First job: Technically, my first job was doing TV commercials when I was 4 years old. My first high school job was as a recreation leader for elementary school kids.
Biggest break: My first big break was a semester internship in the White House Office of Communications during college. Being hired as the spokesperson for the Orange County District Attorney was my second big break.
Secret to your success: I set high goals and pursue them without fear of failure or rejection.
Advice to other women in business: If you want other people to believe in you, you first have to believe in yourself. Know your own value.
Favorite TV crime show: I like “Law & Order” because several of the storylines seem to be inspired by real criminal cases in the news.
In 2006, Emami became the spokeswoman for Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. She has become a leading voice of law and order in O.C. Last year, her office issued nearly 500 press releases, and she also spearheaded a publicity campaign to warn the community about the imminent release of a child molester. The fire storm of media coverage resulted in the inmate staying behind bars and new state legislation that proposed tougher sex offender laws.
“Working at the District Attorney’s Office is the most difficult job I’ve had because of the nature of the criminal cases and the terrible things that many of our victims go through,” Emami says. “At the same time ... it’s the best and most rewarding job I’ve had.
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