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 2016:
Jacqueline Vega (Comerica Representative), Kathleen Howden, and Hanne Mintz accepting the Comerica Women's Business Award for March.
Kathleen is the President of Barinco International Corp. and has been for 17 years. While her tenure has been very successful and rewarding, it hasn’t been without challenges. At the time she took over as president, she had to balance her young children, an ailing family member and the business at the same time. The success of a company begins with a great leader and Kathleen’s positive influence on both her family and employees has led her to continued success as both a president and entrepreneur.
Hanne is the founder of Paragon Language Services which is ranked as one of the fasting growing private companies in the nation. Hanne adds an invaluable human element to her services as she recognizes the need to appreciate the different layers in each language and various cultural customs. Her success is due to their particular and detailed attention to these technicalities, showing how the power of human- level communication can bridge global communities together. Because of its naturally inclusive business model, Paragon is able to take on clients of different backgrounds as well as offer their clients with a sophisticated look into a global market.
Honorees for the Month of February 2016:
Jacqueline Vega (Comerica Representative), Britta Wilson, Hilary Lentini, and Carrie Cresante accepting the Comerica Women's Business Award for February.
Britta is the Vice President of Inclusion Strategies & Cultural Integrity at Expedia, Inc. By virtue of her diverse background, which includes HR, consulting and general management, she is often called upon to handle complex issues including organizational leadership development, acquisitions and large scale change initiatives. Before working at Expedia, Inc. Britta served as the Vice President of Human Resources at Paramount as well as ran the Human Capital Practice for Premier Management Alliance, LLC. Britta is an active member of the National Black MBA Association and she has held positions with The Goodwill of Orange County and Cornelia Connelly High School.
Hilary is the Principal + Creative Director of Lentini Design & Marketing, Inc. Her firm, Lentini Design & Marketing, Inc., operates as a virtual marketing department for non-profit, government agency, and public sector clients across the country. Her team has won over 107 national design awards and continues to impress. Along with serving as President of the board of NAWBO-LA (National Association of Women Business Owners, Los Angeles Chapter), Hilary is an active member of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, Hilary was named by Graphic Design USA as one of their top people to watch.
Carrie is the Associate General Counsel of Contemporary Services Corporation, a premier crowd management company in the United States. Carrie has successfully negotiated and drafted contracts for clients including major colleges and universities, NFL and NBA teams, and major concert venues. Outside of work, Carrie volunteers her time helping law students at her alma mater, Pepperdine University acting as a judge for moot court competitions.
Honorees for the Month of January 2016:
Jacqueline Vega (Comerica Representative), Kanisha Bennett and Kathy Willard accepting the Comerica Women's Business Award for January.
Kanisha is the Founder of Anointed Feet Dance School. In 1999 she began her journey and set out to accomplish one goal: to educate and minister through her liturgical dance style. Anointed Dance Feet is a Christian Based Dance School and Company committed to taking the arts back for Christ. ADF serves the diverse inner city community by providing a space for personal growth and development for young people. She is currently an associate faculty member at Cal State Dominguez Hills University, the Junior Varsity coach for the song team at Bishop Montgomery High School, while also directing the dance programs at all 3 Oakwood Academy Schools of Long Beach. Through her mission, Kanisha and Anointed Dance Feet Adult ministry travels and ministers at community outreach, church events and all those alike.
Kathy is the CFO at Live Nation and oversees the finances of the largest entertainment, ticketing and eCommerce company in the world. She has been instrumental in Live Nation’s evolution over the last decade, most notably during their acquisition of Ticketmaster in 2010. Kathy is also an active board member and Treasurer of the International House of Blues foundation which partners with their local communities to inspire and educate the youth about the role of music and culture in society. She is one of the top 50 female CFOs in the United States and is one of 48 female CFOs within all the Fortune 500 companies.
Honorees for the Month of December 2015:
Jacqueline Vega (Comerica Representative), Christina Mojarro, Rhonda Evans, and Lyndsay Harding accepting the Comerica Women's Business Award for December.
Christina is the Senior Manager of Treasury for CoreLogic, a leading provider of consumer, financial, and property information, analytics and services to business and government. In addition to her current role, Christina manages key treasury relationships among a bank group of over 20 relationships. Lastly, she assists the Treasurer in capital structure strategies, and hedging and other risk management decisions.
Rhonda is the Program Director for Miriam’s House - Promises Foundation and Alumni in which she serves as the liaison between residents and the outside world. Since overcoming her own battle and accepting a full time position, Rhonda has influenced over 187 women by sharing her story. Rhonda’s commitment to giving back is ultimately to provide a sober familial culture for clients that emphasize responsibility, continuous sobriety and personal growth.
Lyndsay is the Chief Financial Officer of Amblin Partners. As CFO, Lyndsay leads all financial activities of the company, develops Amblin Partners’ long-term business plan, and co-negotiates the deals necessary to implement it. Lyndsay also serves on the Board of Directors of Female Executives in Media and Entertainment and the Los Angeles Regional Advisory Board of Reading Partners, a non-profit focused on improving children’s literacy skills.