Name: Janikke Klem
Company: Tech CU
Profession: Community and Government Relations
How long has your business been a part of The SVO?
Over 5 years (not really sure, but I have been here 4 years so at least that long!)
Why is it important to your business to be a part of The SVO?
The SVO focuses on economic development of our region and insures policy aligns with this growth mindset. The SVO is also engaged in training our next generation of community leaders and exposing our local high school students a variety of careers, growing our local talent and workforce.
What was your first job like?
I worked at my neighborhood pool, Pinehurst Cabana Club, and greeted members and sold snacks. It was a summer gig where I got to see my friends and hang out with cute lifeguards! Totally set my expectations that future jobs would be as cool!
Describe your current job.
I get to invest in my community and it’s families on behalf of Tech CU. Being able to make a difference, help people in need, and change the trajectory of local kids and families for the better is an amazingly rewarding feeling and career. I also get to advocate in Sacramento and DC on behalf of Tech CU and its employees, bonus!
What has been a career high point for you thus far?
Hearing from middle school students about the life changing program they were able to participate in because of Tech CU’s investment and learning that those students are on the path for college, first in their families!
What words of advice can you share for other professional women working in the Silicon Valley
You are your best advocate. Be sure to share all that you do with those around you and in front of you. Most of us women way undervalue the contributions we are making to our companies, community, and families. Own it, be proud!
On August 26, 2017, Women’s Equality Day is celebrated across the nation. To celebrate, The SVO is highlighting some of the women who choose to make their mark in Silicon Valley business - SVO members & SVO staff - through the SVO Women series.
Every week, we will have new SVO Women profiles on members and staff. Follow along on social media: #SVOWomen
READ THE SERIES
- SVO Women: Kristen Welch, KPAW Inc.
- SVO Women: Amanda Llerena, Programs & Events Coordinator
- SVO Women: Tracey Enfantino, Environmental Systems, Inc.
- SVO Women: Tonette Slaviero, Sr. Public Policy & Workforce Development Manager - CUHSD
- SVO Women: Joan Escover, JP Graphics
- SVO Women: Cat Uong, Sr. Public Policy & Workforce Development Manager - SJUSD
- SVO Women: Susan Ellenberg, Sr. Director of Community Development
- SVO Women: Kelly Peaton, Director of Education and Workforce
- SVO Women: Mariana Faerron-Gutierrez, Tico Coffee Roasters
- SVO Women: Mayra Flores De Marcotte, VP of Communications
- SVO Women: Lennies Gutierrez, Comcast
- SVO Women: Geri Wong, Newmark Cornish & Carey
- SVO Women: Lina Guzman, Executive Assistant & HR Administrator