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What’s New? It’s always a pleasure to see our September/October issue come together. As our yearly Women’s Issue, the magazine overflows with incredible stories from some of the most dynamic and talented women of the South Bay. It’s even more exciting that many of these features are written and photographed by our team of female contributors. They are the heart and soul of this magazine, and I’m truly grateful for their consistently marvelous work. You may also notice something a touch different about this issue. Thanks to our incredible art director, Michelle Villas, and her designers Nikki and Yasmine, Southbay got a little design refresh over the summer. Still the same great local content you’ve come to expect over the years but with a few creative upgrades. Expect to see more evolution as we head into the last couple issues of the year and then into 2020. We’re feeling the momentum and happy to have you along for this journey. You can also follow us on social media @oursouthbay and visit our online content platforms, including goldenstate.is, for all things California. Plenty of amazing things happening outside “the bubble” too, so be sure to check it out. I’d like to dedicate this issue to my dear Naomi Cheung, who lost her battle with cancer in August. She was an early contributor to Southbay as a fashion stylist and a close personal friend since college. A stylish, witty, cultured and all-around incredible woman, she was my muse for much of my adult life. I will miss her beautiful and magnetic presence greatly.

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the inspired kitchen PROVING SHE’S NO FLASH IN THE PAN, COOKING MUSE PAMELA SALZMAN EXPANDS HER FOLLOWING AND READIES A NEW COOKBOOK FOR A SPRING RELEASE. Written by Tanya Monaghan


Pamela Salzman looks like a classic

pregnant. When her daughter was 13 months old, she got

Hollywood movie star, but it is

pregnant with her second child and decided to quit her

while crafting delicious dishes in the

job at Disney to focus on her kids full time. She still took pride in cooking fresh food for her fam-

kitchen that she truly shines. “Food

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has always been a huge part of my

teaching them how to cook. This was all very natural to

life because it was around meals that we all came together.”

her. “I never thought that all that was important to get me to where I am now, but it was,” she says. “I always tell people the path you are on is the path you are supposed to be on.”

Pamela grew up as the eldest of three girls in a traditional

left the Westside and made the move to the South Bay

an Italian immigrant to the States, was one of eight chil-

when her husband started a new business venture. They

dren. He grew up on a farm in Italy, which had a lot to do

fell in love with the relaxed, family-friendly community.

with the way Pamela was raised. She is one of 29 cousins,

Once all three kids were in school, she decided she

and most Sundays were spent with her extended family.

wanted to go back to work but didn’t necessarily want to

In the old country everybody had gardens, and making real, fresh, homemade food was just the way it worked.

She started by teaching for the nonprofit Growing Great. It was during this time that she noticed a huge

the children were left in charge of the garden at home. So

disconnect between parents and their kids’ eating habits.

they learned the skills firsthand.

She also realized that there were so many moms out there who didn’t know how to cook. A Michael Pollan book in-

hard, so she didn’t have a lot of time to play in the

spired her to get into health and wellness, so she thought

kitchen. She cooked simply and made the same meals

to herself, “How can I help people be healthier?”

routinely, but she did have a subscription to Gourmet

At the same time, Pamela was still attending a cooking

magazine. Pamela would wait eagerly each month for the

group once a month in L.A. for fun. The stars aligned

magazine to arrive.

when a friend from class suggested that she take over

She showed a keen interest in cooking from a young

with the intention of teaching people how to cook healthy

age and started baking at the age of 5 after buying a

meals. She taught her first class and knew that this was

cookbook at a book fair. By age 11 she was making din-

what she was meant to do. She felt everyone’s positive

ner for the whole family. And this was how her love of

energy and open-mindedness. It also felt incredibly

cooking began.

rewarding to empower others.

Pamela went to college in Philadelphia, where she

One class grew into teaching many more, and soon

studied economics and met her husband, Daniel. Even

after her cooking classes exploded into a business. A key

then she continued to pursue her love of food, cooking for

career moment transpired in an Elle magazine feature

Daniel and friends. Pamela followed her husband back to

with one of her clients, Jenny Kane. This in turn brought

Los Angeles for his graduate school education and soon

more celebrity clients her way. Since then she has been

after decided to pursue a business degree at UCLA.

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They got married, lived on the Westside, and in between her first and second year of grad school she got

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go back to the corporate world.

Her father would go to Italy for a month to teach, and

Pamela’s mother was a decent cook but also worked

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In 2006 the young family—now with three children—

Italian home on the East Coast in Long Island. Her father,

magazine. She also appeared on TV shows such as Today, Hallmark’s Home & Family and Rachael Ray.


“IN THE OLD COUNTRY EVERYBODY HAD GARDENS, AND MAKING REAL, FRESH, HOMEMADE FOOD WAS JUST THE WAY IT WORKED.”

In 2015 Pamela secured her first book deal and published Kitchen Matters to great acclaim. Her second book, Quicker than Quick, will be coming out in March 2020. She continues to teach groups in kitchens (including her first original group) as well as on her online platform to reach a wider audience. “When I first started teaching, I was trying to help people become more comfortable in the kitchen,” she shares. “Then I encouraged them to work with new foods and open up to using more vegetables and grains. Now I feel like it’s more important than ever to be cooking from scratch. My goal is to teach people to be independent and look at the ingredients themselves. Even something as simple as choosing which peanut butter to buy can make a big difference over time. There is so much in our food supply that is so detrimental to our health, so when it comes to what we eat, we need to control as much of that as possible. These small choices add up and they matter.” For Pamela, making healthy food is a way of showing love. From a simple meal made from her father’s garden as a young girl to TV appearances and book deals, Pamela’s humble goal has always been to make food with love and to love the food she makes. ■

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A career in ballet is not for the masses or the faint of heart. It is demanding, intensive and all-consuming. Just like pursuing an elite sport, if you are really passionate about dance, it will become your entire life. Amber Ray was only 2½ years old when she started her first ballet class. At age 12, alongside with her mother, Jackie, she attended a spring recital at Pepperdine University to watch the Yuri Grigoriev School of Ballet. Yuri Grigoriev was a graduate of the famed Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow and a principal dancer with the Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet before opening his ballet school in Culver City in the mid-’90s. “Yuri found Amber full of potential and with all the attributes needed for a professional career in dance. However, she lacked solid training,” remembers Alexandra, Yuri’s wife. “He told her that he would have to completely retrain her and proceeded to put her in his top advanced-level class so he could watch her and guide her on a fast track.” A year later during a weekly private lesson, Yuri announced that Amber would compete at Youth America Grand Prix, the most prestigious student ballet competition in the world. “We were all shocked and somewhat dubious considering the short training time,” shares Alexandra. “She showed such dedication, desire and willingness to do whatever Yuri thought necessary to propel her to the next level.” Yuri encouraged her to choose the John Cranko School of Ballet, also known as the Stuttgart Ballet, so she could continue her Russian training. During that time she competed at the world-renowned Prix de Lausanne ballet competition in Switzerland and received a first-place trainee scholarship award at the 2014 Bolshoi Ballet summer intensive in New York with an opportunity to train and perform at Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy. After two weeks of training in Moscow, Amber danced in their Spring Gala. After Amber’s time with the Stuttgart Ballet, she decided she was ready for a change and she auditioned for one of the world’s foremost ballet companies: the Dutch National Ballet (DNB). The DNB develops, produces and presents ballet at the highest international level. After being accepted, Amber moved from Stuttgart to Amsterdam. “It was amazing to watch her in Yuri’s hands and to witness the speed with which she absorbed his teaching,” shares Alexandra. In early 2015, Yuri passed away. “He had trained and coached Amber every step of the way for four years,” Alexandra shares, “and was so proud of her and all that she had accomplished.” ■

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As a child, Sylvie Gabriele spent every other weekend with her father, Guy. Most of those weekends were spent at his restaurant, Café Pierre. At just 9 years old, Sylvie went missing in the restaurant. Guy frantically looked everywhere. Turns out she was sitting with a customer, asking if she was enjoying her meal, and the two had gotten caught up in a conversation. At that moment, Guy knew his daughter was destined to be in the restaurant business. Located in Downtown Manhattan Beach, Café Pierre was the first real upscale restaurant in that Beach City—and a beloved neighborhood institution. Sylvie bought the business from her father for a great price and created Love & Salt, an Italian-inspired restaurant with a California soul. Sylvie fought hard to be taken seriously in what can easily be considered “a maledominated restaurant industry.” She worked on and off at Cafe Pierre for most of her youth—first as a hostess, then a server, then running the floor and eventually becoming the manager. She learned the operations of the business. A graduate of UCLA, she also received her MBA at Loyola and became a licensed Realtor. When you are the owner’s daughter, you are never treated like one of the crew … so she always had to rise to the occasion and prove her job was not due to nepotism. “In addition to overseeing everyone who fell under the restaurant family umbrella, I advised my dad on real estate investments and other financial decisions, as well as making executive decisions with strategy and planning,” she explains. Sylvie married chef Alex Mosavi in 1998. Farm Stand, a restaurant in El Segundo, was their first venture together. It was an organic, non-GMO restaurant and catering company that specialized in French, Italian, Turkish and Persian dishes. In 2014 they sold the restaurant portion of Farm Stand but still operate Farm Stand Catering with an impressive list of clients including the NHL, NBA and Chevron. After a couple decades in the restaurant industry, she brings a sharp business acumen to her ownership roles. Keep a lookout for Sylvie’s new project: a fine, fast-casual Middle Eastern restaurant coming soon to the South Bay. ■

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Worth Their Salt WOMEN TAKE CHARGE AT TWO POPULAR SOUTH BAY FOODIE DESTINATIONS.

FAMILY STYLE

our experience eating at so many diverse restaurants

Mother-daughter duo Julie Coser and Crystal Coser,

from the ethnic communities that make Los Angeles so

cofounders of Bites & Bashes café and catering company

great—namely Korean, Mexican, Vietnamese and Thai,”

in Lomita, have a big thing in common: food.

says Crystal. The menu ranges from spicy pork banh mi

“While I was cooking to entertain or helping my friends with their parties, Crystal proposed that I become

with house pickled vegetables to the house favorite Crack fries with Cajun aioli and pecorino Romano.

her business partner in a catering company,” says Julie,

Julie, who received an associate’s degree in culinary

who was born in South Korea and came to the South Bay

arts from Le Cordon Bleu, says one of her favorite dishes

when she was 20 to help her mother with a handful of

is glass noodles with tons of seasonal vegetables, often

family-run restaurants. “I wanted to encourage and sup-

from the family farm. “It’s my take on a traditional

port her business proposition since other teenagers were

Korean dish with a modern spin. It also happens to be

playing video games or hanging out with their friends in

vegan and gluten-free, which makes it appeal to many of

their downtime.”

our clients. This dish offers bold flavor and is very color-

For Crystal, now a Harvard University graduate and

ful from all of the beautiful vegetables.”

former associate editor at Eater LA who learned how to

Opening a café on an unassuming corner of Lomita,

bake soufflés and crème brûlées at a young age, helping

though, wasn’t exactly easy. “I decided to open here be-

her mom in the kitchen came naturally.

cause I like the small community setting, and it is conve-

“I always wanted to be in the kitchen as a very young

niently located between my house in Palos Verdes and my

child, and it is part of my DNA,” explains Crystal. “I

husband’s office,” says Julie, whose husband, Dr. Russ

grew up in a house where we would have dinner parties

Coser, is a dentist in Torrance. “We have made a lot of

most Friday and Saturday nights. So my mom and I had a natural partnership, and it’s really incredible how in sync we are. We think the same, and I can’t imagine doing this business with anyone else.” The pair has come a long way, with a company spanning more than 15 full-time employees and nearly 60 on-site contractors including servers, chefs and bartenders; a new café with ingredients sourced from their family farm with a 120-tree orchard including Meyer lemons and persimmons; and a host of A-list celebrity clients and corporate clients such as Nike, Facebook and Uber. “The menu for both the café and catering came from

“MY MOM AND I HAD A NATURAL PARTNERSHIP, AND IT’S REALLY INCREDIBLE HOW IN SYNC WE ARE.”

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neighborhood friends and are so proud of and grateful for

I’ve seen lately in the South Bay. Whomever is buying

the new community that has blossomed in our café.”

wine knows what she is doing. Tatomer grüner veltliner?

Throughout the process, Julie and Crystal’s connection has grown stronger. “I love working with my daughter

DuMOL pinot noir? Jolie-Laide syrah? Yes, please. The service too is appealingly earnest. We dined on a

because I can see her every day,” explains Julie. “We have

Sunday evening, and the space was largely deserted—

an unbelievable partnership where we can work together

which puzzled me. Sunday night is a night when neigh-

to create new dishes and design new catering concepts.

borhood folks should bookend your date-night business

Together we marry modernism with tradition. We always

on Friday and Saturday. It should have been much busier.

learn from each other.”

