2020 Keynote

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

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

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

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