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Why Choose Margaret & David Yost? • Almaden Valley’s #1 Agent • Coldwell Banker’s Top 1% • Top 100 Residential Real Estate Agents in Silicon Valley • The power of a team with 40+ years combined real estate experience • Strong negotiating skills and an extensive marketing program • A proven track record of outstanding results.

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Why Choose Margaret & David Yost? • Almaden Valley’s #1 Agent • Coldwell Banker’s Top 1% • Top 100 Residential Real Estate Agents in Silicon Valley • The power of a team with 40+ years combined real estate experience • Strong negotiating skills and an extensive marketing program • A proven track record of outstanding results.

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We serve individual investors and business owners. Our nearly 7 million clients have the benefit of working with a firm that is focused on the needs of individuals. Our focus is on helping you reach your long-term financial goals. Whether it’s the investments we offer, the services we provide, the offices where we work or the tools we use, all were developed with you in mind.

As an Edward Jones financial advisor, I believe it’s important to invest my time to understand what you’re working toward before you invest your money. Working closely with you and your CPA, attorney and other professionals, I can help determine the most appropriate financial strategy for you and your family. I can also help with your retirement savings strategy so you have more options when you retire, regardless of what you decide to do. In 2011, I joined Edward Jones as a financial advisor, serving in the firm’s first branch office in Sunnyvale. I have served the firm as a mentor, a field trainer, and a coach to new financial advisors. I have also been invited to serve as a visiting veteran multiple times in our home office, helping new financial advisors from across the country as they begin their career. A graduate of Vanguard University of Southern California, I hold a bachelor's degree in business with an emphasis in organizational management. I have been active in business and civic affairs in Sunnyvale for many years. I am a member of the board of directors of the Sunnyvale Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. I am also currently serving as the incoming president of the board of directors for Sunnyvale Community Services, one of Silicon Valley's most recognized and respected nonprofit organizations. This is in addition to my serving the community as a member of the Sunnyvale Rotary Club, and many other service-oriented leadership roles. We provide highly personalized service. All aspects of our business are aligned to help us better understand and meet our clients’ unique goals and needs. This is evidenced by the fact that Edward Jones was awarded the prestigious J.D. Power President’s Award recognizing its commitment to excellence in client and financial satisfaction. The award is presented periodically and recognizes companies demonstrating dedication, commitment and sustained improvement in serving customers. During the 40-year history of J.D. Power, only 11 companies have previously received the award. Connect with me on LinkedIn and follow me on Facebook.

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Living in Retirement As you approach retirement, your focus begins to change – from saving for a future goal to determining how to provide for your daily needs. You also need to make sure your savings can last throughout your retirement. We can work with you to develop a strategy that can help fulfill your expectations and protect against things that could get you off track.

Paying for Education You may wish to help pay for education expenses for your children, grandchildren or even yourself. We will work to understand your expectations and discuss the potential costs, benefits and considerations. Based on these factors, we can help develop a savings strategy and recommend a variety of solutions to help achieve your education savings goals.

Preparing for the Unexpected Unanticipated events such as a job loss, disability or even death could impact your ability to maintain your family’s financial security. We can help ensure that you have the appropriate protection and emergency savings to protect you and your loved ones from the potential financial hardships resulting from unforeseen circumstances.

Planning Your Estate or Inheritance Estate planning is about much more than money – it is how you want important matters to be handled once you’re gone or no longer able to make certain decisions. We can work with you and your tax and legal professionals to implement an estate strategy designed to meet your needs. And if you receive an inheritance, we can recommend appropriate investing strategies that support your needs and align with your overall portfolio objectives. Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors are not estate planners and cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your estate-planning attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation.

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EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Scott Budman Award-Winning Reporter Scott Budman is an Emmy award-winning reporter, who appears nightly on NBC Bay Area News, as well as on KNBR radio. He is the co-creator and host of the syndicated NBC program “TechNow,” which airs Saturday nights at 6:30pm. Scott has covered Silicon Valley since 1995, and is still on the lookout for interesting personalities, startups, and gadgets. A Bay Area native, Scott was born in Oakland, and attended Skyline High School before heading south to UCLA. You can reach him at scott.budman@nbc.com. He’s also on Twitter: @scottbudman

Marina Gavric Marina Gavric Health & Fitness Training Marina is a long time fitness enthusiast. She is a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Fitness & Sports Nutritionist. She has a BA in Fitness Leadership, and enjoys being a Bootcamp Specialist, a Functional Movement Specialist and a TRX Suspension Training Specialist. Marina has over 20 years of experience motivating individuals to safe and effective fitness, including health and wellness lifestyle changes, while achieving their fitness goals. She is trained in and extremely passionate about weight loss, strength training, as well as endurance and athletic programming. Being a long time runner and body builder, she often takes part in community runs & events and is a strong promoter of sustainable living. As an independent Personal Trainer & Nutritionist, Marina is a corporate trainer throughout the Bay Area, plus she also meets with and trains her private clientele. www.marinagavric.com

Andy Dolich Andy Dolich is a Partner in Odgers Berndtson’s North American Sports Practice based out of San Francisco. He joined Odgers Berndtson in 2013, bringing over four decades of experience in the professional sports industry. From 2007-2010, he was the COO of the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers, where he was responsible for all revenue generating operations. Previously, he held two executive positions in the National Basketball Association, including President of Business Operations for the Memphis Grizzlies and President and COO of the Golden State Warriors. Andy has a BA in government from American University and an MA in sports management from Ohio University. He currently serves on a number of sports industry and community-invested boards and organizations, and is also an instructor at Stanford’s School of Continuing Education.

Carole Pertofsky Director, Wellness and Health Promotion Services, Stanford University Carole Pertofsky, M.Ed., is Director, Wellness and Health Promotion Services at Stanford University, national speaker, and seminar leader. She teaches positive psychology, mindfulness and wellness courses at Stanford University, businesses, Esalen Institute, and other leading retreat and seminar venues. She is co-founder of “Tools for Healing”, a non-profit wellness support for individuals living with life-threatening illnesses. Carole is a certified leadership and wellness coach and consultant for individuals, and teams focused on high performance. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards.

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Muhammed Chaudry

President & CEO, Silicon Valley Education Foundation Muhammed Chaudhry is President & CEO of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. He is oneof Silicon Valley’s most prominent voices for education and serving the underserved student. Under his leadership, SVEF has become the leading education foundation in the South Bay supporting students, teachers, parents and the larger academic community. He has supported children and education causes since his days at San Jose High Academy when he led several youth campaigns aimed at improving the lives of students. Later at San Jose State University, he worked summer jobs as a city recreation leader, tutoring “at-risk” youngsters and teens in math and English and encouraging them to achieve in school and go to college. He has forged partnerships with the business, technology, academic and civic communities to advance education causes, such as improving high school graduation rates and overall college and career readiness, and raising student performance in the critical areas of math and science to help narrow the student achievement gap. He is especially focused on developing intervention programs – particularly in the STEM fields of math and science – to help struggling youngsters reach for college and become Silicon Valley’s next leaders and innovators. Prior to leading SVEF, Chaudhry held management positions in brand marketing with The Clorox Company and Dazzle Multimedia. He also worked for IBM. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University and is a graduate fellow of the Stanford Executive Leadership Program. He serves on numerous community boards, including the California Consortium of Education Foundations, the Hispanic Foundation and Partners in School Innovation. He is an active member of San Jose Rotary Club and personal interests include golf, long-distance running and volunteering with various philanthropic causes, including the national Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Youth Association and its “Muslims for Peace” initiative. He resides in San Jose with his wife, Rabia, and their 6-month-old twins. Contact him at muhammed.chaudhry@svefoundation.org or on Twitter: @macrhamuhammed.

Julie Hart Conde

Wedding and Event Planner Owner of Celebrations By Heart Julie Hart Conde, wedding & event planner, is the owner of Celebrations By Heart (a full service wedding & event planning company). Julie has spent her entire working life in the service industry. She studied Hospitality Management at University of San Francisco and has extensive expertise in catering, restaurants and hotels (Embassy Suites, Hyatt and Joie de Vivre Hotels). All of this experience (both hands on and in management), as well as her deep passion and enjoyment for serving people and making their lives easier, inspired her to create Celebrations By Heart to help brides and grooms plan meaningful, authentic and memorable weddings.

Terri Norvell

CEO, Trust Yourself Now – a people development company Terri Norvell is a breakthrough speaker and founder of Trust Yourself Now – a people development company. Prior to 1996 Terri was VP of Training & Marketing for a $1.2B Silicon Valley property management & development company; GM of a $9M temporary housing firm; President of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce; Founding Board member for the Housing Industry Foundation and the Mountain View Performing Arts Center. Terri is co-author with Jack Canfield and Ken Blanchard of the highly-acclaimed book, The Masters of Success. Terri@TrustYourselfNow. com www.TrustYourselfNow.com


EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Scott Budman Award-Winning Reporter Scott Budman is an Emmy award-winning reporter, who appears nightly on NBC Bay Area News, as well as on KNBR radio. He is the co-creator and host of the syndicated NBC program “TechNow,” which airs Saturday nights at 6:30pm. Scott has covered Silicon Valley since 1995, and is still on the lookout for interesting personalities, startups, and gadgets. A Bay Area native, Scott was born in Oakland, and attended Skyline High School before heading south to UCLA. You can reach him at scott.budman@nbc.com. He’s also on Twitter: @scottbudman

Marina Gavric Marina Gavric Health & Fitness Training Marina is a long time fitness enthusiast. She is a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Fitness & Sports Nutritionist. She has a BA in Fitness Leadership, and enjoys being a Bootcamp Specialist, a Functional Movement Specialist and a TRX Suspension Training Specialist. Marina has over 20 years of experience motivating individuals to safe and effective fitness, including health and wellness lifestyle changes, while achieving their fitness goals. She is trained in and extremely passionate about weight loss, strength training, as well as endurance and athletic programming. Being a long time runner and body builder, she often takes part in community runs & events and is a strong promoter of sustainable living. As an independent Personal Trainer & Nutritionist, Marina is a corporate trainer throughout the Bay Area, plus she also meets with and trains her private clientele. www.marinagavric.com

Andy Dolich Andy Dolich is a Partner in Odgers Berndtson’s North American Sports Practice based out of San Francisco. He joined Odgers Berndtson in 2013, bringing over four decades of experience in the professional sports industry. From 2007-2010, he was the COO of the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers, where he was responsible for all revenue generating operations. Previously, he held two executive positions in the National Basketball Association, including President of Business Operations for the Memphis Grizzlies and President and COO of the Golden State Warriors. Andy has a BA in government from American University and an MA in sports management from Ohio University. He currently serves on a number of sports industry and community-invested boards and organizations, and is also an instructor at Stanford’s School of Continuing Education.

Carole Pertofsky Director, Wellness and Health Promotion Services, Stanford University Carole Pertofsky, M.Ed., is Director, Wellness and Health Promotion Services at Stanford University, national speaker, and seminar leader. She teaches positive psychology, mindfulness and wellness courses at Stanford University, businesses, Esalen Institute, and other leading retreat and seminar venues. She is co-founder of “Tools for Healing”, a non-profit wellness support for individuals living with life-threatening illnesses. Carole is a certified leadership and wellness coach and consultant for individuals, and teams focused on high performance. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards.

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Muhammed Chaudry

President & CEO, Silicon Valley Education Foundation Muhammed Chaudhry is President & CEO of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. He is oneof Silicon Valley’s most prominent voices for education and serving the underserved student. Under his leadership, SVEF has become the leading education foundation in the South Bay supporting students, teachers, parents and the larger academic community. He has supported children and education causes since his days at San Jose High Academy when he led several youth campaigns aimed at improving the lives of students. Later at San Jose State University, he worked summer jobs as a city recreation leader, tutoring “at-risk” youngsters and teens in math and English and encouraging them to achieve in school and go to college. He has forged partnerships with the business, technology, academic and civic communities to advance education causes, such as improving high school graduation rates and overall college and career readiness, and raising student performance in the critical areas of math and science to help narrow the student achievement gap. He is especially focused on developing intervention programs – particularly in the STEM fields of math and science – to help struggling youngsters reach for college and become Silicon Valley’s next leaders and innovators. Prior to leading SVEF, Chaudhry held management positions in brand marketing with The Clorox Company and Dazzle Multimedia. He also worked for IBM. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University and is a graduate fellow of the Stanford Executive Leadership Program. He serves on numerous community boards, including the California Consortium of Education Foundations, the Hispanic Foundation and Partners in School Innovation. He is an active member of San Jose Rotary Club and personal interests include golf, long-distance running and volunteering with various philanthropic causes, including the national Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Youth Association and its “Muslims for Peace” initiative. He resides in San Jose with his wife, Rabia, and their 6-month-old twins. Contact him at muhammed.chaudhry@svefoundation.org or on Twitter: @macrhamuhammed.

Julie Hart Conde

Wedding and Event Planner Owner of Celebrations By Heart Julie Hart Conde, wedding & event planner, is the owner of Celebrations By Heart (a full service wedding & event planning company). Julie has spent her entire working life in the service industry. She studied Hospitality Management at University of San Francisco and has extensive expertise in catering, restaurants and hotels (Embassy Suites, Hyatt and Joie de Vivre Hotels). All of this experience (both hands on and in management), as well as her deep passion and enjoyment for serving people and making their lives easier, inspired her to create Celebrations By Heart to help brides and grooms plan meaningful, authentic and memorable weddings.

Terri Norvell

CEO, Trust Yourself Now – a people development company Terri Norvell is a breakthrough speaker and founder of Trust Yourself Now – a people development company. Prior to 1996 Terri was VP of Training & Marketing for a $1.2B Silicon Valley property management & development company; GM of a $9M temporary housing firm; President of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce; Founding Board member for the Housing Industry Foundation and the Mountain View Performing Arts Center. Terri is co-author with Jack Canfield and Ken Blanchard of the highly-acclaimed book, The Masters of Success. Terri@TrustYourselfNow. com www.TrustYourselfNow.com


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xperience the difference – personal ties and relationships turn a property into a home. Warm, professional relationships are a hallmark of the APR experience, and my clients often remark on the quality of my carefully chosen network of financial, legal, logistical and other specialists. The high-quality network that I have fostered extends beyond the Bay Area to an international audience of potential home buyers and sellers through the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and the firm’s luxury home division known as Luxury Portfolio. My personal network combined with APR market tenure and brand identity gives my clients a distinct advantage when buying or selling a home. My relationships open the door for my clients to be at home anywhere. Where people, homes, opportunity and a bit of imagination intersect, you’ll find me at Alain Pinel Realtors.

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Grace Wu E

xperience the difference – personal ties and relationships turn a property into a home. Warm, professional relationships are a hallmark of the APR experience, and my clients often remark on the quality of my carefully chosen network of financial, legal, logistical and other specialists. The high-quality network that I have fostered extends beyond the Bay Area to an international audience of potential home buyers and sellers through the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and the firm’s luxury home division known as Luxury Portfolio. My personal network combined with APR market tenure and brand identity gives my clients a distinct advantage when buying or selling a home. My relationships open the door for my clients to be at home anywhere. Where people, homes, opportunity and a bit of imagination intersect, you’ll find me at Alain Pinel Realtors.

Direct: 650.543.1086 | Office: 650.323.1111 x363 Cell: 650.208.3668 | Fax: 650.323.1143 gwu@apr.com | www.apr.com/gwu


Watching Your Health? By Scott Budman

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t will tell you the time. The weather. Your stock prices. You can book an Uber ride, a hotel room, or a pizza, all by touching the screen. But, unlike your smartphone, you don’t have to expend the effort to take it out of your pocket. After all the hype, the Apple Watch is here. My first impression? It’s an awful lot like an iPhone – not that that’s a bad thing – but with Budman a much smaller screen. Now, to be honest, if you’ve already spent the money for a smartphone (and are spending more money on the monthly data plan), do you really need its mini-me? Which brings me to my second impression. Admittedly, I haven’t worn a watch since buying my first cell phone. But the Apple Watch will, eventually, be a lot more than just another way to check your text messages. It may take awhile, but this could be the next wave of devices: Connected, literally, to our bodies, and telling us a lot about what’s going on in our world. And by “our world,” I mean a lot more than text messages and stocks. Before rolling out the Watch, Apple CEO Tim Cook teased a feature called ResearchKit that will collect health data from Apple devices. If you agree to it, your data would be collected anonymously and studied by doctors.

The possibilities here go way beyond ordering food or making a phone call from your wrist. It could soon mean a new way to fight diseases. Silicon Valley companies like 23andme have been collecting DNA for purposes like this. Imagine if millions of us could learn about, and fight, a disease like Parkinson’s by wearing a watch. App makers are already working to help; Doctors and hospitals are already lining up to collect data. We in Silicon Valley are always on the lookout for the next “New” thing. The Apple Watch is the next entry. Look for brisk sales in the beginning, and lots of imitators. But what happens next should be even more interesting. And, dare I say, healthy. Scott is the business & tech reporter for NBC Bay Area. He’s on Twitter: @scottbudman


A culinary oasis in Silicon Valley “The Lion & Compass is to the Silicon Valley what Sardi’s was to the theater district.” —The New York Times

For more than a quarter of a century, the Lion & Compass has maintained a special status in the Silicon Valley. Opening in 1982, the Lion & Compass quickly established its reputation as the premiere dining spot for the hightech cognescenti. From business dining and banquets, private corporate events, wedding receptions, to a fine dining experience for two, the Lion & Compass is a culinary oasis in the Silicon Valley.

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Eric has been in the Saratoga/Cupertino area since 1994, when he relocated from Houston, Texas. As a Monta Vista High School graduate, he learned early on about the competitive nature of Silicon Valley and consequently developed skills accordingly. With a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from San Diego State University, Eric combines his analytical skills with his determination to help his clients be successful. Eric became a Realtor to serve his community and to help his clients with one of the biggest investments of their lives, their home. With his knowledge of Cupertino, Saratoga, and its surrounding areas, Eric is here to make buying or selling your home a rewarding and fun experience, yet one grounded in fiscal sensibility and educated decisions. If you’re looking to sell your home, Eric is backed by the #1 real estate firm in the Bay Area which has resources to market your home to a global audience. Eric’s commitment to you is to be the knowledgeable, supportive and professional Realtor you’re looking for to make your real estate transaction go as smoothly as possible. In addition to real estate, Eric’s passion is to earn a black belt in Jiu Jitsu and Judo. He enjoys running, reading, and watching good movies in his spare time.

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“I look forward to serving you and helping you turn your dreams into reality.”

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Eric has been in the Saratoga/Cupertino area since 1994, when he relocated from Houston, Texas. As a Monta Vista High School graduate, he learned early on about the competitive nature of Silicon Valley and consequently developed skills accordingly. With a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from San Diego State University, Eric combines his analytical skills with his determination to help his clients be successful. Eric became a Realtor to serve his community and to help his clients with one of the biggest investments of their lives, their home. With his knowledge of Cupertino, Saratoga, and its surrounding areas, Eric is here to make buying or selling your home a rewarding and fun experience, yet one grounded in fiscal sensibility and educated decisions. If you’re looking to sell your home, Eric is backed by the #1 real estate firm in the Bay Area which has resources to market your home to a global audience. Eric’s commitment to you is to be the knowledgeable, supportive and professional Realtor you’re looking for to make your real estate transaction go as smoothly as possible. In addition to real estate, Eric’s passion is to earn a black belt in Jiu Jitsu and Judo. He enjoys running, reading, and watching good movies in his spare time.

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What is your profession and what do you love most about what

Sunnyvale Community Services is an organization in the community

you do?

that has had my heart since my first interaction with the agency. When

As an Edward Jones Financial Advisor, I help people make sense of in-

a client of mine left a significant bequest to the organization, I had the

vesting. I love being on the same side of the desk as my clients, and

opportunity to see the impact it was having on preventing homeless-

I love being able to help people

ness and hunger for the under-

retire, send their kids to college,

served and unseen population

protect their assets, and actual-

of Sunnyvale. I’ve been a volun-

ize their financial goals. I can’t

teer for the early morning dis-

think of a more rewarding career

tribution of produce to families

for someone with my skillset.

in need, and I currently am the vice president for the board of

What are some of your favor-

directors.

ite interests and hobbies that

 

you enjoy?

Is there a (or are there) any par-

Personally, I find my time vol-

ticular moment(s), accomplish-

unteering in the community to

ment(s) or achievement(s) you

be some of my favorite time. As

are most proud of?

a member of the Sunnyvale Rotary Club, I get the chance to really be

In 2015, I won an exclusive award from Edward Jones called the Spir-

involved in the community and give back. Some of my time as a board

it of Caring award designed to recognize those financial advisors who

member for a few local non-profits is also very rewarding.

exemplify the values, culture and spirit of giving back. Jim Weddle, the

When at home, I enjoy cooking with my wife, Kim. We also love travel-

firm’s managing partner shared that I had “demonstrated unyielding

ing together all around the world.

dedication to giving back to [my] clients, community, other financial advisors, branch teams and their regional network.” I was one of only

What is your feeling about Philanthropy and helping serve in the

213 financial advisors of the firm’s more than 12,000 to receive the

Community?

award.

The fact of the matter is that the community has supported me in my

If you could host a dinner party and could invite (others) anyone

business and in my life. I am so grateful for everything that the commu-

(living or not), who would you like to invite and what would you

nity has given me, it is a privilege to give back to the community. The

like to talk about?

hardest part about giving back, is that there are so many worth-while

I firmly believe in taking the time to learn from other who have been

and deserving organizations out there; while I want to help them all, I

the catalyst for great change. I would be excited to invite some of

do my best to serve the organizations I can.

our founding fathers such as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. I would also invite some of our current industry leaders, such

Is there a/ are there any particular nonprofits and great cause(s)

as Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, or Elon Musk. The topic to be

that is/are near and dear to your heart?

discussed: what makes you tick?


Elisha Marie Skin & Body Dedicated to achieving results. SVL: Tell us about the med spa and what you offer?

er level of service, to help connect with the mind, body, and soul,

EC: We are a boutique spa that offers customized, high qual-

and really make lasting changes in people’s lives.

ity services for the skin. We also carry a clinical grade skincare

SVL: What does being a female entrepreneur/business owner

line by Elisha Marie for all types of skin. My skincare brand has

mean to you?

been meticulously thought out from the beautiful packaging

EC: It means that I have the capacity to impact many lives. I have

to the ingredients. The Elisha

an opportunity to use my tal-

Marie Skincare line dedicated

ents and creativity in building

to achieving results for peo-

a business I believe in. It is re-

ple. We are very experienced,

warding to be able to employ

with a team that possess tre-

talented people and give them

mendous knowledge about

a place to utilize their gifts. And

the clinical skin care industry.

equally amazing to be able

I am truly passionate about

to reach so many clients and

what I do and am very fortu-

hear from them how we have

nate to be where I am today.

touched them. We often receive testimonials from clients

SVL: What makes your busi-

about what our service means

ness stand out from the com-

to them, and it is gratifying to

petition?

know that we have been able

EC: Although spa services are often thought of as simple re-

to help them. I’m hoping as we expand we can give back and

laxation, our approach is much different. We want to make

focus some of our time and efforts on Oncology patients who

sure that when our customers leave, we have made a positive

suffer from severe skin problems due to radiation and chemo-

difference for them, whether that means an enhancement of

therapy. I would like not only like to help people feel and look

their skin, an hour of relaxation, or an improvement in a specif-

more beautiful but assist in the healing process of disease.

ic health condition…we really work on the inside and out. We also pride ourselves on being personal and friendly—for us it is

SVL: What is the most rewarding part of owning your own busi-

about the clients and their needs, not just giving a service. We

ness and brand?

want to build a lasting relationship with each person we touch.

EC: The most rewarding part of being a female business owner is meeting so many fantastic, creative like-minded people. I’ve

SVL: What inspired you to start this business?

been able to take all of my years of practice and knowledge and

EC: As a Clinical Esthetician I am fascinated by skin care and

create something that was just a vision years ago. My co-work-

beauty, and so my initial desire was to help clients with their

ers are amazing—they are each very talented and believe in my

skincare needs. But I have seen that it is much larger than skin

mission and what it stands for.  Being able to create a space and

care—it has to do with self-esteem, self-care, and how those we

a brand where people feel and look better is extremely reward-

have touched impact others around them. While creating this

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A Commentary About Life in Sports … or Sports in Life By Andy Dolich “You’re Fired” is the signature line from “His Hairness,” and Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump. It’s also the dreaded theme line for “Black Monday”, the NFL’s season ending house cleaning of coaches, GMs and other team player personnel staff after the last game of the season.

big fat severance check. The NFL’s “Black Monday” and other high level sports job terminations aren’t close to the definition of fired that many real life workers have to deal with. In the big time world of sports the terminees have the following safety nets which don’t define fired.

Looking Down Not Up By Andy Dolich

CONTENT IS KING

By Monday January 4th, 2016 the San Francisco 49ers Jim TomWhy would you want to buy a super pricey sula, Philadelphia Eagles Chip Kelly, Cleveland Browns Coach CONTRACTS: ticket to sit behind home plate when MLB.com At a recent sports industry forum there was a Mike Pettine and GM Ray Farmer, NY Giants Tom Coughlin (res- Most employees don’t have guaranteed contracts or agents offers access to every one of its 2,430 regular fair amount of discussion ignation) were told to clean out their desks, lockwho havegames negotiated iron clad deals their NFL season for $130? We nowonhave regarding the “Looking ers, vacate their V.I.P. parking spaces and turn in behalf. Nothing is more comforting than knowRed Zone, NHL Center Ice, NBA Gametime and Down Not Up” media the playbooks they helped write and coach from. ing youLive. have There a few years of much incomevideo comingand yourstatistic MLS is so mode of how Millennials way even though you no longer have a job. information that you’ll need to have as many and many other two-eyed This group was told “Thanks” for your combined eyes as the Jumping Spider who has four sets creatures are consuming record of 20-43 in 2015/16, “You're Fired.” In adPENSIONS: watch the cornucopia of choices. Looking dow their favorite spectator dition a number of assistant coaches, GMs and Even if you never work again, almost all player becoming much more compelling, Look Up an sports. other football personnel staff were told that they personnel people are covered by league wide you may miss something. Confusing. It’s yesterday’s news, had received the ultimate challenge flag and afpension plans. As we know most businesses are especially in Siliconia, ter further review no longer capital had jobs. seeing deepDEN cutbacks or ANYWAY? no pension plans at all WHOSE IS IT thethey worldwide for their and file employees.of viewing a game in Therank visual experience of innovation, that our No matter howlives tough it is to lose a big time ANDY DOLICH a stadium has been changed by the Cowboys are crowded with coaching job, I super think it’s about time to erase the IMMEDIATE gargantuanREHIRE: LED center hung “galaxy’s largest” communicating devices. The sports world word “Fired” from the vocabulary of professional and big time Hi, I’m Chip Kelly “Fired” by the Philadelphia Eagles I washow har at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. No and matter continues to keep shrinking through hypercollege sports. connectivity. There are several mega-trends out of a job for you an incredibly stressful 15 days. try to look down at actual players and live

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STUNNING NEWER CUSTOM HOME IN DESIRABLE CUPERTINO LOCATION 1038 Johnson Avenue, San Jose Stunning Custom Traditional home showcasing a timeless elegance and modern sophistication with exceptional attention to detail. High ceilings and generously proportioned rooms offer a sense of grand scale while natural light infuses the expansive living spaces. Prime Cupertino location close to the new Apple Campus. 4BD/3.5BA, 2911 SF, 6660 SF LOT Offered at $2,488,000

PASATIEMPO GOLF ESTATE WITH SPECTACULAR OCEAN VIEWS 2 Kite Hill Road, Santa Cruz CA Captivating ocean and City light views ranging from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk to Carmel Point from most every room! Private & gated within the World Class Pasatiempo Golf Community this stunning estate has been exquisitely remodeled to perfection minutes to the beach and within an easy commute to Silicon Valley. 4BD/3.5BA, 4018 SF, 2.13 Acres Offered at $2,449,950

Alain Pinel Realtors is proud to announce its association with Marc Magliocco an industry leader with over 28 years of real estate experience. An integral part of APR’s dedication to excellence is the collaboration of high caliber, capable professionals. Marc certainly fits that profile. Marc brings to APR a wealth of skill, experience and professionalism. He has been the recipient of many awards including Superior Achievement, President’s Club, Production and Achievement Leader, and Gold Circle, he was included in The Wall Street Journal’s Top 400 Realtors Nationally to name a few. His experience spans both development as well as construction. Marc is a licensed Broker, relocation specialist and licensed Real Estate Appraiser offering him a clear understanding of values in this rapidly changing market. Marc is instrumental in tailoring and creating a complete marketing campaign for each of his properties to leverage maximum buyer exposure, promoting his properties locally as well as globally through Luxury Portfolio his listings are featured on prominent international websites to high net worth buyers in over 30 countries developing target marketing campaigns through various affluent mediums bringing your home and the Alain Pinel Luxury brand to a broader audience. He brings with him a team of top contractors, inspectors, design and staging, title/escrow and support staff to add value and streamline the marketing process. Involved in the sales and marketing of land developments, estates, single family homes, townhomes/condominiums and multi-family properties Marc’s expertise is instrumental in maximizing his client’s return, “My goal is to exceed my client’s expectations”. Marc joins a group of distinguished real estate professionals who are all part of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced marketing firm, specializing in distinctive properties and estates. Alain Pinel Realtors is dedicated to excellence and our association with Marc Magliocco is a bright example.

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Featured Listings

MARC MAGLIOCCO Broker Associate

STUNNING NEWER CUSTOM HOME IN DESIRABLE CUPERTINO LOCATION 1038 Johnson Avenue, San Jose Stunning Custom Traditional home showcasing a timeless elegance and modern sophistication with exceptional attention to detail. High ceilings and generously proportioned rooms offer a sense of grand scale while natural light infuses the expansive living spaces. Prime Cupertino location close to the new Apple Campus. 4BD/3.5BA, 2911 SF, 6660 SF LOT Offered at $2,488,000

PASATIEMPO GOLF ESTATE WITH SPECTACULAR OCEAN VIEWS 2 Kite Hill Road, Santa Cruz CA Captivating ocean and City light views ranging from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk to Carmel Point from most every room! Private & gated within the World Class Pasatiempo Golf Community this stunning estate has been exquisitely remodeled to perfection minutes to the beach and within an easy commute to Silicon Valley. 4BD/3.5BA, 4018 SF, 2.13 Acres Offered at $2,449,950

Alain Pinel Realtors is proud to announce its association with Marc Magliocco an industry leader with over 28 years of real estate experience. An integral part of APR’s dedication to excellence is the collaboration of high caliber, capable professionals. Marc certainly fits that profile. Marc brings to APR a wealth of skill, experience and professionalism. He has been the recipient of many awards including Superior Achievement, President’s Club, Production and Achievement Leader, and Gold Circle, he was included in The Wall Street Journal’s Top 400 Realtors Nationally to name a few. His experience spans both development as well as construction. Marc is a licensed Broker, relocation specialist and licensed Real Estate Appraiser offering him a clear understanding of values in this rapidly changing market. Marc is instrumental in tailoring and creating a complete marketing campaign for each of his properties to leverage maximum buyer exposure, promoting his properties locally as well as globally through Luxury Portfolio his listings are featured on prominent international websites to high net worth buyers in over 30 countries developing target marketing campaigns through various affluent mediums bringing your home and the Alain Pinel Luxury brand to a broader audience. He brings with him a team of top contractors, inspectors, design and staging, title/escrow and support staff to add value and streamline the marketing process. Involved in the sales and marketing of land developments, estates, single family homes, townhomes/condominiums and multi-family properties Marc’s expertise is instrumental in maximizing his client’s return, “My goal is to exceed my client’s expectations”. Marc joins a group of distinguished real estate professionals who are all part of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced marketing firm, specializing in distinctive properties and estates. Alain Pinel Realtors is dedicated to excellence and our association with Marc Magliocco is a bright example.

Mobile: 408.314.2256 Direct: 408.357.7939 Office: 408.358.111 1x139 Email: mmaglioc@apr.com www.apr.com/marc


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FERTILITY PRESERVATION 5 Things You Should Know By Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh

Your fertility isn’t skin deep. It’s as simple as that. Just because you look like you’re 28 when you’re 42, doesn’t mean your ovaries are the same. Unlike men who don’t run out of sperm, it is totally normal and expected for every woman to run out of eggs by a certain age. The average age of menopause is 51 and it’s very difficult to get pregnant during the 10 years leading up to that age. Some of us are born with more eggs or run out at a slower rate but at the end of the day most women are not fertile in their 40’s. It’s unfair for women to be made to feel like there’s something wrong with them when they’re told they’re not fertile at the age of 40. Not many women are fertile in their 40’s. Empower yourself with knowledge about your fertility so you can learn more about your options. Running out of eggs doesn’t mean you also run out of options. Women in their 40’s often turn to more creative ways to grow their family: donor eggs, donor embryos and adoption just to name a few. I find that most of my patients who see me over the age of 40 say they wish they had frozen their eggs when they could have. Women today sadly learn that they’re running out of eggs at the same time that they decide to start a family. Egg freezing technology has changed dramatically over the past 5 years or so. Women don’t have to say that they wish they froze their eggs 10 years ago…..a time when egg freezing success rates weren’t as good as they are today. The time is now to ask your doctor whether egg freezing is for you. Here’s what you should know: 1. There are tests you can do to find

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out more about your fertility. Your doctor can order an Anti Mullerian Hormone level (AMH) as a guide regarding how much battery you have in your biological clock. Cycle day 3 FSH and estradiol levels and an antral follicle count (ultrasound looking at your ovaries often done by a reproductive endocrinologist) can also be used clinically as a guide. 2. If your Mom or other female family members had fertility issues related to conditions like endometriosis or early menopause, you should strongly consider preserving your fertility and seeing a doctor


to talk more about your options. 3. There are some medical conditions that require drug treatments that can be what we call “gonadotoxic” ie result in damage to eggs or sperm. Patients who are diagnosed with conditions like Lupus, blood disorders, and cancer are often put on chemotherapeutic Dr. Eyvazzadeh has been hosting “Egg Freezing Parties” designed to raise awareness of fertility issues since 2014. drugs. Freezing eggs/sperm Harvard Medical School, she completed a can give these patients a chance for pregnancy in the future fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at University of Michigan. She after their treatment is over if they run out also completed a Masters in Public Health in of eggs earlier because of the treatments. Health Management and Policy at University 4. Freezing eggs for future use is best in of Michigan. She has a private practice in younger women because our eggs have a the SF Bay Area. higher chance of being viable the younger Each day she hears story after story we are. If you’re considering freezing your from women struggling to conceive. In her eggs in your late 30’s, you could still have a attempt to alleviate some of this heartbreak, good chance for pregnancy. Speaking with she has gone on a mission of “fertility a fertility specialist would be helpful before awareness”. Her hope is to empower you decide to freeze your eggs. women at an early age, making them more 5. Egg freezing involves a surgical aware of their own personal fertility levels procedure. Women have to take selfadministered shots in the skin of their lower and allowing them to be better educated about their options. Never again does she abdomen for about 10 days prior to the egg want to hear “If I had known 10 years ago extraction procedure. To hear more about the process of IVF or that my egg reserves were running low, I would have done things differently”. egg freezing, please read Dr. Aimee’s next In 2014, she launched her message with article. “Egg Freezing Parties”. These hosted parties Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh is a native of offer women a chance to learn more about the Bay Area. She is a graduate of UCLA egg freezing and ask their questions in a School of Medicine. After completing her comfortable, safe environment with likeresidency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at minded women. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and


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• Over 30 years sales and marketing executive in telecom and hi-tech • Serves on the boards of two non profit senior care corporations • 4th generation Peninsula resident & has lived in Los Altos for over 30 years • Consistent top producer & member of Alain Pinel’s President Club

Serving The Communities Of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, And Cupertino

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RESULTS: All homes have sold in an average of 9 days and all for over the asking price!

“I am personally committed to your success in selling or finding your dream home.” Lynn North direct 650.209.1562 | cell 650.703.6437 | fax 650.941.1411 lnorth@apr.com | www.LynnNorth.com


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CONSULTING GOES MOBILE . . .

. . . InSightApp™ provides valuable insights!

Today’s business activities move at the speed of the internet.

Pricing for the InSightApp™ Basic Package is $1.99, which enables users to create

Leaders are tasked with implementing programs and proj-

an organization and begin to survey programs. Additional surveys and organiza-

ects while managing to tight dollar and time commitments.

tions can be added. Users have access to experienced professionals for support

Managers, some for the first time, may find progress stalled or

and assistance if conditions warrant.

stuck. Often they don’t understand why or how to resolve. A different approach may be needed.

96% of those conducting early app testing said

Perhaps you could benefit from a Consultant or a Coach, but

it was “easy, simple, and intuitive” to use. When

don’t have the money or time to create that relationship. You need an easy, practical, real-time, and cost effective method to confidently move forward. Leaders need real-time insights at an economical price. The speed of execution is critical. Teams need to be brought back into alignment today, not six to eight weeks from now. InSightApp™ provides business leaders with Consulting On Demand based on best practice insights from decades of Management consulting experience. It employs ASIL’s Driving Complex Change® structured methodology to enable a more effective means to change. The app was designed for mobility to deliver access anywhere and anytime, without being anchored to anything.

asked to describe the app, Participants said the

safe enviroment for collaboration.”

“Tool is designed to identify strengths and weakThe feedback provides users with insights into Stakeholder

nesses providing insight how to turn weakness-

perspectives and spotlights project deficiencies while they’re

es into strengths” and “the app has been created

still manageable.

with the goal of promoting a better team”. The

The outcome is that you know where the challenge may ex-

app “Makes you a better boss, your team a better

ist and what you can do about it” said W. White, EVP Business

team, with practical strategies, all important”.

Development. “The value is getting to these in- sights much sooner and more economically. The report output includes a set of observations, recommendations andspecific actions to be reviewed with the Team in a collaborative way to determine the actions to be taken.

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Want to Advance your Career?

Find a Mentor! By Dr. Frumi Rachel Barr

Lux was a top performer. In the 20 years before I met her she was always considered a high potential employee. In her two decades in the IT department of a large financial institution she progressed slowly but steadily through the ranks. If there were a complex problem to resolve –Lux would get it done. And then she got stuck. She couldn’t understand why she was overlooked time and again to achieve a top position. The reason was simple – she never asked. Sometime being good at what you do can be what prevents you from getting ahead. Why would anyone advance Lux further when she was doing such an excellent job just where she was? And for her part, she never let anyone know that she had her eye on a very senior position. The game changer for her was the suggestion to find a Mentor. She chose the CFO of the organization who was both flattered and interested in being her guide. Within a very short time, after expressing her interest in moving up the ladder, and following her mentor’s suggested roadmap to success, she achieved her objective of being a senior V.P. And now it’s your turn. A Mentor is a wise and trusted counselor and guide. In “traditional” corporations an executive or senior person is assigned a “high potential” to assist in his or her development. A Mentor has a body of knowledge that a Mentee would like to learn. For example, in an accounting firm, information regarding technical matters and professional development are often transferred from Mentor to Mentee. There are many reasons why having a Mentor can acceler-

ate your career. Here are three for you to consider: • Guidance regarding how to navigate corporate politics. For women, it sometimes helps to have a Mentor who is also female. Your role as a Mentee is to be open to the feedback, suggestions, and critiques that are offered to you. This will maximize the effect of the support you receive. • Assistance finding connections, the “whos” who can help you get where you’d like to be more quickly. The question to ask is “who do you know who….” • And thirdly, guidance in how to improve your skills. Within the context of a mentoring relationship the Mentor assists an individual fill a particular knowledge gap by learning how to do things more effectively. In your search for a Mentor, it’s a good idea to choose someone working in the same functional area as you are, as well as someone who shares your values. Professional organizations in your field, whether they offer formal mentoring programs or not, can be excellent sources of Mentors. Test the waters by asking for advice first. Be open to sharing your concerns and fears. Mentors are most likely to invest themselves in those in whom they see a little of themselves. Don’t think that you, as a Mentee, get all the benefits from the relationship. In my experience mentoring is a rich and rewarding experience and I’ve learned more about technologies from my Mentees than I would ever have learned on my own! Having a well chosen Mentor to guide you can be a game changer in accelerating your career. Do it now! DrFrumi@Scaling4growth.com www.Scaling4Growth.com


VTA MOVES SILICON VALLEY

What Is VTA? The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority is responsible for planning, funding and delivering mobility in Silicon Valley. Essentially, we keep the valley moving. While we’re best known for providing the valley’s bus and light rail service, we do much, much more—bike and pedestrian lanes, trails and paths; highways; interchanges; and extending BART to Silicon Valley. We’re an independent public agency covering all of Santa Clara County. Our 12-member Board of Directors includes elected officials representing the cities in the county plus two Santa Clara County supervisors.

While we’re best known VTA’s BART Silicon for providing Valley Extension the valley’s VTA is currently building the South Bay’s biggest transportation project, our BART bus and light Silicon Valley extension to Milpitas and rail service, Berryessa. The project is on time and under Milpitas Station View wefrom doMontague much,Expresswaybudget thanks to our innovative design/build contract and agile approach to much more. problem solving. Service to and from Berryessa Station is scheduled to start in Fall 2017. This 10-mile extension will have the capacity to move 20,000 people per hour in each direction, equivalent to eight freeway lanes. VTA is also working hard to secure funding for Phase II of the BART extension. The


six-mile extension, most of it through a tunnel, is estimated to cost $4.7 billion, with funding expected from a mix of federal, state and local sources. Learn more about both phases at vta.org/bart.

