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Post image for Almost empty nester Diane Flynn helps lead other women to new options in mid-life

After an early career in management consulting and electronic gaming, Menlo Park resident Diane Flynn decided to take a break to spend time at home with her three children. Like others in her situation, she did some volunteering but that didn’t necessarily keep her job skills up to date, especially in the rapidly changing area of technology.

In January, with two daughters out of the house and another child headed to high school in the fall, she got lured back to work, initially to help her husband who was interim CEO of GSVlabs. With the naming of a permanent CEO, she found herself liking both the mission of the organization and her colleagues enough to continue as Chief Marketing Officer.

One program she’s particularly proud of getting off the ground is ReBoot Accelerator for Women, which will begin a Fall session next month; the early bird deadline is August 15.

“The women I talked with didn’t feel current, confident or connected,” Diane said. “They say, ‘I’d love to go back to work but…’ Right here in this building we have 150 startups. We have workshop space. We have people like Guy Kawasaki involved.

“We put a steering committee of women together, a number who I knew from Harvard Business School. We brainstormed on what re-entry women need and want. What’s the next act? We hoped to get 30 women involved with our spring session but ended up with 50!”

Because so many of these women wanted to stay involved and in touch, GSVlabs hosted a series of speakers this summer on workplace related topics.

“We believe there is a huge pool of untapped potential among women who have taken some time off,” said Diane. “Their kids are out of the house and they’re looking for new challenges. Most of us have a good 30 more years!”

Photo by Irene Searles (c) 2015

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Sunset leaves Menlo Park for new headquarters in Oakland’s Jack London Square

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Sunset will move its headquarters to Jack London Square in Oakland this December, Evelyn Webster, Executive Vice President, Time Inc. announced today. Sunset will relocate to Oakland from the Menlo Park campus that it has occupied since 1951. Where the publishing company would land has been a topic of much discussion since last December when the magazine’s owner, […]

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From an Atherton studio, comes Lauren & Gracia Jewelry, sold locally and nationally

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Lauren Roskoph (right in photo) and Gracia Mahan met about 15 years ago at a jewelry fabrication and casting class and quickly discovered that not only were their kids at the same school, their fathers had both been into woodworking and their mothers into art. “We had a lot of crossover,” said Gracia. A trip […]

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Erik and Nona Ybarra now operate side by side businesses at Menalto Corners in Menlo Park

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Menalto Corners is a small, local business community tucked away in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park that has become part of the fabric of the neighborhood. After a rough year, a wonderful thing has happened — something very much in keeping with the area’s family-friendly vibe: Menalto Corners now boasts a husband and wife […]

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Ken Kurose staging fundraising campaign for Nak’s Market in Menlo Park

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Ken Kurose, the son of the Nak’s Market founding owners, Sam and Ikie, is staging a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo to save — and potentially expand the scope of — the distinct market in downtown Menlo Park known for its Asian and Dutch products. Explains Ken on the fundraising page: “Our existing very small Menlo Park location has achieved consistent […]

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Bill Mince draws on his business experience to write book to help first-time managers achieve success

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Ask Menlo Park resident Bill Mince about his professional career and how it led him to write the business advice book Up from the Crowd: Lessons to Help Managers Become Effective Leaders, and you quickly get the idea that he’s seen and experienced a lot. As both a public company executive as well as being on the management […]

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M-A grads Greg Kalin and Rich Branning take ClosetClicks to its next phase

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You’ve got to give M-A grads and friends-since-Hillview-School-days Greg Kalin (left in photo) and Rich Branning credit for looking the part. If you’re going to start a women’s fashion website — ClosetClicks — it’s best to look sharp. “We do try to present ourselves in a certain way,” acknowledged Greg. The duo, along with Rich’s younger brother, […]

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Getting up to date with Beth Philbin about her Heart on Your Wrist jewelry business

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We heard that changes were afoot at Beth Philbin’s jewelry making location, Heart on Your Wrist. For one, the Menalto Corners/Willows neighborhood business now includes a retail shop. “We launched as an online store and used this space to make the jewelry,” said Beth. “But I always wanted a storefront. And even though we really didn’t have […]

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Menlo Park and Yiftee launch community eGift Pass for shopping local

The City of Menlo Park and Yiftee, a Menlo Park-based web/mobile eGift solutions provider, are launching the “Menlo Park Gift Pass”, a digital gift card good at participating shops and restaurants in Menlo Park that is a convenient way to support local businesses. Yiftee is as simple as a traditional gift card, but allows you to […]

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A bit of Down Under with a dash of French comes to Menlo Park with the arrival of Blue Illusion

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Local shoppers who’ve spent the last couple of years feeling downcast when walking by what was the popular clothing store Alta now have the opportunity to welcome an import from Australia.  In mid-September, Blue Illusion opened its door officially after a four-week soft opening. “Even though we have over a 120 boutiques spread over Australia and New Zealand, […]

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Peter Draeger talks about the family grocery business – and his participation in Walk to Cure Diabetes

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Ask Peter Draeger about his involvement in the three-generation family business, Draeger’s Market, and he’ll admit to surprise at his current role. “I always figured my older brothers would go into the business, that there wouldn’t be a place for me,” he said. “I majored in finance at Santa Clara and went into banking after […]

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