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Ah, the good people of the South Bay. Love you guys. It’s been a while. Hoping everyone enjoyed the summer season, carved out some travel time, found space for rest, for friends, for family. Now onward. Fall. Bring it on. R&R can now take a side seat. Personally, a full-fledged immersion of college football, waves and lobsters (season starts September 30) is about to commence. Sure, leaves changing color, carving pumpkins and lighting new scented candles do it for some. Not me. Football. Waves. Lobsters. Not necessarily in that order. But I digress. This issue of Southbay is our largest and arguably most read all year—the coveted Women’s Issue! Apologies. Football, waves and lobsters do not appropriately complement the elegance, beauty and prowess of our exceptional grouping of leading ladies. For instance, Kori Clausen and her four daughters (page 46): a story of loss, family and a community coming together to take care of one of their own. Another, Cindy Whitehead (page 66), conquered a male-dominated profession of pro vert skateboarding at a young age and now is a current member of the Skateboarding Hall of Fame. She is also a renowned sports stylist and owner of “Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word”—a brand giving women in action sports the same opportunities and recognition as men. Clearly these ladies are not messing around. So dive in. Help us celebrate. And let us know what you think. This issue is being brought to you by our very dear friends and long time partners at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers in San Pedro and Torrance. We have been publishing Southbay for just about 11 years now and Providence Little Company of Mary has walked this road with us almost from inception. They are considered one of many integral local partnerships and for that we are tremendously grateful. So to the good people of Providence Little Company of Mary, I extend a very heartfelt and genuine, THANK YOU. For the readers who are curious and would like to get caught up on some of the things Providence Little Company of Mary is up to these days feel free to check out our Q&A with Mary Kingston, Chief Executive on page 122 & 123. Thank you and enjoy!

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“Here is a photo of me at the Seawright tourney this summer with my daughter behind me. It represents me as a native of this amazing community supporting one of my best friend’s tournaments. My son, Julian, played in it for the first time, and next year at the 50-year anniversary my daughter, Piper, hopes to play on a team.” Kat Monk, Photographer, “My Surfer Girl”

“My niece Olivia is the light of my life and one of the reasons I wake up every morning and work hard for. Any and all quality time we get to spend together is so precious. But especially beach time … it’s ‘our’ thing! We both love the beach so much.” Erika Carrion, Account Executive

“With my honey, Tommy, at Remedy Diner in New York City. We decided to ‘live’ in the city for a few weeks this summer and experience it like locals. An amazing experience!” Laura Watts, Copy Editor “Here I am in my birthplace, South Africa. This trip was especially meaningful because it was the first time we brought our children here and witnessed their wonder as they experienced this amazing place. Meeting people where they live develops understanding and empath. I want my children to appreciate and respect all the beauty this world has to offer.” Tanya Monaghan, Stylist, “Up in Smoke”



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On Pointe A Rolling Hills ballerina fulfills a lifelong dream to join the San Francisco Ballet and proves, with help from influential teachers, that she’s in charge of her own destiny. WRITTEN BY JENNIE NUNN

On a typical day, San Francisco–based ballerina Isabella Walsh is out the door no later than 8:30 a.m. From there the Rolling Hills native attends a Gyrotonics class twice a week (a combination of tai chi, yoga and dance) before hitting the ballet studio for class at the San Francisco Ballet, followed by rehearsal with a short break until 6 p.m. Then it’s dinner and bedtime before repeating the cycle the next day. “It has been a dream of mine since I was young, and the fact that it’s a reality is really surreal,” says Isabella, who joined the Corps de Ballet earlier this year after completing levels six and seven—one year as a trainee, followed by one year as apprentice with the company. “In ballet you do everything yourself, and your work ethic is how far you’re going to go. No one is going to do it for you.” Isabella began dancing when she was just 4 years old. Later she joined Peninsula School of Performing Arts (PSPA), where she studied with Vera Ninkovich and Roberto Almaguer. “Without these amazing teachers, I wouldn’t be where I am now,” she adds. “Palos Verdes is one of the most beautiful places, and growing up in such a calm setting really made me dream big. As ballet got more serious for me at PSPA, all I wanted to do was go to a pre-professional program. That was my goal.” So as she got more and more serious about ballet, she knew she needed to make some sacrifices. “As I got older, I had to isolate myself more and more to focus on what I wanted to achieve,” she says. “Going back to Palos Verdes always brings back so many memories. I will always be grateful for growing up in a city like it, as it really did push me to succeeding what I wanted.” However, Isabella’s success as a ballerina

might also be blamed on good genes. Born into an athletic family (her mother, Beatriz Alvarez Alhambra, is a European taekwondo champion and Olympian; her father was an avid skier in college; and her twin brother was a member of the Junior Olympic snowboarding team), Isabella was almost destined for the stage. “My mom gives me great advice on how to take care of my body as an athlete and to find a balanced life of nutrition and wellness,” she says. But at 5’10”, the statuesque beauty admits her height has put her in a special category. “It took me some time to realize that my height puts me at a great advantage,” she says. “You stand out for being different, and it gives you a unique opportunity to be different as your own artist. I feel like I don’t regret it, and it’s made me confident in my own skin. And I think I’m at an advantage.” Isabella, who spends time at San Francisco’s Baker Beach during her limited time off, also acknowledges she is in a super-competitive industry. “Ballet can be very competitive amongst other people I work with,” she says. “But I don’t want any negativity to consume me. You always have to keep your head held high and never pay attention to the gossip and negativity that some consume themselves with. Performing always gives me a rush of happiness because it makes me grateful for getting to do what I love every day.” Her advice to aspiring dancers? “Determination,” shares Isabella, whose ultimate goal is to become principal dancer with the San Francisco Ballet. “Life is truly a journey, so try not to stress about the future. And don’t let other people influence your dreams, because they are yours. It’s up to you, and you have control.” ¢



Decade of Design Caroline Burke Designs & Associates rings in its 10th anniversary with a new studio and bespoke furniture collection. WRITTEN BY SUZANNA CULLEN HAMILTON PHOTOGRAPHED BY MONICA OROZCO



After developing her South Bay interior design firm for the past 10 years, Caroline Burke has opened a new studio featuring her eponymous furniture collection. “Now South Bay residents will have a full-service design firm that can take them from conception to completion–whether working on a project from the ground-up build phase or a simple refresh and update of furniture, finishes and fabrics,” says Caroline. The new studio is located in Manhattan Beach next to the CBD offices. Featuring fabrics, wallcoverings, tile, lighting, draperies, and carpet and floor samples, the studio’s primary focus is on the new CBD bespoke furniture line. “We found a real need in the South Bay for high-quality furniture made with superior craftsmanship, and we’ve developed great partnerships in order to bring the best to the area,” says Caroline. CBD offers both upholstery and hardwood pieces in the custom furniture line. Many styles of tables, chairs, sofas,

headboards and ottomans are available in a wide selection of woods and fabrics. The studio is open by appointment to both the public and the trade. “Our focus is on customer service, so we handle everything from ordering to installation for a seamless process,” says Caroline, who started her design firm in Manhattan Beach 10 years ago after obtaining an interior design degree and working for other firms in the Venice area. Today Caroline Burke Designs & Associates has grown to include a staff that oversees projects ranging from large-scale new builds to interior furnishings and the new studio. “We recognize the growth in the South Bay, and we’re responding to the need for more sophisticated and better-made products delivered with superior service,” she says. A new showroom with new products delivered with sterling service is a fitting way to ring in a decade of design. ■


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Heart & Soul With Four Daughters Kitchen in Manhattan Beach, Clint Clausen became a familiar face in the South Bay. A passionate family man with a lust for life, he singlehandedly built the local eatery with a healthy attitude from scratch. In 2014 a sudden heart attack took him way too soon. Now, in her husband’s memory, Kori Clausen advocates for early heart screenings and paves a way for her children’s futures … full of love and resilience. WRITTEN BY AMBER KLINCK PHOTOGRAPHED BY SIRI BERTING






he Clausen house is busy before each person settles into her spot on the sofa. The walls are filled with family portraits—signs of support, hand-made by neighbors and friends, still hanging in the main living space. Sitting side-byside, each with beachy blonde hair and sun-kissed skin, Haily, Leila, Sophia and Sloan share memories of their father. “I can do daddy’s evil laugh,” Sloan says with a shy smile. Sophia recounts his pre-soccer pep talks. After long conversations emphasizing that the most important part of the game was to have fun, Clint would ask, “What’s the #1 rule about soccer? To have fun? No, to win!” The room erupts with laughter. With each story shared, it’s clear to see how much Clint Clausen meant to his family—but also how much his presence remains even after his passing. When Kori Clausen is asked to talk a little bit about her husband, she smiles and says, “Oh, that’s easy.” Like her four daughters, Kori looks like the quintessential California girl with her wavy, blonde hair and bright smile. As an Ohio native, however, coastal living wasn’t a reality for Kori until she moved to California in the hopes of working as a professional dancer. For five years Kori danced professionally, traveling the world before she decided to head to Vegas. That’s where she met Clint. “At the time, I was dancing in a show called Jubilee,” Kori says. Clint had just opened a restaurant called Aqua in the Bellagio Hotel. Originally from Tucson, Clint played football at the University of Arizona for a brief period before moving to Vegas where he played basketball for, and graduated from, the University of Las Vegas. This was during the Jerry Tarkanian years. “They won the national title in 1990,” Kori notes. With a degree in hotel management, Clint was “all about the restaurant business,” Kori says. “And I was like, ‘No way—I want nothing to do with it.’” The two met in 1997 and were married in 2000 after a very public proposal from Clint. On stage during a pre-show warm-up with her fellow Jubilee dancers, Kori spotted Clint making his way toward her. Kori remembers him saying, “There’s something I have to get off my



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is the word Haily chooses to describe her dad.

“Caring,” Leila adds.

“Joyful,” says Sloan.

“Bright,” says Sophia.

“Not being one who enjoys speaking in front of a crowd,

it was like [Clint’s] voice spoke through me that day. All the girls had a little bottle with a written note, and they all spoke. Sophia read this amazing poem; it blew me away. She was 8 years old.”

chest.” With everyone’s full attention, he began listing the number of years, months, weeks, days, hours and minutes they’d been together before getting down on one knee and asking her to marry him. “Everyone was clapping and laughing,” Kori says. “That was Clint; he loved a crowd.” For Kori, it was like a dream come true. “Finding someone like Clint was beyond anything I could have imagined,” she says. “My parents divorced when I was very young, and we moved around a lot. It just wasn’t the normal family childhood that you picture in your mind.” But life with Clint was different. “You kind of mold yourself to the person you’re with, in a way,” Kori notes. “I was comfortable with [Clint]; I could do anything with him.” Four babies later, and Kori’s desire for beach living crept back up. “Sloan was in diapers” when the family moved from Vegas to Manhattan Beach, Kori shares. “She was only 6 months old.” Clint took a job as the director of operations for SBE Entertainment to support the family’s move, but after the economy took a dive, he found himself unemployed. “That’s when we were driving up Highland and saw this little brown building with two windows,” Kori notes. The Clausens decided to take everything they had and put it toward building Four Daughters Kitchen. On January 18, 2010, the restaurant was open for business. Shortly after, Clint was on his way back to Vegas. “They were getting ready to open the Cosmopolitan Hotel, and he was hired to be the director of restaurants,” Kori explains. A family of six needs insurance, and the work Clint was offered in Vegas provided that. It would be a year after the opening of Four Daughters Kitchen before Clint was able to be back with his family full-time in Manhattan Beach. Kori points to the watch on her wrist. “This is Clint’s watch, and for a while the alarm would go off every day at 3:25. I think it was because he would take a nap and wanted to wake up before volleyball at 4:00,” she says. Clint worked long hours and was sometimes a state away from his family, but by chance the last two months of his life he was home and surrounded by those he loved most. “It was perfect,” Kori says. Then on August 8, 2014, while on vacation with his family in South Carolina, Clint died of a heart attack at the age of 44. “Looking back to that week, he was getting these pretty bad headaches and moving really, really slow,” Kori says. “He would sit down on the couch and bam, he’d be asleep. We just thought it was the heat or the humidity.” On the last night of what Kori describes as an incredible week filled with love and family, Clint asked her to stop what she was doing and come sit with him. “I was rushing around packing and getting ready to leave,” she explains. But she took a moment to pause and join her husband. Sitting with Clint, her head resting on his arm, Kori felt him take “the deepest breath, and then it was that quick,” he was gone. Two of his arteries were blocked 90% and another was blocked 70%. “He had gotten an EKG a year prior,” Kori says, “and his blood work came back fine.” He was also very active. “He played basketball, football, tennis, volleyball—he was good at everything.” The pair even competed together in a triathlon. But Clint had exercise-induced asthma and an enlarged heart. “Day-to-day you’re fine, but when you start exercising you get winded a lot faster,” Kori explains. “As he was getting older, things were getting more and more difficult. He was running slower and using his inhaler every day.” Both Kori and Clint planned to get health screenings by the time they turned 40, but as it so often does, “Time passed by, and we never really thought any more about it,” Kori says. “You just always

think you have more time.” After Clint’s passing, the amount of support that came from the community was extraordinary. Emails and letters poured in—some from patrons who had only met him once. Rather than a funeral, Kori opted to honor her husband with a paddle-out. “A friend of mine said, ‘Let’s see if Kevin Sousa can play.’ He’s this amazing singer/songwriter,” Kori says. “I remember talking to Kevin on the phone, and he said, ‘It’ll all come together, trust me.’ And it did. People were driving up from everywhere with surfboards and paddleboards … we had around 300 people.” The paddle-out was the first time Kori would have to speak publicly since her husband’s passing. “Not being one who enjoys speaking in front of a crowd, it was like [Clint’s] voice spoke through me that day,” she says. “All the girls had a little bottle with a written note, and they all spoke. Sophia read this amazing poem; it blew me away. She was 8 years old.” Not long after the paddle-out, a friend suggested the family put together a volleyball tournament in honor of Clint and to raise money for the girls’ 529 education funds. “I thought maybe we’d get 30 people to play down on Marine,” Kori says. “You figure we only had about a month and a half to plan.” But the sign-ups and sponsors started rolling in. Soon there were too many participants to hold the tournament on Marine, and the location was moved to the pier. “We probably had around 30 sponsors and nearly 200 players,” Kori notes. Avery Drost, an AVP volleyball player, pulled from his connections— bringing in coaches from UCLA, USC, Olympians and fellow AVP players. “He’s such an amazing man,” says Kori, who also describes Avery as “one of the angels these girls have floating around them.” Still, with all the support rallied around raising money for the girls’ education, Kori wanted to expand the benefits of the tournament even further. That’s when she was connected with Andrew Werts from Providence Little Company of Mary. “[Andrew] suggested I get a heart screening and see how I felt about it. When I did, part of me was angry because I thought, ‘If Clint had done this, he’d probably still be here,’” Kori explains. The screening includes an echocardiogram (heart scan) that uses highfrequency sound waves (ultrasound) to create images of the heart’s valves and chambers. “Every year, the Clint Clausen 4DK Fours Volleyball Tournament is funded by Four Daughters Kitchen with the earnings spilt 50/50 between the girls’ 529 educational funds and subsidized heart screenings,” Kori says. By year two it had raised $11,000 toward the education fund and $11,000 toward 44 heart screenings (which was the age Clint was when he died). This year Kori and the girls are preparing for their fourth tournament. And that’s in addition to a calendar filled with activities. Haily, 15, is a competitive beach volleyball player. Leila, 13, practices aerial arts at Le Petit Cirque. Sophia, 11, plays soccer, and Sloan, 9, plays tennis. Life continues, and the Clausens are living theirs to the fullest. “He inspired me to be outgoing and to take chances,” Leila says about her father, “and to be unique, not to follow others and to create my own path.” “I don’t think I ever really knew what being present was until this happened,” Kori notes. “I always tell people not to wait for some tragic event to realize what it means to be present.” After three long, stressful years, Kori has started to let go, follow her heart and be true to her own passions. “Life is too short not to be happy,” she says. “And most importantly, the girls need their mom



back—the one they knew before their father passed.” “Funny” is the word Haily chooses to describe her dad. “Caring,” Leila adds. “Joyful,” says Sloan. “Bright,” says Sophia. “When he walks into a room, all of this positive energy enters … everyone was drawn to him.” What an amazing legacy to leave behind: four beautiful daughters influenced so greatly by the positivity of their larger-than-life dad. Thank you to the South Bay community as a whole for their outpouring of support, including special thanks to Stephanie Daring, Chad Daring, Victoria Peters, Steve Wittsitt, Catherine Belme, Kirssy Magraudy, Brian Magraudy, Kathy Cappellitti, Sasa Milosevic, Bree Gaoldwater, Jason Gaoldwater, Tiffany Friedman, Brad Friedman, Julie Rader, Mark Hutnyan, Noah Arnold, Justin Maxwell, Avery Drost, Kevin Sousa, Michael Collins and Josh Oswald. ■



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Roseanney Liu is a South Bay Renaissance woman. In addition to publishing two books—with a third in the works—she’s a mom, a teacher, a Walk with Sally mentor, a member of South Bay Business Women’s Association, an alumni ambassador with Loyola Marymount and a frequent volunteer around town. She decided to put her experiences to paper, co-authoring with her young daughter and completing her own memoir. Why was it important that you write How to Survive Elementary School with your daughter? There was not a book in the market penned by both parent and child on the subject of elementary school issues, and therefore it offers an interesting angle. But also because sharing this huge project with my child taught us how to work with one another. It allowed me to see her inner workings and stream-ofconsciousness as a writer and how she transfers that onto the page, as well as my having the opportunity to share with her various limits and angles that we as writers need to test and explore in order to best offer what we can to our readers. In other words, this book allowed me to share my craft with her, and she’s now transferring that skill onto lyrics writing, to combine it with her love for music. What was it like growing up in the South Bay? How has it changed for your kids growing up here now?  Growing up in the South Bay I’d always felt safe and that it was a fun place to live. As a teen I biked or jogged everywhere between Torrance/PV and Manhattan Beach, and I never questioned my safety. The beach towns and Del Amo mall I’d bike to offered cool shops for which I’d save my babysitting allowance. And between the beach, the mall, the movie theaters and The Strand, I never thought it was crowded or too touristy. Now as a parent in the South Bay, everything is still fun and beautiful inside the bubble—but I now see it via the lens of an adult raising two school-aged children. So now I see the vast crowds in certain hot places in the South Bay, and I think about safety and parking issues. I see and wonder about the commercial development that juxtaposes our beautiful beaches with the mini- and mega-malls just blocks away. I see and think about the vast number and variety of choices that kids have now to have fun that are beyond what was available to myself and my friends when we were teens—and the amount of money pouring into these choices. So while we have at our fingertips all these choices and access to new retail complexes that have made the South Bay a desirable destination for locals and for tourists, my family and I still just enjoy the sand and the sun for hours on end on any weekend at our local beach. Because the best things are constant … and oftentimes free.



What is it like being a teacher in 2017 ... in the South Bay? Did you set out to be a teacher originally, or how did you fall into this profession? I definitely fell into teaching after a few years of burnout in account management with big ad agencies. Working in large agencies was indeed glamorous with all the perks you can imagine. But teaching is a calling. It takes a certain personality to not only master your craft but to also want to share that with would-be learners so they can also learn how to master the craft and then do whatever they desire with the acquired skill.  

Sharing this huge project with my child taught us how to work with one another.”

