A score of female Harker students attended the Watermark Conference for Women this year, thanks to the conference organizer, which provided 20 tickets for Harker students.
The conference “was a fun and valuable opportunity for many of our female students involved in business and entrepreneurship at Harker,” said Neha Tallapragada, grade 10. “They learned not only about the different spheres of business, but also about personal lessons to apply to their lives outside of their future vocations.”
Speakers included Madeleine Albright, Sheryl Sandberg, Condoleezza Rice and the prolific and accomplished actor, Viola Davis.
“Of the keynote speakers, the most popular was Viola Davis, who spoke at the conference about her hardships and financial instability growing up, and how she persevered past that to achieve both personal and career success,” said Tallapragada.
“Enya Lu, grade 10, of Harker DECA and Harker Podcast, said that it was ‘really inspiring’ to listen to Davis and garner wisdom from her experiences,” Tallapragada noted. “Sheryl Sandberg spoke at the conference as well, and was also a crowd favorite among the Harker students. Overall, Watermark was a supportive, motivating, and exciting time for our Lady Eagles and we are definitely looking forward to returning next year.”
Watermark is a community of executive women in the San Francisco Bay Area, whose mission is to increase the representation of women at executive levels to drive innovation, human development and economic growth. The Watermark vision is to ensure women are able to make their mark in and for their companies, their careers and their communities by providing programs focused on connection, development and advocacy.
The women of Watermark have created and led the most innovative and successful enterprises, contributing to all aspects of business, nonprofits, technology, media, education, healthcare, law, government and society. Founded in 1993 as the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE), Watermark has since expanded to include women leaders in all disciplines and industries.