Left Field Labs Chief Executive Sarah Mehler never imagined that she — or her newborn son — would sit for legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz, but that’s just what happened not long ago.
And she’s got the pictures, the ads in Vanity Fair and the billboards in Silicon Valley to prove it.
Mehler landed the plum opportunity through her connection with TriNet, an HR solutions company that worked with Culver City-based Left Field Labs.
TriNet’s People Matter campaign puts the spotlight on leaders of small and mid-size businesses. The TriNet brain trust thought Mehler would be a great addition to People Matter’s roster of talented, passionate innovators.
“I was really pregnant at the time they asked,” Mehler said. “The initial plan was to do it two days after my due date, but it just so happened we had to delay the shoot for two weeks. My son’s first time out of the house was to be photographed by Annie Leibovitz.”
The picture that came out of the shoot shows Mehler alone in a conference room, focused intently on her laptop while her son rests on her chest.
“It’s wonderful to be pictured integrating being a mom and a CEO and doing what I do,” Mehler said. “Women are doing it all because we have to do it all. It’s the modern era of how we have to parent.”
Of course, not all parents are fortunate enough to get the full Leibovitz treatment.
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Don Friese, who became a billionaire when he sold his C.R. Laurence glass industry supply company to Irish building products giant CRH for $1.3 billion in 2015, has a new focus. Friese is concentrating on charitable work through his Friese Foundation. He recently reported that the foundation has provided $1.2 million in grants to the Salvation Army, the USO, American Red Cross, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and others. “It is our hope that our philanthropy will inspire generosity in … others,” Friese said in a statement. Sounds like an open invitation for L.A.’s business leaders.
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