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Meet Lia Izenberg, Founding Executive Director of Bay Area OneGoal

Q: After receiving your bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan … how did Stanford University land on your radar for your master’s degree?LI: Ultimately, I decided that I wanted two things: assess my career to that point and where I wanted to go and also learn more about what didn’t know about educational inequity.I ch..

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Meet Music for Minors Executive Director Sonja Wohlgemuth

Q: Tell us about your nonprofit and what you all do.SW: Music for Minors partners with schools and school districts to ensure that elementary music is part of children’s well-rounded education. In the current school year we are reaching 25,000 students in 68 schools throughout Silicon Valley, providing over 900 classes every wee..

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Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Champion For Equality & Women’s Rights

Q: Growing up, did you know you wanted to be a Politician?Congresswoman Speier:  I worked on my first political campaign when I was 16, and I was hooked from that moment on. I later interned in Congressman Leo Ryan’s office, and then returned to his office to work for him after I finished law school. It was after our fateful tri..

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Meet Maria Pappas, Vice President of Development at The Tech Museum

Q: Tell us about your time working with the American Heart Association?MP: The AHA was a great training ground. I had an incredible experience and learned so much while I was there. My first two years were in the LA office, then I came back to the Bay Area where I was originally from. After about 6 years, I was promoted to Execu..

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Meet Celeste Perry, Host KOFY TV & DJ 98.5 FM KFOX

Q: What was it like moving to the Bay Area from Honolulu?CP: I came to a different kind of paradise in San Francisco. While I love the beaches, the landscape and aloha spirit of the Islands, I wanted to try my luck in a major radio market. San Francisco was the perfect spot for me, and like Hawaii, the cost of living in San Fran..

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A Conversations with Katie Jacobs Stanton, CMO of Color & Former Vice Presi..

Q: Can you share with us your experience working at the White House and State Department?KJS:  Working in the Obama Administration was the honor of a lifetime. At the White House, I served as the Director of Citizen Participation, trying to make it easier for citizens to engage with the government using digital platforms like Tw..

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Meet Aja Aguirre, Luxury Property Specialist at Pacific Union International, Oak..

Q: How long have you been in the Real Estate business?AA: Long enough to be a member of The Oakland/Berkeley Association of REALTORS® Young Professionals Network (YPN)! It’s a special committee that works hard to welcome and support those who are new to our uniquely competitive and dynamic East Bay market … through exciting netw..

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Meet Candace Hirleman Archer, Vice President, Audience Development at Disney ABC..

Q: Tell us about your position as Vice President of Audience Development at ABC7?CH: My job is about creating a relationship with audiences. Like any good relationship … sure, we want you to like us, but what we really need is your loyalty. I have the privilege of leading an amazing team of creative producers, marketers, and des..

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Meet Valerie Aliwarga, Real Estate Professional at Compass – San Francisco

Q: You moved around quite a bit in your early years, what was that like?VA:  I was born in Indonesia and have an international family, which has allowed me the opportunity to travel and learn new cultures around the globe. We moved back to the states to live with my mother's family … when my parents divorced, I traveled the worl..

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Meet Megan Micco, Broker Associate at Compass, East Bay

Q: Your career started out in luxury jewelry design and sales.  Tell us how you found this career path?MM: My brother-in-law from my first marriage was a luxury jewelry designer based in Paris. I had recently graduated from UC Berkeley and was pondering my career direction. He asked me to help him with product placement for his ..

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Meet Lynn Reid, Real Estate Professional at Compass Real Estate, San Francisco

Q: How many years did you live in Cape Town South Africa?  What was it like?LR: I was born in Cape Town and lived there until I was 32 years old when I immigrated to the USA and was lucky enough to land in Marin County. As a child, Cape Town was a fantastic place to live. It was very beautiful and easy to get around with good sc..

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Meet Amy Levins, Broker – Associate at Compass, San Francisco

Q: You spent the early part of your career working in New York … tell us a little bit about your experience living and working in the Big Apple?AL: Working and living in New York City was a great experience for me. Being a San Francisco native and a graduate of UCLA, I adjusted easily to the east coast city life. Soon into my Pu..

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Meet Ariel Vincent, Realtor at Park North Real Estate

Q: How long have you been in the Real Estate business?AV: I’ve been in the business a little over 2 years. Q: Tell us how your career started in Real Estate?AV: I started working for a furnished rental startup in San Francisco called HomeSuite. I was a leasing agent there and transitioned into a few other roles within the compa..

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Meet Maria Medina, News Anchor at 
KPIX 5, CBS


Q: How did your career start as news anchor?
MM: I actually started delivering the news when I was in eighth grade! I love saying that. My first job was delivering newspapers … I actually wanted to be a newspaper reporter. But then a TV station had me on its morning show when I was in my last year of college and the anchors told..

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Meet Barbara Lymberis, Real Estate Professional, Coldwell Banker, Silicon Valley

Q: How long have you been in the Real Estate business?BL: I was licensed in 2002, and have been working full-time, consistently, in Real Estate since then. Q: Tell us about your career in Real Estate?BL: Real Estate is a 24/7/365 profession, and I’ve been lucky enough to work as a team the entire time with my husband Nick, who ..

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Meet Lauren Bensinger, President, Women’s Council of Realtors San Francisco

Q: Can you define your current position as President of the Women’s Council of Realtors, San Francisco?LB: As President of the San Francisco network, my role is to develop and support upcoming leaders in our industry. Leadership development comes from working with each board member, our members and strategic partners and helping..

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