2016 Back Stories

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Our Back Story is about our journey in life. It is as unique to each of us as our fingerprint or our DNA. Our back story tells of who we are, not what we do. Our back story embraces all our life experiences, from the general environments of our upbringing to specific situations, events, or occurrences.

In composite, it is our life’s journey, rather than our knowledge, that sculpts our wisdom. Our experiences define, refine, and reveal who we are in the world, e.g., our true nature, our self-truths. Our character is the persona and identity of everything we do; the choices we make, the relationships we build, the path we forge and the contributions we make. Character is simply who we are and how we lead in the world.

Leadership is less about power and more about influence. It calls for each of us to stand up and contribute our personal best. It’s about becoming the person we were meant to be by breaking down the barriers that limit us. It’s about challenging our fears so we can take the next step and the one after that. It is less about where we are in life’s hierarchy and more about disposition, choice, action and follow-through that mirror our strengths. It has less to do with how others define us and more to do with the perspective from which we view ourselves and our life. It is equally about how and why we take action from where we stand.” ~ Rebekah Christensen, ORA Systems, 2013

 

 

Jei Africa, Director, Office of Diversity and Equity, County of San Mateo Health System
Robert A. Barton, Inspector General, Office of the Inspector General
Marybel Batjer, Secretary, California Government Operations Agency, (Cal GovOps)

 

Jamie Callahan, Director, External Affairs, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
John Chiang, Treasurer, State of California
Rebekah Christensen, CEO, ORA Systems

 

Jim Cooper, Assemblyman – 9th District, State of CA
Diana Dooley, Secretary, California Health and Human
Tim Dupuis, Chief Information Officer, Alameda County

 

Commissioner Farrow, CHP
Joe Xavier, Director, Department of Rehabilitation
Mark Ghilarducci, Director, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

 

Darby Kernan, Legislative Representative, California State Association of Counties
Daniel Kim, Director, Department of General Services
John Laird, Secretary, Natural Resources Agency

 

Michael Mendoza, ARC
John Nilon, County Administrative Officer, Kern County
Monica Nino, County Administrator, San Joaquin County

 

Selvi Stanislaus, EO, FTB
Michele Steeb, Chief Executive Officer, Saint John’s Program for Real Change
James Waterman, Google

 

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