The Watermark Conference – February 23,2018
The Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley is known for attracting high-profile newsmakers to be keynote speakers, and the 2018 event will continue that tradition with the announcement that international human rights attorney Amal Clooney will be a keynote speaker.
Of course, the professional credentials of Clooney, named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Form, are what drew her to Watermark organizers. The day-long 2018 Watermark conference takes place Feb. 23 at the San Jose Convention Center.
“We are proud to feature Amal Clooney, a woman of strength, courage and compassion,” said Marlene Williamson, CEO of Watermark. “Hearing from Clooney and more than 100 additional leaders will encourage our attendees to widen their horizons and inspire them to make our communities a better place for all.”
Some 6500 people are expected to attend the 2018 conference, which is known as one of the “Top 100” events in the San Francisco Bay Area by the media platform BizBash. Headliners at last year’s conference included Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis.
The conference is designed to give women inspiration and practical information on leadership, gender equity, digital strategy and management from speakers working in a range of fields.
The more than 100 speakers for next year’s event include include Nely Galán, media mogul and former president of Telemundo; Shireen Santosham, chief innovation officer for the city of San Jose; Dr. Vivienne Ming, neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur; Amy Trask, former CEO of the Oakland Raiders and football analyst for CBS Sports Network; and Becky Margiotta, managing director of the Billions Institute and recipient of the White House Champion of Change award.
You can register for the event at the Watermark Conference website. Individual tickets are $225, with the price going up after Sept. 22.
WorkHuman Conference – April 5, 2018
Amal Clooney is celebrated for her work as a compassionate human rights lawyer and equality advocate. From years of international work, she has no shortage of personal stories of giving a voice to neglected and exploited groups. She continues to work toward this life mission each and every day, which aligns perfectly with all that WorkHuman represents.
This is why we’re thrilled and honored to announce that Amal Clooney will be joining us at WorkHuman 2018 in Austin, Texas, as our latest keynote speaker.
Amal has spoken extensively about following her passions, which has led her to a successful and impactful career, and incorporating humanity in her everyday work. “If you are a lawyer and you want to take on easier cases, you can prosecute traffic violations or something. You’d have a very high rate of success, and you probably could sleep more easily at night. But that’s not what drives me. I want to work on cases that I feel the most passionate about,” she said in a 2016 interview with NBC.
Amal’s impressive career has been built on a foundation of giving a voice to those who don’t have one. She has advocated for neglected and exploited groups on an international level, and represented Armenia in the European Court of Human Rights in a case concerning denial of the Armenian genocide.
“You don’t just turn the page without people being held to account,” Amal says. In a recent speech in New York, she urged the U.N. to not let ISIS get away with genocide.
As a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers (London), a visiting professor at Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute, and co-president of the Clooney Foundation for Justice, Amal deals with the personal stories of injustice and abuse through her work every day. This heartfelt, passionate work validates the importance of bringing humanity back into everyday life, which includes the everyday workplace.
Register for WorkHuman to hear Amal, as well as Ashley Judd, Simon Sinek, Adam Grant, Dr. David Rock, Dr. Brené Brown, and more to be announced soon, discuss how we can work throughout all industries to bring humanity back to the workplace and cultivate a more human and compassionate corporate culture.
Vanderbilt University – May 10, 2018
British human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, who specializes in public international law, international criminal law and human rights at London’s Doughty Street Chambers, will receive Vanderbilt University’s prestigious Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal in May 2018, when she will address graduating seniors and their families during Senior Day.
Senior Day on Thursday, May 10, precedes Vanderbilt’s annual Commencement ceremony for graduating seniors scheduled for Friday, May 11, and is a highlight of three days of activities honoring graduates, their families and friends. For more information about Senior Day and other events, visit Vanderbilt’s updated Commencement website.
The Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal is one of the university’s highest honors, given to individuals who define the 21st century and exemplify the best qualities of the human spirit. It was created and endowed by Vanderbilt Law School graduate Ed Nichols and his wife, Janice, in honor of Edward Carmack and Lucile Hamby Nichols.
Clooney, an Oxford-educated lawyer, has represented clients ranging from political prisoners and ousted heads of state to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the Republic of Armenia. She has appeared before the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, the European Court of Human Rights and various courts in the United Kingdom and the United States. She is also a visiting professor at Columbia Law School.
She is a frequent adviser to governments on international law and has held a number of posts within the United Nations, including senior adviser to Kofi Annan when he served as the UN Envoy on Syria. While in The Hague, she worked on the genocide trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. Since then she has challenged the detention of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymonshenko at the European Court of Human Rights. She has advised the Greek government on the return of the Parthenon Marbles, represented the Chagossians in their legal fight to return to their islands, and acted as counsel to the Armenian government in a case on the Armenian genocide.
In the last year, she successfully represented three political prisoners: Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who was convicted in the “Al Jazeera trial” in Egypt; former President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed, who was imprisoned on false terrorism charges; and award-winning Azerbaijani journalist “Khadija,” who was arrested in Baku after reporting on corruption by the Azerbaijani president. All have now been released from detention.
She is currently counsel to Nadia Murad and other Yazidi women who have been sexually enslaved by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, working to secure accountability for the genocide committed by ISIS in national and international courts.
Clooney is on the UK government’s list of experts on international law and on the government’s panel to prevent sexual violence in conflict. She also has been named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum, and she serves on the Forum’s Global Council on Human Rights.