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Lisa Nicole Bell is an award-winning writer, producer, performer, and entrepreneur. Her stories and projects cross genres and include scripted and unscripted television, film, and digital.  Lisa is currently executive-producing an unscripted series with Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis. She is also the creator, producer, and host of Behind the Brilliance, a weekly podcast featuring laid back, smart conversations with an electric mix of artists and entrepreneurs. Lisa's work has been featured in outlets such as Forbes, Fast Company, Essence, and more.
The List: 25 Women Leading in the Los Angeles Community
Lisa Nicole Bell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Intersect Studios

Lisa Nicole Bell is an award-winning writer, producer, performer, and entrepreneur. Her stories and projects cross genres and include scripted and unscripted television, film, and digital. Lisa is currently executive-producing an unscripted series with Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis. She is also the creator, producer, and host of Behind the Brilliance, a weekly podcast featuring laid back, smart conversations with an electric mix of artists and entrepreneurs. Lisa's work has been featured in outlets such as Forbes, Fast Company, Essence, and more.

Claudia S. Bodan is vice president, market manager with Bank of America Business Banking. Ms. Bodan has been in the banking industry for 18 years. Her professional career has been dedicated to helping business owners grow their business to the next level by being tenacious in providing flexible and creative solutions to meet their business needs.  A native of Nicaragua, Ms. Bodan received her BS in finance from USC Marshall School of Business.   In addition to her service on the USC LAA Board of Directors, she is part of the USC LAA Gala committee.  She was awarded the access to capital banker of the year award in 2011 by the Department of Commerce and a recipient of the 2012 Dulcinea Award for her leadership endeavors throughout the Finance community.  She has served as President to the National Latina Business Women Association- Los Angeles chapter, California State President for DECA/ DEX a marketing organization designed to help college students develop their business communication skills, sat on numerous committees and boards such as, National Association Women Business Owners, Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Minority Business Opportunity Center, member of the Latino Deal Makers and many others.  She is an active member and volunteer of many community and business organizations throughout Los Angeles.
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Claudia S. Bodan, Senior Vice President, Market Manager, Bank of America

Claudia S. Bodan is vice president, market manager with Bank of America Business Banking. Ms. Bodan has been in the banking industry for 18 years. Her professional career has been dedicated to helping business owners grow their business to the next level by being tenacious in providing flexible and creative solutions to meet their business needs. A native of Nicaragua, Ms. Bodan received her BS in finance from USC Marshall School of Business. In addition to her service on the USC LAA Board of Directors, she is part of the USC LAA Gala committee. She was awarded the access to capital banker of the year award in 2011 by the Department of Commerce and a recipient of the 2012 Dulcinea Award for her leadership endeavors throughout the Finance community. She has served as President to the National Latina Business Women Association- Los Angeles chapter, California State President for DECA/ DEX a marketing organization designed to help college students develop their business communication skills, sat on numerous committees and boards such as, National Association Women Business Owners, Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Minority Business Opportunity Center, member of the Latino Deal Makers and many others. She is an active member and volunteer of many community and business organizations throughout Los Angeles.

Devi Brown has spent more than a decade hosting radio and television shows from coast-to-coast. Today, through radio, TV and podcasting, as well as workshops, speaking and her company, Karma Bliss, Devi is connecting hungry, young people with spiritualism that’s relevant and beneficial to their lives.
Devi most recently held the position of Music Director and #1 rated host for iHeartMedia’s, 93.7 The Beat, while also hosting entertainment segments for CBS television affiliate, KHOU11. Devi’s career has taken her to NYC, where she hosted MTV’s talk show, Hip Hop POV, and helped launch SiriusXM’s Sway in the Morning show, as co-host alongside hip hop and cultural legend, Sway Calloway. Before that, Devi was a host on the RadioOne station, 97.9 The Box, where her viral interview with Kanye West landed her on Good Morning America and The Today Show. Though her career has taken her across the country, Devi’s heart will always be in her hometown of Los Angeles, California where she started her career at 93.5 KDAY, rising in the ranks from enthusiastic intern to Music Director and On-air personality.
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Devi Brown, On-Air Talent, Author and Content Creator

