AI for the Multilingual World

This is a fascinating subject, and we are lucky enough to have Catherine Havasi speak to us in April. So much of what I do is about plain and simple communication. You too? Bi-lingual teachers know, that there is an overwhelming need to teach in a way that profoundly REACHES the student; that student will be more engaged and more excited to learn. These new technologies are essential for medicine, finance, education, technology… everything really!

Hello World.

Introducing Natural Language Processing! It’s the way to discover the meaning behind the words.
It’s not just about the words.  Machines need to be capable of more than translating word-for-word in our multilingual world. Multiple examples exist of words and phrases that simply do not translate from one language to another. As businesses become more global, companies increasingly need to take into account feedback from people all over the world who are using their products, not just those who speak English. Teaching a computer to comprehend reviews in Spanish or Mandarin is much more complicated than just running a quick translation algorithm. The computer needs to be able to comprehend and analyze that language in its native tongue, including idioms and phrases, otherwise much of the meaning is lost. By leveraging the power of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and artificial intelligence (AI) we can teach a computer to understand multiple languages in order to rapidly deliver insights to various parts of the business.

Dr. Catherine Havasi is the CEO and Co-Founder of Luminoso Technologies, an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based Deep Analytics Company in Cambridge, MA. Luminoso was founded after nearly a decade of research at the MIT Media Lab related to how NLP and machine learning could be applied to text analytics. For over 15 years she has been researching language and learning and was a research scientist in artificial intelligence and computational linguistics at the MIT Media Lab where she ran the Digital Intuition group. In the late 90s, she co-founded the Common Sense Computing Initiative, or ConceptNet, a big-data lexical resource used in over two thousand academic projects.

Museums – Enter a New World

There are so many museum late nights and weekend activities it may be hard to keep track of the details. Here is a little help on finding the artistic, low cost, fun that is at your doorstep:

My favorites first: 

3rd Thursday in Yerba Buena – Downtown SF museums are open late and free or low cost. Special events are often scheduled. The list includes, MOAD The African Diaspora, SF MOMA, The Contemporary Jewish Heritage Museum, CA Historical Society and the Yerba Buena museum. Often Printers, galleries and local shops often join in.

San Jose Museum of Art – just right size, one of the best museums, their late nights are Wednesdays and have a rotating exhibits and  variety.

Asian Art Museum – spectacular space, many weekend family events, The cultural variety between Asia, India, cultures, countries, art, textiles, prints and expressions is inspiring and thought-provoking. Late nights on Thursday until 9pm (from Feb – September – make sure to check exact late dates!)

links to many museums:

International Museum Day:  On May 8  many museums open their doors in the world! It’s the acknowledgement of the importance of museums, with events all over the globe.

San Francisco Bay Area Museums and free days!   (some links are old but most work, just haven’t had time to clean it up.)

Not part of museums, but the variety and location of San Francisco Public Open Spaces is growing and such a relief from the hustle-bustle. These spaces are nice for lunch, or people watching. The sites are dotted all over the city and contain, benches, art, plants and spots to relax and re-energize.

Women’s Month – 31 days of March!

We are coming to the end of Women’s month. But is it really?  Women bring so much to every situation…. We can honor women everyday, and honor the men that support them. We are not alone.

This is a special tribute to MOMS that Work.  Yes, all mothers work…. however, this quick note goes to NEW MOMS that are working. I remember trying to figure it out. I was smart and capable and working with mostly men. We all learned together. They were a little embarrassed – not knowing what to do. It was ok, I didn’t know what to do.  I would start laughing, my face would get red, they’d bring me a chair to sit down. If I fell asleep at my desk, they would tip-toe in and reroute my phone to not ring. They brought me food. Often. They tried so hard. I tried so hard too. Back then, I had only 6 weeks of maternity leave, I had to return (for salary and health care especially). And the struggle started again, New Moms have a lot to learn all at once. Thank God for kind co-workers.

I just wanted to be energetic and “in charge” but I soon realized …. something had to give. I couldn’t work 10 hours a day x 5 days a week, as I had before. I wanted to clean everything. I was fierce and emotional.  But through all the changes my co-workers helped and laughed with me, I was so very fortunate.

I remember a moment, when I started to cry at my desk (yikes!) my baby had just used a cup at day care and I was “MIA” (working). Oh so sad, I missed that special moment! My team of men “conferred” and they brought in JEAN, another woman who had grandkids(!)  to listen and talk to me. Jean helped me that day, I just needed  a hand to hold for a few minutes, a bit of encouragement and she was there.  My team of problem-solvers did a great good deed!

Thanks to everyone who helps a women excel. We all need each other.  Thanks goes out to my team and my family!