Are you self-published? My first two books went via two of the three routes for publishing: You did WHAT now?!, my memoir, is self-sourced and self-published. I worked as a project manager with every vendor one needs to put forth a book (e.g., editor, cover designer, formatter, printer, etc.). I then put the book for distribution and printing via two popular houses: CreateSpace (Amazon) and IngramSpark (huge and necessary as a distributor in the publishing world). The learning curve was steep in managing the process working with various vendors and uploading materials onto the distribution houses because I didn’t know what I didn’t know. So when I did learn something I had to take care of, it slowed things down to a halt because I had to wrap my head around this new learning concept, figure out how to do it, maybe backtrack a step in order to make the new step more well-rounded for completion. But I am glad to have had the experience of this learning curve.   With How to Survive Elementary School, I went hybrid via a small-press publishing house (that I didn’t have to pitch to or convince to publish the book) that oversaw the entire process (which was longer than self-publishing entirely). I gave input and green-light/red-light every step of the way—from chapter format and font to cover design elements and nuances to back cover elements and layout to PR stuff.  It sounds like a picnic, right? Well, sometimes it was, and sometimes it’s a lot of waiting around for simple changes to take place and wondering how I could best communicate things online with my project manager when a white board or in-person meeting or Skype wasn’t available to me to communicate my thoughts.  With the third book that I’m working on procuring interview subjects now—A Crazy Day on the Job as a...—an agent I met at a writers conference said it’s interesting and wants me to put together a book proposal for him so he could use it as a tool to pitch to larger presses. So who knows, maybe I’ll experience yet a third type of publishing route via the agent-traditional press method. Many people want to write and publish their own books, and people are aware of self-publishing options but they don’t know the exact steps involved. So I’m happy to share this process with them so it doesn’t have to feel daunting. ¢

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Healing in Motion Redondo Beach therapist Sepideh Saremi gets her patients out of the office and on the move with her Run Walk Talk sessions along the California coast. WRITTEN BY AMBER KLINCK | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF BERTING

Sitting across from Sepideh Saremi in her cozy Redondo Beach office feels comfortable. The space is simple, quiet and void of any distractions. Dressed in head-to-toe athletic wear, Sepideh has a disposition that is both warm and professional—a pairing that makes the psychotherapist incredibly easy to talk to. Ease of conversation, however, is only part of what Sepideh aims to achieve during her therapy sessions. She believes the real healing begins when there’s a connection made between the body and the mind—which is why it’s not until we step outside her office that her unique approach to therapy is revealed. Walking at a quick clip, Sepideh leads the way down the narrow path toward the beach. “All of your problems seem a lot smaller when you’re walking near the Pacific Ocean,” she says. And she’s right. The warmth of the sun is uplifting, and there’s an unmistakable energy that’s felt as each rolling wave crashes onto the sand. Walking side-by-side, any stigmas surrounding the stereotypically awkward therapy session are gone. And symbolically, “you’re literally moving forward with another person,” Sepideh points out. “People internalize that … and that kind of progress spills into other areas of their lives.” The inspiration behind Sepideh’s on-the-go approach to therapy stemmed from her time working with patients in a community mental health center. “I worked with a lot of Iranian men—[most of whom were] recent immigrants and refugees,” she notes. “Culturally, therapy is very foreign to Iranians, so I had to be sensitive to that.” If Sepideh, who was born in Germany to Iranian parents, noticed that sitting across from one another in a room or maintaining a sustained gaze felt uncomfortable for a patient, she’d suggest they go for a walk. “Immediately it lifted their mood,” she says. By eliminating direct eye contact, her patients felt more comfortable to speak freely. Today, after three years in Beverly Hills, Sepideh has closed her office on the Westside



and moved her practice to Redondo Beach. Her patients tend to fall largely in the category of overachievers and entrepreneurs. “I work really well with people that are very hard on themselves, with very type-A traits,” she explains. “In many ways [these traits] have served them. But what often happens with high achievers is they don’t have the experience of failure early on, which means sometimes they don’t develop the tools to deal with it. So when it happens—and it happens to everybody—it hits them really hard. I’m actually very much that type of person as well.” Life hit Sepideh really hard at the age of 24 when her 19-year-old sister was diagnosed with cancer. “It was horrible,” she says. “Thankfully she survived, but the experience as a whole made me realize I shouldn’t wait to do the things I want to do.” So although she began her professional career as a writer, Sepideh went back to school to get her master’s degree and clinical training at UCLA. It was also during this time that she began her own personal relationship with running. “I was really depressed after everything I had gone through with my sister being sick,” she shares. “Running made me feel so much better, and it really shifted the relationship I had with my body. I wasn’t solely focused on my weight; it was more about checking in with how my body felt. I started asking questions like, ‘Am I eating enough to run how I want to?’ It became a way for me to really understand what I was going through and how to heal myself.” Not all of Sepideh’s clients run or walk with her. The patient’s initial session is held in the office, where clear lines are drawn around what he or she is comfortable discussing, how to handle the possibility of running into someone they know while running with Sepideh, as well as a general assessment of treatment. But the option is there—the option to step outside and tune in to the beauty of the California coastline, the needs of the body and the wellness of the mind. ■

3 Ways to Start Your Day Successfully PRACTICE MINDFULNESS There are so many apps that are making meditation more accessible to all of us. But you don’t have to sit and listen to a guided meditation; you can go for a run or walk without music and just notice the sound of your footfalls, the environment around you and your internal experience. Practicing mindfulness is highly effective for improving focus and performance. EXERCISE Working out benefits both your mind and your body. People who exercise experience better mental health, sleep and digestion and have lower risks of various physical health conditions. Exercising in the morning means there are fewer barriers to getting in your workout.  EAT WELL It sounds so obvious, but many people confuse what are actually hunger and thirst for anger, sadness, anxiety and other feelings. I keep water and granola bars in my office for this reason. Feed your body to protect your mental and emotional wellness. You can have more clarity and productivity if you start your day with a good, nourishing meal. 

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(Pretty) Radical, Smart and Bitchin’ By the time she was inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame by rocker Joan Jett in 2016, local legend Cindy Whitehead had ridden many, many miles. But more than 40 years after she first burst onto the scene—and despite her feats and those of countless other female skaters—it’s still the men of the sport who get most of the attention. That’s about to change. Cindy is on a mission to empower the next generation of female skaters to share their stories with the world.


An’ I don’t give a damn ‘bout my reputation Never said I wanted to improve my station An’ I’m only doin’ good When I’m havin’ fun An’ I don’t have to please no one An’ I don’t give a damn ‘Bout my bad reputation Oh no, not me Oh no, not me


his anthem by Joan Jett, her musical heroine, is one of Cindy Whitehead’s all-time favorites. And if you talk to Cindy for more than five minutes, you’ll understand why. A spirit of fun, challenging societal norms and living life on her own terms has defined her most of her life. She is quick to acknowledge, however, that back in the 1970s when she was growing up, most folks living in the South Bay were very accepting of her as a female skateboarder. “If it wasn’t for the people in the South Bay,” she says, “I probably could not have accomplished all that I have.” Her grandmother was her first champion and gifted her with a skateboard for her 14th birthday. As the owner of the Tu’u boutique on Pier Avenue and an active community member, her grandmother embodied female empowerment. Her message to Cindy was always: “Mark your own path; do what you want to do. Don’t just follow what everyone else is doing.” The skateboard that Cindy’s grandmother gifted her had Cadillac urethane wheels, purchased at ET Surfboards in Hermosa Beach. Cindy loved the freedom that skateboarding afforded her. Many of Cindy’s friends and fellow skateboarders were guys, but her best friend was Michelle Kolar—another local girl who would become a national freestyling champion. Every now and then Cindy and Michelle would encounter other female skateboarders on The Strand or at the local skate parks. “You’d see a few doing freestyle and snake runs,” she remembers. “Vert became popular with the emergence of half pipes and pools.” The first wave of female skaters from the ‘60s and



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early ‘70s were falling out of the sport because of injuries or because they were getting older and moving on to other pursuits. Cindy and Michelle were at the vanguard of a new generation. Also at this time Cindy was attending Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, and she would often ditch her classes to participate in demos. With the support of her family, the school eventually agreed to let her attend half-days in the hopes that this schedule would keep her in school and on track to graduate. She took only core subjects like English and math in the morning and received elective credits to practice skateboarding in the afternoons. Her skateboarding passion would once again pose a significant conflict of interest, however, when she was invited to participate in her first skate tour. The event required that she travel for three weeks. Compounding the challenge was the fact that, at that time, the school district had instated a new ruling that no student could be absent for more than 10 days per semester before getting kicked out. The initial solution posed to Cindy and her family was placement in a transitional high school for challenged, on-the-verge-of-dropping-out kids. Both Cindy and her counselor said, “No way,” and her counselor successfully advocated for a tailored curriculum of correspondence courses that she could work into her schedule. This plan worked really well for Cindy and (eventually) other skaters, who would do their homework on plane rides and whenever they had downtime. Thanks to this game plan, Cindy successfully completed her junior and senior years of high school.





Cindy’s first big skateboarding competition was the freestyle 1978 Hang Ten Skateboard Olympics at Magic Mountain in Valencia. As confident and trailblazing a person as she was (and is), the prospect stressed her out big-time. She had a vision for how she wanted her routine to unfold, but since her management wasn’t attending to what she saw as very important details, like music, she decided to handle them herself. She also decided that she did not want her friends or family to attend because she believed that their presence at the event would stress her out even more. Thankfully they defied her wishes and took a ton of pictures that ended up being the only documentation of this seminal moment in her skateboarding career. Skaters from all over the country participated in that competition, and among the women Cindy came in third place. She participated in many other competitions after the Hang Ten Olympics and became one of the top-ranked professional female vert skateboarders in the U.S. for pool riding and half-pipe. She was also the first professional female skateboarder to be sponsored by Puma and skated professionally until 1982. Right around this time, skate parks across the country started closing down because parents would sue them whenever their kids got hurt. Cindy decided to “get a job, figure out ‘real life’ and move on.” After attending UCLA briefly, she found work as a production assistant on several movies and also worked in Mattel’s photo studio. She eventually took a job as a stylist at a magazine called Swimwear Illustrated, which was based in the Bay Area. The magazine was launched by the creator of Runner’s World and served as a great training ground for what would eventually become Cindy’s professional niche. After working there for only one year, Cindy moved back to the South Bay and landed an agent in Los Angeles who connected her to styling gigs across the area. Cindy began working on print commercials, catalogs and editorial spreads for companies such as Toyota and Volkswagen. Sports were still Cindy’s passion, however. After a few years her photographer boyfriend (who would eventually become her husband) helped her reexamine her focus. With his support, she came to the realization that she wanted to focus her expertise on sports—even though she was working with some of the biggest companies, actors and musicians in the world. Her agency dropped her when she told them her decision, and Cindy became a free agent— finding gigs on her own. She coined and trademarked the term Sports Stylist® and has worked with some of the top sports photographers

in the world for clients like Nike, Adidas and TaylorMade Golf. But a love for skateboarding never left Cindy, and even though she stopped competing, she never stopped skating. In 2012 she embarked on a renegade adventure that propelled her back into the public eye. Remember “Carmageddon II,” that dreaded final weekend in September 2012 when portions of the 405 Freeway were closed for construction? The royal inconvenience that had most of Los Angeles planning their Netflix queues for the weekend got Cindy and her husband, Ian Logan, strategizing how she could skate down an empty 405 Freeway. On the morning of Sunday, September 30, police were stationed at every on- and off-ramp of the 405. As they drove around the Sepulveda Pass near Getty Center Drive, Cindy and Ian got pretty discouraged. They were about to turn around and head home when they saw it: a hole in a fence and no police cars in sight. Cindy recalls that her husband told her to run up onto the freeway and just start skating. She did, and he caught the whole thing on film. They jumped back into their car after only a few minutes because there was a police car stationed at the next exit. After they got home, they downloaded the images and put one on Instagram. Their use of the hashtag #carmageddon resulted in their post being seen by The Huffington Post, which broke the story shortly after. Soon after, other big media outlets like CBS, ABC, NBC and ESPN were broadcasting the story as well. One day Cindy and Ian found themselves talking to the creative director at skateboarding company Dusters California. The creative director posed to Cindy the idea of designing a skateboard with Dusters’ parent company, Dwindle—one of the world’s largest skateboard manufacturers. Cindy said yes, excited by the prospect of designing a board for girls since there were so few on the market. She even created the artwork. Shortly after it launched, 200 of those boards sold out on the Vans Warped Tour in less than 20 days. The board began getting a ton of press, with stores clamoring to carry it. And because Dwindle’s distribution is worldwide, Cindy’s board started showing up as far away as China and Japan, where girls carried it like a purse. A skateboard shop in the Middle East picked it up too and sent Cindy a picture of a local girl holding it. Startlingly, the girl in the picture wasn’t covered in a hijab but simply standing in the shop—no differently than a Western girl would. Cindy was blown away by the implications of the image, as it exemplified how in places where females are limited by social mores and punitive laws, skateboarding is serving as a vehicle for rebellion and



#carmageddon social change. As it turns out, a growing number of girls and women skate in places like Tehran, Iran, but usually under the protective veil of night. Some of these brave souls even send Cindy pictures—but with a request that she not post them on social media. If they can, some girls even fashion their appearance to look more like boys, just so they can get away with skateboarding in broad daylight. “It’s really cool,” Cindy says, “but obviously it shouldn’t be this way.” To date Cindy has seven boards in the Dusters California X Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word collaboration. Each one features the logo of a nonprofit they select for that edition, and it’s always a female-based nonprofit that supports female skateboarders. So far, those charitable recipients are the Poseidon Foundation (which encourages female skateboarders across the globe), GRO (Girls Riders Organization), Exposure Skate (which organizes the largest all-female contest annually) and Bridge to Skate (a nonprofit that supports female skateboarders in the inner city). Dwindle matches her dollar-for-dollar on every donation, and a check is sent directly to the nonprofit each quarter. Cindy launched the company Girl Is NOT a 4 Letter Word in 2013. The brand sells merchandise aimed at female skaters and features interviews and news about females in action sports on the website. Cindy’s next project will be micro-grants of up to $250 for girls who want to create their own media—be it a social media campaign or a ‘zine. Even today, Cindy says, the skateboarding industry is still creating very little media with female content. As in, magazines will go months and months without putting a single female in their pages. When asked why she thinks that is, her answer is simple: Because it is still a male-dominated sport. So the micro-grants are intended to provide an antidote. She states, “I’ve had girls come to me and say, ‘Hey, we want to jump in a van, and we want to go from Colorado to California and skate



everywhere we can. We’re going to do a Kickstarter campaign.’ And I’m like, okay, so why should they have to do a Kickstarter? It takes a lot of effort, and with so many Kickstarters out there, people are immune. Why not give these girls the opportunity to apply for a micro-grant?” Cindy’s company also recently released the first hardback comprehensive female skateboard book ever published. Entitled It’s Not About Pretty: A Book About Radical Skater Girls, the book has been well-received and was written up in such outlets as Forbes, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire and Skateboard. It is sold in retail outlets around the world. Cindy couldn’t be happier about this, because the book has afforded her yet another way to ensure that the awe-inspiring journeys of female skaters are shared with others. The book features images of 65 female skaters, ages 5 to 50+, which Ian has shot over the last five years. A 24-year-old female skater in Florida, Elise Crigar, handled the design. Ian’s condition for contributing to the book was that he wanted to put up all the money and create a high-quality coffee table book that girls could be proud to display in their homes—complete with Smyth sewn binding, topnotch paper and saturated images. Cindy says, “He told me, ‘You figure out how to make it awesome, and I’ll work out the cost.’” The book paid for itself in the first two months. Moreover, it can be found in seven public libraries throughout Los Angeles County. Most of these libraries could not afford the book, so Girl Is NOT a 4 Letter Word donated them. In order to earn a place on the shelves of public libraries, they had to register the book with the Library of Congress, which was somewhat labor-intensive but necessary in order to make it accessible to a larger audience. Currently each copy is sold sealed, with a sticker that says: “1 of 4 Posters Inside.” The posters are 15” x 19” and are intended to serve as inspiration for girls who might even want to put them on their wall.

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Cindy shares that when she was growing up, she would cut the often very small pictures of female skaters out of magazines and use them to create inspirational collages. And when she herself eventually made the centerfold of a skateboarding magazine, she cared less about being the person on someone’s bedroom wall and more about being the person that some girl out in the world could be inspired by—even if her parents sometimes discouraged her from skating or people she knew were making fun of her for it. The title It’s Not About Pretty actually first appeared on one of Cindy’s boards—an ironically bright pink number in which the phrase was spelled out in gold punk-style lettering. The idea behind the phrase, says Cindy, is that being a female skater is about being “pretty radical, pretty smart, pretty bitchin’.” She acknowledges that it’s fine for a person to want to look their best for themselves, but she wants girls to understand that there’s more to life than just looking good. Cases in point: In the book you will find an image of an incidentally cute girl who proudly shows the gash she acquired after crashing down a hill at 30 miles per hour. And then there’s the girl with a goose egg bruise on her head and a smile that conveys the unabashed joy she takes in the sport. Cindy notes that when the girl discovered her photo in the book, she was thrilled about that bump because she thought it made her look “bad-ass.” When she was nominated for inclusion in the Skateboarding Hall of Fame, Cindy was tasked with selecting the individual who would

introduce her. And so she boldly emailed Joan Jett, even though they’d never met, explaining to her how much her music meant to her back in the day. Joan responded to her email within 12 hours. Cindy and Joan are now friends, and Cindy appreciates the emotional support that they provide to one another. Joan’s advice to Cindy has included this bit of wisdom: It doesn’t get any easier challenging the status quo, but when people tell you to be quiet, just talk louder. “We all need support,” Cindy says. “As women, we’re all helping the next generation, and it makes us collectively stronger. It’s a good thing. The fight for equality is not just a female fight. We have males helping us too. Ian has been instrumental. A guy names Ted Coombs who set up my first skate tour for me was instrumental.” And now Cindy believes it’s her job to help others. She has signed nine pieces of her skateboard history over to The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History sports collections, and another seven are on loan to the Hermosa Beach Historical Society museum. She’s also given a TEDx Talk. But there’s still so much work to be done. When asked for a final thought on her skating career and current mission, she shares this: “People should embrace individuality—in themselves and in others. I hope that we’ll all encourage future generations to go further than we’ve gone; that’s the key. We need to be the women that embrace other women—not think that they are the competition. Collectively, together, we are so much stronger.” ■

“People should embrace individuality-in themselves and in others. I hope that we’ll all encourage future generations to go further than we’ve gone; that’s the key. We need to be the women that embrace other women-not think that they are the competition. Collectively, together, we are so much stronger.”



