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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 Lynn Reid, Real Estate Professional at Compass Real Estate, San Francisco

Q: How many years did you live in Cape Town South Africa?  What was it like?LR: I was born in Cape Town and lived there until I was 32 years old when I immigrated to the USA and was lucky enough to land in Marin County. As a child, Cape Town was a fantastic place to live. It was very beautiful and easy to get around with good schools and lazy days on the beach. As I grew older and began my career as a social worker, I became more aware of the gross racial ..

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Meet Amy Levins, Broker – Associate at Compass, San Francisco

Q: You spent the early part of your career working in New York … tell us a little bit about your experience living and working in the Big Apple?AL: Working and living in New York City was a great experience for me. Being a San Francisco native and a graduate of UCLA, I adjusted easily to the east coast city life. Soon into my Public Relations career, I became aware of my entrepreneurial drive. I realized one way to be successful at an agency was to develop..

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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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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 Barbara Lymberis, Real Estate Professional, Coldwell Banker, Silicon Valley

Q: How long have you been in the Real Estate business?BL: I was licensed in 2002, and have been working full-time, consistently, in Real Estate since then. Q: Tell us about your career in Real Estate?BL: Real Estate is a 24/7/365 profession, and I’ve been lucky enough to work as a team the entire time with my husband Nick, who was licensed in 2001 after 29 years in his former profession as an Attorney. We are both Realtors, belonging to the National Assoc..

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Meet Lauren Bensinger, President, Women’s Council of Realtors San Francisco

Q: Can you define your current position as President of the Women’s Council of Realtors, San Francisco?LB: As President of the San Francisco network, my role is to develop and support upcoming leaders in our industry. Leadership development comes from working with each board member, our members and strategic partners and helping them achieve their business goals. My role is to give members the opportunity to grow and challenge themselves by providing educa..

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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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