Women’s Council & Awards (Pre-Event)

June 20, 2019

J.W. Marriott L.A. Live
900 W. Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015

The Women’s Council Awards is a half day event of inspiration, education and recognition. The top business women in Los Angeles will share their wisdom through a series of dynamic panels. The afternoon portion will be highlighted by a keynote speech followed by the luncheon awards program where we will be honoring outstanding achievements by women who make a difference throughout Los Angeles.

Keynote Speaker

Kelly Coffey
Chief Executive Officer
City National Bank


Suzanne Boda
SVP Los Angeles
American Airlines

Lili Bosse
City of Beverly Hills
Council Member

City of Beverly Hills

Dara Castle
Managing Partner

Martha V. Daniel
President and CEO
Information Management Resources, Inc.

Nilou Ghodsi

Trish Halamandaris
Director of the UCLA Anderson Venture Accelerato
UCLA Anderson School of Management

Alice Juarez
Region Bank President,
Consumer Banking

Wells Fargo

Monika Kozdrowiecka
Founder and CEO
Virgin Raw Foods

Chickie Leventhal
Founder and Owner
Chickie’s Bail Bonds

Stefanie J. Lipson
Greenberg Glusker LLP

Lise L. Luttgens
Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

Heather Cooper Ortner
President & CEO
Alzheimer’s Los Angeles

Stacy D. Phillips
Blank Rome LLP

Taryn Rose, MD
Taryn Rose International

Lois M. Shelton
Professor of Management
California State University, Northridge (CSUN)

Shannon Sullivan
Executive Director
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, California Southland Chapter

Dr. Betty Uribe
Executive Vice President
California Bank & Trust

Stephanie Wiggins
Chief Executive Officer

Kalika Yapp
Citrus Studios

For the list of Nominees:

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Inside This Supplement

Taking a Career to the Next Level
In the course of her 30-year career in financial services, Kelly Coffey has held a series of leadership positions in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, equity markets, investment banking and private banking. She has been named one of the top-15 most-powerful women bankers by American Banker. On Feb. 1 of this year, Coffey became the fourth CEO in City National Bank’s 65-year history… Read More

Until Death Do Us Part
At the altar, you make hopeful and sincere vows to love and cherish each other until death do you part. Your goals for your long and successful marriage include many milestones: opening your first joint savings account, buying your first home, having a child, getting a dog for your child, having another child… Read More

The Power of Giving
Have you ever been the recipient of an unconditional gift you weren’t expecting? Last week during a leadership conference, after my senior leadership team recognized their top performers, I told their employees what each of them have accomplished in addition to doing their job at the bank: Angela is running for Congress and sharing with the community how she has personally made an impact on the business community by adding value through her people… Read More

Attracting and Retaining Women in the Workplace
In a global economy with an increasingly diverse workforce, it’s imperative that employers create workplaces that suit the needs of diverse populations. Women are a big part of the equation. Women’s participation in the U.S. workforce has climbed from 32.7 percent in 1948 to 56.8 percent today, according to the U.S. Department of Labor… Read More

Women Entrepreneurship: Find Funding to Start, Run and Grow Your Business
It’s important to recognize the role of women-owned businesses in the nation’s economy. From tech to fashion to healthcare and manufacturing, there are 9.9 million women-owned firms spanning almost every industry, and representing a third of all small businesses in America. According to the latest U.S. Census data, women-owned firms increased more than 26 percent from 2007-2012, and had receipts of $1.4 trillion in 2012. And that number is only expected to grow… Read More

Women and Alzheimer’s Disease
Nearly 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease or another dementia. Despite common misconception, Alzheimer’s is not a natural part of aging. It is a progressive, fatal brain disease that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Alzheimer’s is the fourth leading cause of death in California and the number has increased by 169% since 2000… Read More

Empowering Women, Advancing Success
USC Marshall is at the forefront of efforts to prepare the next generation of women leaders in business. The school’s commitment to empowering women and advancing their success is seen in the holistic and broad strategies implemented across undergraduate, graduate and alumni stakeholder communities… Read More

Flexible Format and Action-Based Learning
With locations in Los Angeles and Ann Arbor and a flexible, once-a-month-for-21-months format, the Michigan Ross Executive MBA Program combines rigorous coursework, action-based learning, and an integrated Leadership Development Program that will prepare you to lead more effectively at the highest levels… Read More

Latest Data Shows that Women are Starting an Average of 1,821 New U.S. Businesses per Day
Women started an average of 1,821 new businesses per day in the U.S. between 2017 and 2018, according to analysis in the 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express. This level of new business formation by women is greater than the daily average during the pre-recession period from 2002 to 2007 (714), the recession and recovery period between 2007 and 2012 (1,143), and the post-recession period between 2012 and 2017 (952)…Read More

Share of Women Working in Construction Trades in 2018 is the Highest in 20 Years
Between 2017 and 2018, the number of women working in construction trades increased by 17.6 percent, rising to well over a quarter of a million women (276,000), according to a new analysis from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). This growth is nearly five times faster than job growth of 3.7 percent in construction occupations overall…Read More

WEConnect International to Team with UN Women to Promote Gender Equality
WEConnect International announced earlier this year that they will be partnering with UN Women to support the implementation of the flagship program Stimulating Equal Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs. The flagship aims to create both a demand for goods and services supplied by women-owned businesses by fostering gender-responsive public and private procurement… Read More

Survey Underscores Need to Address Unskilled Labor Force
Last month, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) announced results from its annual membership survey sponsored by Bizwomen. The survey provides transparency on the economic climate from the viewpoint of women business owners, who will continue to be a growing force in our nation’s economy for years to come…. Read More






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