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Moving to Omaha from Southern California (not once but twice), LinkedIn’s Yvonne Nickels was laser focused on 2 goals: Supporting her family and creating a flourishing career! As a proud mom accomplishing both of these goals, Yvonne now encourages others to reach for the stars and accomplish their dreams! Hear more from Yvonne on her path to the #SiliconPrairie:

Haner: Tell us a bit about your childhood. Where did you grow up?

Yvonne: I was born as the middle child into a family of 3 children in Tampa, FL. We moved to Hacienda Heights, CA and lived in several different cities before finally moving to Fontana, CA when I was a teenager. …


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Growing up in Omaha, NE, Jacqueline Glassman always wanted to lead a company. Little did she know that her studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha would lead her to a career in tech. She’s also been a supreme example of what motherhood in a professional setting looks like — harmonizing the demands of raising her children while accelerating in her career. Learn more about Jacqueline’s journey to Proxibid in the interview below:

Haner: Tell us a bit about your childhood. Where did you grow up?

Jaqueline: I grew up in the north end of Omaha, NE near an area called Ponca Hills where my parents still live. My father started International Gamco, pioneering the now popular “pull-tab” tickets and my mother sold real estate and was a teacher with Omaha Public Schools. Both of my parents have always been excellent examples of driven entrepreneurs, setting me up to expect nothing less of myself.


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As we conclude Hispanic Heritage Month, I’m excited to feature another LatinX professional in The Silicon Prairie! Angela Brauer is a Missouri native whose passion for journalism and news led her on a winding road into Tech via digital advertising! Now a regional sales leader at LinkedIn, read Angela’s interview and her advice for others interested in the Tech Industry:

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Haner: How does one transition from a background in Journalism into being a sales leader focused on the HR industry?

Angela: It’s an interesting story. Newspaper advertising sales was my focus for most of my career. As the industry pivoted to a more digital presence in the last 15 years, I was exposed to tech as important part of content delivery and revenue production.

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