Hometown: Costa Mesa
Family: Fantastic husband, David Golbeck, and two amazing stepkids, Noël and Frank, both of whom have married exceptional spouses. I am also the proud grandmother of Cardin!
First job: Lifeguard – I succeeded because I knew when to threaten with, “I’m going to call your mom.”
Worst job: Museum exhibit attendant. I got tired of saying all day, “Please don’t touch that.”
Biggest break: NOT getting accepted into a particular graduate program and having to chart a new path
Secret to your success: A sense of humor, and perspective.
Advice to other women in business: Have confidence in knowing you should be at the table, but not cockiness in that you think you know all the answers.
“The Apprentice” or “Undercover Boss”: I like the spirit of “Undercover Boss” because we’ve all been in a job where we have thought, “My boss could not do what I do.” And it has less distracting hair issues.
Among other duties, Klimow tracks more than 50 bills during each session of the California Legislature and translates the government gobbledygook into understandable summaries that show how the proposed laws would affect local business. She’s also quite adept at garnering support for action on pending legislation. And she leads delegations of business leaders to Sacramento and Washington, D.C.
“Sometimes the most important role we can serve is providing our elected officials with a peek into the world created by their legislation,” Klimow says.
OC METRO'S 20 WOMEN TO WATCH FOR 2011
Carol A. Taylor | Staci Brillhart | Kay S. Napier | Eve Lowey
Julie Lim | Kate Klimow | Monica Wise | Marcy McKenna
Victoria Wade | India Hynes | Farrah Emami | Lisa Wolter
Mary-Christine “M.C.” Sungaila | Shirley Balarezo
Renee P. McLeod | Laura Khouri | Alyson Noël
Brenda Brkusic | Cathy Thomas | Sue Swenson
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