2021 Women’s Leadership Awards: FINALIST


CEO OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

Julee Brooks
CEO
Woodcraft Rangers

Julee Brooks is a real chief, endowed with a palpable charisma that’s fueled by a deep sense of function and unwavering integrity. Her dedication to creating constructive affect within the lives of these she serves infallibly guides her choices on the helm of the establishments she has served, which embrace the Zimmer Kids’s Museum, Los Angeles Ronald McDonald Home, and most just lately Woodcraft Rangers.
At every establishment she leads, Brooks builds organizational power by uplifting workers – inspiring them to deploy their finest selves for the very best good. This authenticity interprets to a deep sense of non-public accountability and organizational delight amongst workers, which presently numbers over 500 at Woodcraft Rangers. Now she is guiding Woodcraft Rangers by means of the method of faculty re-openings because the group greater than doubles its frontline workers with a purpose to meet the wants of faculty district companions and households for enrichment applications and supervision for as much as eight hours a day.

Christina Miller, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Psychological Well being America of Los Angeles

Since changing into president and CEO of Psychological Well being America of Los Angeles in 2017, Christina Miller, Ph.D. has led a strategic and cultural change course of that has resulted within the integration of company workers and providers, a 47% enhance in company funding, a five-fold enhance in non-public revenues, the event of critically wanted new capabilities, and an expanded attain and partnerships with the bigger group.
Even on this previous pandemic 12 months, MHALA thrived and grew in its skill to serve extra folks and expanded its applications and providers, largely on account of Dr. Miller’s management in reinventing MHALA’s service supply within the face of the unpredictable and unexpected challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. This previous 12 months, MHALA served 10,484 people with psychological well being wants, surpassing 2019 outcomes. Plus, Dr. Miller has created a extremely inclusive and collaborative tradition, which engages workers, helps them and motivates them to develop of their roles and tackle new challenges.

Anne Miskey
CEO
Union Station Homeless Providers

Anne Miskey is a nationally acknowledged skilled on strategic, modern, and efficient options to ending homelessness. She is a passionate proponent of essentially the most weak in society and of making long run, constructive change and efficient techniques that help these experiencing poverty, violence, racism and homelessness.
Miskey oversees Union Station Homelessness Providers, which has been serving the group for nearly 50 years. Because the lead company coordinating homeless providers within the San Gabriel Valley, the group serves a area with a mixed inhabitants of over 1.5 million throughout greater than 36 cities and communities. With a mission to assist people and households finish homelessness and rebuild their lives, Miskey has been on the helm of serving to greater than 4,100 folks discover shelter, housing and providers in addition to 887 folks transferring from homelessness to housing with a 97% retention charge.
 Renata Simril 
President & CEO; President
LA84 Basis; Play Fairness Fund

Renata Simril’s profession is outlined by her dedication to public service, her love of sports activities, and her expertise for management. Simril is the president and CEO of the LA84 Basis, a company that’s dedicated to closing the play fairness hole. As CEO, Simril oversees an endowment of $165 million, gives strategic route, and manages all operational elements of the inspiration.
Simril has a visionary plan for growing a brand new nationwide youth sports activities system. This mannequin will be sure that all children can take part in sports activities by prioritizing funding school-based and community-based applications. Simril has additionally achieved wonderful outcomes over the previous 5 years with the LA84 Basis. To this point, 3,900,900 children have participated in sports activities applications funded by LA84. This implies practically 4 million youngsters have reaped the advantages of enjoying sports activities, together with decrease BMIs and decrease stress, plus greater GPAs and better commencement charges.

EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

Tonja Boykin
Chief Working Officer
Weingart Middle Affiliation

Tonja Boykin is chief working officer of Weingart Middle Affiliation, a nonprofit homeless providers company serving Los Angeles since 1984. With over 30 years’ expertise in high-performing nonprofit administration, Boykin is a solutions-oriented chief that works tirelessly to help efforts to finish homelessness for 1000’s of Angelenos yearly.
In her profession, Boykin has contributed to the creation of over 180 inexpensive housing developments for youth, households, seniors, and particular wants people. Previous to becoming a member of Weingart Middle Affiliation, she served because the COO for Skid Row Housing Belief and the regional director of Philanthropy for Mercy Housing California. Since becoming a member of Weingart Middle Affiliation in 2016, Boykin has led efforts to scale and diversify the group’s community of applications and providers with a purpose to assist a few of Los Angeles’ most weak homeless people entry housing and stabilize their lives.

Ann Marie Mortimer
Managing Accomplice, Los Angeles; Co-Head, Business Litigation Apply
Hunton Andrews Kurth

As considered one of solely a handful of feminine managing companions in California, Ann Marie Mortimer has served as a member of her 1,000+ lawyer agency’s government committee, and co-heads its industrial litigation observe. Mortimer leverages her management roles to higher the authorized occupation and people round her. She makes it a precedence to mentor younger feminine attorneys and serves as a counselor to the agency’s new associates, taking them underneath her wing to assist them develop as attorneys.
Main purchasers in navigating the novel challenges posed by cybersecurity and privateness regulation, Mortimer speaks frequently on well timed points, preemptively guiding corporations to keep away from expensive monetary and reputational injury, together with California’s just lately enacted Shopper Privateness Act of 2018 (CCPA). On the innovative of sophistication motion litigation and information safety issues, she is advising corporations that having a compliance program in place is important, together with making ready for the inevitable onslaught of sophistication motion litigation.

Myra Nourmand
Principal and Luxurious Actual Property Agent
Nourmand & Associates

As one of many homeowners and principals of Nourmand & Associates, Myra Nourmand is an business chief and a key determine within the Los Angeles group. She started her tenure at Nourmand & Associates throughout a time during which males dominated the business. Regardless of this, she made a reputation for herself and is now fondly referred to as Los Angeles’ “First Girl of Actual Property.” With over 30 years of unequalled expertise, she has commanded over a billion {dollars} in gross sales.
As principal, Nourmand performs a key position in Nourmand & Associates’ progress, which began with a small variety of brokers in a single workplace in 1976 and now consists of over 175 brokers throughout three places of work in the important thing LA markets of Beverly Hills, Brentwood, and Hollywood. Her wide-ranging experience in promoting luxurious properties throughout the area’s most covetable neighborhoods make her one of many business’s most sought-after brokers.

Dayle M. Smith, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Enterprise Administration
Loyola Marymount College

Dayle M. Smith, Ph.D., the dean of the School of Enterprise Administration at Loyola Marymount College, holds her Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from the Annenberg Faculty on the College of Southern California. She was named to the worldwide collaborative of deans and administrators of the Globally Accountable Management Institute to have interaction in dialogue and joint initiatives centered on growing accountable management and enterprise observe worldwide.  
At LMU, Dr. Smith’s imaginative and prescient and mission are premised on “advancing information and growing enterprise leaders with ethical braveness and inventive confidence to be a power for good within the world group.”  Her new strategic plan prioritizes three key enterprise targets: embracing enterprise as a power for good; making certain an entrepreneurial and agile perspective; and, shaping world, transdisciplinary leaders. She has authored greater than 25 books in her self-discipline, and her analysis has centered totally on management, communication and organizational conduct.

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

Natasha Case
Co-Founder & CEO
Coolhaus

Natasha Case, co-founder and CEO of Coolhaus, is deeply dedicated to investing within the subsequent technology of various ladies to really feel empowered to be entrepreneurs or creators and utilizing Coolhaus ice cream as a platform for change.
Some particular examples of Case’s dedication to harnessing modern practices for constructive change embrace making a taste for Black Lady Ventures the place all proceeds will fund one of many group’s grants for a Black or Brown feminine founder; the “Enjoymint for All” SKU for Pleasure that raises funds for Okra Venture; the “Queens Espresso” SKU sourced from a women-owned farm in Africa; elevating funds for growing nation feminine entrepreneurs; mentoring and public talking with Lady Scouts of America; parterships with Ladies Inc to assist with STEM assets; partnership with Goldieblox, Teen Vogue, No Child Hungry; and plenty of extra.

