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By Sharing Transfer Student Stories, Lily Espinoza Ploski ’98 Inspires Underrepresented Communities

While Lily Espinoza Ploski ’98 had always known that she wanted to attend UC Berkeley, she never imagined that she would pursue several more degrees after graduating from Cal: an A.A. in liberal studies, a master’s in student personnel administration, and an Ed.D. in educational leadership. “Never in a million years did I imagine I’d […]

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Software Design Engineer Finds Second Career as a Mentor

After more than 35 years in the San Francisco Bay Area’s tech industry, Norbert Jeske M.S. ’81, Ph.D. ’86 has amassed a wealth of knowledge about software, hardware, the solar system, and career advancement. Rather than start a consulting business or develop a new product, he decided to spend his post-early-retirement years helping UC Berkeley students and alumni get ahead.

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How One Lecture Is Influencing Glaucoma Research: Janey Wiggs ’76, Ph.D. ’81

By paying attention to what excited her, this clinician-scientist became a world-leading glaucoma genetics expert Scientific research starts with a hypothesis, which scientists work to prove or disprove through testing or observation. There’s no place for gut instinct. In academics, business, and poker, those hunches move us ahead. A 1997 study in Science showed participants […]

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From ‘Mic Woman’ to NFL Play-by-Play, Kate Scott ’05 Talks Trailblazing

How do you get to where you want to be when the path doesn’t seem clear cut?

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‘Women Who Lead’ Offers Wisdom for Alumnae Advancement

"We talk a lot about 'I'm an ally, you're an ally. I'll say, 'Tell me about an action you took to be an ally.'"

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After Fulfilling a Longtime Goal, Marketing Exec Kelli Jones MBA ’89 Helps Others Do the Same

Kelli Jones MBA ’89 held high-level marketing positions at Hewlett-Packard and consulted for companies such as Yahoo, Oracle, Brocade, and others. She had firmly established herself as a leader, yet a missed opportunity hovered in the back of her mind. A degree from Cal. It didn’t happen the way she initially thought it would, but […]

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Alumni House Facilities Director Takes Cal Spirit to New Heights

By Heather R. Johnson

Stuffed Oskis of various sizes grin behind a glass display case inside Alumni House, a simple structure tucked away near Haas Pavilion. Old newspaper clippings hang next to class pennants and an axe that commemorates “The Play” from the infamous 1982 Cal-Stanford game. Although the Class of 1938 started Cal’s memorabilia collection, and other alumni […]

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An Interview with Skydeck’s Caroline Winett MBA ’90

Caroline Winnett MBA ’90 is executive director of SkyDeck, UC Berkeley’s startup accelerator. At SkyDeck, she leads a program that hosts over one hundred companies per year. She recently launched the Berkeley SkyDeck Fund, a VC fund investing in SkyDeck startups that donates fund carry back to UC Berkeley. Prior to SkyDeck, Caroline was a […]

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5 Questions for Lawrence T. Lohr ’92

Co-Owner, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Q: When did you know that you wanted to be in the wine industry as part of the family business? A: Growing up, my father Jerry ran, essentially, three full-time businesses, which were a custom home building business (Saratoga Foothills Development Corp.), the winery (J. Lohr Winery Corp.) and […]

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Sharing Success Through Cups of Coffee

by Courtney Cheng ’16 Kateri Gutierrez ’14 was just a 14-year-old living in Lynwood, California, when she began to envision starting her own business. Once she took a trip to UC Berkeley campus through the Raza Center, her vision solidified and she became intent to SIR. “After having seen the business program at Berkeley, I […]