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Winning With Women Wednesday – An Interview With Nora Lynn San Diego, MD

Winning With Women Wednesday – An Interview With Nora Lynn San Diego, M.D. (2)

Get to know Nora-Lynn San Diego

Name:  Nora-Lynn San Diego, MD

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Nora-Lynn San Diego, MD

Education:  Bachelor’s Degree in English from Brooklyn College, Medical degree from Far Eastern University,  Residency training in Psychiatry at University of Medicine and Dentistry/Robert Wood Johnson-Cooper Hospital, Fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Universities of Columbia and Cornell-New York Presbyterian Hospital

Organization: New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill-Cornell Medical College (WCMC,) NYP-Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB)

Position: Assistant Medical Director for NYP-Center for Autism, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Weill-Cornell Medical College

Time with the organization:  7.5 years

Organization headquarters:  New York


1. Nora, please share what your role as an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College embodies? What responsibilities and duties do you oversee and part take in? As an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, I have the pleasure of being in the role of educator and supervisor for resident physicians, medical students, psychology interns/externs and nurse practitioners at New York Presbyterian Hospital. In addition to lecturing on core concepts of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in relation to Autism and other developmental disabilities, I provide clinical supervision for young trainees, as they learn how to work with and provide psychiatric care for this population of individuals.

2. Do you have a quote, mantra or tip regarding how our audience could manage their one-to-one personal interactions better? Listening is just as important as talking when it comes to effective communication. In my professional experience, I find that many individuals that struggle with listening to others, whether in their personal lives or at work, have difficulties sustaining good relationships with the people around them.

3. Who was an influential boss/mentor for you and in what ways did they shape you to become the leader you are today? My mother. A very petite lady but a real spitfire. She came as one of the first over-seas nursing recruits to work in Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn back in the 60s. Despite the immigrant struggle that she encountered as a young Filipina in 60s America, her conversations about the past were largely devoted to the kind and compassionate people that she met throughout her life, both personally and professionally. She taught me that the quality of the people you choose to surround yourself with will determine how difficult the climb to success will be.

4. Have you ever mentored anyone? What are your top three pieces of advice for your mentees? Yes. 1) Be passionate about your work. If you do not have passion, it may not be the right job for you. 2) Fall seven times, stand up eight! Everybody makes mistakes. It is how you get good at what you do. 3) Learn to let go of what does not work or cannot be fixed.

5. What do you think the greatest challenge is for the New York Presbyterian -Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) today? Most physicians are committed to their patients. But to do so within the pressures of healthcare reform can be quite disheartening and mentally exhausting.

6. What is the highlight of your work week? I look forward to peer supervision with my colleagues. Having a forum to discuss interesting cases or problems encountered over the week helps all of us think and re-think our approaches to patient care and how to deliver the best care possible.

7. What is it about your current role at the New York Presbyterian-WCMC that sets it apart from other organizations? I have been given an incredible opportunity to work with seasoned clinicians and researchers from multiple disciplines. These individuals have devoted their lives to enhancing the diagnosis and delivery of care to people with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. To care for children truly takes a village and I am fortunate to be a part of that.

8. How do you stay abreast of hot topics within your industry? New York Presbyterian- WCMC provides weekly grand round lectures with expert discussants in the areas of psychiatry and psychology. This keeps staff up-to-date with the latest research and glimpses into what the future holds for different conditions that many individuals struggle with on a daily basis.

9. When speaking to others about New York Presbyterian-WCMC, what is the most important message you want them to take away from your conversation? Our faculty prides itself on our commitment to the education of our medical students and residents.

10. Where do you see New York Presbyterian –WCMC in 5 years? With our current research in Autism Spectrum Disorders already underway, I hope to see an advance in treatment options for individuals that struggle with this disorder.

11. How does New York Presbyterian -Weill Cornell Medical College help women succeed in their careers? OR (You could also speak to how it has enabled you to be successful in your role). NYP-WCMC has given me the opportunity to work with some of the most talented and dedicated women in healthcare. My first inpatient team on our adolescent unit was comprised mostly of women and it gave me a positive perspective of what it is like to work with a cohesive, supportive team that defied the negative stereotypes of women in the workplace that so many young girls are raised to believe.

12. What would you do if you had one more hour in your day? I would spend that hour meeting with my staff individually for their input on how we are doing and how things could be done differently if it were up to them. Giving your staff a platform to voice their ideas shows that their opinions are valued, regardless of where you might lead them in the end.

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#TechTuesday – Top News This Week In Solar


Top News This Week In Solar

Today is #TechTuesday and here are the top headlines in solar news this week:

  • US Department of Energy (DOE) awards $125m for 41 transformational energy tech projects, including solar – Click here to read more
  • The world’s largest solar farm has an ingenious way to provide clean energy to half-a-million people – Click here to read more
  • US Department of Energy (DOE) allocates $22.7 million for 23 solar tech projects – Click here to read more

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Motivational Monday: Drive Your Business To Success


“If you don’t drive your business, you will be driven out of business.” -B.C. Forbes

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MILSPRAY’s VP, Business Development – Peder Cox to Attend West Point “The Burden” Film Screening

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Peder Cox, VP of Business Development

Mr. Cox has over 40 years of both national and international experience in the field of Logistics and Transportation Management. He is a retired U.S. Army officer with a broad span of experience in all areas of logistics management, from the strategic to tactical levels, command and control, United Nations Peacekeeping Operations and Logistics Support and also Security Operations.