Devi Brown has spent more than a decade hosting radio and television shows from coast-to-coast. Today, through radio, TV and podcasting, as well as workshops, speaking and her company, Karma Bliss, Devi is connecting hungry, young people with spiritualism that’s relevant and beneficial to their lives. Devi most recently held the position of Music Director and #1 rated host for iHeartMedia’s, 93.7 The Beat, while also hosting entertainment segments for CBS television affiliate, KHOU11. Devi’s career has taken her to NYC, where she hosted MTV’s talk show, Hip Hop POV, and helped launch SiriusXM’s Sway in the Morning show, as co-host alongside hip hop and cultural legend, Sway Calloway. Before that, Devi was a host on the RadioOne station, 97.9 The Box, where her viral interview with Kanye West landed her on Good Morning America and The Today Show. Though her career has taken her across the country, Devi’s heart will always be in her hometown of Los Angeles, California where she started her career at 93.5 KDAY, rising in the ranks from enthusiastic intern to Music Director and On-air personality.

Maggie Cervantes has been both a city official and a longtime grassroots activist in her native Los Angeles. While studying Chicano studies in college, she founded and served as president of the Loyola student chapter of Comision Feminil Mexicana Nacional (CFMN), an organization to empower and aid Hispanic women. She began her government career in the Human Resources Division of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and was a member of the Hispanic Consumer Advisory Board of the Southern California Gas Company. She remained active in the community, aiding voter registration drives; in 1990, was named president of CFMN. The same year she was named secretary of the board of Professional Hispanics in Energy. In 1992 Cervantes became executive director for the New Economics for Women, an organization dedicated to housing and economic issues facing Hispanic women, a position in which she still serves nearly 25 years later.
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Maggie Cervantes, Executive Director of New Economics for Women

Maggie Cervantes has been both a city official and a longtime grassroots activist in her native Los Angeles. While studying Chicano studies in college, she founded and served as president of the Loyola student chapter of Comision Feminil Mexicana Nacional (CFMN), an organization to empower and aid Hispanic women. She began her government career in the Human Resources Division of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and was a member of the Hispanic Consumer Advisory Board of the Southern California Gas Company. She remained active in the community, aiding voter registration drives; in 1990, was named president of CFMN. The same year she was named secretary of the board of Professional Hispanics in Energy. In 1992 Cervantes became executive director for the New Economics for Women, an organization dedicated to housing and economic issues facing Hispanic women, a position in which she still serves nearly 25 years later.

Dorene C. Dominguez is the Chairman of the Vanir Group of Companies. Ms. Dominguez succeeded her beloved late father, H. Frank Dominguez, overseeing 15 offices throughout the United States.Ms. Dominguez also created Vanir Financial Services, which owns Vanir Securities, and recently launched Vanir Energy, LLC, a green initiative specializing in solar thermal energy. Ms. Dominguez graduated Notre Dame University and holds a bachelor's degree in Business Finance. Most recently, she earned a Certificate for Corporate Governance from the Center for Business and Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and Stanford.
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Dorene Dominguz, Chairman and CEO of Vanir Group of Companies, Inc.

Dorene C. Dominguez is the Chairman of the Vanir Group of Companies. Ms. Dominguez succeeded her beloved late father, H. Frank Dominguez, overseeing 15 offices throughout the United States.Ms. Dominguez also created Vanir Financial Services, which owns Vanir Securities, and recently launched Vanir Energy, LLC, a green initiative specializing in solar thermal energy. Ms. Dominguez graduated Notre Dame University and holds a bachelor's degree in Business Finance. Most recently, she earned a Certificate for Corporate Governance from the Center for Business and Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and Stanford.

