Spotlights

These are the career stories of diverse individuals working in a variety of careers. Watch or read about what inspired them to pursue their career, what they were like growing up, what they love most about their career and more!

Soma
Soma Mei Sheng Frazier is an East Coast Native living in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she presently serves as a 2017 San Francisco Library Laureate and final judge of the Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. The daughter of a Chinese mother and a Texan father, she was raised in a biracial household in rural New Hampshire. From a young age, Soma found community and solace in literature. At the age of 18, she moved to California to attend Pomona College. Her award winning fiction chapbooks, Salve (Nomadic Press) and Collateral Damage: A Triptych (RopeWalk Press), have earned praise… Read more
Other Professional Services
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“If where you’re going in your career tends to scare you a little bit, chances are you’re going in the right direction.” Jennifer Fiorenza is the Vice President for the Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle Division at Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR, a firm which is currently one of the top PR companies for both national and international coverage. Growing up, Jennifer was a social butterfly and soon found a passion for fashion. Being the first of her family to attend higher education, Fiorenza continues to prove her success with an extensive background and understanding of the industry.… Read more
Marketing and Advertising
Ramachandran
“Keep a clear vision of what you want to achieve in your career, be self-motivated in achieving this goal, and don’t get distracted but adapt to whatever unexpected challenges may be thrown your way.” Ramachandran Balakrishnan is a Malaysian national currently residing in Georgia, where he works as a Business Controller with SKF USA, Inc. Raised in an estate (a remnant of the colonial era) in rural Malaysia, at a young age Ramachandran could not benefit from the presence of positive influences and opportunities, but always enjoyed and thrived in mathematics at school. This cultivated his… Read more
Banking & Financial Services
Yoona Kim
Yoona Kim envisions a world where innovative technology meets medicine. Working towards universally available digital healthcare, Kim heads the Clinical Modeling and Analytics Department at an influential startup called Proteus Digital Health, a leader in the innovative digital healthcare field. A graduate of Stanford University, Kim started her professional career as a consultant at a healthcare and medicine company. Since then she has worked at pharmaceutical companies and earned a Pharm.D. from the University of California, San Francisco and a Ph.D. in Health Economics Research from the… Read more
Healthcare
Roshan
Roshan Yoganathan went from playing with homemade volcanoes and other science experiments to helping develop medical devices the size of a grain of rice.  A passion for science and healthcare led Roshan to a career as a biomedical scientist. Working on the cutting edge of technology means a scientist has to be on the move. Roshan’s career has taken him around the globe; starting out in his hometown of Toronto, Roshan relocated to the Australian shore, then Los Angeles, and recently to his current home in San Francisco. As he works on developing devices designed to help people living with… Read more
Healthcare
Misty Espinoza
Misty Espinoza is the Vice President of Communications of Entertainment Industry Foundation, (EIF), a leading charitable organization of the entertainment industry that harnesses the collective power of the entire industry to raise awareness and funds for critical health, educational and social issues in order to make a positive impact in our community and throughout the nation. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, she moved to California to major in Communications at Stanford University. Misty used her degree and love for entertainment to pave a road for success- one which lead to working with… Read more
Entertainment, Media & Sports