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 2017:
Kaitlin Skopec (Comerica Representative) Ana Tagvoryan, Nikki Barua, Diane Reichenberger, Johnese Spisso, Roxanne Mendez and Crystalyn Evens (accepting on behalf of Malissia Clinton) accepting the Comerica Bank Woman’s Business Award for March 2017.
In the category of Woman of Promise is Ana Tagvoryan. As chair of the Privacy Class Action Group, Ana concentrates her national commercial and corporate litigation practice on consumer class action defense, with an emphasis on consumer fraud, cybersecurity and data privacy, marketing, and compliance issues. Ana also founded LA’s Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association, which focuses on the distinct issues women face while toggling the dual role of mother and attorney.
In the category of Woman of Entrepreneurship is Nikki Barua. Nikki is the Founder and CEO of BeyondCurious with a single mission of unlocking the limitless potential in people and organizations. Having gone from participant in the Google Accelerate Pilot Program to being a featured case study in Google’s corporate marketing efforts, her company has taken tremendous strides since 2011 under her governance.
In the category of Women of Business is Diane Reichenberger. Diane has held numerous positions including CEO of LA Gear, CEO of Dualstar Entertainment Group, COO of Rock & Republic, Co-founder of Giiv Inc., and is currently the VP of Consumer Products Global Strategy for Mattel. Diane’s mentorship, leadership, and unwavering dedication towards advancement and achievement are true highlights of how she lives her life.
In the category of Women of Business is Johnese Spisso. Johnese is President of UCLA Health, CEO of UCLA Hospital System and Associate Vice Chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences. As a nationally recognized academic healthcare leader, she has over 30 years of experience in the field. Johnese was the visionary behind the long-term partnership with the Lakers and saw the opportunity that it brings for continuing UCLA Health’s community engagement mission in health and fitness for a diverse population.
In the category of Woman of Philanthropy is Roxanne Mendez. Roxanne is the Executive Director of the Riordan Programs at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. The Riordan programs have focused its efforts on empowering, motivating, and inspiring underrepresented students to consider higher education and careers in management. She is also the cofounder of Teens Exploring Technology, which hopes to seek the end of the school to prison pipeline.
In the category of Woman of Diversity is Malissia Clinton. Malissia is currently the Senior Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel for Aerospace Corp. and serves on the Board of Directors of the Constitutional Rights Foundations. Despite a hate attack on her household in 2015, her family has remained strong and continues to be a beacon of light for the community. Malissia’s strong will and courage to push through adverse times is admired by her surrounding community.
Honorees for the Month of February 2017:
Kaitlin Skopec (Comerica Bank Representative) along with Rebecca George, Cheryl Chang, Chieko Woods (accepting the award on Jana Monroe’s behalf) and Krystal Duhaney accepting the Comerica Bank Woman’s Business Award for February 2017
In the category of Woman of Philanthropy, which recognizes women who are changing our local community for the better, we honor Rebecca George. Rebecca is the founder of her own Executive Recruiting Firm that specializes in recruiting for non-profits and schools. Rebecca also co-founded Hope in a Suitcase, which provides children entering foster care with a personalized suitcase, basic essentials and comfort items to help make their transition easier. She in an advocate for spreading awareness of the challenges facing children in foster care.
In the category Woman of Promise, which recognizes women who are rising stars in their chosen field or industry, we honor Cheryl Chang. As partner at Blank Rome LLP, Cheryl focuses her efforts on excellent customer service and leading by example. She has played a leading role in defending various clients against consumer protection claims across a variety of industries. What sets Cheryl apart from her colleagues is her ability to see legal issues and business decisions from her clients point of view. She is committed to encouraging the growth of diverse female attorneys.
In the category of Woman of Business, which recognizes women executives (non-owner of the business), we honor Jana Monroe. Jana has worked as a criminal profiler for the FBI, started KMPG’s forensic investigation practice in Phoenix as a Senior Director, as Chief Security Officer for Southern California Edison and currently as Vice President of Herbalife’s Global Security. In the community, she is on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of greater Los Angeles, Pasadena Rotary Club, Police Officer’s Association of Los Angeles County and the Organization of Woman Executives.
In the category of Woman of Entrepreneurship, which recognizes women business owners at companies of all sizes, we honor Krystal Duhaney. As a proud mother of two and charge nurse for Kaiser Permanente, Krystal decided her passion was to help others. She is the owner of Milky Mama LLC, a company that provides treats that are designed to increase both breast milk supply and fat content. Milky Mama has received more than 1000 positive review as well as several awards from several parenting organizations.
Honorees for the Month of January 2017:
Vangie Cumming (Comerica Bank Representative) along with Natalie Hampton, Rebecca Lobl, Rochelle Maize and Stacy Dylan accepting the Comerica Bank Woman’s Business Award for January 2017.