Belinda Frazier is the Manager for Walt Disney World’s Minority Business Development. Through this, she provides leadership for the development of partnerships to increase company value. During Belinda’s career with Walt Disney World, she has held various roles in marketing strategy including brand manager for the African American segment multicultural marketing where she launched Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and brand manager for Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Water parks where she worked on the launch strategy for New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom. Belinda obtained her Master of Business Administration degree from Clark Atlanta University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University. She is also a member of the board of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida, the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida, and the leadership board for the United Negro College Fund of Central and North Florida.
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Belinda Frazier, Director of Diversity Outreach, The Walt Disney Company

Belinda Frazier is the Manager for Walt Disney World’s Minority Business Development. Through this, she provides leadership for the development of partnerships to increase company value. During Belinda’s career with Walt Disney World, she has held various roles in marketing strategy including brand manager for the African American segment multicultural marketing where she launched Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and brand manager for Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Water parks where she worked on the launch strategy for New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom. Belinda obtained her Master of Business Administration degree from Clark Atlanta University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University. She is also a member of the board of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida, the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida, and the leadership board for the United Negro College Fund of Central and North Florida.

Virginia Gomez is president of Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council (SCMSDC), the largest nonprofit minority business advocacy organization in the region. As president, Gomez is responsible for leading council activities to strengthen its position as the premiere organization strengthening economic ties between large, public-, private- and foreign-owned corporations and minority men- and women-owned business enterprises. She previously served as SCMSDC vice president, where she assisted the council president in the organization’s day-to-day operations, including information technology, certification, and annual major events functions and supported council board committees. Prior to joining the council in 2001, she held several management positions at the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP), the nation’s largest municipally owned utility.
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Virginia Gomez, President & CEO, Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council

Virginia Gomez is president of Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council (SCMSDC), the largest nonprofit minority business advocacy organization in the region. As president, Gomez is responsible for leading council activities to strengthen its position as the premiere organization strengthening economic ties between large, public-, private- and foreign-owned corporations and minority men- and women-owned business enterprises. She previously served as SCMSDC vice president, where she assisted the council president in the organization’s day-to-day operations, including information technology, certification, and annual major events functions and supported council board committees. Prior to joining the council in 2001, she held several management positions at the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP), the nation’s largest municipally owned utility.

Sabrina K. Garba is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Glass Ladder Group (GLG). At the GLG, Sabrina leads over 2,000 global intercultural experts around the world in the development and execution of intercultural training and research that helps people from different cultures work together to increase organizational efficiency. She is known for her proven track record in designing and implementing holistic programs that reach organizational goals and objectives in public, non-profit and private sector organizations.
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Sabrina K. Garba, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Glass Ladder Group

Sabrina K. Garba is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Glass Ladder Group (GLG). At the GLG, Sabrina leads over 2,000 global intercultural experts around the world in the development and execution of intercultural training and research that helps people from different cultures work together to increase organizational efficiency. She is known for her proven track record in designing and implementing holistic programs that reach organizational goals and objectives in public, non-profit and private sector organizations.

Ambar Januel is the co-founder and creative director of Januel+Johnson. She is best known for her acclaimed artwork and activism. Ambar's experiences in global travel provided her with a unique perspective on life and subsequently in art, fashion, and design. She uses this unique mindset as well as her artistic skills to provide social support for education, children, immigrants, and women.
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Ambar Januel, Co-Founder, Januel+Johson

Ambar Januel is the co-founder and creative director of Januel+Johnson. She is best known for her acclaimed artwork and activism. Ambar's experiences in global travel provided her with a unique perspective on life and subsequently in art, fashion, and design. She uses this unique mindset as well as her artistic skills to provide social support for education, children, immigrants, and women.