This isn’t my quote (below), but I love the expression of strength. Working Mothers that go to work…. It’s so hard to leave our little ones, but we make it, with understanding and help from family, co-workers, amazing care-givers and emergency baby-sitters, and neighbors that pitch in.

Has being a woman impacted your leadership journey?

How could it have not impacted my journey? I was the only woman in the room at leadership meetings for many years, but that never bothered me because I was accustomed to being surrounded by men growing up on a family farm alongside four brothers. However, when I had small children, one thing that made me different from my male peers was balancing motherhood with my job responsibilities. I used to joke that I wore a suit to work like my peers, but the difference was that I carried a washcloth in my briefcase to wipe off baby sneezes and breakfast fingerprints from my jacket!
It was also evident that I had a positive impact on my male peers because I naturally brought a diverse lens to the job, since my life experiences and perspectives differed from theirs.

Board Match, Serve on a Nonprofit Board, April 6

On Thursday, April 6, 2017, you’ll get to talk to current board members about their non-profit service, Make sure to ask, what they love, what they learn, and if they would do it again. It is a wonderful way to build skills, meet new people, and discover a world outside your regular job. The non-profit benefits from your volunteer hours and your specialized knowledge. You can share what you know and also learn together. So many boards need volunteer professionals to help them expand or build new ideas. Many groups and agencies go to this event, you are bound to find someone that is a great fit.

Signup on Event Brite

— Read the names & descriptions of the nonprofits that are attending

— Make a list of questions for the groups you intend to visit.

— Focus on the best fit, there are many organizations: from environmental, to learning, to broadcasting and youth exercise, camping, clubs and more….

5:00 – 7:30 pm Hilton San Francisco, Union Square

Hilton San Francisco Union Square  

333 O’Farrell Street   Grand Ballroom   San Francisco, CA 94102   View Map

Sponsored by:   Ascent | Google | Pacific Gas and Electric Company

The Board Match® – You Have to Meet to Match

Executive and board leadership from 150 nonprofits, in one place, at one time, for one purpose… to meet you.

Nonprofits count on volunteers like you to lead them to success. The Board Match is an event featuring 150 Bay Area nonprofits whose leadership will be on hand to talk to interested candidates about serving on their organization’s board of directors. There will be a variety of organizations from large to small, focusing on everything from the environment to arts to youth.

Nothing compares to Board Match events across the Nation in scale and matches.

Serving on a nonprofit board can provide fantastic opportunities for your personal and professional development. You can build new skills, network and broaden your knowledge of the community while providing essential skills to community nonprofits. We recommend bringing business cards and copies of your bio or résumé to the Board Match to share with your potential match.

Wells Fargo Adds 10 Clean-Tech Startups to Innovation Incubator

This WF program helps advance energy efficiency for commercial buildings by providing startups with cash grants and in-kind resources to accelerate innovative clean technologies

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) today announced it has selected the third round of clean technology startup companies to join the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), a five-year, $10 million program which helps advance energy efficiency by accelerating sustainable commercial-building technologies. The 10 early-stage companies in Round 3 will each receive up to $250,000 in cash and in-kind technical assistance to advance their technologies and an opportunity to beta test within Wells Fargo’s real estate footprint. Launched in 2014, IN2 is funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

The 10 early-stage companies include a diverse mix of technologies designed to advance energy and water efficiency through HVAC system innovation, building management and controls software, advanced lighting, water-data technologies and more. They join 10 other companies selected for IN2 in prior rounds, bringing the total to 20 early stage companies now participating in the highly selective program.

In addition to receiving non-dilutive funding from the Wells Fargo Foundation, IN2 participants receive financial and technical consultation from a network of experts, as well as research and testing support at NREL’s world-class facility in Golden, Colo. Clean-tech startups participating in IN2 will have their technologies validated at NREL’s facilities, and many will follow the lab validation with beta testing at select Wells Fargo locations. The real-world beta testing is a signature component of the IN2 program and an important validation exercise for startups to learn how their technologies will perform and integrate with other systems.

As an organization managing nearly 100 million square feet of real estate, we know that efficiency matters, and we are pleased that our efforts to build and foster an ecosystem that accelerates the commercialization of clean technologies for commercial buildings is bearing fruit,” said Ashley Grosh, vice president and IN2 co-lead for Wells Fargo. “Companies from rounds one and two have achieved significant milestones on their way to the commercial marketplace. We are pleased to add this third round of innovators to IN2 and expect the momentum we’ve seen to date continue across the program.”