We had three kids with us and were made to feel as

After just a year in the Lomita spot, the duo is con-

if they were as welcome as any adult, which I appreci-

sidering expanding to a second location in the South Bay

ate since they all have excellent table manners and eat

within the next five years. “We are really happy with

absolutely everything. (No iPad dining for our tribe!) Our

where we are now,” adds Crystal, “but we’ve definitely

server, Paula, should be cloned and marketed to all res-

got our eyes open.”

taurants in search of warm, gracious service. Chef Huy Nguyen offers several well-executed dishes:

25600 Narbonne Avenue in Lomita

gorgeous little jewel-toned baby carrots with spiced

bitesandbashes.com

yogurt and perfectly pan-seared bass with citrus char-

— Written by Jennie Nunn

donnay broth. Yet Decadence seems to have an identity crisis going on. Luxury in and of itself doesn’t unify a menu themati-

DIVINE DECADENCE

cally. You can have decadent menu items (or prices), but

Mr. Sexton took me on an early date to a long-gone

your food needs to have a common thread that otherwise

restaurant on the pier in Hermosa exactly 16 years ago.

unites the dining experience. The charcuterie and cheese

Married for 15 years and two kids later, the pier and I

board, the steak with sauce Bordelaise and the pan-

have both undergone some transformation. While some

seared duck breast feel very French bistro. It’s continen-

casual, bring-on-the-beer concepts still reign supreme,

tal comfort cuisine, but it’s offered at prices that average

there’s been a marked shift toward fine dining. Restaur-

nearly $36 per entrée—which drives many diners back to

ants like Palmilla, Steak & Whisky and Tower 12 have

that $16 burger and an extra cocktail.

upped the ante on food expectations while preserving the Beach City chill vibe that regulars prefer.

I’d love to see Decadence focus more on the Asian elements on its menu. There are so many burger and steak

A recent entry into this category is Decadence, opened

joints within walking distance, but not a lot of high-end

by local Skylar Tourigny. “Whether in reference to choco-

restaurants with Eastern flair. Little Sister in Manhattan

late cake for breakfast or wild, all-night parties,” the

Beach has proven it can be done.

menu asserts, “decadence means extravagance, luxury and self-indulgence.” One might rightly expect foie gras, white truffles and

The Beach Cities are ready for luxe yet authentic cuisine. With so many pieces correctly in place—great service first among them—Decadence deserves to succeed. ■

a whole lot of Champagne, but Decadence is instead a

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very good Asian-fusion concept restaurant. The space is

1332 Hermosa Avenue in Hermosa Beach

sexy and the cocktails are tempting, but then you see the

decadencebar.com

wine list—which is actually one of the best edited lists

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er story is an interesting one:

CHANGE OF PACE

Former archeologist becomes

During college, she had begun experimenting

high-end jewelry designer with a

with making jewelry. While working as a con-

prehistoric aesthetic. But let’s not

servator at the museums, the more she saw

get ahead of ourselves … It all started in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Young Loren Teetelli grew up riding

various ancient metal objects, the more she became curious about how they were made. To satisfy her curiosity, Loren sought out

horses, enjoying art—especially painting—and

instructors who specialized in ancient metal-

excelling at science and math. In college

smithing. She studied centuries-old artisans’

she studied art history, anthropology and

tools and techniques and began to craft

archaeology—the perfect combination of her

pieces of modern jewelry with a historical

passions for art, math and science.

influence. Once again she had found a path-

She chose to focus on pre-Columbian

“I PRACTICE THESE ANCIENT TECHNIQUES IN ORDER TO CAPTURE THE SPIRIT OF HISTORIC CIVILIZATIONS.”

way that perfectly combined her interests.

archeology, specifically that of the Andes. “I

Jewelry was becoming her full-time job,

quickly fell in love with the people and their

and Loren realized that she was also ready

she is exploring ancient Egypt, which she show-

stories—how they lived and traded, why they

for a change of residence. She moved to Los

cases in her collection Nebu: Sands of Gold—

made things and how they made them,” says

Angeles in 2015 on a whim, having never even

inspired by that civilization’s motifs.

Loren, who went on numerous digs in Central

visited previously. In August 2016 she launched

“While I ultimately chose not to become

and South America and attended field school

Loren Nicole—a collection of ethically sourced

an archaeologist, it is still a love of mine,” she

in Peru.

22K yellow gold and gemstone jewelry that

explains. “Jewelry has become a way to share

she creates in her South Bay studio. She also

that love with people and hopefully get them

bonds with objects—not so much the finished

takes orders for bespoke jewelry, a process

interested in our shared history.”

product but what the objects represent.”

she enjoys because it allows her to better

“I’m a collector, so I tend to form strong

She earned her bachelor’s degrees in art

engage the person who will wear the piece.

Loren creates slowly—by hand—without the aid of modern technology, including electricity. She doesn’t even turn on lights during the

history and anthropology and worked as a conservator at the American Museum of

MADE BY HAND

process. “Very few people are working this

Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum

As she creates works of art for her collection,

way,” she shares. “I practice these ancient

of Art in New York City. While those jobs gave

Loren explores historic jewelry-making and

techniques in order to capture the spirit of

her amazing life experiences, something was

metalsmithing techniques from societies all

historic civilizations.”

happening that would steer Loren away from

over the world. She uses the same technologies

her intended pursuit of a doctorate degree in

to make her modern designs that would have

tainable, she takes extra efforts to ensure that

South American archeology.

been used thousands of years ago. Currently

the gold she uses is either recycled or sourced

While Loren’s methods are inherently sus-

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wholesale, but plans are in the works for a new

community feeling. I love how friendly the

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atelier in Downtown Manhattan Beach. “The

neighbors are and how involved people are

World of Ethical Jewelry by Kyle Roderick, that

jewelry will be on display alongside artworks

with local events.”

explores how jewelry is becoming a medium

from some of my favorite artists and a studio

for social responsibility and ethical values.

for people to see how my works are made.”

Whether delving into long-ago tools and techniques or enjoying the good vibes of

In the meantime, Loren is planning and cre-

Southern California, Loren has certainly found

priority in today’s luxury market,” Loren says.

ating her next collection for 2020 and exploring

her place in the sun and is happy to share the

“When purchasing one of our pieces, you can

the South Bay with her boyfriend. They frequent

wealth through her art.

know that the materials went toward support-

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breaking waves AFTER ADOPTING SURF LATER IN LIFE, KRIS PRIMACIO TURNED A PERSONAL REFUGE INTO A WAY TO HEAL OTHERS IN NEED. Written by Amber Klinck | Photographed by Jeff Berting


PHOTOGRAPHED BY KEN PAGLIARO


Kris Primacio walks barefoot along the Manhattan Beach Strand, her eyes focused on the water below. Each perfectly formed wave captures her attention. “I wish I was out there,” she says. An avid surfer, Kris has structured her life around the tides and swells running across the sand and plunging into the sea at every opportunity. Her passion for the ocean is

of my world, but I didn’t know what that looked like.” In 2016, after years of working with the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation (JMMF) providing ocean therapy surf sessions, Kris was asked to take on a larger role. Her mentor, Carly Rogers, who wrote the ocean therapy program utilized by JMMF, was about to go on maternity leave. “She asked if I wanted to take over for her,” Kris says. “My father had just passed away. I felt like the universe was saying, ‘This is what you need.’ I jumped at it because it was a dream job, but also I knew that it would help heal me.” At the start of 2017 Carly decided to retire, giving her full

palpable. It’s that passion that inspired Kris to begin vol-

support to the board members of JMMF to have Kris of-

unteering for surf therapy programs, and it is eventually

ficially step into her position. “I thought, ‘Alright, I’ve got

what led to her position as the executive director of the

my dream job; I don’t need to do anything else,’” Kris says.

International Surf Therapy Organization.

“Then at the end of 2017, [JMMF] was asked to attend a

Surfing has played an integral role in the trajectory of Kris’ life, though its influence is relatively new. Kris is

meeting of the minds in Cape Town, South Africa.” The surf therapy organization Waves for Change had

Hawaiian but grew up in Seattle, Washington, where she

received a grant with a goal: figure out a way to grow—

spent most of her time on lakes and rivers. It wasn’t until

not just your individual surf program but the sector of

she moved to Manhattan Beach in 2010 that her neighbors

surf therapy itself. “So Tim Conibear [Waves for Change

began nudging her to get on a board.

founder] along with Matt Mattila and some other key play-

“In 2011 I was pushed into my first wave in San Onofre,” she says. “From that moment on, I was obsessed.” For Kris, surfing was more than a pastime. She found

ers sent eight organizations from around the globe to Cape Town,” Kris says. What began as a group of kindred strangers quickly

solace in the water. “My father was diagnosed with

evolved into a group of friends and colleagues who to-

cancer five months before I started surfing. Being on that

gether launched the International Surf Therapy Organiza-

surfboard allowed me to forget about his CT scans and

tion (ISTO). “That was in October 2017,” Kris notes. “In

his white blood cell count,” she explains. “I found myself

July 2018 we all met in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, for our

finding refuge in the ocean. I still find myself finding

second conference.”

refuge in the ocean.” Being in the water served as a remedy, but it also gave

At that point the number of organizations affiliated with ISTO had doubled. And while each organization shared a

Kris the opportunity to connect with herself. “You learn

common goal, the founders were primarily focused on their

how to be present. You learn all these life lessons out

own programs. ISTO needed someone at the helm, and Kris

in the ocean—to be more patient and to accept what’s

was nominated to take on the challenge.

given,” she says. Kris began to structure her days around surfing. And

“One year after we launched, I was appointed CEO of ISTO. It was thrilling, exciting and intimidating all at

while volunteering had always been a part of her life, she

once,” Kris says. What began as eight surf therapy pro-

was now focused on donating her time to surf therapy

grams coming together with a shared vision has evolved

programs. “I knew I wanted to be around like-minded

into a collaboration of nearly 70 organizations worldwide.

people,” she notes. “I wanted [surfing] to be a bigger part

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“MY FATHER WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER FIVE MONTHS BEFORE I STARTED SURFING. BEING ON THAT SURFBOARD ALLOWED ME TO FORGET ABOUT HIS CT SCANS AND HIS WHITE BLOOD CELL COUNT. I FOUND MYSELF FINDING REFUGE IN THE OCEAN. I STILL FIND MYSELF

PHOTOGRAPHED BY GRACE MUCKENFUSS

FINDING REFUGE IN THE OCEAN.”


can move mountains,” says Kris. “We are expanding surf

just connect to yourself, it changes the way you see the

therapy awareness worldwide by increasing understand-

world and it changes how you relate to others. The ocean

ing, [as well as] developing and sharing best practices.”

humbles you. You’re immersed in something so much

ISTO has become a trusted resource for the surf therapy

In addition to promoting self-efficacy, solace and a

community. “Evidence and exposure bring validation,”

sense of community, surf therapy works to create an ap-

Kris says. “Our vision is to create a world where health

preciation for our ocean environments. “There’s an innate

care professionals are prescribing evidence-based surf

response to protect the ocean because we’re benefiting

therapy worldwide. We can’t do that without data.”

from it,” Kris explains. “We take care of what we love. I

Through the efforts of ISTO, surf therapy was featured at both the Society for Mental Health Research conference in Noosa, Australia, as well as the Society for Community

paddled out to pop a balloon and stick it in my wetsuit.” ISTO is hosting the first-ever Surf Therapy Symposium here in South Bay on November 8–10. “We strategically

great honor of speaking at both conferences, and now

planned our first symposium in Southern California and

ISTO and our guest editors are producing a special issue 

chose the South Bay for its rich surf history and culture.”

in the Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice dedi-

Kris notes. The ISTO mantra is “Go far, go together.” Kris explains,

one of the SHIFT Award Official Selections. All of these

“It’s part of an African proverb. The entire proverb is ‘Go

firsts continue to validate our efforts to bring together a

fast, go alone. Go far, go together.’” By uniting surf ther-

level of collaboration and medical legitimacy that hasn’t

apy experts, researchers, government counterparts, health

been seen before in surf therapy.”

care practitioners, scholars, authors, students, professional

Around the globe there are nonprofits exposing surf therapy to underserved populations. Right here in Southern California there are programs designed to work with

surfers and industry leaders, the ISTO Symposium puts “Go far, go together” into practice. Watching Kris teach a young boy to surf in the ocean,

veterans, at-risk youth and people coping with mental

it’s clear she’s found her calling. Her energy is contagious

and physical illness. “Surf therapy reduces the stigma of

as she guides him through the water, and for a moment

seeking help,” Kris says. “I think people are looking for

his mind is focused on nothing but the waves. Everyone

an alternative to traditional therapy. We’ve replaced the

around him cheers as he stands on his board and rides it

couch with a surfboard.”

to the sand.