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My Surfer Girl Cowabunga! Hall of Famer Mary Lou McGinnis-Drummy is a real-life Gidget. WRITTEN & PHOTOGRAPHED BY KAT MONK

Mary Lou McGinnis-Drummy is what Gidget could only have dreamed of being in real life: a pioneer in the surf world. After reaching the heights of women’s competitive surfing in the ‘60s, Mary Lou went on to model and was regularly seen as an extra/stunt double in surf

films. She also raised four children, judged surf contests for almost 40 years and served as the executive director of the Western Surfing Association. Mary Lou grew up in the landlocked city of Chatsworth, California—not on the beaches of Malibu

or the South Bay. In the 1950s the McGinnis family spent their holidays and vacations at their grandparents’ beach home on 20th Street in Hermosa. One Christmas Mary Lou got a 9’6” Velzy and Jacobs balsa surfboard and taught herself how to surf. At 17 Mary Lou graduated from high school and got married. When she and her husband moved to Hermosa Beach, she got a job at the iconic Green Store and started surfing at nearby 20th Street whenever she had free time. Surprisingly for a male-dominated sport, Mary Lou says she only felt support for her surfing efforts. “It was a great opportunity learning at Hermosa,” she says of her early experience. Soon she was seen in lineups from Malibu to Rincon. In the contest circuit Mary Lou’s claims to fame were placing fifth in the U.S. Surfing Championships in Huntington Beach in 1965, third in The Malibu Invitational and winning the Santa Monica Open. Considered the ideal California girl, she was frequently showcased in magazines and on the covers of Surfer, Surfing and West—a magazine that was then included with the Los Angeles Times. While competing, Mary Lou also launched her film career. Hollywood in the ‘60s had a love for beach culture, with the Gidget series and the Frankie and Annette Beach Party movies. Mary Lou had the unique opportunity to not just be an extra but also a surfing stunt double for Sharon Tate in 1967’s Don’t Make Waves. She shares that working in the surf films was an “eye-opener on how films were made” and says it was “superexciting to work in that industry.” Mary Lou was also the first woman to be featured in her own surf film, a documentary entitled Follow Me that outlined her “Surf Corps” journey through Japan, Morocco, Spain and India in search of waves. For a while, Mary Lou was a single mom of Erin, but she then married Steve Drummy—a professional beach volleyball player—and had three more children. Unsurprisingly, three of her four children became competitive surfers who went on to have their own careers. In Mary Lou’s next phase of life she became a surf judge and started the Women’s International Surfing



Association, which later merged with the Western Surfing Association (WSA). Today the WSA holds about a dozen events each year for men and women with a myriad of divisions in different age groups—even including an adaptive surfer heat. She has been running contests as well as judging for the last 40 years.

After a lifetime of dedication to the surfing world, Mary Lou was just inducted into the illustrious Surfer’s Hall of Fame in Hermosa Beach. She says it was “one of the greatest honors of my life.” Fittingly, she is currently living in the surf destination of San Clemente—home to one of the best waves, called Trestles, in California. ¢

Carlsbad Calling All in for fun, sun and relaxation at Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara WRITTEN BY ELIZA KRPOYAN

I want you to picture taking in views of San Diego’s coastline from a helicopter or hot air balloon. Below you are La Jolla coves, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and multi-million-dollar estates owned by the likes of Bill Gates. At Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara, taking flight is an activity the concierge can arrange for guests—among many other excursions. “A lot of people come here with the intent of exploring,” shares the club’s Jessica Roach. The five-star property, nestled in Carlsbad’s green hills and rolling valleys, is unlike most Four Seasons. Here, each accommodation is a vacation residence rental—outfitted with living and dining room areas, a fully equipped open kitchen or kitchenette, and furnished balcony or terrace. Plus, parents will appreciate an in-unit washer and dryer—just one of the many reasons this destination makes a great family getaway. Accommodations include all hotel amenities like room service, in-villa massages and access to the recently debuted Driftwood Spa. The concierge can coordinate other experiences like Coffee & Tea By The Sea, complete with beach setup, transportation and—as the name suggests—coffee or tea and pastry ($45 per couple). In April 2015 Residence Club Aviara underwent a $6 million renovation, which featured the openings of the Driftwood Spa with three treatment rooms; a dedicated nail salon; and Seasons Restaurant, which welcomed new chef de cuisine James Waters. Mid-month, the Philadelphia transplant and his team will reinvent the menu entirely and will continue to change it seasonally. At the Kitchen Counter and Chef’s Table, the menu will be different every time, shares Chef James. During our visit we indulged in a five-course menu designed specifically for that day with seasonal and organic ingredients. The impeccably



presented dishes featured lobster agnolotti prepared with ricotta, charred corn and citrus foam, and the best scallop crudo we’ve ever eaten, in which the Tabasco vinaigrette offered a flavor instead of a feeling like spicy foods often do. The delicate dish also incorporated garden snap peas and sea bean. As a Southern California chef, James likes to use ingredients as they are—fresh and raw—as much as possible. He explains that his style of cooking is to use five ingredients or fewer in each dish. “After that I feel like you lose the essence and flavors of the ingredients,” he says as he thoughtfully sears Muscovy duck breast. Throughout our meal at the Kitchen Counter, which seats up to six, we watched as one of the line chefs stretched dough by hand and baked one wood burning pizza after another. Despite dining for five courses—which were also perfectly paired with wine—we couldn’t help but consider ordering a pizza to enjoy in our room later. However, after the final course of angel food cake with lemon curd, berry jam and brown butter poppy seed tuile, we reluctantly decided against it. For little ones who also love pizza, the Chef’s Table—another interactive private dining experience option spacious enough for 12—doubles as a pizza “Craft and Crust” workshop every Wednesday afternoon. Another dining experience not to be missed is Seasons’ daily breakfast. Enjoy stacked huevos rancheros (gluten-free) and short rib Benedict served with duck fat hash browns on the outdoor patio. A step away is the resort’s heated pool, where a casual poolside lunch and drinks are offered. Here, servers continually come around with spritzes of Evian, chilled towels and frozen drinks. If after all of the dining and poolside lounging you’re in need of an activity, opt for stand-up paddleboarding lessons in the Carlsbad Lagoon or book the resort’s Coastal Photo Safari in advance. Introduced last summer, the package includes a two-night stay in the villa and a day accompanied by renowned surf photographer Aaron Chang. The morning begins with Aaron picking up guests in a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter to hike at Torrey Pines, followed by the option to take surf lessons as the photographer captures the action. Next comes free-diving La Jolla Cove with underwater equipment, followed by lunch at Galaxy Taco, a private tour of Aaron’s gallery in Solana Beach and finally a helicopter ride over San Diego. For guests who want the full experience, the price is $12,000 for four. It is also completely customizable for guests who prefer to do only some of the excursions. There’s truly something for everyone—from foodies to adventure seekers to couples and families—at this Carlsbad locale. ■



Rich Craft South Bay artist Giuliana Torelli spreads joy through jewelry. WRITTEN BY SUZANNA CULLEN HAMILTON | PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY

Artist Giuliana Torelli has been creating wearable art her entire life. From jewelry to embroidery to scarves to fashion, she has an eye for beautiful creations combined with the passion and patience it takes to create them. Today her work is represented in the Museum of Latin American Art in Los Angeles, as well as online through Giuliana Torelli/ Handcrafted Jewelry on Etsy and Facebook. Growing up in Costa Rica, her family’s dining table was the gathering spot for more than just meals. Giuliana’s mother instilled a love of artistic endeavors when she gathered her daughters to create and commune. “The creative process binds us together when we sit at the table to embroider and paint,” says Giuliana. Today her mother still spends time each day at the family dining table in Costa Rica creating beautiful embroidery, and Giuliana’s sister is a batik artist whose pillows are now featured in luxurious Costa Rican hotels. Giuliana’s home in Palos Verdes is filled with paintings by her mother and batik pieces by her sister–reminders of her family and their love of the creative endeavors that bind them despite the geographical distance. Giuliana began making jewelry when she was a teenager. “I’ve always loved handmade

things, and I have a passion for jewelry,” she says. Her work is diverse in both medium and style–ranging from dainty, feminine pieces to bold statement works. From the intricately created sterling silver pieces in her Rose Collection to her bold cuffs made from leather, embroidery and beadwork, Giuliana’s craft enraptures people and there is something for everyone. When she combines vibrant Latin American textiles with richly colored ribbons in beautiful pendant necklaces, the result is a radiant explosion of happiness. However, it is her one-of-a-kind metal fretwork pieces in sterling silver, copper and brass that capture attention for both the designs and the craftsmanship. Working with a jeweler’s saw, Giuliana makes each piece by hand, but the work is so detailed that most people might mistake it for the more common laser-cut pieces. Remarkably, her pieces are very affordable— ranging in price from $150 for some earrings to $700 for larger necklaces. In her Palos Verdes studio perched above the ocean, Giuliana listens to music and TED talks while she creates whatever inspires her. “I always have a party of one going on in my head, so I create whatever I’m feeling inspired

by on that particular day,” she explains. Her studio is lined with shelves containing every possible type of art supply. Markers, pens, sketch books, beads, ribbons, canvases, paints and metals fill her colorful studio, where beautiful textiles float in the breeze as inspiration. “It all starts with the pattern that I envision, and then I focus intently on creating it,” says Giuliana. That pattern could be in the form of painting or textiles, but most frequently it’s jewelry that inspires her. Working with a jeweler’s saw is dangerous due to the razor-sharp blades, but she is meticulous in attention to detail. “The saw is what jewelry schools use to filter people out–it requires so much focus to accomplish,” she explains. In order to create her filigree pieces, Giuliana saws through each solid metal piece as the designs unfold before her. “I am one of those people who needs to focus that intently; it’s how I work best,” she says. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets and cuffs appear magically from her workbench, though each has taken hours to create and no two pieces are alike. All of her pieces tell a story, and the stories are part of larger collections. “I express



myself through my creations, and my jewelry collections evolve from life events,” shares Giuliana. From her arrival into the United States as a child with only $100 to the joys of becoming a grandmother, her life is told in the chapters of her jewelry treasure trove. After going through a particularly difficult period in her life, Giuliana created a necklace called Agony & Ecstasy. A red stone heart hangs beneath a silver Celtic cross, and both are suspended from leather that’s been tied to resemble barbed wire. Her Cloud Collection necklaces feature silver clouds with silver chains dangling crystals like falling raindrops. Her Rose Collection involves intricately created roses with each tiny pistil, stamen and anther tightly nestled within the graceful petals. “I’ve literally sold them off of my neck when people walk up to me and offer to buy them,” she says. This is evidence that her collections may vary in theme, but her attention to detail is consistent. Giuliana’s work is constantly evolving in scope, medium and genre. Her sketchbooks reveal a mind that is always in imaginative motion with swirls of color and pattern flowing from the pages. She is simultaneously working on numerous pieces ranging from embroidery to jewelry to paintings. Tables in her studio are covered with pieces in various phases of completion, but all relate to each other and all inspire her. Each year Giuliana packs a suitcase filled with her materials and heads to Costa Rica for several weeks. “I have to be with my family and reconnect to my home where I find so much inspiration and joy,” she shares. Sitting at the dining room table creating with her mother and sister feeds her soul as much as the Costa Rican gallo pinto and casado nourish her body. When she returns to the home in the South Bay she shares with boyfriend Steve, her Costa Rican family and life remain with her and inspires her. New experiences, adventures and travels provide fertile ground for her prolific and visionary artistry. Yet the profusion of ideas and the explosion of colors and materials remain firmly attached to tradition—Giuliana creates them at the table in her studio. A different place, a different table, but the same crafts unfold with the memories and the voices of her mother and her sister always with her. ¢



Up in Smoke Plaids, khaki and a flash of flesh pepper our fall fashion dreams at Smoky Hollow Studios in El Segundo.


Tartan belted blazer by Raquel Allegra, $686, black lace bralette by Les Coquines, $110; Wrights in Manhattan Beach. Crop Step Fray denim by Mother Denim, $228, charcoal velvet mules by Dolce Vita, $102; The Beehive in Manhattan Beach. Fishnet stockings by Asos, $5;

Black lace ruffle dress by Ulla Johnson, $576, checked wool coat by Isabel Marant Étoile, $530; Wright’s in Manhattan Beach. Blush suede brogues by Dolce Vita, $130; The Beehive. Gold lariat necklace with feathers by 5 Octobre, $302, green druzy ring by MJM, $812, agate fossil ring by MJM, $1,246; Wright’s in Manhattan Beach.



Silk floral top by Raquel Allegra, $476, Paris drop crotch pants by Nili Lotan, $426; Wright’s in Manhattan Beach. Mustard tassel earrings by Bluma Project, $80, charcoal velvet mules by Dolce Vita, $102; The Beehive in Manhattan Beach. Black neckerchief scarf by Halogen, $39; Nordstrom at Del Amo Fashion Center. Fishnet stockings, $5 by Asos;



Army green military jacket by Veronica Beard, $595, black cap by Brixton, $48; Nordstrom at Del Amo Fashion Center. Black wide-leg jumpsuit by Ulla Johnson, $390; Wright’s in Manhattan Beach. Charcoal velvet mules by Dolce Vita, $102; The Beehive in Manhattan Beach.



Black pencil skirt by Tibi, $395, leather belt by Halogen, $29; Nordstrom at Del Amo Fashion Center. Velvet mules by Dolce Vita, $102; The Beehive in Manhattan Beach. White Victorian blouse by Isabel Marant Étoile, $380; Wright’s in Manhattan Beach.



The Sworn Writer

In her first book, Manhattan Beach-based fashion writer-turned-novelist Kristopher Dukes finds a willing muse from a far-off place and time. INTERVIEWED BY DARREN ELMS | PHOTOGRAPHED BY ANNIE DEPTULA



Kristopher Dukes turns heads when she walks into a room. Chic and comely in the best classical sense, she also reverberates a confidence and grace you either have or you don’t. Now she’s putting that inherent charisma into historical fiction with the debut of The Sworn Virgin. We sat down for coffee with the writer while the ink was still drying on her new novel.

Congrats on the book! This isn’t your first foray into writing … you’ve also written for WWD, Vogue and others. How did you get into the business? Since I was 8 years old I wanted to “be” a writer. I was first published professionally and nationally in high school, and by college I was focused on fashion journalism. I started a blog to promote my freelance writing career, and my blog became a good enough business on its own that it offered me the freedom to write what I wanted. So I started putting short stories into the world via my blog. Even while I was interested in newer ways to distribute and tell stories, I always dreamed of writing a novel. For a while I felt like I was supposed to write a novel somehow situated around fashion— because that’s where my audience was for a time—but I couldn’t get the story of The Sworn Virgin out of my mind. The Sworn Virgin … not an autobiography, right?  Ha! The Sworn Virgin takes place in 1910, in the mountains of northern Albania. So you are right, this is not a memoir. It gets its title and its premise from a true tradition that allows a woman to swear to remain a virgin her entire life and gain the rights and privileges of a man. She can smoke with men, drink with men, inherit property, act as head of the household, participate

in blood feuds that consume the tribes— only she can’t be killed herself, unless she goes back on her vow. As wild as the world of The Sworn Virgin is, it is ultimately the story of an independent young woman struggling to make her dreams come true and balancing what she wants in life with what others want for her. I believe plenty of women in the South Bay will relate with her emotional journey.

own goals. That said, I researched Eleanora’s world for years—down to whether or not she would have known what a fork was—and while she is progressive and at times aggressive, I wanted to be as realistic as possible. She exists within the constraints of her culture, but she also rebels against these constraints. I’m really looking forward to hearing what other people think about this.

What was the inspiration for Eleanora’s story? Nine years ago I read a New York Times article about the last sworn virgins in Albania. Yes, they still exist! Immediately I was inspired to write a story. What would happen if a sworn virgin fell in love? Can someone choose between the love of their life … or their life? So I saw that story potential, but I also thought the tradition was a fantastic metaphor for a woman of any place and time. How often do women have to suppress their sexuality in exchange for being respected in a way that men often take for granted?

What does feminism mean to you ... in 2017? Equality and freedom.

Is this a theme you’ve always been attracted to? I’ve always been attracted to classic novels and historical fiction as a means of exploring how much morality and human nature are simply social norms. Even when I wrote about fashion, I was drawn to it as a reflection of how femininity was being idealized for different times and places. I think it says everything that in the 1950s— when women went from factories back to more “traditional” gender roles—stilettos were popular, girdles were favored, restrictive pencil skirts were in vogue. One of the many things that sets my heroine Eleanora apart is that she disregards what women traditionally wore in her village, favoring unique outfits she designs—including a riding costume incorporating pants—which no one around her can understand. That’s a small hint of how provocative she becomes! Do you consider this a feminist story? The Sworn Virgin is a feminist story in that it is a story of a young woman who fights for control of her life, her body. Things happen to her—as things happen to all of us—but she is a true heroine who acts independently and to achieve her

The book was self-published at first. How did you get to William Morrow? I self-published The Sworn Virgin last year, got great reviews from Kirkus and readers, and was picked up by William Morrow. I knew there would be a lot more opportunity with a prestige publisher, but I had no idea how much. My editor, Tessa Woodward, really helped me bring my characters and their world further to life. You also have a great sense of personal style, and it comes through in your work. In the age of Instagram influencers, what do you think is most essential when putting your personal tastes out in the media marketplace? I think the age of social media calls for an authentic self … but an authentic cocktailparty self. You’re sharing the layer of yourself you share with strangers—not your deepest thoughts and feelings you reserve for your best friend. That said, I do appreciate how vulnerable people can be online and how that can start real dialogues—or at the very least, let someone know they’re not alone. The best fiction has that same effect, right? It can mean everything to just know someone else has felt the same things. What’s next for you ... in writing and life? Travel is always on the horizon, along with some interior design projects here and there. Interior design, to me, is just another way of storytelling. I’m also very excited about the next novel I’m working on. I can’t say more than it’s about another strong woman, in another time that feels faraway, and she is misbehaving in the most wonderful way. “Well-behaved women seldom make history” … or fodder for great historical fiction. ■






When Hermosa Beach artist Maggie Lochtenberg posted a photo of a mural she created for a business in El Segundo, it caught the eye of Nicky Rising—a design showroom owner who lives in Redondo Beach. Turns out Nicky’s daughter, Haley, went to school with Maggie at Mira Costa, and she was impressed with the young muralist’s talents. She commissioned Maggie to create a mural on her Melrose showroom, Nicky Rising Ltd., for the LCDQ Legends design event that happens each spring. “Nicky and I both worked with interior designer Jessica Ayromloo, who did the window displays, to come up with a take on a de Gournay wallpaper design for the exterior of the building.” The result is a pink and palm palette that’s sure to capture more than a passing glance to those lucky enough to drive by. In addition to mural commissions for both businesses and residents, Maggie paints oil on canvas and plays with mixed media, photography and writing. You can follow her on Instragram @mloch_art. ¢





Some people are heroes for the masses, while others are champions for one. JJ Hendershot shatters that prototype as she impacts the lives of thousands while remaining forever committed to improving the life of one she loves.






