Keynote Recap

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

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

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

2019 Keynote Speaker Amanda Southworth On Making Change

Seventeen-year old iOS developer and activist Amanda Southworth gave a stirring keynote at the 2019 Watermark Conference for Women.

Through her personal story of childhood anxiety and depression, she shared how she took refuge in her computer, fell in love with coding and found purpose in creating tools to support others who are struggling.

“There are more kids out there just like me,” she said. “And these kids have been failed by systems, and they are relying on people to build a kinder world for them. They are relying on us.” Read More

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