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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.



For the past year, Citrus worked with a team of senior Huntington curators and research staff to design and program the digital exhibitions of the Remarkable Works, Remarkable Times exhibit.
On November 9, the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens will reopen the Main Exhibition Hall of its historic Library building with a new, dynamic permanent exhibition designed to invigorate visitors’ sense of connection to history and literature and to highlight the significance and uses of the Library’s incomparable collections of historical materials.
The new permanent installation, titled “Remarkable Works, Remarkable Times: Highlights from the Huntington Library,” will spotlight 12 key works in vignettes organized chronologically. Major items on display include the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare’s First Folio, Audubon’s Birds of America, and Henry David Thoreau’s manuscript of Walden. The exhibition will hold some 150 objects representing the Library’s growing collection, now numbering about 9 million items. Each vignette will incorporate other rare works to reflect the time and place, prompting visitors to make connections and consider a wider context. The goal is to provide unexpected juxtapositions and new insights into the collections, and into history itself. (excerpts from Huntington’s press release on Aug 8, 2013)
According to David Zeidberg, Avery Director of the Library, “The point of the new installation is to tell stories, and tell them well.” “The intention is to highlight selected works in a concise display that won’t overwhelm, but rather delight and profoundly inspire people again and again.” he added.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based educational and research institution established by Henry E. Huntington and located in San Marino, California. Check out their website for more information


This year’s 2nd annual entrepreneur’s conference, ‘Bacon Donuts: Practical Planning for Brilliantly Risky Ideas”  is dedicated to a subject that speaks to the hearts and minds of all successful entrepreneurs – thinking creatively and acting pragmatically.

On the panel 1: Money Morning is our CEO Kalika Yap with Sasha Strauss, Managing Director of Innovation Protocol and Marty Metro, Founder of Moderated by Jean C. del Rosario, VP/Sr. Portfolio Managment Office, Consumer and Business Lending, Bank of America Merrill Lynch.




Marty Metro, Jean C. del Rosario, Kalika Yap and Sasha Strauss

Right after the conference held the annual NAWBO-LA Awards Luncheon, celebrating it’s 27th year of giving tribute to top achievers among womenleaders who have established a legacy of entrepreneurial excellence and contributed significantly to Southern California.

This year’s conference and luncheon was held at the J.W. Marriott at LA. Live last Friday, April 26, 2013.


CEO Kalika Yap with the Citrus girls


Pooneh Mohajer, COO and Co-Founder of Tokidoki



Barbara Lazaroff, ASID, President, Imaginings Design, Inc./ Founder, Spago, Chinois & WP Fine Dining, Catering & Worldwide


 LL Cool J introducing his wife Simone for the Rising Star award


Congratulations to the 2013 honorees!

Leadership Award: Jessica Iclisoy, Founder & President, California Baby

Legacy Award: Barbara Lazaroff, ASID, President, Imaginings Design, Inc./ Founder, Spago, Chinois & WP Fine Dining, Catering & Worldwide

Trailblazer of the Year Award: Pooneh Mohajer, Co-Founder & COO, tokidoki

Rising Star of the Year Award: Simone I. Smith, Designer & Co-Owner, Simone I. Smith

Innovator of the Year Award: Gwynne Shotwell, President, SpaceX

Hall of Fame Inductee: Jeri Harman, Founder & Partner, Avante Mezzanine Partners

Man of the Year Award: Noel Massie, UPS District President, UPS

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
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Citrus Studios is hosting a Hello Drupal! Training Event at our Santa Monica office.
We will provide hands-on training to help you get kick started in learning Drupal. You’ll also talk to professional developers who use Drupal. We’ll tell you about the kinds of jobs available, and how you can determine which is right for you.
This is a Hands-on introductory course for people who are curious about Drupal and want to find out more about it. Your Drupal guides will help you get up to speed with Drupal more quickly than if you tried on your own. You’ll talk and work with professional developers who use Drupal everyday.

Some things you will learn:

  •  Know where to go to find career opportunities in Drupal
  •  Determine what skills you need to develop to reach your goals
  •  Explain how a typical site is built in Drupal, and learn the page-model in Drupal
  •  Use Drupal specific terminology such as fields, views, node, block, page
  •  Understand how to build sites the “Drupal way”

This course is ideal for:

  •  Self-starters or career switchers who are curious and want to learn new skills that are in high demand
  •  Individuals exploring options for careers in web development: designers, programmers, server administrators, quality assurance, etc.
  •  People with some exposure to web development


  • Knowledge of HTML and CSS is helpful, but not required

Ticket price: $75.00 

*Breakfast (coffee & bagels) and lunch (assorted sandwiches) will be provided  for all attendees. 

Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (PST)

Citrus Studios, Inc.
2500 Broadway Ave
Suite 125
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Register as soon as possible to secure a spot!
Citrus loves to give back! On November 8, 20112, the Citrus team volunteered at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. After a quick tour of their warehouse, the team sorted frozen frozen meats, vegetables for distribution to 1,000 charitable agency sites throughout Los Angeles.
So far this year, the Food Bank has had 2,100 people volunteer their at the Food Bank.

The mission of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is to mobilize resources to fight hunger in our community.


1) Source and acquire food and other products and distribute to needy people through charitable agencies or directly through programs;

2) Energize the community to get involved and support hunger relief;

3) Conduct hunger education and awareness campaigns and advocate for public policies that alleviate hunger.

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank vision is that no one goes hungry in Los Angeles County.

To learn more about becoming a Food Bank volunteer, contact their volunteer coordinator at (323) 234-3030, extension 144 or email


Our CEO Kalika Yap will be speaking on this event!

As a Partner Organization for the first Money Morning, which occurred just prior to the 26th Annual NAWBO-LA Leadership & Legacy Awards Luncheon in March, I wanted to reach out and invite you to participate once again as a Partner Organization for the second installment of this event. These new quarterly financial forums will explore money-related topics with a specific emphasis on financial strengths and acuity for small business growth. The next session, scheduled for October 15, 2012 will take place at

 the historic Culver Hotel in downtown Culver City and will explore the most INNOVATIVE ways to utilize the INTERNET to drive sales, and the most LUCRATIVE ways to capitalize on growth.In order to receive the benefits of participating, all we ask is that you help promote the event to your members and business contacts via website, eblasts, event calendars, and social media. We would love to see this information distributed in your regular bulletin/newsletters, and stand-alone emails would be much appreciated as well.
For participating you will receive the following:· A custom discount code for your members and business contacts with special ticket pricing of $59 (regular rate is $69 for non-members)

· One complimentary registration to the event

· A spot for your organizations information to be distributed at the event


Money Morning
Monday , October 15, 2012
8:30am – 11:00am

Culver Hotel
9400 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, California, 90232

If you are interested in being a Partner Organization for this event, please RSVP by Tuesday, October 2 to and you will be sent your personalized discount code.


It’s time to plan your 4th of July party!

Here are some ideas that you can use/do for the celebration.


Red, White and Blue Cupcakes

Red, White and Blue Cupcakes


  • 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® white cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix box
  • 3/4 cup seedless red raspberry jam
  • 3 containers (12 oz each) Betty Crocker® whipped fluffy white frosting
  • 1 teaspoon intense red paste food color
  • 1/4 teaspoon royal blue paste food color
  • Betty Crocker® Decorating Decors red, white and blue stars
  • Coarse white sparkling sugar, if desired


  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place red, white or blue paper baking cup in each of 24 regular size muffin cups.
  2. Make cake mix as directed on box for cupcakes, using water, oil and egg whites. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons raspberry jam to each cup; cut through batter with toothpick for swirled effect. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove cupcakes from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely.
  3. Tint 1 container frosting with red food color; tint second container with blue food color. Leave third container white. Spoon each color of frosting into separate decorating bag fitted with large round tip. Pipe frosting as desired onto cupcakes. Sprinkle with stars and sparkling sugar.

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Red, White, and Blue Parfaits

Red, White, and Blue Parfaits


  • 4 1/2 pounds fresh red currants, stemmed
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin (about 6 3/4 teaspoons)
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin (about 4 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 3 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh blueberries
  • 2 ounces fresh currants, on the stem


