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West Coasters Attend Conference For Women

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by Alyse Courtines, MKTG Los Angeles

This year is Watermark’s 25th Anniversary, an organization founded in Silicon Valley to increase the representation of women at executive levels.  Their annual Conference for Women attracted over 6,500 to the San Jose Convention Center for a day of impactful content and networking.   A few of us from the West Coast were fortunate to attend and were amazed and inspired.

Keynotes by big names Amal Clooney, Reese Witherspoon and Jodi Kantor (NYT investigative journalist who broke the Harvey Weinstein story) definitely delivered and set the bar for a day of encouragement, education, and discussion about the treatment and parity for women in the workplace.

As experienced conference attendees and executors ourselves, it was hard to look past a few production (audio issues during panels, overcrowded expo) and logistical missteps (lunch was literally frozen resulting in the organization donating $25 to a local charity for each meal), but on the most important aspect, the content, they more than succeeded.

Panels ranged in topic from “Impostor Syndrome” to how technology can advance diversity initiatives to the language of leadership.   There were also book signings, tech roundtables, personal brand promotion workshops and an expo featuring partners like State Farm, Dell, Oculus, Gilead, Tesla and United Airlines.

We left the day filled with information, motivation and the hope that the important conversations around equality will continue past this moment in time.  As Reese Witherspoon asked: “Does anyone feel we’re on the precipice of something very different?”   The response from the crowd was a resounding “yes.”

To learn more,visit https://www.watermarkconferenceforwomen.org/

SAN JOSE, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Actor/producer/activist Reese Witherspoon speaks onstage at the Watermark Conference for Women 2018 at San Jose Convention Center on February 23, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/Getty Images for Watermark Conference for Women 2018)

 

SAN JOSE, CA – FEBRUARY 23: International human rights attorney Amal Clooney speaks onstage at the Watermark Conference for Women 2018 at San Jose Convention Center on February 23, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/Getty Images for Watermark Conference for Women 2018)

 

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