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What Inspires You?

What Inspires You?

By Lynn Peithman Stock

Tae Woong Koo J.D. ’09, 2015. View full image. Photo by Vicki Thompson/SVBJ.
Answers and insights of four under-40 Broncos profiled in the Silicon Valley Business Journal for the work they’ve done in finance and law
Jennifer Betz ’99, 2015. Photo by Vicki Thompson/SVBJ.

These Santa Clara graduates have made their professional marks in finance and law. They were recognized recently in the 40 Under 40 list awarded by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. They hail from Seoul and Tacoma, and here in the Valley. Their undergrad studies ranged from engineering to finance, economics to communication.

Hilary Hendershott ’99, MBA ’11, 2015. Photo by Vicki Thompson/SVBJ.

Tae-Woong Koo J.D. ’09, Senior Associate, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Earned a master’s and doctorate in mechanical engineering from MIT and went to work for Intel as a senior research scientist. Developed 30 patents. Then earned a degree in law. Now focuses on prosecuting patents and counseling inventors on strategies to protect ideas and innovations. Active in the Bay Area Korean American community and has served as president of the region’s Korean American Bar Association. If he could go back in time, he’d tell his college-age self: “Get to know your classmates better. You will be amazed to see how many of them become industry leaders over time.”

Stephanie M. Rocha ’00, J.D. ’09, 2015. Photo by Vicki Thompson/SVBJ.

Jennifer Betz ’99, Executive Director, Finance, Maxim Integrated. Leads the semiconductor company’s strategic planning, analyzing macroeconomic trends and internal data. Manages all financial aspects of manufacturing, with a team of 22. Volunteers at Ronald McDonald House; coordinates activities for children receiving bone-marrow transplants. Would tell SCU students today: “There are many opportunities when you get into the workplace. If they offer a mentor, take it. If they have a young professionals group, join it. If they have a ‘learning session,’ go. You never know what will lead you to the next opportunity. And wear sunscreen.”

Hilary Hendershott ’99, MBA ’11, President, Hilary Hendershott Financial. Created one of Silicon Valley’s only woman-owned and -operated investment advisory firms. Designed a virtual financial training program, Your Rich Retirement Academy, for millennial and younger investors. Has been a foster mother and volunteers as a leadership skills coach for Landmark Worldwide. How SCU helped her prepare: “SCU’s economics department during my tenure at the University was top-notch. I formed close academic relationships with many of the faculty, and they helped put me in contact with paid fellowships as well as other world-renowned policy thought leaders.”

Stephanie M. Rocha ’00, J.D. ’09, Litigation Attorney, Miller Morton Caillat & Nevis LLP. Began by moving up the ranks in the HR department of a semiconductor company. Earned her real estate license and began selling real estate while working full time, which piqued her interest in law. Now represents builders, developers, and contractors in construction litigation. In family life, Rocha and her husband are parents and foster parents to five children, ages 4 to 12. Wishes she knew at SCU what she knows now: “A better understanding as to just how fortunate I was, because it is in those circumstances that you really make the most of your ‘fortune.’”

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