By combining the adventure element of surfing with

“Never give up on your dreams,” Kris says. “And

the healing power of the ocean, surf therapy works to

never, ever think that in your 30s or 40s [you’re] done—

positively impact the mental and physical well-being of

because I didn’t even start surfing until I was 41. I didn’t

individual participants. “We are defining surf therapy as

even know that this was my dream.” ■

the evidence-based, clinically guided and structured use of surfing as a therapeutic vehicle in the prevention and treatment of social, behavioral, health, economic and other global challenges,” Kris says. She describes the experience: “When you’re surfing, you’re not thinking about what’s waiting for you on land. That presence, that ability to be in the zone, to be able to

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Research and Action conference in Chicago. “I had the

cated solely to surf therapy. ISTO was also just named

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ADVANCING TOWARD A CURE Torrance Memorial, a Cedars-Sinai affiliate, prepares to open the doors to Hunt Cancer Center in the South Bay. PHOTOGRAPHED BY SIRI BERTING

cancer diagnosis is frightening,

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With this new development, Torrance

and the journey to recovery can

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be challenging. Recent statistics

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variety of clinical trials.

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in 1925 to provide quality health care to South Bay residents is today a Cedars-Sinai affiliate

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Sharon Fadale, breast cancer survivor Torrance Memorial Hunt Cancer Center, opening in December

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One thing you’ll quickly discover about Mendocino is that just about every inch looks like it belongs in an Ansel Adams photography tome. Surrounded by massive redwood trees, rugged cliffs and a white-capped, navy blue

Following a five-year renovation completed last year, the 10-room Harbor House Inn is complete with wraparound decks, a 3,400-bottle wine cellar and a Michelin-starred restaurant headed by executive chef Matthew Kammerer. Approximately 20 miles north of Mendocino, the Inn at Newport Ranch is situated on the former site of Newport—a small town conceived in the late 1800s around a steep lumber chute used to transport giant logs into floating

coastline, the frame-worthy beauty is

schooners. Comprised of 2,000 acres, the property features

what makes the destination one of the

a main building with a 20-foot-wide walk-in fireplace, a

most coveted spots in the state.

private hot tub housed in a water tower-like structure and a spa framed with a grove of six redwood trees.

Situated 155 miles north of San Francisco, the storied logging town dates to 1850 with the inception of

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Mendocino Lumber Company—the vision of railroad

In Fort Bragg (nine miles north of Mendocino), visitors

builder Henry Meiggs. Today the seaside town (also the

can explore the native flora and fauna at Mendocino

film location for many scenes in Murder, She Wrote) is

Coast Botanical Gardens. The 47-acre sprawling oasis

bustling with 24 state and national parks, more than 90

features the Dahlia Garden with more than 400 individual

wineries and numerous restaurants.

plants representing 150 varieties, an expansive heath and heather collection in hues of copper, pink and gold, and a

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coastal bluff and marine zone lined with coastal grass-

Reminiscent of a cozy, wood-shingled cabin with

lands—a perfect viewing spots for whale-watching.

Craftsman-style touches, the 11-room Brewery Gulch Inn overlooking Smuggler’s Cove resides on the origi-

logs from Glen Blair to a lumber mill near Fort Bragg, the

nal homestead of Mendocino pioneer Homer Barton.

Skunk Train offers trips through old-growth redwood

Designed by Belgian-born architect Caroline LaPere using

groves, the Noyo River Estuary and a scenic, 7-mile

150-year-old, eco-salvaged, first-growth virgin redwood

round trip winding through the Pudding Creek Estuary.

timbers, the inn features rooms with ocean views, gas

You can also explore Mendocino by horseback at Ricochet

fireplaces, Sferra linens and writing desks. Submerge into

Ridge Ranch. The numerous trail rides include one-hour

the beauty of the surroundings with two new shinrin-yoku

beach rides to Ten Mile Beach in nearby Cleone and four-

(a Japanese term for forest bathing) offerings, including a

hour private forest rides through natural habitats and

1½-hour guided meditation through the forest or a full-

ranch land trails at MacKerricher State Park.

day journey with yoga, a light lunch prepared by the inn’s

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At Lula Cellars, a boutique winery set on 22 acres in the

chef and a relaxing soak at Mendocino’s Sweetwater Spa.

“Deep End” of the Anderson Valley, sample wines such as

For 80 years the 65-room Little River Inn, a former

pinot noir and gewürztraminer—only available for sale in

Victorian home, has welcomed guests from around the

the tasting room and online. For dinner, don’t miss Wild

globe with an on-site restaurant and bar, an 18-hole golf

Fish overlooking the crashing waves of Little River Cove

course with a driving range and putting green, a day spa

for daily rotating, locally sourced selections including a

and tennis courts. After a complimentary home-cooked

smoked fish plate with smoked sablefish, pickled shallots,

breakfast, take a guided ATV tour of 20 miles of trails and

capers, yogurt and grilled bread, and local rock cod with

panoramic ocean views.

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In an affluent neighborhood like Palos Verdes Estates, named the second safest city in California by the National Council for Home Safety and Security (2019), Palos Verdes High School student Ryan Pascal had little need for concern about gun violence. Following the tragic Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in 2018 in Parkland, Florida, Ryan dug deeper into the lives of the victims and survivors. She was shocked to find parallels. Parkland’s median household income was nearly identical to PVE’s. Marjory Stoneman Douglass was a public high school, like her school. Gradually the shooting adopted a more unsettling, acutely poignant meaning for Ryan—this could have happened to her. Personally invested, Ryan reached out to the Florida chapter of Students Demand Action, and before long she found herself at the doorstep of Everytown for Gun Safety—a leading American nonprofit for gun control. Ryan jumped headfirst into the fervid and often frenzied world of activism. She stood before a sea of orange at Sea King Park to lead proceedings for a national, 17-minute walkout honoring the victims of Parkland. Just two months later she joined the youth advisory board for Everytown. This past August Ryan embarked on her eighth business trip for Everytown, flying to New York to serve as a trainer for the 2019 Gun Sense University in Washington, D.C.—an annual weekend-long conference for Moms Demand Action volunteers. She’s hosted leadership summits, spoken on panels and even been photographed by People magazine for their “25 Women Changing the World 2018” spread. “She’s definitely made me face the unknown,” said Jackie, Ryan’s mom. “I was [the] one who went to college, med school, residency, got married. Straight shot, nothing in between. And then there’s Ryan, who challenges that. And it makes you feel outside your comfort zone. And I’m someone who doesn’t like that space, so I’ve had to learn to settle in that and watch her blossom.” ■

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Erin Condren A LETTER-PERFECT BUSINESSWOMAN Written by Darren Elms

While she was a sleep-deprived new mom of infant twins, Erin Condren began designing and printing note cards from the playroom well into the night. Friends and family encouraged her to sell the designs at shopping parties in the South Bay, and by 2005 she launched her first website. “The business steadily grew, and I discovered how truly viral paper is!” says Erin. “As customers wrote letters on my stationery or sent holiday cards with my logo on it, I experienced incredible organic growth.” Since her days packing and shipping each box herself, Erin Condren Design has evolved into a thriving lifestyle company with a robust collection of planners, notebooks, stationery, calendars and home organization products. The company has two state-ofthe-art facilities: one in Austin, Texas, and one in Hawthorne. “While I’m not the sole employee anymore and now work with over 200 employees, I’m proud to say the company has stayed true to the mantra I held to when I founded it: ‘Let’s get it done so we can have some fun!’ I wanted to create products to make life easier, to help reduce stress, save time and get organized. It brings me such joy to see how my products are reaching customers around the world and bringing them happiness.”  In 2017 Erin opened her first flagship store in Austin, followed by one in Fairfax, Virginia, and a lobby store in Hawthorne. This fall she’s opening store #4 at the Irvine Shopping Center. And those twins who witnessed the earliest days of her business will soon leave for college. “We’re facing the beginning of four new adventures into adulthood, an empty nest and a whole world of changes in 2020. While I’m already missing my ‘baby birds,’ I’m very excited about the time freed up to focus on other projects and passions like our partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation,” shares Erin. “And we’re doing more than raising awareness and donating. We’re developing products that will improve the lives of those fighting cancer. It’s been a true passion project for my team and me.” ■

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A FULL PLATE Terranea Resort nutritionist Navil Lorenzana finds passion putting healthful and delicious food in front of her guests. WRITTEN BY DARREN ELMS | PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL

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ood has always played a special role

and planning. With the chefs, she creates

in Navil Lorenzana’s life. “My family is

balanced items that are not only delicious but

huge, and we see each other all the

also nourishing for resort guests. She offers

time,” shares the Long Beach native,

nutrition education through a biweekly col-

who is first-generation Mexican American.

umn that discusses various topics of general

“Food is what brings us together.”

nutrition and wellness to better inform the

As a certified yoga instructor, health and wellness has long interested her deeply.

Terranea staff. But her role as nutritionist was not her

“When I had my daughter, I was introduced to

first job at the resort. She initially came to

a dietitian who focused on educating lower-

Terranea as a bartender at catalina kitchen

income populations. Immediately I became

while completing her nutrition degree.

interested in the field of nutrition with a more

Executive Chef Bernard Ibarra later

academic approach and wanted to learn the

approached Navil about work­ing within the

science behind it.”

culinary department as a nutritionist. She

Navil left her career of teaching yoga

says, “I shared with him the things that I have

and went back to school at California State

encountered within my job as a dietary tech-

University, Long Beach to pursue a science

nician and volunteering in the community.”

degree, earning a Bachelor of Science in

Navil’s approach to nutrition at Terranea

nutrition and dietetics with a minor in food sci-

is “all foods fit,” believing this to be the key

ence. She is currently completing a supervised

to overall health and wellness. Not a fan of

dietetic internship to become a Registered

“restrictive eating and yo-yo dieting,” she

Dietitian Nutritionist, as well as pursuing a

hopes to educate people to eat wholesome

master’s degree in Dietetic Administration. Following her studies at CSULB, she became a dietary technician at a center for people with eating disorders. She volunteered at a housing development and taught a cooking class focused on using donated produce from local farmers markets around the Long Beach area. Navil also helps in a food pantry that gives food to patients living with HIV/AIDS. Today, as Terranea’s resident nutritionist, Navil is instrumental in menu development

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food and build awareness of what food means and what it does to the body on a cellular level. “People think exterior appearances represent health and wellness,” she explains. “We are so often driven to how we look on the outside rather than how we feel on the inside. Health is achievable at any size.” For those looking to make a change to their nutrition, she suggests keeping a three-day food diary and writing down everything you eat. Once the diary is complete, she recommends taking it to a dietitian and setting up a nutrition counseling session. She also advises cooking as often as possible and enjoying the food without regret or guilt. Since beginning her new role at Terranea, Navil has contributed to the resort’s Chefs to End Hunger program, which donates excess, never-served food to the Midnight Mission in DTLA. She’s also a member of Terranea’s Green Team, a group that discuses and suggests innovative approaches to be more sustainable at work and in life. She’s known to give presentations on wellness topics to fellow resort employees during lunch breaks at Lunch and Learn, and she supported a fundraising event for a community garden called The Growing Experience in a lower-income area of Long Beach. One of her proudest moments is helping open solviva, a healthy dining eatery adjacent to The Spa at Terranea. “It’s my favorite outlet, as it is where I work most of the time,” she says. “The food is just perfect for me. It makes me happy to see chef de cuisine RJ Dela Merced’s creations come alive and nourish the body and soul. We crafted our menu with wellness in mind. That diet mentality is what we want to get away from.” Navil relishes working in a place where innovation, drive and creativity run through the veins of her colleagues. “We are expected to do things with passion and inspiration, and I get to do that every day within my department,” she says. “I believe that feeding people is a very noble and selfless act. Being in food service in combination with nutrition is very fulfilling for me.” To experience Terranea’s dining outlets and learn more about Terranea’s culinary offerings, please call 855-416-3928. 100 Terranea Way in Rancho Palos Verdes. terranea.com

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Marisa Reichardt SHE BRINGS REAL ISSUES TO THE PRINTED PAGE. Written & photographed by Kat Monk

Five-foot waves were breaking close to shore, but that was no concern for Marisa Reichardt. She dove under each wave—attempting to reach the calm water just outside the beach break. Marisa, a critically acclaimed author, uses the ocean as an outlet when she needs to reset after writing an emotional scene. Her debut novel, Underwater, takes on a teenager’s perspective as she tackles the aftermath of a traumatic experience. “My wish is that Underwater helps survivors feel seen, helps people feel less alone and gives people hope,” she explains. Marisa is taking on big issues—earthquakes, anti-vaxxers and school shootings, to name a few. Often we hear about the victims, but survivors of tragedy can be overwhelmed with guilt, depression or anxiety. As she began her career, Marisa was active on Twitter and followed young adult (YA) authors, agents, publishers and book bloggers. “The YA community is pretty big and supportive and female-dominated, which I love,” she adds. With the help of Twitter, she found her dream agent. After following her for quite some time, she was confident she was the right fit for her books. Within a few months Marisa was signed. Underwater was sold to Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan, and the rest is history. Her next two books, Aftershocks and Juniper Jade vs. Her Parents, will come out in 2020 and 2021 respectively. In the writing world, authors often joke that the release of your first book is comparable to having your first child. “For me, bringing a book from the seed of an idea to a published final product that I could physically hold in my hands wasn’t unlike the emotional journey I took with pregnancy,” explains Marisa. “I had hopes, worries and hard labor. I cried when I held my daughter for the first time, and I cried when I held my book for the first time.” As a writer of YA fiction, Marisa has a deep respect for what teens go through on a daily basis. “My wish is that all my books show the power of fighting for what you believe in,” she explains. “I think teenagers get a bad rap. They’re smart and funny and interesting and legitimately fighting to change the world.” ■

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the future is female MEET THREE YOUNG SOUTH BAY ARTISTS WRITING THEIR OWN DEFINITION OF FEMALE IDENTITY IN 2019. Written by Mary Grace Morrison | Photographed by Monica Orozco


“SO MUCH OF WHAT’S GOING ON IS LACK OF DIALOGUE. WOMEN SHOULD STEP UP, TELL THEIR STORIES AND SPEAK THEIR TRUTH.”

