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About Barbara Gough

     Ms. Gough has worked with various nonprofits over the past 5 years such as Phase2Careers both as a Board Member and as a career coach. She has been President of Palo Alto Toastmasters and previously worked in technology media with major accounts such as Apple, Intuit and Microsoft and was the principal of MediaThrive, LLC. an independent consulting firm for small businesses specializing in business strategy, sales, marketing and partnership development. 


Prior to launching MediaThrive, Ms. Gough was the founder of Global Media Representatives, Inc., a publishing sales firm that ultimately represented over 100 international technology publications and websites Her company helped many American/Canadian technology companies implement their first international branding campaigns. Under her management, sales increased from $0 to over $10 million. After a decade, in which the company was profitable every year, she sold the company to the publicly traded European publisher, VNU.


Prior to founding Global Media, Ms. Gough was the Associate Publisher of Personal Computing Magazine responsible for all sales staffing, onboarding, forecasting and technology advertising on the West Coast. She began her career as a staff writer after graduating with a B.A. in Journalism from Humboldt State University. Ms. Gough lives with her husband, has three kids and loves fettuccini alfredo and running!

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