Born in London, raised in Palos Verdes and educated at UC Santa Barbara with a master’s degree in education, JJ Hendershot appears to be the perfectly fit Southern California woman with a great lifestyle. However, beneath her statuesque beauty and friendly nature lie a steely determination and a constant drive to improve. For most who know JJ, she’s a force of nature on a spin bike and in her Pilates classes, where she wills her students to push themselves to the limits with her expert prompts and constant encouragement. JJ began her certification process during her undergraduate years and now holds numerous certifications and degrees. Her understanding of physiology—academically and practically—is what makes JJ such a powerful instructor and mentor. As a director of Equinox Fitness with a focus on national philanthropic events, JJ travels to 16 cities to increase awareness, visibility, participation and financial support for Equinox philanthropic endeavors such as Cycle for Survival. “We raised over $34

million this season, and we’ve raised over $120 million since we began in 2007,” she says. As great as her efforts are with Equinox, JJ’s commitment to others through philanthropy extends far beyond her work. She’s also the executive director for The Heroes Project, the senior director of VIMMIA and an active volunteer with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. Furthermore, JJ is also a motivational speaker for corporate athletes, where she addresses large groups of employees at corporations and retreats. In 2009 JJ created Team PerseVerance–a three-hour spin bike event that raised money for the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA. That philanthropic effort ultimately evolved into The Heroes Project, while Team PerseVerance evolved into JJ’s own team for each of her endeavors. The capital “P” and “V” stand for Palos Verdes; the word “perseverance” is for the person who propels her through life. So who is it that drives JJ to have extraordinary energy spanning so many

commitments? It’s her 14-year-old son, Rhys. Rhys was born with primary immune deficiency, which took doctors in numerous states many years to correctly diagnose due to the rarity and complexity of the deficiency. “I became committed to philanthropy by both having been an advocate for Rhys and out of necessity. Because there was no cure and no major funding allocated to research for my own child’s disease, I wanted to harness what could have been debilitating sadness and use that energy to make the world a better place for others,” says JJ.  Today JJ, her husband, Mike, and Rhys share a commitment to a healthy lifestyle and philanthropy. Early morning runs before school, conscientious eating, and weekends filled with fundraisers and volunteering are the norms for the Hendershot family. Rhys is as busy as his mom—participating on the PVIS cross-country team, the Junior Lifeguards, playing soccer and surfing. When he’s not busy with one of his own commitments, he’s with JJ and Mike raising awareness and money for their numerous




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philanthropic commitments. Rhys is planning on a career in aerospace, but it’s guaranteed that both a physically active lifestyle and a generous philanthropic spirit will be equally large parts of his life. Downtime for the Hendershot family includes hanging out in the pool and a constant round of board games and ping-pong. “We’re a pretty competitive bunch,” says JJ. From watching Rhys play soccer to being lifelong Kings and college football fans, the Hendershot family is focused on having fun. “We love sports and can’t wait for Rhys’ soccer season and the college football season,” she adds. That same competitive spirit extends to JJ’s marriage. “Mike’s been my biggest supporter and my most honest critic,” says JJ. When they were told that Rhys had medical issues, hospital staff forewarned them that most marriages could not survive the stress. “On that day we decided we would never let anyone or any circumstance come between us; it was game-on.” Since then, the Hendershot family has always been in the game. With a happy marriage of 19 years, a tightly bonded family and a successful career, JJ has achieved the kind of success to which most aspire but few achieve. “Our family has a different definition of success. We believe it’s important to be comfortable in your own skin and embrace life and spread positivity and light,” says JJ. If you see a family participating in one of the South Bay’s numerous philanthropic events with one person leading the pack and one person at the end making sure no participant is left behind, it will likely be the Hendershot family. Always strong and focused and ever encouraging and positive, JJ, Mike and Rhys remain champions in the South Bay and beyond. ¢

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Triumph from Tribulation

After surviving Stage IV cancer, Judith Opdahl makes it a personal mission to transform suffering patients into a hopeful community. WRITTEN BY MADISON REYNOLDS | PHOTOGRAPHED BY MONICA OROZCO

Why me? We all ask ourselves this question at some point in our lives when challenged with obstacles. While some might dwell or retreat when faced with the pain of unexpected misfortune, others refocus their energy to overcome it. Judith Opdahl, executive director of Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach, is a living example of such strength and determination, as she won her battle against Stage IV colorectal cancer in her early 40s. She took a traumatic, life-altering circumstance and turned it into a life of service, support and sincerity—using her own experience to be an example of hope for the participants at CSCRB. She reflects, “It more or less changed my life. I wanted to do something meaningful. So I was chosen.” After attending CSCRB’s emotional support group sessions in 1990 while undergoing treatment at UCLA, Judith began volunteering at the center, which eventually led to her current role as executive director in 1994. She explains that when the position became available, she “literally woke up in the middle of the night thinking about it” and decided to apply because of how it positively impacted her own journey. Almost 24 years later, Judith still has a passion for helping others who face similar challenges. With a background in business from her college years and previous experience navigating the real estate world with her husband, she often runs the “behind-thescenes” operations of the nonprofit organization. She also devotes time to ensure a warm, homelike environment for the participants and their loved ones attending CSCRB. She enjoys sitting in on some of the group sessions in order to be an inspiration to the patients and feels she is a symbol of hope for the seemingly hopeless. “I want them to know that I have walked this walk too.” Judith, named the 2014 Woman of the Year by



the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce, has aided in the expansion of more than 200 monthly programs at CSCRB—including emotional therapy, exercise classes, informational presentations and discussions on how to deal with the inhibitions and limitations that cancer patients face daily. Under her leadership, CSCRB added a Kids Community, teen group and bereavement group that all specialize in support for youth connected to a loved one diagnosed with cancer. She explains that each program “has the same philosophy: helping people be with one another who are going through the same thing.” The word “community” in the organization’s name emphasizes the important aspect of sharing—a core element in all the activities offered. While dealing with such a serious, depressing subject each day, how does Judith remain so positive and gracious? “It really puts life in perspective … and I’m inspired by so many people,” she shares. “Even people who have passed are inspirational in the way they deal with a cancer journey. They have learned to enjoy life, and they’ve done everything they could do. I always find that very sad, yet I’m in admiration too.” Daily she bravely relives her journey as a cancer survivor in order to serve others going through the difficult times she once knew and grieved over. Thankfully she had the ability to move beyond the past and head fearlessly into the future. Her compassion and commitment to CSCRB are unwavering. Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach will host its annual Girls Night Out fundraiser at The Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach in October to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For more information on this event and others for Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach, visit¢



n o i t a n i t s De d n a l Thai Discover the best places to stay and see beyond Bangkok. WRITTEN BY JENNIE NUNN







For nearly two decades as a magazine editor and travel writer, I’ve met people who travel for escape (and don’t believe in a mailing address); others to find meaning and purpose or sort out a difficult life decision; others to fulfill a “bucket list” destination; and others merely because they have the time. But there’s almost always one question I get asked a lot: “Where should I go now?” It all depends on the goal and purpose of the trip. If there’s one place that’s right at the top of my list, it’s Thailand. From canoeing to a private, tented luxury camp to learning to ride an elephant at a nearby sanctuary to a fairytale-like setting surrounded by meticulously manicured rice fields and lush gardens, explore the ultimate places outside of Bangkok to stay and see now.


Chiang Mai, the second largest city in Thailand, is perhaps most known for its beloved Night Bazaar—lined with souvenir-stocked shops, restaurants, art galleries, nightclubs and even Muay Thai boxing rings. Here’s where to regroup for the night: FOUR SEASONS RESORT CHIANG MAI Set amid 32 acres of pristine gardens and terraces, the lush property with 99 pavilions and residences is dotted with lily ponds, two lakes, four restaurants, a spa, a cooking school and a working rice farm replete with water buffalo. Guests won’t want to set foot off the property with complimentary offerings such as Introduction to Thai language classes, sunset yoga, nature hiking with a local expert, and mountain biking with a map, helmet and bottled water. Should you want to venture off-premises, catch a ride on the inhouse shuttle that runs several times daily to and from downtown Chiang Mai. Cruise around the city like a local in a tuk tuk, or rickshaw. At Chiang Mai National Museum, explore sculpture, artwork and artifacts from the Lanna kingdom, or pack a picnic and explore waterfalls and swimming holes including Monthathan Waterfall and the Huay Kaew Waterfall.

Getting There Part of the entire experience is the flight there. Passengers can choose from one of three flights daily on a Boeing 777-300ER airplane to Hong Kong (one until October only) on Cathay Pacific Airlines (cathaypacific. com). Additional flights include one on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday, and one on Tuesdays only with business, premium economy and economy. In business class, maintain privacy in a roomy pod-like cabin complete with a fold-out entertainment screen, a reading light, power outlet, a small storage compartment with a mirror and a fullyreclining seat powered by the touch of a button that lowers into a bed. Thanks to partnerships with notable guest chefs, hotels and wineries including Mandarin Oriental and Chef Daniel Green of Food Network’s Kitchen Inferno, the onboard culinary experience is a not-to-miss event on its own. The airline was one of the first to offer rice cookers, toasters and skillets to prepare everything from steamed rice and toasted bread to eggs. (First class passengers also have the option of hand-selecting menu items and dining à la carte.) From Hong Kong, passengers can fly direct to Chiang Mai on Cathay Dragonair.

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, CHIANG MAI Opened 10 years ago, the 277-room property offers guestrooms awash in calming earth tones, Asian artwork and a pillow menu (including feather pillows, anti-snore, buckwheat, foam and bolster). For a personal reboot, head to the yoga pavilion, outdoor swimming pool or Chi Spa and opt for the Wild Flower Body Glow with an aromatic blend of Chiang Mai herbs followed by an exfoliation and massage.


FOUR SEASONS TENTED CAMP GOLDEN TRIANGLE Don’t let the word “camp” fool you. Opened six years ago, the luxury property in Northern Thailand approximately 491 miles from Bangkok is comprised of 15 tents tucked in a bamboo jungle situated along the Ruak and Mekong rivers. Laos and Myanmar, formerly Burma, can be spotted in the distance. To get to your luxury suite framed by canvas walls, cross an Indiana Jones-style wooden bridge suspended high above a large pond. What’s most unique here, though, isn’t the spa housed in a series of converted treehouses with open-air salas hovering above the jungle. It’s not the treatments, which include the new kala coconut massage using kala, smoothly finished half coconut shells and



virgin coconut oil made exclusively for the resort. For the experience of a lifetime, enlist in elephant mahout training—a partnership with the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation. This organization is dedicated to rescuing non-wild elephants from cruel conditions. Students will learn basic commands (“pai” or go; “bean” or turn; and “how” or stop), go elephant trekking and become a trained mahout for the day. Other activities include a city visit to a local market with fresh seafood and produce, or an 800-year-old temple, Wat Pa Sak—home to the Chiang Saen Museum, with artwork made by local hill tribes and ancient Lanna-style artifacts. LE MÉRIDIEN CHIANG RAI RESORT, THAILAND Located approximately a one-hour drive from the Golden Triangle, the property features an on-site spa, swimming pool, manmade lake and two 100-year-old rain trees. Guestrooms are appointed with cool tones of charcoal and lilac, flat-screen televisions and rain showers. Activities range from a Mae Kok River cruise, to a visit to Rai Mae Fah Luang (or the Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park)—a botanical garden and museum. ■



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World-renowned ethologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, visited the national awardwinning Environmental Charter High School (ECHS) campus in the South Bay to meet with student leaders from ECHS as well as other student leaders from Los Angeles who are involved in Jane Goodallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roots & Shoots and Generation Earth youth programs.




Shop With Sally

Not all events are created equal. To rally around a local mother battling cancer and her son, Southbay magazine joined McKenna South Bay BMW and Walk With Sally to create an evening of fashion and fundraising. Locals shopped at pop-up shops sponsored by Trina Turk, Nordstrom, Margaret O’Leary, Planet Blue, The Urban Clothes Horse and Melissa shoes, with partial proceeds benefiting this mother-son duo. Through proceeds and the generous $5,000 donation by South Bay BMW, a Walk With Sally friendship was facilitated between the local teenager and a mentor—a young professional whose family was similarly affected by cancer. Guests dined on gourmet bites by Lisa’s Bon Appetit, Paul Martin’s American Grill and STACKED while sipping on an extensive wine list curated by Barsha Wines & Spirits and brews from Scholb Brewery in the beer garden. In addition, attendees watched a film on the big screen to get an in-depth view into the family’s story and battle. The event would not have been possible without help from Town Social Events and VOX DJs. Thanks to Penta Water and Choura Events for their continued partnership.







White Light White Night

Walk With Sally hosted their 11th annual gala, White Light White Night. More than 1,000 attended to support children of families impacted by cancer. Guests were treated to food from 25 South Bay restaurants, craft cocktails from Tito’s vodka and Azuñia tequila, and music by Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath. This year Walk With Sally raised more than $375,000 (net) to support their free mentoring programs and support services for children.

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56th Annual Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix Thousands of spectators enjoyed a day of racing and the Chevron Kids’ Zone during the annual Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix.

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Men’s Pro Race rounding the corner of the Chevron Spin

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Racers in the Men’s Pro Race


Winners of the Women’s Pro Race with Henry Kusch


Celebrate Chefs & Cellars Sponsored by the Associates of the Palos Verdes Art Center, the event featured food and wine tastings alongside a silent auction and art projects.

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Staff from Entertaining Friends Catering

Stan Solomon and Charla Martinez

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The Strand House Re-Opening Party This re-opening and fundraiser benefited the Manhattan Beach Firefighter Burn Foundation.


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The firefighters who helped save The Strand House.

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Sports Academy Foundation 50 For 50 Gala Presented by BMW Sports Academy Foundation’s inaugural 50 For 50 Gala honored 12-year NFL vet Eric Barton, who played for the Raiders, Jets and Browns—always wearing #50. After a near-death experience, Eric has dedicated his life to impacting the lives of young people through the Foundation’s Empowerment Through Athletics program. NFL legend Jim Brown with honoree Eric Barton

LA Rams players Todd Gurley and Nelson Spruce

D’Qwell Jackson, Scott Hochstadt, Monique Brown, Jim Brown, Eric Barton

NBA’s Byron Scott with girlfriend Cecilia Gutierrez

Matt Rambo and Spencer Hawes

Bourbon, Blues & BBQ! Shade Hotel Redondo Beach celebrated summer with a Bourbon, Blues & BBQ event on their open-air rooftop, Sky Level. BBQ medley by Chef Aaron Robbins

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Third Eye Blind Benefit Concert for the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation Stephan Jenkins, lead singer of Third Eye Blind, took a day off during his 38-show summer tour to surf with veterans from The Greater LA VA Hospital. Later that evening, Third Eye Blind performed at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach for a special concert benefitting the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation.

Carly Rogers, Kim Kuhljuergen, Cheryl Lawhorne, Frank Schnitzenbaumer, Kris Primacio, Kyle Denitz

Stephen Jenkins offers a surf lesson.


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“There is no challenge that is too audacious for me to take on with my exceptional team. Our leadership signature is grounded in innovative, whole-person approaches to creating a healthier community. Each day I focus on what I can do to make a positive difference in the lives of those I serve. I am action-oriented and don’t let barriers discourage me. Persistence is my motto.” – MARY KINGSTON, CHIEF EXECUTIVE PROVIDENCE LITTLE COMPANY OF MARY MEDICAL CENTERS, SAN PEDRO AND TORRANCE





women in business Women rock when it comes to business (and, let’s face it, most everything else they do!) We’re proud of the South Bay’s Women in Business and the impact they are making on our community and the world. Read on to learn more about these strong female leaders who are our neighbors, colleagues and friends.





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Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers, San Pedro & Torrance Mary Kingston Chief Executive 4101 Torrance Boulevard Torrance 310-540-7676

“As a nurse and chief executive, I am called to be a change agent to intentionally bring innovative, whole-person care that reliably delivers outstanding quality, safety and consumer experience to our community.”




ary Kingston is the chief executive of Providence Little Company of Mary (LCM) Medical Centers in San Pedro and Torrance. She began working with Providence in 2011 as the chief operating officer for LCM Torrance. She was promoted to her current position in 2015. Mary is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a certified Lean Black Belt. Mary and her husband, Robert—an emergency physician, have been together 35 years and have six children and five grandchildren. A Chicago native, she is a diehard Cubs fan. Mary was introduced early to her faith through her adoption via Catholic Charities and is an active, practicing Catholic. She volunteers her time with Family Assistance Ministries-sponsored events, Concern America, the American Heart Association, as a Eucharistic minister in her parish and a Marymount California University board member. How are you and LCM redefining health care in the South Bay? “By addressing access along the entire continuum of care through innovative approaches that involve patient and community input. Traditionally, health care has been hospital-centric. My leadership team and I have been working diligently to create new models of care delivery in the South Bay that align with our whole-person care philosophy and are easily accessible for the community. I would describe the work that my team and I are doing as disruptive to traditional health care approaches in the South Bay. As a nurse and chief executive, I am called to be a change agent to intentionally bring innovative, whole-person care that reliably results in outstanding quality, safety and consumer experience for the community. Our new Advanced Care Center in Torrance, opening in July 2018, will house our Centers of Excellence for Oncology in partnership with City of Hope, and our Orthopedic Spine Institute. In 2016 we introduced an advanced urgent care in Redondo Beach with our partner Exer, and we have a second center opening in Manhattan Beach later this year. These centers offer a broader range of services staffed by emergency physicians and are an alternative to the emergency department for our community. In San Pedro we are opening an outpatient behavioral health center on

November 1, designed to serve patients who have been medically cleared in the emergency department but are waiting for a psychiatric evaluation or require inpatient placement. This is the first center of its kind licensed in the state of California and will help reduce the impact on our emergency departments in Los Angeles, while providing the right level of care to best meet the unique needs of a behavioral health patient.” Any advice for women going into your line of work? “My advice for a woman entering health care as an executive is to be authentic, know your strengths and build on them, but listen to your physicians and team members—as they are the experts in what they do. Always explain decisions in the context of ‘why’ and set expectations for ‘how.’ Be a servant leader and surround yourself with leaders who are smarter than you—and let them know it! Don’t micromanage unless absolutely necessary. Embrace your board members, as essential advisors—they have the breadth and depth of expertise from a multitude of experiences and industries.” Who are some female leaders you admire? “The female leader I admire most is Mother Teresa. She led with humility, compassion and persistence. And most importantly, she got things done! Her love for humanity made a profound impact on the world—most especially the poor and vulnerable. I picture her loving those she served and working with them for the greater good. My favorite quote of hers: ‘We think sometimes poverty is only being hungry, naked, and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for is the greatest poverty.’” How has your life experience contributed to who you are today professionally? “My mother was a ‘head’ nurse in an open psychiatric unit, and my father was a mortician. Because of their vocations, I was exposed to a unique perspective of health, illness and death from a very early age. These experiences shaped me into the nurse—and now the executive—that I am. Besides my parents, Sr. Terrence Landini has been a guide and mentor in supporting me as a lay leader carrying on the legacy of the Sisters in a relevant way today. I am inspired by the Sisters of LCM and of Providence. Their mission, ‘To reveal God’s love for all, especially the poor and vulnerable,’ is aligned with my life’s purpose.”


