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Linda Calhoun

Founder and Executive Producer, Career Girls

North America

Her home base is San Francisco, but she has travelled around the United States interviewing dynamic and accomplished women for her site. Linda has filmed over 500 role models from Houston, Chicago, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, St. Louis, New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Detroit, San Diego, Atlanta and Los Angeles – everyone from ballerinas to astronauts to federal judges. Career Girls was recently invited to Kigali, Rwanda to conduct role model interviews of women in tech careers, gathering from 17 African countries. 

The idea for Career Girls was born after Linda started working as a database consultant for international development projects for USAID and the World Bank. She has several years of experience leading teams in the design of databases to support GIS for public agencies in Kansas, Connecticut and the Kyrgyz Republic. She found this work to be rewarding on many levels and wanted girls coming up behind her to know about exciting careers in tech and beyond.
 
In addition to earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication at Boston University, she also received a certificate in International Marketing from the American University of Paris.

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