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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.
  • 10/11/2016 4:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kiran GaindName: Kiran Gaind 
    Job / Title:  Modern Parent Coach, Owner of The Connected Family
    Company:  The Connected Family:  Raising Great Parents.

    A boutique parent, work-life balance and leadership coaching practice based in Palo Alto.

    Industry:  Coaching 

    Q: What have been the hallmarks of your success?

    Kiran: The hallmarks of my success have been following my passions, being creative, stretching myself beyond my comfort zone and persevering until I reach my goals.  

    I started my own business with little experience as an entrepreneur and consistently, I have followed these guideposts to find my way and create greater success.  I have become a sought after public speaker, am writing my first book, am known in my community for my work and keep going until I reach my goals.  Being an entrepreneur is one of the greatest teachers in life.

    The Connected Family is a boutique coaching practice helping very successful professional parents who may not feel as successful in their family lives.  We help them to create quality connections with their family while having fulfilling careers.

    Q: What does leadership mean to you? 

    Kiran: Leadership means to me knowing the people you lead, really getting them, responding to their needs, and inspiring others.  When you create great relationships with those you lead, they are inspired by your sense of care and the intimacy you share.  Trust is built and from trust anything performance related is possible.  A great leader has vision and will stop at nothing to achieve her vision.  She leverages talent, resources, strategy, project management, and powerful storytelling to get the job done.  She connects well with people and with a larger sense of purpose to inspire others to work hard and achieve their dreams.

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

    Kiran: For me the best leaders in my career have been people who truly care about me and the work we do. They spend time connecting with the people they lead, being warm, personable and available. They inspired with vision, clarity, humor and strength. People follow them because they adore them and would do anything based on the great relationships they have.

    Q: What advice would you give to someone looking to grow in her career while making time for her family? 

    Kiran: Stay connected at home so that you never deal with the distracting guilt that can get in the way of productivity at work.  Have close connections with each member of your family, which can be maintained with 10 minutes of special time per day.  Have close conversations with your children each night so you stay connected to what's really going on for them and you have peace with everyone who loves you.  Have check in conversations everyday with your spouse.  All it takes is 10 minutes to stay connected.  Take good care of yourself physically, emotionally so that you have the energy for your personal and professional lives.  Share the domestic work load with everyone in the family so that it is equally split in every possible way.

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

    Kiran: I have learned and teach connected parenting which I practice daily.  I prioritize my relationships and the health of those relationships as the cornerstone of my personal and professional success.  In Connected Parenting, practicing Special Time looks like this:  use a timer, set it for between 10-40 minutes, say “We’re going to do Special Time,” and then ask the child what THEY would like to do.  Follow their lead, offer your full, undistracted warmth and attention, encouragement, noticing as they do what they want to do.  This practice increases the sense of connection, wonder and availability you have for your child.  Similarly, as leaders, we can be sure that we have one on ones with those we manage.  Creating opportunities to connect one on one matters to the quality of relationships.  Kiran gives talks in which she explains the brain science behind Special Time and why Connected Parenting works.

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

    Kiran: I taught salsa dance when I lived in San Francisco.  

    Q: What do you like to do to unwind? 

    Kiran: I like to meet up with friends and I like to walk in nature, especially near redwood trees.

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