Capital Region innovators are building new paths to wellness and longevity


Hello! Spring has sprung, and events have (somewhat) sprung back
to life as well. Last night we attended a wonderful conversation
organized by SheShares,
the organizaton’s first in-person event in two years. Onstage was
a powerful and inspirational mother-daughter duo, Secretary of
State Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D., and Assemblymember Akilah Weber,
M.D. The lively conversation, which covered mentorship, the
importance of staying connected with family, and racism in the
workplace, was moderated by Cassandra Pye, executive vice
president of Lucas Public Affairs. 

Left to right: Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D.; and
Assemblymember Akilah Weber, M.D.; moderator Cassandra Pye,
executive vice president of Lucas Public Affairs.

Among the many insights was this gem from Dr. Shirley Weber:

“A mentorship is not on a time frame. It’s a life experience.
Even if some of my students have been out of my class 20 years,
they can still call. It’s a unique quality we have to help and
nurture other people. Mentorship enhances your life.” 

Who has enhanced your career path and life? In the spirit of last
night’s talk, we encourage you to reach out to them and send them
a little thank you or check-in. 

Oh, and we hope you have your windows open on this beautiful and
warm spring day!

Here’s the latest:

A sushi-making competition among California lawmakers draws
attention to the water management involved in growing rice;
organizations supporting women in crisis offer culinary training
programs as a way of imparting skills, confidence and
self-sufficiency; the California Mobility Center opens a facility
with electric cars designed to help meet SMUD’s goal of zero
carbon emissions by 2030; innovators in the Capital Region
develop new tools and technologies to help the population feel
stronger while living longer; amateur drivers take to the race
track in beat-up cars in an irreverent endurance racing event; a
medical herbalist at Sacramento Native American Health Center
treats patients through a holistic approach; an arts professional
shares her globe-trotting career path before settling into her
role as executive director of Nevada County Arts Council; TECMA’s
president praises her team of precision machinists for their
craft building materials for NASA; the former CEO of San Joaquin
Regional Transit District reflects back on a career of caring for
the riders of Stockton public transportation.

Recommendations from our editors:

Last week we introduced a new section where we editors will share
what we’re reading, listening to, watching or even eating. Here’s
what we’re consuming this week:

Vanessa: I just took a weekend
trip to San Francisco and got my cultural fix with a trip to
SF MOMA, a radical indie
comic book store
and a concert at the Starline Social Club in
Oakland. I loved the opening band, which is
always a fun way to discover new music.

Judy: More than 100 million
people are expected to tune into March Madness this month. The
Cinderella story of the NCAA tournament has been the St. Peter’s
Peacocks of Jersey City, New Jersey, who upset No. 2 seed
Kentucky and No. 7 seed Murray State to advance to the Sweet
Sixteen. As a New Jersey native, I enjoyed reading
up on this team’s background
, which has sports fans

Jennifer: I’ve been
making lots of marmalade from the surplus of oranges,
grapefruits, lemons and kumquats that arrive at my doorstep from
my CSA (H&K
) and friends with trees. Alison
Roman’s recipe
in the New York Times is foolproof and works
with any citrus. 

Odds and ends

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There’s only one week left to nominate an
inspirational young leader age 40 or under for our upcoming Young
Professionals issue! It takes just a few minutes to fill out the
form and submit your pick. Deadline for submissions is April


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