Renee Fraser, Ph.D.
Founder & CEO
Fraser Communications

In all the pieces she does, Renee Fraser’s aspiration of “doing nicely by doing good” follows her carefully – and in modern methods. It’s uncommon for a PhD psychologist to run an advert company, however Fraser was satisfied that promoting communications may very well be a strong power for constructive behavioral change, so she began Fraser Communications in 1998. She brings a singular perspective to advertising and marketing by finding out neuroscience, tapping into deeper model values, discovering insights about shoppers’ needs and unconscious expectations, and thereby growing unusually artistic methods to have interaction and persuade shoppers.
One of many largest unbiased businesses and one of many quickest rising woman-owned corporations in LA, Fraser Communications is understood for good strategic considering, insightful branding, analysis, profitable social media, conventional media, and web site content material creation.

Jackie Keller
Founder, NutriFit LLC, SimpliHealth LLC, TxokoUSA
Board of Administrators, Basis of Ladies Presidents’ Group

Jackie Keller is the founding director of NutriFit, LLC and is a nationwide board-certified well being & wellness coach. She holds a bachelor of science diploma from the College of Southern California and acquired culinary coaching from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France. Her father handed away from a coronary heart assault when she was simply a teen. She has made it her mission to assist folks reside longer and more healthy lives. She has mentioned, “I’ve a private dedication to assist folks circumvent coronary heart illness and different persistent illnesses. It drives nearly all the pieces I do. It’s my ardour.”
NutriFit, Keller’s and her husband’s wholesome meal supply enterprise, started in 1987. It gives customized meal options that assist purchasers obtain optimum well being and well-being and reside longer and more healthy lives. NutriFit additionally gives full-service dietary help, biometric testing, wellness teaching, and health-related merchandise.

Deborah J. La Franchi
President & CEO
SDS Capital Group

Deborah La Franchi is the founder and CEO of SDS Capital Group, a nationwide chief in affect investing with over $1 billion in belongings underneath administration. Every affect fund on SDS’ platform employs a singular funding technique developed by SDS to generate constructive impacts for low-income communities, households and people.
La Franchi just lately launched SDS’ new Supportive Housing Fund, a primary of-its-kind non-public fairness fund financing everlasting supportive housing with a concentrate on the homeless inhabitants in Los Angeles. The Fund makes use of market-rate fairness and 0 taxpayer {dollars} to finance 100% of acquisition and development prices for homeless housing developments. These items value lower than half the standard homeless housing unit prices in California, creating a brand new paradigm for housing the homeless. The SDS Supportive Housing Fund will finance a minimal of 1,800 items of everlasting supportive housing in California.

EMERGING WOMAN-OWNED BUSINESS LEADER FINALIST 

Ahyoung Kim
CEO
ARQ Tex

5 years in the past, after some success as an government and entrepreneur in retail, Ahyoung Kim was recruited by an investor in China to launch a textile enterprise in Los Angeles.  The investor privately owned one of many largest garment dye-houses in China was searching for to variety his enterprise globally and vertically inside textiles.
Kim’s information within the manufacturing of clothes, her wealthy comprehension of attire retail, and finally her perseverance, grit, and integrity introduced a spark for the enterprise to develop. Being a Korean-American with out figuring out find out how to converse Mandarin, Kim would spend days ideating enterprise plans after which evenings presenting the enterprise plans by means of a translator. Working two shifts and two time zones, she earned belief and ARQ Tex was launched. She has since bridged two nations in textile importing with a start-up that has grown from zero income in 2018 to now greater than $15 million in gross sales.