Antoinette Hairston is the co-founder of Girls With Gifts, an organization that helps young girls prepare for careers in the arts and entertainment fields. Hairston graduated from Southwestern Academy, where she was involved in sports, area youth groups like Gamma Delta Xinos, and tap dancing with Creative Expressions Dance Studio. Still, when she left to attend Howard University in Washington D.C. and chase her dream of working in film, she felt that she wasn't as prepared as her peers.
Hairston teamed with friend Monique Hobbs in 2011 to found Girls With Gifts: she would be the visionary, and Hobbs would execute the plan. The idea was to develop a system of women who had struggled, or lived in an inner-city, before ascending in their respective careers. From there, the organization began to focus on providing mentorship and resources for girls as young as 11 years old, free of charge.
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Antoinette Hairston, Founder, Girls with Gifts

Antoinette Hairston is the co-founder of Girls With Gifts, an organization that helps young girls prepare for careers in the arts and entertainment fields. Hairston graduated from Southwestern Academy, where she was involved in sports, area youth groups like Gamma Delta Xinos, and tap dancing with Creative Expressions Dance Studio. Still, when she left to attend Howard University in Washington D.C. and chase her dream of working in film, she felt that she wasn't as prepared as her peers. Hairston teamed with friend Monique Hobbs in 2011 to found Girls With Gifts: she would be the visionary, and Hobbs would execute the plan. The idea was to develop a system of women who had struggled, or lived in an inner-city, before ascending in their respective careers. From there, the organization began to focus on providing mentorship and resources for girls as young as 11 years old, free of charge.

As Manager of Player Services for the Los Angeles Lakers, Desireé works to inspire the personal and professional development of players by providing comprehensive education programs and critical support services, to allow players to fully maximize their NBA career on and off the court. Prior to joining the Lakers, Ms. LeSassier served as the Manager of Marketing & Promotions for the Los Angeles Dodgers. In this capacity, Ms. LeSassier developed marketing initiatives and special events to align with the vision of the organizations Community based programs and Sponsorship initiatives. Ms. LeSassier received a BA in Business Management from Loyola Marymount University. She is a member of Women in Sports and Events (WISE) and the Greater African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAACC). She has received numerous awards and recognition honoring her work in the community. She currently resides in Inglewood, CA with her two sons.
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Desirée LeSassier, Manager, Player Relations at Los Angeles Lakers

As Manager of Player Services for the Los Angeles Lakers, Desireé works to inspire the personal and professional development of players by providing comprehensive education programs and critical support services, to allow players to fully maximize their NBA career on and off the court. Prior to joining the Lakers, Ms. LeSassier served as the Manager of Marketing & Promotions for the Los Angeles Dodgers. In this capacity, Ms. LeSassier developed marketing initiatives and special events to align with the vision of the organizations Community based programs and Sponsorship initiatives. Ms. LeSassier received a BA in Business Management from Loyola Marymount University. She is a member of Women in Sports and Events (WISE) and the Greater African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAACC). She has received numerous awards and recognition honoring her work in the community. She currently resides in Inglewood, CA with her two sons.

Tanya Kersey is probably best known as the Founder/Executive Director of the Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF), where she is responsible for the overall organization, management and administration of one of the leading black film festivals in the world. Tanya also created complementary platforms to showcase and develop filmmakers’ projects -- the Infotainment Conference, the HBFF Cinema Lounge, the HBFF Screening Series, the HBFF Film Finance & Distribution Summit, and the HBFF Storyteller Competition.

Named an Urban Hollywood Mover and Shaker by Daily Variety, Tanya also runs The Kersey Group (TKG) a successful film, media and business development consulting firm that works with individuals, businesses, organizations, universities and government agencies.  Tanya recently launched HollywoodCareerResources.com, which offers Hollywood career information and talent development resources.
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Tanya Kersey, Founder & Executive Director, Hollywood Black Film Fest

Tanya Kersey is probably best known as the Founder/Executive Director of the Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF), where she is responsible for the overall organization, management and administration of one of the leading black film festivals in the world. Tanya also created complementary platforms to showcase and develop filmmakers’ projects -- the Infotainment Conference, the HBFF Cinema Lounge, the HBFF Screening Series, the HBFF Film Finance & Distribution Summit, and the HBFF Storyteller Competition. Named an Urban Hollywood Mover and Shaker by Daily Variety, Tanya also runs The Kersey Group (TKG) a successful film, media and business development consulting firm that works with individuals, businesses, organizations, universities and government agencies. Tanya recently launched HollywoodCareerResources.com, which offers Hollywood career information and talent development resources.

