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Carin Canale-Theakston

Founder and CEO, Canale Communications Inc.

Carin Canale-Theakston founded Canale Communications in 2010, providing senior level strategy consulting to more than 125 life science companies, from startups to publicly held companies. Canale-Theakston is the vice chairwoman of the board for Biocom, a regional life sciences trade association and board chairman for the San Diego Venture Group. Canale Communications recently won nine Bernays Awards presented by the San Diego chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

ALMA MATER: University of Tulsa

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT: Biocom Board of Directors; San Diego Venture Group Board of Directors; Mission Hills Town Council; Mission Hills Business Improvement District.

FUN FACT: “I started my career doing community relations for a nonprofit domestic violence organization, and I got my boss featured as a guest on ‘Oprah’.”

BUSINESS ADVICE: “Hire the most talented and passionate people for the job, then, give them the autonomy to do what they love.”