Chief Channel and Alliance Officer, ZL Technologies
Erna Arnesen was most recently Vice President of Global Channel and Field Marketing at Plantronics where she was responsible for developing Plantronics’ global channel and strategic alliance marketing programs, channel strategies and go-to-market models. Within this role, she and her team focused on creating tools and programs to help the extended Plantronics sales team execute effectively in markets around the world.
Erna is an expert at working with strategic partners to develop customized marketing strategies and programs for key partners such as Avaya, Cisco and Microsoft. Prior to Plantronics, Erna was Vice President, Global and Strategic Partners, at Cisco, and prior to that, Vice President of Global SMB and Industry Solutions at Symantec. Before Symantec, she was with Fujitsu Softek, Cybersource, SGI, NeXT and Apple.
Erna serves on the board of directors for Watermark – and a Make Your Mark award winner. She has also served on the board for Women in Consulting and is a current board member of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals. She is a member of the Wellesley Business Leadership Council and a graduate of Leadership California. In 2011, Erna received the Silicon Valley Business Journal's Women of Influence award and the Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) award from the YMCA.
Erna earned her master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College.
President, West Coast, Peppercomm Strategic Communications
Director, GreenPepper, Cleantech PR
Watermark Board Vice Chair
Ann Barlow is Partner and President of Peppercomm West Coast and Managing Director of the agency’s creative/digital group. For more than 25 years, she has counseled b2b and b2c companies of all sizes, nonprofit organizations and universities.
Together with teams from Peppercomm’s offices and affiliates around the globe, she has advocated for clients’ positions with consumers and the public, NGOs and government, and the financial and business communities. Her personal passions are executive presentation coaching, crisis management and digital communications.
A graduate of the University of Illinois, Ann is on the board of Illini West and is past board chair of the Professional BusinessWomen of California. She serves on the board of directors for Watermark and is a Watermark Make Your Mark award winner. Ann has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in the Bay Area and PR Professional of the Year by PR News.
Mary Ann Bianco
As Vice President, Customer Success, for Oracle, Mary Ann Bianco is responsible for the delivery of support services to Oracle’s largest and most strategic customer base. Successful delivery of services to Oracle’s most complex and demanding customer base is the primary focus of this customer advocacy/support organization.
Mary Ann currently sits on the Oracle executive steering committee for the Oracle Women’s Leadership (OWL) program, a global diversity initiative at Oracle directed at talent management and leadership, where she has been an active participant in leading change since 2004.
Mary Ann also served as Vice President, Business Development, Appliances, Marketing and Sales Development, where she led the worldwide Go-To-Market function for Oracle’s Server Appliance. She led a cross-functional and cross-divisional overlay business development organization that drove sales through a worldwide channel strategy. She also was Vice President, HP Business Unit, and was responsible for co-engineering, marketing and alliances for the Oracle/HP partnership.
Before being recruited to Oracle, Mary Ann was a Director of Global Strategic Alliances at Siemens Corporation where she was responsible for the global partner organization. Mary Ann studied at Boston University and graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree in Educational Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Education from Slippery Rock University. She serves on the board of directors for Watermark and is a Watermark Make Your Mark award winner. She is a recipient of the 2010 Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) award from the YMCA and sits on the Engineering Advisory Council for San Jose State University.
Partner, Chief Operating Officer, Seiler LLP
Watermark Board Chair
Lynne Born is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Seiler LLP. The firm specializes in the ultra high-net-worth space and provides tax, advisory and family office services to some of the world’s most affluent individuals and multi-generational families, successful entrepreneurs and business, community and philanthropic leaders. Based in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, the firm has been recognized as a "Best of the Best Firm" for 12 years.
Lynne has extensive expertise in strategic planning, transformative initiatives, business and revenue growth strategies and re-engineering management models and business operations. Lynne chairs the board of directors for Watermark and is a Watermark Make Your Mark award winner. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley in 2014.
Vice President of Global Operations, Supply Chain and Google Store, Google / Nest
Ana Corrales is Vice President of Global Operations, Supply Chain and Google Store for Google / Nest. She is a well-known people leader with a knack for growing startup businesses into multi-billion-dollar companies.
Prior to Google, Ana was Senior Vice President of Product Operations at Cisco Systems. And in 2006, she co-founded and served on the board of a solar startup. As the acting CEO, Ana successfully sold the company in 2010.
Ana serves on the board of directors for Watermark and is a Watermark Make Your Mark award winner. She has been honored with the "Most Powerful and Influential Women Award" from the National Diversity Council, the "Tribute to Women Award" from the YMCA and the "Industry Leader Award" from the Professional Business Women of California.
Partner and President, DeWinter Group
As Partner and President of the DeWinter Group, Derek DeWinter helps to lead his organization and maintain its position as the premier financial recruitment firm in the Bay Area. In addition to working with clients and candidates, Derek helps to set strategic direction, develop business, hire and train and occasionally share a funny story picked up in more than 20 years in the search business.
