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About the presenters

Andrea C. Wasko, MBA

Andrea was born in Sharon, PA and is best described as having “Midwestern manners and California drive”.  Andrea has over 30 years of leadership, consulting and innovation experience and has held executive positions in Finance, Business Development, Operations, Marketing, Manufacturing and Sales for a variety of companies including Eli Lilly and Guidant (Boston Scientific and Abbott Labs).


She funded her undergraduate education through grants, loans and working full-time while going to college full-time.  She received her MBA from Golden Gate University and a BS degree from Youngstown State University.  Due to her successful life planning, she was able to retire from the medical industry in her 30s.  She enjoys financially educating people, supporting the community, hiking, traveling, yoga and the three cats that rescued her.

WOMAN OF THE YEAR was awarded to Andrea for her generous contributions to the success of over 100 for-profits and non-profits. This award was recognized by the San Luis Obispo County Commission on the Status of Women, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, National Association of Commissions for Women, California Legislature Assembly and United States Congress.