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Inspiring Stories from La Jolla & UTC

The heart of our mission at the SD Voyager is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the San Diego’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars from La Jolla & UTC below.

Rachel Sylvestro

I was always drawing and painting when I was younger. We got our first computer when I was 11 and I would draw in MS Paint. My first masterpiece was a pixelated husky I moused at. It was inspired by my middle school P.E. shirt. Oh my, the pixels! I was hooked. By the time I was in college graphic design was a new program that I dove right into. I was thrilled that there was another creative outlet in the world outside of fine arts. I got to meet some great instructors and mentors through school and landed an agency internship. I then jumped into corporate. Over the eight years, the cube farms wore on me and I found myself having no work-life balance. Read more>>

Andres Gutierrez

I started out studying music, mainly piano and some composition lessons here and there, in my hometown, in Guanajuato, Mexico, which is a really quaint small city with a vibrant cultural life. After studying for some time there, an opportunity arose to continue my studies in Austria, where I ended up living for almost ten years. During that time, I studied instrumental composition and music theory as well as music technology and electroacoustic composition. In the later years of my stay, together with fellow colleagues, we formed a cultural organization devoted to the performance and promotion of young composers where I worked as project manager. Read more>>

Dr. Allyson Berkey

I grew up in Newport Beach in the 70’s. My dad, Al Pizzo, was a beloved doctor in the community. I could see his dedication to his patients and the compassion he shared every day with each interaction he had. He would come home late most nights, having made a trip to the hospital or a house call to check on his patients after a full day’s work. He taught me that medicine is so much more than prescribing medication. At UCLA, I studied Kinesiology and pre-med, then attended medical school and residency at the University of Minnesota. The big shift for me happened after I had kids and wanted to return to medicine. My interests had changed, and I couldn’t bring myself to re-enter primary care in today’s world, a system built around disease management and pharmacology. Read more>>

Emma Isaacs

I guess my life has consisted of a series of experiences where I’ve never been fully prepared but have just jumped in anyway. I’ve always been someone who tries new things without knowing how they’re going to turn out. I birthed my six babies at home, moved countries to start a new business with my family in tow, and have started my companies with no formal education or know-how. I believe in trusting your gut, starting things before you’re ready and just having a go. I dropped out of college and started my first business when I was 18. While I was running my recruitment business, a friend invited me to a Business Chicks event. I was 25 at the time and told her there was no way I’d ever go to an event by a company that calls themselves ‘chicks’. Read more>>

Jonathan Maki

When I got in and actually became a mom and pop store, I saw a much bigger need for this group to grow and elevate. Mom and pop store owners often have to work all the time investing all their time, money, and energy in their business and still don’t make enough to get ahead. I witnessed firsthand business problems negatively affect our client’s mental and physical health. I don’t want to see this to persist. Now I have even bigger passion and compassion to help small business owners than when I first started my business. Read more>>

Lynne Arciero

I attended California State University, Long Beach to get my Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations under the School of Journalism. In my third year, the program required each student to do an internship. My goal was to intern at the most innovative, creative agency that I could find. I was thrilled to land a position at Chiat/Day as they were known for their cutting-edge advertising, and at the time, had a PR division. I was a little concerned when I learned I was being assigned to automotive accounts. After growing up watching my father wrenching on our family vehicles, it didn’t sound very glamorous. I was also pretty intimidated because I didn’t have any technical knowledge of cars. Read more>>

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