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Meet Anna Maria Valenzuela, President, Women’s Council of Realtors Silicon Valley

Q: Can you define your current position as President of the Women’s Council of Realtors?AMV: As a President of the Women’s Council of Realtor’s, I work alongside a dynamic team of professionals. Together we bring education, resources, tools and training for women in the real estate community and beyond. As leader of the organization, it is my call of duty to diligently bring value, unity, and strength to the organization. While each member of the board hol..

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Meet Leslie Lamarre from TRG Architecture + Interior Design

Q: How did you get started as a Designer?LL: I grew up in an old New England farmhouse built in 1810 and my dad was all about DIY. There was always a project going on and I loved it—whether it was steaming faded wallpaper off old plaster walls or framing in a new dormer. That planted the seed. Over the years I had fun helping friends with colors, furniture and built-in finishes and even rebuilt a tear-down 1907 bungalow here in California with my husband (..

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Meet ​Regan Baker, Certified Interior Designer

Q: How did you get started as a Designer?RB: I always knew I wanted to be some sort of designer or artist. I really loved to draw. I grew up in a family of artists and was taught from a young age to view the world differently. I learned to analyze what makes something attractive, the value of light and shadow, and how a specific color and texture can evoke a certain mood. I spent the first 7 years of my career working for architecture firms. From there, I ..

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Meet Sandra Hughes Business Owner, Strategist and Coach Sandra Bevins Hughes Coaching

Q: What does being a member of NAWBO Silicon Valley mean to you?SH: Connection and Collaboration with like-minded women business owners who remain authentic and heart-centered as they focus on their businesses, families and community are the main benefits of being a member of NAWBO Silicon Valley. Q: How has NAWBO Silicon Valley helped you as a business owner?SH: We don’t know what we don’t know. In a community like this, I meet women who are ahead of me ..

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A Special Conversation with Senator Dianne Feinstein on Developing Groundbreaking Skills

Q: What advice do you have for young women who want to pursue a career in politics?Senator Feinstein: I really think a woman must do her apprenticeship in this arena. Find out if you have the motivation and the staying power, because it truly is a difficult path. Become active in politics. Become an advocate. Speak out. Earn yourself those credentials. Work as a staffer in Washington or in state or local government. It’s very important that you know whethe..

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Meet Dr. Sophia Yen, Co-Founder of Pandia Health

Q: What does being a member of NAWBO Silicon Valley mean to you?SY: Women business owners helping each other and networking. Q: How has NAWBO Silicon Valley helped you as a business owner?SY: It has introduced me to inspiring women and providing connections with other business owners. Q: What service(s) or product(s) do you offer/manufacture?SY: We provide the end to end solution for prescription birth control – from an online doctor’s visit to getting a..

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Meet Lou Ann Bauer, Principal Designer at Bauer Interior Design

Q: How did you get started as a Designer?LAB: I first went to Cal Berkeley and earned a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts. My program was in welding larger scale steel sculptures. I soon decided I wasn’t going to be a world-famous artist and make a decent living. Since I was working 3-D sculpture scales, I thought Interior Design could fulfill the creative path that I had studied in Art school. I earned my Interior Design degree at San Jose State University. ..

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Meet DeAnna Pursai, Co-Founder & Executive Director of College of Adaptive Arts

Q: What is College of Adaptive Arts about and what do you all do?DP: College of Adaptive Arts provides an equitable collegiate experience to adults with special needs who historically have not had access to college education. CAA offers over 35 courses offerings each week to adults to choose from, in 9 School of Instruction, including Schools of Music, Dance, Arts, TV/Film, Theatre. Q: What do you love most about COAA and the work you all do?DP: I love th..

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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 ​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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Meet Michelle Thomas, Associate ASID Principal Designer, Thomas Designs – Design with a Conscience

Q: How did you get started as a Designer?MT: Design and furniture was always my passion and from a young age, I found myself rearranging, re-painting and re-constructing homes of my family and friends. The summer before Senior year in high school I took a job at the medical group my mom worked for and began what became a 2-year career in the customer service/ relations department. Though this was not what I wanted for my end game, I think it helped me unde..

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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 Stacey Lapuk, Principal Designer at Indigo Interiors, Inc. Award-Winning Interior Design

Q: How did you get started as a Designer?SL: I grew up in an arts-oriented family, and was admitted to the Fine Arts program at the University of CT. Armed with a BFA, I came out to CA and first worked in the advertising industry. I entered UC Berkeley's Interior Design/Interior Architecture program and began building my client base. To me, a home is a 3-dimensional painting in which my clients get to live and thrive. Q: Can you describe to our readers a ..

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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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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 ​Alison Whittaker, Certified Interior Designer

Q: How did you get started as a Designer?AW: I was always interested in interior design but initially pursued an advertising/marketing degree in college because of my family’s newspaper business. I also loved fashion and that was where I started my career in the Bay Area doing Trend Shows for Nordstrom as they were expanding new stores. Although I loved fashion, Interior design was like a little bird on my shoulder and I was drawn to go back to school to s..

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