Envision Silicon Valley Envision Silicon Valley is the new framework for VTA’s long-range transportation planning. The program is currently focused on refining a list of projects with community input gained through an extensive outreach effort. One potential funding mechanism for the program is a potential 2016 transportation funding ballot measure. Learn more at vta.org/envision.

Public Transit VTA operates an extensive bus and light rail system that serves people from all walks of life. We provide everyone with affordable, efficient and reliable ways to run errands or get to work, school, and entertainment. Our light rail system links Campbell, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara and Milpitas with San Jose and connects east and south San Jose with the city’s core with 42 miles of track and 61 stations. The system attracts about 34,000 riders each day, and spurred about $13 billion in private development since 1989, located within a half mile of light rail stations. Berryessa Extension May 2011

Our 69 bus routes include the new 522 Blue, the DASH shuttle in downtown San Jose, local and community routes within easy reach of most neighborhoods, and Express buses for longer trips through the county. All told, VTA bus routes cover 1,236 miles of roads and 4,500 stops. There are many efforts underway to make the system faster and more efficient. We’re rethinking our bus network, speeding up light rail, and planning ways to expand our limitedstop Rapid Bus service. Plan your next trip at vta.org.

Special Event Service Even if you don’t ride VTA every day, you may find yourself with tickets to a sporting event or concert at Levi’s® Stadium, Avaya Stadium or one of downtown San Jose’s many music and entertainment festivals. VTA is a convenient, environmentally friendly and affordable way to get there, and we hope you’ll try our special service. Learn more at vta.org/eventservice.

Biking and Walking VTA brings a countywide, birds-eye-view perspective to biking and walking. Our Bicycle Program is responsible for planning, funding and sometimes constructing infrastructure like bike lanes, bridges and trails. We also publish bicycle design guidelines and best practices to help cities improve their bike facilities. Learn more at vta.org/bikeped.

Highways and Express Lanes VTA is responsible for many of the highway improvements in Santa Clara County. We built SR-85 to connect the West and South Valleys. More recently, we overhauled the I-280/I-880/Stevens Creek Boulevard interchange to help traffic flow more safely and smoothly. We’ve also made improvements to Highway 101 at Tully Road, Yerba Buena Road and Capitol Expressway. Our Silicon Valley Express Lanes Program is heading towards expansion after a heavily used and revenue generating pilot on the SR-237/I-880 interchange in Milpitas.

Future Express Lanes and Express Lane connectors —free for carpoolers and accessible for a fee to solo drivers—are planned on Highway 101 and Highway 85. Learn more about Silicon Valley Express Lanes at vta.org/expresslanes.

Innovation and Technology VTA is rethinking mobility with innovative, out-of-the-box thinking that will meet our community’s transportation needs in the years to come. We’re pushing the envelope with hackathons, open data and our FLEX on-demand transit pilot. And with self-driving cars and smartphone technology designed in our backyard, we’re looking at the potential of connected and autonomous vehicles operating in an increasingly networked world. Learn more about some of VTA’s innovation initiatives at vta.org/FLEX, hackmyride2.devpost.com, and data.vta.org.


A SPECIAL CONVERSATION

WITH PAT WADORS, Senior Vice President of Global Talent Organization at LinkedIn

ful and fastest growing companies in Silicon Valley and the world. Pat joined LinkedIn in January 2013 “to lead its world-class talent (HR) team. In addition to hiring, retaining and inspiring top talent, Pat is also responsible for all employee related HR programs at LinkedIn, including compensation and benefits and performance management”. Since her arrival, the company has nearly tripled in size. All this, and more, is why she is one of the most respected voices in business. In this brief conversation, enjoy what is some of her vision and philosophies, as we indeed have … SVL: How do you see HR evolving – from what it was to where it is and your vision of where you see it heading? PW: HR is evolving from a function that is often viewed as process oriented to more of an innovative role. Typically, HR folks are not the first to deviate from the norm, but successful companies will have HR teams that are not only subject matter experts but they innovate at the same time. They are the ones in the industry that are making Human Resources hip and progressive. This is what we aspire to at LinkedIn. For instance, I am always looking to move the needle and to

yond their own boarders and think of talent issues that affect the world. They become game changers. SVL: Regarding talent – What are some of the key elements looked for – How important are data analytics and PW: When it comes to talent I hire for humility and intellectual curiosity. The candidate needs to have a decent amount of the skills required for the role, but as long as they have humility and curiosity, then the rest can almost

The HR Organization of the Future … What Does It Mean?” nization at LinkedIn. LinkedIn is one of the most success-

ny culture. Typically, these are individuals who think be-

what can aspiring employees learn to improve?

“How LinkedIn Is Creating

Pat Wadors is Senior Vice President of Global Talent Orga-

have the ability to inspire leaders and influence compa-

gain a fresh perspective. What better way to do this, and tap into the collective brainpower, than by bringing together the best and the brightest interns from around the Bay Area? We did just that this past summer when we hosted our first ever HR Hackathon event. Teams comprised of technical and non-technical interns competed against each other to come up with the coolest, most creative, out-of-the box solutions to today’s toughest HR problems. Over 150 interns from companies across the Bay Area participated, and the energy level and breadth of ideas generated from each team was inspiring. The future of HR is not about avoiding policies and processes, it is more about innovation and knowing what should be global vs. local, and creating unique experiences that differentiate your company. These leaders help evolve/create an amazing talent brand for their organizations and influence HR practices in their community. They are willing to experiment and compete for talent in new ways. I meet with my peers and other HR and Talent Acquisition leaders every single week. What I am discovering, are more leaders are in that third bucket or are leaders who aspire to be in that space. It means taking more intelligent risks. They

Pat Wadors and participants of LinkedIn’s inaugural HR Hackathon. Photo credit: Tony Chung

always be learned.

to work for. Connect with those employees and see how

I am also a strong believer in treating people beautiful-

they navigate the company. Remember – a company’s

ly. At LinkedIn we are in hyper growth and in order to

best hire is a referral from someone else at the company.

maintain our wonderful culture we need to continue to

If you really want to work somewhere try to find alum-

hire people who believe in this sentiment. We also need

ni from your alma mater that already works there, grab

to constantly reinforce our culture through our behav-

coffee with a current employee, follow the company, etc.

iors and decisions we make every

Leverage your network to help you get your next job.

day. Pulsing our employees twice a year on an employee voice sur-

SVL: HR is the catalyst - What

vey is one way in which we gauge

makes a good employee, man-

our culture and engagement.

ager, leader desirable and great

To help drive talent strategies

for the company and also for the

that truly enable our businesses

employee, himself/herself?

success – we need data. Talent Analytics is the new oil.

PW: I believe that a good em-

At LinkedIn we have built a talent analytics team to help

ployee is always learning, has a strong work ethic and is a

us find, engage, hire and retain the right people. The data

brand ambassador for their organization.

helps us understand things like where the candidates

Managers and leaders need to lead the way. They cre-

are, what skillsets they have, and who our competition is.

ate the vision that others aspire to achieve. They need to

This data also helps me keep an eye on our organization-

be authentic and treat people beautifully. They should

al health. What is our hiring pattern? Where do we have

ensure their teams are working on a good mix of proj-

the most effective leaders? What do they do different

ects that both stretches them in their skills and contrib-

that we can leverage in other teams? What are the key

utes to the success of the company. They encourage the

drivers to engagement? Data helps us solve problems

team to come to the table with solutions, not problems.

and improve as a company.

They realize that mistakes are just part of the necessary

Regarding aspiring employees they need to learn to build

learning curve and should not be hidden. They believe

out their network; connect with people who they went to

in transparency to build trust. They strive to be both em-

school with, or worked with. Add your friends and family.

powering while holding themselves and their teams ac-

Then learn about the companies and cultures you aspire

countable.


A SPECIAL CONVERSATION

WITH PAT WADORS, Senior Vice President of Global Talent Organization at LinkedIn

ful and fastest growing companies in Silicon Valley and the world. Pat joined LinkedIn in January 2013 “to lead its world-class talent (HR) team. In addition to hiring, retaining and inspiring top talent, Pat is also responsible for all employee related HR programs at LinkedIn, including compensation and benefits and performance management”. Since her arrival, the company has nearly tripled in size. All this, and more, is why she is one of the most respected voices in business. In this brief conversation, enjoy what is some of her vision and philosophies, as we indeed have … SVL: How do you see HR evolving – from what it was to where it is and your vision of where you see it heading? PW: HR is evolving from a function that is often viewed as process oriented to more of an innovative role. Typically, HR folks are not the first to deviate from the norm, but successful companies will have HR teams that are not only subject matter experts but they innovate at the same time. They are the ones in the industry that are making Human Resources hip and progressive. This is what we aspire to at LinkedIn. For instance, I am always looking to move the needle and to

yond their own boarders and think of talent issues that affect the world. They become game changers. SVL: Regarding talent – What are some of the key elements looked for – How important are data analytics and PW: When it comes to talent I hire for humility and intellectual curiosity. The candidate needs to have a decent amount of the skills required for the role, but as long as they have humility and curiosity, then the rest can almost

The HR Organization of the Future … What Does It Mean?” nization at LinkedIn. LinkedIn is one of the most success-

ny culture. Typically, these are individuals who think be-

what can aspiring employees learn to improve?

“How LinkedIn Is Creating

Pat Wadors is Senior Vice President of Global Talent Orga-

have the ability to inspire leaders and influence compa-

gain a fresh perspective. What better way to do this, and tap into the collective brainpower, than by bringing together the best and the brightest interns from around the Bay Area? We did just that this past summer when we hosted our first ever HR Hackathon event. Teams comprised of technical and non-technical interns competed against each other to come up with the coolest, most creative, out-of-the box solutions to today’s toughest HR problems. Over 150 interns from companies across the Bay Area participated, and the energy level and breadth of ideas generated from each team was inspiring. The future of HR is not about avoiding policies and processes, it is more about innovation and knowing what should be global vs. local, and creating unique experiences that differentiate your company. These leaders help evolve/create an amazing talent brand for their organizations and influence HR practices in their community. They are willing to experiment and compete for talent in new ways. I meet with my peers and other HR and Talent Acquisition leaders every single week. What I am discovering, are more leaders are in that third bucket or are leaders who aspire to be in that space. It means taking more intelligent risks. They

Pat Wadors and participants of LinkedIn’s inaugural HR Hackathon. Photo credit: Tony Chung

always be learned.

to work for. Connect with those employees and see how

I am also a strong believer in treating people beautiful-

they navigate the company. Remember – a company’s

ly. At LinkedIn we are in hyper growth and in order to

best hire is a referral from someone else at the company.

maintain our wonderful culture we need to continue to

If you really want to work somewhere try to find alum-

hire people who believe in this sentiment. We also need

ni from your alma mater that already works there, grab

to constantly reinforce our culture through our behav-

coffee with a current employee, follow the company, etc.

iors and decisions we make every

Leverage your network to help you get your next job.

day. Pulsing our employees twice a year on an employee voice sur-

SVL: HR is the catalyst - What

vey is one way in which we gauge

makes a good employee, man-

our culture and engagement.

ager, leader desirable and great

To help drive talent strategies

for the company and also for the

that truly enable our businesses

employee, himself/herself?

success – we need data. Talent Analytics is the new oil.

PW: I believe that a good em-

At LinkedIn we have built a talent analytics team to help

ployee is always learning, has a strong work ethic and is a

us find, engage, hire and retain the right people. The data

brand ambassador for their organization.

helps us understand things like where the candidates

Managers and leaders need to lead the way. They cre-

are, what skillsets they have, and who our competition is.

ate the vision that others aspire to achieve. They need to

This data also helps me keep an eye on our organization-

be authentic and treat people beautifully. They should

al health. What is our hiring pattern? Where do we have

ensure their teams are working on a good mix of proj-

the most effective leaders? What do they do different

ects that both stretches them in their skills and contrib-

that we can leverage in other teams? What are the key

utes to the success of the company. They encourage the

drivers to engagement? Data helps us solve problems

team to come to the table with solutions, not problems.

and improve as a company.

They realize that mistakes are just part of the necessary

Regarding aspiring employees they need to learn to build

learning curve and should not be hidden. They believe

out their network; connect with people who they went to

in transparency to build trust. They strive to be both em-

school with, or worked with. Add your friends and family.

powering while holding themselves and their teams ac-

Then learn about the companies and cultures you aspire

countable.


Strategic IT Planning: Does Your business Have A Strategic IT Plan? IT Budget Crunch: Is your current IT environment draining Your Financial Resources?  

Network Security: What Would Happen To Your Business in the event of cyber-attacks?

Data Backup: How Much Damage Would be caused by loss or compromise of Confidential Business Data?

VOIP Solutions: is your phone service draining your wallet?

Responsive IT Support – Partnering with Argo is the cost effective and reliable solution. We will custom tailor an IT service plan to fit your specific needs, so that you only pay for what you use, and we will assume full responsibility for both daily and long-term performance of your network.                           We Make It Easy – from desktop to data center, we take the complexity out of IT solution management. Argo can help your organization design, implement, and manage the right IT technologies, so that you can focus on running your business.

E-Learning – Argo offers a growing library of complementary DIY blogs and articles. Visit our website WWW.ARGOIS.COM  and learn how to perform basic IT computer maintenance, Self-deploy IT solutions and more.   The Right Equipment – Desktop Computers, Laptops, Servers, Monitors, POS Systems, Storage Units: Argo eases the process of selecting the right equipment and for the right price. After conducting a meticulous evaluation of your needs and budget, we will recommend the proper equipment and services for your business.   Hassle Free Solutions – Argo Cloud Service (ASC) allows businesses to avoid the major costs and headaches in deploying physical infrastructure like file and email servers, phone and storage systems, or shrink wrapped software. Our cloud solutions enable you to have hassle-free collaboration among business partners and employees, all within your favorite website.   You want a reliable, high-quality phone system that simply works. And, so you can focus on your business, and not your communications platform, our system adapts and adjusts to your needs and seamlessly works the way you do.  Whether you have five or fifty employees, we have a Hosted PBX and VoIP solution that meets your needs.  

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Strategic IT Planning: Does Your business Have A Strategic IT Plan? IT Budget Crunch: Is your current IT environment draining Your Financial Resources?  

Network Security: What Would Happen To Your Business in the event of cyber-attacks?

Data Backup: How Much Damage Would be caused by loss or compromise of Confidential Business Data?

VOIP Solutions: is your phone service draining your wallet?

Responsive IT Support – Partnering with Argo is the cost effective and reliable solution. We will custom tailor an IT service plan to fit your specific needs, so that you only pay for what you use, and we will assume full responsibility for both daily and long-term performance of your network.                           We Make It Easy – from desktop to data center, we take the complexity out of IT solution management. Argo can help your organization design, implement, and manage the right IT technologies, so that you can focus on running your business.

E-Learning – Argo offers a growing library of complementary DIY blogs and articles. Visit our website WWW.ARGOIS.COM  and learn how to perform basic IT computer maintenance, Self-deploy IT solutions and more.   The Right Equipment – Desktop Computers, Laptops, Servers, Monitors, POS Systems, Storage Units: Argo eases the process of selecting the right equipment and for the right price. After conducting a meticulous evaluation of your needs and budget, we will recommend the proper equipment and services for your business.   Hassle Free Solutions – Argo Cloud Service (ASC) allows businesses to avoid the major costs and headaches in deploying physical infrastructure like file and email servers, phone and storage systems, or shrink wrapped software. Our cloud solutions enable you to have hassle-free collaboration among business partners and employees, all within your favorite website.   You want a reliable, high-quality phone system that simply works. And, so you can focus on your business, and not your communications platform, our system adapts and adjusts to your needs and seamlessly works the way you do.  Whether you have five or fifty employees, we have a Hosted PBX and VoIP solution that meets your needs.  

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FEATURED COMPANIES TO WORK FOR WHY WE’RE A GREAT PLACE TO WORK

NVIDIA CORP

Chris A. Malachowsky, Co-Founder, SVP and NVIDIA Fellow SVL: What does corporate culture mean to you and your company? How important is it? CM: This was one of the very first things we discussed shortly after founding the company, when we had just a handful of people. We felt our values, and the culture they would inspire, was a paramount issue for us, literally on par with the product and technology ideas behind our formation. Two decades later, we continue to put a premium on instilling a culture that reflects the core values and guiding principles that our early team felt was important. It’s even more critical now that we have nearly 9,000 employees around the world. Our culture is part of the glue that holds us together. It helps us operate effectively as one team. And it serves as the basis for operational consistency, and execution excellence. SVL: What strides does your company take to enhance your corporate culture and also support and empower your employees? CM: We strongly believe that you can’t artificially create and mandate culture. Bullet points on a poster do not work. A wallet-size card with a motto doesn’t work either. It has to be lived, practiced, cultivated, nurtured, protected. Our culture is evident just about everywhere you turn here. It’s reflected in the very high standards we drive to, our celebration of critical debate, the forthrightness of commentary, the lack of politics or personal agendas, and the level of creativity and thoughtfulness brought to everything we do.

SVL: What do you love most about your company culture? What excites you and others about working here? CM: I think it really empowers the individual to do good work, unimpeded by nonsense. It encourages our people to always be proud of what they and their colleagues accomplish, and to work in a supportive environment that recognizes them as individuals and members of a bigger community. I still find this invigorating. It allows everyone to play a role in our collective success, in a way they can be proud of. I love it that as hard as we work, as large as our commitment is to corporate success is, we play just as hard, find time to laugh, and work to better our communities. A great example of this is Project Inspire, our year-end company-wide volunteer project where we spend a weekend transforming a school or community farm instead of holding a holiday party. It’s one of the best things we do. In some ways, it’s our whole culture, writ large. SVL: What does it take for someone to be successful here? CM: It starts with playing your role, and playing it well. And to do that requires a high degree of skill, plus very high standards. But that’s really just the beginning. People succeed here by collaborating, by steering clear of the kind of politics that might exist elsewhere, but most of all by being passionate about what they’re doing.


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ADOBE

Donna Morris, Senior Vice President, People and Places SVL: What does corporate culture mean to you and your company? How important is it? DM: Our business continues to evolve and this includes our culture – but we are grounded on the set of values since our inception 30+ years ago; Genuine, Exceptional, Innovative, Involved. With our values as the foundation, our priority is to have an environment to enable the success of our people that will contribute to the success and growth of the business. At Adobe our employees are our core asset, driving the innovation and creativity at the company. SVL: What strides does your company take to enhance your corporate culture and also support and empower your employees? DM: We continue to look at initiatives to enable the success of our people. Our business continues to transform and this means our people processes also must evolve. For example, we replaced the annual performance review with the Check-in approach – a flexible framework for providing continuous, genuine and reciprocal feedback between managers and employees. The Check-in approach has been well received by managers and employees alike and is helping to drive the success of our business transformation. SVL: How does your company support its employees’ development, learning and wellbeing? DM: To help Adobe employees reach their fullest potential, we take a holistic approach in providing an exceptional experience through wellness, workplace, and career development programs. As we continue to grow globally, we are using digital platforms to engage and cultivate leaders through highly interactive, virtual lab sessions. We are also focused on innovating around our workplace experience including

creating open, collaborative workspaces as well as hosting community events like our Adobe Field Trip day for employees and their families. SVL: What kinds of sponsorships, community or philanthropic activities does your company participate in or support? DM: It is important for Adobe to help foster the next generation of tech innovators with creativity and coding initiatives. Over the past 8 years we have engaged 150,000 students around the globe in the Adobe Youth Voices program – producing media and learning digital skills they may not have had access to otherwise. To help bring more gender diversity into the tech industry, we are providing grants to and partnering with Girls Who Code, an organization that educates and inspires high school girls with the skills to pursue opportunities in computing fields. This summer we hosted 20 enthusiastic young women at our San Jose headquarters and were inspired by their passion and dedication.


Inspiring. Empowering. Rewarding. Fun.

These are some of the words people commonly use to describe their careers at Adobe. As an Adobe employee, you’re encouraged to be creative. Think way outside the box. And work with some of the industry’s most innovative minds on highimpact projects. No matter what you do at Adobe, you’ll play a part in shaping the future of digital experiences.

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WELLS FARGO

Brian Pearce, Senior Vice President, Head of Retail Mobile Channel and Digital Innovation for Wells Fargo’s Digital Channels Group

Bank Apps Make Money Management A Snap SVL: In recent years, we have seen Mobile Banking change so much. What stance has Wells Fargo Bank made in embracing the future and how has it become a leader in modern Banking Technology? Brian Pearce: We are proud, and excited, that Wells Fargo Bank recently earned #1 in overall mobile performance and best iPhone and Android apps in Keynote’s Mobile Banking Scorecard, a bi-annual assessment on how well firms’ digital channels meet the needs of their customers. Wells Fargo isn’t innovating for the sake of innovation, but rather to help customers succeed financially. The bank is also an industry leader in security, privacy and fraud protection, and was awarded “Best Privacy and Security” by Keynote last year. SVL: With so much recent growth behind Mobile Technology and Apps and the Wells Fargo Bank of today, what is the significance of all this and what are you and Wells Fargo Bank most proud of? Brian Pearce: The app’s recent enhancements, for sure, are not lost on customers, as mobile continues to be the bank’s fastest growing channel in history with 13.1 million active mobile customers, up 22 percent year-over-year. SVL: You talk about a good number of important new features … What are some of them and what are the special meanings and benefits they have for your customers? Brian Pearce: Indeed, there are a good number. For example, here are just three we feel are helpful for and appreciated by many. *Wells Fargo SurePay contact list import: Wells Fargo SurePay makes it simple for our customers to send money to their friends or family using the recipient’s email address or mobile number, eliminating the pain of memorizing an account number. Now customers can even import their contacts into the app to easily add new people to

their recipient list. * Wells Fargo Mobile Deposit video capture: Ever-popular mobile deposit is now complimented by auto-capture technology, which initiates and takes the check’s picture for the customer, in addition to more specific guidance when a check can’t be processed. Instructions include, “Hold steady,” “More light,” or “Get closer,” to help customers complete their deposit. * Make an Appointment: Make an Appointment enables customers to easily schedule via mobile an in-person meeting with a banker to discuss their financial needs. As more people continue to use their phones and tablets for their general banking needs, Make an Appointment allows them to easily access our store-based banking team for those more complex or nuanced transactions that require guidance from an expert. For more information on mobile banking, search your app store for “Wells Fargo”, visit www. wellsfargo.com or come in and talk to a banker. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Member FDIC.


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ROBERT HALF Sharon Black, Senior District Director

SVL: What does Corporate Culture mean to you and your company? How important is it? SB: At Robert Half, we help businesses grow by matching the right talent to their specialized staffing needs, and we build rewarding careers for the professionals we place. Our employees have a passion for helping job seekers and businesses. We treat our customers with professionalism and respect and adhere to a philosophy of “Ethics First” in everything we do. SVL: What do you love most about your company culture? What excites you and others about working here? SB: The company culture at Robert Half is dynamic. Our mission is to create a work environment where employees can thrive and innovate. We constantly explore new ideas; look for more effective ways of doing business and pilot technologies that will help our employees work more efficiently. We also never forget the importance of providing unparalleled customer service and building strong relationships with our clients and job candidates. People here are engaged and passionate about their jobs. They’re not afraid of “rocking the boat” if they think that a new way of doing something will produce better results. They are problem solvers. Robert Half’s renowned customer service has always been inspired by a sincere desire to find solutions for the everyday business challenges our customers face. We have a saying in our office: “We lead by example, and hire the best!” SVL: What does it take for someone to be successful here? SB: Our secret to success, besides hard work and a sincere belief in helping others, is our determination to earn the long-term loyalty of our clients and job seekers. You need a desire to

give customers and colleagues your finest effort. Our best performers understand that success comes to those who earn it. Robert Half promotes from within and awards growth and future opportunities to recognize hard work and dedication. We have many professionals worldwide who have built lasting and rewarding careers with Robert Half. SVL: What is your definition of leadership? SB: Leaders appreciate the value of collaboration. They focus on group performance as well as individual contributions. They encourage a competitive spirit, but also promote the sharing of techniques, tips and best practices.


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T herma CORPORATION Nicki & Joe Parisi, FouNders

SVL: What does Corporation Culture mean to you and your company? How important is it? TC: Corporate culture is very important to Therma Corporation. All of our employees are empowered to execute any project or task as if they had full freedom in the decision making process. This freedom allows our employees to flourish with creative ideas and solutions for our customers. SVL: If you could describe your corporate culture in three words, what would they be? TC: Quality, Innovation, and Relationships. SVL: What strides does your company take to enhance your corporate culture and also support and empower your employee? TC: Therma Corporation takes great strides to support our employees by providing them with the very best of equipment and management tools that allows each employee to be successful.

SVL: What's the best part you feel about working in this environment that is so clearly apparent as you walk around? TC: It's inspiring to see the creativity at work as you walk around our company, you can feel the pride in all of our employees. SVL: What does it take for someone to be successful here? TC: The most successful employees at Therma Corporation are self-driven with a hint of hidden entrepreneurship. SVL: Are there opportunities available to your employees for helpful advisors, mentors or coaches? TC: All of our employees are encouraged to serve as a coach or a mentor. Therma Corporation's front office was designed with an open space concept to encourage interaction between employees so that they can share in each other's knowledge.


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The Magical World of Kevin Hauge & The Children’s Musical Theater San Jose

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ou have not fully lived until you have seen a musical performed at CMT San Jose. All who have, know this. And, yes, it’s true, the more shows, the merrier. And, what’s more, now celebrating its 47th year, CMT has been recognized and continues to be arguably the best youth musical theater in the country. How and why this is, is indeed very special. It is no secret, one important reason is the brilliant Artistic Director, Kevin Hauge, who soon will be celebrating his 20th year at CMT. People wonder, people ask all the time, just how does he do it? There are so many musical performances, back-to-back, so many children, multiple casts even, with so many who have never even acted a day in their life (not officially anyway) or even been on a stage before (act, dance, sing, in such a big


perfect production, are you kidding?) and with so little time to rehearse and prepare, just a few weeks to put it all together, from nothing to totally magnificent. And it becomes just that, the most wonderful show … every time. But how? How does CMT do it? With this model, the youngest performers, ages 6 to 14, are placed in what is called “Rising Stars”. They perform upwards of five shows a year and many have racked up 30 theater credits by the time they age out to CMT’s next level, “Mainstage”. During Mainstage, these high school and college kids take on three shows a year from Ages 15 to 20. In addition, CMT also provides Silicon Valley with two “Marquee” productions a year, which this year also includes the very popular Mary Poppins. For the older productions, Kevin has a direct hand in choreographing and directing. Even more impressive, since its founding in 1968, CMT casts everyone who auditions. If you have the guts to get in front of the artistic staff, you’re in. CMT never wants to turn anyone away for financial reasons, so scholarships are available. Even children with special needs, and performers where English is their second language, have been a part of these performances. Raw numbers can also tell the story of CMT. Take, for example, its first Rising Stars production of this season, the Sound of Music. The title - which Kevin secures for each of the 10 productions - along with CMT’s reputation, have led to 250 children auditioning. In a first for CMT, it went from normally a two-cast production to four casts. It also added shows both in the evenings and for school-sponsored field trips. That’s a lot of von Trapps! For Kevin, it was all about creating an enriching experience on stage, that a 60-person cast entails, compared to larger casts. And with more school shows, there would be twice as many opportunities for school children to experience a live performance. Kevin would ask, “Can we continue to raise this bar, to meet the challenges of the community? I am so very pleased to have this job. The ultimate is this, where the kids can learn and grow. Getting in touch with what’s inside of them – that’s the real joy of this job. And turning it into something special. For each of them to find their niche, to find their direction, this is always something delightful.” The families, the children, the audiences all love CMT. The shows are all fantastic productions. The children enter raw and exit

as stars. The audiences jump out of their seats with such great appreciation and the children (yes, they seem bigger than life on stage, and yet they are indeed children) have established such great relationships and wonderful memories, not just for a moment, but for a lifetime. This is the magic that you will see, hear, experience … and enjoy here, like nowhere else. It is a very unique, special and magical place. “One key lesson is, ‘Don’t underestimate the ability of children’. People cannot believe later on, following the show, when the actors are outside to greet the audience, that they are real children. The experience of rehearsals and performances brings out and stretches something from within as far as they can go. It gives them this, the confidence, of being successful and accomplishing something wonderful … “The greatest thing here is the life-long relationships. I still see lots of families, even if their kids are grown, who keep coming back. And we now have children of children we had years ago who come … and we are not far off from our third generation.” Kevin would share, “One of the greatest joys I have is being a father and the pride I have and what this experience is like. Watching the kids grow up through CMT is so very moving. We can’t take ownership for their accomplishments and growth, it’s theirs, but we certainly can and do appreciate the being in with them on the journey … “There are six former CMT’ers who are currently on Broadway. Yes, but that number is always changing. It’s fun going to Broadway and seeing our kids. It was hard work on their part, the school work, the additional time and work that they put into getting there. We have been a part of that journey together. It is such a joy to be around … and indeed how very proud we all are. We are not a star machine. And, yes, we all take great pride in all, as many go on to become great teachers, or directors, or are usually busy in all walks of life. We are here to develop children for the joy and we take great pride in their growth and their lives. Indeed, here at CMT, we are so blessed and have so much to look forward to.” Here’s to CMT … and Kevin Hauge … and everyone who helps to make this the very special place that it is. For children and parents and grandparents, alike … people of all ages… and many wonderful memories for the ages … Here’s to this special, joyful and exciting magic … Enjoy! www.cmtsj.org


Are Live Conversations Making a Comeback? By Caroline Moriarity Sacks Director of INFORUM

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n the technology capital of the world, San Franciscans know better than most about the latest messaging or communication apps. In a city turning conversations more virtual by the minute, a phenomenon is also developing: its citizens are wanting more interactions offline, with real people. At INFORUM, The Commonwealth Club’s Innovation Lab, we’re constantly seeing the benefits that come from live interactions. While some may argue that social media, forums, podcasts or live video streams are just as useful as the real deal, you miss the events that aren’t captured by film or social media. These are the experiences that can only be seen or heard firsthand. Notice the facial expressions on the executives on stage? Or, the way a panelist lights up because he/she noticed their family in an audience? These cues provide more color and context that can

add to a person’s individual experience. Let’s not forget the benefits of making real human connections. Sometimes the best part of an event is simply hearing the commentary from attendees. Conversations that happen before and after a program is just as impactful, if not more rewarding. Plus, these conversations often open up doors to meeting new people who can become a connection in the future. There’s also a difference between witnessing it online vs. in-person. Yes, we can listen to audio from a conversation between Marissa Mayer of Yahoo! and Marc Benioff of salesforce.com, but being there to laugh with the audience, feel the tension or witness history is something that you can always look back on. That experience is one of a kind. There are more benefits and we encourage you to see for yourself at our next INFORUM event. Check out our site for the next program; we hope to see you there: inforumsf.org

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MM: Last year we partnered with Bees At Home, a local bee rescue company, to expand on our rooftop honeybee hives. Our culinary team uses the honey harvested from our four hives in Fountain Restaurant. This year we created a Pollinator Bee Hotel from scrap material found throughout the hotel. It serves as a world-class habitat for nesting and reproduction for wild mason bees. We’ve embraced sustainable practices like these that positively impact our environment. SVL: What is the toughest part of your job? MM: With over 500 colleagues from diverse backgrounds and interests, one of the toughest challenges (and one of the most enjoyable) is getting to really know each person, their abilities, what motivates them and their aspirations. SVL: How do you see the hotel changing in the next year? MM: Next year we plan to redesign the hotel’s main lobby and lounge area. We are looking to create a more modernized design concept while embracing the history of our landmark property and brand. We are very focused on introducing new and heightened elements into our product and service as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary next year.


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friendly ambiance, inside and also outdoors. Thus,

The dream came to Joe Antuzzi II, the proprietor of Sunnyvale train station.

wearing shorts or a suit and tie.

it is a bistro, meaning it is meant to feel casual where people would feel comfortable whether

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So it came to be that in 1995, il postale Italian-Amer-

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hey’re the Young Guns. Seen by some as too young and too cocky; seen by others as the future of the world’s greatest wealth creation engine. Here in Silicon Valley, we hold a special place for young executives. Men and women who wouldn’t get the time of day in most traditional smokestack industries, but who are treated like royalty in tech. They start Budman companies, convince people twice their age to part with hundreds of millions of dollars in Venture funding, and

then become billionaires. Recently, we’ve referred too many of them as “The next Steve Jobs.” But they’ve been here as long as there has been a Silicon Valley. And thanks to people like Jack Dorsey, I’m confident that there will always be a Silicon Valley. We catch up to Dorsey at the headquarters of Square, a growing company changing the way we buy things. The “Square” in question is a small attachment to your iPhone or iPad that lets you accept credit cards payments anytime, anywhere. It’s simple, and extremely lucrative. And it’s not all Dorsey does for a living. He also started Twitter, the much larger company currently informing just about everyone about just about everything. Nowhere near 40, Dorsey is what the tech industry is all about: Youth cool, and success. He is, however, a lot older than Mark Zuckerberg. Another executive clearly ahead of his time, pushing through decisions that, after


initial skepticism, prove to be spot-on. Speaking of Facebook, let’s not forget Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. Not as young as Mark, but ahead of her time in the tech world, with a strong feeling that education is what’s needed for a better tech industry (remember, Apple used to push that pretty hard, too). All corporate neighbors, by the way, of Aaron Levie, the young CEO and co-founder of Box. His is a company focusing on cloud storage - not as consumer sexy as Facebook or twitter, but crucial to the future of tech. He has written several posts recently pretty much saying that he does what he does because he watched Steve Jobs do it. Touching and thoughtful, from someone who will surely be part of the next big tech wave. Box’s chief competitor is called DropBox, and there’s more in common there than storage, and the word “Box” in the name. DropBox also has a young hotshot founder. Arash Ferdowsi, along with his co-founder (they were classmates at MIT) just pulled in enough money to rate a staggering $4 billion valuation. Which, while impressive, is likely dwarfed by even the personal wealth of Google’s Marissa Mayer. While young in age, Mayer is already treated (deservedly) like a Valley veteran, taking a big role in guiding Google to its huge success. One of the company’s first hires, Mayer is given credit for the company’s easy to use design, and much-imitated culture. Search “success,” and you’ll find her. Also in the neighborhood (what is it about Palo Alto, anyway? Is there something in the water that makes young people more ambitious than you or me?), a company called Pulse, with two co-founders still in their twenties, Akshay Kothari and Ankit Gupta. Both out of Stanford (again, where else?), they’re quiet young men, but determined to change the way we find and read news. Their app makes the iPad an intelligent device. On top of that, the Amazon Kindle Fire chose Pulse as the first built-in app for its new, popular tablet. And, how about Ernestine Fu? We first met her as a High School student, already starting companies. She went on to Stanford, and

while still there, became an associate at Alsop Louie Partners, a Venture Capital firm. Wait a minute, you ask, a 20-year old VC? Well, why not. This is, after all, the land of the 20-something founder of companies used by twenty somethings; why not tap into a young mind when it comes to deciding who to fund? Admittedly, some of the youth movement is here because good times are here; When the dot-com boom went bust, it also took also took a lot of the young founders down with it. This makes some sense: When people get nervous, they’re less likely to take risks, and

We here in Silicon Valley love our risk takers, and we love our rock stars.

few things say “risk” like trusting ten million dollars of your money to someone who could be your kid. That said, we here in Silicon Valley love our risk takers, and we love our rock stars. We have a special place for young people – after all, Jobs and Wozniak were young founders, so were Marc Andreessen of Netscape, Jen-Hsun Huang of Nvidia, and many others. They’re not worried about being the “next” Steve Jobs, as much as they’re worried about their next round of funding, next line of products, or when the IPO hits. And as long as they’re still here, Silicon Valley will rightly be known as the Wild West, where the Young Guns rule. Scott Budman is an Emmy award-winning reporter, covering business and technology for NBC Bay Area News. He is also the host of the weekly NBC show, “TechNow,” and can be heard doing business updates every afternoon on KNBR radio. You can find Scott on Twitter: @scottbudman


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The

San Francisco 49ers

Community Relations and

49ers Foundation

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ow do you define a Class Organization? From the very top on down. An organization that, internally, has everyone’s attention and 100% participation. Pride that’s felt everywhere and amongst everyone. Like one big family that cares. That’s the 49ers. The Season is actually 12 months long for the 49ers – as they like to say, “There is no off-season” – both on and off the field. As the on-field football season ends, the Foundation gets to work, hosting charitable events that raise millions of dollars to benefit non-profit organizations in alignment with the 49ers Foundation’s mission to keep kids “Safe, On Track, and In School.” During the season,

ving dinner to Serving Thanksgi at Loaves & Fishes homeless families

each week on the players’ day off, the 49ers orchestrate community events that transform people’s lives. The San Francisco 49ers Foundation is the non-profit community funding extension of the 49ers, now in its 23rd year.

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The Foundation supports programs for underserved youth that keep them “Safe, On Track and In School.” Over the past 23 years, the Foundation has donated nearly $30.6 million - $4.6 million in 2014, including a $1 million gift to launch the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute in collaboration with the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and the Santa Clara Unified School District with significant support from Chevron. The philanthropic efforts of the 49ers Foundation are highly focused and strategic; remaining true to the well-developed mission statement and purpose and committed to creating measurable results through transformational grants and impact programs. In 2014, 49ers players participated in more than 50 events, donating over 400 hours of volunteer time, impacting over Joanne Pasternack 80,000 people in Director of Community need annually. Relations and the In 2014, 100% 49ers Foundation of the players participated in one-or-more community events. Meet Joanne Pasternack, the Director of Community Relations and the 49ers Foundation for the San Francisco 49ers. Joanne attended high school in the Bay Area. Her father was a dedicated fan of the 49ers and Joanne grew up cheering for the 49ers as well. She went to college at the University of Pennsylvania, then to law school at Santa Clara University. Following law school, she went to Washington, DC, where she worked with the Kennedy and Shriver families for the extraordinary non-profit, Special Olympics. At Special Olympics, she found a perfect marriage of her two passions – sports and philanthropy. It was the beginning of Joanne’s path towards a position that seems tailor-made for her interests and skills.

