Our Award Winning CEO, Kalika Yap, Shines at NAWBO
Wina tugged at our heartstrings during her acceptance speech, saying she was amazed to be recognized for doing what she truly loves and works so hard for everyday.
It was a fun afternoon filled with fierce and inspiring women. We enjoyed and laughed at the various tributes paid to Kalika. It was more than clear however, that Kalika Yap is now part of a great legacy of top achievers in the women’s business community who have established entrepreneurial excellence.
A table was set up at the closing of the event for Kalika’s patented product, Luxe Link. These entrepreneurial women were hungry for her designer purse hooks as hundreds of Luxe Link purse holders were gone within seconds! Seconds!
The Seven NAWBO-LA honorees for 2011 were:
Leadership Award: Trina Turk, Founder, Trina Turk;
Legacy Award: Lynne Doll (in memoriam), President, The Rogers Group;
Diversity Champion Award: Cecil House, Senior VP/Chief Procurement Officer, Southern California Edison;
Trailblazer Award: Ramona Cappello, Founder/CEO, Corazonas Foods, Inc.;
Rising Star Award: Wina So Tran, CEO, Solstice Medicine Company;
Innovators of the Year Award: Kim Etheredge & Wendi Levy, Co-Founders, Mixed Chicks LLC;
Advocate of the Year Award: Erlinda Stone, CEO & President, APR Consulting Inc.
Representing more than 509,000 women-owned businesses in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana metropolitan area, employing more than 688,000 people, and generating more than $129 billion in annual revenues, women entrepreneurs have become an increasingly active and powerful force shaping the economic and political landscape of Southern California.