Previously he worked for 2 years for Ecolog International as their head of Business Development and Program Support and for 12 years for DynCorp International in all areas ranging from establishing global support operations to running their international recruiting operations and for the last 4 years as a Director of Business Development.

He attended the United States Military Academy and currently holds a B.S., in History from Campbell University and an M.A. in History from the University of Alabama.

Peder will be in attendance at the film screening of “The Burden”on November 20, 2015 at 7:00pm-9:00PM EST at the Historic Thayer Hotel in West Point, NY.


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Winning With Women Wednesday: An Interview With Lynette Barbieri & Vanessa Coppes Co-Founders of the Entrepreneurial Think Tank for Women

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Get To Know Lynette

Lynette BarbieriLynette Barbieri is a woman who enjoys life, lives for the moment and does it on her own terms. Barbieri has owned her financial business for over 18 years and is the Co-Founder of the Entrepreneurial Think Thank for Women. ETTWomen is where her passion lies. As she continues to grow in her personal endeavors, she also mentors women entrepreneurs. As a mother of 4, Barbieri fully understands the obstacles women face while trying to pursue their goals. Also, as a woman in finance she understands the challenges women face when they are working in a predominantly male driven industry.

Get To Know Vanessa

vanessaVanessa Coppes believes women are multi-faceted.  They embrace the outer roles of wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend.  And they have inner roles; those that need to be honored in order to be authentic, productive and truly happy. Like many women, Coppes struggled with weight, periods of insecurity and postpartum depression.  It was the wisdom of her mother and the connection with other strong, beautiful women around her that reminded her of how to best honor and nurture herself back to living life.   She meets women where they are and helps them create lives and businesses they love.  She is the Author 5 Steps to Fabulous, the Social and Digital Media Strategist for BELLA NYC Magazine and the Co-Founder of ETTWomen.

1. Lynette and Vanessa, in your own words please share with us what it means to take on the role of being Co-Founders for the Entrepreneurial Think Tank for Women?

It means service that comes with heartfelt and genuine dedication, but also a lot of responsibility. It is our passion to support and encourage women to go after their dreams and to live the lives and build businesses that support that lifestyle. We are humbled by this amazing journey we’ve been on for 3.5 years.

2. What responsibilities and duties do you both oversee and part take in?

We work as a team as much as we allow each other to. We are both very controlling but have learned to work with and rely on each other’s strengths. We outsource whatever else we need support with as we are clear that we cannot do it all. It’s fabulous to have a rolodex of profes-sionals at your fingertips as we look to our members first whenever we need something.

3. How did you discover you wanted to create this organization?

Lynette started the group three years ago and named it the Freehold Think Tank for Moms. I attended 2 meetings and having had experience in both entrepreneurship and networking groups that didn’t live up to their expectations, I was very opinionated. I must have grown on her quickly as she asked me to partner with her shortly after. We agreed to make pivotal changes to how the meetings ran and what the group offered as well as change the name to ETTWomen to be more inclusive.

4. Do you have a quote, mantra or tip regarding how our audience could manage their one-to-one personal interactions better?

We have 2: “Together, we achieve more!” It’s our group’s tag line and “Everything happens for a reason.” A testament to how we met and how we approach everything that happens to us in our daily lives and businesses.

5. Who was an influential boss/mentor for you and in what ways did they shape you to be-come the leaders you are today?

Vanessa: I’ve always looked up to my mother who is the very definition of resilience. Another would be my high school principal, Maria Amalia Leon de Jorge.
Lynette: I look up to a woman named Frances Averett, she is a seven figure income earner in Primerica who raised five small children after her husband passed, and built a huge business back in the 80’s when finance and mompreneurs were not favorable for women, Vanessa Coppes, for all she has achieved after coming to a strange country knowing really nobody and raising two small boys. Lastly, I would add my grandmother to the list.

6. What do you think the greatest challenge is for women business owners today?

Guilt and the lack of a network of support.

7. What is the highlight of your work week?

We are always fascinated by the leaps and bounds our members make to improve themselves. We’ve created a philosophy of introspection, understanding that in order for our businesses to grow, we must also grow (360º Lifestyle). Getting a call, email or text message from one of our ladies about how they took action in a particular aspect of their lives or businesses, makes everything we do even more rewarding.

8. How would you characterize your management style?

Psycho-control-freaks. All joking aside, as controlling as we both can be we’ve learned that as much as we try to, in the end, we are not in control.

We manage from a spiritual realm and always with the intention that what we do, what we take part in or get our members involved with serves the greater good.

9. How do you stay abreast of hot topics within your industry?

We are both avid students of life and business, we are always seeking out new ideas and implementing new things. We are also very open to our member’s feedback. They are always up to interesting things and we share and regroup often. It’s the only way to keep up with the times and stay current with our offerings.

10. When speaking to others about the Entrepreneurial Think Tank For Women, what is the most important message you want them to take away from your conversation?

That we genuinely care about their personal and business development. That the more we work together, the more we can accomplish.

11. If you weren’t doing this job, what would you be doing?

Vanessa: I’d be teaching high school.
Lynette: I would probably be a therapist.

12. If you had one more hour to inject into your day, how would you spend it?

Vanessa: I would sleep.
Lynette: I would go out and meet/network with more women.


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