Los Angeles Business Journal Editor Scott Robson

Los Angeles Business Journal Editor Scott Robson

The Business Journal’s annual Women’s Awards event is always one of the highlights of the year on our calendar.

Whether in person or remote, as it has been the past two years, the opportunity to celebrate the women who bring so much to the community of business in Los Angeles is as rewarding as it is necessary.

This year’s crop of honorees included Wallis Annenberg, chairman, president and chief executive of the Annenberg Foundation, who was given the Women’s Leadership Legacy Award.

Among the other winners were In-n-Out Burger owner Lynsi Snyder-Ellingson, who was named CEO of the Year, and Audrey McLoghlin, founder and CEO of clothing brands Frank & Eileen and Grayson, who was chosen as Innovator of the Year.
The complete list of nominees and winners, as well as a recap of last week’s event, starts on page 29.

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Speaking of awards, allow us to blow our own horn for a minute. The Alliance of Area Business Publishers handed out its national business journalism awards last week, and the Business Journal took home some top honors.

We won a gold award as the most improved publication. We also landed a silver award for best ancillary publication for our Wealthiest Angelenos special issue (here’s a special shout-out to L.A.’s billionaires — we couldn’t have done it without you).

And Howard Fine, the longest tenured reporter at the Business Journal, earned a silver award for best body of work during the past year, including his top-notch coverage of businesses adapting to the pandemic and the social justice movement.

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The Eisner Foundation — created by former Walt Disney Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Michael Eisner and his wife, Jane — recently announced plans to award nearly $900,000 in grants to six organizations during the second quarter.

The philanthropy’s efforts include a $300,000, two-year program with Bet Tzedek’s Kinship Care Project to offer a range of free legal services, such as for older adults caring for their grandchildren.

There’s a two-year, $200,000 gift to L.A. Works to support the organization’s intergenerational engagement programming and increase the number of older volunteers.

The foundation also allocated $150,000 for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association’s Youth Orchestra LA program. YOLA provides instruction as well as rehearsal and performance opportunities with LA Phil musicians.

The Eisner Foundation provides about $7 million annually to nonprofits based in Los Angeles County.

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FazeClan Inc., one of the most progressive companies in the forward-thinking gaming space, broke new ground in an old-school way. The Hollywood-based company landed on the July cover of Sports Illustrated. Yes, that Sports Illustrated. It’s believed to be the first esports team featured on the magazine’s cover. There’s a story about the company on the inside that includes interviews with FazeClan Chief Executive Lee Trink and investor Jimmy Iovine.

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