After working a World Winter Games for Special Olympics in Alaska, Joanne returned to the Bay Area where she secured a job with the City of Mountain View in the City Manager’s Office and the Police Department. While there, she co-founded the Mountain View Police Activities League (MVPAL), where she once again found a natural proclivity for event management, charitable outreach and using sports as a vehicle to transform perceptions and, in turn, a community. She was at the City of Mountain View in a variety of roles for over six years when, one day, she saw a job posting. She remembers how her heart began beating with excitement as she read the position description. “Looking for the right person … The San Francisco 49ers … Community Relations.” She couldn’t believe what she was reading. This would be her dream job and she wanted to go for it and boy, did she! Joanne was interviewed extensively. It was a very thorough process - it was that important to them. They certainly knew that they found the right person and she certainly knew that she found the right organization! They complete each other, on and off the field. Her words: “I live this … I breathe this … and I love this job.” Joanne told me about the 49ers and their overall commitment to charitable work. Their concept of Sports and Philanthropy was no afterthought. Leading by example, are John and Denise and Jed York and their entire family. John, Denise and Jed live and breathe philanthropy, vigorously engaging in activities and throwing considerable energy, effort and support towards the team’s charitable endeavors. John and Denise’s daughters, Jenna and Mara, are active participants in nearly every community event, sharing their zeal for transforming the lives of at-risk youth through hands on service. Their brother, Tony, is also involved and spent time with his father in New Orleans, visiting a school that had been ravaged by Hurricane Katrina and taking time to get to know the students, among other activities. Daughter-in-law, Danielle (Jed’s wife), is a former school teacher and worked for years in an underserved middle school deep in the heart of one of the most challenged parts of San Francisco. From the top down, it’s the


49ers honor troops aboard the USS America

culture, the fabric, the very spirit. Their desire has always been, and will always be, to see “Philanthropic change through sports.” Indeed, they want to be not just the best in the NFL, but in all sports. In 2013, they achieved this goal and were named the national recipients of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s prestigious Steve Patterson Award for excellence in sports philanthrophy. They were also one of four finalists for the Global Beyond Sport Award for outstanding sports team. The San Francisco 49ers Foundation was honored by the San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal for being No. 13 in corporate philanthropic giving in 2014. Not bad for a company that has only 250 employees. The No. 2 Company, by comparison, was Cisco, with 72,000 employees. There are many examples of their contributions. The San Francisco 49ers Academy – a school for low income middle school youth in East Palo Alto – not only bears the name of the 49ers football team, but it is also indelibly stamped with the spirit of their storied franchise. The school focuses on the underlying socioeconomic situations that were barriers to the students’ success by collaborating with teachers, police officers and strong mentors. Recognizing the challenges faced by youth in the economically disadvantaged community of East Palo Alto and seeing an opportunity to make a measurable difference for these youth, the 49ers Foundation has been a part of the Academy since 1996, giving grants while also providing

Coach Tomsula Greeting Football Camp for the Stars Participants - a camp for athletes with Down syndrome

49ers STEM Leadership Institute

hands on support through collaboration, 1000s of game tickets, mentorship, facility enhancement, and donations. With an increase in obesity rates among our nation’s youth, the 49ers have incorporated the PLAY 60 youth fitness program into the Academy to increase the students’ overall health, building a $75,000 outdoor fitness zone and bringing national visibility to the school and its commitment to fitness through a partnership with Matthew McConaughey. With the 49ers involvement, test scores have skyrocketed to the highest level in the school district – on par with far wealthier ZIP codes. In 2014, the 49ers Foundation facilitated $750K in contributions to the Academy, hosted eight events and dedicated countless volunteer hours to assist the youth. And there is so much more! Breast Cancer Awareness, helping feed the homeless, where Jed has been the Food and Fund Drive CoChairman for Second Harvest Food Bank for


LB Patrick Willis with Make-A-Wish recipient

QB Colin Kaepernick with a Make-A-Wish guest

two years. The Bayview Hunters Point YMCA near Candlestick Park is another place they love supporting. They are also strong supporters of City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley, Hedge Funds Care (eradication of child abuse), the Center for Youth Wellness, Fresh Lifeline for Youth (FLY), and the Football Camp for the Stars (a camp for athletes with Down syndrome), and many others. The 49ers Taube/Koret Touchdowns for Kids program is another wonderful example of the giving spirit of the 49ers. For every Touchdown, Field Goal, Interception and Sack, in partnership

with the Taube Family Foundation and the Koret Foundation, the 49ers, philanthropist Tad Taube and Koret have raised $1.25 million to help support Bay Area charitable organizations. Again, here is a collaborative commitment that helps improve the life, safety and educational opportunities for the children of the communities they serve. The 49ers host two very popular — and philanthropically productive — fundraising events. One is the Pasta Bowl. This has become their popular annual kick-off to the new season, the night before pre-season training begins. All the players come together and literally serve their designated table of admiring fans with food and pictures and fun. All proceeds go to benefit the community. There is also the 49ers Foundation Winter Fest, held in March in Lake Tahoe. This event always sells out. It’s a fun time for all and in 2014, the 49ers Foundation brought in $2 million during the weekend to support local Bay Area charities. That primarily is the Foundation side. There is also the Community Relations side. Each week, the players have one day off. Typically it is on Monday. On their day off, the Community Relations team organizes community events where players have an opportunity to participate in hands-on service events where they can directly impact those in need in the Bay Area. From hosting a board game tournament for youth with serious illness at the Ronald McDonald House to building a playground in East Palo Alto, inspiring incarcerated youth to choose a different and more productive path and so very much more, for the 49ers philanthropic outreach efforts, it is always about the people and for those in need in our community. There are a good number of players who can relate to coming from hard upbringings and they pour their hearts into the events. FLY is a perfect example, where the players and students talk about issues and goals. The players inspire and make a difference for the kids they personally reach through such community visits. Even on the road, like when they have traveled to Youngstown to train in between East Coast games, they made a huge difference visiting a local hospital, school, and community center. In October 2010 and 2013, when


dedication and passion. they traveled to London to play in the NFL “The key here is that the members of the International Series game, they had one day off. Instead of site-seeing, they arranged special 49ers family recognize that they have been blessed with a special opportunity - one that days with a hugely popular Premier League is not to be taken for granted,” Joanne said. team – Tottenham Hotspur – and together, in “The 49ers take this responsibility seriously. one of the poorer districts of London, they held That is why we do what we do. Whether it a collaborative event for 100 low-income youth is a rookie or a seasoned veteran, ownership showcasing the PLAY 60 movement and the or a 49ers alumnus, we are so very proud of importance of getting out to play, 60 minutes a day, through both football and soccer. It was an amazing day. The 49ers were the first to host such a large scale event while playing the International Series game. The following year, another team repeated this warm, monumental gesture. The 49ers are also very active in spreading the messaging of the NFL “Play 60” Campaign to inspire children to be active and keep healthy. Vernon Davis has been a 49ers spokesperson. 2014 49ers Foundation Contribution Announcement at Levi’s® Stadium One year, inspired by the youth’s our 49ers and their authentic commitment to commitment to the campaign, he hosted a transforming the lives of those in need.” team of 15 students from the 49ers Academy Indeed, when I visited with Joanne, there who participated in a competition to write a was definitely an energy, a spirit that touched commercial for “Play 60.” Vernon arranged for a Limo ride to a special evening held at his home everything and everyone there. It was obvious – all about helping benefit community – and with an Academy Awards Red Carpet look, plus infectiously and fantastically impactful. The Paparazzi and Oscar-like statues for the kids. A fun, memorable event for everyone for a life time! 49ers feel that community has done so much to benefit them as an organization and, as Another example of the tremendous a result, the organization in turn is happy player participation is Joe Staley who, with and proud to be able to give back to the a librarian for a mother, loves reading to community - as it has and will continue to in elementary students and was honored with perpetuity. If there were a Super Bowl Trophy a national accolade for helping build literacy among youth. It does make a difference. And given to the organization based on what they do off the field, as well, no doubt the San the list of what all the 49ers do, individually, Francisco 49ers would be winners of that one as a Team and as an organization is a very each and every year. long one. All without fanfare, but with total


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Meet

Keynote speakers Randi Zuckerberg and NASA’s Dr. Natalia Batalha, Event Chair Jenny Dearborn, playwright Lauren Gunderson, and speaker Ann Bowers at TheatreWorks’ Leading Ladies, held in 2014, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Photo credit: Drew Altizer Photography

Jenny

Dearborn,

Senior Vice Present, Chief Learning Officer, SAP

Speaking on The Art of Learning, Developing & Inspiring Leadership When you talk about Leadership, Management, Human Relations, Sales, and Excellence and someone who is one of the most inspiring, leading positive role models in Silicon Valley - Jenny Dearborn’s name will come up. 

J

at Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems (acquired by Oracle), Suc-

peers are awesome and my manager is visionary and just

cessFactors and SAP. I’ve been a Chief Learning Officer at four

an all-around great guy. I love the type of work that I do,

different companies.

it’s challenging and rewarding. I love the variety in the work I do – leading the function at my company, helping

SVL: Who and what inspired you along your path to be where you

customers solve complex business challenges, writing arti-

are?

cles and speaking at conferences on topics that are import-

JD: I am severely Dyslexic, have ADHD (Attention Deficit Hy-

ant to me like data analytics, business strategy, the future

peractivity Disorder) and mild OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Dis-

of workplace and diversity & inclusion.

order) and was undiagnosed until age 18. The most formative part of my early life was

enny is Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer

and a Teaching Credential in 1993, and San Jose State University

growing up knowing that I was very smart

of SAP, the world’s largest business-to-business software

with a MBA in Organizational Development in 2003.

and capable, but placed in the lower tracked and Special Education classes at school. I felt

company, and is accountable for the learning and devel-

I love the type of work that I do, it’s challenging and rewarding. I love the variety in the work I do

SVL: You have learned so much about the special dynamics of Leadership … First, what is your definition of Leadership? JD: Great leaders inspire a common purpose, collaboratively create a shared vision and

opment of the 75,000 SAP employees worldwide. She has won

SVL: Where do you work? What do you do? What has been your

that my early education years were wasted.

translate that vision into reality. Leadership is

many top industry awards, including recognition as one of the 50

path leading you to today?

I felt great resentment towards the teach-

Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity

JD: I work at SAP, the world’s largest business software company.

ers and school system and vowed to make

Council in 2014 and 2015.

As the Chief Learning Officer, I’m accountable for the training, ed-

a difference in the education system so no

Her invaluable experience...plus interviews with more than 100

ucation, development and readiness of SAP’s 75,000 employees

student would ever experience the frustra-

global leaders,...has led to her best seller: Data Driven - How Per-

world-wide. I am in Human Resources and report to the Chief Hu-

tion and humiliation that I went through in

formance Analytics Delivers Extraordinary Sales Results.

man Resources Officer who reports to the CEO. I started as a high

my K-12 years. I felt great passion to drive

In the high tech universe, Jenny serves as a highly regarded advo-

school English, Public Speaking and Drama teacher at Woodside

change in our education system. This fire

cate and inspiration for many. Please enjoy this delightful conver-

High School. After two years I transitioned to corporate education

got me started in education, then after 2 years as a high school

their greatest potential. “Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to

sation with Jenny Dearborn...

as an instructor at Hewlett-Packard teaching the personal devel-

teacher I transitioned to the corporate education world for the

high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher stan-

opment, management and leadership courses. I worked my way

opportunity to apply exciting and growing new learning tech-

dard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.”

SVL: Where were you born and raised? Where did you go to

up through all the various roles in corporate learning and educa-

nology to impact learners on a mass scale.

—Peter Drucker

school and what did you study?

tion including carrying a quota in Sales selling learning services

JD: I was born in Marin, California and raised K-12 in Davis, Califor-

to external corporate customers and partners. I’ve worked at a

SVL: What do you like most about what you do?

ple, they instinctively redirect all credit to the team when praise

nia. I graduated from Davis High School in 1987, American River

small learning technology start-up that went public (Docent, now

JD: There are so many things I like, that I can’t say what I

comes and absorb all blame when criticism comes. They are slow

College with an AA in Social Science in 1989, UC Berkeley with a

Sum Total Systems), and had a succession of executive roles with

like the most. I love my team, they are hands down the

to punish and swift to reward. Leadership is about the courage to

BA in English in 1991, Stanford University with a MA in Education

increasing responsibility in Human Resources, Sales & Services

best professionals I’ve ever worked with in my career. My

stand alone and the integrity of intent. “Leadership and learning

about action and driving results for the greatest good, great leaders see solutions where others only see challenges and obstacles. Great leaders know that people want to “make a dent in the universe” as Steve Jobs famously said, and make the world a better place. This comes through empowering others to achieve

Great leaders have the humility to be a servant leader to their peo-


Meet

Keynote speakers Randi Zuckerberg and NASA’s Dr. Natalia Batalha, Event Chair Jenny Dearborn, playwright Lauren Gunderson, and speaker Ann Bowers at TheatreWorks’ Leading Ladies, held in 2014, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Photo credit: Drew Altizer Photography

Jenny

Dearborn,

Senior Vice Present, Chief Learning Officer, SAP

Speaking on The Art of Learning, Developing & Inspiring Leadership When you talk about Leadership, Management, Human Relations, Sales, and Excellence and someone who is one of the most inspiring, leading positive role models in Silicon Valley - Jenny Dearborn’s name will come up. 

J

at Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems (acquired by Oracle), Suc-

peers are awesome and my manager is visionary and just

cessFactors and SAP. I’ve been a Chief Learning Officer at four

an all-around great guy. I love the type of work that I do,

different companies.

it’s challenging and rewarding. I love the variety in the work I do – leading the function at my company, helping

SVL: Who and what inspired you along your path to be where you

customers solve complex business challenges, writing arti-

are?

cles and speaking at conferences on topics that are import-

JD: I am severely Dyslexic, have ADHD (Attention Deficit Hy-

ant to me like data analytics, business strategy, the future

peractivity Disorder) and mild OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Dis-

of workplace and diversity & inclusion.

order) and was undiagnosed until age 18. The most formative part of my early life was

enny is Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer

and a Teaching Credential in 1993, and San Jose State University

growing up knowing that I was very smart

of SAP, the world’s largest business-to-business software

with a MBA in Organizational Development in 2003.

and capable, but placed in the lower tracked and Special Education classes at school. I felt

company, and is accountable for the learning and devel-

I love the type of work that I do, it’s challenging and rewarding. I love the variety in the work I do

SVL: You have learned so much about the special dynamics of Leadership … First, what is your definition of Leadership? JD: Great leaders inspire a common purpose, collaboratively create a shared vision and

opment of the 75,000 SAP employees worldwide. She has won

SVL: Where do you work? What do you do? What has been your

that my early education years were wasted.

translate that vision into reality. Leadership is

many top industry awards, including recognition as one of the 50

path leading you to today?

I felt great resentment towards the teach-

Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity

JD: I work at SAP, the world’s largest business software company.

ers and school system and vowed to make

Council in 2014 and 2015.

As the Chief Learning Officer, I’m accountable for the training, ed-

a difference in the education system so no

Her invaluable experience...plus interviews with more than 100

ucation, development and readiness of SAP’s 75,000 employees

student would ever experience the frustra-

global leaders,...has led to her best seller: Data Driven - How Per-

world-wide. I am in Human Resources and report to the Chief Hu-

tion and humiliation that I went through in

formance Analytics Delivers Extraordinary Sales Results.

man Resources Officer who reports to the CEO. I started as a high

my K-12 years. I felt great passion to drive

In the high tech universe, Jenny serves as a highly regarded advo-

school English, Public Speaking and Drama teacher at Woodside

change in our education system. This fire

cate and inspiration for many. Please enjoy this delightful conver-

High School. After two years I transitioned to corporate education

got me started in education, then after 2 years as a high school

their greatest potential. “Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to

sation with Jenny Dearborn...

as an instructor at Hewlett-Packard teaching the personal devel-

teacher I transitioned to the corporate education world for the

high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher stan-

opment, management and leadership courses. I worked my way

opportunity to apply exciting and growing new learning tech-

dard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.”

SVL: Where were you born and raised? Where did you go to

up through all the various roles in corporate learning and educa-

nology to impact learners on a mass scale.

—Peter Drucker

school and what did you study?

tion including carrying a quota in Sales selling learning services

JD: I was born in Marin, California and raised K-12 in Davis, Califor-

to external corporate customers and partners. I’ve worked at a

SVL: What do you like most about what you do?

ple, they instinctively redirect all credit to the team when praise

nia. I graduated from Davis High School in 1987, American River

small learning technology start-up that went public (Docent, now

JD: There are so many things I like, that I can’t say what I

comes and absorb all blame when criticism comes. They are slow

College with an AA in Social Science in 1989, UC Berkeley with a

Sum Total Systems), and had a succession of executive roles with

like the most. I love my team, they are hands down the

to punish and swift to reward. Leadership is about the courage to

BA in English in 1991, Stanford University with a MA in Education

increasing responsibility in Human Resources, Sales & Services

best professionals I’ve ever worked with in my career. My

stand alone and the integrity of intent. “Leadership and learning

about action and driving results for the greatest good, great leaders see solutions where others only see challenges and obstacles. Great leaders know that people want to “make a dent in the universe” as Steve Jobs famously said, and make the world a better place. This comes through empowering others to achieve

Great leaders have the humility to be a servant leader to their peo-


are indispensable to each other.” —John F. Kennedy SVL: What is the best course of action for management when it comes to Leadership? What is the best course of action for the employee when it comes to Leadership? JD: I believe in leadership at every level, leadership is about person power not position power. Everyone, regardless if they are people managers or individual contributors, can and should be a leader.

Hone your management skills – When managing your work and family, you’re managing a complex organization. Do activities as a family, to maximize efficiency.

Photo credit: Drew Altizer Photography

SVL: How do you see the workplace evolving and improving?

Keynote speakers Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo, New York Times best-selling author Lalita Tademy, Event Chair Jenny Dearborn, and Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Margaret Nagle at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s Leading Ladies event celebrating passion in arts and innovation, held in 2015, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Photo credit: Drew Altizer Photography TheatreWorks Artistic Director Robert Kelley, Event Chair Jenny Dearborn, and TheatreWorks Managing Director Phil Santora at TheatreWorks’ Leading Ladies, held in 2014, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Photo credit: Drew Altizer Photography

JD: The overarching theme for the workplace of the future is transparency.

the help you need.

business trip to align with a school break or just pull them from school

• Transparency in how we work: Your mobile device will become your office.

• Let it go – Your house does not have to be spotless. When you have a full

for a week here or there. John (or a grandparent or nanny) and the kids

• Transparency in where we work: We’ll work from everywhere - Workers will be

work and family life, the children have to learn to be independent. With

visit the local sites while I’m at the office working. We’ve done work/

spread across many time zones and countries in numerous satellite offices for

clear and consistent communication, every child can do their own laun-

family trips to: Mexico, Germany, China, Dubai, Singapore, Japan, Pan-

worker interaction, but not necessarily as daily destinations. Always-on video will

dry, clean their own rooms, clean the kitchen and bathrooms, make their

ama, Canada, England, France, Amsterdam, Australia, Belgium, Italy,

facilitate collaboration with colleagues in other locations.

own breakfast and lunch. Learning to be responsible and capable early on

to name a few….

• Transparency of our competence and value: Everyone will have a rating score,

is good for everyone.

I throw myself fully into what my children love as a way to spend time

based on his/her reputation capital, which is the sum total of your personal brand,

• Focus and prioritize – Do the high value work that only you can do and

together doing what interests them. Currently my 12 year old is ab-

the quality of your results, your expertise, depth and breadth of experience and

outsource the rest. You can outsource the laundry but your child only

solutely obsessed with Giants baseball, so he and I watch the games

social networks. The new workplace will be a results only work environment.

wants you there to see her win an award at school. Knowing how to fo-

together. It’s our special thing to do.

• Transparency in who we work for: Every manager will also have a rating score

cus on your highest priorities makes a big career and a big family possible.

I love to be creative. I write and publish articles in business magazines

based on similar criteria plus people management and functional leadership.

SVL: What do you see are some of the major issues facing us in today’s

and my first book Data Driven: How Performance Analytics Delivers

Employees will be hired into a company and then choose which manager they

work environment?

Extraordinary Sales Results was published in March 2015 – it debuted

want to work for based on the rating score of that manager.

JD: The globalization of work and changing demographics of the

at #1 in the new business releases on Amazon. I like to paint large

• Transparency of skill gaps: Big data, predictive analytics and artificial intelli-

workforce; multiple generations in the workplace

scale acrylic on canvas pictures, primarily pop art versions of comic

gence are enabling a workplace of the future that magnifies the global talent

• Contingent labor force

book superheroes.

shortage and makes more sparse highly skilled workers. Thus making lifelong

• Big data and analytics

learning a business requirement.

• Adaptation of mobile and social networks

SVL: Who are some of your favorite authors and what are some of your favorite books? Different topics? Are there books you like to rec-

SVL: What do you recommend as tips and strategies for work-life balance?

SVL: If you could wave a magic wand, what would you like to see for

ommend?

JD: Well, I don’t think there is such a thing as work-life balance, but work-life inte-

progress in the workplace?

JD: I try to read what my kids are reading for pleasure or in school to

gration is very do-able. I was recently quoted in the Fortune Magazine article on

JD: I’d like to see a true meritocracy in the workplace. A workplace

make our dinner table conversation richer with the themes they are

this topic - Women with big jobs and big families: Balancing really isn’t that hard.

where people are paid equally for equal work regardless of their gen-

exploring and how to connect with broader issues in the world. So

Here are the tips and strategies mentioned in that article and others that I use.

der or race, and the diversity in the workplace at all levels of an organi-

if it’s a popular young adult series, I’ve probably read it. I go through

• Hone your management skills – When managing your work and family, you’re

zation mirroring the diversity in the population at large.

phases with the books I read. Right now I’m doing a research project on the knowledge and skills first time managers need and I’m reading

managing a complex organization. Do activities as a family, to maximize efficiency. I use a shared on-line calendar and each kid is color coded, they all have an

SVL: Who are some of the people who inspire you most and why?

stacks and stacks of books and white papers on the topic. For fun I

iPhone and can see where they need to be at any given time.

JD: My children and husband. I follow the research of a few social

listen to audio books and love Doris Kearns Goodwin who is such a

• Prioritize self care – Put your own oxygen mask on first. Managing your life takes

scientists, like Amy Cuddy of Harvard and Kelly McGonigal of Stanford,

great story teller.

energy, so never skimp on sleep, nutrition or exercise.

I find their work fascinating. SVL: What are some of your favorite movies, music, theater?

• Build your support team at work – Invest in the development of your staff to be accountable and independent. Seek sponsors and allies that understand and

SVL: You have many interests … please share with us what some of

JD: For movies – I love all horror / thriller / suspense films. I wrote my se-

support you.

these are?

nior thesis at UC Berkeley on the evolving role of women in horror films

• Build your support team at home – Enlist a village to help you and don’t be afraid

JD: I love to travel, I’m always up for going to a country that I’ve nev-

from Nosferatu in 1922 to Silence of the Lambs in 1991. The central idea

to ask for support (it’s a sign of strength not weakness). Live near family if possible.

er been to before. I’ve just passed 60 countries. I’m very fortunate

is that the female character in horror films is the manifestation of how

Invest in things that make your life easier. Not at the same time, but in the last 20

professionally to have worked for companies with operations around

our culture views women in society and as societies views of feminism

years I have employed all of the following: a part-time nanny, a full-time live-in au

the globe and have the opportunity to travel extensively for work. I

evolve, so does the female protagonist.

pair, home cook, meal delivery service, housekeeper, and a personal accountant.

also love to share with my family the cultures of the world and I’ve

For music – I love classic rap, hip hop and alternative punk from the 80s.

Depending on what the big challenge is at a given phase in life, reach out to get

brought them along on many of my business trips. I typically plan a

For theatre – I love any production that my kids are in.


are indispensable to each other.” —John F. Kennedy SVL: What is the best course of action for management when it comes to Leadership? What is the best course of action for the employee when it comes to Leadership? JD: I believe in leadership at every level, leadership is about person power not position power. Everyone, regardless if they are people managers or individual contributors, can and should be a leader.

Hone your management skills – When managing your work and family, you’re managing a complex organization. Do activities as a family, to maximize efficiency.

Photo credit: Drew Altizer Photography

SVL: How do you see the workplace evolving and improving?

Keynote speakers Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo, New York Times best-selling author Lalita Tademy, Event Chair Jenny Dearborn, and Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Margaret Nagle at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s Leading Ladies event celebrating passion in arts and innovation, held in 2015, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Photo credit: Drew Altizer Photography TheatreWorks Artistic Director Robert Kelley, Event Chair Jenny Dearborn, and TheatreWorks Managing Director Phil Santora at TheatreWorks’ Leading Ladies, held in 2014, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Photo credit: Drew Altizer Photography

JD: The overarching theme for the workplace of the future is transparency.

the help you need.

business trip to align with a school break or just pull them from school

• Transparency in how we work: Your mobile device will become your office.

• Let it go – Your house does not have to be spotless. When you have a full

for a week here or there. John (or a grandparent or nanny) and the kids

• Transparency in where we work: We’ll work from everywhere - Workers will be

work and family life, the children have to learn to be independent. With

visit the local sites while I’m at the office working. We’ve done work/

spread across many time zones and countries in numerous satellite offices for

clear and consistent communication, every child can do their own laun-

family trips to: Mexico, Germany, China, Dubai, Singapore, Japan, Pan-

worker interaction, but not necessarily as daily destinations. Always-on video will

dry, clean their own rooms, clean the kitchen and bathrooms, make their

ama, Canada, England, France, Amsterdam, Australia, Belgium, Italy,

facilitate collaboration with colleagues in other locations.

own breakfast and lunch. Learning to be responsible and capable early on

to name a few….

• Transparency of our competence and value: Everyone will have a rating score,

is good for everyone.

I throw myself fully into what my children love as a way to spend time

based on his/her reputation capital, which is the sum total of your personal brand,

• Focus and prioritize – Do the high value work that only you can do and

together doing what interests them. Currently my 12 year old is ab-

the quality of your results, your expertise, depth and breadth of experience and

outsource the rest. You can outsource the laundry but your child only

solutely obsessed with Giants baseball, so he and I watch the games

social networks. The new workplace will be a results only work environment.

wants you there to see her win an award at school. Knowing how to fo-

together. It’s our special thing to do.

• Transparency in who we work for: Every manager will also have a rating score

cus on your highest priorities makes a big career and a big family possible.

I love to be creative. I write and publish articles in business magazines

based on similar criteria plus people management and functional leadership.

SVL: What do you see are some of the major issues facing us in today’s

and my first book Data Driven: How Performance Analytics Delivers

Employees will be hired into a company and then choose which manager they

work environment?

Extraordinary Sales Results was published in March 2015 – it debuted

want to work for based on the rating score of that manager.

JD: The globalization of work and changing demographics of the

at #1 in the new business releases on Amazon. I like to paint large

• Transparency of skill gaps: Big data, predictive analytics and artificial intelli-

workforce; multiple generations in the workplace

scale acrylic on canvas pictures, primarily pop art versions of comic

gence are enabling a workplace of the future that magnifies the global talent

• Contingent labor force

book superheroes.

shortage and makes more sparse highly skilled workers. Thus making lifelong

• Big data and analytics

learning a business requirement.

• Adaptation of mobile and social networks

SVL: Who are some of your favorite authors and what are some of your favorite books? Different topics? Are there books you like to rec-

SVL: What do you recommend as tips and strategies for work-life balance?

SVL: If you could wave a magic wand, what would you like to see for

ommend?

JD: Well, I don’t think there is such a thing as work-life balance, but work-life inte-

progress in the workplace?

JD: I try to read what my kids are reading for pleasure or in school to

gration is very do-able. I was recently quoted in the Fortune Magazine article on

JD: I’d like to see a true meritocracy in the workplace. A workplace

make our dinner table conversation richer with the themes they are

this topic - Women with big jobs and big families: Balancing really isn’t that hard.

where people are paid equally for equal work regardless of their gen-

exploring and how to connect with broader issues in the world. So

Here are the tips and strategies mentioned in that article and others that I use.

der or race, and the diversity in the workplace at all levels of an organi-

if it’s a popular young adult series, I’ve probably read it. I go through

• Hone your management skills – When managing your work and family, you’re

zation mirroring the diversity in the population at large.

phases with the books I read. Right now I’m doing a research project on the knowledge and skills first time managers need and I’m reading

managing a complex organization. Do activities as a family, to maximize efficiency. I use a shared on-line calendar and each kid is color coded, they all have an

SVL: Who are some of the people who inspire you most and why?

stacks and stacks of books and white papers on the topic. For fun I

iPhone and can see where they need to be at any given time.

JD: My children and husband. I follow the research of a few social

listen to audio books and love Doris Kearns Goodwin who is such a

• Prioritize self care – Put your own oxygen mask on first. Managing your life takes

scientists, like Amy Cuddy of Harvard and Kelly McGonigal of Stanford,

great story teller.

energy, so never skimp on sleep, nutrition or exercise.

I find their work fascinating. SVL: What are some of your favorite movies, music, theater?

• Build your support team at work – Invest in the development of your staff to be accountable and independent. Seek sponsors and allies that understand and

SVL: You have many interests … please share with us what some of

JD: For movies – I love all horror / thriller / suspense films. I wrote my se-

support you.

these are?

nior thesis at UC Berkeley on the evolving role of women in horror films

• Build your support team at home – Enlist a village to help you and don’t be afraid

JD: I love to travel, I’m always up for going to a country that I’ve nev-

from Nosferatu in 1922 to Silence of the Lambs in 1991. The central idea

to ask for support (it’s a sign of strength not weakness). Live near family if possible.

er been to before. I’ve just passed 60 countries. I’m very fortunate

is that the female character in horror films is the manifestation of how

Invest in things that make your life easier. Not at the same time, but in the last 20

professionally to have worked for companies with operations around

our culture views women in society and as societies views of feminism

years I have employed all of the following: a part-time nanny, a full-time live-in au

the globe and have the opportunity to travel extensively for work. I

evolve, so does the female protagonist.

pair, home cook, meal delivery service, housekeeper, and a personal accountant.

also love to share with my family the cultures of the world and I’ve

For music – I love classic rap, hip hop and alternative punk from the 80s.

Depending on what the big challenge is at a given phase in life, reach out to get

brought them along on many of my business trips. I typically plan a

For theatre – I love any production that my kids are in.


MARTHA LONGHI REALTOR®

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Residential Real Estate Sales & Services San Mateo Peninsula and Coastside Communities MARTHA LONGHI has been

representing home Sellers and Buyers on the San Mateo Peninsula and Coastside communities since 2007 with a proven track record of attaining excellent results for her clients. “I bring with me a unique blend of business savvy, field experience, and negotiating knowhow translating into successful and stress-free transactions for my clientele. Focused, dedicated, ethical and committed to providing the ultimate in client care, you will find me to be a prompt, organized, and

CALBre# 01824138

“It is my mission to help my clients accomplish their real estate objectives and make their goals and dreams a reality. I am dedicated to client care because real estate is personal.” detail-oriented Agent. My clients often express their gratitude for my on-top-of-it attitude, professionalism, and the high level of performance and transaction management I provide during the course of their transaction. Additionally, once a transaction is over I do not disappear! I stay in touch with my clients providing a valuable resource for them to access whenever they need a service provider referral.”

www.MarthaLonghi.com


MARTHA LONGHI REALTOR®

©

Residential Real Estate Sales & Services San Mateo Peninsula and Coastside Communities MARTHA LONGHI has been

representing home Sellers and Buyers on the San Mateo Peninsula and Coastside communities since 2007 with a proven track record of attaining excellent results for her clients. “I bring with me a unique blend of business savvy, field experience, and negotiating knowhow translating into successful and stress-free transactions for my clientele. Focused, dedicated, ethical and committed to providing the ultimate in client care, you will find me to be a prompt, organized, and

CALBre# 01824138

“It is my mission to help my clients accomplish their real estate objectives and make their goals and dreams a reality. I am dedicated to client care because real estate is personal.” detail-oriented Agent. My clients often express their gratitude for my on-top-of-it attitude, professionalism, and the high level of performance and transaction management I provide during the course of their transaction. Additionally, once a transaction is over I do not disappear! I stay in touch with my clients providing a valuable resource for them to access whenever they need a service provider referral.”

www.MarthaLonghi.com


Our

Private Cooking Lesson With Alex Tishman

Regional Head Chef, Big City Chefs

Perhaps you like to cook. For my wife and I, cooking is the last thing we would ever want to do. Our feeling has been, if you want to eat good food, someone else needs to cook it- Boy was I wrong!

By Rich Borell, Founder & CEO of Bay Area Mags LLC

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ow, you’re probably thinking I must eat a lot of junk food and be extremely overweight. Thankfully, I don’t indulge in junk food and I enjoy exercise - be it playing tennis or using my home gym. Still, it’s hard to believe I weigh 149 based on how I eat. For us, and as it is for many, cooking can be frustrating. You spend good money on ingredients. You invest time and effort to put a dish together, and the end result just isn’t as good as you thought, or hoped, it would be. Eating healthy can be a challenge. We have busy lives and are on the go all the time, so we don’t always set aside the time to prepare a healthy, flavorful meal. That being said, we decided to bring Regional Head Chef Alex Tishman from Big City Chefs into our home for a Sunday afternoon and teach us how to prepare a couple of delicious meals. While this sounds very exciting, my first question to my wife, when she suggested we should have a private cooking lesson, was: “We’re spending how much to do what?” Boy, was I wrong. If only I knew before what I know now … So, let’s get started. Our planned menu was based on what we wanted to learn along with some valuable suggestions from Chef Alex. He came up with the following: • Hanger Steak with mushrooms pan jus • Chicken (one whole, which we will butcher and then cook the different cuts) • Salad with English peas, shaved carrots and radishes, and simple shallot mustard vinaigrette. Preparing for Chef Alex was pretty painless. He requested that we take a few pictures of our cooking utensils, and simply make our kitchen counters, along with some space in the refrigerator, available to him. Once Chef Alex arrived, we kicked back and let him get things rolling. It was awesome that the price included the shopping of food and other needed ingredients. He sure saved us a lot of time and frustration. From the start, with his vivacious personality, you feel as if you’ve known him all your life. We knew right away we were in for a fun day of cooking, right in our very own kitchen. Chef Alex came so well prepared with a delightful customized class for us. He fully understood our busy schedules and our desire to create some great food from our own kitchen. He would teach us what we would like and not what we wouldn’t like.

As we started, his friendly, informal teaching style put us at ease. We immediately felt comfortable that we’ll be able to reproduce the same fantastic results later on. As the class went on, Chef Alex engaged us in the preparation of the entrées and salad. Most importantly, we learned tips on how to do all those little touches that make a big difference in flavor, texture and presentation; like, how to make carrots attractive and crunchy in your salad. Some of the items we went over during the three hour private-class included: • Proper cooking techniques along with presentation • A big concern of ours … timing of the entrée and side dishes • Some good tips on safety … those knives are very sharp – especially the “Mandoline” (a dangerous but highly efficient instrument) • We learned some tips on nutrition and other health information, including good answers to questions we had about Fish As time went on, we tested some of the Chicken, Hanger Steak, Mushrooms and sauce that we prepared. Delicious. We were amazed also how good our kitchen could smell. Next, our jaws we’re dropping - we couldn’t wait to dive in and reap the rewards of the last three hours. As the end of the class came, and my wife and I had just about finished everything we had cooked, Chef Alex had tidied everything up. Our kitchen was left squeaky clean. It was all a wonderful experience. In sum, indeed, for many people, cooking can be frustrating. We spend good money on ingredients. We invest time and effort to put a dish together, and the end result just isn’t as good as we thought, or hoped, it would be. What we learned and experienced is, with a little help and guidance, we all can create successful dishes packed with flavor and nutrition that are a joy to create. I encourage you to treat yourself and invite Chef Alex Tishman of Big City Chefs into your home, as we did. You will learn to have fun in your own kitchen and cook some great meals. Bon appetit!


Our

Private Cooking Lesson With Alex Tishman

Regional Head Chef, Big City Chefs

Perhaps you like to cook. For my wife and I, cooking is the last thing we would ever want to do. Our feeling has been, if you want to eat good food, someone else needs to cook it- Boy was I wrong!

By Rich Borell, Founder & CEO of Bay Area Mags LLC

N

ow, you’re probably thinking I must eat a lot of junk food and be extremely overweight. Thankfully, I don’t indulge in junk food and I enjoy exercise - be it playing tennis or using my home gym. Still, it’s hard to believe I weigh 149 based on how I eat. For us, and as it is for many, cooking can be frustrating. You spend good money on ingredients. You invest time and effort to put a dish together, and the end result just isn’t as good as you thought, or hoped, it would be. Eating healthy can be a challenge. We have busy lives and are on the go all the time, so we don’t always set aside the time to prepare a healthy, flavorful meal. That being said, we decided to bring Regional Head Chef Alex Tishman from Big City Chefs into our home for a Sunday afternoon and teach us how to prepare a couple of delicious meals. While this sounds very exciting, my first question to my wife, when she suggested we should have a private cooking lesson, was: “We’re spending how much to do what?” Boy, was I wrong. If only I knew before what I know now … So, let’s get started. Our planned menu was based on what we wanted to learn along with some valuable suggestions from Chef Alex. He came up with the following: • Hanger Steak with mushrooms pan jus • Chicken (one whole, which we will butcher and then cook the different cuts) • Salad with English peas, shaved carrots and radishes, and simple shallot mustard vinaigrette. Preparing for Chef Alex was pretty painless. He requested that we take a few pictures of our cooking utensils, and simply make our kitchen counters, along with some space in the refrigerator, available to him. Once Chef Alex arrived, we kicked back and let him get things rolling. It was awesome that the price included the shopping of food and other needed ingredients. He sure saved us a lot of time and frustration. From the start, with his vivacious personality, you feel as if you’ve known him all your life. We knew right away we were in for a fun day of cooking, right in our very own kitchen. Chef Alex came so well prepared with a delightful customized class for us. He fully understood our busy schedules and our desire to create some great food from our own kitchen. He would teach us what we would like and not what we wouldn’t like.

As we started, his friendly, informal teaching style put us at ease. We immediately felt comfortable that we’ll be able to reproduce the same fantastic results later on. As the class went on, Chef Alex engaged us in the preparation of the entrées and salad. Most importantly, we learned tips on how to do all those little touches that make a big difference in flavor, texture and presentation; like, how to make carrots attractive and crunchy in your salad. Some of the items we went over during the three hour private-class included: • Proper cooking techniques along with presentation • A big concern of ours … timing of the entrée and side dishes • Some good tips on safety … those knives are very sharp – especially the “Mandoline” (a dangerous but highly efficient instrument) • We learned some tips on nutrition and other health information, including good answers to questions we had about Fish As time went on, we tested some of the Chicken, Hanger Steak, Mushrooms and sauce that we prepared. Delicious. We were amazed also how good our kitchen could smell. Next, our jaws we’re dropping - we couldn’t wait to dive in and reap the rewards of the last three hours. As the end of the class came, and my wife and I had just about finished everything we had cooked, Chef Alex had tidied everything up. Our kitchen was left squeaky clean. It was all a wonderful experience. In sum, indeed, for many people, cooking can be frustrating. We spend good money on ingredients. We invest time and effort to put a dish together, and the end result just isn’t as good as we thought, or hoped, it would be. What we learned and experienced is, with a little help and guidance, we all can create successful dishes packed with flavor and nutrition that are a joy to create. I encourage you to treat yourself and invite Chef Alex Tishman of Big City Chefs into your home, as we did. You will learn to have fun in your own kitchen and cook some great meals. Bon appetit!


John A. Sobrato and the Art of Making a Difference


stories@svlocalmag.com

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recent sampling: The Sobratos Donate $20 Million To The New Packard Children’s Hospital Addition To Be Called The Sobrato Pavillion … The Sobratos Donate $5 Million To Build The Sobrato Pavillion at the Valley Medical Center (which is the largest donation ever to a general hospital west of the Mississippi) … The Sobrato Cancer Center at VMC (a most important addition, opened 2009, on a floor in the new Specialty Center Building) , … The Sobratos Donate Hundreds of Millions of Dollars to the Community Foundation Silicon Valley … The Sobratos Build and Maintain Three Centers for Non-Profits That House 65 Non-Profit Organizations … The Sobratos Help Build Schools and Training Centers…

I believe in Positive Role Models and here is clearly a shining example unlike any other. From a tiny seed comes a Giant sequoia tree, something that is far bigger, beyond imagination or belief. One’s life can be like that, too, how we can help shape infrastructures and benefit others along the way, that makes such a difference in other people’s lives. In this regard, leading by example and helping make this a better world, John A. Sobrato is truly a giant among giants, a champion among champions. This is not your typical story, but again, this is not your typical person. It’s about making a difference in this world we live in. How fortunate are we? You couldn’t begin to imagine. Our Silicon Valley would not be a fraction of what it is today had it not been, and continues to be, because of John A. Sobrato, the Sobrato Organization, the Sobrato Family Foundation, the Sobrato Foundation … and especially the Family Sobrato, John A. and his wife Sue, their son, John Michael, their daughters, Sheri and Lisa, and Lisa’s husband Matt Sonsini. They all work diligently together, committed to serving and contributing back to

The Sobrato Family Learning Commons at Saint Francis High School.

our community. To answer the question, “I am but one person, what difference can I make?” - If you were to listen to John, an only child of immigrant parents, who became a selfmade multi-billionaire, and does so much for community, you will be amazed. What do you attribute your success to? He said he was lucky, that one thing after another just fell into place.


I believe he was referring to the love of his family and the work ethic that was instilled in him from an early age. He is persistent and committed to what he believes in: excellence, quality and service. He grew up going to school at the Palo Alto Military Academy (now Harker School), Bellarmine College Prep and then

The Sobrato Center for Humanities & The Arts at Bellarmine College Prep.

Santa Clara University (graduating with Honors with a degree in Business), where he was also a classmate and lifelong friend of, yet, another great Positive Role Model, Father Paul Locatelli, who for half a century was that for Santa Clara University, Silicon Valley and The Vatican. John worked his entire life, as a youngster and all through school. His real estate career began also at an early age; in fact, it was when he was a student at Santa Clara University and he began working with Nick Carter & Co. Part-time, he devoted three days to his class schedule and three days to his work schedule, working in real estate. It was at age 21, while still a student at Santa Clara University, John became the youngest to enter the Millionaires Club in Palo Alto Real Estate. He did this by

selling Eichler Homes (“and that was a lot of homes, at $20,000 a home”). I believe John made his own luck - and throughout our entire conversation, he was focused not at all on himself, but on serving, and helping benefit our families, causes and community – which he has been doing for many years (more than half a century himself), and is still very actively doing today, as much as is humanly possible. I was excited and looking forward to having this one hour talk with John. I arrived early, for which I am grateful – this allowed me time to admire all the framed portraits of their buildings that adorned all their walls, from top to bottom. Each and every one is absolutely beautiful. The framed pictures were hanging there as if displaying one’s own family, indeed so proud of each and every child. I want to add, too, that John is an extremely humble man. He is all about what’s good for community – and helping to make a difference. He was concerned at the time when I called him about too much publicity – he was about to be honored by 1,200 of our greatest community leaders with the distinguished David Packard Award at Joint Venture Silicon Valley and was about to be written up in the Business Journal. He asked if I could please possibly wait, for he felt it was a bit much at this one time. It was I who asked for this article, not he. He came to meet with me punctually at 2pm, flanked by important meetings before ours and then again right after. As busy as he was, he was as gracious as could be. He looks like a movie star, he may be 72 years old, but his looks defy his age and he has so much energy. He had a smile on his face throughout our talk. What really lit up his face, though, was when we started talking about his family and the Non-Profit projects they have done and


are doing. There are indeed many, and he is grateful for and proud of them all. It is so apparent, everything is very close to his heart. To say he cares, is an understatement – it is a passion. And to him it is not about just giving, it’s about a gift being used in a way that will serve them, perpetually, over time. Our needs today are greater than ever. I often say to the many wonderful Non-Profits, who all do so much: “Where would we be without you?” Shudder that thought. So many of the Non-Profits have been, and are, supported in a very large way by the Sobrato Family Foundation, and so I say again: “Where would we be without this generosity and devoted hard work?” Again, shudder that thought. Indeed, without this support, it would be a very different community world that we live in. John was selling residential real estate when he joined his mother in the development of some of the first tilt-up high technology buildings in the early 1960’s, after founding and running Midtown Realty in Palo Alto until 1973. It was then, in 1973, when he sold Midtown Realty and moved to Cupertino to concentrate on development, where he has been busy ever since. Silicon Valley was just being born and this became the beginning of what was to become an illustrious builder / developer career, par excellence. Imagine what it was like back then. I will not forget how John said, when he first started in the early 1960’s, how there was no Silicon Valley yet at that time, just orchards everywhere. He added, too, that it was Southern California, at the time, that was considerably ahead in the look of commercial buildings. A decade later, John visited Southern California to talk with and learn from the people in the industry, and he also took with him his 10 year-old son, John Michael, to absorb everything. Silicon Valley was about to be launched … and John M, would later become, and currently is, the CEO of The Sobrato Organization. Never too early … How

purposeful and dedicated are they? Indeed, very … An interesting note: the three children, and all their children (the grandchildren), all become Board Members of the Sobrato Family Foundation and start attending all Board Meetings once they reach age 18. John went on to build many of Silicon Valley’s most beautiful buildings. He said that from all what he had learned, that he would pay more to have better materials that would provide for a better, more beautiful building … it was always about the quality … and that reputation has consistently followed him wherever he goes, in everything he does. In our conversation, John also made a point about contributing, that people think

John went on to build many of Silicon Valley’s most beautiful buildings. contributing means simply donating money. People don’t have to, it may not be in everyone’s means to do so, and that it is just as important to volunteer - that, indeed, it may be even more important. Can you imagine if more and more people were to get involved by volunteering, what a big positive difference it would make? What John A. Sobrato has done for our Silicon Valley these past 50 years goes well beyond words. The Sobrato Family Foundation, established in 1996, thankfully is in place to continue to help support our Non-Profit community for many years to come. This may be called the Sobrato Way … caring for community … and helping make our Silicon Valley a better place in which we live. What we can learn from all this is truly a masterpiece … and is namely John A. Sobrato and The Art of Making A Difference.


