The Comerica Bank Women’s Business Awards Program recognizes women in leadership in Southern California, in tribute to their contributions. Winners were selected based on the following five categories:
- Woman of Entrepreneurship: Recognizing women business owners at companies of all sizes
- Woman of Business: Recognizing women executives (non-owner of the business)
- Woman of Philanthropy: Recognizing women who are changing our local community for the better
- Woman of Diversity: Recognizing women who are role models and breakthrough agents in our multicultural city, and who share their experience to guide our future leaders
- Woman of Promise: Recognizing women who are "rising stars" in their chosen field or industry
Honorees for the Month of March 2015:
Tinda Aldatz, Angella Nazarian, Heather Donley, and Leigh Hunnicutt accepting the Comerica Women's Business Award for March.
TINDA ALDATZ Woman of Entrepreneurship
Tina first made an impact on the business world as Founder of “Foot Petals”. The revolutionary line of designer insole cushions for high heels became a successful multi-million dollar company and was named one of the “500 Fastest Growing Companies in America” by INC. 500. Now, Tina is the CEO of Savvy Traveler, a lifestyle brand dedicated to the health and wellness of the on-the-go consumer. Her work has earned her recognition by the National Latina Business Women Association and Forbes Magazine.
ANGELLA NAZARIAN Woman of Diversity
Angella is the Co-Founder of Women A.R.E., a women’s leadership organization established to empower women through forums that inspire, engage and promote collaboration. Angella is also a lecturer and author, and her book “Pioneers of the Possible: Celebrating Visionary Women of the World” has received glowing reviews from Arianna Huffington and several others. Lastly, Angella is the Co-Founder of Looking Beyond, a charitable organization that promotes awareness, advancement and enrichment of children with disabilities.
HEATHER DONLEY Woman of Philanthropy
Heather is the Executive Director Assisted Home Heath & Hospice Foundation, an organization established to provide hospice education to members of the community and financial assistance to assisted hospice care patients. Along with the direct care they provide to the patient, they also offer spiritual support, social work and counseling.
LEIGH HUNNICUTT Woman of Promise
Leigh is the Director of Quality Assurance at Amgen, a company committed to developing innovative human therapeutics for patients suffering from serious illnesses. Since Leigh joined Amgen, the clinical manufacturing plant that creates the drug substances for clinical medicines was recently recognized as the most improved plant across Amgen’s global manufacturing network. As an advocate for the future of women in science and engineering, Leigh founded a memorial scholarship to encourage women to pursue technical degrees.
Honorees for the Month of February 2015:
Devon Blaine(middle) and Dimple Thakkar(right) accepting the Comerica Women's Business Award for February from Evangeline Cumming(left).
Devon Blaine Woman of Entrepreneurship
Devon Blaine is the Founder, President & CEO of The Blaine Group, Inc., a total communications agency founded in 1975. Under Devon’s guidance, The Blain Group was recently ranked as the 24th largest public relations firm and the 96th largest woman-owned business in Los Angeles. The agency has received multiple awards from the Public Relations Society of America, including first place in corporate on-going program, and Blaine herself was named Book Publicist of the Year at the Book Publicists of Southern California Annual Awards in 2012.
Dimple Thakkar Woman of Promise
Dimple Thakkar is the CEO & Impresario of Synhergy, a boutique social media agency based in Los Angeles. Under Thakkar’s leadership, Synhergy has garnered multiple awards and accolades, including Small Business of the Year by the US Chamber of Commerce in 2013 and a nomination for Top Social Media Agency by Mashable just one year after the company was launched. For her work, Thakkar received the prestigious Power 30 Under 30 award in 2012 and has been an Empact 100 Award nominee twice in the past three years.
Honorees for the Month of December 2014:
Stacy Phillips, Irma Resendez, and Laurel Mintz accepting the Comerica Women's Business Award for December.
Stacy Phillips Woman of Philanthropy
Stacy Phillips is the Founder and Managing Principal of Phillips Lerner, a family law firm. Stacy created the adopt-a-center program in 1999, furthering her commitment to families and children beyond the practice of law. Each year, the firm supports a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization that provides essential outreach to children and families through funding, planning and participating in events with the adopted organization.
Irma Resendez Woman of Diversity
Irma Resendez is a pioneer for the Latino, disabled and Multiple Sclerosis communities. She founded the grassroots non-profit organization, Familia Unida, in the early 1990’s after being diagnosed with MS. Familia Unidia was the first MS organization in the U.S. to outreach to the Spanish speaking community. Familia Unida currently provides programs and services to over 15,000 individuals and families living with MS every year.
Laurel Mintz Woman of Promise
Laurel Mintz is the CEO and Founder of Elevate My Brand, a vertical marketing agency dedicated to elevating food, beverage and consumer brands globally. Her company consults brands from ideation to execution, working with startups and multi-million dollar companies alike. With both a JD and MBA from Rutgers University, she has built a career that blends her personal passions with business acumen and legal expertise.
Honorees for the Month of November 2014:
Dina Kimmel (right) accepting the award from Evangeline Maynard, Comerica Bank (left).
DINA KIMMEL Woman of Entrepreneurship
Dina Kimmel is the Founder and CEO of We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym, a fun and motivational environment that assists children with their neurological development. What started as an in-home gym to help her son Gabriel, has since grown in five years to 22 locations nationwide. Besides empowering autistic children in her gyms, Dina also empowers women in business by encouraging them to become franchisees.