Back row, L to R: Richard Glimp, MD, Melissa Baker, Uriah Melchizedek, Michael Jongsma, Ted Wang Front row, L to R: Anne Lemaire, Steven Brass, MD, Mary Kingston, Colleen Wilcoxen, Garry Olney Not pictured: Rick Fridrick




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Terranea Resort Catering Team 100 Terranea Way Rancho Palos Verdes 310-265-2883

“Constant communication and checking in with our clients to make sure they are happy throughout the planning process is key to our success.”


erranea Resort, an events destination boasting panoramic views of the coastline and Catalina Island, is the site of special events for groups of two to 900+. The resort’s team of catering and culinary experts manages activities that take place throughout the resort for clients, including corporate meetings, bar/bat mitzvahs, anniversaries, birthdays, celebrations of life and parties. Associate director of catering Christina Canalez has 25+ years of experience working in catering and events. A summer job turned into a decade of work with a familyrun events venue in Malibu, which opened the door to her long career in the industry. After working for years on the East Coast, she returned to Southern California to work with Terranea. She manages the catering sales and event managers, who handle nearly 100 weddings a year plus many other events and celebrations. What is Terranea doing that is unique? “Terranea Resort is a destination venue where we host our guests’ most memorable occasions. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Terranea is the epitome of Southern California. We utilize the freshest herbs, vegetables and fruits from our garden. Our executive chef Bernard Ibarra collects seawater from the ocean to make our own sea salts. We curate custom culinary extravaganzas and social events for our guests, taking our cues from the bounty of the peninsula. We are proud to deliver a personalized and warm service that is a true collaboration naturally inspired.” How important are personal skills? “Our catering team has the tools to deliver great service to our guests. Each member of our team is unique in their style and approach as they engage, build rapport and earn trust with clients. We encourage individuality and want to support them as they delight guests at each encounter, finding some fun along the way.” Tell us about the partnerships your department depends on. “The production of any event has so many supporting partners within the resort and outside the resort with our vendors. It takes a village for us to be successful in creating beautiful and memorable events. We would not be able to deliver on our promises without the commitment from so many others. Our culinary and banquet teams are our



lifeline, and we are only successful when the food and service are as memorable as the location and the décor. While so many play a critical role behind the scenes, we owe them a heartfelt thank you for their many talents and expertise.” What are some of the challenges for women in today’s workplace? “Fortunately, gender is not a factor in our workplace at Terranea Resort. Women have the opportunity to work in leadership roles in hospitality more than ever before. Our own president, Terri Haack, is an accomplished businesswoman who empowers us all to go beyond in delivering exceptional service and creating extraordinary memories. She is a great role model and an advocate for all of us.” Advice for women in your line of work? Christina Canalez: “My best advice is to never give up. Even when you think it is easier to walk away, persevere. Listen intently to find out the root of the issue, make recommendations and provide them with possible solutions. Problem-solving and providing expertise to someone planning their wedding—which is already a stressful endeavor—can be very rewarding and fulfilling. Understanding our clients’ needs positions us to be invaluable in delivering a successful event.” What does success mean to you? C.C.: “Success is a smile of gratitude, a hug at the end of a fabulous weekend for a job well done. When our clients don’t want to leave because they had such a marvelous time, we have done our jobs effectively.” Does mentorship play a role in your life? C.C.: “I am a huge proponent of mentorship. I enjoy training and mentoring anyone who wants to get involved in our business. I love when I can help someone achieve their dreams and assist them in transitioning into their next promotion.” What is the #1 way you support clients? C.C.: “I enjoy meeting our clients and listening to their requests in order to create their perfect occasion. I am empathetic and understanding, as I often work with clients who have never planned an event of such magnitude. Constant communication and checking in with our clients to make sure they are happy throughout the planning process is key to our success.”


L to R: Laura Knight, Eleni Cuevas, Tiffany Hong, Kadija Fofana, Victoria Caporaso, Jennifer Messerli, Christina Canalez




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Steven K. Okamoto, DDS, Inc. Dr. Michelle Okamoto Associate General Dentist 22330 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite E Torrance 310-373-1120

“Patients are trusting us completely to do what is right and what is best, and I work very hard to earn my patients’ confidence and make their experience at our office the most positive it can be.”


ssociate dentist Dr. Michelle Okamoto has worked for the past 16 years with her father, Dr. Steven Okamoto. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology at Pepperdine University and her doctorate degree in dental surgery at UCLA. The dental practice of Dr. Steven Okamoto is a 2,500-square-foot, stateof-the-art center featuring advanced technology in the areas of restorative, prosthetic and implant dentistry. The practice also offers treatment of sleep apnea, bruxism and other sleep disorders. Both Dr. Steve and Dr. Michelle participate in extensive continuing education in dental health. Any advice for women going into your line of work? “There is most definitely a stigma attached to how a dentist should be—whether it is the age or gender—and I am excited to see how over the past few years we are breaking that stigma. I believe women contribute something that is incredible and unique to the field of dentistry. I would encourage any woman going into my line of work to be confident and proud of this dynamic change in health care and to be excited about what the future holds for us in dentistry.” How important are personal skills? “I am the first one to admit there are many more enjoyable experiences than going for a dental visit and undergoing treatment. My job, however, is to not only provide my patients with outstanding dental care but to walk with them every step of the way. My goal with every patient is to understand concerns from the beginning, recognize anxieties throughout treatment, explain thoroughly why treatment is needed and the benefit, and most important, answer all questions before anything is initiated. Patients are trusting us completely to do what is right and what is best, and I work very hard to earn my patients’ confidence and make their experience at our office the most positive it can be.” How would your clients describe you? “I remember being in dental school, looking around the room overwhelmed and intimidated by my incredibly scholastic colleagues, and asking myself, ‘What am I going to do to stand out?’ While I knew



UCLA would prepare me academically and technically for my future career as a dentist, I recognized my ability to communicate and connect with others was something I could bring to the table. I love people … it’s as simple as that. I am even more blessed that I not only get to treat and help patients on a daily basis but meet and connect with new faces throughout my day. My patients would describe me as upbeat, bubbly and curious as to how they are and what the latest is in their lives. My patients also say that I can be funny and entertaining—I guess that depends on what story I am telling and who my audience is! They would also describe me as a slight perfectionist, paying great attention to detail. And most importantly, I would hope most of my patients see me as trustworthy and how big my heart is for them and what I do every day.” What do you do when you’re off the clock? “You can usually find me trying to squeeze in a CardioBarre class. I started dancing when I was 3 years old, continued throughout college and absolutely love it to this day. Finding time to physically and mentally destress while dancing to music for an hour is the perfect way to unwind after work. I also love to cook and try my best to meal prep with new recipes on the weekends to prepare me for busy weeks ahead. I am also lucky to have friends and family all so close to me. Any other free time is spent with them!” Tell us about your family. “I don’t know what I did to deserve the most amazing family, but I certainly count my blessings that I do. I have two incredible parents who were born and raised in the South Bay and who have given their lives to selflessly providing for us four children: my father, Dr. Steven Okamoto, and my mother, Cheryl. I feel so honored to be able to work side-by-side with my father, and my mother is my best friend. I also have three brothers. Growing up with three boys was chaotic, but they have given me a strength and confidence I wouldn’t have had otherwise. They are some of my biggest supporters, and I am equally as proud of them as they are of me. Family is everything to me, and each day I am reminded of how incredibly fortunate I am to have each one of them by my side.”





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TravelStore 24 Malaga Cove Plaza Palos Verdes Estates 310-373-0954

“Each journey we take is an adventure that opens our eyes to the wonders of our world, its intriguing cultures, its amazing landscapes and peoples. Every unique destination we visit changes us is some way.”


ravelStore is an employee-owned company established in 1975. Their nine locations offer leisure and business travel arrangements. The 32 professional travel consultants located in the Palos Verdes office have a combined average of 24 years experience. The company has won numerous awards and is a top member of the prestigious Signature Travel Network. TravelStore was recently recognized as “Most Trusted International Travel Agency – Los Angeles” by the​Lux Hospitality Awards and regularly receives accolades in publications like Travel Weekly and Business Travel Weekly. What is TravelStore doing that is innovative? “Our intimate knowledge and personal insider connections allow us to provide you VIP treatment that may include upgrades, bonus savings, spending credits, complimentary meals, exclusive privileges, top-rated guides and more. Our free travel app gives you mobile access to your itinerary and customized content.” Tell us about the most important lesson you’ve learned about travel. “Each journey we take is an adventure that opens our eyes to the wonders of our world, its intriguing cultures, its amazing landscapes and peoples. Every unique destination we visit changes us is some way. Not only do we discover the destination, we also discover something about ourselves. The experiences we encounter enrich us and help define who we are. Travel allows us the privilege of being a citizen of the world.” Any advice for women going into your line of work? “Being part of the travel industry is a wonderful way to enrich other’s lives and fulfill your own wanderlust. The job requires incredible attention to detail, along with the ability to think outside the box. You will learn something new every day. Travel can be extremely challenging—and extremely rewarding.” Where do you find most of your new business leads? “Referrals from happy clients! One leads to another, and to another ...” How do you give back to the community? “We have a Community Support Program at TravelStore. Many of our staff are active



volunteers with local organizations. We are able to support their efforts through travel donations and sponsorship of numerous fundraising events.” What would you like potential clients to know about your business? Gail Woloz: “I am an enthusiast of experiential travel, incorporating authentic opportunities, meaningful experiences and unforgettable moments into the trips I plan. From African wildlife safaris to authentic encounters in India, South America, Europe and everywhere in between, I make sure my clients get below the surface of a destination to connect deeply and meaningfully with the local people and their culture.” Pam Jacobs: “I would like them to know that the travel business is alive and well. I specialize in luxury travel. When my clients arrive at their hotel, they are treated like rock stars. I know the general managers of many top European hotels, and they are happy to VIP my clients. I create a good ‘fit’ for people on cruises, hotels and or tours. Most often people do not realize that a travel agent will get you a much better vacation experience and at a much better value.” How has your life experience contributed to who you are today professionally? Laverne Kilgore: “Over the years, I have developed important industry contacts that are most helpful. I use my disciplined work habits, honesty and professionalism to complete travel arrangements for my clients with happy results and repeat travels. This determination is in part attributed to my years as an executive assistant to several corporate executives who required perfection in detail to all assignments.”  How important is the relationship between you and your clients? Maike Cenci: “Very important! I listen carefully to learn their expectations and interests. No two dream vacations are alike—just like no two individuals are alike. In working closely through the years, many loyal clients have become very dear friends.” What is the #1 way you support your clients? Marilyn Hove: “We are your advocates before, during and after your trip. We offer value and experience beyond what most people can do for themselves.”


L to R, back row: Gail Woloz, Dana Storr, Maike Cenci, LaVerne Kilgore, Pam Jacobs, Marilyn Hove Front row: Nanci Goussak, Cynthia Bartlett, Lynn Watson, Sue Elliott




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South Bay Nannies Susan Mazzella General Manager 1611 S. Catalina Suite L-42 Redondo Beach 424-247-8507

“We have fun doing the work we do, and making a difference in the South Bay is the reward.”


outh Bay Nannies is a nanny referral agency founded in 2008. Owner Nigel Thomas and General Manager Susan Mazzella work together in the Redondo Beach office. Susan was a nanny both in Denver and Manhattan Beach before joining the South Bay Nannies team in 2016. What differentiates your company? “Something Nigel emphasizes is building relationships with nannies in the same way that we do with our clients. We pride ourselves on working with the best, so when we do find those amazing nannies, we want to hold on to them and take care of them. When they walk through our door we give them a hug, we listen to their concerns and we make sure they’re in a good place— whether that’s in a job or life. A happy nanny is a great nanny!” What would you like potential clients to know about your business? “We want to be known as the experts in our industry. One of the benefits of hiring a nanny is that you can customize your child care, and we’re really good at helping families set up employment agreements that lead to long-term success.”   Tips for women getting back into the workplace post-child rearing? “Plan, plan, plan! We ask our new parents for 45 days lead time to get nanny care in place. Leaving your children at home to resume work can bring on a whirlwind of emotions, so moms and dads will ideally have this person around for a while before jumping back into the workforce—so everyone feels comfortable when that day comes. Also, do your research. Maybe having a nanny isn’t for you. We encourage families to explore all options to find the best fit. What’s best for one family might not be right for another.” How important are personal skills? “Hugely important. We tell our nannies to ‘read the room.’ It’s a bit like being a “ninja.” We look for nannies who know when to step in and be proactive—and then also know when to step back and redirect their focus. Being able to anticipate what the family might need before they need it is very important.” What does it take for employers to attract and retain great nannies? “As much as families are looking for great nannies, nannies are looking for great



employers. We advise employers to be kind and considerate and to pay their nannies well. If a family needs to save money, they’d be better off finding other areas to make cuts. Parents should always expect value for money, and nannies should value their jobs.” What does success mean to you? “Success means loving what you do. Working with Nigel and providing solutions for busy parents has been an absolute blast. We have fun doing the work we do, and making a difference in the South Bay is the reward.” Where do you find most of your new business leads? “We are fueled by references from our clients. We are blessed to be the go-to nanny agency in the South Bay, and we’ve been able to get there by letting our work speak for itself.”   What’s at the top of your to-do list for the next year? “Despite the name, we’ve found that servicing our existing business the way we do has led to work all over LA and Orange counties. We expect to continue to expand our footprint over the next year. Also, this year we started a concierge-style temporary placement business that has grown much faster than anticipated. Instead of desperately searching for sitters, parents are realizing that they can simply call South Bay Nannies and we’ll refer a top professional nanny who is looking to make some extra money.” What are some of the challenges for women in today’s workplace? “In a lot of ways, women are still expected to take the initiative in their family life. Women have a lot on their plate, and many are both business leaders and CEOs of their homes. One minute they’re on a conference call and the next they’re shuffling kids to soccer practice. The good news is that every year we seem to work with more dads who are eager to get involved.” What do you like to do in your free time? “My husband is the General Manager of the South Bay Lakers, so when I’m not working we’re usually watching basketball. We also hit the beach with our friends, ride bikes on The Strand, explore new neighborhood restaurants and enjoy this beautiful part of the world.”





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Women’s Council of Realtors® South Bay Network Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, The Peninsula

“For more on Women’s Council’s membership benefits contact Carly Saltzman at carlysaltzman@ or Courtney Self at“


omen’s Council of Realtors® started in the 1930s when the National Association of Real Estate Boards (NAREB) witnessed increased participation of women. In 1938 Joseph Catherine, president of the NAREB, encouraged the formation of a national women’s council. Today Women’s Council is a nationwide network of more than 12,000 real estate professional men and women. More than 260 local and state networks act as a resource for their members’ business and personal development. Here, the women of the organization’s South Bay Network share what they would like potential clients to know about them. Courtney Self, Harcourts Hunter Mason Realty “I have been in this industry for 30+ years, and I love it!  Helping my clients achieve their real estate goals is personally rewarding, and the interesting challenges I experience as the broker/owner of my own agency keeps this business fresh and exciting.” Carly Saltzman, Golden 1 Credit Union Home Loans “As a home loan advisor and South Bay native, I value being a team player amongst my clients and peers by creating valuable relationships. I deliver a streamlined, enjoyable loan process for all.” Vicki Goorchenko, Vista Sotheby’s International Realty “I love discovering what our clients’ needs are for each situation and how we can guide them to their desired goal in the easiest, smoothest, way. Our team is here for you!” Marcie Gutierrez, Southbay Magazine “I love helping clients reach their marketing goals and ultimately helping their businesses grow. Listening to them and doing what’s best for them is key. I am so grateful for the relationships I’ve made in this business.” Jessica Kalkin, Glen Oaks Escrow “I work as hard for my clients as you work for yours. Our escrow officers are the best. Add a hands-on rep in the field, and we are sure to create a raving fan escrow experience for you and your client.” Jaclyn Tallon, Excellent Fumigation “Our company is family-owned and operated since 1962. We’ve learned generation to generation how to truly care for our



customers—providing genuine service with quality products, methods and guarantees.” Traci Horowitz, WFG National Title “With 20 years’ experience, I have the knowledge, creativity and tools to help close transactions and grow your business. How much I care makes me a great asset to your team.” Keli Meyer, West Shores Realty “In my work as in my personal life, I always strive to handle each situation with honesty and integrity. What matters is how we treat each other. If I can serve each client in this manner, I consider it a job well done!” Elizabeth Harris, Exeter 1031 Exchange Services, LLC “Exeter assists clients nationwide with complex 1031 tax-deferred exchanges. I’m always available to clients 24/7. I’ve been doing this for decades—learning directly from industry pioneers. I get to honestly say I love my job.” Joanne Galin, Orange Coast Title  “We are a family-owned company with top-notch title officers, customer service and products. I enjoy working with Realtors, lenders and escrow companies.” Ursula Mix, Harcourts Hunter Mason Realty “We are lucky to call one of the most beautiful locations in the world home, and I love helping my clients create their dreams here.” Wendy Holt, Property I.D. “Servicing the Los Angles County, I bring 15 years of experience in the real estate industry with great energy, pleasant professionalism and a can-do attitude.” Michele Brown, Keller Williams Beach Cities “The best way to sell a home goes deeper than staging, cleaning and open houses. The best way depends on what is best for the seller. Each one is different.” Julia Parton, Premier Bank of Palos Verdes “Premier Bank of Palos Verdes is a fullservice community bank for individuals and businesses, delivering unsurpassed service and a banking experience that is—in every sense of the word—Premier.” Patricia Wisman, Keller Williams South Bay “Whether buying or selling, I embrace the responsibility of understanding my clients’ needs and handling their real estate investments. My clients always come first.”


L to R: Jessica Kalkin, Wendy Holt, Elizabeth Harris, Keli Meyer, Marcie Gutierrez, Courtney Self, Joanne Galin, Michele Brown, Jaclyn Tallon, Ursula Mix, Traci Horowitz, Carly Saltzman




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The Women of

Moon Tide Media 200 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 110 El Segundo 310-376-7800


oon Tide Media is a content marketing agency that helps clients engage and motivate their audiences with solutions such as social content platforms, branded magazines, web-based videos and live events. Moon Tide’s publications include Southbay, Ventura Blvd, Southbay HOME, Ventura Blvd HEALTH, Et Cetera and Southbay HEALTH. The firm also produces a digital film series. Here the ladies of Moon Tide Media share what success means to them.

pleasures and fully owning myself.”

Peggy Jo Abraham – Copy Editor “Success is finding a path that enriches your life and the lives of others. It doesn’t necessarily pertain to a career. Success can come in many different forms.”

Hannah Lee – Brand Publisher “Success is being happy with where you are based on your own life goals (both personal and professional). It is not a fixed point but an ever-evolving state of being.”

Angela Akers – Art Director “Success is loving others and being loved, while becoming the best version of yourself and being able to share that authentically.”

Danielle Price – Marketing Manager “Did I do my absolute best? Did I learn? Did I leave all my cards on the table? Did I smile and take the high road? If ‘YES!’ then I was successful today.”

Emily Stewart Baker – Partner & Brand Publisher “A project completed on time, on budget and, most importantly, extremely happy clients!” Erika Carrion – Account Executive “Doing what you love, living with passion and gratitude at work and play. Having meaningful relationships. Helping others. Balance. Taking care of myself.” Janet De La Cruz – Accounting “Success means making a difference in whatever you do and enjoying it.” Kelsey Elliott – Graphic Designer “Success isn’t measured in goals reached or money earned but rather a constant drive to make myself better every day and make those around me better.” Christine Georgiades – Senior Graphic Designer “Being excited for a Monday morning.” Rachel Gotko – Marketing Manager “Being completely content and happy with yourself and the life you live.” Linda Grasso – Editor-in-Chief, Ventura Blvd “Success is having inner peace. For me, that comes from living a life surrounded by loved ones, enjoying the simplest of



Marcie Gutierrez – Account Executive “The ability to do what you love every day. Work hard and accomplish goals and especially take care of yourself—travel, read, spend time with friends and family.”  Allison Jeackjuntra – Director of Operations “Making choices that allow you to find happiness in your everyday life.”

Robin Sanders – Publisher, Ventura Blvd “If at the end of a day I have my to-do list complete, know tomorrow is planned out and I have made people happy, then I have achieved success.” Cherice Tatum – Director of Marketing & Business Development “Success is giving ourselves room to falter without allowing slips to define our journey. It’s finding the silver lining. It’s picking yourself up and dusting yourself off again.” Amy Tetherow – Account Executive “Success means doing what you love every day and working toward your goals. Work hard but also remember to maintain balance and not sweat the small stuff.” Michelle Villas – Art Director “Success is recognizing the moments that really matter and finding that sweet spot where you find balance in your life.” Laura Watts – Copy Editor  “Working with amazing clients, collaborating with talented coworkers, doing a job I love … and also having the time to enjoy friends and family when I’m off the clock.” Sue Williams – Account Executive  “Success is the ability to look back at your accomplishments with pride and forward at new adventures with excitement.”