Yanghee Paik
CEO & Co-Founder
Rael

Yanghee Paik is an immigrant who left Korea to come back to the US and located an organization in a difficult, aggressive area (female care) and out of a lower than horny VC market (Orange County) to turn into the main model and #1 finest vendor on Amazon, D2C, and wholesale retail channels each domestically and globally.
At present, Paik runs an all-female group that’s genuine to the model that they’re constructing. At Rael, her mission is to empower ladies with more healthy and more practical options for his or her wants round their hormonal cycle. To that finish, she and her group have been working diligently to ship on guarantees with product innovation, distinctive customer support, and philanthropic efforts. Plus, for her workers, she actively seems for alternatives for them to develop, develop their abilities, and have a transparent profession path on the firm.

Alix Peabody
Founder & CEO
Bev

Alix Peabody, founder and CEO of Bev, determined to create an organization that may focus on ladies (and males) having enjoyable collectively, that may tackle points in consuming tradition head-on, and that may – after all – be essentially the most consumer-friendly product available in the market.
Since Bev’s inception in 2017, Peabody has been working to alter the way in which people see the male-dominated alcohol business, making it an area that’s extra welcoming to ladies. By a web based platform, merchandise, and mission, Bev has created a group that promotes empowerment and togetherness and appeals to each the female and male client for its approachability and joyful perspective. Bev’s mission to “Do it Completely different, Do it Higher, Break the Glass” is embodied not solely in Peabody’s strategy to fostering higher consuming tradition, however in a groundbreaking digital agility and consumer-centric strategy.

Denise Pines
CEO, Founder
Tea Botanics, Wisepause

A longtime group well being advocate and media pioneer, Denise Pines is a trusted useful resource for ladies as they pursue midlife wellness. She’s the founding father of Tea Botanics and WisePause, a pro-ageing well being and training platform. Her challenge The FemAging Venture gives well being and tech business leaders and traders with analysis and training that helps drive world innovation centered on the well being and wellness wants of ladies ages 40+.
Pines can also be the co-founder of Ladies within the Room, an award-winning filmmaker producing 11 documentaries together with the award-winning movie “PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Ladies in Colleges.” Her subsequent documentary, “Anthony Face” will air on PBS Winter 2022. She can also be the instant previous president of the Medical Board of California and serves on the Martin Luther King Neighborhood Hospital Basis board.

CHAMPION OF WOMEN AWARD FINALIST 

Cyndie Chang
Managing Accomplice, Los Angeles
Duane Morris LLP

Cyndie Chang is a dynamic and inspirational chief in her regulation agency and the authorized business. She presently serves as a present commissioner on the ABA Fee on Ladies within the Career and as a board member of the Nationwide Affiliation of Ladies Legal professionals.  She is a previous president of the Nationwide Asian Pacific American Bar Affiliation, which serves because the nationwide voice of the APA authorized group.  
Chang can also be a member of Duane Morris LLP’s governing Companions Board and the agency’s Los Angeles managing companion, the youngest and first Asian American feminine to serve in that position and one of many few Asian American ladies that serve in higher regulation agency administration at AmLaw 100 companies. She acquired Duane Morris’ Ladies’s Influence Community for Success Award and the Margery Reed Skilled Excellence Award, for mentoring and advancing ladies within the authorized occupation in 2019.
 
Dianne Gubin and Beth Hilbing
Co-CEOs
C-Candy

Dianne Gubin and Beth Hilbing are co-CEOs of C-Candy, a premier nationwide networking affiliation for feminine executives throughout industries.  C-Candy fosters government stage relationships for enterprise growth, collaboration and expanded profession paths, in addition to expanded skilled networks of feminine colleagues in management positions to foster innovation.
Gubin and Hilbing created C-Candy to generate alternatives for trusted and confidential trade and enterprise / profession growth, in addition to to attach ladies to freely brainstorm and focus on challenges in enterprise. C-Candy facilitates the trade of concepts, methods, and ways for achievement. C-Candy produces reside and digital occasions, in addition to CEO and peer government roundtables. The group just lately launched a Ladies on Boards initiative for ladies to realize entry to company and authorities board positions.