A Man of

commissioned officer in the United States Air Force. He was just 24 years old, and was also ac-

Destiny

cepted to the University of Utah Medical School at that time. Instead of medicine, however, he opted for a

Paul out in the field saying hello to staff at the San Francisco Office

business career. Early on, he founded and ran

and Quality

a successful chain link fence company and also became a full-time licensed life insurance agent. At the young age of 28 years old, he became the District Manager of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company … here in the

Paul Hulme, Founder, President and CEO of Alain Pinel Realtors

Bay Area … in San Jose. And at age of 31, Paul

SVL: You had quite an interesting childhood … who and what

was also ordained the Bishop of his Church.

inspired you? Did you have heroes and positive role models … who and what inspired you, what aspirations did you have

In time, Paul has founded, owned and operated some fourteen In 1990, in what was (and is) the quaint city of Saratoga, Paul

Paul’s real humble beginning certainly seems more Holly-

Hulme co-founded Alain Pinel Realtors together with Helen

woodish than it does Saratogian. He was born and raised on a

Pastorino and Alain Pinel. It was a humble beginning. The three

farm in Southern Utah. It was his parents and six siblings, eight

of them settled on the name “Alain Pinel Realtors” only because

in all, living in a two bedroom house that previously had been

so many previous company name attempts were all denied by

an Indian school. They lived three miles out of town. They were

the Secretary of State, as they all seemed to be too close to

without water and electricity. All drinking water, as well as wa-

other firm names.

ter for all purposes, was transported from town in five gallon milk cans. All eight in the family took their turn sharing the

Little did Paul know at that time, it would be less than two

same water for their weekly bath.

months after their first office opened its doors in August, 1990, that Alain Pinel himself decided to leave the company and re-

Paul was eight years old when he began his business career. He

turn to his native France. Shortly thereaf-

delivered newspapers for both the morn-

ter, in 1995, Helen Pastorino also left the

ing and the evening papers for eight years.

company, leaving Paul as the sole owner

In addition, he had his farm duties to per-

of Alain Pinel Realtors. What then? That, as it turned out, was just the be-

Paul Hulme stands with Rainy Hake, Executive Vice President & COO of Alain Pinel Realtors

form. Yes, he attended school. He also participated in sports. In high school, he was a boxer and a wrestler, going undefeated

ginning. What has happened since then,

in high school boxing and experiencing

since they opened for business just 25

just one defeat in wrestling – which was

years ago, is nothing less than magical;

his final match his final year in the finals

nothing less than historical. Alain Pinel

of the all-state wrestling championships

Realtors has become the fifth largest res-

in Ogden, Utah.

idential real estate company in the US. It has also become the largest privately

He then went on to college where he was

owned residential real estate firm in all

pre-med at the University of Utah. Upon

California based on closed sales volume.

graduating, he served two and a half years

Truly quite remarkable from such a hum-

on a mission for his church in Germany

ble beginning, as you will see.

and then completed his tour of duty as a

growing up?

successful businesses … including Alain Pinel Realtors. His career has been and is as

PH: During my child-

bright as his smile. Ex-

hood, my brothers and

traordinary and very

sister were always my

special. I hope you will

inspiration. I had five

enjoy this wonderful

older siblings and they

conversation with Paul

were all professionals. I

as much as I have

was always striving to be like them, knowing

SVL:

When

you

I needed to do my best

were growing up in Southern Utah, what thoughts,

vision

or

dreams did you have

to match their success.

Paul with the Mayor of Alameda, Marie Gilmore, at the ribbon cutting for APR’s office in Alameda

… of your present and

SVL: Do you believe that sports (in your case, boxing and wrestling) inspired you in

your future? Did you have any idea of what was to come, what

life and business? Are there correlations that you might see,

was to be?

in sports as in life and work, in individuals and in teams, that possibly help to inspire others?

PH: I had two brothers who were doctors, and when I was

PH: There most definitely is a correlation. I didn’t get into wres-

young my thought was always that I would become a doctor

tling until I was a senior in high school, after the coach had

and maybe even partner with them. When I was in college I

spent two years trying to get me on the team. The coach was

had a chain link fence business that was quite successful, and

smaller than me - when I went out for the first day of practice

my father wanted to join me in that business, but I told him

and we wrestled, I thought I could handle him easily because

for me it was just a means to an end. I was set on becoming a

I was bigger. Within a few seconds, he had me in a position

doctor. As time went on though, the interest I had in business

where I couldn’t move. I was baffled – how could he do that?

and the success I had found there, working with people and

So then he coached me into the same position, and I thought

enjoying my relationships with my employees, caused my am-

“I’ve got him” and he said, “Are you ready?” and again, after just

bitions to shift.

a few seconds he was out of it. At that point, I realized there


A Man of

commissioned officer in the United States Air Force. He was just 24 years old, and was also ac-

Destiny

cepted to the University of Utah Medical School at that time. Instead of medicine, however, he opted for a

Paul out in the field saying hello to staff at the San Francisco Office

business career. Early on, he founded and ran

and Quality

a successful chain link fence company and also became a full-time licensed life insurance agent. At the young age of 28 years old, he became the District Manager of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company … here in the

Paul Hulme, Founder, President and CEO of Alain Pinel Realtors

Bay Area … in San Jose. And at age of 31, Paul

SVL: You had quite an interesting childhood … who and what

was also ordained the Bishop of his Church.

inspired you? Did you have heroes and positive role models … who and what inspired you, what aspirations did you have

In time, Paul has founded, owned and operated some fourteen In 1990, in what was (and is) the quaint city of Saratoga, Paul

Paul’s real humble beginning certainly seems more Holly-

Hulme co-founded Alain Pinel Realtors together with Helen

woodish than it does Saratogian. He was born and raised on a

Pastorino and Alain Pinel. It was a humble beginning. The three

farm in Southern Utah. It was his parents and six siblings, eight

of them settled on the name “Alain Pinel Realtors” only because

in all, living in a two bedroom house that previously had been

so many previous company name attempts were all denied by

an Indian school. They lived three miles out of town. They were

the Secretary of State, as they all seemed to be too close to

without water and electricity. All drinking water, as well as wa-

other firm names.

ter for all purposes, was transported from town in five gallon milk cans. All eight in the family took their turn sharing the

Little did Paul know at that time, it would be less than two

same water for their weekly bath.

months after their first office opened its doors in August, 1990, that Alain Pinel himself decided to leave the company and re-

Paul was eight years old when he began his business career. He

turn to his native France. Shortly thereaf-

delivered newspapers for both the morn-

ter, in 1995, Helen Pastorino also left the

ing and the evening papers for eight years.

company, leaving Paul as the sole owner

In addition, he had his farm duties to per-

of Alain Pinel Realtors. What then? That, as it turned out, was just the be-

Paul Hulme stands with Rainy Hake, Executive Vice President & COO of Alain Pinel Realtors

form. Yes, he attended school. He also participated in sports. In high school, he was a boxer and a wrestler, going undefeated

ginning. What has happened since then,

in high school boxing and experiencing

since they opened for business just 25

just one defeat in wrestling – which was

years ago, is nothing less than magical;

his final match his final year in the finals

nothing less than historical. Alain Pinel

of the all-state wrestling championships

Realtors has become the fifth largest res-

in Ogden, Utah.

idential real estate company in the US. It has also become the largest privately

He then went on to college where he was

owned residential real estate firm in all

pre-med at the University of Utah. Upon

California based on closed sales volume.

graduating, he served two and a half years

Truly quite remarkable from such a hum-

on a mission for his church in Germany

ble beginning, as you will see.

and then completed his tour of duty as a

growing up?

successful businesses … including Alain Pinel Realtors. His career has been and is as

PH: During my child-

bright as his smile. Ex-

hood, my brothers and

traordinary and very

sister were always my

special. I hope you will

inspiration. I had five

enjoy this wonderful

older siblings and they

conversation with Paul

were all professionals. I

as much as I have

was always striving to be like them, knowing

SVL:

When

you

I needed to do my best

were growing up in Southern Utah, what thoughts,

vision

or

dreams did you have

to match their success.

Paul with the Mayor of Alameda, Marie Gilmore, at the ribbon cutting for APR’s office in Alameda

… of your present and

SVL: Do you believe that sports (in your case, boxing and wrestling) inspired you in

your future? Did you have any idea of what was to come, what

life and business? Are there correlations that you might see,

was to be?

in sports as in life and work, in individuals and in teams, that possibly help to inspire others?

PH: I had two brothers who were doctors, and when I was

PH: There most definitely is a correlation. I didn’t get into wres-

young my thought was always that I would become a doctor

tling until I was a senior in high school, after the coach had

and maybe even partner with them. When I was in college I

spent two years trying to get me on the team. The coach was

had a chain link fence business that was quite successful, and

smaller than me - when I went out for the first day of practice

my father wanted to join me in that business, but I told him

and we wrestled, I thought I could handle him easily because

for me it was just a means to an end. I was set on becoming a

I was bigger. Within a few seconds, he had me in a position

doctor. As time went on though, the interest I had in business

where I couldn’t move. I was baffled – how could he do that?

and the success I had found there, working with people and

So then he coached me into the same position, and I thought

enjoying my relationships with my employees, caused my am-

“I’ve got him” and he said, “Are you ready?” and again, after just

bitions to shift.

a few seconds he was out of it. At that point, I realized there


they lead, that leader is destined to succeed. I’ve always found that the key is a small span of control. By directly inspiring five to seven of my key executives and department heads, I know that they in turn inspire that same passion in the five to seven people they lead, and so on and so forth, it will keep the operation running at a superior level. SVL: What advice were you given when you were young growing up that stands out as meaningful and inspiring to you … and what advice do you like to give to aspiring men and women in business, in life and in general today?

Paul celebrates the opening of APR’s new location in Almaden PH: Some of the best advice I received when I was young actually came to me as an example of spirit.

ommend? Do you like to write? Do you like music? And, if yes,

When I was in high school, I had a teacher who was a favorite

what possibly in particular? Do you like to exercise?

among the students. He took regular short leaves, and while

Paul says a few words at the Alameda Grand Opening

he was gone often had me teach his class. At the time, I didn’t

PH: I love to garden and read. I play the piano, the trombone,

know his reason for taking leaves, but not too long after, he

and even used to play the guitar on the radio in Utah. I live

died of cancer. Everyone was devastated, and no one at the

close to the office, so I used to walk to work regularly, and now I swim three times a week.

was much more to wrestling than just strength and size. It is

ple-wise and support-wise, how has business changed? What

school knew he had even been sick. That made a huge im-

a science; you have to have a strategy and you have to know

has remained constant?

pression on me – not only in his fortitude to make the best of

what you’re doing. I find that lesson to always be true in my

his life – but it also made me realize that I have to make the

SVL: Do you like to travel? If yes, what places have you partic-

life and in business as well. That coach continued to train me. I

PH: Opening our doors in Silicon Valley in 1990, we knew fo-

moments count when I have them.

ularly enjoyed? What places do you still wish to see … or visit

never lost a match until the all-state championship finals.

cusing on all of the exciting technological advances taking

again?

place in the area could really set us apart from our competi-

Advice I give to aspiring men and women in business is to al-

SVL: When you founded Alain Pinel Realtors in 1990, did you

tion. We quickly started working with a former IBM engineer

ways seize the opportunities that they find in life. I’ve never

PH: My favorite places to visit are Hawaii and Germany. We

have any idea it would grow to become #5 in the United States

who had become a real estate broker, and he developed real

really set goals. I see opportunities in the moment and look to

used to take our whole family (eventually as many as 30 mem-

and #1 in California in Residential Real Estate? What kind of

estate software for us that was brand new to the industry. To

the future to picture what can be. There is no greater accom-

bers!) on trips to Hawaii and Europe.

path has it been like – looking back and now looking ahead?

be honest, in that first year, it didn’t operate very well. Every

plishment than to see an opportunity to create something,

night, our engineer would be working to improve it, and that

perfect it, and by doing so open up the possibility for other

SVL: Are there any nonprofits that you are particularly close

PH: At that point, I had quite a bit of experience in business

is when Steve Jobs got involved. Steve even appeared at our

opportunities that can be developed as well.

with that you like, support and / or recommend?

plus I had bought and sold real estate. My two partners were

next grand opening, and once we started collaborating with

both executives in their companies and very experienced.

him, we were miles ahead within the industry. We’re always

SVL: What accomplishments are you most proud of and what

PH: There are several. We try to spread our personal and com-

My biggest concern was if they were going to stick with the

striving to be on the forefront, and throughout the years we

thoughts do you have about what you still wish to see and ac-

pany contributions among several non-profits and charitable

business for the long haul. They both told me they could bring

have gone through countless generations of hardware and

complish?

organizations, especially local groups.

large groups of agents to APR, and I thought, with that start,

software. As we all know, with tech, things move so fast, and

how can we lose? When they did leave, there was so much in-

our excellent technology department keeps up for us.

PH: I am incredibly proud of my family. My wife of course –

SVL: If you could host a dinner and could invite anyone you’d

vested, I had to make it work. Now it’s 25 years later, and we’re

we have a very strong marriage of 59 years – and our children,

like (living or not), who would you like to invite and what would

still thriving.

both in everything they have accomplished, and what they

you like to talk about?

SVL: What is your definition of Leadership?

have taught their own children. SVL: From 1990 to today, technologically speaking, how have

PH: I believe that if a leader can inspire his or her team in such

things changed? As you have grown so over these years, how have you learned much and adapted well to change? Peo-

PH: I had a daughter who died tragically when she was very

a way that he or she can then depend on them performing at

SVL: What interests and hobbies do you enjoy? Do you like to

young – I would love nothing more than to be able to sit and

the same level within their own sphere, inspiring those whom

read? Do you have favorite books and books you like to rec-

have dinner with her.


they lead, that leader is destined to succeed. I’ve always found that the key is a small span of control. By directly inspiring five to seven of my key executives and department heads, I know that they in turn inspire that same passion in the five to seven people they lead, and so on and so forth, it will keep the operation running at a superior level. SVL: What advice were you given when you were young growing up that stands out as meaningful and inspiring to you … and what advice do you like to give to aspiring men and women in business, in life and in general today?

Paul celebrates the opening of APR’s new location in Almaden PH: Some of the best advice I received when I was young actually came to me as an example of spirit.

ommend? Do you like to write? Do you like music? And, if yes,

When I was in high school, I had a teacher who was a favorite

what possibly in particular? Do you like to exercise?

among the students. He took regular short leaves, and while

Paul says a few words at the Alameda Grand Opening

he was gone often had me teach his class. At the time, I didn’t

PH: I love to garden and read. I play the piano, the trombone,

know his reason for taking leaves, but not too long after, he

and even used to play the guitar on the radio in Utah. I live

died of cancer. Everyone was devastated, and no one at the

close to the office, so I used to walk to work regularly, and now I swim three times a week.

was much more to wrestling than just strength and size. It is

ple-wise and support-wise, how has business changed? What

school knew he had even been sick. That made a huge im-

a science; you have to have a strategy and you have to know

has remained constant?

pression on me – not only in his fortitude to make the best of

what you’re doing. I find that lesson to always be true in my

his life – but it also made me realize that I have to make the

SVL: Do you like to travel? If yes, what places have you partic-

life and in business as well. That coach continued to train me. I

PH: Opening our doors in Silicon Valley in 1990, we knew fo-

moments count when I have them.

ularly enjoyed? What places do you still wish to see … or visit

never lost a match until the all-state championship finals.

cusing on all of the exciting technological advances taking

again?

place in the area could really set us apart from our competi-

Advice I give to aspiring men and women in business is to al-

SVL: When you founded Alain Pinel Realtors in 1990, did you

tion. We quickly started working with a former IBM engineer

ways seize the opportunities that they find in life. I’ve never

PH: My favorite places to visit are Hawaii and Germany. We

have any idea it would grow to become #5 in the United States

who had become a real estate broker, and he developed real

really set goals. I see opportunities in the moment and look to

used to take our whole family (eventually as many as 30 mem-

and #1 in California in Residential Real Estate? What kind of

estate software for us that was brand new to the industry. To

the future to picture what can be. There is no greater accom-

bers!) on trips to Hawaii and Europe.

path has it been like – looking back and now looking ahead?

be honest, in that first year, it didn’t operate very well. Every

plishment than to see an opportunity to create something,

night, our engineer would be working to improve it, and that

perfect it, and by doing so open up the possibility for other

SVL: Are there any nonprofits that you are particularly close

PH: At that point, I had quite a bit of experience in business

is when Steve Jobs got involved. Steve even appeared at our

opportunities that can be developed as well.

with that you like, support and / or recommend?

plus I had bought and sold real estate. My two partners were

next grand opening, and once we started collaborating with

both executives in their companies and very experienced.

him, we were miles ahead within the industry. We’re always

SVL: What accomplishments are you most proud of and what

PH: There are several. We try to spread our personal and com-

My biggest concern was if they were going to stick with the

striving to be on the forefront, and throughout the years we

thoughts do you have about what you still wish to see and ac-

pany contributions among several non-profits and charitable

business for the long haul. They both told me they could bring

have gone through countless generations of hardware and

complish?

organizations, especially local groups.

large groups of agents to APR, and I thought, with that start,

software. As we all know, with tech, things move so fast, and

how can we lose? When they did leave, there was so much in-

our excellent technology department keeps up for us.

PH: I am incredibly proud of my family. My wife of course –

SVL: If you could host a dinner and could invite anyone you’d

vested, I had to make it work. Now it’s 25 years later, and we’re

we have a very strong marriage of 59 years – and our children,

like (living or not), who would you like to invite and what would

still thriving.

both in everything they have accomplished, and what they

you like to talk about?

SVL: What is your definition of Leadership?

have taught their own children. SVL: From 1990 to today, technologically speaking, how have

PH: I believe that if a leader can inspire his or her team in such

things changed? As you have grown so over these years, how have you learned much and adapted well to change? Peo-

PH: I had a daughter who died tragically when she was very

a way that he or she can then depend on them performing at

SVL: What interests and hobbies do you enjoy? Do you like to

young – I would love nothing more than to be able to sit and

the same level within their own sphere, inspiring those whom

read? Do you have favorite books and books you like to rec-

have dinner with her.


Ken Korach, Oakland A’s Radio Announcer A GREAT PASSION FOR THE GAME AND LIFE ITSELF

K

en Korach has been living the life of a dream come true. For the past 19 years he has been and is the radio voice of the Oakland A’s. He was born in Los Angeles in 1952. He is the son of a high school and junior college baseball and basketball coach. He has loved sports since the day he was born and remembers playing catch before he could walk. He grew up minutes from Dodger Stadium, but in his childhood grew up an Angels fan … because they were local and born then, too, in 1961. It’s as if real life angels have been watching over Ken and everything has been in an exciting and perfect alignment. Beyond a doubt, Ken grew up in a family and household that has always loved life, sports and broadcasting. As Ken puts it, he had heroes growing up. Growing up, “We were a CBS Family”. Every night, they would watch Walter Cronkite. He was certainly one. There was a book, The Morrow Boys … Ed Morrow was yet another … and the family tree of great broadcasters … also an inspiration. He grew up listening to the greats: Vin Scully and Chick Hearn and Dick Enberg … and another he loved listening to: Bill King doing the Warriors games. Also Bill King doing the Raiders games, and then Bill King and Lon Simmons doing the A’s games. “Indeed, I loved broadcasting as much as I loved sports.” Ken first went to San Diego State, where he was Sports Editor of the school newspaper, and then graduated from UC Santa Barbara. His broadcasting career began in Petaluma in 1980, doing a variety of things, including high school sports and eventually Sonoma State football and basketball in 1982. He went on to do A-ball part-time in 1981 and a full-season of A-ball (California League) in 1984. The team was in Rohnert Park … and then AAA-ball in 1986 in Phoenix. It was a distance, yet, from where he was heading. He was growing and so was his reputation. Unbeknownst to him, perhaps, it would be just a matter of time and he was enjoying it all. In addition to baseball, he would also broadcast both football and basketball for San Jose State and UNLV. He was also broadcasting AAA-ball (Pacific Coast League) in Las Vegas … that was when he got “the call” … To read the rest of this great article, please go to our Silicon Valley Talk website (www.siliconvalleytalk.com) and enjoy the balance under the category “Sports”.


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e met in what was a different day and age. Yet, it seems like yesterday. I remember the team arriving … It was amid a lot of excitement back then. It was 1962. Professional basketball was coming to San Francisco and the Bay Area! Meet the NBA … Meet the Warriors … Meet Al Attles. It was just a few years before, in 1958, Major League Baseball had just successfully moved the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles and the New York Giants to San Francisco, becoming the first two professional baseball teams west of the Mississippi. In 1962, the National Basketball Association (the NBA) followed, and successfully moved the Minneapolis Lakers to Los Angeles and the Philadelphia Warriors to San Francisco, becoming the first two professional basketball teams west of the Mississippi. It was quite an era here back then. John Kennedy was President, no sign yet of the Beatles (and their concert at Candlestick Park coming just a bit later in 1964) and our San Francisco Giants, in just their 5th year here and playing in what was a “beautiful” new Candlestick Park, were playing the New York Yankees in the World Series. It would be two years later, in 1964, San Francisco would host the GOP National Convention here at the San Francisco Cow Palace, starring Barry Goldwater. It would be 23 years later, in 1985, for Super Bowl XIX at the older Stanford Stadium and 54 years later, in 2016, for Super Bowl 50 to return to the Bay Area. During this time, the 49ers have won 5 Super Bowls, the Giants have won two World Series and the Warriors have won one NBA Championship, in 1975, with Al Attles as the Head Coach. Fast forward to the present day and it’s the same wonderful Al Attles. The same warm, friendly smile, the same positive endearing energy and the same unforgettable and most recognizable voice. And, now, there’s all this wonderful history, stories and people we can talk about, too. Al is everyone’s best friend and everyone is Al’s best friend. Case in point, to this very day, his North Carolina A&T basketball teammates are all still extremely close. They won championships playing together as a team some 50+ years ago and they still talk with one another, frequently, all the time, and as recently as just yesterday … To read the rest of Coach Al Attles’ great article, please go to our Silicon Valley Talk website (www.siliconvalleytalk.com) and enjoy the balance under the category “Sports”.


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stop and say, ‘Wow this or Wow, I’m a success at this’. Well, I’m just doing it. I’m still doing it. It’s never over. You’re always working to get better. SVL: What advice do you offer to aspiring basketball players or aspiring youth? TV: In anything, if you want to be accomplished, you have to put a lot of time into something. You have to love it. You have to have passion for it. For someone to do anything, you need to be passionate about it, excited about it, enthusiastic and work at it every day. And you don’t know where it’s going to take you. I had no idea that basketball would take me to where it has taken me. But, I love basketball. I love to watch

THE LOVE OF THE GAME,

A great student ... a great teacher ... a great leader. Tara VanDerveer and team in their pregame preparation as they were about to play UConn in the Final Four.

Music and Life A Fascinating Conversation with Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer

it, I love to play it; I love to think about it, talk about it. I still do. To be good at something, yes, you have to put a lot of time into it, and you have to have a plan - how to always improve and get better. SVL: What advice do you offer people in life in general? TV: Young people that I meet, or even if I’m speaking, I think first of all, for the most part - I mean look at our lives, how fortunate we are to live where we live, the people that we are around, the opportunities that we have, the beauty of the Bay Area, all this great weather … It’s not to say that there aren’t problems or issues. I say to our team: when you wake up in the morning, you have two choices: Are you going to have a good day or are you going to have a great day? Make it a

Tara VanDerveer is the Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women’s Basketball at

life and the people she meets … and she loves her coaching. There is so

Stanford University. She is one of the greatest coaches, men or women, bas-

much … in basketball … in music … and in life … She is the ultimate student

ketball or any sport, of any era. She is just one of six Women’s College Basket-

of all … and the ultimate teacher, too. I hope you enjoy this visit with her as

ball coaches to win more than 900 games … and coaches at one of the very

much I certainly have.

few schools where the academic standards are so high, so many of the best recruits cannot be admitted and play for Stanford.

SVL: What is your definition of leadership? TV: I think leaders are people that don’t complain; they are people that get

Tara has won two national championships, 23 Pac-12 Championships, 11 Pac-

things done. Leaders to me are people with high energy; they really care

12 Tournament Championships and was the coach of the US Olympic Wom-

about the people they are working with. They care about the outcome of

en’s Basketball Team in Atlanta that went 60-0 and won the Gold Medal. She

events; they are unselfish, are very determined and are very resilient. I like

is also on the verge of becoming the winningest NCAA Women’s Basketball

resilient leaders. Having worked with different teams, leaders have to set a

Coach in history.

good example, they have to be people that you can identify with. Yes, the same can be said about coaching.

In 1985, Tara accepted the challenge of coming to Stanford where on the west coast women’s basketball was merely an afterthought. Tara saw some-

SVL: What is your definition of success?

thing … it called to her … and she has never looked back. She loves it here.

TV: I don’t know that I have a definition of success just because it seems like

“There is a culture of excellence here. We are part of a special place in time, to

it’s so fluid. To me, nothing is “done”. It is always a journey. So maybe you’re

be here, to be in the Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. It is very energizing and

lying on your deathbed and then you can say, “Wow, that was a success”. But,

it’s motivating. It gives me an incredible amount of energy.”

everything to me, a success seems like it’s a final answer. A final, here’s a successful season - Well, you’re always working on always improving and getting

She loves her piano every day, she loves her training for a triathlon, she loves

better. So, that’s a hard one for me. I am just kind of in the moment. I don’t

great day and do the things to make it a great day, by giving to others and by being excited. SVL: What would you say about how much life is about sports and sports is about life? TV: To me basketball is just my medium. Basketball, it could be an art, it could be ballet, it could be music. Anything you do, if someone is passionate about computers, or cars, what-

So excited. Tara VanDerveer loved being the honorary coach of the

ever it is you’re passionate about, that’s what you try to do,

Stanford football team. It was such fun and, sure enough, Stanford won big.

you try and learn as much as you can about them – work as hard as you can, like for me, to making our team as good as

cruiting weekend this weekend, so we are hoping there will be some more of those that want

it can be. Like Tesla, how do you make a great car, how do

what we call, “to be on the wall” … To be on the wall, they are great players, or All-Americans,

you make the great working environment. Whatever it is, it’s

or they’re great team players - teammates like Krista Rappahahn, who is now a doctor here at

all the same to me. You’re always recruiting, you’re always

Stanford – so it’s not just the All-American best, but All-American caliber players, teammates,

coaching. But basketball is my medium.

the whole thing. It’s going to be a big game this weekend vs. Arizona. You know, I’m the honorary coach this

SVL: What do you look for in your recruits?

weekend at the football game. I am very excited about it. I’m going to be talking to the team

TV: You know, really, it’s are they great basketball players and

Friday night. We have our recruits here, so it’s going to be a very busy weekend. I’ll be running

are they great students? And, then, those are people that we

out onto the field, will be there for the toss of the coin, I’ll be on the field and also in the stands

recruit. You hope the fact that they are very disciplined aca-

with our recruits, so I’ll be running back and forth. I am really excited about it.

demically and that they work really hard.

Over the years, I have been here with such great Football coaches … I have been very close

We just try to keep recruiting and it’s going to be a big re-

with a number of them. Coaches like Bill Walsh, Tyrone Willingham, Jim Harbaugh, David


stop and say, ‘Wow this or Wow, I’m a success at this’. Well, I’m just doing it. I’m still doing it. It’s never over. You’re always working to get better. SVL: What advice do you offer to aspiring basketball players or aspiring youth? TV: In anything, if you want to be accomplished, you have to put a lot of time into something. You have to love it. You have to have passion for it. For someone to do anything, you need to be passionate about it, excited about it, enthusiastic and work at it every day. And you don’t know where it’s going to take you. I had no idea that basketball would take me to where it has taken me. But, I love basketball. I love to watch

THE LOVE OF THE GAME,

A great student ... a great teacher ... a great leader. Tara VanDerveer and team in their pregame preparation as they were about to play UConn in the Final Four.

Music and Life A Fascinating Conversation with Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer

it, I love to play it; I love to think about it, talk about it. I still do. To be good at something, yes, you have to put a lot of time into it, and you have to have a plan - how to always improve and get better. SVL: What advice do you offer people in life in general? TV: Young people that I meet, or even if I’m speaking, I think first of all, for the most part - I mean look at our lives, how fortunate we are to live where we live, the people that we are around, the opportunities that we have, the beauty of the Bay Area, all this great weather … It’s not to say that there aren’t problems or issues. I say to our team: when you wake up in the morning, you have two choices: Are you going to have a good day or are you going to have a great day? Make it a

Tara VanDerveer is the Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women’s Basketball at

life and the people she meets … and she loves her coaching. There is so

Stanford University. She is one of the greatest coaches, men or women, bas-

much … in basketball … in music … and in life … She is the ultimate student

ketball or any sport, of any era. She is just one of six Women’s College Basket-

of all … and the ultimate teacher, too. I hope you enjoy this visit with her as

ball coaches to win more than 900 games … and coaches at one of the very

much I certainly have.

few schools where the academic standards are so high, so many of the best recruits cannot be admitted and play for Stanford.

SVL: What is your definition of leadership? TV: I think leaders are people that don’t complain; they are people that get

Tara has won two national championships, 23 Pac-12 Championships, 11 Pac-

things done. Leaders to me are people with high energy; they really care

12 Tournament Championships and was the coach of the US Olympic Wom-

about the people they are working with. They care about the outcome of

en’s Basketball Team in Atlanta that went 60-0 and won the Gold Medal. She

events; they are unselfish, are very determined and are very resilient. I like

is also on the verge of becoming the winningest NCAA Women’s Basketball

resilient leaders. Having worked with different teams, leaders have to set a

Coach in history.

good example, they have to be people that you can identify with. Yes, the same can be said about coaching.

In 1985, Tara accepted the challenge of coming to Stanford where on the west coast women’s basketball was merely an afterthought. Tara saw some-

SVL: What is your definition of success?

thing … it called to her … and she has never looked back. She loves it here.

TV: I don’t know that I have a definition of success just because it seems like

“There is a culture of excellence here. We are part of a special place in time, to

it’s so fluid. To me, nothing is “done”. It is always a journey. So maybe you’re

be here, to be in the Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. It is very energizing and

lying on your deathbed and then you can say, “Wow, that was a success”. But,

it’s motivating. It gives me an incredible amount of energy.”

everything to me, a success seems like it’s a final answer. A final, here’s a successful season - Well, you’re always working on always improving and getting

She loves her piano every day, she loves her training for a triathlon, she loves

better. So, that’s a hard one for me. I am just kind of in the moment. I don’t

great day and do the things to make it a great day, by giving to others and by being excited. SVL: What would you say about how much life is about sports and sports is about life? TV: To me basketball is just my medium. Basketball, it could be an art, it could be ballet, it could be music. Anything you do, if someone is passionate about computers, or cars, what-

So excited. Tara VanDerveer loved being the honorary coach of the

ever it is you’re passionate about, that’s what you try to do,

Stanford football team. It was such fun and, sure enough, Stanford won big.

you try and learn as much as you can about them – work as hard as you can, like for me, to making our team as good as

cruiting weekend this weekend, so we are hoping there will be some more of those that want

it can be. Like Tesla, how do you make a great car, how do

what we call, “to be on the wall” … To be on the wall, they are great players, or All-Americans,

you make the great working environment. Whatever it is, it’s

or they’re great team players - teammates like Krista Rappahahn, who is now a doctor here at

all the same to me. You’re always recruiting, you’re always

Stanford – so it’s not just the All-American best, but All-American caliber players, teammates,

coaching. But basketball is my medium.

the whole thing. It’s going to be a big game this weekend vs. Arizona. You know, I’m the honorary coach this

SVL: What do you look for in your recruits?

weekend at the football game. I am very excited about it. I’m going to be talking to the team

TV: You know, really, it’s are they great basketball players and

Friday night. We have our recruits here, so it’s going to be a very busy weekend. I’ll be running

are they great students? And, then, those are people that we

out onto the field, will be there for the toss of the coin, I’ll be on the field and also in the stands

recruit. You hope the fact that they are very disciplined aca-

with our recruits, so I’ll be running back and forth. I am really excited about it.

demically and that they work really hard.

Over the years, I have been here with such great Football coaches … I have been very close

We just try to keep recruiting and it’s going to be a big re-

with a number of them. Coaches like Bill Walsh, Tyrone Willingham, Jim Harbaugh, David


The Girls’ Basketball Camp in Maples Pavilion at Stanford. The teaching and the learning of the game start early on. It’s fun and exciting and valuable, in so many ways, for a lifetime. TV: I think the main thing is to have a great attitude and make a great effort

ski or play tennis when I am 80. So, maybe I will, I don’t know.

… and I’ll get along with players that do that. I love players that are great

So very proud of all her kids as if they’re her own. Here, Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike stand with their gleaming coach as they receive their WBCA All-America awards at the Final Four festivities.

teammates. They’re not just talented players. Talented players that work

SVL: Please tell us something about your wonderful Summer Basketball

hard, that have a great attitude, that work well with other people, that are re-

Camp …

spectful. You know, it is fun. Yes, it often is a grind. It is a lot of traveling. I want

TV: It’s something we do every year. It’s a great camp. There are over 700

people that are fun to be around, that are upbeat and positive, that are not

who attend, from all across the country, from all around the world. Our

complainers or deadbeat. Unfortunately, I think it is a challenge sometimes.

Eileen Roche (Assistant Athletic Director of Basketball Operations) here

Everyone says that the athletes have changed. Well, it’s the environment that

at Stanford runs it. It’s an opportunity to learn so much. I think in any

has changed … You know now with Social Media, Twitter, Facebook, all that,

sport you have to learn the fundamentals. And so many kids want to skip

that has made people different. I think at the core people are the same, but

through that. Like in music you have to learn the scales. You are not going

Shaw … I have been here with eight different Head Football Coaches … I

little bit. I work out. I’m kind of doing my own training for a triathlon. I swim

the circumstances are very different. We all want to feel appreciated; we want

to be a great pianist just sitting down hacking away at Beethoven or some-

have seen a lot, you know, and learned a lot.

twice a week, I bike twice a week and I run twice a week; I’m trying to get into

to work with people that care about us.

thing. You have to start right at the beginning.

better shape.

I am shocked at the number of people that I talk to out in the business world

SVL: In closing, a few words of gratitude …

SVL: What have been some of your favorite moments and memories. What’s

I love to read. As for the kids, I think they have so much studying to do, maybe

who don’t really learn the lessons that are learned in the gym or on a team. I

TV: Something I want to include here, is a part of my life that is so very

it like, such special moments?

during a break I’ll give them a book, or recommend a book to them, maybe

have talked with friends of mine that are CEO’s and they tell me about shock-

important, my sister, Heidi. She is the Women’s Basketball Head Coach

TV: Fabulous winning national championships; winning the first one in 1990,

over the summer, but for the most part, they are in summer school and al-

ing adult misbehavior that is really very sad in this day and age, when we

at University of California San Diego. I am so fortunate that I can bounce

was unbelievable. To go from being a .500 team, Jennifer Azzi’s freshman

ready have so much reading to do. I’m reading right now, Dead Wake, a book

want to be efficient and we want to win as a team.

ideas off of her and I talk with her all the time. We are so close and I think

year, to a National Championship Team in Knoxville. I mean, it was a Cinder-

about the sinking of the Lusitania. I read about 15 books over the summer,

ella Story … it was just fabulous. I loved that. And winning again in 1992 was

mostly non-fiction. One book about the Wright Brothers … some historical

SVL: What’s this about your training for a triathlon?

Also, something I am becoming more involved with, is one of our games

awesome. I think cutting down the nets from the Regional Championship

fiction … but a lot of variety.

TV: I do triathlon training … but I do my own triathlon. I do it with friends

called the Nike N7 Game … it’s our “Native American Game”. This grew

to go the Final Four that’s really exciting. Winning the Olympics Gold Medal

I love music. I love Opera. I am hoping to go to the San Francisco Opera this

in the summer, in June, July and August. We’ll do a mile swim and a fifteen

out of a fabulous clinic that was put together - with Ganon Baker, who’s

was really fun.

year. I don’t feel like I take advantage of all the great things in the Bay Area. I

mile bike ride and a five mile run. And maybe we’ll do more the next time,

like a God in what he does in basketball skills training, who was there – he

You know, I take pleasure in each day. Just watching the improvement,

love to listen to music and love going to concerts. Basically, I have too many

and maybe we’ll increase upon it each time, each month. During the season,

came with his wife - along with Johnny (Johnny Dawkins, Stanford Men’s

watching the young people grow up. Watching the young people, I’m just so

interests for the time I have in a day. And work, too. I get up early and stay up

during the year, I try to exercise every day.

Basketball Coach) – one call was all it took, “I’ll be there for you, Coach!”, he

proud of them. You know, someone like Jennifer Azzi, who is now the Head

late and I go to bed exhausted. But I sleep well.

Coach at USF; Sonja Henning, who is a Vice President up at Nike; Kate Starbird,

we benefit from that.

said … I just love Johnny Dawkins! – also Amy (Amy Tucker, Stanford WomSVL: Do You have your favorite music? Your favorite composers? Inspira-

en’s Basketball Coach), my sister, Heidi, Ceal (Ceal Barry, retired University

who is a Professor up at the University of Washington; just go through the

SVL: Are you close to any nonprofits?

tions?

of Colorado Women’s Basketball Coach) and myself. This was on the Salish

whole list (it’s a long list) of all these great players and great people I’ve been

TV: I am. Two. One is JobTrain. JobTrain is a fantastic service basically giving

TV: There are so many great … I love Chopin, Brahms, Mozart. I love the

Kootenai Indian reservation in Montana. I am so grateful to all, that we

around; it’s always fun, it’s really exciting.

people a skill set to get hired. I am on the JobTrain Board and I am very proud

classics more than anything. There are so many, that I wouldn’t want to limit

were all there. It was, it is fantastic.

of what JobTrain does. It is a fantastic organization. It is located right by Face-

myself to one or two or three. I have been playing for about 15 years, but I am

SVL: What are some of your outside hobbies, interests, passions and activi-

book. The other nonprofit I am close to is the Humane Society Silicon Valley.

not very good. It’s the hardest thing. Playing the piano is the hardest thing.

I think a big part of who I want to be is to give back. I feel so fortunate. Wheth-

ties?

I love my dogs.

But I love it.

er it’s helping the Onetta Harris Community Center (in East Palo Alto) or Job-

I am very fortunate that I have a great teacher. But, lately, I have been doing

Train … or doing things with our team like volunteering at the hospital or

TV: I love to ski, snow skiing (I don’t get to do too much of it because it’s during the season), water skiing (I enjoy getting in a lot of water skiing). I sail,

SVL: Great coaches bring great winning philosophies. What are some of

more active, physical things just because I realize I want to be in better shape.

serving Thanksgiving meals … I think it’s really an important part of what I do

I love to sail, I have three sailboats actually at different places. I play tennis a

Coach Tara VanDerveer philosophies?

I can play the piano when I am 80, whereas I might not be able to water ski or

… and who I am.


The Girls’ Basketball Camp in Maples Pavilion at Stanford. The teaching and the learning of the game start early on. It’s fun and exciting and valuable, in so many ways, for a lifetime. TV: I think the main thing is to have a great attitude and make a great effort

ski or play tennis when I am 80. So, maybe I will, I don’t know.

… and I’ll get along with players that do that. I love players that are great

So very proud of all her kids as if they’re her own. Here, Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike stand with their gleaming coach as they receive their WBCA All-America awards at the Final Four festivities.

teammates. They’re not just talented players. Talented players that work

SVL: Please tell us something about your wonderful Summer Basketball

hard, that have a great attitude, that work well with other people, that are re-

Camp …

spectful. You know, it is fun. Yes, it often is a grind. It is a lot of traveling. I want

TV: It’s something we do every year. It’s a great camp. There are over 700

people that are fun to be around, that are upbeat and positive, that are not

who attend, from all across the country, from all around the world. Our

complainers or deadbeat. Unfortunately, I think it is a challenge sometimes.

Eileen Roche (Assistant Athletic Director of Basketball Operations) here

Everyone says that the athletes have changed. Well, it’s the environment that

at Stanford runs it. It’s an opportunity to learn so much. I think in any

has changed … You know now with Social Media, Twitter, Facebook, all that,

sport you have to learn the fundamentals. And so many kids want to skip

that has made people different. I think at the core people are the same, but

through that. Like in music you have to learn the scales. You are not going

Shaw … I have been here with eight different Head Football Coaches … I

little bit. I work out. I’m kind of doing my own training for a triathlon. I swim

the circumstances are very different. We all want to feel appreciated; we want

to be a great pianist just sitting down hacking away at Beethoven or some-

have seen a lot, you know, and learned a lot.

twice a week, I bike twice a week and I run twice a week; I’m trying to get into

to work with people that care about us.

thing. You have to start right at the beginning.

better shape.