L to R, back row: Janet De La Cruz, Angela Akers 2nd row: Danielle Price, Robin Sanders, Sue Williams, Erika Carrion, Kelsey Elliott, Hannah Lee, Emily Stewart Baker 3rd row: Linda Grasso, SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Michelle Villas, Brody, Cherice Tatum, Christine Georgiades, Amy Tetherow Front: Rachel Gotko, Huck Not pictured: Peggy Jo Abraham, Marcie Gutierrez, Allison Jeackjuntra, Laura Watts



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Summer Orthodontics

Summer L. Blake, DDS, MS Orthodontist/Owner 451 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Suite D-224 Manhattan Beach | 310-545-0770


ummer Orthodontics specializes in creating smiles for children and adults. Dr. Summer Blake and her team employ the latest in proven, cutting-edge technology, such as invisible braces, metal braces, clear braces and digital imaging. Dr. Summer completed dental school at UCLA and earned her master’s and her post-doctoral orthodontics certificate at Temple University in Philadelphia. She has been specializing in orthodontics for more than a decade. What would you like potential patients to know about you? “Delivering the highest quality treatment is my top priority. Every decision I make in my practice is based upon one simple rule: Will this decision improve the patient experience?” What trend is defining your specialty today? “The technology available in modern orthodontic care has dramatically improved the patient experience. Increased patient comfort, reduced treatment time and less visible treatment options are the results of these advances. In fact, many adults are opting for orthodontic treatment who never would have considered it before.” What’s most rewarding about your work? “Seeing the confidence patients exude from their new smile is really rewarding. However, I also enjoy getting to know each patient throughout their treatment.” How do you give back to your community? “We support a variety of community programs as diverse as the interests of our patient base. From education to sports to arts, we are engaged in supporting programs that put our patients’ beautiful smiles to good use throughout the South Bay.” Tell us more about your services. “It is never too late to have a confident smile. More than 40% of our patients are adults. Advancements in technology can not only dramatically reduce treatment time (in some cases by as much as 50%) but can also offer a variety of hidden and inconspicuous treatment options.”

“Delivering the highest quality treatment is my top priority.” 136


What do you like to do for fun, when you’re not at work? “Spending time with my family is what I like to do most. I also enjoy Pilates, yoga, cooking and travel. My husband, Matt, and I have three children—two wonderful daughters, Ahnika, 8, Tegan, 5, and our big boy, Briggs, 3. It is a very exciting time for our family!”


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Lauren Alexander Owner


1219 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach 310-545-8990 | @dachainteriors


ACHA is a design and retail business that offers new and vintage home accessories, furniture, pillows and throws, plants, art and gift items. The store also offers interior design, staging, event planning, floral design and holiday decorating. Owner Lauren Alexander, who grew up in Marin County and graduated from UCLA, opened DACHA—which means “country cottage” or “summer home” in Russian—in 2015 after working for years producing events and managing home décor departments at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Kelly Wearstler. What is your company doing that is unique? “DACHA brings a totally unique aesthetic to the South Bay. I opened my business here not only because I have always loved this community and enjoyed spending time here but because I recognized the need for a design perspective that is different from what is typically done in this area. There is such an interest here in quality of life—in living comfortably and beautifully, in eating and drinking well, in entertaining and socializing. DACHA offers an eclectic assortment of furniture, art and accessories from all over the world: mid-century modern furniture; decorative accessories from Africa, Asia and South America; vintage oil paintings and prints; ceramics and art pieces from local artists; and lots of plants and natural elements. The overall vibe is collected, layered and very California!” How does your work ethic influence DACHA? “My work is never done. It is no secret that retail is challenging, especially in the Amazon-dominated world we live in. It is imperative that I constantly create opportunities for my business to grow and evolve. My main focus right now is on collaborations and events. I work with amazing California artists and host events quarterly, so there is always something new going on.”

“The overall vibe is collected, layered and very California!” SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

How important is the relationship between you and your clients? “It is absolutely the most important thing; that relationship is what keeps me in business. Whether it is the relationship I have with my customers at the store or with my design clients, I never take them for granted. I have pretty high standards as a consumer, so I have to live by those standards in the way I run my business.”



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Sarah Martz Owner


2403 N. Sepulveda Blvd. | Manhattan Beach 704 Deep Valley Dr. | Rolling Hills Estates 310-546-2880 |


s a professional dancer earlier in her career, Sarah Martz naturally fell in love with fitness. After the birth of her daughter, she opened Coreology in 2010 and opened a second location in 2015. Coreology recently released its own line of hybrid Pilates machines. What is Coreology doing that is innovative? “I started Coreology with the intention of providing the very best workouts designed to change my clients’ bodies quickly. I personally train all of our instructors. I love that I can continue to grow my business and evolve the workouts and the brand.” How does your work ethic influence your business? “I was only 25 years old when I started Coreology. I am a perfectionist and have always had a very strong work ethic. I think my background as a dancer has helped shape me into a very disciplined businesswoman. I am always striving to better myself and my business. At times I have to remind myself to stop and appreciate what I’ve been able to accomplish so far.” How do you maintain balance between work and family life? “My daughter was about 1 year old when I started my business, and I opened my second location when I was pregnant with my son. Running a business and raising children has not been easy. I have learned to accept that I can’t give my attention to all things at all times. I am learning to be more present when I’m with my kids and ‘disconnect’ from the business when I can so that my attention isn’t divided when I’m with my family.” What is an important lesson you’ve learned in your career? “To be kinder to myself and to stop comparing myself to other people. I focus on recognizing my accomplishments along the way and enjoying the process of growing and creating.”

“I am proud of the family-like atmosphere of Coreology, and I cherish the relationships we have built.” 138


How important is the relationship between you and your clients? “My relationship with clients is the most important thing. The workouts are secondary to the relationships. I am proud to have created a space where people can come together and share an experience. I am proud of the family-like atmosphere of Coreology, and I cherish the relationships we have built. (Side note: I met my husband at Coreology!)”


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Hutchinson Dental

Christina L. Hutchinson, DDS Owner 512 Main Street, #4, El Segundo 310-640-2025 |


utchinson Dental is a family dental practice that offers cosmetic dentistry, general restorative procedures and management of sleep disorders. Owner Dr. Christina Hutchinson practiced in Oklahoma before moving to California for a general dentistry residency. She bought her practice from another dentist in 2015. Tell us about the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career. “At UCLA I was taught that the ‘devil is in the details.’ Slowing down to be thoughtful and deliberate with each patient’s case helps me provide personalized care to confidently serve each patient’s needs.” How important are personal skills? “Personal skills are essential for a private practice’s success—and a lost art. Simply making eye contact and using someone’s name builds initial connections, and then moving conversations to personal interests helps disarm patients. Once this is established, it’s easier for me to understand where a patient is coming from and to earn their trust.” What does success mean to you? “For me, success means that everybody around me is doing well. My team is well taken care of for their efforts to keep the practice ticking and growing, and at the same time my patients are comfortable, functional and happy. With all of this in place, I feel Hutchinson Dental is successful … and I’m grateful for that!” How would your clients describe you? “I’m very easygoing in the office. Patients are usually nervous when they go to the dentist; the last thing they need is intimidation or someone telling them what they need without explanation. My approach with patients has always come from the perspective of being their friend. I want them to know I’m their advocate.”

“My approach with patients has always come from the perspective of being their friend.” SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

How do you maintain a healthy balance between work and home life? “I’m fortunate that I love my job and I don’t consider it work. I actually look forward to going to the office every day, which keeps it from being too serious despite the long days. But when I get home, I’m ‘home’ and have time every evening with my husband where we admire the sunset, listen to music and simply hang out. You have to make time for both if you want to have both.”



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Vista Sotheby’s International Realty

Barbi Pappas Realtor® 3300 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach 310-266-3300


anked in the top 1% of agents nationwide and annually honored as a Top Solo Producing Sales Agent, Barbi Pappas been a local Realtor for more than 25 years. Specializing in residential and income/investment property and affiliated with Vista Sotheby’s International Realty, Barbi holds the unique distinction of closing one of the highest-priced residential sales in the South Bay, as well as putting many first-time buyers into homes. Tell us a bit about your working style. “I am a hands-on agent. When listing a home, I oversee every aspect of preparing the house for the market. There is no detail I won’t personally attend to. I offer my clients print and digital marketing, social media exposure and the most expansive global distribution available in the industry today. I am tireless when it comes to searching for the ideal home for my buyers. With limited inventory, I’ve found incredible ‘off-market’ homes through networking sources and by writing personal letters to targeted homeowners.” Why did you choose this profession? “In 1980 I bought my first home and loved every aspect of the process. When I first started selling real estate, I liked that each transaction was unique—asking a different set of questions each time and drawing on present information as well as past experiences. My many years in the business have trained me to anticipate potential problems before they arise, allowing me to better protect and advise my clients during the sale or purchase of their home.” Who is your professional role model? “While I was growing up, I watched my father’s hard work, creativity and integrity grow his business into a huge success. He was my inspiration for going into business, and I emulate those same principles in my own business today.” What’s most rewarding about your work? “I never could have anticipated how many of my longtime clients would become lifelong friends. Their appreciation for the help I’ve given them has been given back to me tenfold over the years.”

“The slogan ‘Representing Your Home, As If It Were My Own’ states the responsibility I feel in handling one of life’s most important transactions.” 140


How do you give back to your community? “I donate to NPR, public television, the ASPCA and Cancer Discovery Stores. I annually volunteer at the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair, and a portion of every commission I earn goes to support our local schools.”


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Premier Bank of Palos Verdes

36 Malaga Cove Plaza Palos Verdes Estates | 424-212-8000 4A Peninsula Center Rolling Hills Estates | 310-698-8400 700 S. Flower St., 20th Floor Los Angeles | 213-689-4800


remier Bank of Palos Verdes, a division of Premier Business Bank, is a full-service community bank specializing in banking and financing solutions for individuals, businesses and real estate investors. What would you like potential clients to know about your business? “We have one goal: to help our clients succeed. We offer personalized service, attention to detail and custom banking solutions, including a wide range of banking products and services to meet the needs of our clients—in a professional yet friendly environment. We also offer a variety of loans: commercial real estate, multi-family 5+ units, construction, single-family loans for investors, lines of credit and small business loans (SBA Preferred Lender). Our ability to make fast decisions (loans are approved locally) differentiates us from the one-size-fits-all banks!” What does success mean to you? “We are successful when we make a positive impact with our clients. They share with us how they continually benefit from our strong working partnership and that they know we’re here to help them succeed!” Where do you find most of your new business leads? “Referrals! We offer a higher level of service that our clients, both business and individuals, notice and appreciate. Truly, our clients’ testimonials say it all! We invite you to check out our website to see what our clients have to say!”

Debbie J. Richardson, Senior Vice President, Director of Retail Banking Carol Lowry, Senior Vice President, Corporate Banking & SBA Division Manager Julia Parton, Vice President, Corporate Development Kim Edwards, Vice President, Branch Manager

“We are great listeners, flexible and offer banking solutions that help our clients succeed.” SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

How important is the relationship between you and your clients? “We place great pride in the fact that we take the time to get to know our clients. It’s a partnership here at Premier. We are great listeners, flexible and offer banking solutions that help our clients succeed.” How do you give back to the community? “Community involvement is an important part of Premier Bank’s corporate philosophy. When we’re not in the office, you will find us out in the community donating our time and talent through board leadership roles and volunteering for community projects. It’s important to us to help strengthen the communities we serve through assisting civic organizations, as these organizations are so vital to our neighborhoods.”



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Amy Wilkens with Violet Sky Wilkens

“We provide a full-service fashion salon experience, second to none.”

The Urban Clothes Horse


he Urban Clothes Horse is a lifestyle brand and boutique featuring exclusive apparel for men and women. Owner Amy Wilkens started the company in 2015. She has worked in the fashion industry for 20 years as a celebrity stylist, professional wardrobe consultant, clothing designer, buyer and business owner. What is The Urban Clothes Horse doing that is innovative? “As a lifestyle boutique, we are extremely delighted to announce that we have exclusively partnered with Brighton Jewelers, Wildfox and Desigual from Barcelona, Spain! We will also continue to be your exclusive Free People and Johnny Was retailer in Redondo Beach. By fostering partnerships with so many incredible brands from all over the world, we pride ourselves on offering the



most unique collections for every lifestyle.” What would you like potential customers to know about your business? “We provide a full-service fashion salon experience, second to none. With seasoned wardrobe stylists, clothing/costume designers and fine jewelers on staff, our team can properly assist your every need. We feature men’s and women’s apparel, footwear, jewelry, handbags, belts, gifts and accessories. We offer fittings, alterations, wardrobe consults, special ordering and custom leather design.” As a woman in business, a wife and a new mom, how do you maintain balance? “Ha! Trying to juggle it all does not go without its challenges. I’m extremely thankful for my amazingly supportive husband and baby Violet Sky! I love the fact that my collabora-

Amy Wilkens Owner 1901 S. Catalina Ave Redondo Beach 424-247-8948 tive UCH family unit has grown. I guess what makes it all work is that I love what I do and where I work. It’s incredibly rewarding to work with such a talented team, helping thousands of people in my community feel beautiful on a regular basis!” Has motherhood changed how you view fashion and buy for the company? “Becoming a mother has been the most fulfilling experience of my life. After having my little girl, I definitely acquired an entirely new perspective to who I am as a buyer, wardrobe stylist and designer for the company. The importance of having collections that are equally as fashionable as they are ‘functional’ has been my focal point. I want to look and ‘feel’ beautiful in my clothing, even if I have to keep it functional for everyday family living in all its ever-changing forms!”


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“Successful people need to plan for how they can truly enjoy their future with the lifestyle that they love—without compromising financial security.”

Signature Estate & Investment Advisors, LLC


athleen Adams of Signature Estate & Investment Advisors, LLC, focuses on lifestyle preservation solutions through a process that includes a highly customized blueprint for creating an income stream when the business revenue stops. Senior associate Kathleen Adams has worked in the finance industry for 17 years.

(especially small business owners); confusing high net worth with high income potential; ignoring one of the biggest risks to portfolios during this stage; and using historical data to create future strategies. There are many more. We couldn’t find software to help us design proper strategies, so we had to develop a way to manage this.”

What are you doing that is innovative? “Utilizing our proprietary process: the Lifestyle Preservation Solution. When it’s time to create an income stream from your wealth, it will be one of the biggest financial events of your life. Successful people need to plan for how they can truly enjoy their future with the lifestyle that they love—without compromising financial security.”

Why is this kind of planning so important to you? “My father created his own highly successful dental practice and did not retire as comfortably as he should have—despite having no debt and owning his office building. He had great advisors, but no one planned for his future without his lucrative practice income. He never planned to stop working, so he didn’t worry much. I have a huge respect for people who created their own wealth; they should have

What kind of mistakes are being made? “Underestimating the cost of lifestyle


Kathleen Adams, CFP® CPWA® Senior Associate 1815 Via El Prado, Suite. 100, Redondo Beach 310-712-2322 the option to leave their business without compromising lifestyle.” Who needs this kind of planning? “Anyone within 10 years of a transition such as exiting their current business or those who have just begun living off their assets. It’s never too late to do this. We help you gain clarity and feel a true sense of freedom when you know you have done all that you can to prepare.” Disclaimer: Registered Representative/Securities offered through Signator Investors, Inc. Member FINRA, SIPC, 2121 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1600, Los Angeles, CA 90067 (310) 712-2323. SEIA, LLC and its investment advisory services are offered independent of Signator Investors, Inc. and any subsidiaries or affiliates. KAA CA INS LICENSE #0C76833. Opinions expressed here are the authors and do not necessarily represent the opinions of SEIA. SEIA has no affiliation with “Getting Out” by Kathleen Adams.



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Artiano & Associates

Linda Artiano & Joanne K. Leighton 3828 Carson St. #102, Torrance 310-543-1240 |


rtiano & Associates is a South Bay law firm that has represented individuals and businesses in a variety of legal areas since 1984. Owner/managing partner Linda Artiano has been an attorney since 1989; associate Joanne Leighton has worked in the legal field for 20 years, joining Artiano & Associates in 1992. Both women are East Coast transplants; Linda is from Buffalo, New York, and Joanne was raised in Philadelphia. What is your best piece of advice for a female entrepreneur just starting out? Linda: “Build your business around your own strengths, interests and passions.” Joanne: “Be more prepared than the competition, regardless of whether they are male or female. And if you are in the service industry, be more responsive to your clients than your competition is.” What would you like potential clients to know about you? Linda: “I come from a long line of business owners and own a business myself. My passion for representing business owners in employment law comes from seeing firsthand how difficult it is to be a California employer.” How do you remain true to yourself and find your own voice in your industry? Joanne: “I grew up in a family as the only girl with three older brothers, so I was forced to find my voice early on. I found the only way I would be heard was if what I was saying made sense and was authentic. This was great preparation for my career as an advocate. If I am well prepared and honest in my communications, then my clients, opposing counsel and/or judges will listen very carefully to my position.” How would your clients describe you? Linda: “Accessible and responsive. I know that when they reach out to me, they are reaching out for me to solve a problem they are having at that moment, which they have already tried to solve themselves. So I get back to them as soon as I can.”

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What’s the best way you’ve discovered to find new business leads? Joanne: “Doing an excellent job for your current clients is the best marketing anyone can do. In this age of automation, texting and emails, answering your clients’ phone call and speaking directly to them about their concerns will always be more useful than a text or email.”


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Caroline Burke Designs & Associates

Caroline Burke Owner/President 1020 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Suite 210 Manhattan Beach 310-546-6862 |


aroline Burke Designs & Associates (CBD) is a full-service residential interior design firm. CBD offers interior design packages for new build homes, home renovations, interior decorating and furnishings. “We make the process easy, fun and efficient while giving our clients individual homes that represent them and their lifestyle,” says owner Caroline Burke. CBD, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in the South Bay, recently opened a new design studio featuring their own custom furniture line and other resources. What is CBD doing that is innovative? “We have grown tremendously in the 10 years we’ve been in Manhattan Beach, thanks to our wonderful clientele. Our biggest news is that we’ve opened a design studio in Manhattan Beach as a resource for the public where our custom furniture is sold with fabrics, wallcoverings, tile, lighting and every type of resource needed to furnish a home.” How has your life experience contributed to who you are today professionally? “I have multiple degrees and have lived in several different countries. This has broadened my perspective and provided rich resources for my business. My economic and business degree has allowed me to form a solid foundation from which my company has successfully grown. We value our clients’ trust in us to create beautiful homes for them with individually sourced pieces while securely investing their money.” How important is the relationship between you and your clients? “Extremely important. We have strong relationships with our clients, and we value working with them to create the places they call home. Interior design requires a significant commitment to listening to clients in order to hear their wants and needs. We do not create cookie-cutter interiors; instead, we listen to our clients and create the interiors specific to each homeowner.”

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How do you give back to the community? “Community is very important to me. I’ve served on the Foundation Board of Trustees for the Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center for the past five years and as the co-chair for the 2016 Gala. We are currently donating time to update and design the maternity unit at LCOM hospital.”



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“I’m always happy to share my knowledge and my love of real estate.”


Audrey Judson


ealtor Audrey Judson has lived in Manhattan Beach since she graduated from USC with a degree in mechanical engineering. She and her husband, Jeff Drandell— a building contractor, have raised their family here. Their son recently graduated from CU Boulder, and their daughter is a junior at Mira Costa High School. Why do you choose to live in the South Bay? “I love the South Bay for its pristine beaches, wonderful climate, clean air, great schools and great people. An educated and engaged population filled with caring people and a city council willing to listen to its citizens—these are all factors that help create our wonderful community. No wonder I enjoy selling homes here!”



