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Gratitude: A Powerful Antidote To Entitlement

By Carole Pertofsky, M.Ed. Director, Wellness and Health Promotion Services at Stanford University I was meeting up with friends in the latest hot restaurant in Palo Alto. As I walked towards my group, a very cool looking guy wearing a classy expensive black T-shirt leaned back in his chair and almost crashed into me as I squeezed between tables. He glared at me. And there, nestled just below his sculpted pecks, was the message, in bold Elephant Font: “Y..

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Meet Jenny Dearborn, Senior Vice Present, Chief Learning Officer, SAP

When you talk about Leadership, Management, Human Relations, Sales, and Excellence and someone who is one of the most inspiring, leading positive role models in Silicon Valley - Jenny Dearborn’s name will come up. Jenny is Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer of SAP, the world’s largest business-to-business software company, and is accountable for the learning and development of the 75,000 SAP employees worldwide. She has won many top industry ..

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Meet Selma Hepp, Vice President, Business Intelligence Pacific Union International

Q: I understand you were an international student ... what lead to you study abroad?SH: I was both an international student coming from Croatia to U.S., but also went on a study abroad to Denmark while at a university in Virginia. I came to study in the U.S. following the war in former Yugoslavia. I studied international business as an undergraduate and I thought my career would be in international trade. I wanted to travel everywhere, and I took the advan..

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A conversation with Kelly Perkins, Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year and California Semi-Finalist at Ygnacio Valley High School

Q: Can you share with our audience what grade and school you teach at?KP: I teach high school special education- students with moderate-severe learning disabilities at Ygnacio Valley High School.Q: Why did you want to become a teacher?KP: I have always loved working with kids. I started at a young age volunteering at our church and it became a natural path after several volunteer opportunities in high school and then college. I enjoy watching a child’s fac..

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Meet Roberta Kiphuth, President of Detati Digital Marketing

Q: What does being a member of NAWBO Silicon Valley mean to you?RK: For me being a member of NAWBO means being a part of a group of strong, independent and innovative business women. Learning and sharing with them has been extraordinary.Q: How has NAWBO Silicon Valley helped you as a business owner?RK: It has made me a better leader and business owner by being able to tap into a larger brain trust of other business owners to get insights and support with b..

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An Exclusive Interview with Randi B. Diversity & Inclusion Speaker, Strategist & Author. Her Speeches & Seminars Address the Myriad Facets of Racial, Gender, Sexual Orientation & Cultural Diversity.

Q: Tell me about your education at the HBCU, Tuskegee University.RB: Attending Tuskegee University was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It is home for me. There, I gained an appreciation of who I was, from whom I originate, and of what I was capable.  I left there with the confidence to go after my dreams. My “possible” expanded exponentially at Tuskegee University.Q: What led you to launch your own business 17 years ago and what did you learn fro..

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Meet Randi Ross, Entrepreneur & Business Owner, Silicon Valley Tracker

Q: What does being a member of NAWBO Silicon Valley mean to you?RR: It is an opportunity to propel myself to the next level of growing my business by connecting with high caliber, accomplished women business owners. It is an incredible opportunity to learn from their experience and realize I am not alone. Q: How has NAWBO Silicon Valley helped you as a business owner?RR: It has given me an opportunity to create awareness of my product and services with a ..

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She Shares Her Passion With The World As An Avant-Garde Book Reviewer & Book Vlogger. Meet Silicon Valley CEO & Founder Of Enchant By Parisa, Parisa Mirza-Khan

Q: So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.PMK: Hi, I’m Parisa. Thank you for featuring me in your wonderful publication. It’s an honor to be part of the Bay Area Women’s Community. I am humbled to be amongst such dynamic women. It is so wonderful to see all the astounding things women are doing. I am a passionate bibliophile. I love books and sharing what I have read with p..

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Interview with Elisha Caunday of Elisha Marie Skin & Body

Q: Tell us about the med spa and what you offer? EC: We are a boutique spa that offers customized, high quality services for the skin. We also carry a clinical grade skincare line by Elisha Marie for all types of skin. My skincare brand has been meticulously thought out from the beautiful packaging to the ingredients. The Elisha Marie Skincare line dedicated to achieving results for people.  We are very experienced, with a team that possess tremendous know..

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Meet Dr. Sophia Yen, Co-Founder of Pandia Health

Q: What does being a member of NAWBO Silicon Valley mean to you?SY: Women business owners helping each other and networking. Q: How has NAWBO Silicon Valley helped you as a business owner?SY: It has introduced me to inspiring women and providing connections with other business owners. Q: What service(s) or product(s) do you offer/manufacture?SY: We provide the end to end solution for prescription birth control – from an online doctor’s visit to getting a..

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Interview with Anna G. Eshoo, U.S. House of Representatives

Q: Where did you grow up and go to school?Congresswoman Eshoo: I was born and raised in New Britain and Old Saybrook, Connecticut, and have lived in California most of my life. I have an AA degree from Cañada College, and I am a graduate of the CORO Foundation. I also hold an Honorary Degree from Menlo College.Q: What prepared you, who inspired you to go into politics? What did you do before being elected to Congress? Congresswoman Eshoo: I was elected to ..

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Believing in Endless Possibilities, Fueled by Passion Meet Leading Pilates Industry Leader & Co-owner of Urban Body, San Jose Maria Yu

Q: How did you get started in Ballet and what was it like having a career as a Principal Dancer in the former Ballet San Jose Ballet?MY: In the dance world, we often say that a career in ballet chooses you. I believe this was the case for me. I was essentially born into the ballet world. My Mother, although never a professional ballet dancer, loved the art form, studied it and eventually opened her own ballet school in central Florida, where I am from. It ..

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She’s an Effective leader with Vision & Conviction Meet Briggs Developments Vice President of Asset Management Reggie Hidalgo

Q: If you could teach women growing in the industry today just one thing, what would it be?RH: Bring something to the table. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. And, follow through with your commitments. That’s actually three things but it’s important to show up and get the job done. Everyone is busy – so don’t make excuses. Q: What is your biggest career failure and what positive lessons did it teach you?RH: The biggest mistake I made is staying at a job..

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Meet Sandra Hughes Business Owner, Strategist and Coach Sandra Bevins Hughes Coaching

Q: What does being a member of NAWBO Silicon Valley mean to you?SH: Connection and Collaboration with like-minded women business owners who remain authentic and heart-centered as they focus on their businesses, families and community are the main benefits of being a member of NAWBO Silicon Valley. Q: How has NAWBO Silicon Valley helped you as a business owner?SH: We don’t know what we don’t know. In a community like this, I meet women who are ahead of me ..

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Meet Lynn Mackey, Superintendent of Schools for 
Contra Costa County

Q: When did you decide you wanted to become a teacher?LM: I never thought about being a teacher before I became a teacher. I had volunteered at our county jail when I was in college. When I graduated, I needed a job, and someone at the jail let me know about a part-time job teaching Adult Basic Skills at the jail. I applied for the job, signed up for a credential program and fell in love with the work. I have been in education ever since. Q: Tell us how yo..

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She’s Committed to Her Profession, Her Community, and Impassioned Goodwill. A Successful Woman Making a Significant Impact in our Community. Meet Action Cleaning Service President Davlyn Spetch

Q: When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up?DS: When I was 10, I had already started wiping baseboards in homes and offices when I ended up on cleans with my sisters. My sisters are quite a bit older than me. One is 11 years older and the other is 15 years older. I would say most 10-year-olds don’t imagine being a cleaner, but when you grow up as exposed to it as I did, it’s a little more feasible. I always had it in my mind to own a clea..

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