Kiara Barrett


Sofia Beck

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How do we define the modern woman? Looking back, a woman has been characterized by her career choices—or lack thereof: relationship status, capability in motherhood ... the list goes on. Each of these factors also varies depending on country, culture and religion—creating hundreds of different ideals for women. Though we have come far, many women still struggle

being able to stand up for myself in a corporate setting, or I can’t get my thoughts out as often as [a man] could because of their gender.” Sofia plans to attend art school in the fall and is both excited and nervous about pursuing a career in visual arts. She understands what a privilege it is to be able to follow her dreams, and she references stories she’s heard from other people who did not have that luxury. “I know a lot of people, especially parents, who were stay-at-home moms and always wished that they had gotten out there,” she says. “Even though that was 40 years ago and they grew up with empowered women, our idea of an empowered woman today is so different.”

to find their place in a modern society. Now that we have

Her mom always felt called to dance and dreamed of

escaped many of the narrow expectations of the past, we

opening her own ballet studio—a dream that was quickly

face a boundless future, which for some can be daunting.

silenced as she searched for a more “stable” career. Yet

So how can we move forward with our own definition?

Sofia says that her mom still wishes she had gone after

The next generation is working to answer that. Three young women specifically—Sofia Beck, Jamisen Jarvis

her dream—even if it didn’t lead to financial success. This is not an isolated story. Many women lived their

and Kiara Barrett, all artists from the South Bay—offer

youth during a time when the second wave of feminism

unique perspectives and experiences that influence how

was still young—giving them the confidence to pursue a

they define womanhood.

career but limiting their choices because they lacked role

The realities of being a woman vary depending on the

models in many areas. This caused them to choose jobs

individual. Some grow up with families who are vocal

they deemed more secure—foregoing the possibility of

about gender norms and expectations. For others, how-

becoming trailblazers in exchange for ensuring financial

ever, the knowledge of how their gender defines their life

gain and personal accomplishment.

hits them much later. Kiara was one of the latter. A UCLA fine arts graduate,

This is not to say that their choices make these women any less brave or talented. However, women of the mod-

she says, “I didn’t consider my gender at all in the first

ern generation aim to take the struggles experienced by

15 years of making art. That was not a concern of mine. It

their mothers and work to change the societal structure

wasn’t until college that I was realizing that I had no idea

… one woman at a time.

that art was so male-dominated.” Kiara adds that she couldn’t deny the obvious dispar-

Jamisen believes that the modern woman is defined by confidence and that people get too caught up in the idea

ity between the successes of men versus women that she

of loving themselves. A musician from Hermosa Beach,

discovered during her visual arts studies.

Jamisen has been writing her own songs since she was 13.

Sofia has come to appreciate the pros and cons of her

Her sound mixes heartbreaking lyrics with upbeat music

gender. “The thing about being a woman is it’s a double-

to create tunes that you can either cry to in a moment of

edged sword,” she explains. “There are so many amazing

sadness or dance to as you move on from the pain.

things—I love the experiences. But in a way there are so many things I struggle with because of my gender, like

When asked to elaborate on her ideas, she referenced a pearl of wisdom that her father told her when she was

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young—the moral of which has stuck with her throughout her life. “You don’t have to love yourself; you have to own

“I think the modern woman is somebody who is able to overcome the discrimination and the hardships that they face because of their gender … somebody who’s able to

yourself,” she shares. “You don’t have to be in love with

juggle home life but not let that stop their career. I think

the way you look or act or dress. Instead the modern

the modern woman has become this superhero.”

woman should accept that this is who she is. She

There’s no one way to define a modern woman. And

shouldn’t compare herself to others or believe that she

trying to do so may cause a repeat of the mistakes made

must change in order to fit society’s ideas of who she

by previous eras of our society and only further put

should be.”

women into a box defined by external ideals.

Kiara adds, “I think confidence for sure [defines the

However, it is clear that the next generation is full of

modern woman], and trying to improve on self-image

young women like Sofia Beck, Jamisen Jarvis and Kiara

and making sure you’re doing good with feeling good

Barrett—determined to follow their dreams against all

about yourself.”

odds and use their experiences and passions to help

But those aren’t the only characteristics she attributes to the modern woman. She also values open, authentic

others and create a more inclusive future while learning from the past. ■

communication. She considers much of the turmoil seen in today’s world to be rooted in misunderstanding. “So much of what’s going on is lack of dialogue,” she says. “Women should step up, tell their stories and speak their truth, because we’re half of the population. We should be just as vocal and just as involved [as men].” In addition to being confident in her own abilities, a woman can also work to help others around the world be heard and understood. Kiara is working to model courageous communication, centering her art around stories she hasn’t seen represented enough. One such piece was her 25-part series about bar culture and the expectations of a woman after someone buys her a drink. Through this art, Kiara hopes to foster discussion about societal norms of gender relations. Sofia also features women in her artwork, mainly focusing on painting the female form. Her portfolio includes works that illustrate women in soft, saturated tones, accentuating the serenity of the scene. She uses these colors to explore the fragility and tenderness typically associated with women. Sofia believes that the idea of the modern woman “is forever growing and expanding.” There is not one way to be a modern woman. Instead, every woman is a modern woman simply by trying to be the best version of herself.

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leap of faith ON A LIFE-CHANGING JOURNEY, A REDONDO BEACH COUPLE EXPERIENCES KUMBH MELA—A SPIRITUAL PILGRIMAGE OF 150 MILLION EN ROUTE TO BATHE IN THE GANGES OF INDIA. Written by Alison Clay-Duboff | Photographed by Ken Duboff


Alison engages in conversation with a pilgrimage attendee.

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People asked us, “What is this Kumbh

Delhi. We were making the long trek back to India—not

Mela you are going to?” Then the

to visit Abdul, but this time to take part in the world’s

same people asked, “Why? Why go

largest gathering of humanity on the planet. Kumbh Mela is a Hindu festival that captured Ken’s

there?” There was and is only one

attention. It attracts numbers of devotees and pilgrims

answer. My husband is crazy.

so staggering and unimaginable that all you can do is go

How to describe this unthinkable, absolutely unimagi-

with the proverbial flow. There is only one trajectory: You have to let go, give in, surrender and trade in your

nable event is a task where forging emotions into words

individualism and your personal space to be one with 50

is as elusive as the blind devotional faith that is Kumbh

million souls.

Mela. But first a little personal history. Some 20 years ago while living in Saudi Arabia, I

The dates of the Kumbh are calculated in accordance to a combination of Zodiac positions of the sun, the moon

developed a deep, sibling-like bond with an Indian

and Jupiter. It occurs every 12 years. Ken told me he

employee—a bond irrespective of culture, religion,

really wanted to go, but I brushed it off. It would pass,

socioeconomic ranking and geography. After three years

this fascination. But it didn’t.

in Riyadh, the time came to say goodbye to my “Indian brother.” I didn’t know if I’d ever see him again, and it broke my heart.

And when he told me it was his “10/10,” I told him to book it. That’s an act of true love! After a year of planning and trade-offs (our side trip

The years of my life flowed past with a rhythmic

to Vietnam and Japan was my idea), we found ourselves

symbolism akin to the Ganges, and this passage of

back in Delhi. Our suitcases were laden with a myriad of

time forged a clarity—an understanding of what’s truly

items: photography gizmos, medications and sanitizers.

important. Emotional priorities rose to the surface,

There were chocolate kisses for the kids and potato chips

and floating atop the river of my life’s arc was a deeply

to sustain us during the unchartered culinary experience

earnest wish. I yearned to cast my eyes upon the sweet

of vegetarian tent glamping during our time at Kumbh.

face of my Indian brother, Abdul … to communicate again with those eyes that before never required words. Ken, my husband of 16 vibrant years, made it happen.

Most of the 150 million pilgrims who come to Kumbh Mela over the course of 55 days to dip in the Ganges and cleanse themselves of their sins have painfully limited

In December 2017 Ken took me to India for a poignant

financial resources, so they sleep in the open air, having

and joyful reunion with Abdul and his family. There were

walked for days with firewood on their heads and chil-

so many beautiful moments, laughter and tears of yet

dren at their heels.

another farewell, but there were also untold aftereffects.

For Ken and me, sleeping in the open air was not an

This trip to visit Abdul was only the beginning of our

option; we required a tent equipped with basic necessi-

relationship with India.

ties—private toilet and shower—and that’s what we got.

Going to India was scratched off the bucket list. We

What we didn’t get (our fault we didn’t ask) was a tent

could never recreate the magic of our time with Abdul

with heat (it was very cold at night) or the promised hot

and the three weeks spent visiting the major beloved

water for bathing.

tourist spots that India is famous for. It was a self-

But our “deluxe tent” came with electric blankets and

sufficient, living memory that would sustain me for the

electric teakettle. We brought a bottle of Scotch just in

rest of my days.

case, and it came in handy; we were both unknowingly

Surprisingly, one year later we were flying off to New

carriers of a nasty respiratory infection.

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Kumbh Mela was held over 55 days: January 15 through

accentuated with colorful fruit markets, brilliantly colored

March 4. February 4 was the most auspicious bathing

saris, cheap toys hanging from buildings and very happy

day; we planned our trip around this most sacred day,

holy cows.

along with 50 million pilgrims. This bathing takes place in the city of Prayagraj at the

And then suddenly, appearing out of nowhere, distant lights came into view and lit bridges glistened in the fog.

confluence of three rivers: the Ganges, the Yamuna and

It was a thrill unparalleled. We crossed bridges, our eyes

the “mystical” Saraswati. It is estimated that 150 million

wide. We were actually there. It was surreal.

pilgrims visited during the course of the festival—some for a day and others for all 55 days. Hindus believe that people who bathe in the sacred

People were on the move, walking in all directions. It was solemn—very quiet yet vibrant. It was odd how everyone was going in different directions. This was

waters during Kumbh Mela are infinitely blessed as their

unexpected, but we didn’t have any intimation of what a

sins are washed away and they achieve a closer proximity

temporary city should look like.

to salvation/enlightenment or “moksha.” The Kumbh’s

Arriving at our tent village was a small tour de force

temporary city is approximate 25 square miles and is

because we were lost and our driver was lost and couldn’t

constructed during 90 days before the opening ceremony.

find our location. After multiple stops, asking for direc-

It is torn down at the conclusion of the festival within 90

tions, we were wearily waiting to join our friends.

days, as the waters again return to the riverbeds. The 2019 Kumbh budget was estimated at US$400

Molly, JB and Sandy flew in from their homes in San Francisco. Raju is our dear friend and owner of Incredible

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Real India tours. We first met him during our previous

miles of roads constructed, 30,000 police and military

trip to India the year before, as he had customized a

personnel, 11 hospitals, 120,000 toilets, 22,000 sanitation

private tour of his country for us. Along with Raju was his

workers, 22 pontoon bridges and 40,000 LED lights. Put

sidekick Dev.

it all together, and it’s by far the largest temporary city in the world.

It was late, and the line of tents was magically aglow. The sounds of people zipping up for the night sounded like cicadas.

DAY 1 As the plane climbed up through the polluted sky, we

DAY 2

watched Delhi disappear. After a spicy vegetarian air-

Breakfast was served in the communal dining room with

plane meal and a very rough touchdown, we once again

fellow adventurers from all over the world. There were

welcomed Varanasi. Our same driver from the year before

curry dishes and few Western options. We ate quickly and

greeted us warmly and collected our bags. We were on

set off to explore.

our way! A year in the planning would come to fruition after a scant 60-kilometer drive to Prayagraj. The only problem

ing festival. I had a Kumbh Mela app on my phone. We

was that this 90-minute drive took almost eight hours

were prepared, and we couldn’t wait to see the infamous

due to an estimated 150 million people en route.

