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November 22, 2021

How She Revels: Karin Hollerbach

I spend as much time as I can outdoors.

I also moonlight as a pilot (crewed and remotely piloted) and as a consultant.

Age: 55

Location: Oakland

What do you do for work? 

I founded a company in Germany, together with a global drone tech company. I’m responsible for our flight operations, integration of new tech into our offering, development of “concept of operations” and regulatory permissions. I also moonlight as a pilot (crewed and remotely piloted) and as a consultant.

What do you do for fun? 

I spend as much time as I can outdoors and love endurance activities preferably in remote locations. Before COVID, I used to take my mom on hiking trips around the world and hope to start doing that again next year. Volunteering in emergency services counts as fun because I get to spend more time flying or outdoors. At home, laughing while practicing aikido (yep, outdoors) with a group of friends.

What’s the most exciting thing that happened to you recently?

Gotta say, I’m excited my <12 nephew got his first COVID vaccine. 

Last great book you read?

Recently finished listening to Fierce Self-Compassion (Kristin Neff) – I loved her perspective on the balance needed of fierceness and compassion, warrior aka “mama bear” and nurturer, applied to ourselves as much as to those we care about.

Actual read – I really enjoyed Factfulness (Hans Rosling) – I love when my world-view gets turned upside down, and this book certainly encourages that.

Last Google search? 

This morning’s search was for a handheld laser rangefinder. 

Tell us something surprising about yourself?

I do not live in California for the weather! I miss cold weather. My heart is still in Alaska, where I spent a lot of growing up years. Plotting and scheming to see if I can’t spend part of the year living there, yes, in winter.

Best new discovery? 

Hoopla – I love libraries but my normal libraries’ collections of audio books in other languages are very limited (other than “learn a new language”). Wow, Hoopla has tons of them!

What are you excited to host or attend (or both!) on Revel? 

I’m excited about the new Revel Ninja group we just kicked off! “Martial” arts seem to turn off a lot of women but there’s a whole spectrum of reasons to start this practice, including those that have nothing to do with “martial” – e.g., along the lines of fierce self-compassion and mindfulness, which may be why I liked that book so much. 

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