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Episode 12 of the Empowering Women Podcast

GUEST: Tish Berge, General Manager of Sweetwater Authority

Tish Berge earned a B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College and an MBA with a focus in Finance from the University of California. She has over 25 years of experience in the environmental industry, from private chemical manufacturing, to consulting, to public service. Currently, Tish serves as General Manager for Sweetwater Authority, a water provider in California. 

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On career planning:  "As Covey would say, begin with the end in mind. What is your real goal?"   On having children: "In finance there's a term call the Big Bath... The big bath is when you take all your losses in one year. Maybe you extend your losses to the next fiscal year or realize them early, so they all happen at once. So what I did was when I went back to school to get my MBA, I chose that time to have my family, and to have my two beautiful children."  

"You can be feminine and strong... I think it does take a unique person to have their confidence to be able to handle it."

  "I remember trying on a lot of different personas. And maybe it's because I didn't feel like i had role models. I would try them on, and then they didn't work. For example. back when I was in technical sales, I used to try to be a guy. I used to tell jokes like a guy, I used to hang out with the guys, do shots with the guys... I wish I could have found a way to get to know myself earlier better and get more comfortable in my skin, instead of bumping around so much as far as -- what works for me? What doesn't work for me? What resonates? What gets me the results. "   "You know what, it's all about people. Business is all about people. Come join us."  

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