I am shocked at the number of people that I talk to out in the business world

SVL: In closing, a few words of gratitude …

SVL: What have been some of your favorite moments and memories. What’s

I love to read. As for the kids, I think they have so much studying to do, maybe

who don’t really learn the lessons that are learned in the gym or on a team. I

TV: Something I want to include here, is a part of my life that is so very

it like, such special moments?

during a break I’ll give them a book, or recommend a book to them, maybe

have talked with friends of mine that are CEO’s and they tell me about shock-

important, my sister, Heidi. She is the Women’s Basketball Head Coach

TV: Fabulous winning national championships; winning the first one in 1990,

over the summer, but for the most part, they are in summer school and al-

ing adult misbehavior that is really very sad in this day and age, when we

at University of California San Diego. I am so fortunate that I can bounce

was unbelievable. To go from being a .500 team, Jennifer Azzi’s freshman

ready have so much reading to do. I’m reading right now, Dead Wake, a book

want to be efficient and we want to win as a team.

ideas off of her and I talk with her all the time. We are so close and I think

year, to a National Championship Team in Knoxville. I mean, it was a Cinder-

about the sinking of the Lusitania. I read about 15 books over the summer,

ella Story … it was just fabulous. I loved that. And winning again in 1992 was

mostly non-fiction. One book about the Wright Brothers … some historical

SVL: What’s this about your training for a triathlon?

Also, something I am becoming more involved with, is one of our games

awesome. I think cutting down the nets from the Regional Championship

fiction … but a lot of variety.

TV: I do triathlon training … but I do my own triathlon. I do it with friends

called the Nike N7 Game … it’s our “Native American Game”. This grew

to go the Final Four that’s really exciting. Winning the Olympics Gold Medal

I love music. I love Opera. I am hoping to go to the San Francisco Opera this

in the summer, in June, July and August. We’ll do a mile swim and a fifteen

out of a fabulous clinic that was put together - with Ganon Baker, who’s

was really fun.

year. I don’t feel like I take advantage of all the great things in the Bay Area. I

mile bike ride and a five mile run. And maybe we’ll do more the next time,

like a God in what he does in basketball skills training, who was there – he

You know, I take pleasure in each day. Just watching the improvement,

love to listen to music and love going to concerts. Basically, I have too many

and maybe we’ll increase upon it each time, each month. During the season,

came with his wife - along with Johnny (Johnny Dawkins, Stanford Men’s

watching the young people grow up. Watching the young people, I’m just so

interests for the time I have in a day. And work, too. I get up early and stay up

during the year, I try to exercise every day.

Basketball Coach) – one call was all it took, “I’ll be there for you, Coach!”, he

proud of them. You know, someone like Jennifer Azzi, who is now the Head

late and I go to bed exhausted. But I sleep well.

Coach at USF; Sonja Henning, who is a Vice President up at Nike; Kate Starbird,

we benefit from that.

said … I just love Johnny Dawkins! – also Amy (Amy Tucker, Stanford WomSVL: Do You have your favorite music? Your favorite composers? Inspira-

en’s Basketball Coach), my sister, Heidi, Ceal (Ceal Barry, retired University

who is a Professor up at the University of Washington; just go through the

SVL: Are you close to any nonprofits?

tions?

of Colorado Women’s Basketball Coach) and myself. This was on the Salish

whole list (it’s a long list) of all these great players and great people I’ve been

TV: I am. Two. One is JobTrain. JobTrain is a fantastic service basically giving

TV: There are so many great … I love Chopin, Brahms, Mozart. I love the

Kootenai Indian reservation in Montana. I am so grateful to all, that we

around; it’s always fun, it’s really exciting.

people a skill set to get hired. I am on the JobTrain Board and I am very proud

classics more than anything. There are so many, that I wouldn’t want to limit

were all there. It was, it is fantastic.

of what JobTrain does. It is a fantastic organization. It is located right by Face-

myself to one or two or three. I have been playing for about 15 years, but I am

SVL: What are some of your outside hobbies, interests, passions and activi-

book. The other nonprofit I am close to is the Humane Society Silicon Valley.

not very good. It’s the hardest thing. Playing the piano is the hardest thing.

I think a big part of who I want to be is to give back. I feel so fortunate. Wheth-

ties?

I love my dogs.

But I love it.

er it’s helping the Onetta Harris Community Center (in East Palo Alto) or Job-

I am very fortunate that I have a great teacher. But, lately, I have been doing

Train … or doing things with our team like volunteering at the hospital or

TV: I love to ski, snow skiing (I don’t get to do too much of it because it’s during the season), water skiing (I enjoy getting in a lot of water skiing). I sail,

SVL: Great coaches bring great winning philosophies. What are some of

more active, physical things just because I realize I want to be in better shape.

serving Thanksgiving meals … I think it’s really an important part of what I do

I love to sail, I have three sailboats actually at different places. I play tennis a

Coach Tara VanDerveer philosophies?

I can play the piano when I am 80, whereas I might not be able to water ski or

… and who I am.


Marina Gavric

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ou don’t spend 20 years in the fitness industry without learning a few things about numbers. A valuable term I learned early on, and attest to, is the age old adage that “Age is nothing but a number”. Each of us has a calendar age and a biological age. We’ve all seen this … Often I will see a 30 or 40 year-old who may look and feel considerably older than his or her actual age … or a 60 or 70 year-old who may look and feel considerably younger. How and why is that? Good health and well-being, so much of it is in our mind. Also our diet and exercise. It includes an attitude, our habits, our way of life. Healthy and vibrant, the good news is we don’t have to be stuck, where we might not be happy. The choice is ours and there are things we can do to improve. We should control our health rather our health control us. Health, fitness and wellness, no matter what our age, is a great recipe that works … and is everyone’s best reward. When and how did those years get stuck within layers of unhealthy fat, lining our frames? Can you pinpoint the time you became older than you really are? Think back. Was it when you were 12 trying to get out of gym class? Maybe in college when all your time was spent studying and socializing over noodles

and cocktails? Perhaps your fitness years were lost when the children began ruling your world or work sucked you in to the career abyss? Is it possible you just haven’t found your way out. Resolving when you began losing those years is key to getting them back. No matter what your current age or fitness level, taking action in changing your fitness age, to grow younger as you age, to become a fitter and wiser you, begins with some simple, clean life choices we can all make. Ask yourself: How old am I? How old do I feel? What is my fitness age? If I have lost years of vibrant life, when did I lose them? How can I get them back? And when do I begin taking action in the fight to take them back? Don’t let your “real” age rule or get the better of you. You can do it ... let your fitness age take the spotlight! … Stay Hydrated, Stay Focused, Stay Fit!


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From Theatre To Zoos To Beaches By Rich Borell CEO & Founder Bay Area Mags

well as an impressive collection of

One of our favorite stops for drinks

fine wines and craft beers. Seasonal

is Dicks Last Resort. The food there

cocktails curated by Chef de Bar Cory

is reasonably priced with above av-

Alberto are each hand crafted with

erage portions. We all know there’s al-

meticulous attention to taste and pre-

ways a reason to party at Dicks!

sentation. Of course San Diego has some beautiful Hello Everyone,

Gaslamp Quarter:

beaches likes Coronado, La Jolla and Mission Bay.

Recently my wife and I took a long weekend trip to San Di-

Built by Ulysses S. Grant Jr. in honor of his father, the 18th

When it comes to dining, shopping and

ego, because a road trip sounded fun.

President of the United States, THE US GRANT bears distinc-

some fun, a visit to the Gaslamp Quarter Some of the sites I suggest include:

tion as a treasured National Landmark captivating world Some of the city’s most popular attractions are the muse-

travelers and hosting the city’s premier events since 1910.

• San Diego Zoo: I’d suggest a couple of days Locat-

ums, gardens, and Spanish colonial style architecture found

The hotel’s rich history includes operating a Speakeasy

ed in Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo is one of the largest

in Balboa Park, the world famous

during Prohibition to welcoming

and most famous zoos in the United States.

San Diego Zoo, and the Midway

14 U.S. Presidents, including a fire-

• SeaWorld: located along the waterfront in Mission Bay …

Aircraft Carrier Museum. For a little

side chat by President Franklin Del-

among the highlights are the myriad of shows featuring kill-

history and shopping, visitors can

ano Roosevelt.  

er whales, sea lions, dolphins, and other sea life. • Balboa Park: A great fun place for the family. Balboa Park

stroll the streets of Old Town San

is over a 1400 acre site with historical buildings, numerous

Diego State Historic Park or wander

I love that the modern updates

through the Gaslamp Quarter. San

were appropriate for the time peri-

is a must. The Gaslamp Quarter is a district made up of 16

museums, gardens, and green space.

Diego also has more than 68 miles

od of the hotel.

blocks in a historical neighborhood. If it’s night life you’re

• USS Midway Museum: The museum is an actual Aircraft

looking for … look no further. The district is loaded with

Carrier that includes over 60 exhibits and 25 restored air-

Named one of the “Best Hotel Bars”

night life venues, festivals, including Mardi Gras and at the

craft.

We decided to stay at the US Grant a Luxury Collection Ho-

in the Nation by Food & Wine, The Grant Grill Lounge offers

end of the block you will find Petco Park home of the San

San Diego, a perfect blend of attractions, tourism, awesome

tel. When you stay at the US Grant you will feel like you’re

a unique Gaslamp Quarter experience, equally tantalizing

Diego Padres.

restaurants, blue skies and lots of fun for any age!

staying at the Four Seasons. A National icon since 1910, is

for late-night revelry or mid-day happy hour. With Mixolo-

situated in the city’s lively and historic downtown Gaslamp

gist, Sommelier and Cicerone Jeff Jesenhans at the helm of

The area is loaded with great restaurants like the Bandar

Quarter, just steps from top shopping, dining, and enter-

the beverage offerings, signature drinks include US GRANT

Restaurant and elegant Persian Restaurant, Rei Do Gado a

tainment, and a short drive from the destination’s world-re-

exclusives like the 100 Day Barrel Aged Centennial Manhat-

Brazilian Steakhouse and Seafood Restaurant that features

nowned beaches, museums and family attractions.

tan and Silver Medal award-winning Genepi Americana, as

a gluten free menu.

of beaches in and around the city.


WEEKEND GETAWAYS

WEEKEND GETAWAYS

From Theatre To Zoos To Beaches By Rich Borell CEO & Founder Bay Area Mags

well as an impressive collection of

One of our favorite stops for drinks

fine wines and craft beers. Seasonal

is Dicks Last Resort. The food there

cocktails curated by Chef de Bar Cory

is reasonably priced with above av-

Alberto are each hand crafted with

erage portions. We all know there’s al-

meticulous attention to taste and pre-

ways a reason to party at Dicks!

sentation. Of course San Diego has some beautiful Hello Everyone,

Gaslamp Quarter:

beaches likes Coronado, La Jolla and Mission Bay.

Recently my wife and I took a long weekend trip to San Di-

Built by Ulysses S. Grant Jr. in honor of his father, the 18th

When it comes to dining, shopping and

ego, because a road trip sounded fun.

President of the United States, THE US GRANT bears distinc-

some fun, a visit to the Gaslamp Quarter Some of the sites I suggest include:

tion as a treasured National Landmark captivating world Some of the city’s most popular attractions are the muse-

travelers and hosting the city’s premier events since 1910.

• San Diego Zoo: I’d suggest a couple of days Locat-

ums, gardens, and Spanish colonial style architecture found

The hotel’s rich history includes operating a Speakeasy

ed in Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo is one of the largest

in Balboa Park, the world famous

during Prohibition to welcoming

and most famous zoos in the United States.

San Diego Zoo, and the Midway

14 U.S. Presidents, including a fire-

• SeaWorld: located along the waterfront in Mission Bay …

Aircraft Carrier Museum. For a little

side chat by President Franklin Del-

among the highlights are the myriad of shows featuring kill-

history and shopping, visitors can

ano Roosevelt.  

er whales, sea lions, dolphins, and other sea life. • Balboa Park: A great fun place for the family. Balboa Park

stroll the streets of Old Town San

is over a 1400 acre site with historical buildings, numerous

Diego State Historic Park or wander

I love that the modern updates

through the Gaslamp Quarter. San

were appropriate for the time peri-

is a must. The Gaslamp Quarter is a district made up of 16

museums, gardens, and green space.

Diego also has more than 68 miles

od of the hotel.

blocks in a historical neighborhood. If it’s night life you’re

• USS Midway Museum: The museum is an actual Aircraft

looking for … look no further. The district is loaded with

Carrier that includes over 60 exhibits and 25 restored air-

Named one of the “Best Hotel Bars”

night life venues, festivals, including Mardi Gras and at the

craft.

We decided to stay at the US Grant a Luxury Collection Ho-

in the Nation by Food & Wine, The Grant Grill Lounge offers

end of the block you will find Petco Park home of the San

San Diego, a perfect blend of attractions, tourism, awesome

tel. When you stay at the US Grant you will feel like you’re

a unique Gaslamp Quarter experience, equally tantalizing

Diego Padres.

restaurants, blue skies and lots of fun for any age!

staying at the Four Seasons. A National icon since 1910, is

for late-night revelry or mid-day happy hour. With Mixolo-

situated in the city’s lively and historic downtown Gaslamp

gist, Sommelier and Cicerone Jeff Jesenhans at the helm of

The area is loaded with great restaurants like the Bandar

Quarter, just steps from top shopping, dining, and enter-

the beverage offerings, signature drinks include US GRANT

Restaurant and elegant Persian Restaurant, Rei Do Gado a

tainment, and a short drive from the destination’s world-re-

exclusives like the 100 Day Barrel Aged Centennial Manhat-

Brazilian Steakhouse and Seafood Restaurant that features

nowned beaches, museums and family attractions.

tan and Silver Medal award-winning Genepi Americana, as

a gluten free menu.

of beaches in and around the city.


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WEEKEND GETAWAYS

there, the line was very, very long. It’s a big tourist spot. We moved on with our original plan to spend the day in Pioneer Square which was Seattle’s first downtown. You will see an area with character - lots of nineteenth century brick and stone buildings. You won’t find a shortage of things to keep you busy in this bustling district.

A visit to the Emerald City

By Rich Borell

About a month ago, my wife and I were thinking about a long August weekend. We’d already done an awesome road trip to South Dakota/Montana, so we thought this time we would maybe take a short flight. It didn’t take long for us to agree that we needed to go back to one of our favorite cities in the Northwest, Seattle Washington. Thursday: Our flight from San Jose was a bit delayed, but we were still able to arrive in Seattle around 2PM. The only problem, was that with the flight delay we had to miss afternoon tea at the Fairmont – But no worries, we just did it another day. We stayed at the beautiful Fairmont Olympic Hotel. It is a historic landmark and site of the original University of Washington. After checking in we strolled down for a late lunch at the Crab Pot located along the waterfront. After lunch we walked along Pioneer Square and did some shopping.

In the evening, we attended a really cool dinner event. It’s a cirque comedy cabaret called Teatro Zinzanni. Along with a multicourse meal this is one of the most entertaining performances you will ever see. Everyone- including the wait-staff and audience are a part of the show. The price per-person can range anywhere from $99 to $174 and additions can be purchased the night of the show. . They also have a really great gift shop and old time bar. It was fun and well worth the price. Friday: On Friday, I wanted to start my day at the very first Starbucks that opened in 1971 on Pike Street, but when we got

Most of the tourist attractions are within walking distance, so we walked to the Space Needle for dinner. The SkyCity Restaurant is located at the top of the Space Needle. If you ever want to dine there (and I do recommend you do) be sure to make prior reservations … they start taking them 3 months prior to your date. We had an awesome table, great service and excellent food. The restaurant rotates so you get excellent views of the city, waterways, landmarks and Mount Rainier. I had the wild salmon and my wife savored in the Prime Tenderloin. Thanks to Chef Jeff Maxfiled for a splendid dinner. Saturday: Some of our highlights today included the famous Underground Tour. There’s a few different versions and since we hadn’t been in a while, we chose the history tour. Our guide was a very passionate and extremely detailed story teller. It was great walking the underground streets hearing stories of the past underground city. We then walked back to our hotel and attended afternoon tea. This is one of my wife’s favorite things to do and I figured - if she was going to sit through a Mariners game with me on Sunday – that I’d have tea with her. Well, what’s a trip to Seattle if you don’t ride the Duck Tour? This is a combo land and water tour. Most likely your Captain will have a silly sense of humor and everyone on board will be blowing their quacker for the next 90 minutes. Highly recommended!

For dinner we went back to the waterfront to Ivar’s and had another great Wild Salmon dinner. Sunday: Today we enjoyed a leisurely morning then went for a nice long walk to SAFECO Field to watch the Mariners take on the Chicago White Sox. It’s a pretty awesome stadium … the home team crowd was very pleased as the Mariners made a great comeback to win the game. While walking back to our hotel, we remembered a great looking restaurant around the corner from the Fairmont called The Brooklyn Seafood Steak & Oyster House. They had availability and so we had another great dinner. Next thing we knew – it was Monday and we had to go home. We had a great long weekend trip and love Seattle. If you’re looking for a quick getaway, check out the Emerald City … it’s only a 2 hour flight from the bay area. Cheers


WEEKEND GETAWAYS

WEEKEND GETAWAYS

there, the line was very, very long. It’s a big tourist spot. We moved on with our original plan to spend the day in Pioneer Square which was Seattle’s first downtown. You will see an area with character - lots of nineteenth century brick and stone buildings. You won’t find a shortage of things to keep you busy in this bustling district.

A visit to the Emerald City

By Rich Borell

About a month ago, my wife and I were thinking about a long August weekend. We’d already done an awesome road trip to South Dakota/Montana, so we thought this time we would maybe take a short flight. It didn’t take long for us to agree that we needed to go back to one of our favorite cities in the Northwest, Seattle Washington. Thursday: Our flight from San Jose was a bit delayed, but we were still able to arrive in Seattle around 2PM. The only problem, was that with the flight delay we had to miss afternoon tea at the Fairmont – But no worries, we just did it another day. We stayed at the beautiful Fairmont Olympic Hotel. It is a historic landmark and site of the original University of Washington. After checking in we strolled down for a late lunch at the Crab Pot located along the waterfront. After lunch we walked along Pioneer Square and did some shopping.

In the evening, we attended a really cool dinner event. It’s a cirque comedy cabaret called Teatro Zinzanni. Along with a multicourse meal this is one of the most entertaining performances you will ever see. Everyone- including the wait-staff and audience are a part of the show. The price per-person can range anywhere from $99 to $174 and additions can be purchased the night of the show. . They also have a really great gift shop and old time bar. It was fun and well worth the price. Friday: On Friday, I wanted to start my day at the very first Starbucks that opened in 1971 on Pike Street, but when we got

Most of the tourist attractions are within walking distance, so we walked to the Space Needle for dinner. The SkyCity Restaurant is located at the top of the Space Needle. If you ever want to dine there (and I do recommend you do) be sure to make prior reservations … they start taking them 3 months prior to your date. We had an awesome table, great service and excellent food. The restaurant rotates so you get excellent views of the city, waterways, landmarks and Mount Rainier. I had the wild salmon and my wife savored in the Prime Tenderloin. Thanks to Chef Jeff Maxfiled for a splendid dinner. Saturday: Some of our highlights today included the famous Underground Tour. There’s a few different versions and since we hadn’t been in a while, we chose the history tour. Our guide was a very passionate and extremely detailed story teller. It was great walking the underground streets hearing stories of the past underground city. We then walked back to our hotel and attended afternoon tea. This is one of my wife’s favorite things to do and I figured - if she was going to sit through a Mariners game with me on Sunday – that I’d have tea with her. Well, what’s a trip to Seattle if you don’t ride the Duck Tour? This is a combo land and water tour. Most likely your Captain will have a silly sense of humor and everyone on board will be blowing their quacker for the next 90 minutes. Highly recommended!

For dinner we went back to the waterfront to Ivar’s and had another great Wild Salmon dinner. Sunday: Today we enjoyed a leisurely morning then went for a nice long walk to SAFECO Field to watch the Mariners take on the Chicago White Sox. It’s a pretty awesome stadium … the home team crowd was very pleased as the Mariners made a great comeback to win the game. While walking back to our hotel, we remembered a great looking restaurant around the corner from the Fairmont called The Brooklyn Seafood Steak & Oyster House. They had availability and so we had another great dinner. Next thing we knew – it was Monday and we had to go home. We had a great long weekend trip and love Seattle. If you’re looking for a quick getaway, check out the Emerald City … it’s only a 2 hour flight from the bay area. Cheers


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The Presidio: It’s What’s Going On!

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By Rich Borell

or many of us, the Presidio of San Francisco may only be 10-40 miles down the road. Perhaps you drive through it from Lombard to get over the GG Bridge. However, ever since the Inn at the Presidio opened a few years back, my wife and I have spent a few weekends each year staying at this historic hotel … right in the middle of the Presidio of San Francisco. This former military base has so much to offer - from its many hiking trails to enjoying the open space with your pet. This vast land has over 1,400 total acres and just under 1,000 acres of open space. If you’re looking for something to fill a day … or a weekend … or more, this vast open land sure has plenty to offer. For you history buffs, you can check out over 400 historic buildings. A good place to start is the Presidio Officer’s Club. There, you will get a good

taste of history through multi-media exhibits. One of our favorite pastimes is to hop on the PresidiGo Shuttle. One thing we really enjoy is seeing, and experiencing, the Presidio on foot. Each time we stay, we explore a different route … our favorite is going down to Crissy Field – and observing the spectacular views of the bridge. You can feel free to get off the shuttle anytime, as it has 40 stops. No matter what one’s age, one activity


WEEKEND GETAWAYS everyone would want to catch is The Walt Disney Family Museum. At the Disney Museum you will capture the true history and timeline of Walt Disney’s life and the Disney enterprise. I would suggest allowing at least four hours for this selfguided tour, as well as your hands-on experience with exhibits and taking in all the original artwork that’s there. Wish you could stay here? Well, you can. You can keep the car parked and stay at the Inn at the Presidio. This Georgian Revival-style hotel, built in the early 1900’s, was once home for bachelor officers when the Presidio was a U.S. Army post. Now you can stay here at this historic landmark. When we stay, we always put a request in for a room on the third floor. From here you get incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge, also the fog rolling in and, on clear days, you can see many sailboats. Each room is extremely spacious, offering Wi-Fi, flat panel screens and mini-fridges. For a bit more, I would suggest getting a suite on the third floor. This has a large sitting area and a gas fireplace. The hotel offers an evening wine and cheese reception … usually there’s live music, as well. Or you can stroll outside with your wine and kick back on their outdoor deck that features a large fire pit with cozy rocking chairs. It’s truly delightful. You’re also within walking distance to some nice restaurants on base. Recently opened is The Commissary, a new restaurant by the awardThe Inn at the Presidio

winning chef, Traci Des Jardins, featuring Spanishinfluenced California cuisine. One of our favorite places to eat is the Presidio Social Club – which once was the home of the ex-military barracks. Inside the Presidio Officer’s Club, you can try out Arguello. This restaurant offers Mexican food with a contemporary bar. If you still have a little time on your hands, there’s plenty more to do in the Presidio, such as: A beautiful stroll along Baker’s Beach … perhaps a round of golf at the Presidio Golf Course with its enchanted forest setting … and, yes, there’s even a bowling alley. And think you might miss that latte or cappuccino at Starbucks? Not to worry, they have one of those, too. People would love coming from all corners of the world to experience this, and do. A far away distant world that’s literally just a few minutes away. There’s the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow … for us, this is a gem at the foot of the Golden Gate.


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WEEKEND GETAWAYS

town Palm Springs. The views and grounds are awesome of the Golf Resort, they have a large pool with two hot tubs. We were also able to enjoy a little tennis. We had an early dinner reservation so we didn’t get too much activity in today. We did walk downtown and strolled the Palm Springs Walk of Stars … I heard that there are over 400 stars! Interesting and delightful to see and experience.

Palm Springs – Fun In The Desert Sun!

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By Rich Borell

ooking to relax? Perhaps a nice getaway and some sun, some fun, some R&R? How about a nice quiet desert resort? Sounded great to us. Just 100 miles east of Los Angeles was our recent long weekend getaway destination … Palm Springs. For this weekend destination we decided to do a road trip. Our journey started out early Friday morning with a quick cup for the road from Starbucks.

Along with its gift shop and Beef & Bakery store, it’s the best service along I-5 you can encounter.

Our first stop along the way was breakfast at the Harris Ranch, located in Coalinga, about two hours from Silicon Valley. If you’re traveling along Interstate 5, you may know the Harris Ranch is a welcome oasis for travelers.

After stopping off at a few rest stops to stretch a bit, our next encounter was going to be lunch. As we we’re driving, we saw a sign for a restaurant I didn’t even know still existed, so we pulled over and had lunch at Bob’s Big Boy... Yes, it was great to see them still around.

There are many amenities at this fine establishment including comfortable lodging, some of the best steaks you will ever enjoy, along with a café for that quick bite.

We arrived in the Palm Springs area around 2PM. Our stay for the next few nights was at the Desert Princess Inn. This Golf Resort is located about five miles from down-

If you’re in the Palm Springs area, then the Purple Room Restaurant & Stage is a must for dinner and a show. It all started in 1960 … The still popular venue is considered to be one of Palm Springs “Original“ Rat Pack Hangouts ... where Frank Sinatra would bring friends to Eat, Drink and Play. Saturday morning we were up early to meet our group for the Desert Adventure Tour. This is an open Jeep tour that takes you along the San Andreas Fault. The tour was great and very informative. You can experience the landscape of an active fault, walk between the steep canyon walls – we actually we’re able to have one foot on each of the two major plates in California. The tour took us through a natural Palm oasis. We also learned about the culture and lifestyle of the Cahuilla Indians and how they used the desert’s plants for food, medicine, tools, weapons, shelter and more. Our tour was about three hours. We had lunch planned at the Peaks Restaurant, located on top of the San Jacinto Mountain, over 8,500 feet up. The aerial tram will take you up the mountain. The gondola floor rotates while ascending and descending so that everyone sees everything. Yes, this is a “must” if you’re in the Palm Springs area.

Ticket prices are reasonable if you only want to take the ride up for photos and get some great hiking in. There are a couple of cool trails anyone can enjoy, and also a couple of cafés that offer a different price range, being considerate of people’s budgets. If you’re looking for entertainment in the evenings there certainly is no limit as to what’s available. You will find several high end Indian Casino Resorts close by. To fill our evening, we took in a few shows. At the Morongo Casino, we saw the very talented comedian, Lilly Tomlin. Saturday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort, we saw the very talented singer, Marie Osmond. With many points of interest, the World’s largest rotating Aerial Tramcars, over 130 Hotels & Resorts, over 100 Restaurants and sunny days practically every day of the year … If you’re looking for a nice relaxing and fun getaway, plan on enjoying a nice weekend in sunny Palm Springs. We sure did.


WEEKEND GETAWAYS

WEEKEND GETAWAYS

town Palm Springs. The views and grounds are awesome of the Golf Resort, they have a large pool with two hot tubs. We were also able to enjoy a little tennis. We had an early dinner reservation so we didn’t get too much activity in today. We did walk downtown and strolled the Palm Springs Walk of Stars … I heard that there are over 400 stars! Interesting and delightful to see and experience.

Palm Springs – Fun In The Desert Sun!

L

By Rich Borell

ooking to relax? Perhaps a nice getaway and some sun, some fun, some R&R? How about a nice quiet desert resort? Sounded great to us. Just 100 miles east of Los Angeles was our recent long weekend getaway destination … Palm Springs. For this weekend destination we decided to do a road trip. Our journey started out early Friday morning with a quick cup for the road from Starbucks.

Along with its gift shop and Beef & Bakery store, it’s the best service along I-5 you can encounter.

Our first stop along the way was breakfast at the Harris Ranch, located in Coalinga, about two hours from Silicon Valley. If you’re traveling along Interstate 5, you may know the Harris Ranch is a welcome oasis for travelers.

After stopping off at a few rest stops to stretch a bit, our next encounter was going to be lunch. As we we’re driving, we saw a sign for a restaurant I didn’t even know still existed, so we pulled over and had lunch at Bob’s Big Boy... Yes, it was great to see them still around.

There are many amenities at this fine establishment including comfortable lodging, some of the best steaks you will ever enjoy, along with a café for that quick bite.

We arrived in the Palm Springs area around 2PM. Our stay for the next few nights was at the Desert Princess Inn. This Golf Resort is located about five miles from down-

If you’re in the Palm Springs area, then the Purple Room Restaurant & Stage is a must for dinner and a show. It all started in 1960 … The still popular venue is considered to be one of Palm Springs “Original“ Rat Pack Hangouts ... where Frank Sinatra would bring friends to Eat, Drink and Play. Saturday morning we were up early to meet our group for the Desert Adventure Tour. This is an open Jeep tour that takes you along the San Andreas Fault. The tour was great and very informative. You can experience the landscape of an active fault, walk between the steep canyon walls – we actually we’re able to have one foot on each of the two major plates in California. The tour took us through a natural Palm oasis. We also learned about the culture and lifestyle of the Cahuilla Indians and how they used the desert’s plants for food, medicine, tools, weapons, shelter and more. Our tour was about three hours. We had lunch planned at the Peaks Restaurant, located on top of the San Jacinto Mountain, over 8,500 feet up. The aerial tram will take you up the mountain. The gondola floor rotates while ascending and descending so that everyone sees everything. Yes, this is a “must” if you’re in the Palm Springs area.

Ticket prices are reasonable if you only want to take the ride up for photos and get some great hiking in. There are a couple of cool trails anyone can enjoy, and also a couple of cafés that offer a different price range, being considerate of people’s budgets. If you’re looking for entertainment in the evenings there certainly is no limit as to what’s available. You will find several high end Indian Casino Resorts close by. To fill our evening, we took in a few shows. At the Morongo Casino, we saw the very talented comedian, Lilly Tomlin. Saturday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort, we saw the very talented singer, Marie Osmond. With many points of interest, the World’s largest rotating Aerial Tramcars, over 130 Hotels & Resorts, over 100 Restaurants and sunny days practically every day of the year … If you’re looking for a nice relaxing and fun getaway, plan on enjoying a nice weekend in sunny Palm Springs. We sure did.


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A MEMORABLE WEEKEND TRIP TO JAMESTOWN AND YOSEMITE By Rich Borell

Hello Everyone, I want to share with you a recent long weekend getaway my wife and I took. This road trip took us to the Gold Country, where we enjoyed fascinating historic Jamestown and the most breathtaking views of Yosemite National Park. Our trip started out Friday around noon to beat the Bay Area getaway crowd. We had accommodations for Friday evening, just outside of Jamestown, at the Jackson

Rancheria Hotel & Casino. We really want to extend a warm thank you for a great room. While driving up to Jackson, my wife always wanted to visit Daffodil Hill located in Volcano, CA, a few miles outside of Jackson. It’s the perfect time of year since all the daffodils are in full bloom. If you’re in the area traveling, this is a great place to get out and stretch and walk through the gorgeous gardens. You will see some rather loud and colorful peacocks, too, as you walk along the path.


WEEKEND GETAWAYS Daffodil Hill is open only in the spring, usually from the end of March through the first three weeks of April … best of all, admission and parking are free. From there, we drove to the hotel to settle in for the evening, grab a bite; yes, pay our dues on the casino floor; and, of course, do some shopping in the gift shop. Our Saturday morning started out with a quick bite in the café, and then it was on to the Gold Country. Our first stop was Angels Camp, also known as the City of Angels. The story goes that Mark Twain based one of his short stories, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, from a story he had heard here in 1865. Thus, a great reason to celebrate every year with the jumping Frog Jubilee each May at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds. Some say that Angels Camp other name is “Frog Town” – now you know why! Angels Camp is a very historic town … I’d suggest definitely stopping by the Angels Camp Museum to get the scoop on the town. The hours are Thursday – Monday from 10AM – 4PM. From Angels Camp we drove to Jamestown. This amazing town is filled with many historic homes and buildings near Main Street. The first gold here was discovered by Benjamin Wood, who had come from Oregon. The

crossing and also Woods Creek, which runs through Sonora and Jamestown, were named in honor of him. This was in the early summer of 1848; just a few months before, the famous gold discovery took place at Sutter’s Mill about 100 miles north, which started the Gold Rush. Jamestown is the home of the Railtown 1897 State Historic Park; and for you TV buffs, the TV shows, “The Wild Wild West” and “Green Acres”, were filmed in and near Jamestown. If you visit the Gold Country, I’d definitely make time to visit Jamestown, park your car, step back in time and walk the street. I’d suggest dining at the Willow Steak House (established 1864), where the builders of the Sierra Railway once hung out in the bar. If you decide to stay in Jamestown, there are several historic hotels, including the Royal Carriage Inn, the National Hotel and the Jamestown Hotel. After our stop in Jamestown, we continued for another hour’s drive to Yosemite National Park. There are several choices for lodging. We decided to stay at the Yosemite Westgate Lodge. Normally, you would want to spend 3-4 days in the park; however, we didn’t have that much time. We did work in some of the most famous areas like Half Dome which is Yosemite’s most familiar rock formation. A “must” is getting a view from the viewpoint at Valley View; there, visitors can take in Yosemite Valley in its entirety. Clearly visible are the original lines formed by the glacier which carved out the valley. Of course, there’s Bridalveil Fall. It’s just a short hike on a paved trail and you’re right up to the front of the waterfall. Another “must” is El Capitan – a giant granite rock that stands more than 3,000 feet from the base... a great thrill, I’m sure, for the rock climbers of the world. The beauty of Yosemite is astonishing, whether you have a day or a week. One visit and you’ll gladly want to come back again and again!


WEEKEND GETAWAYS

WHAT HAPPENS IN By Rich Borell

Hello Everyone, When we think about weekend getaways from the Bay Area, we may consider Monterey, Santa Cruz, Napa, Lake Tahoe … Ever think about parking the car and flying to Vegas? That’s exactly what my wife and I did recently. Our last trip there was very memorable since we spent New Year’s Eve celebrating with hundreds of thousands of people on the Las Vegas strip. This time we thought how fun to have a long weekend getaway there. Our trip started out on a Friday late-morning flight via Virgin America out of SFO. Once we landed, you can feel the party starting … Indeed, this city radiates so much energy. Cab fares are posted so you will have an idea of what to pay. With gratuity you can figure on $20, or a little more, for the fare.

Our stay was at Harrah’s Resort Hotel. They were very nice to work with, and we would like to thank them for the suite upgrade they gave us. We were early (about 3PM); yet, our room was ready and we could drop off our luggage. We had a few hours before our 5:15PM dinner at The Strip Steakhouse located inside the Planet Hollywood. Dinner was early since my wife wanted to get some shopping time in at the Hard Rock Café prior to seeing the Kiss Concert at 8PM. For our short time before dinner, we strolled the mall next door to Planet Hollywood. The Strip Steakhouse is a chain; however, it’s a great place to eat with excellent service. I don’t usually eat red meat; however, tonight I had the urge to have a nice Rib Eye Steak. My wife had the Filet along with her two favorites, Lobster and Crab. If you have time for a long dinner, with the urge to


WEEKEND GETAWAYS be catered to, then this is the place to come. We also had the opportunity during dinner to chat with their Operations Manager and want to send a thank you to her. BTW, if you enjoy Ports, you may want to cruise their exclusive selection. As I mentioned, the Kiss concert was at the Hard Rock Café - the band featured two of its original cast, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley – and they played to a delighted full house. If you have a chance to see them, they put on a great show. On Saturday, we prepared a list of fun things we could choose from; however, since the weather was a sunny 70 degrees, we opted for a nice walk instead. Some suggestions of interest during the day might include: *An all-day visit to Area 51 *There are four thrill rides at the top of the Stratosphere Tower *At the New York New York you can hop on a 67 MPH rollercoaster *Drive a race car at Exotics Racing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway *Crime Solving at MGM’s Grand CSI – The Experience We spent some time at the Mirage at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, which defines wildness in a whole new way. You can also catch a glimpse of several white Tigers and

Lions along with the Dolphin Habitat. The shows were awesome! Saturday, night we had two shows on tap, first, was a Murder Mystery Dinner put on by Marriage Can Be Murder. It was a great show and dinner was delicious. The cast of characters did a great job in getting the audience involved. Our main show was at 10PM, at the Mirage, to see Ray Romano from the very popular TV Show, Everybody Loves Raymond. Kevin James opened the show, getting the audience involved, and was hilarious. Of course, Ray Ramano was himself, and everybody was in stiches. I’ve seen some great comedians, and I would put Ray high on my list as one of my favorites next to Jerry Seinfeld. When he was closing the show and about to say good night, he said I have one more thing for you … He brought out Adam Sandler to sing a few songs. The lyrics we’re hilarious, so you guessed it, not your typical song to sing along to. After Adam played, Ray and Kevin came back out and, together, they did a Q&A with the audience. We also got to meet Ray’s twin sons, sitting near us in the audience. So if you’re looking for a weekend getaway, and don’t want to drive, check out sin city! Yes, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas … except for the great experience of it all and good memories.


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day, Jane’s willpower gives in and she seems to repeat the same old routine, a cycle, she wishes she could break. When? She feels too busy. She feels not up to it”. She believes there is no other way. She speaks for many, many people. No matter the phase of the health cycle one is in, we all struggle with this … to get in that workout in or say no to an extra helping of our favorite foods. The first step is to find your balance … and to commit to change. It starts with that commitment … even if one step at a time to begin with and to win. Regularly reflect on all your priorities … then decide on the commitments you can realistically make and stick with them. Whether this week it’s a 30 minutes for 3 days-a-week commitment or next week a 40 minutes 6 days-a-week commitment. A key is to write your commitments down. As you would keep your word to your boss or loved ones, keep your word to yourself. Stay Hydrated, Stay Focused, Stay Fit


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Trust: Your BusinessBuilding Currency by Terri Norvell CEO, Trust Yourself Now – a people development company

TRUST MATTERS If you want a stronger ROI—build trust. If you want a team that delivers reliable service—build trust. If you want customers to buy more and post positive comments online—build trust. Why? Because it’s the cornerstone of creating a sense of community with your product or service. Ultimately, Terri Norvell the degree of trust you build with people will determine your organization’s success and its profitability. It’s possible you’re eroding trust without being aware of it. Distrust is fueled by not believing another, by neglecting to follow through on promises; and by feeling disconnected. In the extreme, distrust can damage the relationships that make a business run smoothly. Not good. Instead, regard trust as the currency for nurturing relationships. Make it your new strategic advantage. That’s a bold goal, but it’s exactly why trust needs to be as your focus at three levels.

TRUST REQUIRED AT THREE LEVELS The first level is trusting yourself, the second is building trust among team members and the third is having your customers fully trust you and your team - in each position. You need self-trust to lead your teams confidently. And if your team members don’t have a high degree of trust with each other, how can your customers ever be expected to have faith and confidence in your organization? Without it, how can community building ever happen? THINK OF TRUST AS DEPOSITS AND WITHDRAWALS In my work with organizations, I define trust as belief in the honesty, reliability, and ability of someone (including yourself). So, really, I regard trust - an ongoing, active process - as a verb rather than a noun. It’s never stagnant because a person’s trust level adjusts based on his or her ever-changing thoughts and actions. Think of it as having a trust bank account with deposits and withdrawals. Every time people do what they say they’ll do, a deposit goes into the trust-building account. Conversely, every time they don’t do what they say, it’s like a withdrawal. At the end of the day, have you and your team members built up your trust accounts with each other or taken away from them? … To read the rest of Terri’s great article, please go to our Silicon Valley Talk website at (www.siliconvalleytalk.com) and enjoy the balance under the category: “Business Owners”.