  1. Make the currant gelatin: Put currants and sugar in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until currants are very soft, about 10 minutes.
  2. Put 1/3 cup cold water into a small bowl; sprinkle with gelatin. Let soften 5 minutes. Add to currant mixture; stir until gelatin has dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour through a fine sieve into a bowl set in an ice-water bath, gently pressing out liquid with a spoon; discard solids. Remove from water bath, and let stand, stirring occasionally, until cool but not set. Pour 3 to 4 tablespoons currant gelatin into each of twelve 8- to 10-ounce glasses; set remaining currant gelatin aside. Refrigerate glasses until gelatin is completely set, about 1 hour.
  4. Meanwhile, make the panna cotta: Put 1/3 cup cold water into a small bowl; sprinkle with gelatin. Let soften 5 minutes.
  5. Put milk, cream, and sugar into a medium saucepan; bring almost to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Add gelatin mixture, and stir until gelatin has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Pour through a fine sieve into a bowl set in an ice-water bath. Remove from water bath; let stand, stirring occasionally, until cool but not set.
  6. Spoon 3 to 4 tablespoons panna cotta over currant gelatin in each glass; set remaining panna cotta aside. Refrigerate glasses until panna cotta is set, about 1 hour. Repeat with another layer of currant gelatin and panna cotta. If either mixture becomes too firm, set over a pot of simmering water until softened.
  7. To serve, top each parfait with blueberries and currants, dividing evenly.

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Fourth of July Fizzy

Fourth of July Fizzy


  • Blue Gatorade
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Diet Lemon Lime Soda
  • Ice


  1. Fill clear glasses with ice cubes.
  2. Pour cranberry juice into cup, filling about 1/3 of the cup.
  3. Pour Gatorade next; be sure to pour VERY slowly and pour onto an ice cube so that the drinks don’t mix together.
  4. Fill the remainder of the cup with diet lemon lime soda, again being careful to pour slowly and onto an ice cube.
  5. Garnish with a fun straw and enjoy!

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Fireworks Red, White and Blue Daiquiris

Fireworks Red, White and Blue Daiquiris



  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 1/3 cup blue passion fruit liqueur, such as Hpnotiq or Alize
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 limes)
  • 2 tablespoons blue curacao liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons white rum
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup watermelon chunks, frozen
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 2 tablespoons white rum
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup ice cubes


  • 1 cup coconut sorbet
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 1 cup ice cubes


  1. Begin by making the blue layer: Put 1 1/2 cups of the ice cubes in the carafe of a blender. Add the passion fruit liqueur, lime juice, blue curacao, rum and sugar. Blend until slushy and there are no chunks of ice left, adding the remaining 1/2 cup of ice if needed. Transfer to a large measuring cup or small bowl and place in the freezer while you make the next layer.
  2. For the red layer: Rinse out the blender and then add the frozen strawberries, watermelon, lime juice, rum and sugar. Blend until slushy and there are no chunks of fruit. With the motor running, add the ice, a few cubes a time, until thick and smooth. Stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons water if the consistency is too thick. Transfer to another small bowl and place in the freezer while making the final layer.
  3. For the white layer: Rinse out the blender and add the coconut sorbet, rum and lime juice. Blend until smooth and thick. With the motor running, add the ice, a few cubes at a time, and continue to blend until thick and no bits of ice remain.
  4. Pour the red layer into the bottom of six 8-ounce glasses, about 1/3 cup each. Gently spoon 1/3 cup of the blue layer over the red layer so they stay separate. Finish by spooning 1/3 cup of the white layer over the second layer in each glass.

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Red, White and Blue Wreath

Red, White and Blue Wreath


  • Double-sided tape
  • 4 (5- by 6-inch) pieces each of red, white, and blue
  • Cardboard (or any used box), cut into a 10-inch circle, plus more for a star
  • Clear tape
  • Tacky glue
  • Aluminum foil
  • String


  1.  To make a paper cone, place a strip of double-sided tape along the shorter edge of a piece of card stock. Roll the paper as shown, then press to adhere. Repeat with the remaining sheets of card stock.
  2.  Place a strip of double-sided tape on the back of each cone. Lay the cones in alternating colors on the cardboard circle and press to adhere. Turn the wreath over and secure each cone to the back with a piece of clear tape.
  3. Apply glue to a scrap of cardboard, about 3-1/2 inches wide, cover it with aluminum foil, and smooth out any wrinkles. Cut the covered cardboard into a star shape. Apply glue to the back and press it onto the center of the wreath, then let it dry.
  4. To hang the wreath, make a loop from the string and tape it to the back of the cardboard.

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Festive Window Swag

Festive Window Swag

This project is easier than it looks. Just join two pieces of fabric side by side, and then pleat the bottom. When sewing, machine-stitch slowly, using a heavy needle, or hand-stitch.

