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Falling in Love with Korean Culture with Dokkaebier


What would beer infused with Kimchi, rice, or lemongrass taste like? ‘Wholesome’ is the word Dokkaebier aims to evoke! Meet Youngwon Lee, Founder and CEO of Dokkaebier. In 2020, he launched this award-winning Asian-inspired brand, his fifth venture in the alcohol industry, to introduce innovation and diversity to craft beer.

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Sensemaking AI – 4: A Day with AI and DC Women Techmakers

Welcome to our first live conversations at Dear Workplace! I’m excited to share a sneak peek into the special day I had with DC Women Techmakers event in Washington D.C. I hosted on March 25, 2024. Women Techmakers (WTM) is a community program backed by Google and led by local community leaders like myself, and I’m thrilled to have made this event come to life with my friend Megha Sanghvi.

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Sensemaking AI – 3: the Future of AI


AI has changed how we work, but how much are we keeping up with it? Today’s guests are excited to shed some light on today’s AI development and how its future is changing. From starting several AI startups to making sense of how to navigate AI skills in the workplace, we’ll explore how we can upskill with AI. Meet Stephanie Wong from San Francisco and Alexander Fred-Ojala from Stockholm, Sweden. Both have been leading AI and innovation in their companies and communities for some time and have some insights and wisdom to share with us. Welcome to Dear Workplace.

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Sensemaking AI – 2: Skincare and AI


If AI can help everything, what about skincare? You may be surprised, but somebody has thought of that solution and has made headways in how we rethink skincare products and innovation. Meet Yarden Horwitz, co-founder of SPATE, who is changing how we do skincare innovation and market research with the help of AI.

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Learning Life Values from Birds and Nature with Monica Iglecia


When did you last pause to notice a bird soaring in the sky? Our conversation with Monica Iglecia will encourage you to take a closer look.

Meet Monica, a passionate bird scientist and conservation biologist dedicated to preserving bird habitats. As the U.S. Coordinator for the Pacific Birds Habitat Joint Venture in Portland, Oregon, she leads large-scale conservation efforts, fostering collaboration and innovation to protect our Earth and its ecosystems. Monica shares her journey, highlighting the diverse experiences that have fueled her curiosity and resilience.

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Use Technology to Change How We Think about Farming with Millennial Farmer, Zach Johnson


Zach Johnson, a fifth generation family farmer from West Central Minnesota, saw a gap in awareness about farming and agriculture. In 2016, he launched his idea of documenting and sharing his farming journey online. Today, his YouTube channel, “Millennial Farmer,” boasts over a million subscribers, where he showcases daily life on the family farm and promotes positive farming practices.

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They Said No, So She 10x’ed Them with Dr. Sadhna Bokhiria


Sometimes, it seems like the universe throws obstacles in our path, but how we respond is ultimately up to us. Growing up in a hotel wasn’t abnormal for Sadhna Bokhiria when she immigrated to Connecticut. Her parents owned the hotel, so it was normal for her to clean the rooms and live there. Her classmates didn’t think so, and made sure she knew about it. Despite facing injustice and discouragement, such as a professor dismissing her dreams of becoming a teacher, Sadhna refused to be deterred. Her response was a resolute “watch me” whenever someone told her she couldn’t do something.

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Dream Big, Be Resourceful, Practice Gratitude with Nina Vaca


How do you define success? For Nina Vaca, it was starting a business at 25 to connect people to opportunities.
Born in Ecuador, Nina moved to the U.S. with her family in search of more opportunities. Watching her parents work multiple jobs, she learned the values of diligence, determination, and authenticity. Discovering her passion for serving others at 17, Nina pursued her entrepreneurial dreams wholeheartedly.

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