WHAT TO BE
What to Be is KSQD radio show and podcast hosted by Your Future Is Our Business, a Santa Cruz non-profit that helps students explore careers. We interview and highlight the careers of inspirational people in Santa Cruz County and ask them to tell us what their job is really like! Our show airs Sundays at 7pm on 90.7fm KSQD Santa Cruz. You can also stream online at ksqd.org, go to soundcloud.com/what-to-be, or scroll down below to subscribe via Google, Apple, or Spotify platforms. New episodes uploaded every week! Email us at [email protected] if you have questions, if you'd like to join the live audience, or if you'd like to be our next guest!

Danielle Venton | Science Reporter KQED

Episode Notes

In this episode of the What To Be Show University of Santa Cruz Science Communication graduate Danielle Venton shares about her career as a science reporter for KQED San Francisco.

Agus and Wiki | Photography and Web Design, Waipa Studio

Episode Notes

Agus and Wiki are - in contemporary terminology - "straight up goals." Agus and Wiki have traveled the world since they immigrated to the United States from Argentina. In their travels and experiences, they found a way to form a business together after realizing they could combine their strengths and build each other up. Tune in now to learn from this incredible duo.

Waipa Studio Website: https://waipastudio.com

Tim Piumarta | Director of Innovations at NHS Inc., Santa Cruz Skateboards

Episode Notes

While Tim Piumarta has spent almost his entire career with NHS, his journey lead him along a windy path riddled with opportunities to learn new skills for his everchanging roles in the company. From stuffing 6 million bearings, to screen printing materials, and eventually to leading the way of innovative skateboard and material designs, Tim has had his hands on almost every job in the company. Tune in now to hear his story!

David Wright | Vice President of Operations at Elements Manufacturing

Episode Notes

From political science and public health, to manufacturing, to Silicon Valley tech, and finally BACK to manufacturing, David Wright's career path has taken him all over the place. David is currently the Vice President of Operations at Elements Manufacturing. His career path has provided David with a worldly perspective, so tune in now to learn more!

Matthew Espinosa | Executive Chef

Episode Notes

Matthew Espinosa has had an unorthodox career journey, relative to others in his position in the culinary arts. Since childhood, Matt found himself finding any excuse to be active in the kitchen, experimenting new techniques and recipes to feed his curiosity (in addition to others' stomachs). By the age of 25 he held a position as Executive Chef, leading his team with creativity and positivity in mind.

Sarah Dahel | Systems Sales Engineer at Pacific Coast Trane

Episode Notes

Sarah Dahel talks with us about her journey toward becoming a Systems Sales Engineer working in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area of California. Describing herself as a "math-brained" person, Sarah learned early on that the field of engineering would be a good fit for her, and thanks to her proactive and always-prepared mindset, she found a way to have significantly more human interaction than the typical engineer while keeping a role that keeps that math-brain constantly active. Tune in now to hear her story!

Romelia Orozco-Lochte | Industrial Engineer and Life Coach

Episode Notes

Romelia Orozco-Lochte may be one of the most inspiring individuals to have interviewed on What To Be. Born and raised in Mexico, she found a passion for engineering at a young age and was often told it would not be a good option for her, as a woman. She powered through any obstacles in her way with an unmatched work ethic and propensity to take the initiative for growth opportunities.