January 7, 2011

Contact: Jane Pak



7 Top Achievers to be honored Friday,
March 4, 2011 at JW Marriott Los Angeles at LA LIVE!

(LOS ANGELES) January 7, 2011 - The Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-LA) and the NAWBO-LA Foundation, announces that this year’s highly anticipated 25th Annual NAWBO-LA Leadership and Legacy Awards Luncheon will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m Friday, March 4, 2011 at the JW Marriott at LA LIVE. Celebrating its silver anniversary, the annual NAWBO-LA Awards Luncheon gives tribute to top achievers and advocates in the women’s business community who have established a legacy of entrepreneurial excellence and contributed significantly to the advancement of women.

NAWBO-LA represents the largest women-owned business community in the country, and is committed to the success and growth of the the Greater Los Angeles Business community – a region where over 509,000 women-owned businesses reside. The women-owned business community is the fastest growing segment in the economy, with such small businesses creating two out of three new jobs.

Each year, the luncheon attracts more than 1,000 women business owners, community leaders, media, dignitaries and celebrities who gather to salute the achievements of the most influential leaders in the business community. The theme of this year’s luncheon is simple and powerful -- “GO”, reflecting the mentality with which women business owners are propelling themselves into success and confronting challenges with creativity and enthusiasm.

The Seven NAWBO-LA honorees for 2011 are:

Leadership Award: Trina Turk, Founder, Trina Turk;

Legacy Award: Lynne Doll (in memoriam), President, The Rogers Group;

Diversity Champion Award: Cecil House, Senior VP/Chief Procurement Officer, Southern California Edison;

Trailblazer Award: Ramona Cappello, Founder/CEO, Corazonas Foods, Inc.;

Rising Star Award: Wina So Tran, CEO, Solstice Medicine Company;

Innovators of the Year Award: Kim Etheredge & Wendi Levy, Co-Founders, Mixed Chicks LLC;

Advocate of the Year Award: Erlinda Stone, CEO & President, APR Consulting Inc.

“It is truly an honor and a privilege to serve my second year as event chair,” said Madelyn Alfano, NAWBO-LA event chair/president and President of Maria’s Italian Kitchen. “Each honoree represents a different industry, tells a different story and has had a different path to their success. Yet a common thread uniting this year’s honorees is the ‘GO’ mentality; that commitment to proceed, the courage and resilience necessary for putting the pedal to the metal. The power of execution.”


Representing more than 509,000 women-owned businesses in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana metropolitan area, employing more than 688,000 people, and generating more than $129 billion in annual revenues, women entrepreneurs have become an increasingly active and powerful force shaping the economic and political landscape of Southern California.

Founded in 1979, NAWBO-LA is one of the largest and fastest-growing chapters of the National Association of Women Business Owners, an organization that strives to empower and enable women entrepreneurs into economic, political and social spheres of leadership.

Founded in 2000, The NAWBO-LA Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax exempt charitable organization dedicated to promoting the entrepreneurship of women worldwide.

Together, NAWBO-LA and the Enterprise Institute work closely to ensure that women business owners are recognized as a public policy voice to be reckoned with, a formidable economic force, and effective agents for change in the dynamic business environment that is Southern California.

For more information about NAWBO-LA or the NAWBO-LA Foundation, please visit www.nawbola.org or call (213) 622-3200.

National Association of Women Business Owners, Los Angeles
811 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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