On February 1, 10 Brocadians joined over 6500 women and men in attendance at the Watermark Conference for Women for a day of community, connection, inspiration, and motivation. The theme of the conference was “The Power of Us: Amplify Your Voice.” We heard from speakers who have committed their lives to elevating women in every sphere of influence. Keynote speakers included: award-winning actor Viola Davis; Sheryl Sandberg Facebook COO and celebrated author; Annie Clark co-founder of End Rape on Campus; Shawn Achor, author of “The Happiness Advantage” and a popular TED Talk speaker; and barrier-breaking former Secretaries of State Madeleine K. Albright and Condoleezza Rice. The mission of Watermark is to increase the number of women in leadership positions. The conference helps attendees expand their personal networks and leadership capabilities.
Here are some of our Brocadian attendee’s biggest takeaways from the experience:
"As long as you're living a life, you have a story. Your story can change the world." – Victoria Chang
“Resilience is not something we have a certain amount of, it’s something we build. And we build it in ourselves, but we also build it in our communities and teach it to our children.” - Malti Lathia
“We need men who are in key leadership positions at our companies to be aware and acknowledge this unconscious bias in the workplace and to take actionable steps to immediately impact positive change at their companies/corporations.” – Diana Newhall
“Usually, we think that success leads to happiness, but research has shown that it’s the other way. If you are happy, you are likely to do well in anything you put your heart into. Even smiling tricks our brain to secrete serotonin, the happiness hormone.” – Nitin Jain
“If we don’t talk about our differences and own what makes us different than we won’t be able to make sure we have diverse environments and teams. We need to keep talking about our differences in order to normalize them, to remember that we each have our own story and own experiences but that we still have similarities.” – Shelby Khan
“Happiness is the joy you feel moving towards your potential.” – Alamelu Ramadurai
“99 degrees and 100 degrees is only a 1 degree difference but it makes water become steam, let’s give additional 1 degree to lift ourselves up.” – Jun Xu
“Encouragement is challenging someone to think beyond what they think they can do. It’s about helping people to see their own potential even if they can’t see it in themselves. It’s also about understanding what someone might need at a particular point in time.” – Llanée Anderson
Watermark will post videos of these keynotes in the coming weeks. Click HERE to keep watch.