Category: People

Tasting Sweet Success

Jason Mercado Turned His Life Around Through Baking and Has Made it His Mission to Help Others Do The Same Jason Mercado, CEO of Sweet Mission, acquired his impeccable baking skills from his grandmother and by studying Food Network shows. He has now perfected several original recipes. Jason’s love for baking is matched only by

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Influential Nonprofit Leader, Michelle Vilchez Has Dedicated Her Life’s Work to Guiding Community Through Conflict

A Latina born into an immigrant family, Michelle Vilchez was raised with an attitude of gratitude. She grew up serving her community, and as executive director of the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC), she positively impacts countless lives. PCRC facilitates communication between diverse communities in order to solve complex issues like community policing and the

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Walk Strong Bay Area’s Mission to Support Cancer Patients

A group of friends, some of whom are cancer survivors, formed and bonded over their shared mission to raise awareness and funding to support women with breast cancer. Since 2006 they’ve conditioned together, preparing to walk 39 miles over two days at Avon sponsored breast cancer walks. When Avon abruptly canceled their event in January

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Carmen Melgoza’s Fitness & Wellness Transformation

Inspires Her Latina Social Media Following to Do The Same Carmen Melgoza had a successful accounting career, but a sedentary lifestyle and a broken relationship took their toll. Her fitness journey and absolute determination to lose 50 pounds are nothing short of inspirational. Driven by unbounded passion and a work ethic shaped by a migrant

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Owning Her Strength and Her Beauty

Athlete and Filmmaker Tiffany Toney Found Balance Through Positive Affirmations Tiffany Toney is a modern-day Renaissance woman. After studying journalism and TV production at the University of Oklahoma, she pursued her master’s degree at Bowie State University in Maryland, where she was a three-sport athlete. She was recruited to play professional softball in Bern, Switzerland,

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The Power of Education

Evelyne Keomian and Her Foundation are Transforming the Lives of Women and Children in West Africa and Beyond Growing up in abject poverty in Ivory Coast, West Africa, Evelyne Keomian knew firsthand the hardship of going hungry and being unable to attend school. Even when there was little to eat, her mother would share with

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Shaolin Kempo Fighting Techniques that Harness Mental and Physical Confidence

Watching the movie “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin” as a child inspired Greg Shraiman to study martial arts at the Shaolin Temple in China. While becoming a monk was not in the cards, Greg certainly fulfilled his dream of studying at the temple. Now he teaches the Shaolin Kempo style of martial arts at the

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San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa Provides the Tools to Empower Community

Raised in Pacifica, San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa is well acquainted with the Peninsula and the opportunities it offers, but also the issues that it faces. One of David’s favorite parts of living in Daly City is the diversity of the area, but he also realizes that hard work is necessary in order to

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The Essence of an Entrepreneur

The passion you have for your business idea and your belief in yourself are key to your growth and powering through difficult times. The following six elements will help you on your journey to achieving your entrepreneurial goals. GritI am very demanding of myself and push myself to the limit because each day is an

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Family Ties

Pros and Cons of Working With Family When I was a teenager, my Realtor mom would ask me to accompany her on weekends to her open houses. In typical teenage fashion, I would reply, “No way, that’s boring!” As fate would have it, I later ended up joining the family business and became a Realtor

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