SOURCE: National Association of Women Business Owners - Los Angeles

National Association of Women Business Owners - Los Angeles

February 18, 2009 08:00 ET

Super Seven of LA's Most Influential Female Business Leaders Honored by the National Association of Women Business Owners - Los Angeles

Global Leaders, Environmental Pioneers, Cultural Activators Lauded March 13, 2009 at Beverly Hilton Hotel

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - February 18, 2009) - With Los Angeles being home to one of the most robust economies in the United States, the most influential chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners - LA (NAWBO-LA - will honor the global and national superstars whose businesses are based in Southern California at the Annual NAWBO-LA Leadership & Legacy Awards Luncheon on March 13, 2009. Presented by the Union Bank of California, the 23rd luncheon, to be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., lauds the area's top achievers who have created a legacy of entrepreneurial excellence.

This year's honorees include women who have changed the face of business internationally and throughout the U.S. They have:

--  Fostered entrepreneurialism in an industry made up of 92% women: the
    professional skin therapy profession. (Jane Wurwand, founder, Dermalogica,
--  Facilitated the first joint meeting of the leaders of the two largest
    shipping ports of Southern California (Los Angeles and Long Beach) to
    reduce air emissions from post operations by 50%. (Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D.,
    Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles)
--  Built a $900 million human capital service organization providing
    staffing solutions under the AppleOne banner, workforce solutions under the
    Agile-1 banner and a variety of business services to workers and clients in
    the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, India and the UK with plans to expand into
    Brazil and Germany before Q2, 2009. (Janice Bryant Howroyd, President &
    CEO, ACT-1 Group)
--  Inspired by an Indonesian immigrant father, became instrumental in
    leveraging TV and radio coverage of the legendary "Intel Inside" campaign.
    (Bonnie Nijst, President & CEO, Zeesman Communications, Inc.)
--  From the kitchens of her family's Mexican restaurants, became a
    humanitarian and best selling author for cultural cuisine and creates
    ethnic cuisine with all the traditional flavors sans the fat. (Chef LaLa,
    chef/author/humanitarian/TV personality)
--  After immigrating from Puerto Rico, built an in-home company to a
    24,000 square foot building and from 2 to 30 employees. One of the first
    people in the U.S. to purchase the entirely eco-friendly HP Expedio
    printer, she discovered that the machine cost more than all of her family's
    homes in Puerto Rico. (Carmen Rad, President, CR&A Custom, Inc.)
--  During the 9/11 economic downfall that gravely affected her airport
    retailing industry, she refused to fire any of her employees and bounced
    back to exceed annual gross sales beyond $30 million. (Bettye Dixon,
    President & CEO, Concourse Concessions, Inc.)

The awards include:

Woman Business       The Woman Business Owner of the       Jane Wurwand,
Owner of the Year    Year Award recognizes an exemplary    Founder,
                     woman entrepreneur who demonstrates   Dermalogica,
                     her leadership skills by example,     Inc.
                     is committed to entrepreneurial
                     excellence and has made a
                     significant impact in the business

Leadership Award     The Leadership Award recognizes an    Geraldine Knatz,
                     exemplary individual who has          Ph.D., Executive
                     distinguished herself by achieving    Director, Port
                     a level of success well beyond the    of Los Angeles
                     standards of her industry and the
                     business community

Legacy Award         The Legacy Award recognizes an        Janice Bryant
                     individual who has had a significant  Howard,
                     impact on the well-being of her       President & CEO,
                     community and who has had the         ACT-1 Group
                     foresight and generosity to
                     recognize that her success is best
                     savored when she "pays it forward."
                     This award honors a woman who
                     through her leadership and vision is
                     changing lives today, and at the
                     same time impacting generations to

Member of the Year   The Member of the Year award          Bonnie Nijst,
                     recognizes someone for her            President & CEO,
                     outstanding contributions,            Zeesman
                     leadership and achievements in        Communications,
                     service to the organization. Her      Inc.
                     dedication and active participation
                     make her the quintessential member

Inspiration Award    The Inspiration Award recognizes      Chef LaLa, JSB
                     someone who has made a tremendous     Management
                     impact on those around her and
                     serves as a true role model for
                     others to follow

Rising Star Award    The Rising Star is a woman            Carmen Rad,
                     entrepreneur who has established a    President, CR&A
                     critical milestone in her business    Custom, Inc.
                     and has displayed high potential for
                     enduring entrepreneurial success

Hall of Fame         Each year, NAWBO-LA inducts into our  Bettye Dixon,
Inductee             Hall of Fame women who represent the  President & CEO,
                     quintessential entrepreneur who       Concourse
                     strives for excellence in everything  Concessions,
                     that she does and has given back      Inc.
                     extensively to her community

The 23rd Annual NAWBO-LA Leadership & Legacy Awards Luncheon is sponsored by Union Bank of California, DeDominic & Associates, Southern California Edison, Zeesman Communications, AEG, Dermalogica, Sempra Energy and Toyota.

NAWBO-LA ( is the most recognized and influential chapter of the nation's largest women's business association, The National Association of Women Business Owners. The Annual NAWBO-LA Leadership & Legacy Awards Luncheon publicly acknowledges the female superstars of the Los Angeles business community and endeavors to inspire the younger generation of entrepreneurs to exceed beyond their dreams.

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