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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 Jessica Aguirre, News Anchor NBC Bay Area News

Q: How did your career start as a news Anchor?JA: My career started in Miami, way before I was a news anchor as an intern at the local Spanish Language television affiliate for UNIVISION. I was at the University of Miami when the woman I worked under suddenly quit and in a “Broadcast News” (movie) they turned to me and said “can you do her job? You are hired “. From that moment on I went to school during the mornings and worked a night shift at the TV sta..

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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 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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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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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 world. It was difficult to constantly be the “new girl” until I learned to accept the blessing and opportunity of meeting new people. ..

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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 Art Nouveau Jewelry line. I was recruited by the owner of the jewelry store and the rest is history.Q: You also worked in the lega..

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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 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 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 company before I came into residential sales full time. Q: What geographic areas and types of properties do you handle?AV: I handle al..

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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 Rosie Reid, 2019 California Teacher of the Year!

Rosie Reid Teaches teaches English to ninth through twelfth grade students at Northgate High School, Mount Diablo Unified School District in Walnut Creek, Contra Costa County. Q: Can you share with our audience what grade and school you teach at?RR: I teach 9-12 grade English and English Language Development at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek. Q: Why did you want to become a teacher?RR: When I was a little girl, I lived in rural Mendocino County. We ..

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Meet ​Cathleen Gouveia, Design Principal at Cathleen Gouveia Design, Allied ASID

Q: How did you get started as a Designer?CG: I was classically trained at The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan where I learned to draft and draw. My professors encouraged me to transfer to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) because my mind works differently than most designers and decorators. I find a narrative in the client’s words, in their life story, and what they are most passionate about - and I use that to inspire design. I initiated the Mas..

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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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Meet Jennifer Martinez, Real Estate Agent, SkyRise Real Estate Group, Silicon Valley

Q: How long have you been in the Real Estate business?JM: I obtained my Real Estate License in 2009, however, I started working alongside my husband for our company, Skyrise Real Estate Group, in 2012. Q: What designations or certifications do you hold?JM: I am the Vice President and CMO for Skyrise Real Estate Group. I hold my Real Estate License, and I am also licensed in Life & Health. Q: What percentage of your clients are buyers vs. sellers?JM: In 2..

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Meet Jamie R. Kern, ASID Design Theory Interiors of California Inc.

Q: Can you describe to our readers a description of your business?JK: I am an interior designer specializing in Residential Interiors. I enjoy working on new construction, renovation and interior décor projects. I have a passion for kitchen and bath design as well as design of various types of custom cabinetry and furniture. When engaged in new construction or renovation projects I am typically hands-on in all facets of the design, guiding clients througho..

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