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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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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 Flordelisa "Flor" Harris, Insurance Broker & Consultant at Benefits Simplified Insurance Solutions, LLC

Q: What does being a member of NAWBO Silicon Valley mean to you?FH: Being a NAWBO member brings me a lot of pride and inspiration, as I’m surrounded by women business owners who continually strive to run a successful business while focused on the importance of family and community. Q: How has NAWBO Silicon Valley helped you as a business owner?FH: The organization has helped me tremendously, as I can tap into a variety of women business owners in differen..

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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 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 Peggy McConnell, Owner/Broker, McConnell Real Estate, Tiburon, CA

Q: How long have you been in the Real Estate business? PM: Twenty years. I specialize in residential real estate in Marin County. I love houses and helping people find their HOME. I love listing and selling homes and finding and meeting the new homeowner. Q: What designations or certifications do you hold?PM: California Real Estate Broker Q: What percentage of your clients are buyers vs. sellers? PM: 50/50 I maximize what a Seller nets - quickly and effi..

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Meet Margaret Abe-Koga Councilmember, City of Mountain View

Q: What advice do you have for young women who want to pursue a career in politics?MAK: Know why you want to be in politics and especially if you want to run for elected office. Have a firm grasp of your values, principles and the causes you care about, and have a vision of what you want to accomplish in office. Then go out and get involved in those causes so that you can meet other like-minded people who can become your base of support. Q: What is one sk..

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Meet Dr. Anjuli Mehrotra, Silicon Valley Allergy and Asthma, Inc

Q: What triggers allergies?AM: Allergies are an immune response developed by the body towards an ordinarily harmless substance, to which it has developed a type of hypersensitive reaction. Allergies can generally be triggered by environmental allergens, foods, stinging insects (bees/wasps/hornets/fire ants) or drugs. Common environmental allergens include dust, animal dander, mold, and pollens from trees, grass, or weeds. The most common food allergens are..

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Meet Debbie Ruddock, Mayor of Half Moon Bay, CA

Q: What advice do you have for young women who want to pursue a career in politics?DR: The first thing people wanted to know when I campaigned for office was, “Why are you running?” You need to have an authentic answer. What is your passion? What do you care about? What value can you add to your community? For me, the driver was my passion for protecting our coastal environment. My journalism and public relations background provided a strong foundation for..

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Meet Brittney Shipp, KRON4’S Chief Meteorologist

Q: What made you decide to go in the field of telling the weather?BS: In small TV markets, you try a lot of different positions. I was a producer, anchor, breaking news reporter and features reporter. One day my news director asks me to deliver the weather. It was a great fit! I always loved math and science, I never really knew it was an option-I never met a TV meteorologist and that became the motivation for me to write my children’s book The Meteorologi..

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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 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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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 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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