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 2014 Los Angeles Women Making a Difference Symposium and Awards

Thursday, May 8, 2014
J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live – Platinum Ballroom
900 West Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015 

The Los Angeles Business Journal is excited to host the Inaugural Los Angeles Women’s Conference and Awards. Building off of the success and popularity of the Women Making a Difference Awards held for the past 21 years, this year the Business Journal will introduce a half-day conference that will begin with breakfast and progress through a series of nine guest speakers, including our CEO, Kalika Yap. Attendees will have an opportunity to be inspired by local women executives sharing their expertise on wealth creation, wellness and wisdom.

 2014 Los Angeles Women Making a Difference Symposium and Awards

07:00 – 08:00 am Registration/Breakfast/Networking
08:00 – 11:00 am Welcome Remarks & Symposium Speakers
11:00 – 12:00 pm Networking
12:00 – 01:30 pm Awards Luncheon


$75 each Morning Symposium Only Registration (includes breakfast)
• 7:00-8:00AM Breakfast/Networking
• 8:00-11:00AM Symposium (speakers)

$100 each Awards Luncheon Only Registration
• 11:00-12:00 Networking Reception
• 12:00 – 1:30PM Awards Luncheon

$150 each All Day Registration
• 7:00AM – 1:30PM

*Corporate Registration Packages Available. Please contact Event Manager Breanne Kamai at 323-549-5225 ext. 203 or for more information.

Our CEO Kalika Yap earned a nomination for the Los Angeles Business Journal 2013 Asian Business Awards. This award is given to recognize the many achievements made by the Asian business community.

Kalika Yap Asian Business Awards Nomination

Kalika Yap on Asian Business Awards 2013

 2013 LA Business Journal  Asian Business Awards

CEO, Kalika Yap was nominated for this award, which honors business women in Los Angeles who are great leaders and have done exceptional work with the community. The awards luncheon was held at the J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live last Tuesday, May 14th.

Women Making a Difference Awards 2013

Women Making a Difference Awards 2013

Samira Asemanfar founder of Bellacures

Women Making a Difference Awards 2013

Women Making a Difference Awards 2013

Women Making a Difference Awards 2013

Kalika Yap and Bennet Kelley our corporate attorney from Internet Law Center who nominated her for this award!

Honorees Dr. Sharon Nazarian, Kalika Nacion Yap and Anne Shen Smith

Honorees Dr. Sharon Nazarian, Kalika Nacion Yap and Anne Shen Smith


Our CEO Kalika Yap was honored by the ADL at it’s 19th Annual Deborah Awards Dinner on March 6 at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills.

ADL’s Deborah Awards are presented annually to outstanding women whose leadership in their professions and civic contributions exemplify the qualities and ideals of the Anti-Defamation League.

Other honorees at the dinner include academic and philanthropist Dr. Sharon S. Nazarian, President, Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation and Chair, Community Advisory Board, Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, UCLA; and business leader Anne Shen Smith, Chairman and CEO of Southern California Gas Company.

