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Meet Nicola Casale, North American Director, Yellow Goat Design

Q: I like the name “Yellow Goat Design” – tell us a little about the business.NC: Thank you! Yellow Goat is an award-winning, bespoke studio comprised of creators that specialize in the design and fabrication of custom lighting, screens and installation art. The company was founded on the gold coast in Australia nearly 20 years ago by Jerzy and Sandra Lesko. The “Yellow Goat” icon was painted by Jerzy as an artist many years ago. It was his first art piece..

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Meet Diane Flynn, CEO ReBoot Accel

Q: Where were you born and raised … what led you to Silicon Valley?DF: I was born and raised in Minnesota. I came to Silicon Valley to attend Stanford, then spent time in Chicago and Boston for work and graduate school, and returned when I got married in 1988. Q: Tell us about some of your past positions you’ve held.DF: I was an associate consultant at BCG (The Boston Consulting Group) before attending Harvard Business School. After getting my MBA, I join..

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Meet Flordelisa "Flor" Harris, Insurance Broker & Consultant at Benefits Simplified Insurance Solutions, LLC

Q: What does being a member of NAWBO Silicon Valley mean to you?FH: Being a NAWBO member brings me a lot of pride and inspiration, as I’m surrounded by women business owners who continually strive to run a successful business while focused on the importance of family and community. Q: How has NAWBO Silicon Valley helped you as a business owner?FH: The organization has helped me tremendously, as I can tap into a variety of women business owners in differen..

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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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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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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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Meet Margaret Abe-Koga Councilmember, City of Mountain View

Q: What advice do you have for young women who want to pursue a career in politics?MAK: Know why you want to be in politics and especially if you want to run for elected office. Have a firm grasp of your values, principles and the causes you care about, and have a vision of what you want to accomplish in office. Then go out and get involved in those causes so that you can meet other like-minded people who can become your base of support. Q: What is one sk..

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Meet Debbie Ruddock, Mayor of Half Moon Bay, CA

Q: What advice do you have for young women who want to pursue a career in politics?DR: The first thing people wanted to know when I campaigned for office was, “Why are you running?” You need to have an authentic answer. What is your passion? What do you care about? What value can you add to your community? For me, the driver was my passion for protecting our coastal environment. My journalism and public relations background provided a strong foundation for..

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Meet Council Member Marico Sayoc, Town of Los Gatos

Q: What advice do you have for young women who want to pursue a career in politics?MS: I advise young women interested in pursuing a career in politics to engage early in the community they hope to represent in the future. By engaging early, you will better learn and understand the various issues and voices of your community. You can also determine the value your candidacy can offer to the community. Q: What is one skill you believe that women should have..

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Meet Dr. Selena Cermeno of Back & Body Chiropractic

Q:  Do Chiropractors just treat back and neck pain? SC:  Chiropractors can treat any pain in the body that has a joint. Many people with sports related injuries such as a sprain/strain of the shoulder or ankle and office workers that develop knee, shoulder and wrist pain from prolonged sitting can greatly benefit from chiropractic. In fact, chiropractors treat many injuries that develop in shoulders, jaws, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles.Our Philoso..

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Meet Karen Klein, CEO of U By Karen Klein

Photo made by Avishai Finkelstein Let’s start with a few personal questions … Q: What’s your favorite movie?KK: A lot of people think it’s “The Devil wears Prada”, but actually my favorite movie is “City of Angels”. It’s a movie about pure love and real life and it touched me on so many levels. I am a very romantic and sensitive person and this movie spoke to me. When you dress people up, you have to be sensitive to who they are, so you can make them fee..

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A Conversation with Diane Hibbard, Vice President of Treatments & Development of Burke Williams

Q: What anti-aging technologies are available to consumers? DH: Burke Williams Day Spa is a haven for relaxation and renewal. For anti-aging, our most popular service is the Radiance Facial. This powerful treatment combines products from our exclusive H2V skincare line with revolutionary micro-current technology. Micro-current technology is a lifting and collagen building component of the Radiance Facial that helps force out fine lines and wrinkles and sti..

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The Beautiful Wedding

By Julie Hart Conde My passion is bringing peace, joy and beauty into people’s lives. I especially enjoy doing this for brides and grooms, who often find it overwhelming when planning their wedding. If the multitude of details involved in planning your wedding is starting to get you stressed, below are 8 ways to keep you at peace as you plan one of the most important days in your life. 1. Breathe: When things start to get overwhelming, breathe deep, t..

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Champion Among Champions - U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier

I walked into her office and could sense it: The heart of a champion with an invigorating pulse for her community ... these two thoughts so clearly evident … where I recently met with our US Congresswoman, Jackie Speier. Who is Jackie Speier? As if you didn’t already know, she’s our representative in Washington DC - Working extremely hard for us, our community and our common good. Full of energy, extremely knowledgeable and truly committed to public servi..

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Meet Kristin Connelly, East Bay Leader

BRINGING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER & MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE Kristin works to bring people and organizations together to foster a better future for the East Bay, where businesses, nonprofits, government and individuals work collaboratively to create positive solutions to our region’s economic and social challenges. A policy advisor, strategist and former attorney, Kristin assumed leadership of the East Bay Leadership Council (EBLC) in June, 2014. A private-sect..

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Are Live Conversations Making a Comeback?

By Caroline Moriarity Sacks Director of INFORUM In the technology capital of the world, San Franciscans know better than most about the latest messaging or communication apps. In a city turning conversations more virtual by the minute, a phenomenon is also developing: its citizens are wanting more interactions offline, with real people. At INFORUM, The Commonwealth Club’s Innovation Lab, we’re constantly seeing the benefits that come from live interaction..

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