Meeting Donors & Friends
The most rewarding part of my work for the Foundation has been the meetings with our donors. They are an amazing community and really helped me to feel at home here in California. It is a great opportunity to meet people with such diverse backgrounds and such interesting pathways they took in life. The conversations I have been fortunate to have were enriching and opened my eyes to the many possibilities that are out there.
I hope to keep in touch with all of you!
The work at the Economic Development Board gives me the exceptional opportunity to learn about and be involved with the community I live in. Since I am interested in diversity issues and also speak Spanish, I was able to accompany the EDB Diversity Program Manager Marcos Suarez and Supervisor Carrillo to visit Latino businesses around Santa Rosa and learn about the challenges they face.
Another interesting learning moment was when the EDB interns attended the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday morning. Not only did I hear the traditional pledge of allegiance but we even took a picture with the Board.
Stepping into Corinne’s footsteps, I will be responsible for this year’s edition of the Sonoma County Visitor Center Report. It is an interesting and challenging task to collect data from all the Visitor Centers. At the same time, it is also a great opportunity to learn more about the diverse regions of Sonoma County.
Lastly, I am excited to say that I will be producing the first Sonoma County report on women-owned businesses for the EDB. Working together with Project Coordinator Evie Taylor I will be analyzing data about female entrepreneurialism in the County and the State of California. Hopefully we’ll be able to meet some of these inspiring women and learn from their stories
As part of my work I have had the chance to participate in many interesting events all over the Bay Area.
Shortly after my arrival, the new “Swiss Hub” at Pier 17 in San Francisco was officially inaugurated. It was an entertaining and educational event where I learned a lot about futurist technologies and how they will change our everyday lives.
With the EDB I was invited to attend the “Los Cien” Forum where I heard about the development and struggles of the Latino community in Sonoma County. I also had the chance to attend the EDB’s annual Fall Economic Forecast with Christopher Thornberg as a speaker.
Furthermore, I attended the post-election panel organized by the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce and hosted by the Consul General. Having closely followed the election, it was interesting to hear what experts thought about its effect on Switzerland.
On a personal note
Next to the many interesting work-related events I also have been fortunate to go on many excursions with the other EDB interns. One of the highlights was certainly our spontaneous trip to see the Giants play. It was a lot of fun although, having grown up with soccer, the baseball rules are still beyond me unfortunately. Of course I also made sure to taste some of the delicious Sonoma County wines and craft beers and to explore the many beautiful outdoor recreation spots such as Gunsight Rock Overlook or the Petaluma River.