1300 Highland Ave., Suite 208 Manhattan Beach 310-902-3234 How would your clients describe you? “I’ve often had my clients thank me for helping them through what they thought would be a stressful time. They’ve told me that my calm guidance helped ease their concerns and made the process go much more smoothly than they could have ever imagined. I try to be informative and look after their best interests while never being pushy.” Where do you find most of your new business leads? “Most of my business comes from repeat clients and referrals. Friends and neighbors are also aware that I’m a Realtor and often ask questions or ask for advice. I’m always happy to share my knowledge and my love of real estate.”

How do you maintain a healthy balance between work and home life? “Throughout the years, what I found helpful was to plan family time as though these moments were appointments. Work is very important to me and I’m devoted to it, but I also realize that kids grow up in the blink of an eye. I made and still make every attempt that I can to stay a big part of their lives. And as far as my husband goes, I am so very lucky. Being married for 30 years means that we share in each other’s joy and frustration. We try to schedule quality time together where we don’t talk about work and sometimes don’t talk about the kids. But we usually come back to talking about the kids, because we’re so proud of both of them and think we hit the kiddo jackpot.”


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“We designed our store to be an inviting space where you want to spend some time, have a glass of wine and admire the jewels.”

Joni Hamilton & Shelia Butler

Hamilton Butler Jewels


oni Hamilton and Shelia Butler— both avid collectors of jewelry— combined their extensive experience in design and fine jewelry and opened their own store, Hamilton Butler Jewels, one year ago in Hermosa Beach. The business was recently named one of “America’s Coolest Stores” by INSTORE magazine—a leading jewelers trade publication. What would you like potential clients to know about Hamilton Butler Jewels? “Jewelry is an investment, and we want our clients to take their time and understand the value of their purchases. To that end, we designed our store to be an inviting space where you want to spend some time, have a glass of wine and admire the jewels.


200 Pier Avenue, Suite 301 Hermosa Beach 310-374-7700 We are the exclusive retailer in the South Bay for some of the most sought after jewelry designers including Sylva & Cie, Suzanne Kalan and Julez Bryant … to name a few. Instead of trekking to Beverly Hills, you can shop for pieces by these designers without ever having to leave ‘the bubble’.” Where do you find most of your new business leads? “We’ve been extremely fortunate to have many people wanting to help us grow our business! Customer referrals and networking with other jewelers are a huge resource. In fact, when we first opened, it was a new customer who asked if she could have her birthday party in our store. That idea has led to many such celebrations, including anniversaries and proposals, where we

provide cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for a perfect evening of shopping and celebration. Social media, select advertising and charitable donations of jewelry and gift certificates are also extremely important in acquiring and reaching new customers.” How important is the relationship between you and your clients? “It’s everything! Building relationships and trust is the foundation of our business. We’re enthusiastic, have a passion for what we do and communicate this to our clients through excellent customer service. A $30 repair is as important as a large sale.” What do you do when you’re off the clock? “Sheila likes to take classes at Bionic Body on Hermosa Avenue, and Joni enjoys swimming at Bay Club.”



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“If we can help even one person manage their pain and stress in a meaningful way, we have accomplished our mission.”

Jessica Palmer Spa Director

DuBunné Spa


uBunné Spa Club & Massage Centre offers spa services such as facials, massages, body wraps, nail services, waxing and chemical peels. The boutique also features spa parties and a Spa Club membership program. Spa director Jessica Palmer has worked in the beauty industry for 15 years and joined the DuBunné team more than seven years ago. What is DuBunné Spa doing that is innovative? “We are very excited to have recently introduced CBD oil into our treatments. CBD oil, which is derived from hemp oil, has been helping our clients with issues including pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, inflammation and various skin ailments. Our clients have been truly enjoying this new option; they see the difference in the



23725 Arlington Ave., Torrance 310-326-9062 | way they feel after just one facial or massage with CBD-infused products. If we can help even one person manage their pain and stress in a meaningful way, we have accomplished our mission.” What would you like potential clients to know about your DuBunné? “We are a family-run spa that truly believes in offering a full-sensory experience while providing the most advanced treatments. We want you to come in, fully enjoy yourself and leave feeling renewed and refreshed.” Any advice for women going into your line of work? “Don’t take things personally. It is hard when you get a negative review or experience to not take it home with you and dwell on it personally. It’s important

to look at it as an opportunity to address the issue and fix it. I thank clients when they give us feedback because it allows me to make our establishment better.” How important are personal skills? “Personal skills are very necessary in this field. With the variety of different personalities that you are interacting with on a daily basis, it is important to be able to engage with everyone from guests to staff.” What does success mean to you? “I know my team and I have been successful when clients tell me that we have relieved their pain, we have made them more comfortable in their own skin or we have allowed them to simply decompress. Those are the moments that tell me we are doing something right.”


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Kimberly Colletti Principal Designer

KCM Interiors

715 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach 310-735-1991 | 602-330-7818


hen she was growing up, Kimberly Colletti’s father built custom homes for the family, while her mother designed their interiors. Kimberly found herself immersed in the aesthetics of art, architecture and design at a young age and went on to establish her own design firm 16 years ago. She opened a South Bay showroom in 2016. What are you proud of about your firm? “We have decades of award-winning interior design and custom cabinetry experience. We offer our signature KCM series of unique, functional and beautiful kitchens and bathrooms. If you are looking to remodel or you are building a custom residence, our products and services will surpass your expectations.” What do you love about your work? “Design is constantly evolving. It is never stagnant or boring, and it is always a challenge. The desire to create timeless yet innovative home designs that are comfortable and reflect the lifestyle of the client is what drives me! Good design is a process—not a style. It’s about the connec­tion with the client, great communication and then allowing the creativity to flow.” Why do South Bay residents need your services? “I love this question because, in reality, they don’t. Interior design is not a necessity; it is a luxury. When someone engages my services, I take it very seriously. They are entrusting me to enter into a very personal and private area of their lives, so it is an honor and privilege … some­thing I never take for granted.” Do you prefer vintage or brand new in your work? “I like both! I am currently renovating a vintage Airstream. The body will stand true to the original design; however, the interiors will be very modern with state-of-the art technology. High-gloss cabinetry and ultra-suede ceilings will create a very chic interior.”

“Design is constantly evolving. It is never stagnant or boring, and it is always a challenge.” SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Tell us about the vibe at your office. “My #1 must-have is Luna, my canine wonder dog. Music is always on, and popcorn will always be in the pantry. A ping-pong table is great for brainstorming and a fun social outlet for the entire team. It is very important to me to bring some of the elements I have at home into the workplace. It helps creativity thrive and keeps the balance of work and family in place.”



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Lynn Kim Real Estate

Lynn J. Kim 608 Silver Spur Road, Suite 103 Rolling Hills Estates 310-741-2642 |


he team at Lynn Kim Real Estate helps individuals fulfill their real estate goals. Realtor Lynn Kim and has worked in the real estate industry for 15 years and is a top-producing agent with Vista Sotheby’s International Realty. She grew up in the South Bay, attending schools in the Palos Verdes Unified School District and the University of Southern California. How has your life experience contributed to who you are today professionally? “The best lessons I learned are from watching my single mother raise my sister and me. Watching her persevere through all obstacles, demonstrating positivity during the darkest of days, and her show of unconditional love has definitely built my character. It is a true gift to be her daughter.” Tell us about the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career. “The most important lesson in my career and life is to give back. Working helps me be able to do that. I hold a yearly fundraising event to help Royal Family Kids, which is a foundation that supports foster children. In addition, I support my local school district, Palos Verdes Education Foundation. And among many other ways our family gives back, when our family travels we love to help the local children with supplies and donations.” What are some of your tips for women getting back into the workplace post-child rearing? “If you ask my friends, I’m the biggest proponent of getting back to work post-child rearing. It’s the time to get your sexy back. What I did was reach out to a mentor and found a reason to be inspired. What also inspires me is that I can be a role model to my children.”

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Who are some female leaders you admire? “A female leader I admire is Michelle Obama. She embodies what it means to be compassionate, intelligent and relatable. I admire her move to raise a healthier generation of children, as that will decrease our nation’s health issue and it also alleviates health care cost for individuals. She was a one-of-a-kind First Lady. Her dance moves, attire and disposition make her very relatable, and therefore I’m sure she’s an effective role model for many as well.”


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Town Social Events, Inc.

Jessica Lococo President Manhattan Beach 310-529-8686


own Social Events is a full-service eventplanning company based in Southern California. Before starting her own firm in 2013, owner Jessica Lococo worked for a red carpet event production company, producing highprofile awards show after-parties. What does success mean to you? “I have a different definition of success with each party. With charity events, it’s about how much money we can raise and how much of a difference we can make. For corporate events, it’s about branding and achieving goals. And with weddings and birthday parties, it’s about the party living beyond the moment—creating a memory for a lifetime. From a personal standpoint, Maya Angelou sums up my exact thoughts: ‘Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it.’” Describe your work ethic. “My work ethic is what keeps Town Social Events going. There aren’t instructions with starting your own business. The number of unpaid hours are countless. But determination, passion and positivity got me through getting this business off the ground. I’m professional, respectful, dependable and dedicated. I also recognize the amazing team of people around me. My #1 job is to create a relationship with my clients and understand what their goal is. My second job is to produce the event. I know that the better I am with #1, the easier #2 is.”


How would your clients describe you? “I have been blessed to walk into each project with clients and walk away with friends. They would describe me as being open and easy to work with. I like to create events with clients, listening to what they want to achieve and their out-of-the-box ideas. They would say that I am great with budgets, I am adaptable in the moment and love a good challenge. They would also say that I am fun, creative and love a ‘wow factor.’”

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What is your company doing that is unique? “Town Social is different than other event planning companies because our goal is to create an experience—not just a party. That doesn’t mean it increases the budget; it simply means that we take your event to the next level. We are fortunate to work with some of the best vendors in Los Angeles, and we collaborate with our team to make magic happen.”



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NW Real Estate Brokers

Lizabeth Walker Realtor® 1215 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach 310-880-8453 |


ealtor Lizabeth Walker grew up on the East Coast and graduated from NYU’s Washington Square College of Arts and Science. She then moved to the West Coast and earned a master’s degree from UCLA’s Graduate School of Architecture. After graduation Lizabeth worked for 10 years in various Los Angeles architectural firms before transitioning to real estate sales, which has been her career for the past 27 years. She remains an associate member of the American Institute of Architects. What would you like potential clients to know about you? “I want my clients to have a great real estate experience, whether they are buying or selling their first home, their dream home or their investment property. I try to accomplish this by being a consultant—giving my clients information so they can make the best decisions. And I am very proactive, many times finding properties through my networking group or private mailers. My 27 years in real estate, my design/remodeling background, my mortgage industry knowledge and my top-notch marketing (video, print and social media platforms) help me accomplish this goal and hopefully create clients and friends for life!” How would your clients describe you? “I very much appreciate this Zillow review from one of my wonderful recent clients: ‘Lizabeth Walker loves what she does, and it shows. She helped us sell our home within two weeks of listing it on the market. Our home was just outside her geographical area of expertise, but she did the research and found the right listing price to get top dollar. She helped us stage and saved us a ton of money with her keen eye and interior decorating skills. Her knowledge and expertise are unrivaled. She is thorough, dedicated and brimming with advice and valuable tips. We would recommend her to anyone looking to sell their home.’”

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Tell us about the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career. “Love what you do … if so, you will gladly work long hours, naturally becoming the best you can be. And since you love it, work will be fun and your clients will feel your enthusiasm and benefit from it. And challenge yourself—put yourself outside your comfort zone, and you’ll be surprised at the growth that will come.”


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L to R: Rosalinda Dattola, interior designer Stephanie Draffen, interior designer Bonnie Thomas, interior designer Carol Ehrke, store manager Leslie Raguse, owner Kelly Cole, interior designer

“We manage the details so you can enjoy a beautiful and comforting home life.”

West Coast Living Thomasville


est Coast Living Thomasville is a full-scale furniture and design store that carries more than 50 lines of furniture and accessories, including the most famous brands in the furniture industry. Owner Leslie Raguse’s great-grandfather started the business in 1901, and she joined the fivegeneration family-operated company more than three decades ago. Many of the interior designers, warehouse employees and managers at West Coast Living Thomasville have worked there as long as Leslie.

dreams. Whether our customer’s personal style is traditional, contemporary or a unique combination, we help create interior designs that warmly welcome families home and leave a lasting impression on guests. The assistance of our designers ensures that clients get on track right away, regardless of their tastes and needs—from a single piece to an entire house or just the right finishing touches that pull it all together. We’re here to listen and solve any and all issues our clients face. We manage the details so you can enjoy a beautiful and comforting home life.”

What is your company doing that is unique? “We’re everything you want in a furniture store—and more! We provide the extraordinary talent of our interior design staff and enormous resources to create living space

How important is the relationship between you and your clients? “Of all the things we do, this is the most important. We know people have lots of choices, and we’re always thankful that they’ve given us the opportunity to help


23036 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance 310-896-0120 design their homes that suit the West Coast lifestyle we all enjoy. From the moment the customer walks in the door to the delivery and beyond, we’re there every step of the way. We have a considerable amount of clients who return often, so we know we’re doing something right.” Any advice for women going into your line of work? “The furniture and design industry is a wonderful field for women of virtually all ages, whether full-time or part-time. Few things are more rewarding that helping someone’s vision come to life. Furniture makes a house a home—bringing comfort and joy to cherished family and friends. We like to think we help make life for our Southern California neighbors a little prettier one home at a time.”



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Vista Sotheby’s International Realty

Rachel Ezra Broker Associate 916 Manhattan Ave. Manhattan Beach 310-400-0297 |


achel Ezra is a native of Tel Aviv, Israel. She moved to Los Angeles in 1987 and has worked in commercial and residential real estate for more than 15 years. For the past year she has been a broker associate with Vista Sotheby’s International Realty. How important is the relationship between you and your clients? “Buying and selling real estate is a very emotional experience. Most of my clients become good friends; we have dinners together, beach outings, play dates with the kids or just a glass of wine to catch up.” What is the #1 way you support your clients? “I take the extra step to do all the due diligence for my clients so they can make educated decisions. My clients know that I have their best interest at heart. Knowing they have me in their corner makes them feel more secure and relieves some of the stress of the home buying and selling experience.” How would your clients describe you? “Here’s what one client recently said: ‘Rachel Ezra is simply the best real estate agent my husband and I could have hoped for. We are first-time homebuyers, and have been searching for our home since moving to the South Bay last year. Rachel has demonstrated incredible patience with us, and has always been incredibly responsive and willing to meet with us and show us properties according to our demanding schedules.’ Here’s another one: ‘Rachel was absolutely amazing and helped us through the entire process. Organized, professional, efficient, transparent and simply a pleasure to deal with. We highly recommend Rachel if you are considering buying or selling a home.’ And one more: ‘Incredibly professional, efficient and to the point. Couldn’t ask for more! Rachel gets things done and with class—couldn’t be a smoother experience.’”

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Who are some female leaders you admire? “My grandmother Bertha. She was the sole breadwinner for as long as I can remember. She was at work every morning by 4 a.m. and would get home at 6 p.m. She was a mother of four and a grandmother of eight at the time—the hardest working woman I ever knew. She taught me hard work, perseverance, love and respect.”


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L to R: Ana Petcov, Mary Kelley, Sara Moore, Tina Cyre

“Being honest and being willing to go above and beyond have set 23rd Street Jewelers apart.”

Mary Kelley Owner

23rd Street Jewelers


wned by sisters Mary Kelley and Diane Allen, 23rd Street Jewelers is a fine jewelry retail store specializing in handmade and custom-made fine jewelry as well as original designs. Mary and Diane opened their first location in Santa Monica in 1981 and their Manhattan Beach store in 2003. Tell us about your journey to success as a businesswoman in your industry. “I was raised in Southern California by two very independent and entrepreneurial parents who both believed that you can do anything you put your mind to. My business partner is my sister, Diane Allen. We both started in the fine jewelry industry in our 20s. After my graduation from The Gemological Institute of America and with just two years of experience in the industry, we opened


1009 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach 310 374-9923 23rd Street Jewelers in Santa Monica in 1981.” What are some of your accomplishments as female business owners? “We have a very sought-after designation as a member of the American Gem Society, and we have held this esteemed title since 1995. We have hired and been responsible for the lives of more than 30 women in our 36-year history. I am very proud of this! Also, I am very proud to say that the National Jewelers Association recently interviewed just one independent jewelry store from each of the 50 states. 23rd Street Jewelers was chosen for ALL of California!” Tell us about the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career. “Really my answer is customer service. Be unique, go above and beyond what any

person expects from a business relationship. This is the same answer I would give to so many questions about being a business owner. In this current arena of competition, whether from the internet or copycat stores, being honest and being willing to go above and beyond have set 23rd Street Jewelers apart.” How do you give back to your community? “We have been supporters of the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation for the past 16 years. I live here, I’ve raised my family here, and public education has been our platform since 2000. We also support the Peninsula Education Foundation, the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation, Vistamar School, Chadwick School, Loyola High School, the Sandpipers and numerous Westside schools as well.”



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West Coast Living Thomasville

Grace Kim Design Trade Manager 23036 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance 310-896-0120


race Kim, design trade manager for West Coast Living Thomasville, has worked in art and architecture for her entire career—and even before. Growing up, she was fascinated with her artist mother’s drawings, and she became familiar with color theory at an early age. Grace earned her BFA in fine art from UCI and attended UCLA extension classes in interior design. She has two grown kids: a daughter who is an architect and a son who is in college. How does your work ethic influence your business? “Utilizing time well is essential. My work ethic is to be as realistic with time as possible and be responsible for completing the job—no matter how big or small. Whether it’s designing a home or doing desk work, I always follow up with clients. Transparency and honesty are key. Doing the best I can is crucial to building strong relationships with clients. Once they know I’m trustworthy, I’m on my way to lifelong clientele and friends.” How would your clients describe you? “They appreciate my reliability. Any client or interior designer who uses our West Coast Living Design Center knows they can always count on getting just the right answers for the questions they have. I’m known for having an eye for design and for being trustworthy, kind and honest.” What’s at the top of your to-do list for the next year? “First: To spread the word throughout the South Bay community and to local interior designers that our West Coast Living Design Center is a wonderful resource that’s right in the neighborhood. You don’t need to drive to LA Mart or Pacific Design Center. We have all the resources clients need right at hand. Second: To visit the markets/trade show in order to understand and master product knowledge. Third: To travel and get inspired!”

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What do you do when you’re off the clock? “My day starts at 6 a.m. with a nice, quiet walk to my neighborhood park. Since my job involves dealing with many people, I like being alone in the morning, enjoying the view of the ocean. I can always be found at the latest art exhibit, and I love to visit new upscale restaurants to see their décor and get ideas!”


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Audrey A. Stansbury Financial Advisor

Edward Jones

1230 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 155 Manhattan Beach 310-725-7034 | Edward Jones, Member SIPC


s a financial advisor for Edward Jones, Audrey Stansbury helps local families meet their financial goals, including retirement plans, insurance needs, education savings and estate considerations. Audrey joined Edward Jones in 2004 and recently earned her CFP® designation. Edward Jones has exceeded 14,000 financial advisors with offices in all 50 states. Any advice for women going into your line of work? “It takes a lot of grit and hard work to build a book of business in this industry. For those up for the challenge, now is a great time to start. Currently only about 30% of financial advisors are women, so women are especially needed. An estimated $30 trillion in wealth will be passed down from Baby Boomers to their children over the next 30 years. The majority of this wealth will first pass to women since they tend to live longer than men. As more women inherit their fortunes, many of them will want to work with a female advisor—and that will translate into a great opportunity for women in the field.” Tell us about the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career. “The Great Recession of 2008 was a challenging time to be a financial advisor. Edward Jones has always taken a very calculated approach to investing. We review our clients’ risk tolerance and goals and do not offer questionable investments. This was a boon during the recession because although most portfolios suffered a little, I didn’t have to apologize for any of the investments I sold. I learned that helping clients work toward their goals with high-quality investments is paramount.”

