Peggy joined Watermark in February 2020. A media consultant, communications expert, advisor and entrepreneur, Peggy spent the first two decades of her career as an award-winning editor in New York City, where she held senior editorial positions at some of the most iconic names in women’s media, including Vogue, Glamour and Real Simple, before becoming Editor-in-Chief of More and Global Editor-in-Chief of Reader’s Digest. She returned to the Bay Area in 2013 to serve as Editor-in-Chief of Sunset Publishing, and in the same year co-founded Shebooks, an e-book company devoted to publishing stories by and for women.
Peggy brings deep experience in branding, communications and public relations to her new role. As a consultant, she has coached communications teams at nonprofits and startups, built new digital communities for brands including AARP, and helped tech companies connect to their audiences with engaging multi-platform content, most recently as launch editor of the Airbnb magazine. Peggy is a communications advisor and investor with Portfolia, which creates investment funds designed for women to back the companies they want to see in the world. She is also a mentor with SHE-CAN, the educational organization that trains the next generation of female leaders in post-genocide countries. She currently serves on the board of directors of Washington & Jefferson College.
Avery joined the Watermark team in May 2020 as a recent graduate from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in International Relations, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Her experience in marketing and event planning has cultivated a passion for being hands-on with clients, leading her to a customer relations & retention emphasis. She is excited to help Watermark build and expand their network and ensure members have an amazing experience.
Asa has been involved in all aspects of Watermark (including its former iteration FWE&E). The first six years she managed Watermark’s financials, events logistics, sponsor/member support and office and IT/web operations. In 2010 she moved back to Sweden where she started her own business, Åsa & Mats Enocson AB. She is currently working as a consultant for Watermark, where she continues to manage Watermark financials as well as working as the back-office support.
Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, Asa began her career as a project manager for Swedline, a database and software company that developed and pioneered a geographic information system for tourist information. She came to the U.S. in 1996 to manage the operations and IT functions for REAL SPORTS magazine, the definitive sports magazine for fans of women’s professional, collegiate and amateur sports, after which she joined Watermark in 2004.
Karyn Kane Williams is an expert in event content/program development & speaker recruitment. She is currently the Curator of the Industry Track at VidCon and a Program Consultant for Watermark.
She Co-founded Leade.rs, where she was Director of Content and oversaw the research and creation of a 8,000 speaker database. She also led content development for VentureBeat’s suite of events, where she managed speaker recruitment & session development.
Karyn was Director of Program Development at the European technology conference LeWeb for eight years, working closely with the founders to grow the conference brand into an international powerhouse.
She also held key positions at IDG where she managed brands serving the technology industry’s leading CEOs. Karyn managed domestic and international conferences for investment bank Robertson, Stephens & Company and started her career in Washington D.C., where she worked for the G.H.W. Bush Administration in various capacities. Including at the Republican National Committee, The Presidential Inaugural Committee, The Republican Eagles and The White House.
Board of Directors
Mary Ann Bianco is an executive leader with diverse experience driving revenue growth, building and scaling global organizations with a focus on business transformation. As Chief Customer Officer, Uniphore, Mary Ann built out 5 key organizational pillars: Global Delivery, Professional Services, Customer Support and Success and Managed Services in the AI Conversational Automation space. Uniphore led with over 240% growth from FY19 to FY20; on target for 340% growth for FY21.
As Vice President, Customer Success for Oracle’s Cloud SaaS applications business she led the transformation from On-Prem to Cloud SaaS by building out the strategy to deploy and grow a high-touch customer success model – inclusive of sales, intake, implementation, deployment and renewal cycles. With her strong operational career running large scale teams for Oracle’s on-premise business, Mary Ann is known for her knowledge in IT, Governance, Risk and Best Practices for adoption leading a global customer support team for an $800M business unit for Oracle’s largest Fortune 200 customer base.
Mary Ann is committed and passionate about supporting women in the advancement of their careers. As an early pioneer in 2006, she was one of the founders of OWL (Oracle Women’s Leadership), originally a grass roots initiative that grew to over 50,000 women in 27 countries. In addition, she has an exemplary record of nonprofit Board experience, having served on 3 boards: PBWC (5 years), San Jose State Engineering Advisory Board (8 years) and her current role as Chair for Watermark, a non-profit focused on advancement of women (8 years).
Jessica Aguirre is the 6 and 11 p.m. evening anchor at NBC Bay Area News , an Emmy award winning journalist and the co-host of “Race In America: The Conversation" a candid and often uncomfortable discussion on racism, social justice and inequity.
