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Happy February DemoChicks! We hope you had a great holiday season, and happy New Year. DemoChicks has had a great start to 2023! Want to see what we've been up to? Keep reading to find out and see how you can get involved!
DemoChick of the Month-
Talin Espinoza
DemoChick of the Month-
Talin Espinoza

Talin Espinoza is a structural engineer who graduated from the ArtCenter College of Design. While she began her career in graphic design working for AECOM, currently she is a Director of Business Development for Flat Iron Construction Corporation. Her job deals more with client relations and heavy civil infrastructure projects such as bridges.
Growing up, Espinoza had never seen herself with a career in construction. However, due to her family members; involvement with the field, she was inspired to pursue a similar career despite men being the dominant gender. Being a woman in construction, she felt she had to work harder in many aspects. She further explains that women must constantly strive for perfection, while men simply have to be “good enough” to reach higher levels. Despite this setback, she stresses the importance of creating and curating close personal relationships with those around you, as they can help you to be successful and reach the levels you strive for. This has become one of the most beneficial and rewarding parts of her job, as she has been able to connect with those who inspire her for advice, as well as mentor those around her and push them to achieve their goals. Talin mentioned that having mentors can be very beneficial. Alice Lopez is one of Talin’s mentors; she is Vice President, Innovation and Design Management. Another mentor in Talin’s life is Mary Teichert who is President at Teichert Inc. These powerful women have helped shape Talin’s career.

Additionally, she states it is important to treat those close to you with humility, instead of leading with ego. Beyond that, Espinoza finds it important to be disciplined in all aspects of life to be accomplished in whatever you do.
DemoChicks Founder on Mayor's 100 Day Transition Team
Robin Thorne, CTI’s Chief Executive Officer, was selected to join the Mayor-elect's 100-Day transition team, comprised of 40-plus community leaders and representing a diverse group of local experts. Robin is grateful to have been selected to co-chair the Economic Development Taskforce group alongside Randal Hernandez, the Founding Chair of Long Beach Economic Development Partnership. As a business owner, she appreciates that the Mayor-elect stated he is "committed to tackling our city’s biggest challenges and working every day to make City Hall more responsive to our needs.
Port of Long Beach/LBUSD Partnership
LBUSD and the Port of Long Beach recently partnered to create a new ACE pathway at Jordan High School. This new pathway will provide more that 450 students with work-based learning experiences to prepare them for future careers. The four year course will bring real-world experiences to the classroom with maritime industry presenters, field trips and scholarships.

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