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2021 Women’s Leadership Series & Awards: Letter From The Publisher

As we’ve navigated through societal, health and fiscal challenges over the last year and a half, I feel fortunate to have witnessed so many of our best local leaders here in the Los Angeles region – many of them women – stepping up, without fear, to help take their missions forward.
 I hope you’ll join us this year as we further extend our annual Women’s Leadership Series & Awards. This year we are celebrating the terrific women business leaders in the Los Angeles community for the entire month of June, with a three-part series of free events. Over the next four weeks, we will share updates and recaps about each of our must-see panel discussions alongside poignant guest articles from thought leaders… culminating with our big virtual awards ceremony at the end of the month. Don’t miss an issue!
With the goal of continuing to engage, inform, educate and inspire, this year’s panelists will cover topics of ongoing importance from leading through change and mentorship, to the road to entrepreneurship and navigating today’s work-life balance demands. Many thanks to our sponsors, who help to make this event series possible, and once again, congratulations to the honorees – Los Angeles based women who “lead by example,” successfully blending effective business vision with a passionate commitment to positively making a difference, both in the world of business and in the communities they serve.

Best Regards,
Josh Schimmels
Publisher & CEO

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Josh Schimmels
Josh Schimmels
Josh Schimmels is the Publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Business Journal (LABJ). Having previously served as an executive with the LABJ, he returned to the company in April of 2020. Schimmels was Associate Publisher and Vice President at the Business Journal from 2010 to 2015. He began his career in 1999 with a five-year turn at the Business Journal’s sister publication, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. Prior to returning to Los Angeles last year, he was with Phoenix-based AZ Big Media, where he served as publisher, contributing six years at the company in two different roles. AZ Big Media publishes nine magazines including Arizona Business magazine, AZRE and Ranking Arizona. It also hosts one of the state’s most-visited websites with an array of digital offerings. Schimmels spent nearly four years as business group publisher at D Magazine Partners in Dallas. There he oversaw a portfolio of publications that included D CEO magazine, D CEO Real Estate Annual, Dallas 500, D CEO Healthcare, along with its custom publishing division. During his tenure, D CEO magazine was named the country’s Best Regional Business Magazine three times by the Alliance of Area Business Publishers (AABP). Josh holds an MBA from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. He has an undergraduate degree in broadcasting from Arizona State’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He’s passionate about his work in the community. As a Stage IV blood cancer survivor, he works as a patient advocate to help cancer patients and families through volunteering, fundraising, leadership volunteer positions and public speaking on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). He has served on numerous community boards and committees including AABP, LLS, and the Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall. Josh has completed the Ironman triathlon twice and spends much of his free time in nature, where he enjoys adventures in the mountains.

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