Naga Sadhus (the naked wise men). It was time to meet

People travel to Kumbh by train, car, foot, camel and elephant. We chose a minivan with AC. Hour after hour, identical Indian villages crawled by my window in slow motion—each of them grey, bleak and crumbling but

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Our collective adrenaline was abuzz. Ken and I had clocked hours of Netflix documentaries on this fascinat-

them in the flesh, no pun intended. They wear no clothing, just ash, and some don a type of loincloth. The Naga Sadhus have their encampments across the rivers, and due to the crushing amount of humanity


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trying to get access, the authorities closed the pontoon

ing. I had no idea where my people were or how they

bridges. We were unable to talk our way across. We tried

were. Were they trampled? Separated from each other

various pontoon bridges with the same results. Flashing

and lost, not speaking the language? (No one ever knew

our prestigious press passes was fruitless.

where anything was. Directions were as illusive as per-

Resigned to staying put, there was much to see on our side of the banks of Mother Ganges. We walked along

sonal space.) Hours passed. I drifted in and out of sleep, cell phone

the dirt roads, paused for photos and selfies with passing

glued to my hand. Ken was sick too—tired and under-

pilgrims, admired saris drying in the light wind, observed

nourished. I was on edge. I was alone and sick in a

pilgrims in their private moments of prayer. At the Gan-

faraway land, in a semi-luxurious tent, with worry as my

ges, multitudes of women adorned in colorful saris—as

only companion.

well as men stripped to their undergarments and splashing children—connected to their own personal reverence. We took endless photos and spoke with those whose

Finally a group WhatsApp notification appeared in the now-darkened tent. The gang was together, they were experiencing amazing things, but they were lost and

language matched ours … and many whose didn’t. A

needed to find a boat to cross Mother Ganga back to our

hand over a heart is universally understood. The sun had

tents. Ken was fine. I was relieved but far from relaxed. I

warmed, our spirits were high … and, as it turned out, so

now knew it would be hours before their return.

was my mounting fever. By lunchtime I was dusty and exhausted. My cough

Every now and then their locations would be revealed; at one point they were finally in the middle of the river,

racked my frame. We headed back to our tent village. We

moving slowly. Then as suddenly as their coordinates ap-

were all more or less ready for a pause.

peared, there would be no more movement.

Back at camp we had lunch: more curry and unknown

I was coming to terms with an undeniable reality. I

dishes. I thought it was tasty—Ken not so much. The

physically could not make the next day’s journey to the

camp staff was most accommodating. They just couldn’t

main events: the procession of gurus being led by the

get Ken a non-veg meal. It was our little Indian home

sword-wielding Naga Sahus, which Ken and I had studied

away from home. I even ran into a couple from Hermosa

ad nauseam for more than a year.

Beach, believe it or not. Ken, our friend Raju and the gals from San Francisco

Our friends eventually arrived back at camp around midnight. The kitchen stayed open for them, and dinner

wanted to go out again and find a bridge to the festival,

was consumed. After a fitful 90-minute nap, they left

so they left at about 4 p.m. Ken soldiered forth on an

again at 2 a.m. to witness the holiest of bathing days with

empty stomach. No curry had passed his lips; he had

50 million pilgrims and 200,000 naked warriors.

enough curry for a lifetime the previous year. JB hung

Ken kissed me goodbye. I held him tightly and wished

back, and I retreated to bed—blanket burning, coat on,

him an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience. I

cell phone in hand to geotrack our group, which was lov-

couldn’t believe I wouldn’t be a part of his 10/10. It broke

ingly self-named Cool and the Ganga.

my heart.

Noises permeated my frigid canvas tent. I napped fit-

As I laid in the dark of the tent, I chose to be grateful—

fully to the tunes of neighbors coughing; the incessant,

knowing that Raju, Dev, Ken, JB, Molly and Sandy would

live, singsong prayers; and lost-and-found alerts that

give me Technicolor-rich descriptions of what they saw,

rang out over 25 miles of very loud speakers.

experienced, felt. It would be as if I was there with them,

But then fear set in—a subtle, subcutaneous panic. Why no communication? The geotracking wasn’t work-

I was sure of it, and that fact alone allowed me to accept my fate.

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then spotted Sandy and Dev in the foreground. More video,

I awoke to the sounds of military helicopters and more

more congratulations, but where was Ken?

prayers—this time one in English. “Hallo hallo” rang

hopped onto the back of a passing scooter for the last leg

been spotty at best through the night.

of the trip back to camp. I hugged him as tightly as the

Not wanting to detract from their individual and collective experiences, I gave the gift of space. I put the

My six weary explorers and I came together for lunch. I tried to quell my curious enthusiasm, but persistently

worrisome wife.

I besieged them like a little kid. I ached for the Techni-

As the hours crawled by I wondered when I’d see the word: They were at last on their way back. I knew Ken’s only wish upon his return would be a hot

color, blow-by-blow reportage. They chatted amongst themselves, and I was clearly the outsider. They laughed, and they relaxed and ate, which they had not done for several days. They shared private stories to

shower to wash off the sweat, dirt, incense and campfire

which I was not privy. I retreated slightly into a respect-

smoke. I also knew that wasn’t going to happen, so I

ful quiet until my questions refused to sit still inside me.

spent two hours heating water in the little kettle, pouring

Exhaustedly, sparingly, they parsed out details.

it into the “sluicing bucket,” mixing it with bubble bath

They talked about the crowds, being sardined together,

and covering the bucket with a towel to keep the heat in

the claustrophobic fear rising, how they clung to one

and the water warm.

another partially by design and partially against their will.

I must have filled 100 kettles full of water. It was not

They described the smoke from the cooking and warming

an easy setup. I had to fill the kettle with cold water from

fires, how the incense was suffocating. They shared with

the bathroom sink, which had to be unzipped and zipped

one another—almost as if this time I wasn’t in their pres-

up each time. (There were mosquitos in there, and Ken

ence—about the vanity of the Naga Sadhus while prepar-

didn’t take his malaria medicine, as he had an allergic

ing for the procession—how the naked wise men whipped

reaction back home.) Then I would heat, drain and repeat.

up the crowd, infiltrating the limited air with a frenzy.

The geotracking was suddenly showing me that the

I listened to the recounting of the line of “floats” with

group had advanced rapidly and was a few minutes’ walk

the gurus sitting regally atop their elaborate thrones,

away. I perked myself up and ran out, but not before

surrounded by devotees, tossing marigold flowers to their

adorning the entrance of the inside of the village with

adoring followers. They told me of a very terrifying mo-

welcome signs for Cool and the Ganga. They all deserved

ment when they had to cross in front of the line of tightly

a royal welcome. They had conquered the masses, accom-

packed vehicles pulling the gurus, and how it was a do-

plished a dream.

or-die moment. One false step, one hesitation and any

Stepping into the open world of the Kumbh’s greater area outside our camp village for the first time in two

one of them would have sustained major injury. And then it happened. As the group was trying to get

days, I was greeted by smiling ladies who wanted nothing

back to our tent village—taking shortcuts, getting lost,

more than to take a selfie with the American lady, which

ducking under and over fences—they stumbled upon a

of course I obliged with huge smiles.

bridge completely populated by a line of 200,000 Naga

In the dusty, smoky distance, I could see Molly striding purposefully toward me (no sign of Ken). I recorded her arrival, gave her a high-five for her accomplishment and

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very first time I hugged him some 18 years prior.

phone away and refused the temptation to be a needy,

gang again. Eight hours passed, 10 hours and finally

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It seemed like an eternity, but he arrived—having

out literally for hours. Communication via WhatsApp had

Sadhus walking slowly, having just experienced their most holy of baths. They waved at the few who were there to witness


this truly incredible vision. What an utter endowment to stumble upon this unplanned vision, this moment in

alcohol to take hold of my tired wanderers. It was on our big, comfortable, private bus back to

time that had been unscheduled and that few were able to

Varanasi that more stories were shared with photos on

share. Profound emotions cascaded out of them all.

laptops and cell phones. Our group was soon disassem-

Sandy grew quiet, and tears shone as she put into

bling. We would share one night in Varanasi—one of

words the calm and peace that surrounded the sadhus. “I

the oldest living cities in the world where my husband’s

can’t describe it, Alison. I can’t even process it myself,”

infatuation with Kumbh Mela began.

Sandy added introspectively. We all retreated to our tents. I bathed my husband in

Three more countries awaited Ken and me … more adventures, photographs and memories. My biggest chal-

warm, sudsy, comforting water, and then it was celebra-

lenge was how to write the unwritable—having been at

tion time. We met in Molly’s tent—all of us tired and

the Kumbh but not having been fully at the Kumbh.

giddy—with proper libations. It didn’t take much for the

Guess what? Ken is making plans to go back. ■

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It was one of those summer days

them more space, a home that can be utilized for their chil-

when the rays of sun beating down

dren, proximity to the beach and a sense of community. Like the longhorn, much of the artwork throughout

are so strong that you can’t help but

the home narrates the couple’s travels and cities they’ve

squint your eyes. As my eyes adjusted,

called home. In the formal living room is Gray Malin’s

I approached the corner Manhattan

Central Park Lawn Au Parc triptych. In the family room, a

Beach bungalow of Casey and Ashley Edgar and their two children.

gallery wall includes photos of the children at the beach in Manhattan Beach, family portraits taken in Mexico, a piece by Joe Vickers and two pieces from Dacha—a nearby home goods and décor boutique that recently opened

From the half-opened Dutch door, a glimpse of interior

a second location in West Hollywood. The coffee-table

designer Bina Murphy’s aesthetic appeared. Inside, the

books, ottoman, cabinetry and most of the candles are

home is open, relaxed, clean and predominantly white

also from Dacha.

with playful touches of color. Before I could knock, I

Leading to the kids’ rooms is a barnyard door with a

heard the pitter-patter of their 2-year-old daughter,

detail that’s emblematic of time spent in New York.

Presley, with Ashley right on her heels.

Designed by Bina, the door carries the same logo as

In the entry, Presley momentarily stood still, moving her blonde hair away from her eyes. Ashley quickly

Rhone Apparel, a men’s high-end activewear line started by Casey and two partners when they lived in New York.

dressed her in light-blue striped shorts and a yellow T-

The sun-drenched family room is where the Edgars

shirt. Presley had just gotten out of the kiddie pool with

spend a lot of their time. “The goal for the family room

her 4-year-old brother, Fallon.

was to create fun space for personal expression and

The couple held out on an air-conditioner for a home

color,” shares Bina on her favorite room in the home.

full of history and character. Normally a gentle breeze

“It is an easy space for a young family like the Edgars to

blows through the airy floor plan, but this uncharac-

entertain, along with being a cozy nest for them to return

teristically hot day lent itself to treasured summertime

home to after a long day,” she says.

imagery of young parents chasing unclad toddlers, who ultimately found liberation in an unfilled bathtub. At the entry, a modern teak bench with a live edge and

“Everything’s playful; everything’s kid-friendly,” says Casey. In the family room, for instance, Bina designed a wide couch in a durable blue Perennials fabric accented

an extra-large round mirror above is a simple, organized

with colorful pillows. “It’s literally indestructible,” quips

place for the kids to take off their sandy shoes. Opposite

Ashley. A Moroccan wool rug adds an extra layer of cozi-

this in the formal living room, a longhorn from a flea

ness to the main living space.

market in Texas adorns the wall. It was a wedding gift from Ashley to Casey—they married in Austin. Bina shares that she loves when her clients have senti-

Another area of the home where a lot of time is spent is the breakfast nook. Here strands of beads from a Ro Sham Beaux chandelier dangle over a zinc table. “Zinc

ments and curated pieces of value. “This always helps set

gives off a silvery-blue color that is the perfect material

the tone for any home and tells a lot about clients’ taste

to mix into this coastal [home],” says Bina. Above the

before designing the home.”

upholstered, built-in bench seat hangs a Bo Bridges print.

Casey and Ashley lived in Manhattan for about 10 years

Throughout the house are lots of plants like palms, suc-

before transplanting to Manhattan Beach 2½ years ago. “It

culents and fiddle leaf fig trees outfitted in planters from

was easy,” says Casey about the transition that provided

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Lettuce Grow, the start-up business of their friends Zooey

Eco Concepts, who planted rosemary and lavender among

Deschanel and husband Jacob Pechenik that sells seeds and

many more herbs, plants and flowers. “We both love

growing systems. Ashley and Casey grow lettuce, kale,

gardening and cooking, so that was important to us,”

tomatoes, zucchini, jalapeños, peppers, basil and water-

says Casey. “We use every part of the home. That’s what

melon in the modern, hydroponic Farmstand grower.

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a horse with no name WILD AND FREE ON PUBLIC LAND FOR GENERATIONS, THE ROAMING HORSES OF THE WEST FIND THEMSELVES INCREASINGLY FENCED IN. A GROUP OF EQUINE ADVOCATES HAVE STEPPED UP TO REHABILITATE WILD HORSES IN CALIFORNIA. THEY INCLUDE A 1970S ROCK MUSICIAN, A DAREDEVIL COWGIRL AND A YOUNG, COMPETITIVE HORSEWOMAN. THEIR EFFORTS OFFER AMERICAN MUSTANGS A SECOND CHANCE. Written by Diane E. Barber

| Photographed by Shane O’Donnell


Thoughts of America’s Wild West

disappearing from the American scene.” In honoring

conjure up visions of cowboys,

the historic role of horses on the American landscape,

Native Americans, covered wagons, gunslinging outlaws and galloping horses. The free-spirited frontier days are forever immortalized through films, art and historic imagery, all of which have contributed to a particular reverence for wild horses in American culture.

