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About Saori Marie Choulos

Additional Profile Information

What inspires you?
I'm inspired when people have the courage and confidence in their own unique gifts and share them with others, making a positive impact on relationships and community.

How do you think other people describe you?
I'm a quiet force who values and supports authentic relationships with qualities of being a great listener, calm under pressure, and lights up when given the opportunity to support the personal and professional growth of others. I have a deep heart, believing in the goodness of people, yet balanced as a logical thinker open-minded to all viewpoints.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Practice yoga, watercolor, write, walk with my husband, travel and have lots of coffee and lunch dates with friends.

What is your favorite food?
Risotto

What is your favorite restaurant?
Biba

What’s the most interesting thing about you that most people don’t know?
I love art, especially, photography and paintings. While more of a collector nowadays, I spent several years as an art docent in elementary schools. Teaching art opened the world to children about history, diversity, creativity, and expression when words aren't enough. My hope is that it stimulated creativity to learn more about themselves and others.

At which store would you like to max-out your credit card?
Honestly, I wouldn't max out my credit card unless I paid it off the following month. But I do enjoy shopping at Barney's New York.

What was your favorite TV show when growing up?
When I was really young, I'd run home from school to watch Speed Racer. In my teens, my family and I enjoyed Mork & Mindy.

Can you play any instruments? If so, which ones?
No.

What is your superpower?
I help people who are ready and willing to do the deep, inner work of self-actualization.

You find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do?
Take my husband (an gifted photographer) on a photography expedition around the world and then open up a gallery of his photos that brings people together to learn, appreciate, grow by showing the simple beauty of people, their cultures, their pain, and accomplishments through a snapshot.

Who is your female hero?
My mom

What charity(s) are you involved with?
Organizations focused on enhancing skills and knowledge of people that lead to obtaining jobs (special interest: foster youth). I also support art museums.

What local community change would you like to see?
Deeper, trusting relationships across sectors (business, education, community) and valuing the diversity of thought (including political) so we can move from complaints and conversation to working together on complex issues.

Areas of Interest
Being and mentor and part of a mentoring circle.

Who in Sacramento (business, government, nonprofit, etc.) would you like to see as the focal person for a Table for 10 event? List as many women as you’d like.
Not sure I understand "focal person". I would also like a Placer County event as that is where I live and want to contribute further, including WomenUp representation. In Placer, Yaa-Aggrey Fynn (w/SMUD and also Board President of Stand Up Placer) and Twiana Armstrong-Bryant on Parks & Recreation & Arts Commission for City of Rocklin would be great focal women.

Are there other types of events or services you’d like to see WomenUp offer?
Sharing stories through blog, newsletter and/or women circles.

Is there some skill you’d like to offer to provide for the benefit of WomenUp members?
Workshop on psychological / personality types to understand how to work together more effectively and appreciate the gifts of type.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
I love this quote: "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who come alive. " Howard Thurman