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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.

  • Nicole Lazzaro, Ceo of Xeo Design
    Friday, January 22
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla talks with Nicole Lazzaro, CEO of XEO Design, about wonder, designing games and VR. Lazaro has been been involved in the gaming industry for over 20 years. Lazaro's advice to those who want to pursue a career in games and designing games is to learn to code and read lots of science fiction.
  • Devika Chawla of Netflix On Engineering & Music
    Monday, January 25
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla sits down to talk with Devika Chawla, Engineering Director at Netflix, about how she balances her interest in computer engineering and music. Chawla developed and nurtured her interests in software programming and music from a young age. She studied computer engineering at George Town University in Washington DC and moved to Silicon Valley, where she worked at Inktomi, Yahoo, and now Netflix. Chawla has released a handful of music records and worked with various musicians in the San Francisco Bay area and from India.
  • Devika Chawla of Netflix On Engineering & Music
    Friday, January 29
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla sits down to talk with Devika Chawla, Engineering Director at Netflix, about how she balances her interest in computer engineering and music. Chawla developed and nurtured her interests in software programming and music from a young age. She studied computer engineering at George Town University in Washington DC and moved to Silicon Valley, where she worked at Inktomi, Yahoo, and now Netflix. Chawla has released a handful of music records and worked with various musicians in the San Francisco Bay area and from India.
  • Amy Guittard of Guittard Chocolate - A 150 Year Old and Family-Owned Chocolate Company
    Monday, February 1
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla sits down to talk with Amy Guittard of Guittard Chocolate Company of the San Francisco Bay area. Founded during the Gold Rush period, Guittard is one of the oldest chocolate companies in the US. Amy Guittard is a fifth generation and the first woman from her family to work in the chocolate company.
  • Amy Guittard of Guittard Chocolate - A 150 Year Old and Family-Owned Chocolate Company
    Friday, February 5
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla sits down to talk with Amy Guittard of Guittard Chocolate Company of the San Francisco Bay area. Founded during the Gold Rush period, Guittard is one of the oldest chocolate companies in the US. Amy Guittard is a fifth generation and the first woman from her family to work in the chocolate company.
  • Dr. Rajni Agarwal- Hashmi
    Monday, February 8
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla talks with Dr. Rajni Agarwal-Hashmi, Associate Prof & Medical Director, Pediatric Cell Transplant Program, Stanford Children's Health. Stanford Children Hospital is recognized for its pioneering work in stem cell transplant. Dr. Agarwal-Hashmi shares how she chose to pursue a career in medicine and her mother's advice that she pursue a career in pediatrics.
  • Dr. Rajni Agarwal- Hashmi
    Friday, February 12
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla talks with Dr. Rajni Agarwal-Hashmi, Associate Prof & Medical Director, Pediatric Cell Transplant Program, Stanford Children's Health. Stanford Children Hospital is recognized for its pioneering work in stem cell transplant. Dr. Agarwal-Hashmi shares how she chose to pursue a career in medicine and her mother's advice that she pursue a career in pediatrics.
  • Catlin Powers, Co-founder/CEO, One Earth Designs, on Solar Cooking & Energy Deficiency
    Monday, February 15
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla talks to Catlin Powers, CEO and co-founder of One Earth Designs that makes solar cookers. How did Powers go about find an effective solution to the energy deficit challenge faced by 2 billion people around the world? Powers shares how she and her co-founder worked in an iterative manner to design and produce their lightweight and effective solar cooker.
  • Catlin Powers, Co-founder/CEO, One Earth Designs, on Solar Cooking & Energy Deficiency
    Friday, February 19
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla talks to Catlin Powers, CEO and co-founder of One Earth Designs that makes solar cookers. How did Powers go about find an effective solution to the energy deficit challenge faced by 2 billion people around the world? Powers shares how she and her co-founder worked in an iterative manner to design and produce their lightweight and effective solar cooker.
  • Shireen Santosham - Chief Innovation Officer of San Jose, Silicon Valley
    Monday, February 22
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla sits down to talk with Shireen Santosham, Chief Innovation Officer of San Jose. She works with Mayor Sam Riccardo's office and leads the effort and strategy to build San Jose as a smart city. She shares her views on technology and what she has learnt from working with Paul Allen's venture capital firm about creating effective solutions from a systemic perspective.
  • Shireen Santosham - Chief Innovation Officer of San Jose, Silicon Valley
    Friday, February 26
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla sits down to talk with Shireen Santosham, Chief Innovation Officer of San Jose. She works with Mayor Sam Riccardo's office and leads the effort and strategy to build San Jose as a smart city. She shares her views on technology and what she has learnt from working with Paul Allen's venture capital firm about creating effective solutions from a systemic perspective.