Congress deemed that they should be protected from capture, branding, harassment or death. By federal government estimates, in March 2019 the wild horse and burro population was roughly 88,000 on 31.6 million acres of federally managed land. California has the third-largest number of free-roaming horses in the 10 western states. The total Appropriate Management Level (AML), according to the government, is 26,690 horses, which is the impetus behind ongoing captures and relocations to holding centers. This has led to public outcry as special interest groups vie for the rights to public land use.

Today the plight of wild horses in the U.S. is a far cry

Meanwhile, land designated for wild horses has been

from the romanticized admiration they originally com-

reduced by 22.2 million acres, primarily due to water

manded in the Old West of the 1800s. These beautiful

rights conflicts, urban expansion, land ownership trans-

creatures (primarily American mustang descendants of

fers and habitat conservation.

16th-century Spanish conquistador herds) are unques-

Hanging in the balance of litigation, lobbying, petition

tionably a symbol of American history. But now they are

and the furor of animal empathizers lies the fate of thou-

trapped in a web of political, commercial, environmental

sands of horses that have been roaming free since birth.

and ecological chaos.

Documentarians, media outlets, nonprofit organizations

While ranchers, oil and gas companies, politicians, environmentalists and animal rights organizations do modern-day battle in courtrooms wearing dress shoes

and private citizens have raised awareness of the harsh realities that the horses are now facing. From dehydration and starvation to terrifying helicop-

instead of cowboy boots, the horses at the center of

ter roundups, the separation of herds, relocations from

debate are increasingly compromised ... and the freedom

home ranges, overcrowded federal holding corrals, auc-

they have reveled in for centuries is threatened.

tions and the possibility of being loaded onto transporters

When the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act

bound for Canada or Mexico slaughterhouses, the perils

was established in 1971 to protect the declining wild

these magnificent animals face is haunting. But with all

equine population, an estimated 25,000 of them were

the horrors that so many of them experience, thousands

living free on nearly 54 million acres of public land,

have had the good fortune of finding their way into the

with more than 42 million acres under the jurisdiction

hearts and homes of people who have chosen to make a

of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land

difference in their lives.

Management (BLM). The congressional declaration of the

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policy reads, “Wild free-roaming horses and burros are

HOME OFF THE RANGE

living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the

Decades after the rock band America released the

West; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms

Grammy-nominated song “A Horse with No Name,”

within the nation and enrich the lives of the American

founding band member and songwriter Dewey Bunnell

people; and that these horses and burros are fast

became a voice for our country’s wild horses. He wrote


Noname, Wylene Davis, Dewey Bunnell and Penny Bunnell

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“THERE ARE COUNTLESS NAMELESS AMERICAN WILD HORSES AND BURROS THAT WE WANT TO GIVE VOICES TO.”


the song in 1971 while living in London and daydreaming

When the adoption was approved, the Bunnells rented a

about home and the deserts of California. The song in-

horse trailer, picked up their new family member—who

cludes the lyric: “After nine days I let the horse run free.”

was tagged #5606—and drove her home to California.

Though horses were not a part of his life then, he

After Noname’s first year with the Bunnells, a veteri-

unknowingly made a pact with herds of unnamed horses

narian verified that she was healthy, and the BLM issued

in the years to come. Today Dewey is not only a national

a certificate of ownership. She is now one of roughly

spokesperson for the nonprofit organization Love Wild

240,000 horses and burros that have been adopted

Horses, he and his wife, Penny—who is passionate about

through the BLM since 1971. According to Penny, 2-year-

animal rights—adopted a young wild mustang in 2018

old Noname has adjusted well to living with their family.

and named her Noname (pronounced No-nah-me). The family’s adoption experience, which included relo-

“She now thinks we are her herd!” she says. “We have been patient with her and have worked slowly with a

cating the filly to Southern California, was the inspiration

lot of rewards. Dewey and I also recently participated in

behind Dewey’s advocacy for wild horses and burros in

a local behavioral training clinic with Wylene Davis—a

the U.S. His band has also been a fundraising conduit for

professional horse trainer from Arizona who is known for

the building of lifesaving water holes.

her wild mustang expertise. Wylene was actually the first

“There are countless nameless American wild horses

one to ride her.”

and burros that my horse-loving wife, daughter and I want to give voices to,” Dewey shares. “The number of

WILD MUSTANG MAKEOVERS

them that remain roaming free on our public lands is

Wylene Davis, also known as Extreme Wylene, is a

rapidly diminishing, while tens of thousands of them

daredevil horsewoman who started competing when

are currently living in BLM facilities awaiting adop-

she was a child. She has gained notoriety as a fearless,

tion and struggling in difficult conditions. Our legacy of

go-to trainer for adopted mustangs through competing

wild horses is at risk while livestock ranching, oil, gas

in Extreme Mustang Makeover challenges created by the

fracking, climate change, and lack of food and water are

Mustang Heritage Fund, which promotes the adoption of

displacing them.”

wild horses.

The Bunnell family first saw Noname in images by

In these competitions, 100 participants (professionals

Jeanne Nations, founder of Photographers for the Pres-

and amateurs) have 100 days to tame a wild mustang

ervation of Wild Horses and Burros, who photographed

from a BLM facility and then present each horse to be

the horse roaming free in its natural environment. The

judged on trainability, versatility and adoptability. The

young sorrel-colored filly was rounded up with her herd

top 10 teams ride in a freestyle competition that culmi-

in northern Nevada by helicopters in September 2018. Her

nates in the crowning of a champion, and a public auction

neck was freeze-branded with coded government identi-

to place all 100 horses in permanent homes. (To date

fication, and she was moved to a BLM holding center in

3,866 mustangs have been adopted at the events.)

Reno, Nevada. With the help of Jeanne, the Bunnells followed the

Wylene has competed in 14 makeovers throughout the U.S., won three championships and has always finished as

horse’s capture and relocation and then started the

a top finalist. The first makeover competition she entered

adoption proceedings through the Nevada Department of

was in Sacramento in 2008. But it was the second one, in

Agriculture. The process included an extensive applica-

Texas—with a 4-year-old horse named Filthy Rich—that

tion, confirmation of suitable housing, Nevada Certificate

changed her life. “That horse was the toughest ever and

of Veterinary Inspection and a $125 fee paid to the BLM.

the best ever. My life is 100% what it is now because of

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him and all of the other wild horses I have trained.”

since there are no natural predators, the herds double

In addition to Noname, Wylene has worked with

about every four years—which leads to overpopulation

numerous other adopted mustangs in California, and

and overgrazing. The Wild Mustang Heritage Fund and

she personally placed a mustang named Monkey in Los

other organizations fortunately shine a light on horses

Angeles. “My husband, Randall, and I adopted Monkey

stuck in holding pens, which helps get them adopted.”

from the BLM seven years ago. I started working with the

mestic livestock for natural resources on public land as

He was living on our ranch when we decided to find a

they fall prey to environmental and ecological hardships,

good home for him. I called a friend in L.A. who made the

politics, power struggles and money. The lucky mustangs

introduction to his forever family in Palos Verdes.”

that get adopted transition to become beloved compan-

Joe and Jenny Litchfield purchased Monkey from

special-needs therapy healers. Some find homes in prison

daughter, Claire. When Claire went away to college, her

inmate rehabilitation programs. Regardless of why people dig their heels in on oppos-

fully competing in high school equestrian events and trail

ing sides or choose to turn a blind eye to their struggles,

riding with him.

America’s iconic wild horses are worthy of collaborative

“Monkey is super easygoing and wants to please everyone. Showing people how docile he is even in stressful situations is always fun. He is also really sure-footed on any terrain on the trails,” says Charlotte with pride. Wylene says California is one of her favorite places to visit to help people with their mustangs and other horses. “My first training trip to Los Angeles was in 2012 when I was invited to put on a horsemanship clinic. I have been going back ever since to help people build confidence, overcome fear and build trust with their horses.” Her training clinics are for all riding disciplines, all breeds and all ages, and are built on riders’ having a great time while learning and improving their relationships with their horses. She teaches ground work, safety, herd language, fear extinguishers, obstacle and trail riding, how to manage problem horses, reining and more. “I am most fulfilled when a student says, ‘I can’t believe I did that!’” she says. Regarding the hotly debated misfortune of today’s wild horses, Wylene’s perspective comes from that of a ranchresiding cowgirl with extensive experience interacting with the BLM. “The people who work for the BLM are doing their best with a bad situation, and they really want to help the horses,” she explains. “The challenge is that

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ion animals, working horses, competition partners or

the Davises on Valentine’s Day in 2013 for their oldest younger sister, Charlotte, took the reins and is success-

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Wild mustangs compete with other wildlife and do-

horse, and then Randall trained and competed with him.

efforts that ensure they will continue to thrive … as they have throughout history. ■


Charlotte Litchfield and Monkey

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Ann Grant

AFTER TACKLING HER OWN DIVORCE, THIS SOUTH BAY LAWYER WROTE A BOOK TO SIMPLIFY THE PROCESS.

Written & photographed by Kat Monk

Life in the South Bay, for all intents and purposes, can look like a fairy tale from afar: amazing weather, beautiful people and gorgeous homes. Ann Grant, a corporate litigator for a prestigious Downtown Los Angeles law firm, and her husband were living such a life while raising their three children. Things changed for many South Bay residents following the Great Recession of 2008, and the Grants were no exception. Simultaneously, Ann’s marriage unraveled and her prestigious corporate firm dissolved. Unbeknownst to her, it was just the beginning of what was to come. Family law and corporate law are very different, and the protocols differ. Faced with a learning curve, she quickly familiarized herself with what it took to handle her own divorce. Ann spent the next seven years working on her divorce—two years to actually get divorced and an additional five years of court battles over custody and finances. “I learned how to not just survive but thrive,” explains Ann, who refers to herself as a “divorce survivor.” She soon opened a family law practice in Manhattan Beach. “I made the decision to commit my career to helping others navigate the legal minefields and outsmart the system.” She put her experience in book form with The Divorce Hacker’s Guide to Untying the Knot: What Every Woman Needs to Know about Finances, Child Custody, Lawyers, and Planning Ahead. The tome provides legal, financial and psychological expertise to help readers skillfully prepare and protect themselves. The book’s goal is to help women navigate the modern divorce proactively, efficiently and resiliently. Ann also teamed up with like-minded professionals to create and host free Divorce Hacker workshops facilitated by a financial advisor, therapist and career counselor. “As I look out into the faces of the women in the audience, I see so much pain, fear and uncertainty,” explains panelist Linda K. Reeves, a licensed marriage and family therapist. “But as the content is shared and questions are answered, there is a shift. Then I see empowerment and confidence reflected in their faces, and the courageous energy in the room is almost palpable.” ■

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home at last DEVIN ALEXANDER’S LIFELONG DREAM OF BECOMING A MOTHER RECENTLY CAME TRUE WHEN SHE ADOPTED A BABY GIRL THROUGH FOSTER CARE. NOW SHE’S ON A MISSION TO RAISE AWARENESS OF FOSTER ADOPTION BY SHARING HER INSPIRATIONAL STORY WITH OTHER ASPIRING PARENTS. Written by Michele Garber | Photographed by Lauren Pressey


It’s a lovely, early summer afternoon

THE JOURNEY

when we meet Devin Alexander and

When Devin sets her mind to something, she makes it hap-

her beautiful daughter, Cayenne,

pen. The 48-year-old best-selling author, celebrity chef and weight-loss expert has transformed her personal ad-

at their Manhattan Beach home.

versity into success, built a career by helping others achieve

Devin displays the classic tells of a

their goals, and in the process became her own brand. When Devin was just 8, she was deeply impacted by

new mom. She’s slightly tired yet

two personal losses. First her uncle passed; then her best

absolutely beaming. Her irrepressible

friend’s parents died in a plane crash. Her fear of loss led

joy is palpable.

to insomnia and emotional eating. By the time she was

On Devin’s living room wall hangs an Anne Geddesesque photo of Cayenne. She’s sitting cross-legged inside a wooden pasta bowl wearing a chef’s hat. A red check-

15, she had put on a considerable amount of weight. With aspirations of becoming an actress, she knew it was time to make a change. She’d heard that eliminating 100 calories per day could

ered napkin is tied around her neck like a bib, and she’s

result in losing 10 pounds per year. So she took her love

holding a wooden spoon in her mouth.

of cooking instilled in her by her Italian grandma and de-

A few years ago Devin created a vision board and

veloped creative ways to reduce the calories in her favor-

placed a magazine picture of a baby posed in the same

ite recipes. Her small tweaks helped her lose 70 pounds.

way at the board’s center. When Devin’s dream of a having a baby as envisioned on her board became reality, she recreated the image with her precious daughter to remind herself that dreams do come true. When she was 43, Devin was told she may not be able

“I made it into a game,” she recalls. “I’m a really competitive person. It worked.” Interested in acting and screenwriting, Devin studied theatre at Smith College. For her senior thesis she produced and directed a sitcom. Impressed by her script,

to have children. Though disappointing, the news was

the Television Academy recruited her and she relocated

not ruinous. Devin always wanted children, but having a

to Los Angeles. “I believe one of the best ways to make

biological child was not imperative. She explains, “When

new nice friends is to do charity work,” says Devin. So

I was told I probably couldn’t have kids, it was fine. I

she began volunteering.

always thought I’d have one and adopt one.” Devin had friends in high school who were adopted.