Tools and Materials

  • 18-inch-wide bunting, or
  • Rotary cutter or scissors
  • Fusible webbing, 1/2-inch-by-20-yard, from
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Disappearing-ink pen
  • Strong double-sided tape (optional)
  • 1/4-inch rectangular dowel (3 feet long)
  • 1/2-inch round dowel (3 feet long)
  • Eye hooks

Festive Window Swag How-To

1. Measure desired length for the flat part of the decoration. Add 30 1/2 inches for the pleated half-moon plus 1 1/2 inches for hanging. This is half the length of bunting required for the decoration.

2. Cut 2 identical pieces of bunting: Begin cutting after a star and end right before one, so you’ll have about 3 inches of blue on each end. Trim off hems for easier pleating.

3. Join the 2 pieces together side by side (make sure stars line up): Overlap by 1/2 inch, and adhere using fusible webbing; iron to fuse. If you prefer, stitch the 1/2-inch overlap together. The final width should be about 32 inches.

4. Mark fabric 30 1/2 inches from the bottom edge with disappearing-ink pen.

5. Pleat the half-moon: Starting at the bottom edge, make 1 1/2-inch accordion folds (A); iron after each fold. Continue up length of fabric, stopping at the mark you made. The raw edge of the fabric should point down.

6. Stitch along the center of the pleated rectangle to create a pivot point (B). Make one more fold, and crease with iron.

7. Attach rectangular dowel in the crease with fusible webbing; iron, fabric side up.

8. Sew channel at top of swag (for hanging): Fold fabric over 1 1/2 inches, and stitch 1 inch from top edge. Insert round dowel.

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Simple Fourth of July table setting

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Match it with a simple table arrangement and you’re all set. Just don’t forget your fireworks!

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Members of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) attended a luncheon yesterday at the London Hotel in West Hollywood. Guest speaker Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, co-founder of Gilt Groupe (or just Gilt), spoke to both organizations about how her, and her best friend Alexis Maybank, built their innovative company. Alexandra had many years of experience behind the scenes in the retail world. Wilson managed retail operations at BVLGARI, managed leather goods sales planning for Louis Vuitton and even dabbled in investment banking with Merrill Lynch early in her career. Years later, Alexandra and Alexis have changed the online shopping experience for many people.

Gilt Groupe is an online, invitation only, shopping site where members are able to shop top labels at a discounted price. However, Gilt did not grow over night, but has flourished into a wildly successful company. Most recently Alexandra and Alexis wrote a book (By Invitation Only) in which they discuss how they built this remarkably innovative website. These 10 tips provide great advice for small start-up entrepreneurs. Alexandra and Alexis went from packaging boxes themselves to having a warehouse equipped with robots to package. Needless to say they have learned a lot on the way, but hopefully this is just the beginning for Gilt Groupe!

  1. The most successful and innovative ideas come from what you want in your life—or in this case what you want to buy.
  2. Personalization– This is extremely important to Gilt. When each customer logs onto the website, the site is customized according to their previous purchases.
  3. Apps are VERY important:

i.         Design for each device (iPhone, iPad, Droid, etc.)

ii.         Optimize for weekends and downtime (When customers have more time to shop – Black Friday)

iii.         Speed, stability, and scalability matter (Gilt uses lots of pictures which can slow down the site, the pictures also have to be tailored to the different devices)

  1. Managing social media closely shows customers that you value customer service: Gilt has 2 employees managing their social media at all times. This helps with Q & A from customers and also keeps the company connected to their market.
  2. Contests are a great way to draw in more consumers: Gilt uses “wow sales”. Some of these sales include auctioning a Volkswagen Jetta for $5,995, which sold in 0.25 seconds (the company’s fastest sale)… WOW!
  3. Requiring membership to the website allows high-end designers to feel secure that their brands are not being cheapened by online sales. The time limit of the auctions also provides comfort to many luxury labels.
  4. Know and like your investors. Also, understand that there is no immediate payback; growth takes time.
  5. Find a way to go to the customer, while at the same time giving them a reason to come to you— make your company convenient for customers.
  6. Adding content to your site allows customers to spend more time on the website, although it is not always needed. Gilt finally found a need for content when they created Gilt Taste. This provides customers with reviews of different food and wine, as well as recipes.

10. Gilt gives their customers something they can access anywhere, anytime, at a great price.

After Alexandra spoke EO and NAWBO members were able to buy copies of her book and have it signed.  Thank you to both organizations for a fun and information-filled afternoon!

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May this Easter fill your heart with unforgettable joy!