Genie Harrison
President and Lead Trial Lawyer
Genie Harrison Regulation Agency, APC

Genie Harrison is a pacesetter amongst attorneys and a prime ladies’s rights and employment lawyer who handles among the many most high-profile intercourse abuse, intercourse harassment and equal pay instances every year and devotes lots of of hours yearly giving again to the authorized group.
Harrison represents ladies towards Harvey Weinstein as a core member of the plaintiffs’ lawyer group to realize a precedential settlement of $17 million on behalf of Weinstein’s victims, regardless of Weinstein’s monetary spoil. Harrison labored carefully with Pulitzer Prize successful New York Occasions journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of their explosive expos about Weinstein and The Weinstein Firm chapter proceedings. In one other instance of her many excessive profile instances, when the ladies workers of Riot Video games have been dissatisfied with the proposed settlement of their equal pay class motion, they selected Harrison to take over the case.  

Nina Marino
Accomplice
Kaplan Marino, PC

Nina Marino has championed ladies’s points for greater than twenty years. She has helped change the gender composition of the ABA’s instructional programming and spoken on the Los Angeles Enterprise Journal’s Ladies’s Summit and the Los Angeles Each day Journal’s Ladies Management within the Regulation sequence.
Marino is the founding father of the Legal Protection Regulation Part of the Ladies Legal professionals Affiliation of Los Angeles and of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Ladies’s White Collar Protection Affiliation. As well as, she serves on the board of administrators’ government committee of C5LA, a non-profit centered on making a path to school for underserved youth. A outstanding member of the prison protection bar, Marino was acknowledged for greater than 25 years {of professional} excellence because the recipient of the American Bar Affiliation’s 2017 Charles English Award, the very best nationwide award for work within the subject of prison justice.

MENTOR OF THE YEAR FINALIST 

Jesse-Justin Cuevas
Affiliate
Susman Godfrey LLP

Jesse-Justin Cuevas has emerged as a pacesetter at nationwide litigation trial boutique Susman Godfrey. Not solely due to her innate authorized abilities and litigation savvy but in addition for the numerous position she has performed as a mentor for thus many on the agency and for making a sustainable, impactful firmwide mentor program. Cuevas has served as an unimaginable mentor and information to various, younger attorneys and college students for years and has translated that right into a broader attain by means of her work on the agency and teams that advance within the pursuits of ladies within the occupation.  
Cuevas performed a central position in reinventing the agency’s present mentoring efforts into a brand new, formal mentoring program, bettering the affiliate expertise total whereas additionally making certain that new and various attorneys obtain the help wanted to thrive on the agency. To date, the brand new Mentoring Program has acquired overwhelmingly constructive suggestions.

Maja J. Mataric
Chan Quickly-Shiong Distinguished Professor of Laptop Science, Neuroscience and Pediatrics, Interim Vice President of Analysis, Founding Director, USC Robotics and Autonomous Programs Middle
College of Southern California

Dr. Maja Matarić is a stellar mentor and advocate who has mentored early college students at each stage of their careers and has and helped to position giant numbers of ladies and members of different underrepresented teams in graduate applications and college positions. Greater than 60% of Matarić’s former PhD college students are in tenure-track analysis positions at main universities, whereas the remainder are in high-level management roles in main robotics and computing corporations.  
Matarić has educated over 100 undergraduate researchers, and has one of many highest charges of ladies and underrepresented minority college students in her group throughout ranks, from undergraduate to PhD. Matarić additionally designed and oversees USC’s engineering Ok-12 STEM outreach program.

