May 2015 BPW Program Panel Discussion

Women in Male Dominated Fields

“In this interview-style program, the panel members will talk about the problems and challenges they’ve had in their careers, what it’s like to work in a predominantly male field, and more.”

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Charlene Hauser

“Charlene Hauser is a local Family Physician, caring for patients at the Sutter Health Lake of the Pines office.  Although born and raised in New Jersey, she made her way to California after getting her medical degree and Master’s of Public Health at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.  She completed residency at UC-Davis in Sacramento, where she led multiple community organizations advocating for healthy land use policy and has served in leadership positions for multiple volunteer clinics caring for the underserved in the Sacramento region.  She is currently Assistant Clinical Professor at UC-Davis and focuses her volunteer time at the Gender Health Center in Sacramento providing hormone therapy for transgender patients.”


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Michelle Jarrett


Michelle is a transplant from Vermont, where her first software job was  programming business applications.  She moved on to more interesting work writing graphics device drivers for CAD and word processing applications in addition to demoing at trade shows. Like many of her generation, she entered the field of software engineering without a Computer Science degree and learned on the job.
She strives for balance; she does not spend her free time in front of a computer!  She enjoys hanging out with her kids and husband, dance, taiko drumming, yoga, biking, gardening, reading and is proud to be a Trekkie.


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Dawn Empson

Dawn is the newest In-House Chef to join Tess’ Kitchen Store. After attending culinary school, she began her career in the food and wine industry at Wine & Spirits Magazine in San Francisco. There she dove into the world of wine, developing her knowledge and experience in the art and science of food and wine pairings. This gave her the direction to move to the Napa/Sonoma Valley where she worked in some of the areas prominent restaurants such as Julia’s Kitchen and Harvest Moon Cafe. The last 10 years she has been combining her abilities and expertise in food and wine pairings for numerous fine wineries throughout the Napa Valley. Now, at Tess’ Kitchen Store she is working alongside Alan Tangren for the Chef’s Table, a culinary food and wine program and is a chef instructor for their weekly cooking classes.


 Newcomers and Guests are always Welcome!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Summer Thymes Bakery & Deli
231 Colfax Ave.
Grass Valley

Social/networking hour begins at 5:30, dinner at 6pm
Cost is $21.00

A pre-paid reservation is required for members and guests.
DEADLINE: Sunday, May 17

Reserve & pay here (credit card or debit card w/VISA logo):

For more information please contact Phyllis Orzalli or Pam Carcido.