While Devin was running the greenroom at an American Cancer Society benefit, a few A-listers dis-

She says that when she felt she didn’t fit in, her friends

covered she could cook food that was both delicious and

who were adopted accepted her. “I secretly thought

healthy and suggested she become a personal chef. The

adopted people are nicer because they were nice to me,”

idea that she could become a private chef and make a

she shares.

great living doing work she loves motivated her to table

Five years later Devin made the decision to adopt. Remarkably, the journey from the day she began her pursuit to adopt a foster child through the day she

screenwriting and enroll in culinary school. “I was quite the little hustler,” she says. After completing culinary school, she tapped into her

brought her baby home happened in less than seven

contacts from Smith and from volunteering and built her

months. This was partly due to fortunate timing and

own weight-loss consulting and catering business. But by

partly to Devin’s tenacity.

age 27 she was having a quarter-life crisis. “I thought by that age I would have a bigger

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platform—more ways to give back,” she recounts.

to temporarily cease working. It took well over a year

“Money was never going to make me happy. I like im-

before Devin’s life returned to normal. It was her wake-

pacting people’s lives. I love cooking, but when you own

up call to refocus her life priorities.

the catering company, someone else is cooking. The part I loved was coaching and showing people how to trans-

THE DILEMMA

form their lives.”

Devin was now in her mid-40s. After her accident and

So she decided to transition into television. Devin had no

actively dating. She hoped to meet the right guy—someone

called “A Slice of Devin” and began pitching TV shows.

who wanted a family and would be comfortable adopting.

She chose one particular show runner whom she hoped

man she had been dating for several months. The brief

spotted him enter the lobby, she jumped on the elevator

yet promising courtship ended in the same way so many

with him and literally gave the proverbial elevator pitch.

do for 40-something single women who want children:

Her talent and gumption led to appearances on the

with the disheartening realization that the person she’s

Discovery Health channel and the TV show The Biggest

seeing doesn’t share the desire to have a family.

show’s cookbooks. Then in November 2015 everything changed. En route

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In late April 2017, Devin had just said goodbye to a

to work with and waited outside his building. When she

Loser, where she became a media partner—authoring the

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learning she may not be able to have children, Devin was

prior on-screen experience, so she created a fake demo reel

For Devin, this was not the first time a relationship had fizzled over the issue of children. Finding herself once again at this crossroad was complicated because of the

to a personal appearance, the car Devin was riding in was

lifestyle brand she successfully built, but she was ready to

hit. Devin sustained multiple injuries including a concus-

start a family on her own. “My brand is all about having

sion and traumatic brain injury. The accident forced her

it all, getting what you want and not giving up on your


Within weeks Devin attended a RaiseAChild all-day event that included an orientation, a physical exam and

“IT TOOK ABOUT ONE

a background check. A week later she was beginning her

MINUTE UNTIL I CAME

ter) family. By August, DCFS had signed off on her home,

TO THE REALIZATION

four-week certification course to become a resource (fosand by October 26, Devin was certified to foster parent. At 1:30 p.m. on November 22—the day before Thanksgiving and only 26 days after she was placed on

THAT I WANTED A BABY,

the foster wait list—she received a call from a social

AND I WASN’T WILLING

caveat: The baby needed to be placed in a home that day.

TO WAIT ANY LONGER.”

without kids driving around with a car seat and a fully

worker that they had a baby girl ready for placement. The Devin often joked about being the only single woman baby-proofed home. That day, her preparedness paid off. She had three hours to get to the hospital and pick up her 3-day-old baby. Cayenne’s adoption was finalized 17 months later, just two years after Devin first decided to adopt.

dreams,” she says.

Until she experienced the process herself, Devin like so

Would deciding to become a mother on her own clash

many others was unaware that foster adoption could be a

with having it all? On this momentous evening, she knew

viable and often quick option. Unfortunately, misconcep-

immediately what she should do. “It took about one min-

tions about fostering children abound, deterring many

ute until I came to the realization that I wanted a baby,

families from pursuing that path to adoption—while

and I wasn’t willing to wait any longer,” Devin shares. “I

more than 400,000 children in foster care wait to find a

joke that most girls break up and get a haircut. I broke up

stable home. Now that Devin has successfully navigated

and a got a baby.”

the process, she’s determined to use her platform, share

She jumped on her computer and searched “foster.”

her story and enlighten others.

Within days she was attending a meeting at Westside Children’s Center (now called Allies for Every Child). She

FOSTER ADOPTION

quickly discovered that adoptions through the L.A. County

Since Devin completed her incredibly quick and rela-

Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) often

tively straightforward adoption process, she has gone

happen at an accelerated pace compared to private adop-

on to support 12 other families who are also adopting

tions. She also learned that foster children can potentially

foster children. Without Devin’s encouragement, these

be taken away and that adoptions can be fast-tracked

families may not have known that foster adoption was

(having to wait months versus years to adopt) depending

a reasonable possibility. Regrettably, far too few people

on the circumstance.

who would make excellent foster parents are aware of

Realizing she would need help navigating the process, she asked a few friends for advice. Two friends recommended she contact RaiseAChild, a nonprofit that helps families foster adopt.

the reality of becoming a resource family. The foster care system is awash in fallacies. There are approximately 443,000 children in the U.S in foster care. Of those, 123,000 are awaiting adoption.

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According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the number of foster children in U.S. has increased every year since

5-year-old sister and brother, his goal was to “provide

of drug use and homelessness.

a home for a life already created.” Rich was single when he started the certification process. Auspiciously, by the

neglect, but their primary goal is to reunite the family

time his children were placed with him, he had met his

whenever possible. Birth parents are often offered drug

partner. So the two were able to welcome their children

treatment, housing and financial assistance to reestablish

together as a family.

a safe home in hopes of reunifying a family. If a parent

Building a family can be especially complex for LGBTQ

cannot provide a safe home and reunification is impos-

and single parents. After Rich and his partner adopted

sible, their parental rights are terminated. These children

their children, Rich wanted to provide resources to help

become eligible for adoption, which in some cases is fast-

other prospective parents, and he wanted to help the

tracked as it was for Cayenne.

400,000+ kids in foster care find loving homes. As Rich

For aspiring parents who require alternative means to

explains, “We built this organization; none of us are

start a family, the prospect can be expensive. One round

social workers. We just have compassion for people and

of IVF can cost $20,000, with only a 40% success rate.

want to help.”

Surrogacy can cost upwards of $120,000, and private adoption may average $100,000. Many people mistakenly think adopting a foster child

Described by L.A. County supervisor Sheila Kuehl as the “concierge of foster care,” RaiseAChild has helped more than 630 kids countywide with foster and/or adoption

will also cost $100,000. The truth is that foster adoption

placement. There are more than 13,000 families in their

costs a fraction of the other options. There are programs

database that RaiseAChild is actively assisting.

in place to assist prospective resource families with every

Devin is also a supporter of First Star, a nonprofit

expense associated with fostering and adopting. These

dedicated to helping foster teens with education and

programs are based on the needs of the child, not the

developing life skills. First Star helps in an area where the

means of the family. In other words, even affluent pro-

need is greatest: teenage children who will likely age out

spective parents are eligible to receive financial assistance

of the system. Sadly, the older a child gets, the chance for

in opening their home to a child.

adoption declines exponentially. Yet these children are at

California reimburses adopting foster parents for a portion of their adoption fees. Resource parents are eli-

a vulnerable age when they need the most support. This fall First Star will honor Devin at their 20th an-

gible for monthly assistance to cover the child’s expenses.

niversary celebration as she continues her efforts to shine

Adopted foster children are also eligible for Medicaid and

a spotlight on foster care and adoption. “Cayenne is my

many other benefits.

world,” Devin says. “It worked out so well. Now I’m just

Beyond financial assistance, when potential resource

as passionate about helping get other kids out of the sys-

families seek help traversing the foster adoption process,

tem. It’s amazing how many people want kids and how

there are numerous organizations ready to help.

many kids want parents.” ■

For Devin, RaiseAChild was invaluable in her pursuit to adopt. The organization was founded by Rich Valenza, whose experience in adopting foster children inspired him to help others. The mission of RaiseAChild is to build loving families for foster children. Their mantra is “Let love

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58th Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix This year marks the 58th annual Manhattan Beach Grand Prix presented by Chevron. This year’s event featured men’s and women’s pro races and the return of the kids races and Chevron Kids Zone. The event was joined by local food stands and exhibits from members

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13th Annual White Light White Night Walk With Sally’s 13th annual fundraiser, White Light White Night, was another unforgettable evening with bites from 30+ of

Jill Brunkhardt-Taylor and Jeff Wilson with the Chevron team

L.A. County’s best restaurants, cocktails from Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and silent and live auctions that broke records. More than $475,000 was raised to support Walk With Sally’s families and children who have been impacted by cancer.

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Who’s Your Sally Wall presented by KPMG with artist Laura Schuler

The Boogie Knights

Devon Craychee and Tony Drockton with Erica Moreali, Kelly Ivaska and guests

Joel Aiello, Danielle Aiello, Ben Baker, Emily Stewart Baker, Hannah Lee, Meredith Johnson, Darin DeRenzis

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Ferrari Club of America July 2019 Event Medawar Fine Jewelers hosted the Ferrari Club of America Southwest Region with exquisite jewels, prancing horses and bottomless prosecco. Nearly 100 people were in attendance, and 35 Ferrari automobiles were on display. Chef Mike Aliotta of Aliotta’s Via Firenze restaurant in Torrance created authentic Italian cuisine for all to enjoy.

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Day of Interior Design This event was created to launch an interior design association, Design Colectivo South Bay, and to create an environmental awareness campaign “Care for Your Habitat.” Artistic Habitat brings design talent together and supports this cause for our community though sustainable design.

Carlos Muller, Cynthia Pozos, Monica Muller, Megan Lau

Sarah Bodwin, Kimberly Colletti, Adriane Showver, Shelley Hudson

Celebrate Chefs and Cellars The Associates’ annual fundraiser, Celebrate Chefs & Cellars, took place in the Palos Verdes Vineyard of Catalina View Gardens courtesy of owners Kathy and Jim York. The Associates is a women’s support group of the Palos Verdes Art Center and its many outreach community programs. Nearly 30 restaurants, breweries, spirits and wineries participated.

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Booch Craft booth

The Cove Café

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CSCRB’s Teen Essay Award Celebration Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach honored finalists in the third annual “Your Story! Your Voice!” teen essay contest at an award celebration held at the nonprofit’s location on the Redondo Beach pier. The top five finalists received cash prizes totaling nearly $3,000. Students throughout the South Bay

Jill Gray, LMFT, Dan Hovenstine, MD, Paula Moore CSCRB CEO, Darren Elms, Bailey Clomera (5th place), Veronica Rivas (2nd place), Barbra Lyons (1st place), Tom Bakaly, Melody Perez (3rd place), Nancy Lomibao, LMFT

Barbra Lyons

were invited to share in their own words how cancer had touched their lives.

Torrance Memorial 33rd Annual Golf Tournament Proceeds from the 33rd annual Torrance Memorial Golf Tournament will go toward the new Hunt Cancer Center slated to open this year. It will provide a personalized, patientcentered environment to meet the needs of oncology patients. Guests teed off for 18 holes at the Rolling Hills Country Club.

Chris Adlam, Dave Klein, Rich Severa, Mark Pfeil, Dan Finnegan, Steve Lopes, forecaddie

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Unconventional Upbringing Written by Barbra Lyons, winner of Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach’s Teen Essay Contest

Over the past six years, my family and I have gone through a

was sick. There were many times that I had to make a choice

multitude of hardships—the biggest one being my mother’s

between being a normal high schooler who would go out with

cancer. On the first day of sixth grade, my parents sat me

friends on Friday night or taking care of my family in what-

down and told me that my mom had been diagnosed with

ever way they needed. To me the choice was clear: My family

breast cancer. This news shook my world and confused me,

has and always will come first. Even if we were the healthiest

especially since I was only 11 years old at the time.

family on the planet, they would still come first over anyone.

