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Heather Jerrehian: Make Your Mark Senior Executive of the Year

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Thursday, October 26, 2017
This week we honor the winner of our Watermark Senior Executive of the Year Award, Heather Jerrehian, Vice President and General Manager, Custom Products for Massdrop.

Heather leads the team in delivering exceptional enthusiast-grade products across hardware, electronics, clothing, accessories and more. In the past year, she has launched more than 60 products, working in collaboration with brands such as Sennheiser, AKG and Allen Edmonds, as well as with community designers. She also helped create the company's own Massdrop Made collection.

An avid philanthropist and mentor, Heather advises a number of early-stage startup. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise as a serial entrepreneur and working with local nonprofits and executive leadership organizations to empower the leaders of tomorrow.

Heather is a Watermark member, ambassador and co-lead of the Peninsula Women Like Us Network.

Advice to Her Younger Self
"Invest in building a network! A robust network is the greatest asset anyone can have – and, I believe, a leading indicator for future career success. This has been absolutely true for me, and it’s the reason I value Watermark’s unique ability to bring so many remarkable women together who sincerely support and encourage one another!"

Her Personal Heroes
"My parents are the true heroes in my life – for all of the love, support and encouragement they have given me. I still call on both of them today for advice! And there’s Oprah – for inspiring and encouraging so many people to move beyond the hardship and limitations in their lives to find the peace, love and joy that we all deserve."

Well done, and congratulations, Heather!

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Watermark's Online Auction Extravaganza

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Sunday, October 22, 2017
Updated: Sunday, October 22, 2017

It’s fall – time for Watermark’s annual Make Your Mark Awards – and our once-a-year fabulous fundraising auction! We have some amazing items, from sessions with local personal development luminaries to vacations of a lifetime and more! Bidding is EASY and takes three simple steps:

1. If you don't already have an account, sign up at biddingowl.com. Registration takes just 30 seconds.

2. Once you’ve registered, go to biddingowl.com/WatermarkInstitute to view our auction items. The "View Items" button is a drop down menu.

3. Browse our incredible selection. Click on any item for more information and place your bid. Check back often – our auction closes Tuesday, Nov. 7, at midnight!

Place Your Bids Today!

And there's more! Visit biddingowl/WatermarkInstitute for our full list!

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RSVP Today: Make Your Mark Awards: Wednesday, Nov. 1

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Saturday, October 21, 2017
Updated: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Join us for our signature event, the Watermark Make Your Mark Awards, when we celebrate Women Who Make Their Mark. Enjoy old friends, make new ones and be inspired by the incredible women (and men!) who make up the Watermark community – leaders in every field who are changing the world of work for women everywhere.

We invite you to purchase tickets to our VIP Reception beforehand, as well, where you'll have a chance to visit with our Make Your Mark Award winners and our fantastic event sponsors, partners, Watermark board members and ambassadors. The VIP Reception will be held in the upstairs atrium from 5-6 p.m., with our main event in the ballroom beginning at 6 p.m. You can purchase the VIP Reception tickets along with your main event tickets, or you can purchase them separately later.

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Make Your Mark Awards! Connection: Irana Wasti of GoDaddy, Development: Ritu Mangla of Mobilyte, Advocacy: Olga Mack of ClearSlide, Impact: Cloudera, Bill Campbell Award (Man Who Gets It): Rami Rahim of Juniper Networks, Watermark Emerging Executive of the Year: Margaret Kelleher of VMware and Watermark Senior Executive of the Year: Heather Jerrehian of Massdrop.


We're thrilled to have The Honorable Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland, as our keynote. A portion of our evening's fundraising will benefit IGNITE.

Note: The Hyatt has an event parking fee of $10.

If you are interested in sponsorship and/or table pricing, please contact Kate Byrne.

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Ritu Mangla: Make Your Mark Award Winner Spotlight

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Updated: Sunday, October 22, 2017
Congratulations to the winner of our Development Award, Ritu Mangla, Founder and CEO of Mobilyte.

Ritu has spent her career as an IT consultant, product manager, programmer and quality assurance expert at top tier companies such as Bank of America, E*TRADE, eBay, Thompson Reuters and Knight Ridder, before founding Mobilyte. In just a few years, she has grown the company to 350+ employees, two offices in India and more than 200 projects executed for clients – and partnered with small- to mid-sized companies to supplement their needs.

Along with her acute business acumen and successful entrepreneurial ventures, Ritu is a philanthropist, building a long-term strategic project, Nirbhaya, to help rape and acid victims in her native India. She is also active in the Small Steps Foundation.

Ritu is a Watermark member and ranked among the “Most Influential Women in Bay Area” this year by the San Jose Business Journal.

Smartest Career Move
"Leaving my well-paying job to start my own company has given me a sense of accomplishment, contentment and, of course, a significant amount of challenge. There is no better way to build your confidence and spread good energy to potential employees, partners or investors than by controlling your own path."

Her Personal Hero
"My dad. He taught me how to be independent and how to question vs. accept everything I see and hear. He made me strong and fearless. At the same time, he taught me the importance of forgiveness. He passed away eight years ago, but I still hold him very close to my heart."

Well done, Ritu! Congratulations!

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Irana Wasti: Make Your Mark Award Winner Spotlight

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Updated: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Congratulations to the winner of our Connection Award, Irana Wasti.

We'll be honoring Irana at our Make Your Mark Awards, Nov. 1, at the Hyatt Regency SFO in Burlingame. Please join us!

As Senior Vice President and General Manager for GoDaddy’s Productivity business, Irana leads teams that provide small businesses with tools and services that help them improve communication and run their businesses.

