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Managing the Creative Process … A Conversation with Meredith King Managing Artistic Director for Northside Theatre Company

Q: Can you share with us your duties as Managing Artistic Director for Northside Theatre?MK: My responsibilities as Managing Artistic Director for Northside Theatre is to be the vision holder for the company. I make sure we stay true to our mission statement, which is to provide professional-quality theatre at a reasonable price so that everyone in our community, regardless of income level, has access to arts education and entertainment. This also includes..

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Meet Pamela Lindsay, Co-Founder & Dean of Instruction at College of Adaptive Arts

Q: What is College of Adaptive Arts about and what do you all do?PL: The College of Adaptive Arts (CAA) is all about changing perceptions of ability. Our students are specifically re-writing the script regarding the ability of all individuals to continue higher education learning throughout adult life, and equitably contribute their growing talents to efforts of their local and global communities. Q: What do you love most about CAA and the work you all do..

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Proven Leadership: Meet L. Karen Monroe, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools

Q: How did your career begin and what led to becoming a School Superintendent?
LKM: My career began with an interest in college in public affairs and public policy. I graduated from USC with my Bachelor’s degree in public affairs. From there I went to Washington D.C. to work for Shirley Chisholm and began to understand better the nexus between education and policy. I came back to California and went to work in city government. I worked for the City of Comp..

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Exclusive Interview with Dr. Aparajita Sohoni, Physician Lead, at QT Breasthealth

Q: Can you explain to our audience the prevention technology behind having a “Radiation Free” experience when testing for Breast Cancer?AS: QT breasthealth is creating a better experience for women by providing reassurance without radiation. The foundation of that experience is in the QTscan, which allows for painless breast imaging with absolutely no compression, injections or radiation. The technology allows women of all ages to undergo a QTscan and make..

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A Conversation with Jona Denz-Hamilton, 94.5 Bay FM Midday Air Personality

Q: When you were in high school, did you know you wanted to go into Radio Broadcasting as a career?JDH: I was fascinated with communication since I was a little tyke. My electrical engineer dad was always building some kind of magical radio-type device. By high school, I was in love with my guitar playing and listening to LOTS of FM radio. I started actually doing radio in college--a bit of fun that turned into an obsession, LOL!Q: How many years have you ..

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Meet Community Leader, Mayrose Munar, Known For Making A Difference!

Q: Please share with us your how career path started?MM: It was never a conscious decision where I sat down and planned my education then arrived at this destination. Opportunities were presented, and I jumped at the chance. I would say it was 20% luck, 30% intuition, and 50% hard work. My first job was with a Honolulu law firm in loan transactions and real estate. The Internet began to take shape around this time and after two years I moved to the San Fra..

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Meet Marina Shiferman, Real Estate Agent for Zephyr Real Estate

Q: How long have you been in the Real Estate business?MS: 6 yearsQ: Can you share with us how your career started in Real Estate?MS: The first thing that attracted me towards the real estate business was the flexibility of the schedule and the opportunity to be my own boss. After I got into the business my career really started after a few months of really hustling and working, I had to build my client base out of nothing, so I had my work cut out for me. ..

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From Google to Entrepreneur: Meet Upuia Ahkiong, Founder of Kua Body and Women Entrepreneurs of Los Altos

Q: Did you know growing up you wanted to be a Massage Therapist (Entrepreneur)?UA: Not at all. I knew I wanted to help people and make meaningful impact, as well as find a way to help my family, but becoming a massage therapist came as a complete surprise (to everyone). As a first-generation Samoan-Chinese American growing up in the SF Bay Area and the first in my family to obtain a masters degree, I was determined to live out the American Dream, but I had..

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Meet Lia Izenberg, Founding Executive Director of 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 chose Stanford because I wanted to do an interdisciplinary program. The POLS (Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies) program ..

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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 week. We are committed to providing access for all, and that means serving under-resourced schools and communities where both the cha..

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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 trip to Guyana, where Congressman Ryan was assassinated, and I was shot, that I decided to dedicate my life to public service. I dist..

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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 Executive Director here in Silicon Valley. Then I had my first child and made a tough decision to go part-time. Stepping out of the ED ..

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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 Francisco was high, so it immediately felt like home. 
Q: How did you get your first media job … as a chicken?CP: I was an unpaid inte..

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A Conversations with Katie Jacobs Stanton, CMO of Color & Former Vice President of Global Media at Twitter

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 Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. At the State Department, I worked in the Office of Innovation, helping the government use..

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Meet Aja Aguirre, Luxury Property Specialist at Pacific Union International, Oakland & Montclair

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 networking events that are genuinely fun to attend, and help the community achieve success with local resources and proven tools. This..

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Meet Candace Hirleman Archer, Vice President, Audience Development at Disney ABC Television Group, ABC7 KGO-TV

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 designers as we develop and share ABC7’s brand story. Our team’s purpose is to build awareness and loyalty by both elevating our cont..

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