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Meet Sandhya Patel, Meteorologist 
ABC7 News 


Q: What made you decide to go in the field of telling the weather?SP: It was a complete accident! I started out in news in Salinas in 1999 doing a variety of jobs from reporting, anchoring, writing, producing to helping run the assignment desk. When I was assigned the task of writing a weather segment for our anchors to read, I was fascinated. I have always loved science and math, so this was not a surprise. I had gotten my Bachelor of Arts in Radio and Te..

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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 me I should try TV news and offered me an internship … I was hooked. Sometimes I would spend 16 hours a day in the newsroom just ..

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Meet Vicki Liviakis, KRON4 News Anchor

Q: How did your career start as a News Anchor?VL: Writing and illustrating story booklets of what seemed endlessly fascinating in my little world. I was six or seven years old. Topics mostly included horses. And… horses. Eventually that developed into writing articles and taking photos of high school life for the campus paper. Most noteworthy was a piece on streakers who ran buck-naked through a football game. I believe I actually wrote the eye-brow raisin..

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Meet Elizabeth Cook, Anchor KPIX 5 News CBS SF Bay Area

Q: What led to your decision to pursue a career in Broadcasting & Journalism?EC: I had the privilege of working with Tom Brokaw when I was a senior in high school. Brokaw was the Grand Marshall of the Rose Parade, while I was on the Royal Court for the Tournament of Roses. I wasn’t sure what I wanted my major to be or what college I should choose. He encouraged me to pursue a career in journalism because of our mutual love of history and storytelling. Q: ..

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Meet Lynn North, Real Estate Professional

Q: How long have you been in the Real Estate business?LN: I have been in real estate for almost 14 years, starting as an assistant for 2 of the top agents for a year to really get a sense of the business and develop a strong understanding of the details. Prior to changing careers, I was a vice president at Pacific Bell and SBC, where my team built the infrastructure that we now know as Silicon Valley with all of the large accounts headquartered here. Also,..

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Meet Kari Hall, Meteorologist at NBC Bay Area News

Q: What made you decide to go in the field of telling the weather?KH: Weather always has been my passion. As a child, I would tell people I wanted to be a meteorologist and they would say…well, that’s different! I grew up in Louisville, KY where there’s extreme cold, lots of snow, flooding, drought, crazy storms, and extreme heat. The wide range of weather through the year raised my curiosity about why it occurs. I began reaching out to local meteorologist..

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Meet Dion Lim, News Anchor / Reporter ABC7 News, KGO-TV

Q:  How did your career start as a news anchor?DL: By a stroke of pure luck!  I had always wanted to be a reporter, then a network correspondent before the age of 30.  This was the career path I had carved out in my head.  But during my first on-air job in tiny Springfield, Massachusetts, (market 109) just a year into the job, somehow, my agent got a call the ABC station in Kansas City (market 33) and asked if I wanted to try anchoring.   Having never anc..

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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 Laurie Roberts, DJ for KPIG-FM

Q: How did your career start in Radio?LR: My Mom would listen to the legendary SF station KSFO, and I liked it too. Jim Lange was the morning host, and every morning he would say Happy Birthday to listeners around the Bay Area, who had sent in their names, and he would do this over the music of David Rose' 'The Stripper'. My Mom was no shrinking violet, but also not one for public attention. Despite this, I sent her name in. On the morning of her birthday,..

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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 Vicky Nguyen, Senior Investigative, Reporter & Anchor NBC Bay Area News

Q: Can you share a little history how it all began, starting with the experience of May 4, 1979?VN: My parents fled Vietnam as boat people when I was an infant. They wanted to escape Communism and provide opportunities for me, their only daughter, in the United States of America. After a harrowing journey to Malaysia, my family stayed in a refugee camp for more than year, then we were sponsored to America by a family and church community in Eugene, Oregon...

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Q&A with Infoblox’s WIN Executive Team

Infoblox - a global leader in delivering Actionable Network Intelligence to enterprise, government, and service provider customers around the world - has launched a global initiative entitled the “Women’s Internal Network” (WIN) to in-crease the representation of women at the company. The purpose of WIN is to build an internal support system to attract, retain and promote women in the workplace. A global initiative of this magnitude can only be successfu..

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Meet Sabrina Alfin, LEED GA Principal Designer

Photography, Dean J. Birinyi Q: How did you get started as a Designer?SA: Interior design is my second career. I spent 25 years in client-facing roles at ad agencies in NYC, Boston, and San Francisco working on both brand and digital campaigns for large national and global companies, most recently in the tech sector. Towards the end I was getting antsy about my career path; the ad business was a grind and I really wanted to express myself more creativel..

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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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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 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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