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The Art of Helping Many Where Help is Needed A VISIT WITH DR. EMMETT CARSON & SILICON VALLEY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION “Lifelong Philanthropy - Here in Silicon Valley, we have a front-row seat to view trends, not only in the tech sector that gives us our name but also in philanthropy. Here, where the ceiling for wealth is high, and so are the needs of those without it, we’re seeing a major shift … “We are seeing more people embrace philanthropy … Developing ways to partner with them in achieving their charitable passions is our job … Philanthropy is becoming a lifelong pursuit, one that addresses a wide range of problems, issues and needs … The effect this trend will have on our communities is up to all of us.” - Dr. Emmett Carson A VERY SPECIAL MERGER It was October, 2006, when Dr. Emmett Carson was recruited to oversee the merger of the Peninsula Community Foundation (San Mateo County) and the Community Foundation Silicon Valley (Santa Clara County). The merger took place in January, 2007, and for Dr. Carson it meant moving to California from Minnesota to undertake the unprecedented challenge of merging two separate community foundations – an attempt to unite donors in two very different counties, as well as bridge many different business communities and city politics. Predictably, there would be a lot of resistance. Dr. Carson accepted this challenge, becoming CEO and President in late 2006. He is the first to say that the merger of the two entities – whose staffs

were almost completely unknown to one another – was a collaboration that took shape over time. As CEO, Dr. Carson has continued to lead a unified Silicon Valley Community Foundation to new heights. The nonprofit organization has grown exponentially thanks to the great staff, the many wonderful relationships built, the overall inspiring group of partners, and its many donors. Silicon Valley Community Foundation has become the largest community foundation in the nation and in the world. SVCF’s work in the community locally, nationally and globally continues to grow. “Our grantmaking activity in 2014 is just one example of the incredible generosity of individuals and corporations throughout the Bay Area,” said Dr. Carson. In addition, SVCF launched the Center for


Early Learning, reinforcing its commitment to Silicon Valley’s young children and their families. Research completed last year included the 2014 Silicon Valley Index in partnership with Joint Venture Silicon Valley, and a report on human trafficking in Silicon Valley, completed in partnership with Juniper Networks Foundation Fund and Not For Sale. The first project of the Center for Early Learning was the Parent Story Project, a first-of-its-kind on the well-being of Silicon Valley parents. Plus SVCF also was honored to co-host a historic meeting at the White House of representatives from more than 150 community foundations and government agencies. SVCF “By The Numbers” 2014: Contributions: $1.96 Billion … Assets under management $6.5 Billion Grants: $474 Million (awarded from all funds) … Number of Grants: 65,500, including those from matching gift programs Grants: $216 Million to Bay Area charities ... Grants: $18 Million to International Charities … Countries: 57 received grants, including the U.S.

attended Chicago public schools, then Morehouse College and then Princeton University. When he was very young he experienced a tragedy when a neighbor’s child was shot and killed. Dr. Carson’s family quickly picked up and moved across town. He remembers, it was between 3rd and 4th grade. His life, he said, changed. The family moved just 30 blocks away and, yet, it was a world of difference. He saw and he experienced the differences in inequality and social justice. It was two worlds apart. This would impact him and his work - his entire life - to this very day. Role models were his mom and dad. They taught him about “Heroes” and “Sheros” in black history. His father would read to him every night about successful African-American professionals, which truly inspired the young Dr. Carson. He had learned so much about African-American professionals, and all minorities, that it fed him a sense of wanting to make a difference for many, for all people. This spoke to him: “Hey, the world can be what you make of it.” At Morehouse, he EXPERIENCING AN thought he would go to law ALL-IMPORTANT school and be an attorney. PARTNERING But he had a professor With its individual, (who was kidding at family and corporate the time) who said he donors, as well as nonprofit would not endorse him partners, Silicon Valley for law school (he would SVGives, hosted by SVCF, raised $8 million Community Foundation have, he later admitted). for local charities in one day in 2014. is working to make a big Instead, he recommended positive difference for many Economics and Public of our nonprofits and our community as a whole. Policy, saying: “It would be a stronger major for Dr. Carson added, “There are many who live you … that you can influence people every day.” and work in Silicon Valley, who are wonderful It would be more impactful for Dr. Carson, he supporters of Silicon Valley Community suggested, and as things have turned out, he was Foundation, who are from all around the world. right. He was Dr. Carson’s advisor in school … Many donors are multi-dimensional. They see and is one of his “Heroes.” themselves as global citizens. It is important to them where they want to make a difference, for PREPARATION FOR THE WORK TO BE DONE where they have come from, and also for a better Morehouse, Dr. Carson said, prepared him very world.” When asked if he thinks philanthropists well. It was a time when being African-American can move mountains, Dr. Carson responded, “I felt challenging and that the education he received hope so.” there gave him confidence … and a feeling that he was ready, prepared, for the highs and the lows of THE ROAD TO SILICON VALLEY attending Princeton. Dr. Carson was born and raised in Chicago. He The mental preparedness was so helpful, being


just one of a handful of African-American students to complete that program … and the first to have been accepted in the middle of the year. There would be positives and negatives … It was a whole new world, he felt. “Someone’s got to be first, so being a first at anything, you have to carry your own weight.” FIRST DESTINATION: THE FORD FOUNDATION. WHAT WAS THAT LIKE? Fresh out of Princeton, the young Dr. Emmett Carson was recruited to work for the Ford Foundation. “It was a fantastic opportunity,” he said. “There were many brilliant people all around me. It was like a university with some of the most brilliant people … together there to create a better world.” He had a mentor while there, from whom he learned much about philanthropy. He learned plenty, he said, about what philanthropy can do and how to work it effectively. This helped prepare him early on and very well for what was to come. NEXT DESTINATION: THE MINNEAPOLIS FOUNDATION. WHAT WAS THAT LIKE? From the Ford Foundation, he was recruited to become the CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation. At the young age of just 33, he was already being asked to be the CEO of one of the largest community foundations in the country. Emmett shared, “The pressure was, for example, when making a $500,000 decision on something … making sure I got it right. I learned it was so important to know the people, the histories, the politics … who over-promises and who under-delivers. It’s about big risky things. It’s not as risky when we know the actors and who we are betting on. It’s also very important to be a part of the community.” THEN THE WEST COAST CALLED … WELCOME TO SILICON VALLEY At that time came this challenge, this opportunity, to come to Silicon Valley. Dr. Carson shared: “It was exciting to come here, to execute a merger that was unprecedented. (1) Can you get this merger off the ground; can you get it to work? (2) Can you be an advocate on important issues, where it would be tough, and still raise the money and the support needed? (3) Can you bring our partners, our companies, our governments

together to approach and find solutions for these large issues facing us? Dr. Carson, as we have seen, was up to it … and also with the great art of collaborating. Here and now, working closely together with Carl Guardino, the CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, is a perfect example. He discussed the importance of “the three-legged stool” functioning right, together, in this case, namely: Nonprofits, Business and Government. It’s imperative that we need to work together for rightful solutions. Just the night before our meeting, he and Carl went together as a team to Sacramento (Dr. Carson representing the nonprofits community sector and Carl the business community sector) and met with our legislative leaders (representing the government community sector). Their

Emmett Carson greets families in December, 2014, at Caltrain Holiday Train presented by SVCF.

message was this: “If we don’t address these pressing issues that we face today in housing, transportation and education, if we don’t take action, it has certainly reached the crisis point that we will choke off our own success … for our present and our future.” ARE YOU OPTIMISTIC? When asked if he’s optimistic, without hesitation, Dr. Carson responded, “I’m very optimistic because we have all the raw materials here. We have amazing smart people here who have figured out such amazing things. We have resources here that are financial to help us get what we will need. And we have a state of mind


regarding changing rapidly, a cultural mind set, to change. What’s been missing has been the political will. And we have reached a point, especially with housing, transportation and education, a convenience for some and a problem for others. It has become a problem for everyone … that has become intolerable for all.

many together, making a big positive difference. A SPECIAL DAY AND CAUSE OF CARING: SILICON VALLEY GIVES. Another great example is “Silicon Valley Gives.” Initially, it was to have been a one-dayonly event. There have been Days of Giving in other cities - some successful, some not. Here, there would be challenges … In Santa Clara and THE THREE-LEGGED STOOL AND A PLAN IN San Mateo Counties, where there are 41 different PLACE? communities. People are busy, tens of thousands “Do we have a 5-10 year plan that we of commuters from the South Bay heading north presented or are things on the drawing board? and tens of thousands heading south. Unlike No, I think it’s somewhere in between … where other cities, where there is a central city, with a we have a good idea where the Valley is … central media, newspaper and social network: institutions where we’re doing well … and where “which you could depend on for a successful we’re falling down. Now the issue is to see if the campaign” … not so here, this was totally political energy is there to move forward with unchartered waters. some of the issues that we face. Now, it’s a matter Key sponsors stepped forward in 2014: The of the government to make specific bills and turn John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and them into action. To hopefully get enough support Microsoft, also the Sobrato Family Foundation and behind them … and then hopefully a Governor’s the David & Lucile Packard Foundation and PayPal, signature on them.” meaning the costs would be met and everything raised would benefit local grant-making initiatives. FROM WORKING TOGETHER COMES The staff at Silicon Valley Community Foundation POSSIBILITY diligently researched how other communities were What is Dr. Carson’s vision? He sees that there successful … and a significant commitment of time are a lot of nonprofit and for-profit leaders who are across the organization was allocated to plan and heroes, too many to mention or single out, plus implement for the overall event. many partners that they are very blessed to work Silicon Valley Gives 2014 was a wonderful with. “It is a pleasure and privilege to meet with success. By The Numbers: $8,000,833 was raised, people every day to help make their dreams into 674 nonprofits participated and benefited. There reality … and our community a great and better were 14,889 donors, 21,869+ unique donations place to live and work.” and $233 was the average gift size. All in one He added, “It is this belief that is so inspiring day, a day no one was sure about, speaks well of for our community and the world … So what’s Possibility. exciting is that we get together with donors and discuss with them ‘Possibility Starts Here’ and how WHERE WOULD WE BE WITHOUT OUR NON they would like to see our community benefit, how PROFITS? WHERE WOULD OUR NON PROFITS they would like to see change in the world. Our BE WITHOUT SVCF? donors are generous to all kinds of great causes.” P.S. There’s great news ahead. On May 5, 2015, there will be a Silicon Valley Gives II ! What WHAT CAN PEOPLE DO TO HELP? a Cinco de Mayo it will be. There’s also a Silicon Two great examples. One is “The Big Lift” in Valley Gives 2016 planned now, too. What a San Mateo County. This effort to ensure all the Big Positive Difference this will make in helping county’s children can read well by third grade benefit many nonprofits and our community. has been undertaken by a consortium of over It is these special partnerships and the many 100 nonprofit organizations, including the county people working together that make these kind Board of Education. A federal grant of $7.5 of Possibilities real for our today and tomorrow. million in private donations will help the entire These are but a few examples where Silicon Valley county. It’s not one single effort, but many, where Community Foundation has done much and each one is important, and this represents so continues to help many where help is needed.


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oly Toledo! Nobody could ever say it like Bill King! Nobody! The life and times of Bill King … a trip down memory lane … unlike any other … a great man who transcended sports … greatly … and life, too. So many pictures … so many memories. It’s funny how things come full circle. Oakland A’s Announcer, Ken Korach, in his childhood grew up in Southern California. He had his share of broadcast heroes right there: Vin Scully, Chick Hearn, Dick Enberg, three of the best ever. And, yet, there was one in faraway Northern California, Ken would listen to, never missing: Bill King. If you were to consider the best announcers of all-time, Vin, Chick and Dick would be in at the top of that short list. So, too, would be Bill King. One the very best of them all. Basketball (with the Warriors), Bill and Chick (with the Lakers) were the all-time best. Football (with the Raiders), there was no one better. Baseball (with the A’s), the broadcast team of Bill and Lon Simmons, couldn’t be beat. For thirty years, Ken listened to his hero, Bill King. And then in 1995, Ken was hired by the A’s and would be working together in the same booth, at home and on the road, with his life-long hero, Bill King. He was indeed a real-life hero of Ken’s and also a great influence. They worked ten years together – Bill was always great to him and made him feel comfortable, on and off the air. There was humility, never an ounce of standoffishness, as some might have been or might be. Not Bill, he could not have been kinder or more supportive. “During these ten years, he was the world to me. He was a wonderful friend. We had a great friendship and a great broadcast partnership.” In addition to Bill’s being perhaps the best

announcer of all time, there was so much more in so many ways. He really was ‘the most interesting man in the world’. After the passing of Bill, Ken felt compelled to write this book about him and his life lessons. He had had such an amazing life, his story needed to be told… To read the rest of this great article, please go to our Silicon Valley Talk website (www. siliconvalleytalk.com) and enjoy the balance under the category “Sports”.


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cott’s Seafood, located in downtown San Jose on Park Ave. Is situated perfectly and just steps away from the Tech Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art and the historic St. Joseph’s Basilica. Get out your tourist map and you’ll find that it’s just across from Cesar Chavez Plaza, where you’ll surely enjoy Music in the Park during the summer and within eyesight of the Center for the Performing Arts. Its prime seating offers a terrific view of the City’s downtown and, not to mention, it’s in perfect alignment to catch a plane or two making a descent to the San Jose Mineta International Airport. Your parking is validated in the ground floor garage. Step inside the sixth floor dining room and you’ll be treated to a bright, but warm atmosphere with lots of wood accents. Take some time to lounge in the centralized, full service bar that features many of your martini favorites and a large screen TV. The ample, main dining space seats 270; the banquet room can comfortably handle up to 100. At Scott’s, your dining experience will be led by first class service that will be delivered consistently throughout your visit. Scott’s offers an extensive, well-balanced menu with a selection that ranges from the freshest local seafood, an assortment of pasta and chicken dishes, to prime, dryaged steaks. As you peruse the menu, you’ll enjoy warm French bread and ice water punctuated with a slice of lemon. Drawing from the seasons, you may enjoy appetizers such as Jumbo Wrapped Prawns, filled with fresh Dungeness crab and mushrooms served with a mildly spicy peanut sauce. Another tasty appetizer choice might be the Seared Blackened Ahi with Seaweed Salad and Sesame Soy dressing. Look for other reliable salads such as a traditional Caesar and a yummy Oven roasted Beet option. Fro your main entrée, there’s certainly something for everybody. Pasta? Yep. Fresh local seafood like Salmon, Halibut, Sole, Trout and Lobster? Mouth watering! How about Filet Mignon, New York Steak, a dry-aged Rib Eye, or a Roasted Chicken? Got it! If you still have a little room left to take care of your sweet tooth, then you might want to consider some of

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Scott’s Seafood 185 Park Avenue San Jose (408) 971-1700 www.scottseafoodsj.com Beautifully remodeled on the inside...and also on the outside with this splendid rooftop patio. Enjoy the private dining or intimate dining ambiance for your special occasion...and also the delightful view overlooking downtown San Jose.

Scott’s heavenly desserts like: Key Lime Pie, Warm Molten Chocolate Cake, or maybe Scott’s Classic Raspberry Jack, (that’s French vanilla, ice cream with raspberries, Triple sec and whipped cream). At Scott’s you’ll also have a fabulous choice of fine local wines from Northern California, along with an extensive selection of world class beers. Lunch hours are from 11:30 to 5PM Monday-Friday; dinner is served up starting at 5PM Monday-Saturday and starting 4:30PM on Sunday. Scott’s accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Diners, and American Express. Reservations are recommended!

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GOOD LEADERSHIP INSPIRES GOOD MORALE

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ilicon Valley has been and is blessed with many great people, companies and organizations doing great things … those who work hard and give of themselves to help make our world, our society, our region a better place.

You have no idea my delight when I got the green light to meet with Jim & Becky Morgan. With perhaps only one exception, that being David Packard and William Hewlett, H-P and their respective Foundations, no one has done more to help support our Silicon Valley community in the ways that Jim & Becky Morgan, Applied Materials and their Morgan Family Foundation have. If by chance you may not know yet who they are, please know two things: they are Morgan Family Foundation Board Members (l to r): an incredible Team and their long list of accomplishments, Valerie and Jeff Morgan, Becky and Jim Morgan and Photo credit: Carol Turner and accolades, far surpass the Dr. Mary Finegan four pages I have to tell their everyone was back then. Eight moves in story. Their story begins in nine years, it was “not much of a smooth the 1950’s, having met as students at Cornell. They recognized a very special quality sailing”. Jim had been ROTC and was a 2nd Lieutenant in the military – the time was in each other and, as the saying goes, the during the Vietnam War. Becky said that rest would become history. Jim was from Indiana – he was his dorm her dream was for a family and she hoped, someday, for a $40,000 house. rep to their class Council. Becky was from Fast forward, they arrived in 1968 Vermont – she was the VP of her class. It in Palo Alto and moved into, yes, their was 1956, women were not allowed to be $40,000 home … their 1st house … an class President. Becky said, it was not like Eichler. Becky added: What kind of home an 18 year old guy to be as supportive as can you buy here today for $40,000? Thirhe was. He was special. They have now been happily married for 53 years and that teen years later they sold their home for $210,000. Becky, in the meantime, had support of and for each other has never gone on to get her MBA at Stanford, and changed. They have two terrific children Jim in 1976 became President of Applied that they are extremely proud of and what they do - their son, who founded a founda- Materials. I asked Jim if he could see that very first day the wonderful success that tion to preserve historical landmarks and was about to come? “You know, Ken, my their daughter, who is an OB GYN. first day as President of Applied, the quesSuccess did not just find Jim and Becky tion was whether we would go bankrupt Morgan. They were young, fresh out of college, working to find their way, much like or not. We were losing money, had little


equity and were $10 million in debt. In 1976, that was a lot of money!” That was not the answer I was expecting. It was what he said next that put everything so into perspective. “We turned it around. We established a vision and kept to it. We cut 5 of the 6 businesses that were away from our core and added some new ones. We started thinking of propelling the business rather than working in the fear of going bankrupt. And we quickly saw a tremendous rise in millions of dollars in sales.” Yes, this is an illustration of Leadership and how it worked and how it transformed everything. Jim went on to say that in 1976, the company leaders were located and working separately in Palo Alto, away from the company employees in Santa Clara. One of Jim’s very first acts as President was to move the management group back to Santa Clara – where they would be a visible and inclusive part of the company. This was very important to Jim. “Morale is important to success!”, he said. “Good leadership inspires good morale!” He realized later that his personal mission was to help individuals and organizations realize their potential. If you want to know in a nutshell, who and what Jim and Becky Morgan are about, I would say, this is it. They are on the same page, and always have been. Jim moved to CEO 1977-2003 and then Chairman 1987-2009. During this time, Applied Materials grew to become one of the most successful and most respected companies in Silicon Valley and the world. I mentioned how it seems he has always surrounded himself with outstanding people, that his Board of Directors read like a Who’s Who. He and Becky both said how very important that was and still is today. In 1996, Jim won the National Medal of Technology for Industry Leadership. He was awarded the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Lifetime Achievement Award for his ethics, community engagement and business success. And he takes great pride in being a founder and supporter of the popular Tech Awards – honoring people who help humanity through technology. He was then surprised that they selected him to be the first recipient of the Global Humanitarian Award.

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Under his leadership, Applied Materials won every award or has been on every good list imaginable: The 100 Best Corporate Citizens, The Super 100, Biggest Best Companies, 100 Most Important Companies in the World, 100 Best Management Teams in the World, Best Companies for Asians, Blacks & Hispanics To Work For, 100 Best Companies To Work For … and endless times, too, for always being among the very best, here or anywhere, in their corporate giving. It was as if all these years, Applied Materials was synonymous with success and giving. The interesting thing? When financial times were hard, and community charitable giving was often cut back, Applied Materials employees gave more. Yes, more. They felt community would need more. For Becky, what has always been an extremely important and driving force is: “Public Service” and “Collaboration”. That in a nutshell helps to describe who she is. She doesn’t care to be called a politician. Rather, she likes to be called “Public Servant” - and that it’s about our working together and finding solutions. Indeed, she has dedicated her entire life to being, and doing, just that. She has served as a Santa Clara County Board of Supervisor, and as our State Senator in Sacramento, and then as CEO of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley – a


job for which she was recruited and for which Also, there is “Teen Success, Inc.” to help she felt suited. support teen mothers. We know that without Many of her achievements will forever be a this support, the outlook for teen moms is rather positive difference for Silicon Valley. For exbleak. Over 23 years, first with Planned Parentample, she led the fight to save Caltrain. Gov- hood and now with an independent organizaernor Deukmejian did not want the state to tion, more than 4,500 girls have been helped be in the transit business. Had it not been for to avoid a second child until ready, to graduate Becky, who negotiated the sale with Southern from high school and to learn life skills. “They Pacific, whose legislation set up the Joint Pow- respond so well with our weekly group help,” ers Board and who said Becky. worked very hard to And third, there get the needed votes is the Morgan Family – and who is especialFoundation in which ly grateful to Willie the Morgans are truly, Brown, John Vasconand fully, engaged. cellos and Al Alquist, These first two efwho helped greatly to forts are supported see it through – makby the Morgan Faming it all happen. It ily Foundation. It is would indeed be a all a passion of love very different picture and dedication to the of us standing still Morgans. Over 200 today. Back then it grants a year are given was 17,000 - today it to many great causBecky Morgan with two Teen Success, Inc. is 30,000 daily riders, scholarship winners. Photo credit: Kris Ahmed, es in the community who would be withsupporting education, Teen Success, Inc. out transportation or youth development stuck in even more and many non-profits traffic on 280 or 101. such as Breast Cancer Connections and Bring Me The construction of Highway 85 was origia Book. One cause close to their hearts is the nated by Becky. She had heard the complaints Eastside College Prep. An example I thoroughly coming from the people in West Valley, that enjoyed hearing was a story of this young girl, so many were driving through their neighboreleventh child in her family, who graduated from hoods. What would life be like, here and now, the school, was accepted at MIT, had an internif we didn’t have our Caltrain and Highway 85? ship at Hewlett-Packard and is now a sophomore I shudder to think. in Boston. That brings us to today – with that special What the Morgans left me with was this. vision of theirs. What matters and is of imIt’s about making a difference where we can. portance to the Morgans is to help make this Their message was that of generosity, giving a better world - work that others have done, and paying forward, for our present and fuand are doing - and what together we can do, ture. When fortunate, we can do more and collaboratively, which we can learn and grow must make a difference. We don’t want our from and make a difference. families to go from rags to riches to rags in There are three facets that keep the Morgans three generations. Time also means so much. as busy as ever. First, there is the Northern Sier- Please volunteer if and when possible. Helpra Partnership in the Sierras – to help preserve ing and giving means so much to others. The and protect the landscape, the rivers and lakes. strength and well-being of our community 60% of all Californians and all northern Nevadepends on what we all can do. dan’s get their water from there. It’s taking care The Morgans are great leaders, inspiration of our present and looking ahead for our future – and role models for us all. I am and we are this water supply is essential for our living. indeed most grateful.


Join The Fight Against Human Trafficking Here in Santa Clara County! By Cindy Chavez

Santa Clara County Supervisor, District Two

“Out of sight, out of mind” is a sad but fitting way to describe they recalled many suspicious situations that had occurred how human trafficking has grown into a multi-billion dollar in the past. One of the VTA drivers who received this training illicit industry across the globe. Human trafficking is a form recognized that passengers on his bus seemed to match the of modern day slavery that transcends gender, age, ethnic, description of a kidnapper and his toddler abductee texted socioeconomic and national boundaries. The most vulner- from the VTA operations center. He acted, and when the bus able of us are susceptible to traffickers’ use of deception, reached the Fremont BART Station, police officers immedifraud, threats, coercion, violence, debt ately apprehended the captor and rescued bondage and other manipulative stratethe child. The hero driver, Tim Watson, gies to force people into commercial sex credited the human trafficking training he or labor. had received the week before. The FBI has identified the Bay Area as one We need strong enforcement, too, so the of the nation’s top four hubs for human County has also funded new teams in the trafficking. That is why one of my primaSheriff’s and District Attorney’s offices dedry foci since joining the Board of Supericated to fighting human trafficking. The visors has been to expose and combat Law Enforcement to Investigate Human the scourge of human trafficking in Santa Trafficking (LEIHT) Task Force has investiClara County. gators from the Sheriff, local police and the In 2014, I proposed, and the Board of FBI. The work of the LEIHT Task Force has CINDY CHAVEZ Supervisors unanimously apalready paid off with the arrest of proved, the creation of the multiple human traffickers and Santa Clara County Human Trafrescue of victims from both sex ficking Commission, which I coand labor trafficking. chair with Sheriff Laurie Smith We need your help in identifying, and District Attorney Jeff Rosen. reporting and raising awareness The Human Trafficking Comabout human trafficking. In colmission has already worked on laboration with our community a number of high-profile campartners, Santa Clara County’s paigns, including collaborating Office of Women’s Policy has with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) developed training materials to help raise awareness and to provide human trafficking awareness training to all VTA decrease the number of people trafficked in our neighbordrivers beginning in March, 2015, and launching the San- hoods. Please learn the red flags of human trafficking and ta Clara County Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign in remember: if you see something, say something. December, 2015. To view the County’s Human Trafficking training video and In the first week of the training provided to VTA drivers and brochure, please visit: fare inspectors, the Office of the Sheriff received eight tips. http://tinyurl.com/SCC-HT-Training-Video (video) VTA employees wished they had this knowledge before, as http://tinyurl.com/SCC-Know-the-Red-Flags (brochure)


GRATITUDE:

A POWERFUL ANTIDOTE TO ENTITLEMENT By Carole Pertofsky, M.Ed. Director, Wellness and Health Promotion Services at Stanford University I was meeting up with friends in the latest hot restaurant in Palo Alto. As I walked towards my group, a very cool looking guy wearing a classy expensive black T-shirt leaned back in his chair and almost crashed into me as I squeezed between tables. He glared at me. And there, nestled just below his sculpted pecks, was the message, in bold Elephant Font: “You don’t get my respect. You have to earn it.” There may be many interpretations. What might you think? Would you be attracted to his swagger? Turned off by the implied entitlement? Be curious about how this attitude plays out in his life? Wonder how this message impacts those around him? I don’t know what goes through this guy’s mind when he awakens at 3 in the morning. But I know too many people of all ages who brand themselves with some display of entitlement, even arrogance. The attitude is fueled by media that offers top billing to those who display their entitlement and arrogance as strengths of character, even virtues. What is the impact on you, me, our kids looking for successful role models?

The truth is that on the surface, these people appear to be dominant, accomplished, on top of things. But trust me, it’s an illusion. Because deep down, they often experience isolation, emptiness and frustration. “Superiority” masks vulnerability. Recent studies indicate that this loss of empathy and connection to self and others is a growing concern among all ages. Is there a way out of this trend towards displaying arrogance or entitlement as valor? Consider the power of gratitude as an antidote to this deep well of discontent. Gratitude isn’t just a soft filmy blur of appreciation. It takes gumption and courage to live with gratitude in a culture that rewards snarky digs and hostile irony. It takes grit to choose to live with thankfulness for what we have, rather than focusing on endless lists of what is missing. Gratefulness is a gold standard of deep happiness, positive emotion and good health. Dr. Robert Emmons, UC Davis, leading researcher and author of “Thanks”, reminds us, “Gratitude can be as easy as a beautiful sunset, an exquisite bite of chocolate, a child, or the brilliance of autumn leaves. No matter what shape

or form gratitude takes, it fills us with a warmth and a reminder that life is good; this moment is special. Gratitude provides lessons to make us stronger. It is more than appreciation- it is a gift.” Research suggests why the experience of gratitude is transformative and offers tremendous health benefits. Thankfulness awakens our brain’s pleasure centers, and our bodies produce bio-chemicals that activate a strong and powerful sense of our potential, well-being and connection. Our bodies respond with vitality and a stronger immune system. We may be inspired to serve others, to contribute to the greater good. Power up your gratitude muscle with a few simple actions. Do these with your family. Do these with your friends. Do them alone. Mix it up. If you practice just three times a week, you’ll begin noticing a stronger sense of ease, fun, and lightness. Best of all, these practices will spark new connections among your friends and family in fun heart-warming ways. - Gratitext: Everyone takes out their cell phone or notepad. Each person imagines a particular person to whom you are grateful, maybe someone who helped you get where you are today. Send them a “gratitext” or a note, expressing your thoughts and feelings of gratitude to them for adding some benefit- or sparkle- to your life. Notice the good feelings that arise when you send this note- and how you feel when they respond. - Reach Out: Notice the many people who earn minimum wage performing a service that adds value to your day. Reach out, and thank them. Experience the gentle exchange of appreciation. - 3 Good Things:. Begin a “gratitude” journal and several times a week, write down 3 good things that happened. Even if you aren’t feeling particularly grateful, no problem. Just take a deep breath, and give thanks for the simple things. Hot and cold running water. A daily meal. The people who contribute to your comfort, whether or not you personally know them. Gratitude is a powerful antidote to entitlement, indifference, the “blahs”, and discontentment. - -

- Just Like Me. Find a good place to “people watch”. Relax and just be aware of others, take a deep breath and bring to mind the following thought: “Just like me this person has faced struggles, suffering and disappointments, and just like me, this person wants to be content and happy.” Observe what gets stirred up in you or how this guided attention changes your emotional state. Do you feel more empathy or perhaps appreciation for our shared humanity? Share your experience with each other. - Soak in this awesome 5 minute video with your family and friends: Just watch and notice your thoughts and feelings. www.youtube.com/watch?v=nj2ofrX7jAk - Gratitude. Simple. Powerful. Transformative. It is an act of courage to express your thankfulness. Do stuff that opens your heart. Tell your friends and family how they contribute to your life. When you savor and appreciate the goodness in your life, the little things and the million dollar moments, no one will ever need to earn your respect. Gratitude itself is an act of deepest respect, freely given, for life itself.


GRATITUDE:

A POWERFUL ANTIDOTE TO ENTITLEMENT By Carole Pertofsky, M.Ed. Director, Wellness and Health Promotion Services at Stanford University I was meeting up with friends in the latest hot restaurant in Palo Alto. As I walked towards my group, a very cool looking guy wearing a classy expensive black T-shirt leaned back in his chair and almost crashed into me as I squeezed between tables. He glared at me. And there, nestled just below his sculpted pecks, was the message, in bold Elephant Font: “You don’t get my respect. You have to earn it.” There may be many interpretations. What might you think? Would you be attracted to his swagger? Turned off by the implied entitlement? Be curious about how this attitude plays out in his life? Wonder how this message impacts those around him? I don’t know what goes through this guy’s mind when he awakens at 3 in the morning. But I know too many people of all ages who brand themselves with some display of entitlement, even arrogance. The attitude is fueled by media that offers top billing to those who display their entitlement and arrogance as strengths of character, even virtues. What is the impact on you, me, our kids looking for successful role models?

The truth is that on the surface, these people appear to be dominant, accomplished, on top of things. But trust me, it’s an illusion. Because deep down, they often experience isolation, emptiness and frustration. “Superiority” masks vulnerability. Recent studies indicate that this loss of empathy and connection to self and others is a growing concern among all ages. Is there a way out of this trend towards displaying arrogance or entitlement as valor? Consider the power of gratitude as an antidote to this deep well of discontent. Gratitude isn’t just a soft filmy blur of appreciation. It takes gumption and courage to live with gratitude in a culture that rewards snarky digs and hostile irony. It takes grit to choose to live with thankfulness for what we have, rather than focusing on endless lists of what is missing. Gratefulness is a gold standard of deep happiness, positive emotion and good health. Dr. Robert Emmons, UC Davis, leading researcher and author of “Thanks”, reminds us, “Gratitude can be as easy as a beautiful sunset, an exquisite bite of chocolate, a child, or the brilliance of autumn leaves. No matter what shape

or form gratitude takes, it fills us with a warmth and a reminder that life is good; this moment is special. Gratitude provides lessons to make us stronger. It is more than appreciation- it is a gift.” Research suggests why the experience of gratitude is transformative and offers tremendous health benefits. Thankfulness awakens our brain’s pleasure centers, and our bodies produce bio-chemicals that activate a strong and powerful sense of our potential, well-being and connection. Our bodies respond with vitality and a stronger immune system. We may be inspired to serve others, to contribute to the greater good. Power up your gratitude muscle with a few simple actions. Do these with your family. Do these with your friends. Do them alone. Mix it up. If you practice just three times a week, you’ll begin noticing a stronger sense of ease, fun, and lightness. Best of all, these practices will spark new connections among your friends and family in fun heart-warming ways. - Gratitext: Everyone takes out their cell phone or notepad. Each person imagines a particular person to whom you are grateful, maybe someone who helped you get where you are today. Send them a “gratitext” or a note, expressing your thoughts and feelings of gratitude to them for adding some benefit- or sparkle- to your life. Notice the good feelings that arise when you send this note- and how you feel when they respond. - Reach Out: Notice the many people who earn minimum wage performing a service that adds value to your day. Reach out, and thank them. Experience the gentle exchange of appreciation. - 3 Good Things:. Begin a “gratitude” journal and several times a week, write down 3 good things that happened. Even if you aren’t feeling particularly grateful, no problem. Just take a deep breath, and give thanks for the simple things. Hot and cold running water. A daily meal. The people who contribute to your comfort, whether or not you personally know them. Gratitude is a powerful antidote to entitlement, indifference, the “blahs”, and discontentment. - -

- Just Like Me. Find a good place to “people watch”. Relax and just be aware of others, take a deep breath and bring to mind the following thought: “Just like me this person has faced struggles, suffering and disappointments, and just like me, this person wants to be content and happy.” Observe what gets stirred up in you or how this guided attention changes your emotional state. Do you feel more empathy or perhaps appreciation for our shared humanity? Share your experience with each other. - Soak in this awesome 5 minute video with your family and friends: Just watch and notice your thoughts and feelings. www.youtube.com/watch?v=nj2ofrX7jAk - Gratitude. Simple. Powerful. Transformative. It is an act of courage to express your thankfulness. Do stuff that opens your heart. Tell your friends and family how they contribute to your life. When you savor and appreciate the goodness in your life, the little things and the million dollar moments, no one will ever need to earn your respect. Gratitude itself is an act of deepest respect, freely given, for life itself.


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Valley Medical Center: World-class care. Regional specialty services. A growing need for YOUR help.

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he day started like any other in the Emergency Department of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (VMC) – fast-paced and action-packed. But as morning turned to afternoon, the staff knew something was different. New patients just kept coming; via ambulance, helicopter and walking themselves through the door. It was a rush like no other. By day’s end, over 500 patients had come through the door for treatment, more than double the daily average from six years ago. It was a new record. And this was just a regular day, seemingly like any other. There were no major storms or disasters to speak of – just a lot of sick and injured people who needed to see a doctor. The day was emblematic of the challenges facing the Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System (SCVHHS). As the economy has worsened, more and more residents of Santa Clara County have nowhere else to turn when they need medical attention. In fact, fully one-quarter of all Santa Clara County residents get their care at Valley Medical Center and VMC community clinics. From primary care for children, to emergency care for adults, VMC forms the backbone of this community’s health system. As a teaching hospital, VMC trains an overwhelming number of local physicians and nurses, including all Stanford University School of Medicine students. VMC operates the busiest emergency department in the region, and one of two burn trauma units in northern California. But as costs rise and public dollars decline, the staff of VMC has to do more with less. In fact, over the past 10 years, the patient demand for SCVHHS services has doubled, all the while undergoing nearly a decade of year-afteryear budget cuts. In that time, SCVHHS staff has gone to enormous lengths to realize efficiencies, reduce waste, innovate, and find ways to serve more people with less money. But if current trends continue, VMC will face dire financial and operational challenges.

The doors of Valley Medical Center are open to all. It’s up to all of us to keep it that way. Your help is needed now, more than ever. To learn more about how you can support VMC, contact the VMC Foundation at 408-8855299, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, or visit www. vmcfoundation.org.

For these reasons and more, all of us, regardless of where we get our healthcare, have a stake in the future of VMC. No other public institution – save the folks who bring us clean drinking water – do more to protect the health and wellbeing of this community than VMC. Without it, emergency departments at private hospitals would be overwhelmed, contagious diseases would go unchecked, and hundreds of thousands of our neighbors, co-workers and friends would be without care. If you are among those who have helped, thank you. In 2008, you may have voted for a bond measure to re-build Valley Medical Center, and construction is going strong. You may have recently donated to support the Sobrato Cancer Center, or our Traumatic Brain Injury Rehab program, or VMC’s Burn Center – all state-of-the-art services, made stronger by our generous supporters. You may have even received care at VMC, Silicon Valley’s biggest and busiest hospital, and told others that the quality of care is top-tier.


The Sobrato Cancer Center

at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

World-class cancer care. Available to all.

The Sobrato Cancer is located in the new, state-of-the-art Valley Specialty Center building (left) on the campus of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Dr. Aemonn Dunphey explains to John A. Sobrato and Jeffrey Sobrato (top right) how the Varian Trilogy® Linear Accelerator delivers ultra-accurate radiation treatment, eradicating cancer cells while preserving healthy ones.

Everyone, no matter rich or poor, should have access to the finest oncology services. At Valley Medical Center’s new Sobrato Cancer Center, that mission is met daily. But with budget challenges and growing need, VMC’s talented team can’t do it alone. They need your help. Please support the VMC Foundation. Your public hospital is here for all, regardless of ability to pay. Let’s make sure it stays that way.

www.vmcfoundation.org


Meet Gregg Adams VMC’s top trauma surgeon

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regg Adams, M.D., Chief of Surgery at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is on a mission to keep you alive. For the faint of heart, his job responsibilities would seem daunting; manage over 130 surgeons, maintain VMCs high standards for trauma services and disaster response and – oh yeah – scrub in for between 200 to 400 surgical procedures each year. VMC Foundation Executive Director Chris Wilder sat down to talk with Gregg about his career, his day-today-day responsibilities, how he manages the stress of life-and-death situations, and what makes VMC such an inspiring place to work. Chris Wilder: True or false - the trauma team springs into action only when an ambulance drives into the ambulance bay or a helicopter lands on the roof.

Gregg Adams: False. Trauma begins with prevention. We go out and talk about wearing set-belts, and talk about wearing helmets on motorcycles and bicycles, and talk about the problems with drinking and driving and talk about gang violence. CW: There have been times where you have actually been called to the scene of accident. Can you tell me one of those stories?

GA: I’ll use the example of a young man who was at a worksite. He was digging a hole for a foundation that collapsed around him and was buried up to his neck in dirt. He could obviously not hop into an ambulance because we was completely surrounded by dirt, and they couldn’t just dig him out, because they feared it might destabilized more of the structures around him, endangering everyone around him. So we figured out a way to slowly remove

the dirt, to reinforce the hole, monitoring his vital signs - because when you are crushed by dirt, actually releasing the pressure can be as dangerous as the crush himself.


CW: That makes me think of every medical drama and movie. Hollywood does a pretty good idea of showing people what an emergency department looks like. But what do they get wrong?

GA: One is that they have an enormous number of exciting things that happen in 60 minutes with time for commercials. The second thing is that we are not all beautiful. CW: One thing the TV shows do is make the emergency departments feel like controlled chaos. Does it feel like that in real life?

GA: You are never confronted with one problem. You are confronted with 5, 10 or 50 problems. Someone that was hit by a car may be drunk, may have cracked their spleen, have a head injury, etc. The only information you have may be what their vital signs are, or what laboratory tests tell you. So, to a certain degree, it’s a little bit of sensory deprivation and learning to make decisions in a data poor environment.

CW: So it would seem to me that would take a bit of the pressure off if the patient doesn’t survive, but it doesn’t.

GA: No. I think that we are all set up as a system, as human beings, as professionals, as people who have pride in their work - I would love for everyone to survive. Trauma in particular is a killer of young people. That takes a toll and you have to learn to manage that as a human being. CW: How do you do that?

GA: Everyone does it differently. You get a hobby, you get a pet, you hug your kids, you get involved in public service in a different way, you begin to give lectures on wearing your helmet, safe practices, gang avoidance. They become passions for you because you are tied up in the last patient you treated that didn’t survive. CW: And you find that passion in so many people who work at VMC.

GA: Oh absolutely. And it’s one of the reasons why people not only come here to work but stay here to work. You come here because you want to take care of the most complex, most interesting, and challenging patients you can imagine. And ultimately you stay here because you are working with some of the best colleagues you find anywhere in the world. Dedicated. Smart. Funny. Compassionate. Absolutely beautiful human beings.

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Dedicated & Working Hard for The State A CONVERSATION WITH CALIFORNIA LT. GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM SVL: What you know today, what would the Gavin Newsom of today like to say to the young Gavin Newsom? GN: I would tell myself that success is not a place or a destination; it’s a direction. There is no “having made it.” As Winston Churchill said the secret to success is moving from failure to failure with enthusiasm. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Oh, and I would definitely tell myself to use less hair gel. SVL: Who have been your role models and who has inspired you in politics and life itself? GN: Sargent Shriver, Bobby Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, Cesar Chavez, Mahatma Gandhi, Vaclav Havel and Richard Branson to name a few. My wife and three children also inspire me every day.

The Lt. Governor is with Gina McCarthy, the head of the EPA, as she takes a look at San Francisco’s grease recycling program.

SVL: What prepared you for this path in politics and when did you discover this idea of being Mayor of San Francisco and Lieutenant Governor of California? GN: For a life in politics you have to

be passionate, care about issues and most importantly people. My background in business, particularly in restaurants, certainly did not hurt. The spark to get involved in local government came from the frustration of navigating San


Francisco’s bureaucracy when I opened my first business, Plumpjack. SVL: What did you enjoy most about being Mayor of San Francisco? GN: Cities are laboratories of innovation. A city shows the cause and effect, the good decisions and bad decisions in real-time and with immediate feedback. As mayor you have the ability to customize policy to address the needs of a diverse citizenry. You can have a two-way conversation with citizens that result in “bottom up” solutions without having to wait for the state or federal government.

The Lt. Governor is at an event with AT&T’s Futurecast.

