Top Silicon Valley venture capitalists and entrepreneur visionaries, including Annieglass CEO and designer Annie Morhauser, to present at Annual Watermark Entrepreneur Conference, Sept 24, 2015.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. – Watermark, a Bay Area-based women executives membership organization working to increase the representation of female leaders in companies and communities, delivers on its commitment to provide relevant professional development with its annual Watermark Entrepreneur Conference, set for 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 24, hosted at Fenwick & West in Mountain View.
Designed for women (and men too!) who have an idea for a business, are already running their own business or are working on an internal corporate initiative, the Watermark Entrepreneur Conference features access to five of the most prominent venture capitalists active in Silicon Valley and beyond.
Along with the keynote ‘fireside chat’ with Cowboy Venture’s Aileen Lee interviewed by Bill Campbell, chairman and former CEO of Intuit, other participating venture capitalists include:
Nancy Hayes, managing director, Golden Seeds, one of the nation’s most active early-stage investment firms focused on women-led businesses,
Rebecca Kaden, partner, Maveron, the nation’s top venture capital group concentrating only on consumer start-ups,
Alyse Killeen, venture capital investor, March Capital Partners, located in Santa Monica and focused on breakthrough technology companies, and
Sandhya Venkatachalam, co-founding partner, Centerview Capital, a private investment firm that provides capital to high-potential companies to help accelerate growth through operational transformation.
The intensive half-day conference will offer helpful information, in-depth and interactive breakout sessions and networking opportunities to address the many business challenges that entrepreneurs face in launching and scaling their businesses.
Joining the five VC presenters are eight of the Bay Area’s most successful women entrepreneurial innovators eager to share their firsthand experience—as an example—Diane Green, who currently serves on the boards of Google, Intuit, Khan Academy and MIT. Prior to taking VMware public and reaching $2 billion in annual revenue, Green started as an engineer and worked as a naval architect designing ships and oil rig deployment systems. Green’s distinguished career truly embodies the value gained by companies that embrace a diverse workforce.
Also speaking will be Annie Morhauser, CEO of Annieglass, one of the largest and most successful American glass studios. Handcrafting her products in Northern California since 1983, Annie designs a line of glass tableware and home decor sold by luxury stores nationwide, as well as at the Annieglass company store on Santana Row in San Jose, CA. Annie’s work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Luce Foundation Center for American Art in Washington, D.C., the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow and the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.
This is an excellent opportunity for attendees to talk with and learn from the experts as they move forward to achieve their entrepreneurial goals,” said Watermark CEO Marlene Williamson. “We’ve lined up some very exciting VCs and entrepreneurs to share their experiences, strategies, lessons learned and what’s next on the horizon,” Williamson concluded.
For information regarding the full agenda, break-out sessions, bios on all of the speakers, and the concluding wine reception, please visit: bit.ly/1JShySn.
What: Watermark Entrepreneur Conference 2015
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015
Time: 11:30 AM – 6:30 PM PDT
Location: Fenwick & West, 801 California St., Mountain View
Pricing: Non-Members: $120
Watermark (www.wewarewatermark.org) is a membership organization of Bay Area women executives – and those well on their way. Our mission is to increase the representation of females in leadership roles by empowering women to “Make Your Mark” in and for their companies, their careers and within their communities. We connect, develop and advocate for the advancement of women in the workplace by offering regular leadership development programs, networking opportunities and support for education at every point of a members’ – and future members’ – careers.
Press Release Courtesy of Watermark.