Mind Fit at Chateau Cupertino

mindfitI am hosting a six-part series based on Home Care Assistance’s Cognitive Therapeutic Method called Mind Fit at the independent living community of Chateau Cupertino. Just like the body, the brain can show signs of aging over time and with each session we stimulate different areas of the brain with fun group activities.

If your community is interested in hosting Mind Fit, feel free to contact me to schedule a consultation to learn more about Cognitive Therapeutics and Mind Fit, a science-based cognitive stimulation program for independent and assisted living communities.




Home Care Assistance at JCC Los Gatos Senior Resource Fair

Come join us at the JCC Los Gatos Senior Resource Fair today!

Date: June 2, 2016
Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
You’re invited to a resource fair for seniors, presented in partnership with Good Samaritan Hospital. The fair will be held in the APJCC Auditorium. Lynne Watanabe will speak about Hospital to Home Care and giving away books from our their Healthy Living Series.

Good Sam

Thank you Jon Kaplan and Cherie for inviting Home Care Assistance to this intimate Lunch & Learn event! We enjoyed meeting the community and gave away some tasty recipe cards, Kosher cookbooks and books from our healthy living series written by our founders, Jim and Kathy Johnson. If you’d like to learn more about our future local events contact: lwatanabe@homecareassistance


Social Lights 4 Change Presentation on Medi-Cal Planning

Last night I represented Home Care Assistance as we co-sponsored this talk featuring Attorney Roy Litherland: “Medi-Cal Planning – How to Help Your Clients Protect Their Wealth from RoyCatastrophic Nursing Home Costs.” It was an eye opening and sober discussion despite the wine and food we served for this event! We will be putting on more edutainment networking events with Social Lights 4 Change & other communities so stay tuned! (Feel free to DM me for information on this topic, remember it’s what you know that will help you and your loved ones.)


SV Forum, Tech Women: Women In Space

SV Forum is devoted to creating connections and providing education to the Silicon Valley ecosystem of innovators, entrepreneurs, and business professionals participating in emerging technologies.

Created SV Forum Tech Women Facebook Page

Created SV Forum Tech Women Facebook Page


As the Director of Marketing for SV Forum Tech Women, I knew we could extend our reach and interest with new and current members by using Facebook as our platform, but I wanted to do something more.

I wanted to show our ‘friends’ on our page what a fun, dynamic and diverse group of technical women we are in Silicon Valley while also showing a bit of our smart panel discussions.




I produced and edited this video (including photography) for the SV Forum Tech Women event, Women In Space featuring panelists Celeste Volz Ford, Founder/Chief Executive Officer Stellar Solutions, Darlene Lim, Geobiologist, NASA Ames Research Center, and Khaki Rodway, Director- Payload Sales & Operations, XCor. Irene Koehler, Almost Savvy was moderator.


We thank Apigee for being our gracious host this month.



The SV Forum Tech Women video was embedded in Facebook (not from the YouTube url). The result is better since there’s an auto playback feature and the preview image is present.


  • SV Forum Tech Women encourages women–and men who support the advancement of women!–in tech and engineering fields, helping to create an environment of empowerment in which women and girls can achieve results beyond their wildest expectations. Please feel free to contact me to learn more about Tech Women and SVForum and how you can join us!


VFMM Conference Project

Krill Systems, Krill Days Events

KrillSystems.com,  Krill Days Events

Krill Systems decided to host a conference focusing on our vendor partners and invite all our current customers as well as potential customers. I was responsible for scheduling, producing and editing video invites that were embedded in the above eNewsletter.

Why Choose Video Shorts?

Videos have tripled in the last year with the average CTR for mobile video is rising from 3.73 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 to 13.64 percent in the third quarter of 2013. And with more companies such as Vine and Instagram gaining millions of users and shares, brands account for 40% of the 1,000 most shared Instagram videos last month according to an Unruly report. The short form video has arrived and there are social platforms which love to share your event.



  • Event planner and event marketing including video interviews of all guest speakers.
  • Event coordinator role including budget planning,  conference room AV/food catering/guest check-ins/collateral of vendors.
  • Produced and edited the embedded videos (see below) for eNewsletter invites.
  • Pre-event, real-time social monitoring and post event follow up on all distribution platforms.
  • Monitoring channels.


  • Adobe suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks.
  • WordPress
  • Google Analytics
  • Premiere

Promotional interview with vendor videos here.

Day of Caring with Hepatitis Education Project

This year I proudly represented Krill Systems and participated with NPowerNW & the United Way of King County to offer Social Media Coaching; It was just one of the projects available during the combined September 16 “Day of Caring” event. I was one of 25 recruited social media “mavens” (cough, cough) to volunteer as coach for 25 non-profit organizations that need help taking their social media practices to the next level. It was great to team up with Maureen Oscadal, Program Director of Hepatitis Education Project of Seattle. Here’s a little video which we created while we shared the day!

The party music was thumping at the United Way’s After Party in Seattle.

Microsoft gave generous matching gifts and there were over 120 companies volunteering at different non-profits across Seattle. Volunteer activities ranged from setting up computer networks, painting, weeding, and assembling furniture. One guy I spoke with told me his job was to pour kitty litter in buckets of old used paint! He said it wasn’t so bad. The after party attendees entered drawings for terrific prizes such as free smartphones and a cruise from Holland America!

Everyone I spoke to at the after party was very happy to share the day with the greater community. There was synergy between all the  ‘happy shiny people’ around the room as everyone recounted their stories of the day (and drinking a brew or two while noshing on some treats).  It feels good to exchange and share new experiences. The simple act of caring for one another is so powerful. Let’s do this again next year!