SVL: What do you enjoy most about being Lieutenant Governor of California? GN: Just as cities are a laboratory for innovation, the state is a laboratory for democracy. To be a part of the most diverse state in the world, with the most diverse democracy, is an honor. Because of California’s size, diversity and economic power, we are the perfect place for scaling innovative ideas that can then become a model for the nation. Few places can boast the kind of dynamism and influence we enjoy here in the Golden State. SVL: San Francisco went through a great renaissance with you as Mayor. Looking back, what are some of the proudest moments or accomplishments you saw during your term as Mayor? GN: I am proud of many things we did in San Francisco. From implementing the first city wide universal health care plan in the nation, to getting 12,000 people off the streets and addressing the pressing issue of homelessness and poverty. We also raised the bar on environmental stewardship and helped pave the way for this new tech-boom. Beyond anything else, I am most proud of representing citizens who not only tolerate diversity but also celebrate diversity. San Francisco

The Lt. Governor discusses how cities and metros are fixing the economy at the Milken Institute in Los Angeles.

is a city that celebrates its interesting differences but, at the end of the day, also unites around our common humanity - the fundamental idea that we are all in this together. It was this spirit that led to San Francisco opening up City Hall to same sex couples in 2004. SVL: As Lieutenant Governor of California, you are as close to this Governor as anyone ... and the same is true with the relationships with other Governorships and politicians throughout the country. What have you learned from these relationships and this extraordinary experience? GN: I’ve had the opportunity to work with some extremely gifted politicians from Willie


Brown to our current Gov. Jerry Brown, both of whom are two unique and distinct personalities. I’ve also had the pleasure of working with former President Bill Clinton and when I was Mayor of San Francisco, I worked with mayors John Hickenlooper in Colorado and Martin O’Malley in Maryland, who’ve both gone on to be Governors of their states, and I am now honored to call them friends. The one thing I’ve been able to learn from all of these individuals is that the best politics is a better idea and that ideas matter. SVL: What in these past four years as Lieutenant Governor are some of the greatest, proudest accomplishments? GN: I’m proud of the economic development plan my office put out in 2011 and the resulting statewide economic summit, both of which articulate a vision for success in building the “Next Economy” in California. Additionally, last year I released a report on college education, Boosting California’s Postsecondary Education Performance, which has started a conversation around the changing needs in higher education. Additionally, I am an active member of the UC Board of Regents and CSU Board of Trustees, I have voted against tuition increases in order to keep higher education affordable and accessible. I am also proud of the work we do on the State Land’s Commission, particularly around making this important state agency more open, transparent and collaborative. SVL: Presently, and looking ahead, what are some of the biggest challenges or concerns we’re facing, needing our attention? GN: The rapidly recognizable and growing divide of income inequality and social mobility in our state and nation is of great concern. It’s real. Alan Krueger referred to it as the “Great Gatsby Curve.” As everyone knows, we live in two different worlds in the same state - a coastal California and an inland California - we must reconcile this growing economic divide. As I tell my business colleagues, businesses can’t thrive in a world that’s failing and all of us are better off when everyone is better off. SVL: If you could wave a magic wand, what would you like to see happen these next four

The Lt. Governor is at Ross School in Marin County. He is sharing the stage with 4th graders who have taken on the role of Lieutenant Governor for the year. They get to interview him and hear his thoughts.

The Lt. Governor is at Long Beach City College for an event centered around his higher education report … examining California’s higher education framework and providing recommendations for improvement.

years? GN: I would like to see a 21st Century governing model based on openness, transparency and collaboration, a system that is designed for participation, two-way conversations and active engagement with citizens. I’d like to see a system that treats citizens as partners, not as subjects. Rather than doing things to you, we do things with you. An effective, flexible and accountable system of government where the short term interests of Sacramento do not get in the way of the long term interests of California.


SVL: What advice do you give to aspiring students, and young professionals, wanting to get ahead, wanting to make a difference? GN: I would tell young professionals to learn from, don’t follow others. Seek first to understand, then to be understood. Be open to argument and interested in evidence and not to be ideological. I would say that everyone’s expression is unique - no one else has it. Be sure to maintain your authenticity and stand on principal.

The Lt. Governor is visiting Yosemite National Park, celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the park.

SVL: Who are some leaders we should be watching for who are doing great things? GN: Mayor Greg Fisher of Louisville, Kentucky, is doing some extraordinary things with citizen engagement; having just met Malala Yousafzai, who is changing the world for women and girls, there is no question her influence is growing every day. One thing is clear, leadership can be found anywhere – in our schools, our churches, our community centers, not just in our state capitals or legislative chambers. SVL: What is your definition of leadership? GN: There is no better definition then the quote by John Quincy Adams, “if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Leaders are not born or “made,” they decide in a moment that now is the time to be and do more.

The Lt. Governor celebrates San Francisco Pride during the annual parade.

SVL: Are you encouraged with politics in Sacramento? In Washington D.C.? GN: If you are referring to our nation’s capital where ideas go to die, then absolutely not. I’ve always believed that if you don’t like the way things are going when you’re standing up, then stand on your head and go local. Remarkable things are happening at the local level. While Sacramento has had its struggles, in the past few years we’ve been able to turn things around. At the end of the day, however, I look for inspiration at the local levels. It’s bottom up, not top down; regions rising together.

SVL: Are you an avid sports fan? Who do you root for? As Lieutenant Governor, who can you root for? GN: I grew up a Bay Area sports fan watching the Warriors, 49ers, Raiders, A’s and Giants. I spent countless nights falling asleep to Giants. SVL: If you were to have a dinner party and could invite anyone (living or not), who would you like to invite and what would you want to ask them or talk about? GN: I would have Vaclav Havel, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez and Mother Teresa over and we’d talk about leadership. I envision the topic for the evening focusing on this question: “Which is more effective and long lasting, the application of one’s ‘moral authority’ or ‘formal authority’?”


SCORE: Often The Answer To A Small Business Owner’s Prayer

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or those of you small business owners who face not only numerous challenges from the economy, but also from changing technology, changing market needs and changing government regulations, SCORE often can and does provide important valued assistance. Would you like to find a place where you could talk to seasoned small business owners, experienced senior managers who you can level with in confidential meetings to find new solutions and bounce off ideas you have? Here is where 1000 s of small business owners turn to each year in Silicon Valley for assistance - The Silicon Valley Chapter of SCORE. Indeed, there are over 50 volunteer experts waiting for you to call the San Jose offices. SCORE understands your challenges, as well as your lack of time and resources. Many small business owners and entrepreneurs have benefited over the years from these valuable services and consultations - why not you? Silicon Valley SCORE is part of a national network of chapters helping small businesses grow and prosper. Here you will find to assist you: • Unlimited no charge one hour counseling appointments with two experts when you are available.

• On site or at a mutually convenient location with an appointed mentor where needed. • Meeting seminars and workshops on key topics at minimal charge. • On line counseling where you ask the critical question and get an answer in a day or so. If you are starting a new business, SCORE has both workshops and seminars geared to rapidly bring you up to speed as to the key things you need to know to maximize your chances of success. SCORE can help you with that critical plan you will need. Counselors are available by appointment for free to guide you and you can continue to make counseling appointments for as long as you need their help. SCORE also offers two counselors per appointment with a long history and plenty of experience in owning, managing and starting a business. Please call (408) 453-6237 or visit the SCORE website at www.svscore.org where you can request an appointment or register for one of their workshops or seminars. SCORE is located near the San Jose International Airport at 234 E. Gish Road, Suite 100, San Jose. SCORE always looks forward to your call and wants to help.


SCORE Success Story Janis King, In Home Support Network, LLC

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anis King is an amazing and versatile woman. She was born in San Jose and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area her entire life. She worked in the electronics industry for some years when she decided she wanted a change. She began working for a home care agency as a personal attendant, and within six months of becoming a caregiver, a close friend suggested that she start her own business. Janis contacted SCORE and started regular counseling. In 1987, with the help of her SCORE counselor Lloyd Michaels, Janis started her first business, Loving Hands Home Care Services Inc. The business provides in-home care services to the elderly and developmentally disabled. By 1995, the business became a success! Loving Hands generated more than a million dollars in annual revenue. In 2004, Janis sold Loving Hands. In 2005, she kicked off a quarterly, upscale magazine called Soul Mag, published by her enterprise, Soul Publications, a subsidiary of Fit for the King International, a non-profit corporation established in 1995. Within the first year of its inception, Soul Mag became a nationally distributed publication through Anderson News and was placed on news racks in more than 356 stores and 327 chains. In July 2006, Janis King developed The King Media Group, a multi-media corporation that

staged its first music festival at Arena Green Park across from HP Pavilion. In January 2007, Janis was offered her own television show on a local commercial station, KICU Channel 36. She accepted the challenge and decided to use the content of Soul Mag in a weekly lifestyle television show called The Art & Soul of Urban Living. Janis’s passion is to market her dance fitness

“SCORE aided me in discovering and developing the ability to be an entrepreneur.” program, “It’s in the Dance,” and promote an annual music and wellness festival. The nonprofit corporation still reaches out to those in need, reinvented as Fruitful Living, Inc. Fruitful Living’s mission, through a collaborative effort linking other corporations, is to enrich our community. In 2010, Janis decided to go back to her original business. Under the name of In Home Support Network, LLC, Janis started again a new home care agency, The Caregivers, which provides in home care services to seniors, developmentally disabled, cancer patients and our veterans. “Every business I have developed is as a result of the workshops, collaborations with my SCORE mentor and the many other counselors I’ve been blessed to work with,” said Janis.


Treating The Public

Right By Joe Simitian

Santa Clara County Supervisor, District Five People don’t like it when a business nickel-and-dimes

believed that your Santa Clara County property assess-

them. They like it even less when their own government

ment was too high (above fair market value), you had to

does it. Obviously the services government provides have

pay a $40 fee to appeal that assessment, which the County

a cost, but at a time when too many folks regard their gov-

would keep regardless of the outcome. In other words, the

ernment as “you people” or even worse, as the enemy, we

County was saying, “We messed up, but you have to pay us

can’t afford to undermine the public’s trust in the public

to fix our mistake.”

institutions that are meant to serve them.

I brought this issue to my colleagues on the Board, and ini-

Over my more than 30 years in elected office, many of my

tially proposed refunding the fee for people who prevailed

colleagues and I have worked in what ways we could to

in their assessment appeals. The initial reaction from some

restore our constituents’ belief that government can and

County staff was, essentially, “That’s too complicated.” I

will do the right thing. This work is not always glamorous

found this argument unpersuasive and troubling, but ulti-

or grand in scope. Often, it’s about fixing small but mean-

mately changed my proposal to simply remove the $40 fee

ingful problems in routine, even quotidian, interactions

entirely. That proposal passed in early November, a year

between people and their government.

after I first raised the issue.

For example: until last year, our County, like a lot of local

It takes effort and perseverance to make even these small

agencies, charged people a fee to pay their property taxes

changes, but that’s our job: to make government work, and

online with an “eCheck.” The fee was anywhere from $15

to treat the public right. It also requires engaged citizens.

to $27. When County staff looked into the actual cost of

The assessment fee issue was brought to my attention by a

processing these online payments, they found it was far

constituent at a local farmers’ market. The converse of this,

lower: 81 cents, to be exact. Staff then recommended that

of course, is that local officials must be prepared to listen.

we charge people that 81 cents to pay online, which we on

Is it worth the effort? It is. Because it’s our job to treat the

the Board of Supervisors declined to do. Instead we elimi-

public right; and, because when we don’t, we undermine

nated the fee entirely.

the public’s support for the important work of govern-

We’ve taken other small steps like this locally, including

ment. And in the long run, the public’s support for that

another related to property taxes. Until recently, if you

work is worth a lot more than 81 cents.


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Open Wide & Save Your Dog With Good Oral Hygiene By Sue Lee

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t is very common at the start and end of each day for you to brush your teeth and maintain good oral care but do you realize how important it is for your pets? Your dog can’t walk into the bathroom alone, grab a brush and work on those pearly whites. As the responsible pet owner, you need to ensure you care for your pet’s teeth and gums in much the same respect as you do for yourself and your family does for themselves. It would be ideal to brush a dog’s teeth daily as the family routine, but every day is not always feasible. Making a commitment at least a couple of days each week will help your dog maintain a healthy mouth. Oral hygiene can take just a few minutes at a time, but without it, your pet can pay a lifetime of discomfort and diseases. Without proper oral hygiene, the plaque and tartar will build on your dog’s teeth and eventually seep into the gums, causing gingivitis, periodontitis and pyorrhea that can be serious to fatal. • Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums. If the gums get infected with bacteria, it can get into your pet’s bloodstream and quickly became fatal. • Periodontitis is a disease that attacks the dog’s gums, bones and the soft delicate tissues that surround the teeth. • Pyorrhea affects not only the gums, but the tooth sockets, through infection and inflammation. Teeth in the area can loosen, fall out or need to be removed and the gums can result in pus.

This sounds like so much to put your dog through when you can save his or her discomfort with a small brush, flavored pet toothpaste and in-between dog treats. If you are new at entering that mouth full of teeth, your veterinarian or dog groomer can demonstrate the simple techniques in brushing your dog’s teeth. The sooner you start this process, the easier it is to get full cooperation from your dog. The ideal time to introduce your dog to oral hygiene is in the early puppy years. This is the time that the little one is learning behavior, obedience and duties necessary for its growth, health and happiness. To begin the process, you need to get a soft bristle toothbrush, one that is size appropriate for your particular pet. Pet toothpaste is available in pet stores in various flavors such as chicken or beef. Aim to introduce your dog to your brushing its teeth at least once a week, and build up to twice a week, minimum. For better maintenance and oral hygiene, choose some good healthy treats for pleasure and in-between oral care. Some options may be crunchy milk bones, dental chews and bones, and nearly any type of rawhide chew that works to scrape and keep the teeth clean. In fact, to avoid more plaque and tartar on a pet’s teeth, provide your dog with a nutritional dry dog food rather than canned, wet varieties. A little bit goes a long way in keeping your dog healthy, starting from the top, with good oral hygiene and care. There’s nothing better than good preventative care.


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Welcome to Mountain View

Downtown Mountain View has become one of the most popular destinations, day or night, and so, too the surrounding city of Mountain View. Here you will find many wonderful restaurants to choose from, as well as shops and one of the nicest Performing Arts Centers anywhere. Every year, Mountain View offers many wonderful community activities and festivals throughout the year. Always fun, for example, is the Summer Outdoor Movie Night Series, and you also would not want to miss the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, one of the oldest and largest of great annual traditions in the Bay Area. Named for its views of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the lovely city of Mountain View is also home to many of our large hi-tech companies that share such a storied presence, the likes of Google, Microsoft, Verisign, Mozilla, Symantec, Linkedin, Intuit and many others. The Farmers Market is also a very popular weekly tradition. It features over 70 growers and food vendors with peak season produce, including organic produce, and many other offerings. Open Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you enjoy the outdoors, Mountain View boasts one of the most popular parks in the South Bay - Shoreline Park, which includes the

nationally-renowned Shoreline Amphitheater for concerts and special events, and also the beautiful, very popular Shoreline Golf Course. If you’re into history, be sure to check out and enjoy the delightful Rengstorff House or one of the world’s largest computer collections at the Computer History Museum. Mountain View is one city you would like to come to and enjoy a day or evening, when the city comes alive. Enjoy the restaurants and pubs, shops and bookstores and the Performing Arts Center. In Mountain View, you can stroll and experience and enjoy the many cuisines of the world. Here many people have come to know just how pleasant it can be.


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Photos courtesy of The Tech Museum of Innovation

The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater is the largest IMAX Dome screen in the West. It allows guests to be immersed in a giant wraparound screen for an unforgettable film experience with crystal clear images eight stories high and 13,000 watts of wrap-around digital surround sound.

Reactable lets visitors experiment with a revolutionary electronic instrument to create new music.


MEET TIM

RITCHIE THE EXTRAORDINARY PRESIDENT OF OUR SILICON VALLEY’S WORLD FAMOUS THE TECH MUSEUM OF INNOVATION

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recently had the great pleasure of meeting and talking with Tim Ritchie, President of The Tech Museum of Innovation in downtown San Jose.

My conversation with Tim, who arrived at The Tech in October 2011, was so insightful and inspiring. Technology is in many ways determining our world’s present and our future. All ages, especially the young, need to be able to grasp it, and to find confidence in it. The Tech welcomes 400,000 to 500,000 visitors a year. Its mission is “to inspire the innovator in everyone,” and, as Tim says, it’s not so much a museum as an The Tech Studio is a collaborative design space with digital fabrication, exhibit production and experience. prototyping. Visitors see first-hand how The Tech creates new exhibits – and be among the first The Tech also to test them. Some examples of programming in The Tech Studio include Beta Jams, Computer houses the Hackworth Science Education Week, Makerspace @ The Tech, and Social Innovation Workshops. IMAX Dome Theater, ago, a group of women from the Junior League an absolutely stunning of Palo Alto wanted to create a science center. experience that attracts an additional 150,000 They breathed life into this by making a few visitors a year. It is the largest IMAX Dome screen key calls, including to Bob Noyce (co-founder of in the West, and it’s such a different experience Intel), who responded: “Let’s get this thing going.” than a flat screen. If you have seen a film here, He called Bill Hewlett and David Packard, and you know. If you haven’t, you really should. It’s they responded: “Let’s make this happen.” And that great. Gordon Moore (Intel), too. Quite the Who’s Who How did The Tech begin? More than 30 years


Social Robots is the newest hands-on experience where you can design and build a real robot using sensors, controllers and actuators.

of Silicon Valley. The first Tech Challenge design and engineering competition took place in 1988. The idea was for students to discover their inner innovator, to gain confidence, and to be inspired by this grand experience. The participants learn as much about themselves as they do about the world. The competition started where The Tech offices are now, next to the Civic Center in downtown San Jose. Then, the beautiful building housing the museum opened in 1998. Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale had all wanted it. But it was the City of San Jose that became the champion of this cause. No one wanted this more than San Jose, and no one more than its mayor at the time, Tom McEnery. Tim Ritchie was born and raised in Louisville. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College in North Carolina, his law degree from Duke Law School, and his master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University. Was there something in particular that inspired Tim early on? The answer is a definite yes, and it was as early as the eighth grade. Tim read a book that truly inspired him and influenced his life:

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How To Start Your Own School and Why You Need To Start One. It was about learning and society. “I knew how much I loved learning,” he said. “The premise being: How institutions of learning can and do make a difference … and, if and how we can master it, this is vital for a better world.” Throughout Tim’s career, his love and appreciation of learning, serving others and making a difference for society became very apparent. From 1998 to 2002, Tim, a lawyer at the time, felt there was a different course meant for him to make a more significant difference. At that time, he had been doing volunteer work in Birmingham, Ala. It was impactful and he was enjoying it. His greatest ambition and love was to help people toward imagination and success. Tim said many people inspired him along the way, in particular his father, who was entrepreneurial and never afraid of taking a risk. That confidence to think big and try and try again would become important in Tim’s way of thinking about possibility. And his father volunteered, helping those in poverty. This would influence Tim as well. By 2004, Tim was running the McWane


counters through playful interaction.

Science Center in Birmingham. It was this experience at McWane, as well as his outstanding previous professional experience in law, community development, education, finding solutions and community leadership that prepared him very well for what soon would be his calling at The Tech. As Tim puts it, “I have a good sense for what ‘there’ looks like, what success looks like, and how to get ‘there’. The definition of success and good leadership is how to move institutions from ‘here’ to ‘there.’” Indeed, it’s essential for the direction of The Tech in the 21st Century. “At The Tech, the students are greeted as our treasured guests. We believe there’s a light bulb within each and every one. When we see that light bulb turn on, there’s hope. The key is keeping that light on.” “Students need a safety net to fail. They also need an ‘I want to.’ I want this so badly that I’ll stick with it to the end. Here at The Tech, it’s safe to fail, and we instill the wanting. Enter the confidence, the encouragement, the ‘it’s OK,’ the perseverance, the want to keep on going. Yes -

I want to. It’s safe to. And I can do it. Indeed, it’s all enriching.” Is there a book that stands out that Tim would highly recommend? “Yes, there is. The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind is a great book, one I feel everyone should read. It’s an inspirational true story of how one boy’s idea improved the lives of everyone in his community including himself -harnessing technology to make the world a better place.” “There are challenges we face, and we need to find solutions. Technology is really a means to an end, a way to solve problems. There has to be a better way, which means we have to find a way to figure these things out. Such solutions will come from technology. We are in trouble if we do not find technological answers to the problems we face.” Tim is also a big champion of finding ways to ensure more women are engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Numbers are rising for women in technology and science, but not as much as they are in law and medicine. Tim added that high-tech companies are enthusiastic and supportive of this effort as well. This year’s Tech Challenge program had more than 2,000 participants, and more than 40 percent were girls. “We are very excited about the program and we want to make it more accessible for more students wanting to participate.” The open-ended, design-challenge experience in The Tech Challenge is evident on the museum floor, too. Social Robots, on The Tech’s lower level, allows visitors to design and build their own robot. It’s not the kind of experience you can skim through; it takes time, and that helps develop confidence and encourage perseverance. The Tech is in the middle of a $50 million capital campaign to revitalize the entire museum including exhibits and educational programs. As part of that, Tim is aiming to raise $3 million to convert the IMAX Dome Theater to a digital format so that The Tech can expand its educational capabilities. “The Tech is not a museum. It’s an experience,” Tim said. “People need to come and experience it.” With Tim Ritchie at the helm, it’s a VERY special experience, getting better and better all the time as a model for our children, our community and our society to learn, grow and become the best they can be.


Local Community Spotlight

Sponsored by Outback Steakhouse

Welcome to The Great Mall

The Great Mall is located in Milpitas, just off the Great Mall Exit, between 880 and 680. It was built by the Ford Motor Land Development and Petrie Dierman Kughn in 1994. The Great Mall was later acquired in 2003 by the Mills Corporation and then in 2007 by the Simon Property Group, today’s proud owners. Early on, since the 1950’s, the Great Mall had been a Ford Automobile assembly plant. Believe it or not, Ford Mustangs were produced at this plant; bearing the name “San Jose” as the assembly location, which, in fact, was actually Milpitas. It was a busy plant back then – where Ford Fairlanes, Torinos, Pintos, F-Series pickup trucks and Escorts; Edsel Rangers and Pacers; and Mercury Cougars, Montegos, Comets, Bobcats, Lynxes, & Capris (the US version) were all being assembled – that is, up until 1983. Then, in the early 1990s, developers converted what had been that old automobile assembly plant into this beautiful new shopping center - soon to become known as the Great Mall. Commemorating the Great Mall’s history, there is a plaque located in the southwest section of its parking lot, for everyone to enjoy reading. The Great Mall of the Bay Area officially

opened its doors on September 22, 1994. Unlike many other malls, yet common for Mills malls, the Great Mall “became a flat”, or a spread out mall, and became the second largest mall in Northern California. Here, now, you will find everything in this one destination - from Century 20 Theaters, to nearly 200 stores, plus a wide-variety of some 31 Restaurants. There are so many things for you to experience at the Great Mall. In the heart of it all, you will find the always delightful Outback Steakhouse. It’s as if you’ve found your way down under, Mate - where the menu, the accent and the flavor are a joy - and a combined fun day, or evening, for everyone.


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Accountability is Motivational by Terri Norvell CEO, Trust Yourself Now – a people development company

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ccountability IS motivational when your company culture is supportive and consistent. Yet too often the first thought about accountability is negative. As in, ‘Who’s accountable for this mess up?’ Bottom line, accountability gets a bad rap and suffers due to a lack of knowledge. Terri Norvell The lack can be in limited knowledge, skills, direction, measurement, feedback, acknowledgment or trust. That’s when the workplace feels like a maze in the unknown...with people being paid to guess at what to do.

Let’s change that. Accountability deserves to be defined and discussed with each team member regularly. Here’s why. Accountability is about setting people up for success in advance. This is how accountability becomes motivational. There’s a simple 4-step process that when followed provides the clarity and infrastructure for everyone to thrive. With clarity of direction, the internal motivation to excel is more than possible, it’s probable. Motivation is an inside job. This cycle becomes self sustaining with consistent reinforcement. Take a look at these four accountability culture building steps: 1. Sharing the Big Picture - the overall company focus and specific goals so that everyone knows, ‘how what I do every day ties into the results that must be achieved‘ 2. Setting Expectations - providing clear individual expectations and involvement encourages engagement and accountability 3. Monitoring Progress - manager monitoring and monitoring one’s self provides opportunities to reinforce actions 4. Providing Feedback - good performance = praise feedback, poor performance = corrective feedback...feedback drives performance Accountability is a personal choice to rise above circumstances and own achieving desired results. It’s an inside job. When team members are accountable to deliver results - no matter the challenges or obstacles and know they’ve done their best.... there is indeed a feeling of satisfaction from the inside out. Being accountable is motivational and the business results are quantifiable. This is the desired cycle in all businesses!


Math Placement Law Is A Start; Schools Now Need To Draft Their Own Objective Measures By Muhammed Chaudhry, CEO, Silicon Valley Education Foundation The tech industry in Silicon Valley has long been disparaged

Area school districts, with ethnic minority students posting

for the lack of minorities in its ranks, especially Latino and

large numbers among those failing to advance to the next

African-American workers. But we can’t lay all the blame for

level, while their white and Asian counterparts with similar

the diversity deficit on tech companies. We have to look at

scores moved ahead.

our education system and the impediments some students

This past Jan. 1, Gov. Jerry Brown set a course to rectify the

face in taking basic courses, such as math, that are needed

problem by signing into law SB 359 that requires schools

to set them on a path to become tomorrow’s engineers and

to use more transparent methods in deciding which math

programmers.  

courses students should take.

Math courses, such as algebra, are the backbone for col-

Under SB 359, districts must analyze data to ensure correct

lege eligibility and careers in STEM (science, technology,

placement of students of all races, ethnicities, genders and

engineering and math) that are so critical

socioeconomic backgrounds. They must

to the technology sector. But not all stu-

strictly monitor placements, and they

dents as they approach their crucial high

must draft objective placement measures

school years – the time to start preparing

reflecting numerous criteria -- grades, di-

for college – have been afforded the same

agnostic placement tests and statewide

access to these courses.

assessments.

Latino and African-American students have been impacted the most, many of

The Silicon Valley Education Foundation

them placed in math courses they’ve

has long been at the forefront of the math

already taken, despite receiving good

misplacement issue since we experience

grades and high test scores. By repeating

the long-view result in our large tech com-

courses they don’t advance to more chal-

munity. We strongly supported SB 359

lenging math classes that can better position them for top

and its chief sponsor, Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

colleges. This is known as “math misplacement.”

In 2011, SVEF worked with the East Side Union High School

It is a practice that’s most often unintended, since many

District, one of Northern California’s largest, to implement

school districts have unwritten and inconsistent place-

an equitable process that now places 85,000 students in ap-

ment methods. Yet its consequences can be dire, depriving

propriate math courses. Only 18 other districts in California

minority students of taking math courses that can lead to

have such placement procedures.

STEM and STEM-related jobs. The result has been the dismal number of Latinos and African-Americans – only 3 to 4 per-

Right now there is a crisis-level shortage of students, espe-

cent – who end up in tech jobs.

cially of color, pursuing STEM. SB 359 is a crucial move to

A 2013 report called “Held Back: Addressing Misplacement

change that, with far-reaching, positive implications for our

of 9th Grade Students in Bay Area Math Classes” revealed

kids, for workforce diversity and for the future of our econ-

that math misplacement has occurred in at least nine Bay

omy.  


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Santa Clara Valley’s undiscovered wine country By Mike Wasserman Santa Clara County Supervisor, District 1

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urple and brown road signs have been sprouting up in South County thanks to the new Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail Route officially adopted by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. Until recently, the South Santa Clara Valley Wine Region had been the “undiscovered wine country” of the Bay Area. The new Wine Trail is a 28-mile loop through Morgan Hill, San Martin and Gilroy marked with directional wayfinding signage to help drivers locate two dozen wineries. “Don’t Drink and Drive” signs can also be found along the route. Many who live in Silicon Valley are surprised Mike Wasserman to learn of our region’s role as California’s first premium wine production region. The first known planting of Mission grapes took place at the Santa Clara Mission in 1798, ushering in some of the richest wine traditions of anywhere in the country. During the Gold Rush era, French and Italian immigrants who settled here recognized the rich soils and Mediterranean climate as the perfect New World home for their European grape varietals. California and Wine Industry Historians credit Santa Clara Valley as the original premium wine growing region in the modern era of winemaking in America. Promoting our County’s assets, including our agricultural heritage, is important to me as a County Supervisor. In fact, when I first took office in 2010 I pledged to help our agricultural industry remain viable in Santa Clara County. In 2012, we overhauled the County’s outdated and unclear rules for wineries based on feedback from the local industry. The new, improved rules streamline the permitting process, reduce cost to the wineries and advance the County’s goal to promote agritourism. I heard from our wine community that there

was a growing desire to establish a Wine Trail. We started by identifying obstacles and then tackled them oneby-one. No single person made the Wine Trail happen. It was the result of many determined people and organizations working collaboratively towards a common goal. The Santa Clara Valley Wineries Association, the Cities of Morgan Hill and Gilroy, the Gilroy Welcome Center, the Morgan Hill Tourism Alliance, the Santa Clara County Farm Bureau, and many individuals came together to turn this dream into a reality. By working together, we were able to overcome past hurdles and create a directional sign program that is both aesthetically pleasing and promotes our local wineries -- a real win-win for our County. The South Valley is a treasure for our County: open space, parks, farms, and of course, wineries. We have so many award-winning wineries right here in our backyard, but not everyone knows about them. It’s time for Santa Clara County residents to stop spending hours driving to and from Napa Valley, spending $25 or more on tastings, and fighting the crowds, when they can enjoy a much better experience right here in the Santa Clara Valley. Many South County residents have known for years what others will soon discover; that our awardwinning wineries are one of our best kept secrets in the South Bay. But it won’t be a secret for long with the new Wine Trail! I expect that we will see a steady increase in South County tourism as word spreads about our Wine Trail. Choosing to spend money locally not only supports local businesses, but it also means those tax dollars are used locally too. I hope that you will join me in supporting local agriculture and local businesses by planning a visit to the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley.


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by Jim Thompson

f we wanted to create the most effective character-education program for kids in this country, what would we need? We’d need a place for them to gather. We’d need adults to work with them. It would need to be a program that parents would support. It would be great if it was an activity kids liked so they didn’t have to be dragged kicking and screaming to it. And wouldn’t it be great if that activity had a lot of teachable moments built in so adults could teach life lessons to kids? I have good news. We don’t have to spend billions of dollars creating an infrastructure for character-education. It already exists; it’s called youth sports. We have fields and gymnasiums all over the country. We have four million coaches in youth and high school sports, the vast majority of whom are volunteers. Parents are willing to make sacrifices to get their kids to practices and games. Kids LOVE sports. And finally, high school and youth sports are virtual classrooms for life lessons, with an endless procession of teachable moments. The bad news is that this major institution in our country is not living up to its potential as a character-education program. That’s largely because the dominant sports culture is an entertainment sports culture, meant to

entertain fans, primarily by their team winning. Thus, there’s a win-at-all-cost mentality that colors every level of sports in our society. Fortunately, there is a competing vision, where high school and youth sports offer a Development Zone culture for developing better athletes and better people. As many as 40 million kids play high school and youth sports in any given year. We know how to create development zones in high schools and youth sports organizations. And if we do, we can provide the character-education necessary to create the ethical leaders and positive contributors we need so desperately in this country. Jim Thompson is Founder and CEO of Positive Coaching Alliance, a national non-profit based in Mountain View that creates Development Zones for developing “Better Athletes, Better People” through resources for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes at www.PCADevZone.org and via live workshops delivered in partnership with roughly 3,000 schools and youth sports organizations nationwide.


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Investing With the Stars By Scott Budman

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’m hustled down a hallway, for a secretive, exclusive one-on-one. No one can see, and the crowds are kept away. The handler says “You’ll have three minutes.” This, as you might imagine, rarely happens when we reporters talk to Venture Capitalists. This is no ordinary VC, though. It’s Jared Leto, heartthrob thespian and winner of this year’s Oscar for Best Supporting Actor (“Dallas Budman Buyer’s Club”), certified rock star (“30 Seconds To Mars”), and tech investor. Within seconds of talking to him, you can tell that Leto is the real deal. Yeah, sure he’s handsome, famous, etc, etc. He also knows his technology, having invested in rising startups like Zenefits, Surfair, and Wish, while starting his own companies that blend art and technology. “Artists deserve a seat at the tech table,” Leto says, to explain why an already stratospherically famous person would seek out tech startups. “I’m looking for creative opportunities, and I see a lot of creativity in technology.”

Leto joins a growing list of well-known entertainers jumping into tech with their wallets. Ashton Kutcher invested in AirBnB. Jada PinkettSmith invested in a safety app called bSafe. Andy Samberg, T.I., Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake, the list goes on. Clearly, tech is the hot spot for famous people. They tweet, they show up to board meetings. They’re clearly serious about learning and making money. Kutcher recently spoke at TechCrunch “Disrupt,” telling the crowd that he looks for creative people and good ideas, not “people talking about market cap and social media platforms.” At a recent Consumer Electronic Show (think: geek paradise) in Las Vegas, I saw no fewer than three rappers talking up headphones. 50 Cent, insisting that sound quality made his ‘phones the best; Ludacris, talking about why his brand is aimed exclusively at the high-end listener; and of course, Dr. Dre, who started Beats Electronics, brought celebrities like Lady Gaga into the fold, and just sold his company to Apple for a cool three billion dollars. So, again, why take the time to invest? Well, according to Forbes, Dr. Dre is now worth $620 million. Who wouldn’t want to play that role? Scott is the business & tech reporter for NBC Bay Area. He’s on Twitter: @scottbudman


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Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone

By Mike Wasserman Santa Clara County Supervisor, District 1

Urban vacant lots may soon become lively gardens thanks to Santa Clara County’s proposed Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone.

land can now be transformed into urban farms that the entire community can enjoy.

Urban farms have been shown to increase surrounding property values, and selling crops to local stores and restaurants provide even more incentive ur Valley has a significant and vibrant agriculto join the program. Besides the economic benefits, tural history that dates back centuries. The which are considerable, there are other direct imregion’s soil is rich and the weather ripe for agriculmeasurable benefits. Gardens that the entire comture. Over the past thirty years, the area affectionmunity can enjoy will greatly enhance the quality of ately known as “The Valley of the Heart’s Delight” has the neighborhood, while also creating opportunibeen transformed from farmland to the epicenter of ties such as: providing healthy nutrition, educationthe tech industry. MIKE WASSERMAN al programs, cooking classes, after-school garden The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, aimclubs, and better access to healthy and fresh foods ing to counter the loss of farmland and take advantage of unused for an entire community. urban areas, is proposing an Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone. Many people have noticed the success and benefits of the numer- Most people, especially the majority who live in urban areas, have ous urban agricultural nonprofit organizations such as Veggielution grown farther apart from the farm and where their food comes popping up around large cities and neighborhoods, which provide from. Healthy farm-to-table foods are hard to come by, especially for low-income families and the homeless. Now, a greater number local residents with fresh produce and healthy food options. of people will have access to more food options; even growing it Small-scale “micro” farms have been gaining in popularity and the themselves. County’s proposal would be among the first in California once approved by the Board of Supervisors. A voluntary agreement be- An Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone puts farming in cities, where tween the County and a landowner designates the use of vacant thousands of people will benefit. Neighborhood farms have the poparcels of land for crop production, thereby entitling the property tential to become a vital and prized community asset. This program owner to a significantly reduced property tax bill. Unused parcels of will allow micro farms to become a part of the community.

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The first time I met

By Scott Budman remember, as if it was yesterday, the first time I interviewed Steve Jobs, one-on-one, with no other crews in the room. Of course, I also remember when Steve Jobs got fired. I wasn’t reporting back then, but knew of Apple, because it was cool, I was from the Bay Area, and some of my friends had Apple computers. But back to the interview. I wondered if I’d get to experience the “Full Steve.” You know: cocky, impatient, brilliant. The whole “reality distortion field” thing. I wasn’t disappointed. We set a chair a few feet in front of the new eMac for Budman classrooms. Then we hit the top of the machine with a bright light with a red gel on it. The photographer shooting the story was pleased with the look. Then Jobs walked in. Not pleased. “Why do I have to sit AWAY from the eMac? I want to touch it.” And, after another glance, “Why is it RED?? The computer is WHITE! What’s going on here?” We quickly did away with the setup, lights, and chair. Practically trembling, 99 percent sure I’d already blown the interview (not to mention all the good will built up with the Apple PR team to actually get the interview), I attached a wireless mic to Jobs’ black turtleneck. We were silent for a bit, him checking the time, me thinking law school might have

actually made more sense, when I had a lastditch idea: “Steve, how about you just show me around the new computer?” That did it. Jobs spent the next 30 minutes (we were given five) walking around the eMac, touching it, showing off every nook and cranny of it. He was wonderful. He even sat down to talk strategy, and how the new machine would usher in all sorts of easy computing for its fans. I came away with a new appreciation of Jobs that day. I though back to the day when Jobs left Apple. And, years later, when I was living outside Apple’s Cupertino headquarters on a day when times seemed so bad, a competitor flew a plane overhead with a phone number so laid-off Apple employees could call for work. It was during that time that Dell CEO Michael Dell famously suggested Apple sell the company and move on. Several hundreds of billions of dollars later, Michael Dell is still in business, but his products are dwarfed by Apple’s -- and Steve Jobs. Jobs himself has often told reporters that leaving Apple the first time was the best thing that ever happened to him. Did he become humble and meek? No, thank goodness. But on the day he came back, I remember him sketching out what Apple was selling at the time, crossing it all out, and replacing it with just four boxes, to represent the categories Apple was going to focus on -- and eventually dominate. Now, years later, Jobs is gone, and I’m faceto-face for the first time with (of all people) Michael Dell. The man of the notorious “sell the company” comment. As it turns out, Dell was among those who said very nice things about Jobs on the day


he died. He told me he respected Steve Jobs, tried to lead by his example, and “probably wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Steve.” Pretty impressive stuff to hear from a billionaire. We got to talking, for a bit, about Jobs’ legacy, and could there be another like him? After all, even with all the deserved respect and thoughtful tributes to what Jobs accomplished for Apple and the tech industry as a whole, we here in Silicon Valley are known for looking ahead. What’s next, and who will lead us to it? As for candidates for the next Steve Jobs, let’s start young. Mark Zuckerberg? An obvious choice, because he’s clearly ahead of his time, pushing through decisions that, after initial skepticism, prove to be spot-on. Speaking of Facebook, how about COO Sheryl Sandberg? Not as young as Mark, but ahead of her time in the tech world, with a strong feeling that education is what’s needed for a better tech industry (remember, Apple used to push that pretty hard, too). I’ve also been impressed by Aaron Levie, the young CEO and co-founder of Box.net. His is a company focusing on cloud storage - not as consumer sexy as Apple, but crucial to the future of tech. He has written several posts recently pretty much saying that he does what he does because he watched Steve Jobs do it. Touching and thoughtful, from someone who will surely be part of the next big tech wave. But, In the interest of keeping this somewhat concise (and feel free to let me know if you have ideas of your own), I’ll just add one more: I was reminded of someone else I’ve spoken to a lot lately, when I read a tweet that said, “Apple needs to buy Square and make Jack Dorsey the new CEO.” Ha, ha, that’s a good one. But wait a minute. Two companies at once, both changing the game. Add in a focus on the future and -- remember Apple’s early days? - a keen fashion sense and the similarities are almost eerie. If we have to crown a “next” Steve Jobs, why not end the game with a Square, and a tweet? Jack Dorsey, the pressure’s on.

It’s no fun being the “next” anything, but the tech world is looking for a new icon. Scott Budman is an Emmy award-winning reporter, covering business and technology for NBC Bay Area News. He is also the host of the weekly NBC show, “TechNow,” and can be heard doing business updates every afternoon on KNBR radio. You can find Scott on Twitter: @scottbudman


A SCOTT BUDMAN PERSPECTIVE ON THE EVOLVING WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY

Let Them Play Video Games! I

know, the conventional wisdom is that video games are bad. I’ve heard that since I was a little kid, which takes us back to the early days of the Atari 2600, where “Pac-Man” was made of little squares, and “Space Invaders” was cutting edge. Games were evil way back then, just like they supposedly are now. Here’s the thing: Since I was a kid, and have grown up, lots of engineers have also grown up, started companies, and changed the world. Some of them are the kids I grew up Budman with. The ones who insisted on playing video games while the rest of us were, you know, outside playing games and inside reading books. Many of the game players were also creating, coding, and programming

their own video games, and yes, those are the aforementioned people now running companies. Of course, not all young gamers grow up to be CEOs. But I cover tech, and the thing techies cite most as their inspiration for jumping into computers, or engineering, or science (besides watching “Star Wars” a lot of times) is video games. The challenges, competition, even the cheat codes. Maybe that’s why, when Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg was holding court among a few of us reporters about a year and a half ago – and found out that some of us had daughters, she said “Let your daughters play video games. Encourage it!” This from the current authority on how women can advance in the workplace. As a father of two daughters, those words stuck with me. Not enough to actually go out and buy a video game console (I really want them outside playing games, or inside reading books), but enough so that when I see them playing something on an iPad, I don’t cringe. I dream of future college scholarships, and enough future stock options to keep their parents set well into retirement. The debate over good vs bad will continue, with lots of stats on both sides. But let the record (and Sheryl Sandberg) show: Sometimes, playing around can lead to curiosity, which can lead to really good things. Scott Budman is a Technology correspondent for NBC News. He’s also on Twitter: @scottbudman


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Love & The Art of Seeking

A Wonderful Romance by Tana Marie

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hhh, LOVE — supreme mystery, exquisite commodity — the imperative goal. Mankind has pondered it, adolescents toy with it, adults yearn for it, yet children give it freely. We all possess an intrinsic understanding the natural flow of love — whether expressed or not. So why is there so much pain or confusion surrounding it? How can love be such a sublime mixture of pleasure and pain? Romance is wrought with conflicting experiences because: being in relationships for the wrong reason; unrealistic expectations; trust issues; fear of intimacy; or disillusionment. Love isn’t supposed to hurt — EVER. Period. It wasn’t constructed that way. Love’s very nature is comfortable, nurturing, growth oriented and sustaining. Make love your friend by reconnecting with that fresh, childlike belief in love. If you are seeking a wonderful romance, the first thing to do is get very specific about the characteristics, values, physical characteristics, lifestyle, goals and personality traits you want and need in a romantic partner. This will become your ‘Romance Wish List’, which is essential for everyone who is truly ready for a sustainable love relationship. One of the reasons a specific list is so powerful, is that too many

people enter a relationship by default. They don’t necessarily know what they want or need in a relationship, so they begin a relationship with “someone” hoping that love will grow, and conquer all. It doesn’t. Love must be given a helping hand. By specifying your needs and desires before you create the relationship you will accomplish two things: 1. You’ll have a better chance of creating a healthy relationship right from the start. 2. You’ll know if they are a viable contender, because you’ll both have similar wants and needs. ‘The List’ is not to be some edict from on high that is impossible for anyone, short of Superman/ Superwoman, to measure up to. Instead, it is a guide for you to know if they match your criteria. If they don’t, you’ll save untold hours/days. If they do, you’re so ahead of the game! Enjoy. Remember, stop ‘looking for love’, just BE love and see what happens. Tana Marie Award Winning Author * Intuitive Counselor * Reverend * Romance & Dating Strategist * Weddings * Your Perfect Life Exists – Let’s Create It Now!” (831) 646-1137 * TM@TanaMarie.com * www.TanaMarie.com


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Looking Down Not Up By Andy Dolich

At a recent sports industry forum there was a fair amount of discussion regarding the “Looking Down Not Up” media mode of how Millennials and many other two-eyed creatures are consuming their favorite spectator sports. It’s yesterday’s news, especially in Siliconia, the worldwide capital of innovation, that our lives are crowded with super communicating devices. The sports world continues to keep shrinking through hyperconnectivity. There are several mega-trends that I’ve diagnosed which are changing, cash registering and confusing the sporting landscape. A PICTURE’S WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS Technology sometimes hinders human integration. It’s clear that millions of us now communicate through pictures and videos and less in words, especially if they are big with lots of letters. The heck with baseball cards, box scores, 8x10 glossies and printed programs - let me send you an Instagram. Here’s a shot of my favorite linebacker walking his Schnauzer in Santa Clara. The positive interactivity of fans at games is going to be changed if we pay no attention to the fans sitting right next to us.