Dr. Linda Lopez was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as the new Chief of the Office of Immigrant Affairs in September of 2013. In her role, she is responsible for providing overall strategic advice to Mayor Garcetti on his immigration policy agenda and creating innovative programs to integrate immigrants into the City’s social, economic, and political fabric. Dr. Linda Lopez was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as the new Chief of the Office of Immigrant Affairs in September of 2013. In her role, she is responsible for providing overall strategic advice to Mayor Garcetti on his immigration policy agenda and creating innovative programs to integrate immigrants into the City’s social, economic, and political fabric. Dr. Linda Lopez was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as the new Chief of the Office of Immigrant Affairs in September of 2013. In her role, she is responsible for providing overall strategic advice to Mayor Garcetti on his immigration policy agenda and creating innovative programs to integrate immigrants into the City’s social, economic, and political fabric. Under her leadership, she has led a citizenship campaign to advance the Mayor’s agenda to increase the number of naturalized citizens in Los Angeles, has created an infrastructure in LA to provide services for DACA eligible populations, a program for immigrants to access Health4All Kids, and a community engagement strategy for immigrants to access driver’s licenses. Prior to her appointment by Mayor Garcetti, Dr. Lopez was an Associate Dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives in USC Dornsife College and formerly a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation in Washington DC. She is an expert in public policy and received her Master’s Degree and PhD at USC in Political Science.
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Dr. Linda Lopez, Chief, Office of Immigrant Affairs, Mayor Eric Garcetti's Office at City of Los Angeles

Dr. Linda Lopez was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as the new Chief of the Office of Immigrant Affairs in September of 2013. In her role, she is responsible for providing overall strategic advice to Mayor Garcetti on his immigration policy agenda and creating innovative programs to integrate immigrants into the City’s social, economic, and political fabric. Dr. Linda Lopez was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as the new Chief of the Office of Immigrant Affairs in September of 2013. In her role, she is responsible for providing overall strategic advice to Mayor Garcetti on his immigration policy agenda and creating innovative programs to integrate immigrants into the City’s social, economic, and political fabric. Dr. Linda Lopez was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as the new Chief of the Office of Immigrant Affairs in September of 2013. In her role, she is responsible for providing overall strategic advice to Mayor Garcetti on his immigration policy agenda and creating innovative programs to integrate immigrants into the City’s social, economic, and political fabric. Under her leadership, she has led a citizenship campaign to advance the Mayor’s agenda to increase the number of naturalized citizens in Los Angeles, has created an infrastructure in LA to provide services for DACA eligible populations, a program for immigrants to access Health4All Kids, and a community engagement strategy for immigrants to access driver’s licenses. Prior to her appointment by Mayor Garcetti, Dr. Lopez was an Associate Dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives in USC Dornsife College and formerly a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation in Washington DC. She is an expert in public policy and received her Master’s Degree and PhD at USC in Political Science.

Jaymee Lomax considers herself very fortunate to have found her calling early: She’s an advocate for diverse businesses with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), a Fortune 500 energy services provider that recognizes supplier diversity is a core business strategy that brings value to the company, its customers and the communities it serves.

Lomax credits her passion for diversity to early mentorship from former Sempra Energy Director of Diverse Business Enterprises Shawn Farrar, who was instrumental in establishing a best-inclass diversity program for SDG&E and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), sister companies under Sempra Energy.

