Inspiring Women of LA

LA is more than just glitz and glamour. It’s about real people making a big difference in the world. Women from all walks of life.

All over the world women are standing up for what they believe in, building amazing communities, organisations, and businesses. From mastering techniques usually the reserve of women, to helping thousands of families here are some inspiring women of LA.

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Patrisse Cullors – Artist and co founder of Black Live Matters

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Patrisse Cullors is one of those people who seem to be almost superhuman. This artist and activist, is the co-founder of Black Lives Matter and the founder of Dignity and Power Now. She’s also a Fulbright scholar, popular public speaker, and an NAACP History Maker. She’s received numerous awards for her work, including  the Sydney Peace Prize for her work with Black Lives Matter.

Niki Nakayama – Owner and Chef of N/Naka restaurant in LA

Niki is one of the world’s only female masters of traditional Japanese cuisine. Her restaurant is so popular, it’s often booked 3 months in advance! Niki also appears in Netflix’s Chef’s Table in which she discusses her career and the many obstacles she has overcome. As well as the many influences that have shaped her into the renowned chef she has become.

Yael Aflalo – founder of Reformation

After a visit to China and seeing the impact the fashion industry was doing to the environment, Yael Aflalo was inspired to create clothing range Reformation. All pieces are made from deadstock fabric or sustainably sourced material manufactured abroad. Online, each piece is accompanied by information on both its carbon and water footprints. Each shipment to customers includes a “RefRecycling” label that allows clients to send in clothes for repurposing. “We make killer clothes that don’t kill the environment”.

LT. Emada Tingirides – LAPD, Community Safety Partnership

Lt. Emada Tingirides helped to form the Community Safety Partnership in Watts. The program is designed to build partnerships between south Los Angeles housing communities and the LAPD by fostering positive interactions and relationships between officers and residents. Since its inception, the community has seen a decline in violent crime and an increase in community dialogue and interaction. Due to its success, the program is now being expanded to other parts of Los Angeles, and is viewed as a model for cities across the country.

Chanel Boutakidis – CEO of Five Acres, The Boy’s and Girl’s Aid Society of Los Angeles

Chanel started as a therapist in Five Acres, treating children who were placed in foster care. In 2011, she became CEO and wants to focus on helping kids find safe and permanent homes. They’ve been in operation for an incredible 129 years continuously servicing their community. Working with over 100,000 clients and with currently caring for more than 8,500 children and families, this organisation is providing support at every level.

Luz Riva – Founder of DIY Girls

In 2011, Luz founded DIY Girls, a nonprofit which focuses on after-school and summer instruction in electronics, coding, and product design. In 2017, a team of DIY girls made the news after designing a solar powered tent to help the homeless and received $10,000 grant from MIT.

Miry Whitehill – founder of Miry’s List

Miry founded Miry’s list after helping a Syrian family who had relocated to the US. The family had virtually nothing so Miry made up a list of things that they needed and put the list up on Facebook. Within a few days, she had everything on the list with help from friends and people who had seen her post. Today, Miry’s list helps hundreds of refugee families make a life for themselves.

Bethany Yellowtail – founder & designer of B.Yellowtail

Founded in December 2014 and based in Los Angeles, B.YELLOWTAIL is an indigenous clothing line created by designer Bethany Yellowtail. Her vision for the company is to reflect the values of  her Apsaalooke (Crow) & Tsetsehestahese & So’taeo’o (Northern Cheyenne) tribal heritage. B.Yellowtail is an authentic celebration of tradition and culture.

Helene Henderson – Founder of Malibu Farm

Originally starting as a cooking class, Malibu Farm has become the place to go for the perfect brunch. All the food is locally sourced and organic and Helene uses oranges and lemons from her own tree.

Jill Halverson – Founder of Downtown Women’s Centre

Jill started the Downtown Women’s Centre in 1978 after striking a friendship with a homeless woman. The Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) is the only organization in Los Angeles focused exclusively on serving and empowering women experiencing homelessness and formerly homeless women.

Gwynne Shotwell – President & COO of SpaceX

Gwynne Shotwell was one of the first employees to join SpaceX back in 2002. Since then, she has become the company’s president and chief operating officer. Where she’s responsible for launch schedules and preparing the company’s 2018 mission to Mars.

Cameron Kashani – Founder of CoAccel

Cameron is known as the ‘Godmother of Silicon Beach’. An expert speaker with the US State Department, a three time founder and a single parent to twin boys. She has launched COACCEL, which offers a unique program designed to help entrepreneurs separate themselves from their business plan.

These are just some of the inspiring women of LA. Who would you add to the list? Is there a local hero in your neighbourhood, or a women you aspire to be like? Tell us in the comments below!

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