Jessica has been a primetime, evening anchor, in the Bay Area for the last 22 years. She began her career at the Spanish Language network, Univision, while attending the University of Miami. Before arriving in the Bay Area in 1998 she anchored and reported in Los Angeles and Miami, earning Emmy awards for her series on the struggles of migrant children and for her investigative work on child molesters. Her journey to Cuba, chronicling the struggles of boat people fleeing the island, won an Associated Press award. During her tenure at NBC Bay Area Jessica won an Emmy for her poignant, two part series, on the emotional journey of an East Bay transgender teen and her efforts to preserve her fertility before undergoing sex reassignment surgery and another Emmy for her live coverage of the "Ghostship" warehouse fire in Oakland.
More recently Jessica won an Emmy for field anchoring from the deadly Sonoma and Napa county firestorms. As the daughter of immigrant parents, she deeply involved in organizations that promote literacy and help stem the Latino achievement gap including The Silicon Valley Education Fund. Her Emmy nominated education show "Class Action" took a deep look at the issues facing California educators and public schools. Her signature interviews with education leaders like U.C. President Janet Napolitano, State Superintendent of Education Tom Torlakson, and reform activist Michelle Rhee have distinguished her as a leading education specialist in the Bay Area. Her investigative reporting into the aftermath of the Napa earthquake and the impact on local schools led to school safety legislation being introduced by Assemblyman Bill Dodd.
Jessica is proud to be a Watermark board member, “Watermark gives every woman, at every stage in her life and career the support, knowledge and confidence to step up her game and the safety to stretch herself personally and professionally. It’s allowed me to look at myself and see, not only how I can better serve myself, but how I can better serve others and lead with integrity, courage and distinction."
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.
As a Partner at the DeWinter Group, Derek DeWinter helps to lead his organization and maintain its position as the premier finance and technology search firm in the Bay Area. In addition to working with clients and candidates, Derek helps set strategic direction, develop business, hire and train and occasionally shares a funny story picked up during his 20+ years in the search business.
In addition to the DeWinter Group, Derek currently serves as President of a National Search Organization called AAFA – The American Association of Finance & Accounting, and is on the board of directors for Watermarkand the Los Gatos Chapter of boys team charity (btc). Derek graduated from Santa Clara University and lives in Los Gatos, 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.
Monica is the SVP of Product and Solutions Marketing at Nutanix where she’s responsible for driving the global Go-to-Market (GTM), messaging, thought leadership and category creation efforts for the company to take them into the next chapter of growth. She plays a critical role in driving the marketing growth and direction of the company as well as continuing to generate brand/category awareness and the evolving the positioning across Nutanix’s suite of products. Prior to joining Nutanix, Monica had a fulfilling career at Oracle where she launched several ground-breaking PaaS and IaaS solutions to the market including Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM. Most recently, she led the global product marketing and sales GTM for Oracle’s industry-leading, multi-billion dollar Data Management portfolio, including the world's first self-driving Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud. Monica has a strong track record of creating new categories and building businesses from inception to hyper scale - through integrated sales and marketing including thought leadership, awareness, sales GTM strategy, and enablement all coming together to achieve results. Monica is an expert in building, retaining, and motivating teams for maximum performance with a focus on serving customers, the company and its people. She believes that "empathy" is the most critical leadership trait and "managing" an organization is not the same as "leading" them. Monica is passionate about supporting women in STEM and in Leadership. Monica serves on the board of directors for Watermark, an organization whose mission is to increase the number of women in leadership positions. She was awarded “2017 Powerful Women of the Bay” by CDA Consulting Group and “2017 Women of Influence” by The Silicon Valley Business Journal in recognition for being passionate about educating, empowering, and connecting with women in business and the community. Monica draws inspiration from her incredible family and friends who give her unconditional support to strive to become a better person. Follow her on Twitter @mbkumar.
Jen McClure is an executive and board director with experience in technology, media and the financial services industries. She is a respected leader with a track record of identifying important business, technological and societal trends and leading transformation within organizations to support leadership, employee engagement, innovation, competitiveness and sustainability. Jen is the CEO of JEM, a Silicon Valley-based global management consultancy and publishing group, and was recently named a Power Player in management consulting by Business Insider. Previously, Jen was Vice President of Digital and Social Media at Thomson Reuters, Chief Marketing Officer of Redwood Collaborative Media, and held management roles at Ziff Davis, Ketchum and New Electronic Media Science. Jen founded and led the nonprofit think tank, Society for New Communications Research for 10 years, until its merger with The Conference Board in 2016. She now serves as Distinguished Principal Fellow and Program Director at The Conference Board. She is a Governance Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD); serves on the Leadership and Technology Advisory Councils and Economic Development and Health and Human Resources Committees of the National Small Business Association and is the former chair of Stanford Women on Boards. In addition to Watermark, Jen currently serves on the boards Miracle Messages and KQED, where she chairs the Audit Committee. She is on the advisory boards of HealRWorld, How Women Lead and How Women Give and is a founding limited partner of How Women Invest, as well as a LP in three other venture funds, Spike Ventures, Off the Grid and Portfolia. Jen earned her master’s degree at Stanford University, her B.A. at Sarah Lawrence College and a graduate certificate in History, Politics and Sociology at Oxford.
