Getting to know businesswoman and community activist Julie Weintraub with this week's 10 questions

Are you ever curious about the real lives of politicians, celebrities, local newsmakers and athletes? Who are their mentors and who would they really like to meet?

Each Tuesday, ABC Action News asks 10 questions of a Bay area leader or celebrity. They're fun questions that let you get to know the person.

This week we are thrilled to hear from prominent business woman and community activist, Julie Weintraub.

You may have seen her commercials for her business "The Gold and Diamond Source" she owns with her husband.

While she is very passionate about the business, she is equally passionate about the organization, "Hands Across the Bay."

Julie feels each and every one of us can make a difference. Her mission is to support programs, organizations and people in hopes of improving the quality of life in the home she loves--the Tampa Bay region.

The efforts through "Hands Across the Bay" include gestures as simple as paying someone's electric bill to hosting black tie events including a local "Dancing with the Stars" extravaganza.

Julie has also helped Audrey Mabry. A local woman burned by her husband. Taking Action against domestic violence is a cause to our hearts here at Action News.

And, it was through Julie's trying to make life easier for Mabrey, I  got to know Julie better I had seen her numerous times at community events-and she always looked beautiful.

After talking with her extensively, I saw she is just beautiful inside!

And speaking of beautiful, Julie and her husband frequently donate a beautiful piece of jewelry for various fundraiser.

To learn more about "Hands Across the Bay" You can head to


1. What is your all time favorite movie or song?  
Midnight in Paris :)

2. Do you have a Smartphone? If so, what's your favorite app?
Yes! I LOVE gadgets!! "Around me"  its really cool and shows you what restaurants, shops, gas stations are around where ever you are across the country!

3. Who do you count as your mentor(s)?
Dottie Berger McKinnon, Arthur Pepin, Susan B. Anthony, Mahatma Gandhi, and my mother and father. its a lot but all these people and the way they have lived or chosen to contribute to society has influenced me considerably...

4. What was your very first job?
At 15-years-old, to help my Mom with bills, I bused tables at Sunset Point Family Restaurant after school :)

5. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I would switch the odd ability I have to remember phone numbers and apply it to remembering people's names. I would be so happy if that gift was applied there! I'm constantly uneasy meeting hundreds of people a week trying to remember their names!

6. What do you consider your greatest success?
Overcoming failing grades and dropping out of school to raising a family, providing for them and being in my opinion a productive member of society:)

7. Tell us something about you most people don't know?
I was actually a tomboy growing up and rode dirt bikes! lol! Didn't wear a dress until I was 9!

8. If you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, who would they be?
Wow, Rosa Parks, Ellen DeGeneres, Martin Luther King.

9. What is in your fridge right now? A lot of things that can be eaten or cooked with out the risk of me burning them!

10. If you could have a different career, other then what you're doing now, what would it
I would work at Central Command at McDill Air Force Base in Foreign Relations. But, I LOVE my work here:)

If you would like to suggest someone for 10 questions you can e-mail me at or "like" me on Facebook. To do that just head to, find me under the favorites tab and click the "like" button.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Sarina Fazan
News Anchor/Multimedia Journalist

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