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La Jolla & UTC 05.10.2018

Michelle Coulon

My father Don Coulon is Belgian. He was a Computer Scientist, but also an amazing cook. We were brought up in the European tradition. Nothing processed, everything made at home. I didn’t realize this was weird for a long time! When I was 15, my family moved to Paris, France. Read more>>

Nikolas Woods

I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur when I was 14 years old. I would read Entrepreneur Magazine every time my mom would bring me to the grocery store. Entrepreneurship to me was freedom. With entrepreneurship, you could be any age, start something amazing, and change the world. Read more>>

Crystal White

I’ve known I wanted to open a bakery on the beach since I was 11 years old. Growing up in Napa, surrounded by such an incredible food culture certainly influenced me from a young age, however, baking, in particular, wasn’t my focus until my neighbor took a cake decorating class. Read more>>

Sean Haggerty

The idea to start a brewery came to me in the summer of 2010 when I needed a beer… while on a deployment to Iraq. I was serving as a U.S. Navy SEAL and halfway through my 3rd deployment to Iraq, I just needed a beer. Suddenly, I had the urge to brew my first batch right there in the Middle East. Read more>>

Miles Himmel

I’m a native San Diegan. I’ve spent every year in San Diego besides the four away at college in Illinois. The biggest thing that those four years away at school taught was how lucky I am to be from San Diego. I don’t think I truly appreciated the value until I was sitting in my dorm room in -20 degrees! Read more>>

Erica Putis

La Playa Gallery opened in 2013 and sits in the heart of La Jolla Shores offering local residents, visitors and tourists a warm collection of jewelry, ceramics, sculptures and paintings. The gallery provides the public with a unique set of thematic exhibitions each year. Read more>>

Ivan Reed

SunCity Advising was founded in 2011 in El Paso, TX. “Sun City” is also the nickname given to El Paso, TX because the sun shines an average of 302 days per year. We found that the name remained suitable even though the business transitioned it’s headquarters from El Paso to San Diego. Read more>>

Ruby Le

I started as the shy, awkward, and quiet little Asian female who could never build the confidence to talk to anyone, especially guys. But, as I spoke to friends in high school about dating and relationships, I was always incredibly intrigued and curious. Read more>>

Kai Dickens

On June 22, I received one of the biggest wake-up calls of my life – my mother sadly informed me that my father had passed away early that morning (at the young age of 55). At that point in my life, I was working 70+ hour weeks month after month. Read more>>

Katie Collins

I began dancing when I was 4 years old, but it wasn’t until my adolescent years that I really fell in love with the art and discipline. At that point, I was enrolled in 10-15 hours of dance per week and also assistant teaching. Read more>>

Care Messer

I began in Utah with small-town ideals, hoping to end up with a few kids and picket fence by the end of my life. I worked several jobs to get my husband through law school and once he began his own practice, we bought our first home in San Diego. Read more>>

Jason Millard

Our family owned company was started by Kevin Millard at the age of 16 in 1976. His love for bicycles started at a very young age and he opened our store with money saved from his paper route. His love for bicycles shines through today and 42 years later he is here daily. Read more>>

Peggy Hinaekian

Peggy Hinaekian is of Armenian origin, born and raised in Cairo, Egypt and now lives in La Jolla. Becoming an author is her fifth career at age 80. Her first job was that of confidential secretary to the Manager of Barclays Bank in Cairo. Read more>>

Iliana Molina

I started as an intern in 2003 with the UCSD EyeMobile for Children and have held every title! I graduated from UCSD with a BA in Political Science and BA in Human Development. I have an MBA and im currently working on my dissertation for my Doctorate in Healthcare Administration. Read more>>

Jessica Yaffa

Jessica Yaffa is a survivor of domestic violence. She has transformed a set of extremely traumatic circumstances into a triumphant story. Ms. Yaffa is the co-founder and President of NoSilence NoViolence, Inc., a non-profit committed to providing education, training, resources, and community development in order to eliminate stigma surrounding relationship abuse and sexual assault. Read more>>

Stepanka Hastings

I have come to the USA as a high school student – at the age of 16 – I had the opportunity to live in Montana for my Junior and Senior year of HS. My whole family stayed in the Czech Republic. I went to High School in Montana on an exchange program – my English was not good, but after 3 months of carrying my English/Czech Dictionary I gave up and just absorbed all and English become part of me. Read more>>

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