Erika Varga McEnroe is Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer at Synopsys, Inc., an S&P 500 company. She is currently responsible for corporate governance, public reporting, mergers and acquisitions, ethics & compliance, and CSR matters. She joined Synopsys in April 2007 from SupportSoft, Inc., and served most recently as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Erika began her career as an auditor at Ernst & Young.
Erika was honored for her outstanding achievements, leadership, and impact to her organization, field and community with a 2018 YWCA Tribute to Women. Erika also serves as the Corporate Secretary for the Synopsys Foundation and the Synopsys Outreach Foundation, and has served on the board of directors of National Charity League, Heritage Oaks chapter and Boys Team Charity, Los Gatos chapter.
Lori Nishiura Mackenzie is Lead Strategist, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the co-founder of the new Stanford VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab. She advises the diversity and inclusion efforts at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and teaches executive education. She is the former Executive Director of Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Lori speaks globally at organizations such as the European Central Bank, the Watermark Conference for Women and the World Banking Group. Her work has been published in the Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, BBC, San Francisco Chronicle, and Brand Eins. Lori was one of the BBC’s 100 Women in 2017 and was interviewed for the 2018 documentary, Bias. Lori brings 20 years of business management experience from companies including Procter & Gamble, Apple, eBay and PayPal and is on the board of the Alliance for Girls. She has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Kemi Olugemo, M.D., is a Neuroscience Researcher devoted to healthcare advocacy and empowering women personally and professionally.
After earning her undergraduate degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Massachusetts (magna cum laude), Kemi completed her MD at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and remained in Baltimore for her Neurology Residency before undertaking an additional Fellowship in Neuroimmunology & Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at the Maryland Center for MS.
Over her 18+ years in clinical research and patient care, Kemi has been involved in community education, patient advocacy, all phases of drug development, global medical strategy, business development, and innovations in lifecycle planning. She is currently an Executive Medical Director at Ionis Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Ionis, she held progressive leadership roles at Parexel International, Questcor Pharmaceuticals and Akcea Therapeutics; and was a long-term consultant in Neurology with Quorum Independent Review Board (now Advarra IRB). Kemi brings a diverse set of experiences to Watermark, including serving as the Director of Communications for Women of Color in Pharma (WOCIP) and on the Scientific Committee of the International Society for CNS Clinical Trials and Methodology (ISCTM).
Melynnie Rizvi is the Deputy General Counsel, Employment, Litigation, Compliance, Business Practices and IP at Shutterfly. Prior to Shutterfly, she was the director of employment, inclusion, and impact at SurveyMonkey where she provided strategic guidance to the People team, oversaw global employment law, and led SurveyMonkey for Good, the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion, and social impact initiative. Prior to SurveyMonkey, she was the senior director of global employment, litigation, chief sustainability and diversity officer, and chief compliance officer at Veritas, a global technology company. Prior to Veritas, she was a director of global employment law at Symantec. Prior to Symantec, she was a partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith and an associate at Baker & McKenzie. Rizvi is a board member of Fresh Lifelines for Youth and former board member of Success Through Education Program. Rizvi is a recent graduate of Northern California Grantmaker’s Racial Equity Action Institute and The Leadership Consortium, Harvard Business School’s Executive Leadership Acceleration Program, and was named 2016 Employment Counsel of the Year. She received her JD and Bachelors of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, In Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Khozema brings over 20 years of experience in finance, most recently serving as GE Digital’s chief commercial officer. Khozema previously served in a variety of positions within GE, including as the chief financial officer and EVP of corporate development at GE Digital and the vice president of corporate audit staff of GE. Khozema earned his bachelor's degree from the Indiana University Bloomington and graduate coursework at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Carin Taylor is chief diversity officer at Workday and has global responsibility for the development and execution of Workday’s inclusion and diversity strategy. Prior to joining Workday, Carin served as the head of diversity, inclusion, and innovation at Genentech where she was responsible for strategic initiatives including executive coaching, building and leading highly effective teams, and increasing employee engagement. She was also responsible for creating strategies to successfully recruit, develop, and retain diverse workforces as well as enabling large organizations to leverage diversity and inclusion to drive innovation. Before Genentech, Carin held various positions in human resources, inclusion and diversity, finance, and customer service at Cisco Systems.
Nicole Ward is National Sales Director of Moss Adams, a professional services firm dedicated to assisting clients with growing, managing and protecting prosperity. Prior to joining Moss Adams in February 2021, Nicole was Western Regional Director of BDO USA, the global public accounting and professional services firm.
During the course of her business career, Nicole has held leadership roles in marketing, business development, management, strategic planning, training and staffing. 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, including the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ArtPoint of the De Young Museum, and on the Advisory Committee of the Glow Foundation. She is Vice Chair of the Watermark board.
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.