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Highlights from Quixey-Sponsored Watermark Conference for Women 2016: Strategies to Stand Out, Step Up and Get Noticed

Dedicated to ensuring women are able to make their mark in and for their companies, the Quixey-sponsored Watermark Conference for Women 2016 was an event that brought many women from across Silicon Valley and beyond together. The conference featured speakers such as Mindy Kaling, Abby Wambach, Cindi Leive and Leila Janah, among others.

In the breakout session Strategies to Stand Out, Step Up and Get Noticed, panelists discussed approaches to standing out in an often male-dominated work environment. The session was moderated by Robin Hauser Reynolds and featured a panelists consisting of Quixey’s Chief People Officer Tamar Elkeles, Entefy's Brienne Ghafourifar and Akamai Technologies' Jennie Leigh.

A key takeaway from the session was confidence. Women in the workplace face two big challenges: pipelining and stereotyping. Tamar stressed the importance of self empowerment, stating that one of the biggest issues is that “we hold ourselves back.” The panel found truth in the statement “fake it until you make it,” discussing that confidence starts with believing in yourself and showing the world you have many of the answers (even when you may not know exactly - that’s ok!).

Continuing on the theme of confidence, the panel discussed the importance of speaking up and giving feedback. It is crucial to make your voice heard and be seen. One way to do this is to suggest feedback on how things can be different or improved. Another way is to listen attentively to the conversation happening and to follow-up with good questions.

While the fight for gender equality in the workplace still rages on, Brienne stated that she does believe there is a generational difference on how women are being treated in the workplace. Tamar agreed, adding that she has observed this new acceptance and promoted equality in the younger employees in the startup environment at Quixey.

Watermark Conference for Women 2016 revolved around connections, development, and advocacy. And the keynotes and panel sessions clearly resonated that mission among its thousands of attendees.