In addition to the DeWinter Group, Derek serves as president of The American Association of Finance & Accounting, a national affiliation of independently owned financial search firms that offer a national resource for local professionals looking to identify opportunities in other parts of the country. He also serves on the board of directors for Watermark.
Derek graduated from Santa Clara University and lives in Los Gatos, Calif., with his wife and three children. He has lived in Oakland, Michigan, Germany and Oahu but is from Maui (and yes, has been known to surf, spearfish and can talk pidgin if necessary).
MBA Candidate, University of California-Davis
Coral Guo is an MBA candidate at the University of California-Davis. Watermark's partnership with UC-Davis includes extending a non-voting board slot to a female MBA student each year. In return, we receive their expertise to help us with our various initiatives.
Coral's classwork focuses on entrepreneurship, finance and marketing strategy. Prior to UC Davis, Coral was an instructor at the Tianjin University of Technology-China, where she taught English, organized student events and provided career development services. Most recently, she co-founded an agriculture technology company in China.
Coral earned her bachelor's degree at Tianjin Normal University and her master's degree from Ohio State University.
Managing Partner (SV) and IP Trial Attorney, Duane Morris
Karineh Khachatourian is Managing Partner of the Duane Morris Silicon Valley office, practicing in the area of intellectual property litigation and counseling. She is also a member of the firm's governing Partners Board.
Karineh is an established IP litigator with a technology focus on enterprise and consumer electronics products. In short, through her experience and vast network, Karineh solves her clients’ IP problems.
Her domestic and international litigation and counseling experience includes utility and design patent infringement, licensing and other IP contract disputes such as inventorship and ownership issues; trade secret misappropriation, particularly with competitors and departing employees; trademark infringement disputes, obtaining and defeating preliminary injunctions in the United States and Germany and inter partes review proceedings at the United States Patent and Trademark office. Karineh also has experience with the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
Karineh is deeply involved with Silicon Valley networking organizations. She serves on the board of directors for Watermark and the Executive Committee, and she co-leads of Watermark's General Counsel Network. She’s also a Watermark Make Your Mark award winner.
Karineh is an advisory board member of IP Counsel Café; a partner with Leading Women in Technology as well as with Chips, an organization that advances women in IP law; and is the co-founder of Salonnieres, a social organization for women professionals. Karineh received the Silicon Valley Business Journal's Women of Influence award in 2013 and was selected by The Recorders one of its 2013 Women Leaders in Tech Law.
Felicia Mayo is the Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Tesla. Prior to that, she was Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition and Authenticity and Inclusion for Juniper Networks where she had the unique opportunity to work with employees, leaders and the marketplace globally while transforming the approach to talent and diversity for Juniper Networks and in the industry.
She started her career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a Benefits Research Analyst after graduating with a B.A. of Political Science from North Carolina State University. PwC afforded her the opportunity to lean into her leadership capabilities by leading one of the largest outsourced defined contributions accounts. PwC set the foundation for Felicia to continue her career growth in high-tech in Silicon Valley, starting with Siebel Systems and then Oracle.
Felicia serves on the board of directors for Watermark, and she co-leads the Watermark CHRO Network. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Rho Delta Omega Chapter located in Palo Alto. She has served as Vice President, Committee leader and Mentor to undergraduates at Stanford University.
Nikita T. Mitchell
Nikita T. Mitchell is a Senior Manager at Cisco where she is responsible for strategy and planning initiatives for the company’s $20B Americas Sales organization. She started her career at Deloitte Consulting and gained a reputation for her ability to drive executive-level conversations for long-term strategic planning. Motivated by the need to further her social impact, Nikita took her expertise to the nonprofit sector as a ProInspire Fellow before launching a career in tech.
Nikita earned her MBA from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business and a BBA from Howard University. At Haas, she was the MBA Association’s first black female president, a leader for the Haas Gender Equity Initiative, a Consortium Liaison and a Principal for the $2.5M Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund.
Nikita is currently the Oakland City Chair for Walker's Legacy: A Women in Business Collective and serves on the board of directors for Watermark. For her fierce advocacy for women in business, the Forte Foundation honored Nikita with the Edie Hunt Inspiration Award in 2015. When she’s not catching up on a good novel or training for a half-marathon, she shares her reflections on diversity in tech and professional development at nikitatmitchell.com.
Global Chief Financial Officer, 7 Customer
Madhu is the Global Chief Financial Officer at 7 Customer, a privately held technology solutions provider to large enterprises in the customer service industry. Madhu’s career in finance spans more than 25 years. She has a solid track record of strategic partnership with CEOs, developing and implementing business plans, revenue growth, business transformation, cash flow generation; raising debt & equity capital through public and private transactions; implementing enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, global compliance; and building relationships with public and private markets.
A chartered accountant with an MBA from University of Massachusetts, Madhu’s professional experience includes financial services, hardware, software and service companies – Liberty Mutual Financial Services, Pricewaterhouse, Backweb Technologies, Redback Networks with a successful sale to Ericsson, Rackable Systems, including a merger with Silicon Graphics.
