Young Women’s Program

"the LeadOn:Watermark's Silicon Valley Conference For Women at Santa Clara Convention Center on February 24, 2015 in Santa Clara, California."

In partnership with our sponsors, the Watermark Conference for Women is proud to feature the Young Women’s Program, which provides high school junior and senior girls with the opportunity to attend the Conference and participate in a seminar track designed especially for them.

This unique program enables our next generation of leaders to hear from dynamic speakers, exchange ideas and begin to chart their own paths.

We are no longer accepting ticket requests for the 2019 conference. If you are interested in tickets to the 2020 conference, please return to this page in August of 2019 to find an application.

2019 Young Women’s Programming

Session I (10:00 – 11:00 am):

Changing the World for Beginners (W)

Whether your activism could improve things at your school or could have a global impact, it’s time to get creative, be bold and become a changemaker. Krista Suh, founder of the Pussyhat Project, took an idea and built a worldwide movement in just two months. But like many, she also knows what it is like to let fear stop her from living by her own rules. In this interactive workshop, she shares her strategies for finding your mission, honing your vision, getting rid of “idea squelchers,” and organizing for change. The leadership skills you will learn can be used on campus and off, in a grassroots campaign or online activism, and when advocating on behalf of yourself or others.

Speaker: Krista Suh, creator of the Pussyhat Project and author, DIY Rules for a WTF World: How to Speak Up, Get Creative, and CHANGE THE WORLD

Emcee: Jessica Aguirre, evening anchor, NBC Bay Area

Session II (11:30 am – 12:30 pm):

Mental Health Check-Up: High School Edition (W)

Everyone struggles with mental health issues from time to time. Knowing how to care for your well being and when to seek professional help is as vital as caring for your physical health. In this high school-focused session, licensed marriage and family therapist, author, and YouTube sensation Kati Morton clarifies and de-stigmatizes the struggles so many of us go through during adolescence, including managing academic stress, navigating relationships, dealing with bullying, and everything in between. She shares strategies for managing stress, facing challenging emotions, and the red flags of mental health issues. Attendees will learn the best ways of talking about mental health with family and friends, and asking for support in difficult times.

Speaker: Kati Morton, licensed marriage and family therapist, and author, Are u ok?: A Guide to Caring for Your Mental Health

Emcee:  Nicole Ward, Western regional director, BDO USA

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