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Barbara Cattolica

3

SCOTT-5, MATTHEW-2, CASSANDRA-5 MO. 

A.B. UNIV. OF CALIF. BERKELEY  

AT&T 1972 TO PRESENT  

RACQUETBALL, ALUMNAE GROUPS AT CAL, HELP MY HUSBAND DESIGN OUR NEW HOME IN LAFAYETTE 

 

 

ACROSS THE COUNTRY THRU BUSINESS; HAWAII; MEXICO 

MAKE MORE INVESTMENTS SO WE CAN RETIRE EARLY 

10 times since graduating from college 

Alameda (haven't strayed very far!) 

Graduated from UC Berkeley, plus several post-graduate courses 

No 

Speechwriting for senior corporate officials, including one speech I wrote for an executive to introduce Mikhail Gorbachev, who was being honored at a large business luncheon in San Francisco 

Corporate Public Relations -- developed, directed, implemented, and managed strategic external and internal communications initiatives for AT&T; through my career, held positions in virtually all PR disciplines (e.g., media relations, thought leadership and executive positioning, executive speechwriting, corporate philanthropy, public policy communications, advertising, grass-roots campaign support) 

No 

Retired from AT&T in 2004 after 35 years, then worked full-ime providing public relations consulting services to British Telecom (eight years); currently working parttime as independent contractor/PR consultant for legal staffing and consulting company. 

3 -- two sons (35 and 32 years old) and one daughter (30 years old) 

three grandsons -- three-year old and 13-month old twins  

 

Italy, France, England, Ireland, Canada, Mexico 

Italy 

Raising three kids who have become responsible, independent and caring adults

Holding each of my three grandsons within hours of their birth; and seeing them several times a week (am so lucky they live so close to me!)

A challenging, exciting, rewarding career in Public Relations

Being introduced at an event by Clint Eastwood (and laughing about it with him the next day when he apologized for seriously mispronouncing my last name) 

After recovering from back fusion surgery (when I was in my mid-50s), I completed four half-marathon competitions (walking, NOT running).

Received Kile Ozier Award from Academy of Friends for leadership and volunteerism in the fight against HIV/AIDS (was officer and board member of San Francisco AIDS Foundation for four years) 

During my corporate public relations career, I had a three-year assignment doing speechwriting for senior corporate executives, a role I found to be demanding, stimulating and inspiring. If I had known back them what I know now, I would have pursued a career in political speechwriting.