CONTENT IS KING Why would you want to buy a super pricey ticket to sit behind home plate when MLB.com offers access to every one of its 2,430 regular season games for $130? We now have NFL Red Zone, NHL Center Ice, NBA Gametime and MLS Live. There is so much video and statistical information that you’ll need to have as many eyes as the Jumping Spider who has four sets to watch the cornucopia of choices. Looking down is becoming much more compelling, Look Up and you may miss something. Confusing. WHOSE DEN IS IT ANYWAY? The visual experience of viewing a game in a stadium has been changed by the Cowboys gargantuan LED center hung “galaxy’s largest” TV at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. No matter how hard you try to look down at actual players and live game action on the field your eyes will be pulled to the board. This is an analog of the Looking Down Not Up equation but, nonetheless, it takes you away from live action. Fans want the best possible experience and they will determine which way they want to watch/communicate with their favorite teams/ sports. That being said, it’s hard to give a standing ovation with a phone in your hand. Sports fans are the ultimate committed customers - they will do what they want no matter what the marketing mavens have up their sleeves.


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Meet Chris Wondolowski If You Are Looking For A Great Role Model…You Need Not Look Beyond The Great “WONDO” I had the great pleasure the other day of meeting and talking with Chris Wondolowski, the San Jose Earthquakes and MLS (Major League Soccer) Striker and Star Player. I have met many “famous” people / star athletes before. But this was different. He was as interested and excited about talking with me, as I was with him. I complimented him on ‘this’ or ‘that’ and he would say “Thank you very much. I really appreciate it” - and it was genuine. It was a breath of fresh air and I appreciated that. He had just completed an arduous workout session – and he was being so gracious to stand with me and spend this time conversing with me. We talked about a number of things, and then in particular, we talked about his heroes. Did he or does he have heroes, people who have inspired him to this very day? Oh, yes, many, he said. Former teachers, and especially his Dad, his coaches, fellow players he has played with and plays with. The accomplishments he was proud of were all team oriented and he always wanted to talk about the team. Then he also included in the conversation his excitement for the new stadium. We both would glance just a 100 yards away from the practice field where we were standing

… admiring as if we could get a glimpse of the joy around the corner. But none of the talk was a focus on him, it was him that also included his teammates, the gratitude and sure the hope of what was to come. It was different. He was different. Wondo’s father played soccer at Cal Berkeley, so soccer was in Chris’s blood since early childhood. One of his brothers, Stephen, also played soccer and played professionally for the Houston Dynamo. He now is a development soccer coach in the Earthquakes youth organization. Wondo was born in the East Bay and played soccer at De La Salle High School in Orinda. De La Salle has been famous all these years for its football, its Football Hall of Fame Coach, Bob Ladouceur, and its great football winning tradition. Coach Ladouceur was one of the winningest coaches in high school football history - or any sports history for that matter. He was / he is a legend in his own right. I asked Wondo if he was an inspiration and hero of his? … To read the rest of Wondo’s great article, please go to our Silicon Valley Talk website (www.siliconvalleytalk.com) and enjoy the balance under the category “Sports”.


Bold Action Needed to Combat the Childhood Obesity Crisis By Ken Yeager Santa Clara County Supervisor, District Four

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hildhood obesity is a topic that is very important to me as a person and as an elected official. It is not just an issue of concern. It is a crisis, and there is no magic bullet that will serve as a solution. It is a multifaceted, complex issue that will require government, businesses, schools, and parents together. One in four middle Ken Yeager school and high school students in Santa Clara County, ages 13-17, are

overweight or obese. For some populations, such as Latinos and African Americans, those numbers are one in three. More than half of adults in Santa Clara County are overweight or obese. Children who are obese after age six have a greater than 50 percent chance of being obese as an adult. Obesity is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. If this trend continues, this will be the first generation of children to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. Childhood obesity is not just a health issue. It is an economic issue as well. Obesity costs the taxpayer millions of dollars in related healthcare costs. Employers are effected through lost productivity and increased insurance costs. The cost of obesity in Santa Clara County are estimated at $420 million in healthcare and $496 million in lost productivity.


Even though there is a lot of new work happening through governments and regional partnerships, we are a long way from solving the childhood obesity crisis. While we must continue to educate, increase access to healthy food, and make physical activity a bigger part of city living, bold actions are also needed to draw attention to this problem. Because the effects of childhood obesity often seen later in life, too few people are motivated to act now. Sometimes new and even controversial ideas can help move the discussion along. An exciting idea that we passed in Santa

Most of us instinctively know that fast food is bad for you. When you look at the data, it is even worse. Clara County was a first-of-its-kind ordinance I authored to require restaurants to meet minimum health requirements for its kids meals that are linked to toys or other incentives. It has often been referred to in the media as the “Happy Meal Ban,” but it is not a ban at all. Rather, it gives parents a tool to resist the millions of dollars spent on marketing unhealthy meals to their children.

Most of us instinctively know that fast food is bad for you. When you look at the data, it is even worse. The Recommended Dietary Allowance for children 6-8 years old is 1500 calories, 58 grams of fat, and 1800 mg of sodium. If you look at a basic kids’ meal of a cheese burger, small fries, and 12-oz soda, it has 750 calories, 30 grams of fat and 895 mg of sodium. One meal would provide 50% of total daily calories, 52% of fat and 50% sodium. Fast food restaurants sold more than 1.2 billion meals with toys to children in 2006. In 2006, restaurants spent at least $360 million on toys. Toy giveaways are estimated to be the second highest child-directed expenditure by the industry, after TV advertising. In a study of children’s meals at restaurants, 10 of 12 of the highest calorie meals came with toys. All this money is being spent to influence children when they are young and their taste buds are developing. In essence, these toy offers get kids hooked on the taste of fast food at an early age. Santa Clara County’s ordinance ensures that food provided along with toys meet minimum health standards. A few months after Santa Clara County passed its ordinance, San Francisco passed an ordinance of its own, and New York City is considering one as well. Now the restaurant industry is taking notice. Recently, Jack in the Box announced that they will no longer offer toys as part of their kids’ meals. McDonald’s— the fast food chain that started the kids’ meal toy craze—is making changes of their own. They announced that they will be reducing the serving size of french fries and including fruit in all of their Happy Meals. The awareness being raised by Santa Clara County’s ordinance is helping the restaurant industry and parents to confront the need for change. We have made some good first steps, but much more still needs to be done.


Jean-Michel Cousteau

President, Ocean Futures Society www.oceanfutures.org

Dive into underwater treasures S

tanding on the edge of a boat peering into the vast blue deep of the ocean is a thrilling – and sometimes intimidating— experience. My father “helped” me get over my nervousness by simply throwing me overboard at the age of seven with the newly invented SCUBA tank on my back, but for folks without such assistance, you have to simply take a deep breath and make the plunge. In the past five years California dove enthusiastically into ocean conservation when the Fish and Game Commission voted to adopt a network of underwater reserves along the coast between Oregon and the Mexican borders. It is encouraging to have these new marine protected areas as a statewide system of protected ocean waters. For me, it gives me a sense of hope that future generations will have similar experiences of diving the giant kelp forests off our California coast as I did on my first dive after my father’s passing in 1997 at Anacapa Island, part of the Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary. I remembered that dive vividly as if it was just yesterday. There was an unusual opening in the kelp. The sun’s rays were shining brightly through the kelp, lighting up this little, inexplicable patch of sand-like a spotlight on an empty stage. All around me there were tiny garibaldi, brightly colored damsel- fish native to the area. In normal light, they’re a fantastic, shimmering orange, but here in this bright sunlight, they were like festive candles, a string of party decorations

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announcing some underwater fiesta. What can I do but follow these playful, carrotcolored fish to the sandy bottom? What can I do but give myself over to their sweet allure? I drop to my knees and fall on the spot and I am overcome with emotion. It is almost mystical. I have been thinking of my father, of course, and now it feels as if he is here with me, on this sun-splashed ocean floor. For the first time since his death, he is near.


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Beautiful Wedding

By Julie Hart Conde

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y passion is bringing peace, joy and beauty into people’s lives. I especially enjoy doing this for brides and grooms, who often find it overwhelming when planning their wedding. If the multitude of details involved in planning your wedding is starting to get you stressed, below are 8 ways to keep you at peace as you plan one of the most important days in your life. 1. Breathe: When things start to get overwhelming, breathe deep, take a look at your options and focus on the most pressing one.

2. Focus: Keep a notebook near you or use your notebook app to jot down the myriad of thoughts that distract you from the task at hand. This will help you to focus and give you reassurance that you won’t be forgetting something important. 3. Hit List: While the long list of details can be overwhelming, the key is to break your list down into smaller bites. Find a wedding timeline online and use that to break down your list into separate monthly plans. Then focus on just one month at a time. 4. Stress Reducer: If you find yourself getting stressed, talk with a friend or call your wedding planner. It’s great to get a different perspective and encouragement from those who love you and those who have the expertise.

Similar to the point above, keep focused on the positive and the possibilities. Look to your future and keep people around you who want your true happiness. 6. Vendors: When considering working with any vendor, read their contract thoroughly. Make note of the specifics and ask questions if anything isn’t clear. If something doesn’t fit in with what you originally had in mind, decide now if it is a deal breaker or if you are willing to compromise. 7. Possibilities: You don’t have to do a wedding a specific way, anything is possible. This day should be all about the two of you coming together and your guests should leave feeling like they saw who you are and what you like. 8. Wedding Style: Pinterest is a great tool that can help define your style. Once you have pinned a set of pictures that you love of the various elements of your wedding, look for common themes among your selections. Next, pick 3 to 5 words that describe your style. Moving forward, if you have a question about whether something is right for your wedding, you can go back to these words and decide if it fits in.

Remember, at the end of the day you will be married to the one that you love and the one who loves you: deeply, completely and unconditionally. No matter what elements you put into your day … take joy in this and savor the moments that bring you the most joy during the planning process.

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Involving your toddler in recycling he routines you create for your child while he is young will grow into habits over the years. Although your toddler may be too young to understand the need to be eco-friendly, it is possible to get him into the routine of recycling by presenting it in an entertaining way. Here are some tips to get your toddler involved in recycling some common household items. Sorting the Household Waste Sorting the household waste is a fun activity to carry out with toddlers as it appeals to their natural inclination to categorise and sort items. It also gives them a sense of achievement when they get it right. Set up three plastic boxes and label each of them with pictures of what they should contain: one for paper, one for plastic and one for glass. Your toddler can help you search through old magazines or catalogues for suitable pictures for each box, which you can then cut out and stick on. This gives you an opportunity to talk through what types of waste should go in each box. The pictures will serve

as a useful reminder to your toddler when he is deciding what to place in each box. When sorting the household waste, give your toddler the responsibility of spotting which items can be recycled and into which box they should be placed. He will need a lot of direction at first, so be sure to offer praise and encouragement when he gets it right. Where items have a recycling symbol stamped on them, point it out to your toddler. He will soon start to recognise it on a range of everyday items. Composting If you have enough space in your garden, a compost heap can be used to recycle your biodegradable household waste. The setting up of the compost heap is a job for an adult, but your toddler will enjoy finding things to throw on to it.


Choose a suitable area of the garden and start the compost heap by placing green garden waste, brown garden waste, fruit and vegetable peelings and shredded newspaper in a pile. The pile should rest directly on the earth, not on concrete or plastic. You can enclose the compost heap with wood or wire to keep it neat, but this is not essential. The compost will take a few months to rot down and will need to be dug over once a month. When the bottom of the heap starts to turn brown and crumbly, the compost is ready to be used. Set your toddler the task of finding things to add to the pile. Along with garden waste and peelings from the kitchen, the compost heap will benefit from old teabags and eggshells. Avoid anything synthetic, oil and cooked food scraps which could attract vermin. Again, it may be helpful to sit down with your toddler and go through some old magazines and catalogues to choose pictures of items which can be added to the compost heap. These can be cut out and stuck on to a piece of card to be used as a reminder for your toddler when he is choosing what to throw on to the heap. Clothing Toddlers can also get involved in recycling old clothing. Although you may be passing wearable items on to a younger sibling or another child, you may have clothing that is unfit to be worn again. There are recycling outlets for used clothing which pay an amount of cash per kilo. If your toddler attends a nursery or daycare facility, they can use such a scheme to raise cash and to teach the children about the benefits of recycling. Nursery managers are usually happy to receive fundraising suggestions. Alternatively, you could

By involving your toddler in recycling and making it an entertaining activity, you are building a positive habit for the future.

use the money raised as an incentive for your child by saving it towards a treat, such as a day out or a coveted toy. Old Toys Another key area for recycling is your toddler’s toys. You may face some resistance to passing on items he has enjoyed playing with. A long forgotten toy can suddenly become the current favourite if your toddler thinks he may have to part with it. One approach is to explain that these can be passed on to children who have fewer toys than he does, although he may be a little young to empathise with their situation. Another tactic is to schedule such a clear out shortly before Christmas or his birthday. They attraction of new toys arriving may persuade him to part with some of his existing collection. By involving your toddler in recycling and making it an entertaining activity, you are building a positive habit for the future. Before you know it your child will be recycling items without prompting and may even be the one reminding you to be eco-friendly. stories@svlocalmag.com


BACK IN TIME

2000

• The Seattle Kingdome is demolished by implosion • The NASDAQ reached an all-time high of 5,048 • Bill Clinton is the first U.S. President to visit Vietnam • The U.S. Supreme Court stops the Florida Presidential recount giving the state to George W. Bush • Average cost for a gallon of gasoline $1.70 • U.S. Postage stamp 33 cents • Microsoft chairman Bill Gates steps aside as Chief Executive Officer • Super Bowl XXXIV: St. Louis Rams beat Tennessee Titans, 23-16 at the Georgia Dome Atlanta MVP is Kurt Warner, St. Louis QB • In a pre-dawn raid, federal agents

seize six-year-old Elián González from his relatives’ home in Miami, Florida.

• 100th US Golf Open at Pebble Beach • Los Angeles Lakers beat Indiana Pacers 4-2 in NBA finals MVP is Shaquille O’Neal, L.A. • Sammy Sosa’s becomes the second player to hit 50 or more home runs in three consecutive years, joining Mark McGwire • The 100th Space Shuttle mission (STS-92) is flown. • NY Yankees defeat NY Mets 4-1 to win their 3rd straight World Series Championship; MVP is Derek Jeter, NY Yankees • U.S. retailer Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of business after 128 years.


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Former ‘49ers star Steve Bono is now helping other Bay Area athletes make the right decisions with their investments.

The San Francisco Bay:

A Crossroads of Wealth Creation

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ew places in America are surrounded by as much wealth as the San Francisco Bay. While entrepreneurial technology companies and the venture capitalists backing them have been getting all the headlines, a half dozen major sports franchises have been consistently generating wealth in the Bay Area for years. And regardless of the various sources of wealth, the inevitable complexities remain the same. One California sports icon, Steve Bono, who played collegiate football at UCLA and professional football as quarterback from 1985 to 1999, including five years with the San Francisco 49ers, is now dedicated to helping these Bay Area athletes make the right decisions with their money. “I was lucky enough to be surrounded by trustworthy advisors during my career and

was able to avoid the unfortunate financial situations we often hear about,” said Bono, now a principal at Constellation Wealth Advisors in Menlo Park. Bono helped establish Constellation’s newest Steve Bono division, Constellation Sports Wealth Advisors, to focus on the unique financial challenges faced by professional athletes and coaches. “The assets earned during an athlete’s relatively brief playing career need to be properly managed to support a financially secure and comfortable post-retirement lifestyle,” said Bono. “Money doesn’t come with a game plan or a coach.”


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HOW TO PERFECT YOUR GOLF SWING

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he search for the perfect swing is the Holy Grail for golfers all over the world as they strive to ďŹ nd an action that will permit them to play the game to a high standard. Grooving a golf swing that is repeatable and dependable can only be achieved through practice, and this will require time and patience. Trying to perfect a swing while playing in competition is never advisable as you cannot possibly give your full concentration to the areas that need attention. Professional golfers will work tirelessly on their swings, some even hiring teachers who will give advice on elements of the swing. For recreational golfers, perhaps securing the services of a club professional will help, but for most golfers, it is a case of trial and error on the practice range. What can you do to improve

you swing? The starting point for anyone who hopes to improve their game is to ensure that the fundamentals are in place. These include a good grip, proper stance, correct alignment and tempo of the swing. When the basics are in place, you will be in position to hit golf shots that are reasonably good. Your next step is to experiment with things that may improve your swing allowing you to hit the ball longer, straighter and with more spin. For example, ball position is something that can have a real impact on your swing as it often determines the angle at which you approach the ball and how this affects your arms and shoulders on the downswing. If you position the ball too far toward your front foot, this can encourage an over-the-top pass at the


ball, probably resulting in a pull or a slice. On the other hand, if you position the ball too far back in your stance, you may find you are blocking the ball to the right or hooking it wildly. Experiment with ball position and you will most likely find that placing the ball in the middle of your stance or just fractionally toward your front foot will reap dividends. On longer clubs like the driver, the ball will be further toward your front foot. A tip you will find helpful when working on grooving your golf swing, is to experiment on the practice range with different tempo swings. Some recreational golfers swing very hard and fast in order to attempt to hit the ball further. You may be surprised to find that with a more leisurely, smooth swing, you will actually achieve greater distance. In reality, you want to hit the ball better, not harder. Fast swings tend to pull the arms into play too quickly and this often results in cutting across the ball, leading to a slice. The tempo of your swing is possibly the most crucial element you can work on as it will promote a repeatable swing you can rely on under pressure. In fact, you can groove such a swing in the garden at home without the need to hit golf balls. Find the tempo that works best for you, and make this part of your golf game. Another element that impacts on your swing

is how you stand to address the ball. This can make a real difference to the quality of your shots and determine how high or low your ball trajectory will be. It can also influence how you bring the club head to the ball. Are you possibly stretching for the ball at address? Or is your stance too upright causing you to slice? Again, take time on the practice range to experiment by hitting shots while taking a variety of address positions. A tall person will naturally stand more upright to the ball while a shorter person will reach more for the ball and have a flatter swing. On that subject, if you are serious about grooving a solid, repeatable golf swing, you would do well to make sure you are using golf clubs suited to your height. Badly fitted clubs will have you swinging on an arc that is unnatural and will inevitably result in hooking or slicing. As is true for even the best of players, grooving a good golf swing is a matter of practice. You may find that there is a great deal of trial and error involved until you find a swing that suits you individually. Do not treat this as a chore, but enjoy those times you spend on the practice ground, realizing that it will result in a better golf swing that will in turn, allow you to derive greater enjoyment from the game and improve you score. stories@svlocalmag.com

As is true for even the best of players, grooving a good golf swing is a matter of practice.


Protecting Our Pets in Santa Clara County

By Mike Wasserman Santa Clara County Supervisor, District 1

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s a dog owner and the elected County Supervisor from Los Gatos (“The Cats”), it’s fitting that I am an animal lover and strong supporter of animal shelters. County residents will be happy to know that all 2,309 healthy animals that came through the Santa Mike Wasserman Clara County Animal Shelter last year were either adopted, placed with fosters, or reunited with their owners. This is especially impressive when considering the fact that we operate a “no-kill” Shelter which handles not just cats and dogs but also goats, horses, and chickens. Throughout the year, a variety of low and no-cost pet adoption days as well as low-cost

vaccination clinics are offered. At a recent pet clinic, over 100 animals were vaccinated and 71 microchips were installed which will help to reunite lost pets with their owners. The Shelter also recently participated in the nation’s largest free adoption day where 110 animals were adopted in one weekend! Pets adopted from the County’s Shelter are all spayed or neutered, Microchipped with ID implantation and registration, vaccinated, de-fleaed, and de-wormed. Providing low-cost spay and neuter services for cats and dogs is an important investment since it helps control our animal population. These services are available to all County residents through participating veterinary clinics in most cities for as low as $10. The existing Shelter in San Martin is at capacity much of the year and we are in the process of creating a 501(c)3 to take donations toward a new Shelter. We benefit from the hundreds of volunteers who annually help the Shelter through donations of blankets and food, spending time with animals waiting for adoption, and fostering pets. Please go to www.sccountypets.org to learn how to donate, volunteer, foster pets or obtain spay and neuter services.


Helpful Ways To Eat Better & Below Budget With the price of food continuing to rise, many are looking for ways to adopt a healthy diet without breaking the bank. After all, healthy foods cost more than unhealthy ones, right? While this can be true in certain cases, it’s not usually the opposite. Here are four ways to eat better below budget: Shop The Outer Perimeter Have you ever noticed how all of the whole, fresh foods are located in a store’s outer perimeter? If you’re looking for more wholesome options, this is where you should do most of your grocery shopping. Fresh fruit, vegetables, meats and dairy feature more nutrition and better flavor, and they’re often far cheaper per-serving than their dried, canned, frozen or pre-cooked counterparts.

Steer Clear of Processed Foods You’re faced on a daily basis with new food products that claim to be healthy, but are they really? While some products may have a reduced content of fat, sodium or sugar, those are not the only important factors. For instance, artificial sweeteners, which are often used to replace the sugar that was removed, are tied to health problems like pancreatic cancer and obesity. In addition, although the item price might seem reasonable, on a per-serving basis, they cost significantly more than the same food made from raw ingredients. Your best bet for both your health and budget is to steer clear of these convenience foods. Go For The Cheapest Options Although fresh foods are almost always cheaper than their processed variants, not all are priced equally. With whole, fresh produce like cabbage, apples, oranges and carrots, you get a lot more food for less money than with leafy greens, sweet potatoes and pre-bagged salads. The same applies to meat. Skinless chicken breasts are considerably more expensive per-pound than leg quarters, which you can de-skin yourself. The key is to pay careful attention to the pricing of different foods and select the ones that have the least impact on your budget. Cook At Home More Many people lead busy lives, which often makes fast food an appealing choice. However, while the large salad you ordered is most likely very healthy, it’s certainly not cheap. For what you paid, you could have made several days’ worth of salads at home. The same applies to hot meals, too. Instead of paying for convenience, try making quick meals ahead. Mix up enough salad for a couple of days and put it in individual containers. You can also toss veggies, meat and whole-grain pasta into a slow-cooker for multiple no-hassle meals … Bon appetit!


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Reasons to Shop at Local Stores

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ou may already shop locally because it is convenient, or perhaps you don’t shop locally at all. There are however, many excellent reasons why shopping at local stores is very beneďŹ cial to you and the community in which you live. Here are the top ten reasons why you should do more local shopping: Better Customer Experience

Are you tired of being served by a grumpy, miserable, or even downright rude checkout operator? If you shop locally you are more likely to be received with a smile and have a very pleasant customer experience. At your local shop you are not just a faceless money-carrier, you are a person. Building a friendly relationship with the local shop owner makes for a much more relaxed atmosphere and a nicer shopping experience allround. Rather than making your day worse, shopping at a local store might just brighten your day. Helping to Local stores are owned and Maintain the operated by local people. The Community very same people as yourselves who care about the neighbourhood they live in. Local businesses donate to local charities and causes and improve the surrounding area. Why? They care about the area in which they live, just like you. Support local stores and you are supporting your local community.

Local Economic Properity

Money you spend at local shops and businesses is money that is kept in your community, enriching it for all. When you spend at a superstore the profits are taken by the corporation, whereas when you spend locally your whole community indirectly benefits, since that money will be re-invested in your region.


Unique Nothing destroys a region’s Community character like the imposition of Charactor an all-purpose megastore store. Local communities are unique places that have their very own culture, history and individual quality. Local stores are a part of this rich history and culture, having usually been around for several decades serving as pillars of the community. By supporting these local businesses you are ensuring the maintenance of the tradition and character of your area. A traditional diner or grocer is part of a town’s identity, and you would do well to support them with your custom. Unique When you shop at a local store, Products and you get to buy unique, local prodQuality ucts of a diverse range that you Produce would not find at a superstore. The stock has been carefully picked by the owner, rather than the dictates of market research and profitability. Especially when it comes to fruit and vegetables, shopping locally is superior to supermarket shopping in every way. The produce is fresher and tastier than supermarket goods, often picked only a day or two beforehand. Fresh, organic, locallygrown food is also not only healthier for you, but it is also healthier for your community, as you are sustaining local agriculture.

Using local businesses encourLocal ages healthy competition. This Competition ultimately brings you, the consumer, and a cheaper, wider range of goods. Multiple companies competing in individual markets is much better for everyone than one huge conglomerate selling a narrow range of every type of product. More Local Jobs

Small local companies create a wide variety of local jobs which help sustain community economies. By shopping at local stores and using local businesses you are ultimately creating a supply of jobs in your local area, through increasing demand for goods and services. Supporting Regional Agriculture

Through buying your fruit and vegetables from local outlets there are multiple positive effects. Aside from cheaper food bills and fresh produce, by supporting local farmers you are reinvesting money into your community and also helping the environment by reducing transport pollution. Helping In the world today everyone wants the to do what they can to help conserve Environment the environment and the planet’s natural resources. Shopping locally serves this cause in several ways. Major road congestion is reduced, as is general transport pollution. Buying goods from local stores also reduces fuel and energy consumption by bypassing the need to import from around the world. Local shops require little infrastructure, further decreasing our impact on the environment. Local Decision Making

Important decisions made by local stores and businesses ought not be harmful to the community since the owners are part of the community too – they have a vested interest and are committed to the area’s future themselves. Decisions affecting the community are not made in corporate board rooms hundreds of miles away, they are made by fellow members of the community who appreciate their impact. Happy Shopping! stories@svlocalmag.com


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Finding YOUR Place in the World: Selecting a Major for the Future I applied to the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University as an incoming freshman, guided by my father’s insistence that a business degree would secure me in an ambitious career after graduation. Unfortunately I was waitlisted, along with the vast amount of other young students with the same thinking influencing their decisions. I then switched into the College of Arts and Sciences, with a slight triumph, since I would now be able to pursue a major of my own liking. I have always loved the humanities subjects in school and knew that I would flourish in a degree such as History, English or Psychology. Now looking back as a recent graduate, I am entirely grateful that I was able to strengthen my critical thinking and writing skills through English because

these abilities are versatile and can be used in any career. It is with dismay that I reflect on the decline of humanities majors, due to this transitional view that undergraduate majors must connect with potential careers. On the whole, I believe that my major has been better rounded and unbounded, liberated from the restricting core requirements of a business major which has little room to explore outside of their major. It is my advice to new college students that they select a major that they find sincere interest in and can enjoy. I was able to succeed in my major because I love literature and writing. If at all possible, try to deter from these ways of thinking that discourage majors that may not have obvious connections to careers.


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Senior service agencies

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In Silicon Valley, approximately one-fifth of the population is 65 and older. This figure will jump to one-infour by the year 2030. While we have all heard about the demographic “age wave,” what is less known is that half of adults 60 and older in Santa Clara County (50%) live below the Elder Economic Standard Index (EESI), an area-specific measure of poverty, according to the latest report from Council on Aging. Right now, many benefit programs only serve individuals that meet the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) - a cost of living at about $1000 per month. While 25% of seniors fall under the FPL, an additional 25% live below the EESI, a more accurate measure of poverty, leaving them in ‘the eligibility gap.’ Local senior service agencies are coming up with creative solutions to engage the community in helping their neighbors. For the past two years, The Health Trust partnered with Council on Aging to engage 90 volunteers and 270 agencies to inform 28,000 adults 50+ of local resources and keys to healthy aging. Resources highlighted included free and income-based local programs for health, fall prevention, housing, transportation, in-home support, caregiver support and food and meal programs. Volunteer ‘Health Champions’ connected with faith communities, libraries, health clinics, senior lunch programs, ethnic sites, after-school programs, hospitals, the Veterans Administration, and more. Silicon Valley is one of the wealthiest areas

in the nation, but at least one-half of our seniors have a myriad of unmet needs. ‘Healthy Steps’ is one of many volunteer opportunities to help ensure that older adults spend more years in good health and engaged as vital members of our community. How can you help to make this a place where we can all age with dignity and health? For more information about how to get involved, please contact: Pauline de Lange, MA Health Promotion Coordinator The Health Trust in partnership with Council on Aging paulined@healthtrust.org (o) 408-879-4105


THE LOCAL STATE How high will mortgage rates rise in 2016? Will the local market stall if rates go too high in Silicon Valley?

Is 2016 going to be a seller’s or buyer’s market in Silicon Valley?

No one knows for sure but after a couple of years of the Federal Reserve being wishy washy on rates I think they are finally ready to move which is really a good thing. It means they are comfortable with where

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the economy is today and where they think Tom Tognoli the economy is going to Founder, President & CEO be in the foreseeable fu- Intero Real Estate Services, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate ture. If there were con(408) 342-3001 cerns about the future InteroRealEstate.com they would not be raising rates.  I think we may see mortgage rates as much as 1/2 of a percent higher by the end of the year. Regarding the local market stalling, I don’t think so.  One thing to remember is there is a lot of discretionary wealth in the Silicon Valley.  Probably more so than almost any other place in the country.  I do think that rates could potentially effect affordability but what I think most buyers will do is start to opt for 3, 5, 7 and 10 year fixed rate mortgages or adjustable rate mortgages with lower rates over the 30 year fixed that has been so popular with the low interest rates over the last several years.  Keep in mind that historically the Silicon Valley housing market has followed in lock step with the stock market.  So…as the stock market goes the housing market typically goes and vice versa.  I do think that the rate of appreciation will begin to slow down a bit but as long as companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and the like are growing and expanding and bringing more people into the Bay Area prices can’t go anyplace but up.  The good and bad part about Silicon Valley is we are land locked with mountains and water.  Unless someone can figure out a way to get people from the East Bay or South Bay to the Silicon Valley in less than 2 hours each way during commute time, demand in the Silicon Valley is going to continue to remain strong for the foreseeable future.

Silicon Valley will continue with a healthy market in 2016 and will likely occur within the business economy. In Santa Clara County in 2015, we saw higher closed sales in both units and dollar volume than in 2014, while inventory continued to decline.* Even with new listings coming in at the beginning of the New Year, if the trend from 2015 continues, low inventory

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will remain a challenge and will add to buyer frustration as demand outweighs supply. Although the foreign investor surge has diminished to some extent, there is still a strong pool of buyers, mostly from China and the local technology sector. Interest rates are anticipated to rise, but not enough to dramatically affect the market to any great extent. The coming year will likely mirror what we just experienced this past fall, with one to three offers being the norm and only the best properties in prime locations experiencing the frenzied multiple offer presentations. Most think we will see lower single digit appreciation for the year – although real estate continues to be a good long term investment. New construction and mixed-use will continue to grow in Silicon Valley and several residential projects are in progress for the year to come. Development is happening at a slower pace than needed, aiding in pent up demand and therefore buyer fatigue. Moving forward, we are anticipating a traditional spring market with limited housing supply and consistent consumer demand. *Source: TrendGraphix Market Snapshot – Santa Clara County, All Properties, 2015 YTD vs. 2014 YTD

OF REAL ESTATE 2016 Do foreign buyers still see Real Estate in the San Francisco Bay Area as ideal havens for their money?Will this phenomenon continue to grow?

Will the elements that drove market prices in 2015 be with us in 2016?

2015 was another very strong year for foreign investment in U.S. real estate, especially here in the Bay Area and particularly from Asian buyers. The dollar volume of all foreign investment in the U.S. reached $104

on the record low avail-

billion for the 12 months ended March 2015, up Mike James 13 percent from the President same period a year ago, Coldwell Banker Residential according to the Nation- Brokerage al Association of REAL- (925) 275-3085 TORS®. More than half CaliforniaMoves.com of that investment went to California and three other states – Florida, Arizona and Texas. No one knows for sure exactly how much foreign investment there is in the Bay Area housing market, but anecdotal evidence from our agents and managers in the field tell me it is substantial. And it’s probably not surprising, considering the fact that the Bay Area has long been one of the most sought after housing markets for Chinese investors and other offshore buyers. Asian buyers and other international investors are attracted by the strength of our local economy, particularly the tech sector in Silicon Valley. They also favor the stability of the U.S. political and financial systems, our strong schools and world-class universities like Stanford and Cal, solid appreciation on homes in the Bay Area, and the relatively affordable prices - yes “affordable” - compared to many other major cities around the world. If you have any doubt about just how fast Chinese and other Asian investment is growing in the U.S., consider a recent NAR study that found Chinese buyers were the number one international investors in U.S. real estate over the past year with $28.6 billion in sales volume, nearly three times the number two country, Canada. As recently as six years ago, Canadian investment in the U.S. market was more than double China’s, which also ranked behind India and the U.K. and was at the same level as Mexico.

Reflecting back on our 2015 forecast, we focused a great deal able supply of real estate inventory in Silicon Valley. Real estate has always been driven by the laws of supply and demand.  Just when it seemed implausible that inventory levels could decline any further, January of 2015 experienced the lowest level of available properties as far back as records have been documented.  While we anticipated continued and relatively low

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inventory for 2015, it would have been difficult to predict that we would be closing out this year with fewer available properties than during the same period of 2014. At this point, it’s reasonably predictable to confirm that January 2016 will eclipse all prior records of low residential real estate inventory levels in Silicon Valley.  Frankly, with such little inventory it would take little demand to buoy such a market.  Nevertheless, given what we expect will be a remarkable lack of available properties early in this coming New Year, when met with peaking seasonal demand in the first two quarters of 2016, the result will be further appreciation of Silicon Valley property values.  More sellers may be wondering how long this upward appreciation cycle will continue and if they are hoping to time the market and maximize gains of these recent years, may finally be motivated to sell.   One theory would be that sellers who have on the horizon a goal of selling and either downsizing or relocating out of the area within the next few years, could become more active this coming year.  The move up market has also been constrained as low supply has a compounding effect since most people prefer not to sell until they find a suitable replacement property.  We do hope that inventory loosens and more supply becomes available to meet demand in 2016.  It would be healthy to see a larger percentage of first time and move-up home buyers participating in the Silicon Valley market.  Whatever the case may be, Silicon Valley will surely be an exciting place to be and own real estate in 2016!


THE LOCAL STATE How high will mortgage rates rise in 2016? Will the local market stall if rates go too high in Silicon Valley?

Is 2016 going to be a seller’s or buyer’s market in Silicon Valley?

No one knows for sure but after a couple of years of the Federal Reserve being wishy washy on rates I think they are finally ready to move which is really a good thing. It means they are comfortable with where

no significant change

the economy is today and where they think Tom Tognoli the economy is going to Founder, President & CEO be in the foreseeable fu- Intero Real Estate Services, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate ture. If there were con(408) 342-3001 cerns about the future InteroRealEstate.com they would not be raising rates.  I think we may see mortgage rates as much as 1/2 of a percent higher by the end of the year. Regarding the local market stalling, I don’t think so.  One thing to remember is there is a lot of discretionary wealth in the Silicon Valley.  Probably more so than almost any other place in the country.  I do think that rates could potentially effect affordability but what I think most buyers will do is start to opt for 3, 5, 7 and 10 year fixed rate mortgages or adjustable rate mortgages with lower rates over the 30 year fixed that has been so popular with the low interest rates over the last several years.  Keep in mind that historically the Silicon Valley housing market has followed in lock step with the stock market.  So…as the stock market goes the housing market typically goes and vice versa.  I do think that the rate of appreciation will begin to slow down a bit but as long as companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and the like are growing and expanding and bringing more people into the Bay Area prices can’t go anyplace but up.  The good and bad part about Silicon Valley is we are land locked with mountains and water.  Unless someone can figure out a way to get people from the East Bay or South Bay to the Silicon Valley in less than 2 hours each way during commute time, demand in the Silicon Valley is going to continue to remain strong for the foreseeable future.

Silicon Valley will continue with a healthy market in 2016 and will likely occur within the business economy. In Santa Clara County in 2015, we saw higher closed sales in both units and dollar volume than in 2014, while inventory continued to decline.* Even with new listings coming in at the beginning of the New Year, if the trend from 2015 continues, low inventory

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will remain a challenge and will add to buyer frustration as demand outweighs supply. Although the foreign investor surge has diminished to some extent, there is still a strong pool of buyers, mostly from China and the local technology sector. Interest rates are anticipated to rise, but not enough to dramatically affect the market to any great extent. The coming year will likely mirror what we just experienced this past fall, with one to three offers being the norm and only the best properties in prime locations experiencing the frenzied multiple offer presentations. Most think we will see lower single digit appreciation for the year – although real estate continues to be a good long term investment. New construction and mixed-use will continue to grow in Silicon Valley and several residential projects are in progress for the year to come. Development is happening at a slower pace than needed, aiding in pent up demand and therefore buyer fatigue. Moving forward, we are anticipating a traditional spring market with limited housing supply and consistent consumer demand. *Source: TrendGraphix Market Snapshot – Santa Clara County, All Properties, 2015 YTD vs. 2014 YTD

OF REAL ESTATE 2016 Do foreign buyers still see Real Estate in the San Francisco Bay Area as ideal havens for their money?Will this phenomenon continue to grow?

Will the elements that drove market prices in 2015 be with us in 2016?

2015 was another very strong year for foreign investment in U.S. real estate, especially here in the Bay Area and particularly from Asian buyers. The dollar volume of all foreign investment in the U.S. reached $104

on the record low avail-

billion for the 12 months ended March 2015, up Mike James 13 percent from the President same period a year ago, Coldwell Banker Residential according to the Nation- Brokerage al Association of REAL- (925) 275-3085 TORS®. More than half CaliforniaMoves.com of that investment went to California and three other states – Florida, Arizona and Texas. No one knows for sure exactly how much foreign investment there is in the Bay Area housing market, but anecdotal evidence from our agents and managers in the field tell me it is substantial. And it’s probably not surprising, considering the fact that the Bay Area has long been one of the most sought after housing markets for Chinese investors and other offshore buyers. Asian buyers and other international investors are attracted by the strength of our local economy, particularly the tech sector in Silicon Valley. They also favor the stability of the U.S. political and financial systems, our strong schools and world-class universities like Stanford and Cal, solid appreciation on homes in the Bay Area, and the relatively affordable prices - yes “affordable” - compared to many other major cities around the world. If you have any doubt about just how fast Chinese and other Asian investment is growing in the U.S., consider a recent NAR study that found Chinese buyers were the number one international investors in U.S. real estate over the past year with $28.6 billion in sales volume, nearly three times the number two country, Canada. As recently as six years ago, Canadian investment in the U.S. market was more than double China’s, which also ranked behind India and the U.K. and was at the same level as Mexico.

Reflecting back on our 2015 forecast, we focused a great deal able supply of real estate inventory in Silicon Valley. Real estate has always been driven by the laws of supply and demand.  Just when it seemed implausible that inventory levels could decline any further, January of 2015 experienced the lowest level of available properties as far back as records have been documented.  While we anticipated continued and relatively low

Chris Trapani Founder & CEO Sereno Group (650) 947-2901 serenogroup.com

inventory for 2015, it would have been difficult to predict that we would be closing out this year with fewer available properties than during the same period of 2014. At this point, it’s reasonably predictable to confirm that January 2016 will eclipse all prior records of low residential real estate inventory levels in Silicon Valley.  Frankly, with such little inventory it would take little demand to buoy such a market.  Nevertheless, given what we expect will be a remarkable lack of available properties early in this coming New Year, when met with peaking seasonal demand in the first two quarters of 2016, the result will be further appreciation of Silicon Valley property values.  More sellers may be wondering how long this upward appreciation cycle will continue and if they are hoping to time the market and maximize gains of these recent years, may finally be motivated to sell.   One theory would be that sellers who have on the horizon a goal of selling and either downsizing or relocating out of the area within the next few years, could become more active this coming year.  The move up market has also been constrained as low supply has a compounding effect since most people prefer not to sell until they find a suitable replacement property.  We do hope that inventory loosens and more supply becomes available to meet demand in 2016.  It would be healthy to see a larger percentage of first time and move-up home buyers participating in the Silicon Valley market.  Whatever the case may be, Silicon Valley will surely be an exciting place to be and own real estate in 2016!


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