Here’s the United Way of King County’s photostream

PAX Goes Prime Time!

My family and I are still beaming from our first PAX (Penny Arcade Expo), Seattle’s gaming convention featuring games for console, computer and table top games. For three action packed days reaching 70,000 attendees, it was the largest PAX ever and one of the biggest gaming cons in the world!

With attendees literally spent hours lining up trying to get into the Seattle Convention Center, then lining up again to play the newest beta launches of the biggest blockbuster games (while receiving plenty of terrific swag so you’ll remember to buy the game later!) it seems fairly obvious that the gaming industry is growing.

As you could imagine, as in any entertainment convention, there were plenty of cosplayers (fans dressed in amazing detailed costumes as their favorite game character); hardware vendors, so you can decide what components to put in your next gaming computer; multiple gaming tournaments and indie game developers to talk about their latest releases. It was an all out two-way geek-fest where fans get to share their giddy appreciation for the games as well as the game producers chatting up the end-users and learning what they think of their product. The passion from both attendees and exhibitors was electric.

I wondered after speaking with the Christopher Erhardt, director of AIE (Academy of Interactive Entertainment) could this huge gaming community be an anomaly since, after all, we do live in Seattle where there are at least 150 game companies? Perhaps, but lets look at the facts. The gaming industry is growing leaps and bounds, in fact, three quarters of all U.S. families play games and 72% of those play computer or video games according to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). Here are some surprising stats: Consumers spent $25.1 billion on video games and peripheries in 2010 and the average age of the most frequent game purchaser is 41 years old (Surprised?). 76% of all games sold in 2010 were rated “E” for Everyone, “T” for Teen, or “E10+” for Everyone 10+ (It’s family affair, just like ours, we’re the prime demographic!)

“Entertainment software is now one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. economy. And video games are driving technological and societal advancements that serve gamers and non-gamers alike. From education, to health, to business, the computer and video game industry is helping Americans lead healthier, happier and more productive lives.”


In my opinion, Firefall had the most impressive exhibit with plenty of big screens for visual stimuli and dry ice extending the experience of demo play. Firefall also has a pretty clever social media campaign featuring ‘Daily Missions’ involving pictures and videos to be taken in front of specific locations then uploading to your social networks (Twitter/Facebook). Don’t have a smartphone…meh, you’re out of luck! (I guess they figured their demographic as a heavy smartphone user and judging by the laggy to non-existent ATT 3G service at the convention center on the first day, they’re right!)

Ubisoft launched Assassin’s Creed Revelations, their fourth installment of the epic historical third-person action video game; The plot and the artwork of the game is striking as it takes place in Ottoman Constantinople in 1511 AD. The story integrates real historical figures and geographic locations with a Sci-fi twist.


Assassins Creed 2 Facebook fan photos


The PAX Prime ’11 fans were lining up to take photos on their ‘green screen’ booth so that you could see yourself with the Assassin’s Creed background. They gave me a card to visit their Facebook fan page. Several PAX Prime exhibitors required folks to register either on Facebook or Twitter before entering a drawing or participating in a game. I’ve never been to a conference like that before, but its smart, guaranteeing fans new updates while increasing their fan base and monitoring their engagement.

Despite all the “smoke and mirror” of these bigger funded top brand games, I’m drawn to the innovators, the developers of indie games. PAX Prime seems committed to exposing gamers to fresh ideas and in an effort to attract exposure for certain indie games, PAX allocated 10 free booth spaces . These indie game developers often don’t have the funds to promote their hard work but are fueled with passion and interest. They want to change the world with their storytelling and drive interest by creating a perfect game.

Matt Gilgenbach’s exhibitor persona, with his yellow miner hat, sticks out from the hungry indie game crowd. As co-founder of 24 Caret Games, he has developed an interesting story where the game must be played, in reverse, in order to save the space time continuum. His team has created a stunning and engaging visual game called “Retro/Grade” (soon to come out on Playstation 3). We are excited that there’s a game that involves musicality (to the extent that we can use our guitar controller!). Now with Activision’s Guitar Hero no longer being manufactured at least there’s something new I can do with our guitars besides gather dust!

PAX Prime 11 interview with multi-talented creator of Universe Sandbox, Dan Dixon, tells us how he started this project and what makes his video game so unique.

Universe Sandbox is an interactive space simulator for Windows based PCs. It’s a powerful gravity simulator and an open ended game where the user can manipulate stars, entire galaxies and change variables for to see vivid graphic animation. As a parent & former home-schooler, I think this is an great way for families to satisfy their curiosity about astronomy combining different “what if” scenarios. You can buy it here for $10.

Ryan Maclean, founder of DrinkBox Studios talks about their new followup game to About a Blob, entitled Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack during PAX Prime 2011. (Platform: PlayStation Vita) Check out their site: www.mutantblobsattack.com

The blob grows as he devours through each level! Younger kids will love it, and it just reminds me how a big bolus of food will track down an esophagus during digestion! (ok, so it’s not a biology game, but it can easily be conceived as one!). Nice job guys, great to meet you at PAX Prime! Here’s the trailer, its a lot of fun!

The G155 is what Gaems is calling a “Personal Gaming Environment”. It caught my eye because it’s a lot like a Pelican Case but specifically designed for portability for gaming consoles. As earlier mentioned, three quarters of U.S. households play some type of computer game and this demographic includes not only the mobile young adults ready to go off to college, but adults well into their careers who travel for business. Disposable income or a necessity for the gamer, who’s to say the value of the ‘Personal Gaming Environment’, all I know is that when we travel for any length of time, my teenage kid packs his Playstation in a floppy gym bag where equipment can get damaged.