Irana founded GoDaddy Women in Technology, a networking group with a mission to foster professional growth among women at GoDaddy as well as attract more diversity to the technology industry.

Before joining GoDaddy, Irana led product teams at Intuit, where she oversaw the launch of Quickbooks POS and mobile payments, enabling more than 100,000 merchants to “go mobile.” She began her career at IBM, where she served in engineering and product leadership roles focused on technology solutions for enterprise customers worldwide.

Most Valuable Lesson Learned
"Speak up, ask questions and state your point of view! Throughout my career, I’ve found myself filtering ideas and holding back from speaking up unless I was 200% confident and correct. What I’ve learned is that if you don’t speak up, no one will know what you’re thinking, planning or hypothesizing. I’ve found that more often than not I am a subject-matter expert in the room, and bringing my ideas to the table, even if I’m 75% confident in them, opens up the discussion and is infinitely better than not speaking up at all. Speaking up requires confidence and stepping out of your comfort zone, and it also introduces diverse opinions and ultimately expands opportunities."

Her Personal Heroes
"My parents. They’ve consistently set an example of how to pursue both professional and personal aspirations without making unnecessary trade-offs. They immigrated to the USA, earned PhDs in science and achieved their career goals while raising two daughters. Learning from their example helped me establish my guiding principles of what I want to accomplish in all facets in life."

Well done, and congratulations, Irana!

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Olga Mack: Make Your Mark Award Winner Spotlight

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Updated: Sunday, October 22, 2017
Congratulations to the winner of our Advocacy Award, Olga Mack, General Counsel, ClearSlide.

Olga is a powerhouse: a startup advisor, nationally recognized author, public speaker, award-winning general counsel, women’s advocate and entrepreneur.

Along with her role at ClearSlide, Olga founded the Women Serve on Boards movement. This initiative has helped increase the number of women serving on the boards of Land O’Lakes, Discovery Communications and other Fortune 500 companies.

Olga is a Watermark member, adjunct professor at the University of California-Berkeley School of Law and a TEDxEmeraldGlenPark organizer. She serves on numerous boards and advisory boards.

Her Greatest Passion
"I founded Women Serve on Boards because I don’t want to wait another 100 years to see parity in the boardroom. Achieving parity isn’t an astronomical event that requires the stars to align perfectly. If we act now and work together, we can get there much, much sooner."

Her Personal Hero
"My parents. They taught me how to take calculated risks and realize that our limitations are entirely self-imposed. They also taught me that becoming a diluted version of yourself is a tragic loss for everyone."

Well done, and congratulations, Olga!

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Rami Rahim: Make Your Mark Award Winner Spotlight

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Updated: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Congratulations to the winner of our Bill Campbell Award to a Man Who Gets It: Rami Rahim, CEO, Juniper Networks.

A rarity in the industry, Rami has risen from an early employee – beginning his Juniper career in 1997 as employee number 32 – to CEO.

Rami started as an engineer on the company’s first breakthrough product – the M40 core router – and is now in his third year leading the multibillion-dollar company. He has re-energized and refocused Juniper’s 9,000+ employees and investments, beaten Wall Street estimates and, with his outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion and valuing the collective wisdom of all Juniper employees, customers and partners, he is ranked among the top-rated CEOs in the country.

Congratulations, Rami!

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Cloudera: Make Your Mark Award Winner Spotlight

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Updated: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Congratulations to the winner of our Impact award: Cloudera.

The world’s leading organizations trust Cloudera to help solve their most challenging business problems, using the platform to efficiently capture, store, process and analyze vast amounts of data, with advanced analytics that help drive better business decisions.

With full support from the CEO, senior leadership team and board of directors, Cloudera offers a number of initiatives, professional development events and discussions designed to support women in leadership.

Plus, Cloudera seeks to ensure that all HR programs are monitored and free from implicit bias, including the talent assessment, salary review and applicant processes. The company also helps women who have taken time away from the business world to re-enter the workforce. As a result, Cloudera is seeing an increase in women applicants for all open roles.

Well done, Cloudera!

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Make Your Mark Keynote Speaker and Beneficiary

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Updated: Sunday, October 22, 2017

We're thrilled to have The Honorable Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland, as our Make Your Mark keynote speaker. And as part of Watermark's mission to increase the number of women in leadership positions, a portion of our evening's fundraising will benefit IGNITE. Founded in 2010, IGNITE is building a movement of young women who are ready and eager to become the next generation of political leaders.

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Margaret Kelleher: Make Your Mark Awards Winner Spotight

Posted By Mary Thorsby, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Updated: Sunday, October 22, 2017
Congratulations to the winner of our Emerging Executive Award, Margaret Kelleher. Margaret is the Senior Manager of VMware's Partner Go To Market Programs for more than 80,000 partners.

Following her passion to inspire and enable women to excel and lead, Margaret leads the professional development track of the Women@VMware Power of Difference. This year, she spearheaded a “Be a Better You” speaker series, providing development opportunities across a variety of topics. Margaret also launched skip-level lunches with senior VMware women leaders who share their authentic selves and describe their career paths.

Advice to Her Younger Self
"Live life to the fullest. Be adventurous. Find something that brings meaning to your life. You don’t want to look back and think, 'What if...'. If things don’t go your way, learn from what happened and do something different going forward. Don’t dwell on things you cannot change."

Her Personal Heroes
"My Irish immigrant parents. My father was a blue collar worker and, while the conditions were often dangerous and uncomfortable, he never complained because he knew he was doing his best to support his family. My mother’s sense of risk taking and adventure led her to be named 'Quad Cities Irish Mother of the Year.' I couldn’t have been more proud. They are a source of continual inspiration."

Well done, and congratulations, Margaret!

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