“As more women inherit their fortunes, many of them will want to work with a female advisor—and that will translate to a great opportunity for women in the field.” SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

What is the biggest challenge for women in today’s workplace? “It is the same as it always has been—trying to juggle all of the responsibilities that come with the roles we play. I have heard women say that when they are at work they feel guilty for not being at home, and when they are at home they feel guilty for not being at work. I think it is natural to feel this way, but we need to accept that doing the best we can in all arenas is truly the best way to approach our many roles.”



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Constance Curtis Events

Constance Curtis Founder/Event Producer Manhattan Beach 520-591-0312 |


onstance Curtis Events is a Manhattan Beachbased event production company that offers complete solutions for personal and corporate events. Founder Constance Curtis graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in business management and an emphasis in media arts. She has worked in the wedding planning industry for more than a decade and now has expanded into corporate and other specialty events. She opened her events firm in 2010. What would you like potential clients to know about your business? “Constance Curtis Events plans corporate as well as personal events such as weddings, birthday parties, anniversary parties, bat mitzvahs and so much more. We provide a wide range of services and custom-create our packages based upon each client’s needs.” Describe your work ethic. How does that influence your business? “I know how important the events are that my clients are having me plan, so I treat every single one as though I am the client. I am a natural go-getter and always go the extra mile to ensure each event is a success and the client is happy.” How would your clients describe you? “Forward-thinking to ensure their event goes on without a hitch. They would describe me as positive and a joy to work with. Most important, I make their event planning fun and stress-free.” Where do you find most of your new business leads? “My #1 source of leads comes from my satisfied customers. There is no better compliment then when a client refers somebody to me. Knowing they have that trust in my company, means the world to me.”


Tell us about an important career lesson you’ve learned. “There are no shortcuts when doing something properly. Additionally, I’ve learned to give everyone respect and treat them with kindness. When you are kind to those you work with, such as vendors and those who work for you, it creates a much more productive work environment. They go above and beyond to make sure you are happy, which makes clients happy.”

“I love working in our community and would love the opportunity to plan corporate events for my neighbors.” 158


What’s at the top of your to-do list for the next year? “I want to form more relationships with business owners and corporations in the South Bay. I love working in our community and would love the opportunity to plan corporate events for my neighbors.”


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Aqua Salon

Kathy Snyder Owner

1000 Manhattan Avenue Manhattan Beach 310-371-7010 |


qua Salon is a boutique salon located in Downtown Manhattan Beach offering haircuts, environmentally-friendly Davines color, balayage, smoothing treatments, blow-dry, hair extensions, manicures, pedicures and waxing. Celebrating 10 years in this location, the ocean-view salon is owned by stylist/ colorist Kathy Snyder. She trained at Christophe Salon in Beverly Hills for more than a decade before opening her own salon. Kathy has been a resident of the South Bay for more than 20 years. What would you like potential clients to know about your business? “Aqua Salon is a hidden gem in Downtown Manhattan Beach. I have created an intimate, comfortable atmosphere for clients to come and relax, get pampered, and feel beautiful and rejuvenated. Our clients love the energy in our salon and often comment on the teamwork and personal attention they receive.” How important are personal skills? “Personal skill is crucial in our industry! We are dealing with one of the most important features to a woman: her HAIR!” What does success mean to you? “Making sure our clients’ hair complements their personality and lifestyle. We strive for every client to leave the salon feeling beautiful, confident and happy. I am fortunate to have an amazing team of talented professionals who work with me and contribute to the success of the salon.” How would your clients describe you? “In the words of a client: ‘Kathy is a perfect balance of professional focus and personal warmth. She has an eye for style and perfection. She makes sure every client walks out the door looking and feeling beautiful.’”

“I have created an intimate, comfortable atmosphere for clients to come and relax, get pampered, and feel beautiful and rejuvenated.” SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

How important is the relationship between you and your clients? “Relationship is key because we deal with clients on such a personal level. As a result, our clients are regular and loyal. We are thankful to the South Bay community and our clients for their support over the years.”



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Manhattan Tax & Accounting

Sylvia Gayed Founder & CEO 1020 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Suite 103 Manhattan Beach | 310-546-3800


anhattan Tax & Accounting is a full-service tax and accounting firm established by Sylvia Gayed in 2005. The firm’s areas of specialty include individual, corporate, partnership and LLC tax preparation; tax planning; bookkeeping; and payroll services. After graduating from college with a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting, Sylvia worked in accounting at Universal Music Group and at Deloitte, a BIG 4 worldwide accounting firm, before opening her own company. What would you like potential clients to know? “We are an out-of-the-ordinary accounting firm that goes above and beyond for clients’ needs. I personally meet with my clients in the initial consultation and when delivering tax returns. I review returns with them, giving them an opportunity to ask questions and to help them understand their tax return.” How has your life experience contributed to who you are today in the professional arena? “My father was an entrepreneur, so growing up surrounded by his values, ethics and entrepreneurial mindset helped me shape my business in many ways.” How important are personal skills? “Very important. The more skills you have, the more flexible and diverse you are, allowing you to interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds, mindsets and experience.” How does your work ethic influence your business? “I work hard to ensure the financial well-being of my clients. Their interest comes first! I work with integrity for long hours, and review all returns at least twice before leaving my office. I stay up-to-date with tax laws changes and constantly searching the tax code to find loopholes for clients to save on their taxes.” How would your clients describe you? “Knowledgeable, thinks outside the box, friendly, experienced, helpful, and goes the extra mile.”

“We are an out-of-the-ordinary accounting firm that goes above and beyond for clients’ needs.” 160


How do you give back to the community? “I love the Manhattan Beach community, so I get involved every chance I can. Currently I serve on the board of directors as treasurer for Leadership Manhattan Beach; a board member at large for Manhattan Beach Coordinating Council; a member of Manhattan Beach Kiwanis; and a committee member on the Best of Manhattan awards.”


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RE/MAX Estate Properties

Colleen Johnson & Monica Fujiwara 23740 Hawthorne Blvd., Second Floor, Torrance 310-350-2738 | 310-773-1429


or the past two years, real estate agents Colleen Johnson and Monica Fujiwara have worked together representing clients through RE/MAX Estate Properties. Together the two have more than 20 years experience in the industry. Colleen is a certified International Property Specialist and is the director of career development and office manager at the firm’s South Bay office. Monica has a bachelor’s degree in business management and various certifications and designations, including Seller Representative Specialist, Pricing Strategy Advisor, Real Estate Negotiation Expert, Quality Service Certified and Certified Interior Decorator. Who are some female leaders you admire? “Our company founder, Sandra Sanders, is a true inspiration. She is the woman behind the vision and success of RE/MAX Estate Properties. Sandra is considered one of the industry’s icons and outstanding leaders, honored and admired throughout California and the nation’s real estate community.” Tell us about the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career. “Real estate is very different than most ‘sales’ jobs. Buying and/or selling a home is one of the biggest financial decision people make. We spend an enormous amount of time with our clients—getting to know them, their families and a lot of times their friends too. Learning about people and what motivates them is always the best lesson learned during a real estate transaction. Most of our clients become lifelong friends, and accomplishing their dream of home ownership is always the reward at the end of the day.” How important is the “human touch” when it comes to your clients? “We are in the day of internet information overload. With computer-generated estimates of home values and property information available on multiple websites, the personal relationship will always be optimal. We have built our careers by building relationships. As most of our business comes from referrals, we believe that the personal service we provide is beyond what most people expect.”

“Most of our clients become lifelong friends, and accomplishing their dream of home ownership is always the reward at the end of the day.” SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Why do you choose to live in the South Bay? “We were both born and raised in the South Bay. There is nowhere else that you can find our weather, the beach, a plethora of great food, entertainment and shopping, diversity in every community, as well as community organizations. The South Bay is truly the best place to live, love and play!”



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The Rosenkranz | Friedman Group

550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 359 Rolling Hills Estates 310-717-8767 (George) 310-504-4690 (Cheryl)


he Rosenkranz | Friedman Group is a fullservice real estate team of experienced professionals at Keller Williams Palos Verdes. Owners George Rosenkranz and Cheryl Friedman have more than 40 years combined experience in the real estate industry. What would you like potential clients to know? “We are in this together—before, during and after the transaction. Our service does not end with the close of escrow. Every step of the way we protect your interests and your pocketbook!” How important is your relationship with clients? “Since selling and buying homes is often a highly personal and emotional decision, creating strong relationships with our clients is critical to achieving successful outcomes. A keen understanding and awareness of our clients’ preferences and motivations enables us to provide consistently exceptional service and marketing.” What is your company doing that is innovative? Cheryl: “We have created our multigenerational, multicultural marketing platform that utilizes cutting-edge technologies alongside traditionally successful marketing methods to reach local, regional and global consumers and obtain the results our clients rave about.” George: “We also distinguish ourselves by being proactive and incredibly responsive. We are passionate about real estate, so we constantly study the market and network with other professionals to find great opportunities for our clients. We put ourselves in our clients’ shoes to anticipate their needs and questions. This translates into a high level of engagement and hands-on involvement, both day and night.” What does success mean to you? “For our team, success is achieved when our clients experience service and results even greater than they desired. On a personal level, we measure success by the amount of love and laughter that fills our homes.”

L to R: George Rosenkranz, JD, owner; Cheryl Friedman, owner; Vita Masellis, JD, Realtor

“Every step of the way we protect your interests and your pocketbook!” 162


What’s on the top of your to-do list for next year? “We are very excited to announce that our team is expanding to San Diego. As a result of our success in the Palos Verdes Peninsula and South Bay, in 2018 The Rosenkranz | Friedman Group will proudly be serving clients in Los Angeles and San Diego counties. We could not have done this without the support and loyalty of our amazing clients and their referrals!”


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“Our #1 motivation is to change the way people look at fitness.”

Yaya Margarita & Hillary Lewis Co-Owners

Shine Studio


hine Studio is a boutique fitness studio that offers a wide variety of workout formats, from Cardio Dance to Barre to Pilates. Owners Hillary Lewis and Yaya Margarita opened the business in 2016 and have both been involved in dance and fitness most of their lives. What is your company doing that is unique? “Our classes are incredibly unique, and we created most of our formats from the ground up! The mixture of cardio and strength training in our classes are an optimal combination for getting the most out of your workouts and getting in the best shape of your life.” What would you like potential clients to know about Shine Studio? “We created a positive, nonjudgmental, inviting space so that wherever you are in


730 S. PCH, Suite 105, Redondo Beach 310-316-0997 | your fitness journey, you should feel comfortable starting with us. Whether you’re new to working out, bored with the same old gym routine or just had a baby (like Yaya!), we want each and every person to feel welcome joining our #ShineSociety!  We work hard to create a sense of community and support, and it’s amazing seeing our clients become friends, hold each other accountable for showing up and just enjoy taking class together! From creating our own meal plan to partnering with local brands for events, we are consistently coming up with new ways to engage our clients and make fitness more fun and accessible.” How do you support your clients? “Our #1 motivation is to change the way

people look at fitness. Healthy living doesn’t have to be a chore or something you force yourself to do. Yes, our classes are going to challenge you, but you are also going to laugh, smile and feel amazing afterward! We try and keep things lighthearted, because working out doesn’t always have to be taken to seriously!” What has been the most rewarding moment in your business so far? “In the short time we’ve been open, we have had several people tell us that Shine’s classes have changed their lives! Some had never worked out before or they could never stick to a routine until they discovered Shine. We could not be more humbled, and that’s what pushes us every day to continue on this journey to make Shine a successful brand and business.”



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Prestige Team Homes – Keller Williams Realty

Karen Anderson Broker Associate 28901 S. Western Avenue #139 Rancho Palos Verdes 310-251-2883 |


aren Anderson has enjoyed a wellrounded career. She has established and managed her own businesses for more than 30 years, and she recently marked her 20th year in real estate. Karen earned her real estate license in 1997 and her broker license in 2001. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family. What would you like potential clients to know? “There are many people who do what I do, but we’re not all the same. I do everything I can to help my clients achieve their real estate goals—blending modern technology with good old-fashioned ‘roll up your sleeves’ hard work.” What does success mean to you? “In my line of work, success is consistency. Having a constant stream of business makes me feel successful. This means that I have done my job well enough that my clients feel confident in referring me to their family and friends!” How would your clients describe you? “I would hope that they would say that I’m a hard worker, accessible and goal-oriented, and that they are thrilled with the end result!” How important is the relationship between you and your clients? “That relationship IS my business! I strive to build lasting relationships with all clients so I will be ‘top of mind’ when they (or someone they know) is thinking about buying or selling real estate.” What are some of the challenges for women in today’s workplace? “In my industry, technology changes quickly and the way we do business has changed tremendously in the past 20 years … heck, in the last five years! The biggest challenge I see is staying relevant in a rapidly changing environment.”

“I do everything I can to help clients achieve their real estate goals.” 164


Have you had an experience in life that materially changed who you are? “I am a survivor of domestic violence; it changed my life tremendously—for the better. I learned about tenacity, perseverance and self-worth; I hope I’ve taught these things to my daughter. I‘ve had many opportunities to share this story. I hope I’ve helped someone going through that ordeal.”


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This gorgeous new construction town home is just a few short blocks to the beach. Ocean and white water views from the top floor living area, along with your over-sized decks make this 4-bed, 4.5-bath home special. Richard Haynes Manhattan Pacific Realty 310.379.1724

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5 BD . 5 BA . approx. 3,600 sf . vaulted ceilings . basement | $2,999,999

3 BD . 2.5 BA . 2,800 sf . large yard . six blocks to the ocean | $2,999,000



5 BD . 4.5 BA . 3,714 sf . Street to cul de sac alley lot | $3,199,999

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This gorgeous remodeled home sits on a huge flat lot, with panoramic Catalina, ocean views. Includes 6 beds, 5 baths and 4,653 sq. ft. Enjoy entertaining guests with an outdoor kitchen, patio, firepit and huge yard! This home is move-in ready! $2,899,000

Gordon Inman 310.936.1979

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KeIth Kelley 310.944.5554


“Charles is a tremendous advocate and respected voice when it comes to buying your home. He patiently explains the process, helps navigate potential pitfalls, and vigorously negotiates on your behalf when it comes down to price.” –Tim & Nora Reynolds

“Charles is a tremendous advocate and respected voice when it comes to buying your home. He “I would recommend Charles to both friends and strangers,pitfalls, and am confident he would treat each patiently explains the process, helps navigate potential and vigorously negotiates on your with the same respect and work ethic he portrayed with us. If you are looking for an agent to list or behalf when it comes down to price.” –Tim & Nora Reynolds help you find a house, look no further, because Charles Fisher is your guy!” –Marshall & Lauren Clayton

“I would recommend Charles to both friends and strangers, and am confident he would treat each with the same respect and work ethic he portrayed with us. If you are looking for an agent to list or help you find a house, look no further, because Charles Fisher is your guy!” –Marshall & Lauren Clayton

CHARLES FISHER 310-902-7214 1401 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 BRE# 01731424

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999 Paseo la Cresta, Palos Verdes Estates | $9,999,000

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1414 Paseo la Cresta, Palos Verdes Estates | $8,399,000

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16 Caballeros Road, Rolling Hills | $2,599,000

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1925 BEACH DRIVE, NORTH HERMOSA FOR LEASE $18,000 Contemporary masterpiece by Daryl Olesinski, built by Fritz, in very best MB/HB sand section location. Corner lot one door from beach, on more land than two interior Strand lots, with 117’ of frontage on Beach Drive and 45’ on 20th walkstreet. Instant beach access, and much more private and quiet than The Strand. 9’ to 11’ ceilings, radiant heated terrazzo floors, poured in place fireplaces and walls, basement with 9’ ceiling, 4 decks, 4 fireplaces, master with unblockable whitewater view, dry sauna, steam sauna, guesthouse (3rd bed), semi-covered roof deck with fireplace and state of the art water filtration. Big grass yard, solid granite fire pit, solar heated pool and spa with retractable cover, ozonation system (fresh water, no chemicals, all equipment in boiler room below house so there’s no noise) enclosed outdoor shower. 2.5+ car garage with 11’ ceiling, 64 board racks overhead, Gladiator wall system and Tesla outlet. Quietest beach in HB/MB, far from piers, streets, bathrooms and parking. Nearest real street is a block away. Unlike in M.B., Beach Drive has gates at every walk street so there’s no through traffic, and the flat walk streets are a kids paradise.


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2031 W Summerland St, Rancho Palos Verdes

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Just A Doll The story of how Madame Alexander almost ruined my life WRITTEN BY KATHLEEN LACCINOLE | ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTINE GEORGIADES

She set me up. And I’m exhausted. The doll-maker, originally named Bertha, was born to immigrants in New York’s Lower East Side. She attached the title of “Madame” to her name as a marketing ploy ... and it stuck. In truth, she was a wife, mother, businesswoman and a ballbuster. She did it all. And I imagine she was exhausted as well. Santa brought me my first doll when I was 4. Cinderella was perfect—every detail just so, down to her immaculate broom and spitspot apron. And so it began … I collected the dolls in an unspoken competition with my sister. I had more dolls, but she had Scarlett O’Hara. When my sister moved on to pencil sketching members of The Eagles, my Madame Alexander obsession only picked up steam. The dolls were my dreams, what I would be one day, each an accomplished woman—from Betsy Ross to Lucille Ball. If my collection was solid, so too would be my future. I had an agenda. It didn’t work out. As girls, we set levels of perfection impossible to reach. As women, we still try. We must be the attentive mom, loving



wife, accomplished chef and organized homemaker—with a successful career, a fit body and a garden without powdery mildew. We volunteer, entertain, protest and attempt to never fall down. But I fell a lot. And when I did, I poured vinegar on my skinned knees. Why couldn’t I do it all like Queen Victoria or Pocahontas? More than once, I felt like a failure as a woman. And there they were, always, in the corner of my room, with their perfect skin and Bette Davis eyes—empty stares taunting me, reminding me I didn’t measure up. But then I grew up. And after far too many falls, I stood up and realized I will never wear perfectly ironed, spit-spot aprons, have perfect skin or be Maria von Trapp. I imagine Maria von Trapp was exhausted too. We all are. We are women. It took me 40 years to realize that if I try to do everything, I will always fail at something. But at the end of the day, failures are far more entertaining. I am a middle-aged single mom with a new career, an old dog, a house that needs paint and crepey skin on my elbows. But boy, do I have laughs.

I explain to my daughter that this is what makes a successful woman: trying, falling, getting up, trying again, falling again, loving, learning, failing and finding joy in the process. The other day I looked in my old doll case at my 24 dolls. Their perfect skin had faded. They stared back at me with shallow, freakish, Baby Jane eyes. Amish Girl‘s elastic waistband had given way, leaving her bloomers around her ankles. Miss Holland’s right eye had gone wonky. And Shirley Temple’s head was in her lap. I knew how that felt. And for once, I could relate. They were exhausted. Just like me. I rolled Miss Holland’s eye back into place, safety-pinned Amish Girl’s bloomers back on and used a paper clip to secure Shirley Temple’s head. Then I made myself a martini in my plastic shaker, poured it into a stained crystal glass and played with my dolls. ■ Kathleen Laccinole is a freelance writer. She also writes for

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