The 10 clean technology startups joining Round 3 of the IN2 program are:

  • Transformative Wave: (Kent, Wash/Boulder, Colo.) HVAC, light, and battery storage retrofit kit for commercial buildings
  • Software Motor Corporation: (Sunnyvale, Calif.) Super high-efficiency Internet-enabled motor for HVAC applications
  • PowerFlex Systems: (Los Altos, Calif.) Adaptive EV charging network for demand response and renewable integration
  • simuwatt®: (Boulder, Colo.) Rapid energy auditing software and platform
  • Maalka: (New York, N.Y.) Open modeling platform for managing large scale building sustainability initiatives
  • Geli: (San Francisco, Calif.) Software platform to design, automate, and manage energy storage systems
  • APANA: (Bellingham, Wash.) C&II smart water management systems using IoT and prescriptive analytics
  • EdgePower: (Aspen, Colo.) Cloud-hosted energy simulation application for analyzing and enhancing building performance
  • Ibis Networks: (Honolulu, Hawaii) Plug load management for the enterprise
  • J2 Innovations: (Chino, Calif.) Building automation and operating system for connecting and controlling devices

IN2 continues to attract high quality applicants and companies, and is proving out the model that we had envisioned; participating companies have been acquired by successful clean-technology corporations, received follow-on funding, and beta demonstrations are underway within the program,” said Richard Adams, Director of NREL’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center. “We are enthusiastic about the opportunity to advance these early stage technologies as well as to offer real-world test conditions in order to optimize their potential for success in the market.”

The IN2 program is part of Wells Fargo’s 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility Commitments, which include commitments to accelerate the transition to a lower carbon economy and provide $65 million to environmentally-focused nonprofits and innovative projects that are delivering social, economic and environmental impact. IN2 would not be possible without the collaboration and partnership of its 44 Channel Partners across the U.S., which include universities, business plan competitions and other clean technology accelerators. These Channel Partners provide a pipeline of early stage, high quality startup company referrals to IN2.

Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator Channel Partners include:

  • ACRE |Urban Future Lab / Powerbridge
    NYU Tandon School of Engineering | Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) | Washington, D.C.
  • Cal-Tech, Flow Program | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Carnegie Mellon University | Pittsburgh, Penn.
  • Case Western Reserve University | Cleveland, Ohio
  • Clean Energy Trust | Chicago, Ill.
  • Cleantech Group | San Francisco. Calif.
  • Cleantech Open | Redwood City, Calif.
  • Coachella Valley Economic Partnership | Palm Springs, Calif.
  • Colorado State University Energy Institute | Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Energy Excelerator | Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Fraunhofer CSE TechBridge Program | Boston, Mass.
  • Green Town Labs | Boston, Mass.
  • Imagine H20, Inc. | San Francisco, Calif.
  • Innosphere | Denver, Colo.
  • Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • MassChallenge | Boston, Mass.
  • MIT Energy Club | Cambridge, Mass.
  • Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC) Institute | Boston, Mass.
  • NextEnergy Center | Detroit, Mich.
  • Northwestern University | Evanston, Ill.
  • Oregon BEST | Portland, Ore.
  • Portland State University | Portland, Ore.
  • Prospect SV | San Jose, Calif.
  • Purdue University | West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Rice University Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship | Houston, Texas
  • Stanford, TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy | Stanford, Calif.
  • Sustainable Startups | Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Telluride Venture Accelerator | Telluride, Colo.
  • Texas A&M University, Research Valley Partnership | College Station, Texas
  • Texas State University | San Marcos, Texas
  • The Water Council | Milwaukee, Wis.
  • UC Berkeley, Cleantech 2 Market (C2M)| Berkeley, Calif.
  • UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center (EEC) | Davis, Calif.
  • UC Irvine | Irvine, Calif.
  • UC San Diego | San Diego, Calif.
  • University of Colorado | Boulder, Colo.
  • University of Denver | Denver, Colo.
  • University of Michigan | Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • UNC Charlotte | Charlotte, N.C.
  • UT Austin, Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) | Austin, Texas
  • UT Austin, McCombs Business School Texas Venture Labs| Austin, Texas
  • University of Washington Foster School of Business | Seattle, Wash.
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison | Madison, Wis.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,600 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet ( and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 269,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 27 on Fortune’s 2016 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. In 2015, Wells Fargo donated $281.3 million to 16,300 nonprofits, ranking No. 3 on the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s rankings of the top corporate cash philanthropists. Wells Fargo team members volunteered 1.86 million hours in 2015, serving more than 40,000 nonprofits. Wells Fargo’s corporate social responsibility efforts are focused on three priorities: economic empowerment in underserved communities, environmental sustainability, and advancing diversity and social inclusion. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

Using Social Media to Promote your GREEN product…. or any product….

