At 69, Carmen Bianchi is a maverick among her peers. Always told she couldn't do it and wouldn't get far, Carmen found a way to success both personally and professionally. Raised in a traditional family where the husband worked and the wife took care of the kids, Carmen broke that mold and found a way to have it all. She moved to America from Johannesburg, South Africa when her children were small and helped her first husband grow his business in El Paso, Texas. She went back to school at 40 and... [see more] participated in creating the largest Family Firm Institute education programs at two universities. Today, Carmen runs her own successful business and still finds time to teach. She also enjoys travelling the world with her family and friends.
At 71 Sharon Russakoff can't be stopped. Even though she can no longer drive due to a chronic disability she finds a way to get things done. A patron of the arts, Sharon gives back by giving her time throughout San Diego for organizations such as the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Opera where she is an usher, as well as Cygnet Theatre as a volunteer seamstress. Her love of music extends to her participation in the Pacific Coast Chorale a choir sponsored by the San Diego Public Library who sing throughout the county all year. Sharon is also an active participant at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center (JCC) in La Jolla and enjoys the pool, the gym, speaking engagements and the various classes the JCC offers.