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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 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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Vicki Hennessy, SF’s First Elected Woman Sheriff

On November 3rd, 2015, Vicki Hennessy was elected by a large 61% of the vote and on January 8th, 2016, she was sworn in to become San Francisco’s first-ever elected woman sheriff. Since joining the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department in 1975, Sheriff Hennessy has had a truly distinguished, storied career. In 1983, in what was just seven years, she reached the rank of Captain, becoming the youngest in California to do so. Then, in 1997, she became the Chief ..

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Want to Advance your Career? Find a Mentor!

By Dr. Frumi Rachel Barr Lux was a top performer. In the 20 years before I met her she was always considered a high potential employee. In her two decades in the IT department of a large financial institution she progressed slowly but steadily through the ranks. If there were a complex problem to resolve –Lux would get it done. And then she got stuck. She couldn’t understand why she was overlooked time and again to achieve a top position. The reason was s..

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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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A Special Conversation with Pat Wadors, Senior Vice President of Global Talent Organization at LinkedIn

A SPECIAL CONVERSATION WITH PAT WADORS, Senior Vice President of Global Talent Organization at LinkedIn “How LinkedIn Is Creating The HR Organization of the Future … What Does It Mean?” Pat Wadors is Senior Vice President of Global Talent Organization at LinkedIn. LinkedIn is one of the most successful and fastest growing companies in Silicon Valley and the world. Pat joined LinkedIn in January 2013 “to lead its world-class talent (HR) team. In addition to..

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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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