 

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  • Nicole Lazzaro, Ceo of Xeo Design
    Monday, January 18
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla talks with Nicole Lazzaro, CEO of XEO Design, about wonder, designing games and VR. Lazaro has been been involved in the gaming industry for over 20 years. Lazaro's advice to those who want to pursue a career in games and designing games is to learn to code and read lots of science fiction.
  • Shalini Govil-Pai of Youtube
    Friday, January 15
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla talks to Shalini Govil-Pai, Senior Director, Technology Solutions, Youtube/Google. Govil-Pai got hooked on computers and computer graphics as a teenager and went on to study computer science. She got her graduate degree in Computer Science from Penn State University and relocated to Silicon Valley. In 2005 she joined Google and went on to work for YouTube.
  • Shalini Govil-Pai of Youtube
    Monday, January 11
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla talks to Shalini Govil-Pai, Senior Director, Technology Solutions, Youtube/Google. Govil-Pai got hooked on computers and computer graphics as a teenager and went on to study computer science. She got her graduate degree in Computer Science from Penn State University and relocated to Silicon Valley. In 2005 she joined Google and went on to work for YouTube.
  • Caroline Winett, Executive Director of Skydeck Accelerator at UC Berkeley
    Friday, January 8
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Caroline Winett is a musician turned entrepreneur and is now the Executive Director of Skydeck Accelerator at University of California, Berkeley. The accelerator incubates startups in technology, logistics, robots, bioengineering and other areas. Winnet was a professional violinist, when she decided to change the professional direction of her life. She pursued an MBA at UC Berkeley and became an entrepreneur. What inspired Winett to become a musician and then an entrepreneur? How does she combine her learnings in music and writing with being an entrepreneur and advisor to young startups? How did her father's business shape her? What did she learn from her father?
  • Danielle Applestone on Engineering & Desktop Milling Machine
    Monday, January 4
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla talks to Danielle Applestone of Berkeley-based Other Mill Co that makes desktop milling machines. Applestone talks about growing up in Arkansas and discovering her love for math and science, which led to her to MIT and UT Austin where she got a PhD in material engineering.
  • Reena Merchant, Ux Manager, Google/Youtube
    Friday, January 1
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Reena Merchant combines the logical and creative strands for her work at YouTube/Google. She started her professional career as a computer engineer and made a conscious choice to work with user interface and design. She went back to school and got an MBA degree in design strategy while working full time. Reena is an advisory board member of Human Computer Interaction Design at University of California, Irvine. How did she make the transition from a computer engineer to UX manager?
  • Dr. Arghavan Salles
    Monday, December 28
    10:30 pm 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
    Monday, December 21
    10:30 pm 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."
  • Lois Vossen, Executive Producer, Independent Lens, Part 2
    Friday, December 18
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Lois Vossen grew up on a farm in Minnesota & as a young child thought her options were: become a nurse, a nun or a teacher. And, then she discovered Mary Tyler Moore's TV show that opened up a whole new world of possibilities she could pursue in life. How did Lois go from a farm to a world of films and television? How did she become a part of Sundance Film Festival and then work with Independent Lens? She never dreamt she'd be ever live in San Francisco she confesses. So, what brought her to San Francisco? Lois chartered her own path to success with grit and handwork as she shares in this 2-Part conversation with Kamla.
  • Kamini Dandapani
    Monday, December 14
    10:30 pm 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.
  • Lois Vossen, Executive Producer, Independent Lens, PBS Part 1
    Friday, December 11
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Lois Vossen grew up on a farm in Minnesota & as a young child thought her options were: become a nurse, a nun or a teacher. And, then she discovered Mary Tyler Moore's TV show that opened up a whole new world of possibilities she could pursue in life. How did Lois go from a farm to a world of films and television? How did she become a part of Sundance Film Festival and then work with Independent Lens? She never dreamt she'd be ever live in San Francisco she confesses. So, what brought her to San Francisco? Lois chartered her own path to success with grit and handwork as she shares in this 2-Part conversation with Kamla.
  • Myra Nawabi
    Monday, December 7
    10:30 pm 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, December 4
    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?