A curious kid, Emily Duran discovered early that you learn a lot more by listening than talking. So when the adults in her life got together for conversation, she was all ears.

"They would talk about everything — work, family, what was going on with their friends. I heard gossip, I heard recipes, I heard about their dreams. 'This one is dating that one' and on and on.

Jennifer Self is senior director of strategic communications and public information officer at CSUB.