Heather Nielsen
Venture Supervisor, Concrete
Webcor

It’s protected to say that Heather Nielsen, who presently balances her time between Webcor’s basic contractor (Webcor Builders) and concrete (Webcor Concrete) divisions, has had a busy 12 months. As challenge supervisor of 960 W seventh Road in Los Angeles (Webcor Builders), she’s been managing challenge prices and proprietor relations whereas closing out 4 Seasons Non-public Residences Los Angeles (Webcor Concrete) and managing John Wayne Airport’s concrete scope (Webcor Concrete).
Regardless of a heavy workload, Nielsen frequently speaks to Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) scholar organizations about her huge business expertise in hopes of inspiring the following technology of younger structure/engineering/development leaders and disruptors. As a CPP Civil Engineering alumnus who has constructed an admirable profession within the development business, she’s discovered these alternatives to share her skilled experiences within the subject and to stipulate the plethora of choices out there to civil engineering majors extraordinarily rewarding.

COMMUNITY IMPACT ADVOCATE FINALIST

Christina Gagnier
Shareholder
Carlton Fields

Carlton Fields shareholder Christina Gagnier grew up in a family the place the significance of high quality training was entrance and heart. After working her method by means of faculty, Gagnier opened her first enterprise. From there, she went on to discovered her personal regulation agency – a tech-focused agency comprising principally ladies – and after exiting that agency, she nonetheless stays one of many few feminine companions in a male-dominated business.
Gagnier seeks to encourage ladies and ladies to pursue careers in technical fields and be sure that all younger ladies are empowered to make selections about their futures. Exterior her observe, she is an adjunct professor on the UC Irvine Faculty of Regulation and teaches the one privateness regulation class supplied there. She has additionally served as a coverage adviser, serving to draft laws and testifying earlier than the California State Senate on points referring to client privateness.
 
Teena Hostovich
Vice Chair
Lockton Insurance coverage Brokers, LLC

Since becoming a member of Lockton in 2001, Teena Hostovich has been a valued companion who has demonstrated sturdy management inside the firm in addition to in the neighborhood. She is vice chair, a member of the corporate’s Govt Committee and a number one producer who manages a big ebook of enterprise for Lockton. Her experience in advanced threat, greater training, regulation companies and different skilled providers spans greater than 30 years.
Hostovich has carved a path and has served as a constructive position mannequin for a lot of extra ladies who’re pushing ahead of their careers and climbing the ladder in the present day. She has been enthusiastic about mentoring ladies in management and presently is the manager sponsor for the Lockton Ladies’s Management Committee. As vice chair, she has superior ladies’s management initiatives and cultural progress in variety and inclusion for Lockton and is championing the corporate tradition and group affect by means of strategic philanthropy.

Lizbeth Nevarez
Managing Director and Nonprofit Tax Apply Chief
GHJ

Lizbeth Nevarez, CPA, is a devoted and dedicated volunteer and trailblazer within the Los Angeles nonprofit group. She can also be a champion of ladies within the office and a nonprofit enterprise chief.  She presently sits on a number of boards of organizations the place she gives her experience to assist propel their progress and act as a champion for his or her causes.
Nevarez can also be a thought chief and frequent visitor speaker on nonprofit tax points, board governance and extra. She can also be devoted to offering one-on-one mentorship time to people to assist them develop in their very own careers, particularly with regard to serving the nonprofit group and actively encourages mentee involvement in the neighborhood and promotes the advantages of giving again and volunteering. Because the Ladies’s Empowerment Initiative Committe co-chair, she focuses on serving to ladies obtain success by offering management coaching.

Angela Reddock-Wright
Employment Mediator & Arbitrator
Reddock Regulation / Judicate West

A working towards legal professional for practically 25 years, Angela Reddock-Wright is a number one employment mediator, arbitrator, office, and Title IX investigator.  After working as an employment litigator for the primary 15 years of her profession, ten years in the past, Reddock-Wright opened the Reddock Regulation Group and transitioned to being a full-time impartial.  
In the midst of her authorized profession, she has served because the lead investigator for a number of the most delicate and excessive profile investigations involving non-public, public, and non-profit sector employers.  This previous 12 months, she was the lead investigator in a number of excessive profile investigations within the gaming business and stemming from claims of race discrimination and different claims stemming from the demise of George Floyd and the improved engagement of the Black Lives Matter motion.  Her life’s work and mission are to assist employers and workers create nice, wholesome and thriving workplaces.

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