Here’s Kalika’s speech
This particular award means so much to me as the prophetess Deborah exemplified courage, wisdom and leadership – three qualities for which without we couldn’t possibly begin to create a world free of hate. 
They’re also key ingredients in being successful as an entrepreneur.
But don’t be fooled, entrepreneurship is rarely glamorous.  In fact, ask any successful entrepreneur, the experience is more often messy, uncoordinated and full of twists and turns.  
Entrepreneurs are all too accustomed to when things DON’T go as planned. It’s incredibly challenging that even the BEST ideas can’t get off the ground.  
It’s is the only endeavor in which an empty tank can create a burst of energy, spontaneous genius and brilliant insanity.
It is also the home of so many who have made and will make history, it is why I love the work that I get to do and why I’m grateful that I get the chance to do it day after day.
And when things DO go as planned and a business or businesses grows, there’s oftentimes bitter sweetness to entrepreneurial success.  
Often, we, as business owners, find ourselves alone facing challenges we don’t know how to surmount with growing responsibilities, not just to our own families, but for those of people we employ and their families.  
So, we understand the incredible comfort that comes with having a support system, a place where you can go and be protected.  
As an entrepreneur, I have found priceless solace and support by my friends and peers at EO the Entrepreneurs Organization and NAWBO – the National Association of Women Business Owners.
We can never undervalue the importance of simply having a place you can go where like minded people are.  
I joined as an ambassador for the Anti-Defamation League Cyber Allys program because I knew how deeply impactful it is knowing that there was a safe place for you when you feel alone. 
Everyone deserves to feel safe, supported and free to be proud of exactly who they are.  
Everyone deserves the chance to know the feeling of security and self confidence – they are also key ingredients  in entrepreneurial success.  
But THE absolute key ingredient to my success has been the unwaivering support of my family, in particular my partner in life, my husband Rodney and our two beautiful girls Malia and Kailani who not only inspire me to keep going even on the hardest of days, but who are the reason every tough day is surmountable and every great day  is achievable. 
Thank you for this award and please continue to support this amazing organization.  
Kalika with her husband Rodney and daughters Malia and Kailani
Kalika with her husband Rodney and daughters Malia and Kailani


Deborah Awards

The Deborah Awards are presented annually by the ADL’s Pacific Southwest Region to women in the community who have demonstrated outstanding professional accomplishments and a commitment to civic and charitable endeavors.


The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-LA) 26th Annual NAWBO-LA Leadership and Legacy Awards Luncheon was held at the J.W. Marriott at LA. Live last Friday, March 23, 2012.

The NAWBO-LA Awards aim to give deserved tribute to top achievers and advocates in the women’s business community and recognize their contributions to the advancement of women.

Magic Johnson, Max Azria both made special appearances to present their gorgeous, lovely wives awards. Cookie Johnson, received the Rising Star Award (which Kalika received in 2012).

Max Azria and Lubov Azria of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, Cookie Johnson the Founder & Co-Owner of CJ by Cookie Johnson

Kalika with EO Online guru, Stephen Jagger

with the NY Times best selling author of Tribal Leadership, Dr. Dave Logan

Congratulations to the 2012 honorees!

Lubov Azria
Chief Creative Officer, BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP

Frieda Rapoport Caplan
Founder & Chairman of the Board, Frieda’s Inc.

Cookie Johnson
Founder & Co-Owner, CJ by Cookie Johnson

Byron Reed
Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo

Patricia Watts
President/CEO, FCI Management Consultants

Julie Schoenfeld
CEO, Perfect Market, Inc.

Luisa Acosta-Franco
Head of Specialized Distribution, Farmers Insurance Group

having fun at the LA Business Journal Women Making a Difference Awards 2011

Throughout the year, the Los Angeles Business Journal ( hosts a series of high profile events that bring together decision makers and business owners from all industries. These programs are designed to recognizing businesses and individuals who positively impact the LA business community.

The 19th annual WOMEN MAKING A DIFFERENCE AWARDS was held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza to honor L.A.’s most successful women business leaders.

The annual awards luncheon recognized women making a difference in the Los Angeles community. This reader-nominated event and special supplement traditionally garners over 1000 attendees.

Thanks to Matt Toledo, CEO of the LA Business Journal for the great lunch reception & Networking opportunity and to EO the Entrepreneurs Organization for sponsoring a table. A shout out to Gold Sponsor/ NAWBO nominees and attendees!

One of the Beverly Hills Housewives was nominated, too and since Kalika’s table was next to theirs you might see her on an upcoming episode. HA!

Insight Imaging Web Design

Insight Imaging Web Design

We’re so happy to announce that our Citrus Studios Client: Insight Imaging, a provider of diagnostic imaging services won several awards: a Silver Award,  28th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards* and a Bronze Award, Aster Awards** recently for the redesign of their web site!


Insight Imaging Case Study:
Insight Imaging, a provider of diagnostic imaging services, was faced with a common problem: inadequate communication between the company’s marketing and information technology divisions resulted in an in-house developed website that fell short of both groups’ expectations. To quote Insight Imaging, the project “resulted in a less effective and relevant over-arching online structure that does not speak to [our] core markets and customers.”

