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  • 11/13/2017 5:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Name: Natalya Thakur
    Job / Title: Relationship Manager

    Company: FutureAdvisor (subsidiary of BlackRock)

    Industry: FinTech/Investment Management

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  • 10/26/2017 9:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Name: Mansi H. Shah
    Job / Title: Partner

    Company: Merchant & Gould LLP

    Industry: Technology and Intellectual Property Law

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  • 10/02/2017 4:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Name: Mindy Morton
    Job / Title: Partner

    Company: Procopio LLP

    Industry: Legal

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  • 09/01/2017 9:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Name: Maya Tussing

    Job / Title: Principal

    Company: Alesco Advisors

    Industry: Investment Advisory

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  • 08/02/2017 1:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Name: Sherry L. K. Main
    Job / Title: Chief Communications & Marketing Officer / Associate Vice Chancellor

    Company: University of California, Santa Cruz

    Industry: Higher Education

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  • 07/13/2017 9:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Name: Nolwenn Godard
    Job / Title: Director of Pricing Product
    Company: PayPal
    Industry: FinTech

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  • 06/07/2017 4:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Name: Stelli Munnis
    Job / Title: Senior Director, Marketing
    Company: Nuance Energy Group
    Industry: Solar

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  • 05/13/2017 3:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Name: Anuradha Gali
    Job / Title: Director of Engineering
    Company: Groupon
    Industry: Technology

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  • 01/24/2017 12:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Name: Karen Heitzman
    Job / Title: HR Consultant
    Company: Angeley & Associates
    Industry: Human Resources across a broad array of industries

    Q: From your perspective, what are the most important trends that will take place in your industry in the next 10 years? 

    Karen: Companies still hold on to an industrial work mentality, this doesn’t fit anymore.  We will continue to see the world of work be redefined.  Workforce demographics, an ever-expanding global market place and how work gets done will continue to challenge traditional approaches to work.  The gig economy, constant movement between companies and the need for lifelong learning will be the future of work.  Additionally, we will shift away from long learning curves creating experts to more short term leveraging of expertise to complete work on a project basis.

    Q: If you can share one piece of advice that you know now about navigating your career, what would that be? 

    Karen: Make time to keep in touch with people. As they say it takes a village and you need to build and maintain your personal village.  Meeting a colleague for lunch or a glass of wine doesn’t have to be an orchestrated event.  Men do this well.  I call it the art of grabbing a beer.  Guys grab a beer, catch up and then head out whereas women need to plan an outing.  We need less orchestration; we need to just “grab a beer.”  My favorite networking book is “Never Eat Alone” by Keith Ferrazzi.

    Q: What do you like to do to unwind?

    Karen: Read, knit, cook with my husband, ride my bike, get outside.

    Q: What are ways that you have balanced career, personal, and other interests?

    Karen: Finding work that is interesting, learning to say no – sending napkins instead of homemade cookies for the class party, prioritizing by asking will this be remembered or important in three months, giving myself a break, not getting caught up in the Instagram/Facebook competitive moments, and hiring a cleaning person has helped.  I don’t think we balance everything.  Priorities shift constantly so being in the moment, being flexible and liberal amounts of wine is what ultimately works for me.  

    Q: What is your recommendation for choosing a good mentor? 

    Karen: Be Particular!  A mentor must be someone that you respect and respects you.   Be sure you are ready to really hear what a mentor says.  Pay it forward.

    Q: In what areas can you give advice to other CLUB members as part of the CLUB mentoring program? 

    Karen: Career coaching, HR/Employee relations, what to expect when you leave a company, resume writing.

    Q: Tell us something about yourself that is a fun fact. 

    Karen: When I first moved to San Francisco I lived on a house boat in Sausalito.

  • 12/14/2016 4:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Name: Lisa Wong

    Job / Title: Sr. Director, Developer Relations and Community
    Company: Wowza Media Systems

    Industry: Software

    Q: From your perspective, what are the most important trends that will take place in your industry in the next 10 years?

    Lisa: Live video streaming allows us to share experiences with colleagues, friends, and family anywhere in the world. Today it’s easy to stream live sports, cultural events, and personal activities without purchasing expensive equipment or requiring in-depth technical expertise. And the easier it becomes to produce and share live streams, the more our expectations and demands for it grow. Workplaces can now embrace remote employees as live video makes collaborative work sessions commonplace and enables face-to-face meetings regardless of where someone is located. We’re beginning to see what augmented reality, virtual reality, and 360-degree streaming experiences could be like, and in the coming years we’ll see continued development in customized experiences and new ways to interact with live streaming for business and social networks.

    Q: What role has mentorship played in your career?

    Lisa: I’ve been fortunate to have several good mentors in my career. Just like with friends, you have different mentors for different areas or needs. I’ve chosen mentors based on the situation I’m trying to navigate or the technology I’m trying to learn. One mentor’s advice has served me particularly well: If you feel comfortable, you’re not learning. You can always learn more about a specific area of responsibility or your job as a whole. Ask how you can take it to the next level, grow your skill set, and not just get more experience doing the same thing. Are you stagnant? Are you excited with your work or do you feel bored?

    Q: What are the hallmark traits of a great leader that you have observed in your career?

    Lisa: A great leader is someone who inspires and motivates. It’s someone you would work for again in a heartbeat. The best leader I’ve worked for liked to say, “Stay humble.” This creates a culture of innovation, curiosity, and customers first. An inspiring leader gives that extra boost of motivation, an infusion of energy and excitement so that no matter what challenges you face – technology, competition, or something else, you trust their leadership and their ability to steer the team to success.

    Q: What are ways that you have balanced career, personal, and other interests?

    Lisa: I’m not one for making a New Year’s resolution. It won’t last. Instead I pick something or someone I want to spend more time on and determine if it is a weekly, monthly, or quarterly cadence. For example, I have a lunch date with my husband weekly where we can talk about whatever is top of mind. Several years ago I started reaching out to one friend each month. If they were not available, I’d try someone else. This meant connecting 1:1 with twelve people live (connecting over social media doesn’t count the same) over the course of a year. That may not sound like a lot, but time flies so this is a way to have results throughout the year. I also pick an area to focus on for three months – it is long enough to fit into a busy work and family schedule, and short enough to give it urgency and focus. It could be something fun, such as returning to a hobby or taking a class to grow your skill set.

    Q: In what areas can you give advice to other CLUB members as part of the CLUB mentoring program?

    Lisa: My areas of expertise are building high-performing teams with remote or geographically distributed staff, and giving advice based on my experience as a woman in technology. Just ask. In one case, what started out as a one-time session became a year-long monthly mentor relationship.

    Q: Tell us something about yourself that is a fun fact.

    Lisa: I’ve kayaked down the Zambezi River although I’m afraid of crocodiles and hippos.

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