibit Hall 1
11:00am Author Signings
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Breakout Session II Meeting Rooms
Session Key:

W = Workshop. Interactive sessions that include exercises, role-plays and other activities which offer practical advice.

POE = Panel of Experts. Led by a thought leader in the space, these sessions will offer a brief “state of the climate” followed by a sharing of best practices and lessons learned from experts in the field.

LP = Life Perspective. By sharing real life stories and personal experiences, these sessions offer a mix of advice and inspiration.
Radical Candor: Better Relationships at Work (W)
Think Like a Founder: Your Questions on Entrepreneurship Answered (POE)
Managing Up: Achieve Success in the Workplace with Any Type of Boss (POE)
How Women Rise: A Panel on Taking the Next Step in Your Career (POE)
The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength (POE)
How to Live Forever: Legacy and Longevity (W)
Burnout Recovery: End Exhaustion & Regain Your Spark (POE)
Welcome to the Juggle: Fitting Career & Caregiving Together (POE)
Choose Wonder Over Worry: Moving Beyond Fear (W)
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Author Signings Next to Book Store in Exhibit Hall 1
12:30pm Author Signing Schedule
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Keynote Luncheon Exhibit Halls 2&3
Please refer to your printed badge for your table assignment.
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Breakout Session III Meeting Rooms
Session Key:

W = Workshop. Interactive sessions that include exercises, role-plays and other activities which offer practical advice.

POE = Panel of Experts. Led by a thought leader in the space, these sessions will offer a brief “state of the climate” followed by a sharing of best practices and lessons learned from experts in the field.

LP = Life Perspective. By sharing real life stories and personal experiences, these sessions offer a mix of advice and inspiration.
Build It, Be It: How to Create a Powerful Personal Brand Online (W)
ENCORE: Choose Wonder Over Worry: Moving Beyond Fear (W)
Influence: Leadership That Changes Minds (W)
How Women Rise: Break the Twelve Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion or Job (W)
ENCORE: Budget for Life
Pioneering Equity & Diversity in Your Organization (POE)
How to Be Heard: Effective Communication for Career Advancement (W)
The Future of Work: Thriving in the Gig Economy (POE)
3:00 pm - 4:40 pm Small Business Roundtables Women-Owned Business Marketplace | Exhibit Hall 1
Led by an expert facilitator, roundtables offer an informal and intimate setting to share best practices around a focused and specific small business topic. Roundtables are discussion based and will not feature a formal presentation. We encourage attendees to come with questions. Each roundtable will be offered a total of three times to allow attendees the opportunity to participate in multiple discussions on different topics.

Roundtables will take place at the following times in the Exhibit Hall: 3:00 pm–3:30 pm; 3:35 pm–4:05 pm; and 4:10 pm–4:40 pm
Roundtable | Creating a Vision for Your Business
Roundtable | All [A]Board: Your Journey to Becoming a Corporate Director
Roundtable | Steps for Start Ups: Legal Considerations
Roundtable | Self-Care for the Self-Employed
Roundtable | Public Service for Small Business Owners
Roundtable | How to Get Every Meeting in One Call with Referrals
Roundtable | Elevated Pitch: Communicate Your Value in Less than 30 Seconds
Roundtable | DIY PR
3:00 pm - 4:40 pm Tech Roundtables Technology Pavilion | Exhibit Hall 1
Presented with Dell

Understanding that conference attendees come to the “table” with a very diverse set of skills, needs, and interests related to digital technology, we are thrilled to offer tech roundtables. Led by an expert facilitator, roundtables offer an informal and intimate setting to share best practices around a very focused and specific topic related to technological innovations or digital tools. Roundtables are discussion based and will not feature a formal presentation. We encourage attendees to come with questions.

Roundtables are limited to 10 people per topic and are first-come-first-served. We encourage you to come early to guarantee your spot. However, we will offer each roundtable a total of three times to allow attendees the opportunity to participate in multiple discussions on different topics and ensure that participants have another opportunity to join should a table fill up fast.

Roundtables will take place at the following times in the Exhibit Hall: 3:00 pm–3:30 pm; 3:35 pm–4:05 pm; and 4:10 pm–4:40 pm
Roundtable | Powerful Partnerships
Roundtable | Navigating Cultural Diversity in Remote Teams
Roundtable | Innovation's New Frontier: Sustainability
Roundtable | Introduction to UX: From Research to Design
Roundtable | Leading Change in the Digital Age
Roundtable | Podcasting 101
Roundtable | Finding a Mentor in Tech
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Author Signings Next to Book Store in Exhibit Hall 1
4:00pm Author Signing Schedule
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Wine Tasting Networking Reception Exhibit Hall 1
Wine Tasting Networking Reception
4:40 pm - 5:00 pm Author Signings Next to Book Store in Exhibit Hall 1
4:40pm Author Signing Schedule
5:00 pm - 5:00 pm Conference Closes
Thank you for joining us!