2023 Inspirational Women Forum & Leadership Awards

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The third annual Inspirational Women’s Forum and Leadership Awards was held on November 7 at the Beverly Hilton. Here are all the honorees and finalists from the event, and check back to find our Inspirational Women’s magazine, out on January 7, 2024. You can find the E-edition live now.

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The 2023 L.A. Inspirational Women Forum and Leadership Awards

CEO/President, Small Company

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Amanda Bialek - President, Konnect Agency
Sabina Gault - Chief Executive Officer, Konnect Agency
Evie P. Jeang - Chief Executive Officer, Making Baby Connection
Vicky Schiff - Chief Executive Officer, Avrio Real Estate Credit
Mercy Tolentino Steenwyk - CEO & President, ForensisGroup Inc
Lorena Tomb - Chief Executive Officer, Urbanlime Real Estate

CEO / President, Midsize-Large Company

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Lilit Davtyan - Chief Executive Officer, Phonexa
Dorene Carmen Dominguez - Chairwoman & CEO, Vanir
Bonnie Lee - President & CEO, Hanmi Bank
Precious Velvet Mayes - Chief Executive Officer, Pacifica Hospital of the Valley
Kavitha Reddy Bhatia, MD, MMM, FAAP, FACHE - President and Chair, Prime Healthcare Foundation & Chief Medical Officer of Strategy, Prime Healthcare
Evin Shutt - Global Chief Executive Officer, 72andSunny

Company Executive, Small Company

LAIW Company Executive - Small Company

Kimberly R. Stepp - Principal, Stepp Commercial Group
Tiffany Boyle - President of Packaging & Sales, Ramo Law PC
MaryBeth Heydt - Partner, DTO Law
Lana Manganiello - Managing Director, Equinox Strategy Partners
Alice P. Neuhauser - Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer, Seismic Capital Company
Anny Tavit - Chief Recruiting Officer, Greenspoon Marder LLP

Company Executive, Midsize Company

LAIW Company Executive - Midsize Company

Pamela Brown - EVP, Finance, Skybound Entertainment
Jennifer Coyne - Director of Business Management for Sports and Entertainment, Adeptus Partners, LLC
Christine Deschaine - Senior Vice President, Kennedy Wilson Brokerage
Elizabeth A. Dryden - Partner, Ervin Cohen & Jessup
Michelle Gosom - Chief Compliance Officer, Aristotle
Bee Kamala Rarewala - Chief Strategy Officer, AC Martin

Company Executive, Large Company

LAIW Company Executive - Large Company

Lori Roth - Global Managing Partner, Prager Metis
Jazmin Gabriela Carpenter - Vice President, Investments, Wedbush Securities
Diane De Felice - Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Aza Ghazaryan - Tax Partner, Withum
Maria F. Hunter - SVP, Relationship Manager, Enterprise Bank & Trust
Karen Reffner - Partner, Assurance, RSM US LLP

Company Executive, Enterprise

LAIW Company Executive - Enterprise

Lorenza Munoz - Sr. Executive, Amazon MGM Studios
Christine Duque - Global Partner Customer Transformation - Data, AI & CX Delivery, IBM
Michele Havens - West Region President, Northern Trust
Michele M. Mulrooney - Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLp
Connie M. Orlando - Executive Vice President, BET Media Group
Cindy Schoelen - Partner, BPM LLP

City National Bank Presents Next Generation Award

LAIW CNB Next Generation Award

Nanxi Liu - Co-CEO, Blaze Technology, Inc.
Lauren Noel Antion - Co-Head of Beauty, Personal Care & Wellness, Intrepid Investment Bankers
Frances Ellington - Partner, GHJ
Dr. Dieuwertje Kast - Director of STEM Education Programs, USC Joint Educational Project
Pooja Nair - Partner, Ervin Cohen & Jessup
Bonnie Robertson - Manager, ESG, Dine Brands Global

Non-Profit Executive

LAIW Finalists Non-Profit Executive

Kathryn Schloessman - President & CEO, Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission
Veronica Arteaga - President & CEO, Exceptional Children’s Foundation
Ann Lee - Co-Founder & CEO, CORE
Mary Osako - Vice Chancellor, Strategic Communications, UCLA
Terra Russell-Slavin - Chief Impact Officer, Los Angeles LGBT Center
Dayle M. Smith - Dean, College of Business Administration, Loyola Marymount University

Entrepreneur and Founder

LAIW Entrepreneur and Founder

Anastasia Soare - Founder & CEO, Anastasia Beverly Hills
Monique Burrola - Chief Operating Officer, Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.
Diana Madison - Founder, Diana Madison Beauty
Lisa Helfend Meyer - Co-Founder & Senior Partner, Meyer, Olson, Lowy & Meyers LLP
Paulette Pantoja - CEO & Founder, Blu Digital Group
Melissa Scott - Founder, MODEFYwear

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