Madhu serves on the board of directors for Watermark. She has been, and continues to be, a champion of women’s development. At 7, with 13,000 employees operating in multiple countries, Madhu has helped to drive the NOW program (Network of Women), to harness support for female employees in multiple geographic locations of 7 embracing a variety of cultures and needs.
Merline Saintil is the head of operations for the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Intuit. She is an international technology executive, business advisor and operations expert, having distinguished herself as a leader in fast-growing sectors of cloud computing, mobile, online payments and commerce. In this role, she brings her wealth of experience to drive operational rigor, business operations and scale to Intuit’s business and technology efforts.
She was previously the head of global engineering operations for mobile and emerging products at Yahoo, where she was part of their massive platform shift to mobile. She has been involved in the process of creating software as well as managing global teams to produce world-class products in a variety of positions at Sun Microsystems, Adobe, PayPal and Joyent, Inc.
In addition to her business interests, Merline serves the board of directors for Watermark and is a Watermark Make Your Mark award winner. She also serves on the alumni board of Carnegie Mellon University and the board of Technovation Challenge. Merline advises several Bay Area startups and nonprofit organizations and serves as an advisor and judge to Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (CA-18) in her district for the mobile app challenge for high school students sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives.
Upon graduating as valedictorian, Merline earned bachelor’s degree in computer science from Florida A&M University, summa cum laude. She also attended Stanford University where she completed an executive education program in Management Science and Engineering. She earned her master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Business Insider recently recognized her as #6 of the 22 Most Powerful Women Engineers in the World and the BayAreaRegistry honored her as “40 under 40” in 2015. She has been featured in a variety of publications for her support of both women in technology and of equal access to STEM education for our youth.
CEO, Cindy Solomon
Cindy Solomon is a world-renowned leadership expert, author and speaker who helps Fortune 500 companies build Courageous Leaders™, better enabling their teams and organizations to compete and win in today’s customer-driven economy.
With her Courageous Leadership for Women programs, Cindy has helped hundreds of companies around the world identify, nurture and leverage the leadership potential in their high-potential women employees. As a result, leading organizations can better attract and retain the next generation of high performers. Cindy has brought her programs to industry leaders such as Oracle, Google, UPS, Wells Fargo and Pfizer, among others.
One of the most highly sought-after leadership speakers in the world, Cindy has traveled the globe sharing her provocative, and often hilarious insights on business, customer service and courage with tens of thousands each year. She is also a best-selling author on the topic of leadership, with books including Creating a Culture of Courage for corporate employees, and The Rules of Woo: A Guide to Capturing the Hearts and Minds of Today’s Customers for entrepreneurs – both available on Amazon.
Maya Strelar-Migotti is a Director at GoldenSeeds, an angel fund that specializes in supporting women-led startups. Maya is a highly accomplished executive with a history of maximizing revenue and profitability of large global organizations.
She was most recently Senior Vice President of Marvell Semiconductor, where she oversaw the Smart Networked Devices and Solutions Business Organization, developing and bringing to the market cutting-edge semiconductor products that address new growth areas in IoT, networking and customer-specific chipsets. Prior to Marvell, Maya held a number of senior executive roles within Ericsson and directed projects around the world.Maya has received a number of awards and has been recognized by both Sweden and Silicon Valley for her achievements, including supporting women in leadership.
Maya earned her master’s degree in Telecommunications from University of Zagreb Croatia and has completed executive training at New York's Columbia University. She earned Swedish Business Week's IT & Telecom Star of the Year Award in 2008 and has been listed among the Top 30 Most Powerful Women in Swedish Industry every year since 2007.
Maya serves on the board of directors for Watermark and is a Watermark Make Your Mark award winner. She also serves on the board for ACG Silicon Valley. In 2013, she received the Silicon Valley Business Journal's Women of Influence award. In 2014, the YWCA named Maya one of its Tribute to Women and Industry Award honorees.
Western Regional Director, BDO USA LLP
Nicole Ward is Western Regional Director of BDO USA, the fifth largest, global public accounting and professional services firm, providing assurance, tax, financial advisory and consulting services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies.
During the course of her business career, Nicole has held leadership roles in marketing, business development, management, strategic planning, training and staffing. Most recently, she worked with Tatum LLC, as their Northern California Practice Director, and Accretive Solutions (also known as Horn Murdock Cole) as the Director of Business Development.
Nicole is from Los Angeles, and graduated from the University of California-Santa Barbara. Nicole serves on several boards within the San Francisco community. She serves on the board of directors for Watermark, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ArtPoint of the De Young Museum, and on the Advisory Committee of the Glow Foundation.
Nicole has also served as Vice Chair of the Business Arts Council, Chair of the Arts Forum of the Commonwealth Club, Founder and Chair of Epicenter:Arts and on the board of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Nicole’s philanthropic support of the arts is fueled by her personal passion as an artist. She is a film and stage actor, commercial voice over actor and classically trained singer.