72% Of Businesses Say Buy Buttons Don’t Sell

Retail Touch Points – “Digital marketers are overwhelmingly rejecting the use of buy buttons on social media platforms, and for good reason: 72% of businesses say that they have seen no sales as a result of buy buttons in 2016, according to a report from Campaigner.”


Build a GREAT GREEN Team

To develop a stronger, more respectful team work with them to develop guidelines for communication.

 Here are a few ideas for guidelines:

  • Honest but respectful
  • Complete information
  • Inclusive of everyone affected
  • Timely response
  • Problems discussed and resolved
  • Everyone participates and listens

Remember that these guidelines are for you as well. Respect your team!

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March Towards Health

Kids & Art is a fabulous non-profit organization, they are leaders in the art world, and in sharing the gift of strength through making art. Kids are battling cancer, and this group makes sure they have inspiration and fun in their lives too.  

A note from Art & Kids

March Towards Health — Kid’s Art Exhibits around the Bay Area!

This year is already proving to be a busy year for us! We are collaborating with Maker Therapy and are going to be part of the Summit on April 4 at the Tech Museum.

  • From April 4 to 28 our pediatric cancer families art will be exhibited at the San Mateo City Hall.
  • From May 1 to June 30 the San Mateo Main Library will exhibit our work on the 2nd floor gallery.
  • Save The Date: April 22-23 for our upcoming Art Fair and Fundraiser at Art Attack SF’s new gallery in the Castro. We have many celebrated artists presenting their work.
  • Our 16-week pilot at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay is in full swing.
  • If you would like to know more about this program please do feel free to call or email me directly. Our facebook page has photos from our weekly workshops. Thank you for supporting our mission to heal through the arts. Happy Spring,

Kids & Art contact info: 1443 Howard Avenue, Suite 218, Burlingame, CA 94010 | 650.877.2750 |

What is your Fitness story?

Two young ladies from Northwestern interviewed me on my fitness choices. That conversation go me to thing about positive change and whether I “walk the walk”. <grin> I started thinking about the walking program I started in January 2017. I wanted to get out and walk more, I was at about 3 miles a day, wishing to amp it up to 5 miles/day.

I work on the board of Asian Connection and had heard from our members – MORE ACTIVE EVENTS. Ok, I can do that, so Healthy Walks 2017 was born.

What I learned

Do what you can do well. I wanted to make a walking event once a week at noon. ..and offer informal walking events after work.  A smart friend, said no, start with 2 x month and see how it goes.

Make it easy to get involved. Make sure your group can find you… so I held up a stuffed pony at our meeting point. We gathered a group that first day, and the weather couldn’t have been better on The Embarcadero in SF. Our walkers were happy and relaxed afterwards. We got thank you notes. It was so much fun.

Mike the pony, came to every walk after that. He became our mascot. He served so many purposes. He was in the photos, then he starred in the photos, then he became a point of conversation for the walk “newbies”. Mike was way more than a walk helper, he contributed laughter and inspiration for dozens of photos.

It could have been a “bust”, but our Healthy walks are a success. Plan for both. Make small adjustments until you get a formula that works. Pay attention to what your walking group wants.


Using Focus to Excel

Excerpt from this Article in FastCompany.

Distraction. Even for skilled writers who love what we do… yes, we would prefer to do anything other than write. Writing is work. Worse, it’s lonely. Most projects, at least in the initial stages, it is lonely. My friends believe I just sit calmly and training manuals pour from my fingers, that I am meant to blog, and my emails are revision-less. NOT TRUE.

Also, first (+) drafts tend consume all your time. You impose a deadline, it comes and goes. There is still content that doesn’t hang together and it is revision number 12. Oh, let it be done. But no.

I learned to write because my fellow coders couldn’t. So they stayed glued to their monitors concocting devious ways to process faster…. and I explained the systems we built to our management and C-level execs. It was a trade-off. We all would have lost our freedom to create something great, if we didn’t show progress and share status. I was elected… or forced to stretch into this role, and I am grateful.  — the editor

“I know some very great writers, writers you love who write beautifully and have made a great deal of money,” says Anne Lamott in Bird by Bird, her celebrated 1995 book on the craft. “And not one of them sits down routinely feeling wildly enthusiastic and confident. Not one of them writes elegant first drafts. All right, one of them does, but we do not like her very much.”

Sometimes our tools help us. Speaking of FOCUS MODE in MS WORD — One author says “I’ll cling to Word until Google Docs brings out its own version (it offers something roughly similar but not quite there yet) of one-click Focus mode, no matter how retro or dorky that might make me in the eyes of some. Focus mode forces you to concentrate.”