Casual elegance, ready smile, irreverent wit -- never full of herself. Excellent traveler, public board director,-- innovative charitable and open. Well-informed , curious, laid back and easy to talk to yet cosmopolitan and sophisticated. Movie-goer, animal-lover, news-junkie. Good company and good conversationalist -- above all, a real friend who is genuinely interested in others.
In my own words, I would describe myself as kind-spirited, active, creative, hard-working and able to laugh at myself. I do tend to downplay my accomplishments, if you can believe it... In fact, all the above description comes from several good friends who I asked to describe me when putting together this profile.
I came to California in my 20s to pursue a career in the software business and worked in the industry from the IBM 360 through the internet boom from programmer to CEO. Today I work part-time and serve on several public and not-for-profit boards.
I travel a lot, especially to Africa, and spend time hiking here at home and on my trips. I read voraciously, am never without a book or my iPad and still use the other side of my brain on my various board activities. Spending time with my friends is important to me and I enjoy taking photographic workshops and Stanford continuing eduction courses. I also pay attention to my physical fitness and work out at the gym as well as walk or hike daily.
Photography is something I discovered 6 years ago and spent one entire summer attending the Rocky Mountain School of Photography's Intensive Course in Missoula, Montana. I have fun with photography and have gotten very good feedback on my work -- it's something I really enjoy and can now say I've gotten good at it.
I also have good business and management skills and good physical endurance.
All Robert Caro's books, history - especially American history (just finished Team of Rivals and thought it was great, enjoy mysteries for escape.
Love fresh foods of all sorts and cooking vegetables and fish with herbs from my garden. also love the occasional bag of potato chips and I always like a good hamburger.
Loved The Imitation Game! Great movie.
hiking with friends or with my dog
and time by myself to exercise, use the computer, or just sit with a glass of wine and watch the open space preserve around my house settle into the night.
I think about a film or book I am reading or have read, about the wildlife conservation work I am involved with, about friends' trials and triumphs, about my current or next photographic project, other board activities, about what I want to do today, where I want to hike, where I want to travel next, how to get the rabbits to stop eating the vegetables in my garden, and I try to daily add up my blessings.