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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.


During this segment, Kalika was paired with a “protege” in a similar field – Beverly Harris owner of Beverly Harris Weddings & Events. Beverly is a start-up company that needs help and advise on various topics such as growing, funding, selling, or marketing their business. Kalika gave her recommendations on how to better improve her business.

Business Rockstar’s Mentoring segment is designed to give the listeners insight on the challenges of having a start-up company and how to overcome them.

Kalika Yap

Business Rockstars

Kalika Yap with host Ken Rutkowski and “protege” Beverly Harris of Beverly Harris Weddings & EventsBusiness RockstarsYou can listen to the episode here.


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

Follow this link to read the full story.

Kalika Yap on LA Times!

Kalika Yap on LA Times

Kalika Yap on LA Times

Kalika Yap on LA Times

Kalika Yap on LA Times

Photos by Katie Falkenberg, Los Angeles Times

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!


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

Kalika Yap, our CEO and founder, did an exciting interview with Ken Rutkowski on Business Rockstars radio last week.

Kalika Yap with Ken Rutkowski of Business Rockstars

Kalika Yap with Ken Rutkowski of Business Rockstars

Ken Rutkowski, Business Rockstars host

Business Rockstars

Check out a recording of the interview they had on April 4th here. (Click the play button and scroll to min 50:00 to hear the full interview)

Business Rockstars is a weekly show on KFWB, NEWS TALK 980 for ENTREPRENEURS by entrepreneurs. Every Monday through Friday, 2-4pm Ken Rutkowski connects the listener to some of the biggest names in business to share their experience and knowledge of entrepreneurship.

Kalika Yap on Kababayan LA, Channel 18

Kalika Yap’s interview with Janelle So of Kababayan LA, talking about successful business entrepreneurship.

Kababayan LA is America’s first and only daily talk show for and about the Filipinos.

You can watch the full interview here

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.