Citrus Studios was selected to remedy this disconnect. In addition to redesigning and developing the primary website, Insight Imaging also wanted to reimagine the company’s intranet and e-newsletter, thus ensuring a cohesive online presence. At the same time, Insight Imaging was redesigning its off-line marketing collateral and materials. Citrus was asked to develop concepts that would remain relevant and usable for at least four years.

Per Insight Imaging’s request, Citrus designed and launched a clean, modern site—easy to read, easy to navigate, and clear at differentiating the company’s two primary business sectors: fixed and mobile imaging centers. In the field of imaging, credibility is of key importance. To that end, Citrus focused on positioning the company as the go-to source for expert knowledge in the radiological/ diagnostic imaging space. Case studies and white papers featured on the site further affirm the company’s position as an imaging expert.

Citrus is currently working on phase two of the project: to redesign and develop Insight Imaging’s intranet. The intranet is a primary means of disseminating information to Insight Imaging’s 1,700 employees working in over 30 states. This internally accessible website is a heavily used resource, and boasts vast amounts of information. One of the key challenges in reworking the intranet is to synthesize and present this information in a manner that makes it as accessible as possible. A homepage “dashboard,” intuitive hierarchy, and clean navigation will put information at users’ fingertips.

E-newsletters—monthly electronic bulletins sent to all staff—work in conjunction with the intranet in terms of sharing information throughout the company. These highlight everything from company events to “fun facts” about the firm and its team members. Citrus redesigned the e-newsletters to reinforce the overall branding, as reflected in the website, intranet, and other marketing materials. One of Insight Imaging’s requests was the ability to easily update the e-newsletter template. With that in mind, Citrus prepared a modular format that provides maximum flexibility within an established design framework. Insight Imaging’s webmaster is able to update the e-newsletter template with ease.

When complete, Insight Imaging’s dual new sites—one external and one internal—as well as its new e-newsletter template will unify the company’s marketing and communication materials like never before. As a result, Insight Imaging will be able to more effectively communicate with its various audience groups, both internal and external.

Winner: Silver Award
*28th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards
The Healthcare Advertising Awards is the oldest, largest and most widely respected healthcare advertising awards competition. The awards are sponsored by Healthcare Marketing Report, the leading publication covering all aspects of healthcare marketing, advertising and strategic business development. Over 4,000 entries were received in this years competition, making the awards the largest healthcare advertising awards competition. A national panel of judges were engaged in reviewing all entries based on creativity, quality, message effectiveness, consumer appeal, graphic design and overall impact.

Winner: Bronze Award
**Aster Awards
The Aster Awards, one of the largest competitions of its kind, is hosted by Marketing Healthcare Today and Creative Images, Inc. This national program recognizes outstanding healthcare professionals for excellence in their advertising and marketing efforts. The 2011 Aster Awards consisted of approximately 3,000 entries from across America. Participant’s entries competed against similar-sized organizations in their category. Entries must score at least in the top 90% to receive an award. Judging criteria includes creativity, layout and design, functionality, message effectiveness, production quality and overall appeal.

Award-winning web design Santa Monica

Our Founder and CEO, Kalika Yap, passed her Rising Star Award to friend Wina So Tran, CEO of Solstice Medicine Company, on Friday at the 25th Annual NAWBO-LA Leadership and Legacy Awards Luncheon.

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.

Kalika Nacion Yap, Founder and CEO of Luxe Link, Citrus Studios, and Owner, Co-Founder of the Waxing Company in Honolulu, found out today that she won the 2011 Extraordinary Entrepreneur Trailblazer Award from Farmers® Insurance!

What is the Trailblazer Award?

This entrepreneur is a true trendsetter.  She has recognized a new market, product, technological advancement or opportunity and led the way.  She has demonstrated outstanding leadership both within her company and her market, and has set the standards for originality, quality and successful management.  She is a mentor, a visionary, a leader, a successful businesswoman and in all elements a trailblazer in her field.

Yep, that is definitely Kalika!