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Comerica Bank Best of LA Women's Business Awards Program 2018-19

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

Click here for the nomination form


Honorees for the Month of December 2018:

Rachel Rabizadeh (Comerica Representative), Caroline Weilert, Patti Regan Nelson, Grace Kim, Nicole Hancock Husband accepting the Comerica Bank Women’s Business Awards for December 2018.

Rachel Rabizadeh (Comerica Representative), Caroline Weilert, Patti Regan Nelson, Grace Kim, Nicole Hancock Husband accepting the Comerica Bank Women’s Business Awards for December 2018.

CAROLINE WEILERT
In the category of woman of business is Caroline Weilert. As Vice President of Marketing and Brand Management at Bright Landscapes, Caroline's commitment to developing others led her to found Brightview's first employee resource group, growth in relationships and opportunity for women. This group has had a meaningful impact on numerous women across the organization. Caroline's impact on the success of others embraces what it means to be a woman of business.

PATTI REGAN NELSON
In the category of woman of entrepreneurship is Patti Regan Nelson. Leader of the Regan Group, and CEO of TRG Fulfillment, Patti manages direct client realtionships while also positioning TRG as a partner for other marketing agencies. Under Patti's leadership, the Regan Group is now one of the top 50 promotions agencies in North America and has won multiple awards for its innovative campaigns. Patti's ability to manage these top-level businesses while also focusing on company culture and team building proves a true woman of entrepreneurship.

GRACE KIM
In the category of philanthropy is Grace Kim. After a tragic accident in 2015, Grace and her husband created the Dragon Kim Foundation in honor of their son, Dragon, who had a vision to impact his community through an instumental music program for underprivileged students. The Foundation also runs a Fellowship Program that provides leadership training and grants of up to $5,000 to inspire high schoolers to create social change. The organization has accomplished a tremendous amount in 3 years thanks to the commitment Grace has put towards creating meaningful opportunities for hundreds of people in Southern California.

NICOLE HANCOCK HUSBAND
In the category of woman of diversity is Nicole Hancock Husband. Nicole currently serves as the Vice President of Human Resources at Warner Bros. Television. Nicole has demonstrated leadership through election to many positions on the board of directors of the Black Woman Lawyer Association of Los Angeles, including president. In 2015, she received the Diversity MBA Top 100 Under 50 Executive Leader. Nicole deserves the Woman of Diversity honor through her work of inspiring others in the legal profession to reach career goals while maintaining a positive mindset.


Honorees for the Month of November 2018:

Vangie Cumming(Comerica Representative), Rimsha Parvez, Sophia Yen, Sandy Stein, Kathy Jones, and Rosalind Pennington accepting the Comerica Bank Women’s Business Awards for November 2018.

Vangie Cumming(Comerica Representative), Rimsha Parvez, Sophia Yen, Sandy Stein, Kathy Jones, and Rosalind Pennington accepting the Comerica Bank Women’s Business Awards for November 2018.

SANDY STEIN
In the category of woman of entrepreneurship is Sandy Stein. After 35 years as a flight attendant, Sandy invented a product called finders key purse and managed to sell 1 million in the first year of business. Sandy shares the success of the business with charities, schools, and foundations, along with blessing many at-risk kids with jobs.

SOPHIA YEN
In the category of woman of business is Sophia Yen. Identified in 2012 as a “Hollywood new leader” by variety magazine, Sophia has succeeded tremendously in the entertainment business. She was promoted quickly to partnership at the prestigious law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Philips, LLP and is the only female and minority partner within the firm’s entertainment group. Sophia has used her role to influence the hiring of more females and minorities within the group, while being an active member of the firms’ executive diversity committee and recruiting committee.

KATHY JONES
In the category of philanthropy is Kathy Jones. As a mother, wife, life coach, and former united states national guard, Kathy has used her belief that all things are possible to create Heart2Heart, a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading words of hope into inner city communities. She has earned a Life’s Wisdom Certificate award in diversity and a human compassion award.

ROSALIND PENNINGTON
In the category of woman of diversity is Rosalind Pennington. Rosalind is the founder of business strategy and tactical consulting services LLC, which provides necessary assistance to entrepreneurs in her community. She has been mentoring youth for over 25 years through several organizations including Regalettes and the urban media foundation and is an avid volunteer.

RIMSHA PARVEZ
In the category of woman of promise is Rimsha Parvez. As a former united states military civilian contractor deployed in Afghanistan, Rimsha is excelling in a coveted position at Deloitte. She has made it her mission to be the type of leader to empower other women and put them on the best path to success.

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