In her current role as a senior diverse business enterprises advisor for SDG&E, Lomax is an enthusiastic advocate for diverse suppliers. She continually seeks new suppliers for procurement opportunities, mentors existing suppliers and works closely with SDG&E’s supply management team, internal department clients and community-based organizations to identify suppliers who may provide niche services.
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Jaymee Lomax, Chairwoman of Board, WBEC West

Jaymee Lomax considers herself very fortunate to have found her calling early: She’s an advocate for diverse businesses with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), a Fortune 500 energy services provider that recognizes supplier diversity is a core business strategy that brings value to the company, its customers and the communities it serves. Lomax credits her passion for diversity to early mentorship from former Sempra Energy Director of Diverse Business Enterprises Shawn Farrar, who was instrumental in establishing a best-inclass diversity program for SDG&E and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), sister companies under Sempra Energy. In her current role as a senior diverse business enterprises advisor for SDG&E, Lomax is an enthusiastic advocate for diverse suppliers. She continually seeks new suppliers for procurement opportunities, mentors existing suppliers and works closely with SDG&E’s supply management team, internal department clients and community-based organizations to identify suppliers who may provide niche services.

Founder and CEO of CHNO Brands LLC, Meggan is an entrepreneur dedicated to making Black owned products the most sought after products in the world.
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Meggan Bishop Oirech, Founder and CEO, CHNO Brands LLC

Founder and CEO of CHNO Brands LLC, Meggan is an entrepreneur dedicated to making Black owned products the most sought after products in the world.

Desirée Patno is the CEO and President of the National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB) and Desirée Patno Enterprises, Inc. (DPE). With over 25 years in real estate and championing gender equality, she brings insider knowledge to NAWRB’s mission of advancing women and women-owned businesses in the housing ecosystem. Desirée resides on the Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Leadership Advisory Council and Enterprising Women Advisory Board.

In 2017, she was named the highest-ranking woman and 4th overall Top Real Estate Influencer to Follow by Entrepreneur.com and received the Connected Women of Influence Women’s Advocate of the Year award
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Desirée Patno, CEO and President, National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB)

Desirée Patno is the CEO and President of the National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB) and Desirée Patno Enterprises, Inc. (DPE). With over 25 years in real estate and championing gender equality, she brings insider knowledge to NAWRB’s mission of advancing women and women-owned businesses in the housing ecosystem. Desirée resides on the Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Leadership Advisory Council and Enterprising Women Advisory Board. In 2017, she was named the highest-ranking woman and 4th overall Top Real Estate Influencer to Follow by Entrepreneur.com and received the Connected Women of Influence Women’s Advocate of the Year award

Jan Perry has been the General Manager of the Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) since 2013 when Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed her to the position. Both Ms. Perry and the Mayor share a passion for job creation and neighborhood revitalization knowing both are key to building sustainable communities. Jan Perry earned her bachelor’s degree from the USC School of Journalism, cum laude, and her master’s degree from USC in public administration.
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Jan Perry, General Manager, Economic & Workforce Development Department, City of Los Angeles

Jan Perry has been the General Manager of the Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) since 2013 when Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed her to the position. Both Ms. Perry and the Mayor share a passion for job creation and neighborhood revitalization knowing both are key to building sustainable communities. Jan Perry earned her bachelor’s degree from the USC School of Journalism, cum laude, and her master’s degree from USC in public administration.

Livier Ramirez was recently named the Market Leader for Combined Worksite Solutions. In the role, she manages a team of highly-trained District Leaders and Sales Representatives in the Greater Los Angeles are a of Southern California. She previously served as the Vice President and then President of National Latina Business Women Association- Los Angeles Chapter.
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Livier Ramirez, President, National Latina Business Women Association

Livier Ramirez was recently named the Market Leader for Combined Worksite Solutions. In the role, she manages a team of highly-trained District Leaders and Sales Representatives in the Greater Los Angeles are a of Southern California. She previously served as the Vice President and then President of National Latina Business Women Association- Los Angeles Chapter.

