POSITION: President and CEO of the Orange County Business Council
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Transportation Commission, serving as the only Orange County representative, and the only woman on the board
WHAT YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK: Every day holds new opportunities to learn, advance a good cause, assist others, and work with Orange County’s leaders and key influencers, consistent with OCBC’s mission. Some days it seems that about 25 percent of work is planned and 75 percent is unpredictable, unscripted and exciting!
PROFESSIONAL PHILOSOPHY: It’s the same as my personal philosophy: “Vocatus atque non vocatus Deus aderit.” (“Bidden or not bidden, God is present.”)
PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, AND WHY IT STANDS OUT: I hope my proudest is yet to come! Here are a few highlights so far: in real estate, creating a good plan to restore the Bolsa Chica wetlands compatible with new homes for families; as California’s housing director, approving the grant of bond funds to enable the construction of 72,000 affordable homes and shelter spaces; at OCBC, helping with the renewal of Measure M to ensure traffic relief for Orange County.
ADVICE FOR WOMEN ENTERING THE WORK FORCE: There’s no such thing as “balancing career and family.” It’s all hard work! But know that generations of women before and after you face the same battle, take comfort in friends and family.
FAVORITE O.C. RESTAURANT: La Brassiere (now closed – sigh). Now I can’t pick just one! Pinot Provence, Park 6ix Grill, Antonello. Good food, great memories.
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