In the category Woman of Promise, which recognizes women who are rising stars in their chosen field or industry, is sixteen year old Natalie Hampton. Natalie is the founder of the Sit With Us app that was developed to assure no middle or high school student eats lunch alone. After being bullied in middle school, Natalie became inspired to make a difference in the lives of her peers. She states, “I believe that real change start with us – the students.” In addition, Natalie gives back to the community through volunteer work with United in Harmony and Children’s institute international.
In the category of Woman of Entrepreneurship, which recognizes women business owners at companies of all sizes, we honor Rebecca Lobl. Rebecca is the founder and President of eLitigation Services Inc., which provides administrative support and electronic document management services for lawyers. Previously working as a Federal District Court Clerk and an Intellectual Property Litigator, Rebecca focuses her second career on creating outstanding client and customer service. eLitigation has now expanded from Los Angeles to San Francisco and the direct result of creativity and risk taking.
In the category of Woman of Business, which recognizes women executives (non-owner of the business), we honor Rochelle Maize. Rochelle is the Executive Director of the Luxury Estates division at Nourmand & Associates in Beverly Hills. Recognized by the Wall Street Journal for the second year in a row as one of the top brokers in the country, Rochelle enjoys making her clients’ real estate dreams come true. Rochelle is also a very active member in the local community as she and her daughter created a group called the Green Youth Movement, designed to drive environmental awareness into elementary schools.
In the category of Woman of Philanthropy, which recognizes women who are changing our local community for the better, we honor Stacy Dylan. Stacy co-founded Connecting to Cure Crohn’s & Colitis, a nonprofit that focuses on building a supportive community and raising funds for research. Motivated by her son Lowell, who was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, Stacy’s fundraisers have challenged the status quo with rock concerts headlined by Jacob Dylan. Stacy’s efforts have benefitted top hospitals and foundations which will continue to grow comminutes in support for those with chronic illnesses.
Honorees for the Month of December 2016:
Rachel Rabizadeh (Comerica Bank Representative) along with Ashley Walsh Kvamme, Marsha Austen and Lisa Stockmon accepting the Comerica Bank Woman’s Business Award for December 2016.
ASHLEY WALSH KVAMME
In the category of Woman of Entrepreneurship, which recognizes women business owners at companies of all sizes, we honor Ashley Walsh Kvamme. Ashley, along with her father are the team behind Kimo Sabe Mezcal. Spanning many years in the agriculture business with a history of working with the people of Mexico, she has worked tirelessly to cultivate a reputation for making the best tasting products. Ashley aims to deliver and delivering the best-tasting Agave drink to her customers, as well as creating systematic global change. Ashley’s mission just isn’t about making money or a great product, it is really about showing the world what one person is capable of.
In the category of Woman of Philanthropy, which recognizes women who are changing our local community for the better, is Marsha Austen. Marsha is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Hope in a Suitcase, HIAS, which is a volunteer-driven nonprofit group benefiting foster children. She believers children, as well as adults, benefit enormously when they are empowered to help others through their own kindness and generosity. She has seen how simple gestures can lift a child’s spirts during vulnerable times and believes that every child deserves belongings to call their own, as a reminder that someone cares. Marsha works to empower this spirit through her daily commitment to HIAS.
In the category of Woman of Business, which recognizes women executives (non-owner of the business), is Lisa Stockmon. Lisa is the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at City of Hope. She is responsible for the overall strategic leadership of the hospital’s marketing and communication initiatives. Lisa joined City of Hope in October 2014 with the goal of elevating City of Hope’s distinguished cancer treatment center’s national and international awareness. She is a proven leader, skilled at driving cross functional teams that generate revenue and engage key stakeholders. Through collaborative leadership, Lisa has initiated aggressive marketing expansion with insightful brand integration and digital marketing.
Honorees for the Month of November 2016:
Jacqueline Vega (Comerica Bank Representative) along with Rebecca Stewart and Dr. Sheila Nazarian accepting the Comerica Bank Woman’s Business Award for November 2016.
In the Category of Woman of Entrepreneurship, which recognizes women business owners at companies of all sizes, we honor Rebecca Stewart. Rebecca is the owner and founder of VIP Nannies, the go-to company for high net worth families and celebrities looking for nannies and household staff. Celebrating her 10th successful year as a company, Rebecca remains committed to her goal of making families’ lives easier by treating every client as if they were her only client and by showing respect and appreciation for their commitment to her company. We thank Rebecca for her contributions to society and hope that she enjoys another successful 10 years!
DR. SHEILA NAZARIAN
In the category of Woman of Promise, which recognizes women who are rising stars in their chosen field or industry. We honor Dr. Sheila Nazarian. Dr. Nazarian, who received her BA from Columbia University and her Masters in Medical Management from USC, has approached any work related relationship by putting the needs of her patients first. Among many other career successes, she has created an organic skin care line to help pregnant women as she believes that being a physician is an honor and a privilege. She devotes her spare time to speaking about the latest advancements in plastic surgery and being a role model to young women telling them they can accomplish anything they set their minds too. We thank Dr. Nazarian for her work ethic and dedication to helping people.