Smith-Anoa'i joined CBS Entertainment as a Senior Publicist for primetime series in 2000. Since then she has been promoted to Director of Publicity, Entertainment Communications for primetime series, movies and specials. Most recently, Smith-Anoa'i was promoted to Vice President, Diversity & Communications. In this position, she is directly responsible for the development and execution of communications strategies for diversity initiatives and programs across the entire company. She also manages the internship and mentorship program for CBS' West Coast Communications office. 5-4/
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Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i, Executive Vice President, Entertainment Diversity, Inclusion & Communications at CBS Entertainment

Smith-Anoa'i joined CBS Entertainment as a Senior Publicist for primetime series in 2000. Since then she has been promoted to Director of Publicity, Entertainment Communications for primetime series, movies and specials. Most recently, Smith-Anoa'i was promoted to Vice President, Diversity & Communications. In this position, she is directly responsible for the development and execution of communications strategies for diversity initiatives and programs across the entire company. She also manages the internship and mentorship program for CBS' West Coast Communications office. 5-4/

Schenae Rourk is President of Resource Solutions of California, a business development firm, and Partner of Redwood Resources, an outreach and marketing firm. She also serves as a member of the BART Business Advisory Council and also as a working committee member of the Alameda County Procurement and Contracting Council. Ms. Rourk is active in the small business community and community at large. She is passionate about the development of the underserved. Seen as a connector, she leans towards collaborative partnerships as a key for success. As a representative of the small business community she seeks opportunities to assist in strategic growth development for firms in the $1m-$10m range.

In addition, Ms. Rourk will serve as the NAWBO representative for Metro's TBAC meetings to encourage and support initiatives for women owned businesses in contracting opportunities at Metro.

In her spare time, she supports organizations that assist underprivileged youth in gaining educational opportunities.
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Schenae Rourk, President, Redwood Resources

Schenae Rourk is President of Resource Solutions of California, a business development firm, and Partner of Redwood Resources, an outreach and marketing firm. She also serves as a member of the BART Business Advisory Council and also as a working committee member of the Alameda County Procurement and Contracting Council. Ms. Rourk is active in the small business community and community at large. She is passionate about the development of the underserved. Seen as a connector, she leans towards collaborative partnerships as a key for success. As a representative of the small business community she seeks opportunities to assist in strategic growth development for firms in the $1m-$10m range. In addition, Ms. Rourk will serve as the NAWBO representative for Metro's TBAC meetings to encourage and support initiatives for women owned businesses in contracting opportunities at Metro. In her spare time, she supports organizations that assist underprivileged youth in gaining educational opportunities.

Shivani Siroya is the CEO & Founder of Tala, a company that facilitates financial access to small businesses owners around the world by providing mobile financial tracking tools and direct flexible financing in order to help these businesses and their communities lift themselves out of poverty. She was selected as a TED Fellow in 2013. Siroya is a 2011 Echoing Green Fellow and 2011Unreasonable Institute Fellow. She is also a blogger for the Huffington Post and has written on Microfinance 2.0 as well as small business growth in the U.S. She is also on the board of ReWork and Young Women Social Entrepreneurs.
Siroya holds a M.P.H in Health Economics and International Policy from Columbia University and a B.A. in International Relations from Wesleyan University.
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Shivani Siroya, CEO, Tala

Shivani Siroya is the CEO & Founder of Tala, a company that facilitates financial access to small businesses owners around the world by providing mobile financial tracking tools and direct flexible financing in order to help these businesses and their communities lift themselves out of poverty. She was selected as a TED Fellow in 2013. Siroya is a 2011 Echoing Green Fellow and 2011Unreasonable Institute Fellow. She is also a blogger for the Huffington Post and has written on Microfinance 2.0 as well as small business growth in the U.S. She is also on the board of ReWork and Young Women Social Entrepreneurs. Siroya holds a M.P.H in Health Economics and International Policy from Columbia University and a B.A. in International Relations from Wesleyan University.

Chief Seabrooks began her career at SMPD as its first African-American woman patrol officer in 1982. When she became chief of the Inglewood Police Department in 2007, she made history again as California’s first African-American woman to serve as police chief for a municipality. Santa Monica was fortunate to welcome back Chief Seabrooks in 2012 when she returned to her roots and took the reins as chief of police.
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Jacqueline A. Seabrooks, Former Chief of Police, City of Santa Monica Police Department

Chief Seabrooks began her career at SMPD as its first African-American woman patrol officer in 1982. When she became chief of the Inglewood Police Department in 2007, she made history again as California’s first African-American woman to serve as police chief for a municipality. Santa Monica was fortunate to welcome back Chief Seabrooks in 2012 when she returned to her roots and took the reins as chief of police.

