Capital Region innovators are forging new paths to well-being and longevity

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Good morning! Spring has arrived and events have (a bit) come to life as well. Last night we attended a wonderful conversation hosted by SheShares, the organization’s first in-person event in two years. On stage was a powerful and inspiring mother-daughter duo, Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D., and Assemblywoman Akilah Weber, MD. The lively conversation, which focused on mentoring, the importance of staying connected with family and racism in the workplace, was moderated by Cassandra Pye, executive vice president of Lucas Public Affairs.

Left to right: Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D.; and Assembly Member Akilah Weber, MD; moderator Cassandra Pye, executive vice president of Lucas Public Affairs.

Among the many ideas was this gem from Dr. Shirley Weber:

“Mentoring is not limited in time. It is a life experience. Even though some of my students have been out of my class for 20 years, they can still call. It is a unique quality that we must help and nurture others. Mentoring improves your life.

Who has improved your career path and your life? In the spirit of last night’s conversation, we encourage you to reach out and send them a little thank you or a check-in.

Oh, and we hope you have your windows open on this beautiful, warm spring day!

Here is the latest:

A sushi-making contest among California lawmakers draws attention to water management involved in growing rice; organizations that support women in crisis offer culinary training programs as a means of imparting skills, confidence and autonomy; the California Mobility Center opens a facility with electric cars designed to help meet SMUD’s goal of zero carbon emissions by 2030; Capital Region innovators are developing new tools and technologies to help people feel stronger while living longer; amateur drivers take to the racetrack in dented cars in an irreverent endurance race; a medical herbalist from the Sacramento Native American Health Center treats patients holistically; an arts professional shares her globetrotting career path before settling into her role as executive director of the Nevada County Arts Council; TECMA President Praises Her Team of Precision Machinists for Crafting NASA Building Materials; the former CEO of the San Joaquin Regional Transit District looks back on a career supporting Stockton transit riders.

Recommendations from our editors:

Last week we introduced a new section where we editors will share what we read, listen to, watch or even eat. Here’s what we’re consuming this week:

Vanessa: I just had a weekend in San Francisco and got my cultural fix with a trip to SF MOMA, a radical indie comic book store, and a concert at Starline Social Club in Oakland. I loved the opening band, which is always a fun way to discover new music.

Judy: Over 100 million people are expected to listen to March Madness this month. The Cinderella Story of the NCAA Tournament was the St. Peter’s Peacocks of Jersey City, New Jersey, who upset No. 2 seed Kentucky and No. 7 seed Murray State to move to the Sweet Sixteen. As a native of New Jersey, I enjoyed reading about the background of this team, which has sports fans buzzing.

Jennifer: I’ve made a lot of marmalade from leftover oranges, grapefruits, lemons and kumquats that come to my door from my CSA (H&K Farms) and friends with trees. Alison Roman’s recipe in The New York Times is foolproof and works with any citrus fruit.

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