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Kamla Show from Silicon Valley

The Kamla Show is a unique show from Silicon Valley about authentic conversations with real people. Often, when we talk about the success of a company, film or book, we tend to overlook the person behind that success. The Kamla Show is about asking those questions you would be asking if you had the chance to sit with our guests in your living room over a cup of tea. What was the first record you owned? Why did you study engineering? What was the first piece of computer code you wrote? Or, what does money mean to you? The Kamla Show is not just about technologists, entrepreneurs, filmmakers and authors, but also about ordinary people doing extraordinary things and sharing their memories with us. As we say - it is about Life, People and Ideas.

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  • Dr. Arghavan Salles
    Friday, October 8
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dr. Arghavan Salles, MD, PhD. is a medical doctor, surgeon and an activist. She is a Scholar in Residence School of Medicine, Stanford University from where she got her medical and PhD degrees. She says not to "prioritize the career above all else," and it is important to learn to balance your life. But when she was growing up and in her 20's and early 30's her focus was on her education and professional career. So, what brought about the change in her? Dr. Salles shares her journey of how she went from studying biomedical engineering to becoming a doctor, a surgeon, a teacher and an activist for gender equity and physician well-being. The impetus for becoming an activist was fueled by her PhD research on gender equity, implicit bias, diversity and physical well-being. Until her mid-30s Dr. Salles was focussed on her education and professional career and did not think about starting a family. Dr. Salles started blogging about her experience of trying to freeze her eggs and why she did not succeed. She says, "I really have difficulty with other people repeating mistakes that I've made, and that's part of why I'm vocal about a lot of the things that I'm vocal about, and I wanted to help medical students and other young professionals think about this earlier than I had."
  • Kimberly Wiefling
    Friday, October 1
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kimberly Wiefling trained as a physicist and is now a global consultant for "Impossible Projects." She grew up in Pittsburgh where her father and brothers were wielders. She decided she did not want to become a wielder like her siblings. Kimberly left home at 18 and joined the Air Force, where she worked for a few years and got her GI bill which helped pay for her college education. She went to college to become a medical technician that did not involve any math skills. Kimberly lost faith in her ability to do math in high school and shares how she overcame that challenge with the help of people that believed and encouraged her to study science and math in college. After getting an undergraduate and graduate degree in physics she joined Hewlett-Packard and relocated to Silicon Valley. She worked for a couple of startups and then became a consultant. Impossible is a word that does not exist in her dictionary. "You put an apostrophe, " says Kimberley and it becomes, "I am possible."
  • Kamini Dandapani
    Friday, September 24
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamini Dandapani is Senior Director of Engineering at LinkedIn, where she leads an infrastructure and productivity engineering team. Growing up in India Kamini had 2 options: study medicine or engineering. She chose engineering and did not have a clear idea of what she would do as an engineer. Kamini came to the US for her graduate studies. She relocated to Silicon Valley, where she first worked for a startup and then worked at eBay for 12 years. At eBay her "managers found the spark in me and asked if I would be interested in pursuing management. I was open to it. I didn't know what that job entailed, "she shares. She went from being a software engineer to a manager and a leader and lead large transformative projects that led her to next job at LinkedIn. Kamini is deeply involved in helping girls and women in STEM both at local schools and in her workplace. At LinkedIn she is involved in helping women in technology programs at LinkedIn.
  • Myra Nawabi
    Friday, September 17
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Myra Nawabi came to the US as a 11 year old refugee from Afghanistan. Her dream was to become an aeronautical engineer. She pursued her dream but could not complete her studies due to a variety of reasons including lack of support of her family. Instead she got married, became a mother and went back to school to get her teaching credentials and became a math teacher. An unexpected opportunity for teachers to attend a workshop at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Silicon Valley led to a job offer. Myra has spent her last 15 years working at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. Myra says, "Never give up on your dreams, never give up on the resilience that you have inside of you. And I'm going to say that build a community around you."
  • Dr. Sandra Faber - Prof Emerita, Astronomy & Astrophysics, UC Santa Cruz. Part 2
    Friday, September 10
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dr.Sandra Faber is Prof Emerita, Astronomy & Astrophysics at University of California Santa Cruz & former director of Lick Observatory in Silicon Valley. She has worked extensively on the formation of galaxies and helped build some of the world's largest telescopes. She has won many awards for her pioneering work including the National Medal of Science Medal from President Obama. In 2018 Dr. Faber and her husband Andrew Faber set up Vera Rubin Presidential Chair for Diversity in Astronomy at UC Santa Cruz. During Dr. Rubin's time the field of astronomy consisted mainly of men with very few women. Often, women were not allowed to work on telescopes. For the last 10 years women make up about half the PhD students in the astronomy department of UC Santa Cruz. In this 2-part interview Dr. Faber shares how she developed an interest in astronomy as a child and pursued her PhD and got a teaching position at UC, Santa Cruz. Until she went to study at college she had not met a professional working woman she shares. What drew her to study astronomy? Who inspires her?
  • Dr. Sandra Faber - Prof Emerita, Astronomy & Astrophysics, UC Santa Cruz. Part 1
    Friday, September 3
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dr.Sandra Faber is Prof Emerita, Astronomy & Astrophysics at University of California Santa Cruz & former director of Lick Observatory in Silicon Valley. She has worked extensively on the formation of galaxies and helped build some of the world's largest telescopes. She has won many awards for her pioneering work including the National Medal of Science Medal from President Obama. In 2018 Dr. Faber and her husband Andrew Faber set up Vera Rubin Presidential Chair for Diversity in Astronomy at UC Santa Cruz. During Dr. Rubin's time the field of astronomy consisted mainly of men with very few women. Often, women were not allowed to work on telescopes. For the last 10 years women make up about half the PhD students in the astronomy department of UC Santa Cruz. In this 2-part interview Dr. Faber shares how she developed an interest in astronomy as a child and pursued her PhD and got a teaching position at UC, Santa Cruz. Until she went to study at college she had not met a professional working woman she shares. What drew her to study astronomy? Who inspires her?