Join me for a conversation with Watermark CEO Marlene Williamson as we discuss highlights from the Watermark Conference for Women featuring Mindy Kaling, Abby Wombach, Cindy Leive, and many others, opportunities and challenges for women in leadership, why it matters, and why men need to be part of the conversation.
Watermark was founded 22 years ago, known then as the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, with a mission to increase the number of women in leadership positions. The Watermark Conference for Women held April 21, 2016 at the San Jose Convention Center had 100 speakers, 30+ sessions, and almost 7,000 attendees who shared the unmistakable feeling that we are part of something larger than ourselves. "The excitement, the passion, the shared desire to see greater numbers of women reach higher levels in their careers and in their communities – I couldn’t have been more proud of our Watermark members, sponsors and supporters," said Marlene Williamson, CEO of Watermark, whose seven-year-old self wanted to be an actress. Public speaking is feared by many but she enjoys her time on stage.
At the conference Marlene challenged us to carry the spirit of the conference forward in our day-to-day lives by "congratulating and applauding the women in your life. Stand up for any woman who has merit. And join Watermark."
Marlene Williamson is the Chief Executive Officer of Watermark. Previously Marlene was Chief Marketing Officer of a number of technology companies including Alfresco, BigMachines (sold to Oracle) and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (sold to Western Digital).
Prior to joining Hitachi, Marlene was Vice President of Global Marketing at Ericsson. She has held Vice President of Marketing roles at Symantec, IBM, Polycom and Acer. Earlier in her career, she led Global Consumer Marketing at Apple.
She has been named Marketer of the Year by the American Marketing Association, Partner of the Year by Yahoo, Innovator of the Year by Google, Outstanding Female Executive in Silicon Valley by the YWCA, a Woman of Influence in Silicon Valley by the San Jose Business Journal and a 2013 Woman Who Has Made Her Mark by Watermark. She is a former board member of Watermark, the CMO Council and the Association for Corporate Growth.
She holds an MBA from DePaul University and is a frequent international speaker on high tech marketing issues.