Parisa Tabriz manages Google's information security engineering team at Google, which is responsible for improving Google's product security. She leads a team of about 30 engineers to ensure Google Chrome's security. This team of "hired hackers" conducts security design and code reviews, builds and enhances Google technology to make secure development possible and easy, conducts security engineering training, and does vulnerability response. Parisa received her B.S. and M.S. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and was advised by Nikita Borisov. Tabriz was named by Forbes magazine as one of their "Top 30 People Under 30 Watch in the Technology Industry" and has been dubbed the "Security Princess" for her efforts to make the internet safer for users.
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Parisa Tabriz, Engineering Director, Google

Parisa Tabriz manages Google's information security engineering team at Google, which is responsible for improving Google's product security. She leads a team of about 30 engineers to ensure Google Chrome's security. This team of "hired hackers" conducts security design and code reviews, builds and enhances Google technology to make secure development possible and easy, conducts security engineering training, and does vulnerability response. Parisa received her B.S. and M.S. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and was advised by Nikita Borisov. Tabriz was named by Forbes magazine as one of their "Top 30 People Under 30 Watch in the Technology Industry" and has been dubbed the "Security Princess" for her efforts to make the internet safer for users.

Valerie Villarreal joined Snap Inc. as the Growth Manager in 2016. In this role, as well as positions at TicketMaster, Amazon and McKinley and Company, Valerie provides insight into marketing and growth strategies. At TicketMaster, she served as the Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategy.  There she specifically led growth strategy projects for iOs, Android, and mobile web e-commerce sales.
The List: 25 Women Leading in the Los Angeles Community
Valerie Villarreal, Growth Manager, Snap, Inc.

Valerie Villarreal joined Snap Inc. as the Growth Manager in 2016. In this role, as well as positions at TicketMaster, Amazon and McKinley and Company, Valerie provides insight into marketing and growth strategies. At TicketMaster, she served as the Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategy. There she specifically led growth strategy projects for iOs, Android, and mobile web e-commerce sales.

Nichol T. Whiteman currently serves as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. She was previously a recipient of the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) scholarship and went on to serve as the organization's Western Region Officer. In her role as Executive Director, Whiteman leads the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation's new focus on their three pillars of sports and recreation, education and literacy, and health and wellness. Upon earning the JRF scholarship, Whiteman entered Spelman College in Atlanta and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Management & Organization in May 1998.
The List: 25 Women Leading in the Los Angeles Community
Nichol T. Whiteman, Executive Director, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation

Nichol T. Whiteman currently serves as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. She was previously a recipient of the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) scholarship and went on to serve as the organization's Western Region Officer. In her role as Executive Director, Whiteman leads the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation's new focus on their three pillars of sports and recreation, education and literacy, and health and wellness. Upon earning the JRF scholarship, Whiteman entered Spelman College in Atlanta and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Management & Organization in May 1998.

Walker’s Legacy is proud to host its Annual Power25 Award hosted by WeWork, a global company that provides small businesses, startups, freelancers, large enterprises, and everyone in between with the workspace, community, and services they need to make a life.

Recipients of the Walker’s Legacy Power25 Award are women who thrive in an array of industries including technology, media, corporate business, and education. The award celebrates our recipients’ dedication to improving and innovating the Los Angeles, CA community

Learn more about our 2017 Los Angeles award recipients by viewing the gallery.The List: 25 Women Leading in the Los Angeles Community

Kesi Felton

Communications Intern

Kési Felton is a junior Journalism major from Atlanta, Georgia.She currently serves as the Content Director for Her Campus Howard and the Director of Communications for the Howard University Student Association. In addition to writing her own personal blog, she has written articles for The Hilltop, Walker's Legacy and Pretty Girls Sweat, LLC. Through digital storytelling, Kési hopes to amplify the voices and stories of underrepresented communities, beginning with Black women.

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