LA Women Entrepreneurship Day

LA Women’s Entrepreneurship Day 2019

Together, We Rise.

LA WED is produced by the Mayor’s Office of Community Business in partnership with WED | Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, with support from FOUND/LA, the Wurwand Foundation’s initiative to support local entrepreneurs, OneWest Bank, and Opportunity Fund.

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is a celebration of women in business, who lead the world towards economic equality and inspire us all.

The goal of the LA WED Celebration is to inspire, empower, and catalyze diverse, yet like-minded individuals, agencies, and organizations to help women-owned businesses realize their full potential in Los Angeles and throughout the world.

The LA Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Celebration will include remarks from successful and emerging local women entrepreneurs, a business development resource expo and networking opportunities with various influential public and private officials and representatives.

 

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(breakfast reception)

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LA WED Celebration Speakers:

(Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Economic Development.)

Women-owned businesses are an important part of the backbone of our economic strength. In the past six years, more than 270,000 new businesses have opened in L.A. — with nearly 40% of all businesses in our city-owned by women, and we can’t wait to see that number grow. – Mayor Eric Garcetti

 

Fanny Véliz Grande, Avenida Productions

She was inspired by the work other women are doing in their respective industries. She spoke about being a woman of color CEO and how it came out of her commitment to transforming Hollywood into a more inclusive and representative industry.

“Becoming the CEO of my own company has been the most challenging and rewarding experience of my career so far and the fact that we are lifting up underrepresented communities with the work we do makes the journey worth every single drop of sweat and all the tears. We shouldn’t wait for opportunities to show up, we have the power to create them ourselves.” – Fanny Véliz Grande

 

(Areva Martin & Mayor Eric Garcetti)

“Ladies, these female-led companies count for more than 40% of the revenue for Los Angeles country. We, all of us
a simple here today are collectively responsible for nearly one half of the revenue generated in the second biggest city in the nation and that’s something to celebrate”

As women, it’s in our DNA to want to be liked. This is great if you’re running for prom queen, but if you’re a boss, it’s about being respected! – Areva Martin

 

Katie Chin, Founder, Wok Star Inc., and Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Los Angeles Ambassador

Women-owned businesses are an important part of the backbone of LA’s economic strength. In the past six years, more than 270,000 new businesses have opened in L.A. — with nearly 40% of all businesses in our city-owned by women!! – Katie Chin

 

Sonja Rasula, Unique Markets

“The incredible diversity that was all around me formed who I am today, provided the perspective I needed to go out into the world. We are all unique, yet all the same. Anyone needs are to have someone say to them “you are special, you can do anything and be anyone.” YOU can be that person for someone. At any age, any stage of life. Work isn’t about just having a job, it’s about doing something you love and getting paid for it.”

She/her he/him they/them, YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO. Here’s to the city that raised me and inspires me, the City of Angels. – Sonja Rasula

 

Laura McHolm, NorthStar Moving Company

 

Lily Chehrazi Barrett, Together California

“Don’t let anything stop you. Especially, your own MIND. If you have a dream to start your own business or be your own #boss, there are resources here today that can help you make it happen. Together we rise.” – Lily Chehrazi Barrett

This was an inspiring day for women entrepreneurs! All of the speakers did a fabulous job…we are #inspired.

 

Mindset Panel

Hazel Ortega, Author of “From Bounced Checks to Private Jets, The Mastery of Miracles”

Moderator: Ruth Klein, Brand Strategist, and Productivity Coach
Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, Women on Boards 2020
Hazel Ortega, Author of “From Bounced Checks to Private Jets, The Mastery of Miracles”
Audrey Bellis, StartUp DTLA and #WorthyWomen
Dr. Yasmin Davidds, Negotiation Specialist, Author and Coach
Micaela Passeri, Emotional Intelligence Expert

 

Networking

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