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La Jolla & UTC 03.29.2018

Bonnie Weiss

After receiving my undergraduate degree from UCSD, I applied for a position as an Educational Coach at The Family & Learning Center (TFALC). Little did I know that accepting this position would change my life! I had always wanted to pursue a career in education, but classroom teaching wasn’t the right fit. Read more>>

Dr. Stephanie Drummond

When I was a little girl I had a childhood friend who had a congenital disorder and required weekly therapy appointments for her continued growth and development. I would attend those visits with her, and after seeing what a tremendous difference the therapists made in her life, I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up! Read more>>

Sean Davis

It all started with martial arts. It was the late 80’s or early 90’s and the Karate Kid and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were all the rage. My parents seized on the moment and enrolled me in Karate when I was maybe 6 years old. I was immediately hooked. Read more>>

Kai Collins

As a child I started telling stories, doing impersonations, and realized I could make people laugh; that was the only place I ever felt safe at Bird Rock Elementary School. I was the “tall girl”, I was called the “fat girl”, and at age six I was already prepping cover letters to the ivy leagues to get out of there. Read more>>

Ralph Bower

Before my restaurant career began, I attended and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the Navy as an officer on the U.S.S. Dalghren. Soon after I became Admiral’s assistant in the Pentagon. When it was time to go back out to sea on the U.S.S. Dalghren when I was newly married with a one year old. Read more>>

Gloria Negrete

Established in 2015, The Basement was created to equip and assist innovative, entrepreneurial, and change maker project teams. The unique program is both an incubator and accelerator for all undergraduate students looking to expand their ideas into real world applications. Read more>>

Joice Curry

I grew up in professional theater and got my Equity Card (professional stage acting union card) at the age of 17. I went to a community college in Orange County, CA. I opened a book in the library that said “spokesperson” and it linked it to Public Relations. So, I came to San Diego to go to SDSU – one of the best PR schools in the country. Read more>>

Tasreen Khamisa

Tasreen Khamisa is the Executive Director for the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF). TKF is a San Diego nonprofit with a mission to create safer schools and communities by educating and inspiring chlildren in the restorative principles of accountability, compassion, forgiveness, and peacemaking. Read more>>

Stephen Kurpinsky

I’ve been in the bar and restaurant business since I was 15, moving into a bartender position at the young age of 22, and have been at it ever since. It’s been pretty rad seeing the industry change though the cocktail dark ages, into the cocktail renaissance, and now in this modern cocktail era. Read more>>

Megan Ladd

I grew up with two therapist parents running their private practice out of our home in suburban Maryland. Given their passion for working with people to improve their relationships and lives overall, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I ended up as a Life Coach! Read more>>

Rhina Paredes-Greeson

My story begins when almost 9 years ago our family was getting ready to go on a big vacation to celebrate my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. My son Eric and I were home and were packing to go on this incredible cruise. Read more>>

Jeremy Kidd

I’m from London UK. I had always wanted to surf in Malibu and idealized the Southern CA life style. Though I trained as a sculpture and painter. Originally I made my way to New York on a whim, extending my birthday via the time difference between London & the US. I soon traveled West and was greatly inspired by the expanding Landscape! Read more>>

Shweta Shah

I grew up in India and moved to the U.S in 2003 to pursue a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University in New York. I have always loved the S.T.E.M field and wanted to be an engineer since I was about 14 years old. Read more>>

Jessica Poole

I’ve been a hairstylist for 24 years. I got my start in Connecticut, but had a dream to move to sunny San Diego! I worked in a commission salon for about 2 years until I had enough clientele to rent a booth. I bounced around a few salons not loving my job until I decided to go into business for myself. Read more>>

Mohamed Hauter

The story begins with a son of an immigrant dreaming big and having little. A dream of a Yemeni kid filled with thrust for knowledge, the necessity to become a person of positive influence, making a difference and helping others. I was infatuated with stories of the great leaders and scientists, such as Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Ibn Sina, Khwarizmi, and many others. Read more>>

Keldon Premuda

My business partner, Josh Hembree, and I came from a combined 20 years in the craft brewing industry at the time that we started Setting Sun Sake Brewing Co. Josh is a talented brewer and had the original vision for creating and edgy sake brewery. Read more>>

Vivien Francis

My passion for art and inspirational sayings began in childhood. Positive messages were a way of life at home as my mom, a single parent, relied upon them. These messages sourced my strength with her cancer diagnosis when I was 14. I wrote them all over my notebooks. Read more>>

Judy Balsavich

Ever since I can rememberI have loved to create anything “artistic”.. I will never forget the 1st time I went to a Farmers Market and bought a handcrafted bar of soap. I was instantly in love with the beauty, smell and the feeling it left my skin with! Read more>>

Meenal Chakradeo

I started learning Indian classical dance form Kathak at the age of 6 in India with Guru Shri Suresh Dharmadhikari.(Kathak is one of the 8 classical Indian dance styles). I continued my Kathak education along with my Academic education with full sincerity. Read more>>

Linn Fry

I think the biggest part of my story is why I started. We all have dreams about what we want to do when we grow up and sometimes it happens for us, other times we find something that is much better, or we are left dreaming. Read more>>

Adam McBride

I was first introduced to a chiropractor when I injured my neck in a wrestling camp back in the summer before my sophomore year in high school. Previous to seeing the Doctor, I was putting ice on my neck, trying to stretch it out, and using Advil with no relief whatsoever. Read more>>

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