As my mom was going through her chemotherapy and

Thankfully my mom survived her leukemia treatments

radiation treatments, I noticed that my everyday life began to

and slowly began the healing process after undergoing a bone

change. Friends and family who used to ask about me started

marrow transplant. But the road to being fully healthy again

to ask only about my mom and how she was doing. My time

was a long ways away. We learned to take things day by day.

spent after school was extended quite frequently because my

It was clear that no two days were alike. Some days were

dad could only be in one place at a time.

great, and some days were not so great. But over time this

Despite my life changing drastically while my mom was being given treatments, I persisted on with my regular ac-

became my new normal, and I slowly began to get used to this new family dynamic that had been created.

tivities and tried to make everything else seem as normal as

Slowly but surely my mom began to heal, and every day

possible. Before I knew it, I became used to my new routine.

she became stronger and stronger. However, a year and a half

Even though I knew my mom was sick, I was happy that she

after her bone marrow transplant, she injured her hip and

was getting the proper treatments in order to get better.

needed a minor hip surgery. This minor surgery led to major

As my mom received treatments, she got better and better. Before we knew it, she had finished all of her chemotherapy and radiation treatments. This was such an exciting time

complications, which led to her passing away in the fall of my junior year of high school. To this day I still struggle to cope with the reasons why she

for our family because finishing the treatments marked the

passed away, and quite honestly I will most likely never truly

beginning of a new era for my mother—an era of healing, as

understand why. But what has helped me continue onward

she would call it. That was until high school started …

with my life are the lessons I was taught as my mom was going

In an eerily parallel situation, my parents sat me down on the first day of my freshman year and gave me another piece of devastating news. My mother had been diagnosed with

through treatments. No matter how much my family was going through, life moved on and so did we. I was taught to be resilient in the face of adversity and to

leukemia. Once again my world was slowly torn to shreds,

always keep moving forward—no matter how big or small

and my mind was traveling at the speed of light thinking

the challenges ahead of me were. I treasure all of the lessons

of a million different scenarios. Before I knew it, I had to

that my mom taught me while she was alive.

become extremely independent and learn how to become my own personal advocate. As my mom began her treatments, I started to learn how to

Even though I’ve had an extremely unconventional school career, I don’t know who I would be if I hadn’t gone through these difficult times. I learned to become so independent at

handle more responsibilities and tasks that were given to me.

such a young age, and that has helped me incredibly now that

It was very hard going through high school while my mom

I am going off into the world on my own. ■

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Grand Opening Party of M by Marcus A Champagne tour of the new M by Marcus featured food truck offerings by acclaimed Chef Susan Feniger and a live musical performance giveaways and special one-night-only pricing, a meet-and-greet with Dr. Marcus and his acclaimed aesthetic team, as well as dessert from Smoky Hollow Bakery and a glam photo booth.

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Pediatric Therapy Network’s Playfest Pediatric Therapy Network (PTN) held its first annual PTN Playfest to showcase the innovative services it provides to children with developmental and medical concerns. Guests learned to “play the PTN way” with interactive sensory experiences and enjoyed a performance by Ellis Hall, dinner, and live and silent auctions.

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Palos Verdes Junior Women’s Club Disbursement Ceremony The Palos Verdes Junior Women’s Club recently celebrated 61 years of serving women and children in the South Bay at the organization’s annual disbursement ceremony. Donations were presented to 14 philanthropies and six high school students at the Palos Verdes Golf Club.

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“We understand how important our clients’ hair is to them, and we will always put in 110% effort to achieve their desired results. We love to help our clients feel their very best.” — THERESE DE VOS AND KACI BRAUNECKER, OWNERS, 505 SALON


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KAREN ANDERSON The Prestige Team | Keller Williams Realty | L.A. Harbor

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS

THERESE DE VOS KACI BRAUNECKER OWNERS, 505 SALON

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05 Salon is a full-service hair salon in upper Hermosa Beach that offers services such as cuts, color, Brazilian blowouts, hair extensions and updo’s in the heart of Hermosa. After working together at a Manhattan Beach salon, Therese De Vos and Kaci Braunecker decided to open 505 Salon in April 2018. Therese has worked in the beauty industry for 22 years and Kaci for 12 years. Born in Sweden, Therese worked at a modeling agency in Stockholm 20 years ago. She enrolled at the London hair academy Toni & Guy and later worked for a Stockholm salon that serves the Swedish royal family. Five years ago Therese opened her first South Bay salon while raising two young girls. Kaci was born and grew up in Redondo Beach and received private hair training working with various educators across the U.S. She worked at a local salon while starting her family. She agreed to Therese’s idea of becoming business partners in 2018—even though at the time she was three months pregnant with her second child. WHAT CHALLENGES ARE SPECIFIC TO YOUR INDUSTRY? Therese: “The biggest challenge is that a lot of clients need me when I’m supposed to be taking my kids to school or to other activities or at home making dinner. The trick is to have a great husband, who is supportive.” Kaci: “Keeping up with education. You have to always stay on top of it and only you are responsible for that. Education is something we pride ourselves on. Every stylist in our salon is extremely talented.”

WHICH PERSONALITY TRAITS ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR FIELD? Therese: “I think for me it’s being reliable and consistent. Also being disciplined whether it’s 9 a.m. or 7 p.m. Also very important is listening to the client and giving them 100% at all times.” Kaci: “You have to be adaptable. Each client is different, and you have to be able to speak the same language to get the best end result.” WHY DID YOU CHOOSE HERMOSA BEACH FOR YOUR SALON LOCATION? Therese: “Having the right location is so important, and we are in the perfect part of Hermosa—just a walk up from the beach but far enough up from the pier where there is plenty of parking.” Kaci: “Clients can feel the calm, and they also get the privacy they love.” HOW HAS HAVING A MENTOR INFLUENCED YOU PROFESSIONALLY? Therese: “I thank my parents in this case. They were great role models for me in so many ways. My dad owned his own business and was a self-starter, hard worker and fearless. My mother was the hardest worker and so dedicated to her job and career. It really inspired me to do the same.” HOW DO YOU ENSURE THAT YOUR TEAM PERFORMS AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME? Kaci: “I have found I have the best communication and understanding of our team when I have taken the time to really get to know them and have a relationship with them. It makes it more fun to grow together.”

WHO ARE SOME WOMEN IN BUSINESS YOU ADMIRE? Therese: “Locally we have many businesses owned by woman, and I especially admire any woman who has children and manages to juggle it all. It’s not easy running a business and taking care of your family at home all at the same time and still making it work.” WHEN DID YOU FIRST CONSIDER WORKING IN YOUR INDUSTRY? Kaci: “First and foremost in my life was being a mom, so I chose a career that I knew would allow me to do both and have a flexible schedule for my children. But I had no idea I would develop a passion for it like I have now. I am very lucky!” WHAT PROJECTS DO YOU SUPPORT TO HELP THOSE IN NEED? Therese: “I always support the local schools by donating services every year to be auctioned off, hoping to help those local schools raise much-needed extra funding.” WHAT COULD WOMEN BE DOING TO BETTER ADVANCE THEIR CAREERS? Kaci: “Being self-motivated, never giving up and believing you can do anything.” WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR DAY? Therese: “Best part is coming home, tired but happy, seeing my kids and my husband and sharing our daily stories over dinner.” TELL US ABOUT YOUR IDEAL DAY OFF. Therese: “My favorite thing to do on my day of is sleep in, go for a hike, meet a friend for sushi and shop for some fun new clothes. Locally of course!”

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CHRISTINA L. HUTCHINSON, DDS OWNER, HUTCHINSON DENTAL

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utchinson Dental is a family dental practice that offers general dentistry, cleanings, restorative procedures, cosmetic dentistry and management of sleep disorders. Dr. Christina Hutchinson, owner of the practice, has been a dentist for the past 16 years. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry and practiced in Oklahoma before moving to California and completing a dental residency at UCLA. She then worked at a Manhattan Beach dental office before opening her own business in 2015. TELL US ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF PRACTICING THE GOLDEN RULE IN BUSINESS. “Although dentistry is a business, there is a huge part of that business that demands ethics while providing care. If we treat our patients by holding ourselves to the high standards of the way we would like to be treated in terms of thoughtfulness and respect, we excel in customer service.” HOW HAS HAVING A MENTOR INFLUENCED YOUR PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS? “My orthodontist growing up, Dr. C. Dow Miller, was a great role model. He helped parents and patients understand his recommendations, and he listened to his young patients as if we were adults with something to say. I hope that our patients view us the same way.” TELL US ABOUT A WOMAN IN BUSINESS WHOM YOU ADMIRE. “I have a lot of respect for Dr. Summer Blake, an orthodontist in Manhattan Beach. I remember when she first started her own practice, she had a skeleton crew. Now she

has grown her practice to a large team that runs like a well-oiled machine! To witness her professional growth while continuing to be one of the best orthodontists around and having four children—she’s amazing!” WHAT CHALLENGES ARE SPECIFIC TO YOUR INDUSTRY? “Dentistry is challenging when you consider the many spinning plates we must manage to care for our patients. We must provide thoughtful treatment recommendations and carry them out with integrity for a predictable, functional and beautiful outcome. We must be current on dental materials and technologies. We must respect the fact that each patient has their own unique health history. And we must also acknowledge that a lot of patients arrive with anxiety when it comes to receiving dentistry.” WHICH PERSONALITY TRAITS ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR FIELD? “Honesty and integrity are critical traits to be successful in dentistry. A lot of dental patients are anxious, and they need to feel trust before moving forward. If patients are spoken to honestly and their care is given with integrity, everything works out for the patient’s benefit. And when patients win, so does the team which provided their care.” WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE YOU’VE MADE PROFESSIONALLY? “The biggest mistake I have made in my career was not valuing my self-worth and allowing an employer to gain from my efforts. How does that make sense? Once I realized a stagnant situation was not mutually beneficial, I set out to work for myself. It was my single best career move!”

HOW DO YOU COMBAT THE FEAR OF MAKING WRONG DECISIONS FROM DAY TO DAY? “I prefer to approach patients with the most conservative yet appropriate treatment option first. Some treatment options take patients down the path of irreversible loss of tooth structure, and there are definitely times when this is appropriate. But if something less complicated will provide predictability for some time, I believe that is best for patients.” WHY DID YOU MOVE TO THIS AREA? “I had been practicing in another office in Manhattan Beach but living in Los Angeles when I met my husband in 2013. I used to love living in Los Angeles, but after moving to Manhattan Beach I can now appreciate ‘the bubble.’ We have everything we need here, and it is more calm and personal than the city. I love living in the South Bay!” WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR DAY? “The best part of my day is chatting with patients during exams. I treat everyone casually like a friend, so I enjoying learning what is new with them and where they have been since I last saw them.” TELL US ABOUT YOUR IDEAL DAY OFF. “My ideal day off would include not waking up at 5 a.m.—maybe 7 a.m. instead. Then my husband and I would load up the dog, grab a coffee and take him to the park to wake up the squirrels in the trees. Then I would head to Bristol Farms and pick up ingredients to make a five-hour Bolognese and fresh pasta, which my husband and I would enjoy with a nice bottle of South African wine.”

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS

ALISON CLAY-DUBOFF PRESIDENT, SALTY WATER PROPERTIES, INC.

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lison Clay-Duboff has worked in real estate for over 13 years. She studied at George Washington University and the American University in Paris and has lived in the U.K., St. Barts, France, Sweden and Saudi Arabia. Alison and her husband, Ken Duboff, operate Salty Water Properties, Inc. as part of RE/MAX Estate Properties in Manhattan Beach. As concierge of client services, Ken interfaces with clients. They give back to the community by supporting the Hermosa Beach Summer Concert Series, Rotary, the Children’s Miracle Network, Carson Animal Shelter, Goodwill and various other organizations.

WHO ARE SOME WOMEN IN BUSINESS THAT YOU ADMIRE? “A name or a recognizable face doesn’t matter. It’s the everyday female hero who works hard to support her dreams, her goals, her family and other women.”” WHAT CHALLENGES ARE SPECIFIC TO YOUR INDUSTRY? “Consumers can be easily led astray by technology and automation, but nothing can take the place of a dedicated Realtor. The humanity, negotiation skills, navigation through disclosures and knowledge of the local area—there is no shortcut.” WHAT SHOULD WOMEN BE DOING TO BETTER ADVANCE THEIR CAREERS? “Acknowledging their power, their worth firstly to themselves and then to others. We are all CEOs of our own lives, bodies and businesses. Women have to recognize and value the role they play, especially in supporting other women to achieve their goals.” WHICH PERSONALITY TRAITS ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR FIELD? “The ability to listen, integrity, empathy and generosity of spirit. Also ethics, compassion and education are important for success in any field.”

WHEN DID YOU FIRST CONSIDER WORKING IN YOUR INDUSTRY? “When I lived in Paris after I attended university, I assisted expats in finding housing. That was the moment of germination for me. I matched professionals who were relocating to Paris with an apartment that mirrored their personalities, locational requirements and budget. Paris is my second home, and for the expats it often was an unknown city. My role was to navigate through to achieve a perfect lifestyle fit for them.” WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE YOU’VE MADE PROFESSIONALLY? “Not getting into the business sooner. I have value that can be shared to better others’ lives.” HOW DO YOU COMBAT THE FEAR OF MAKING WRONG DECISIONS FROM DAY TO DAY? “I don’t allow fear to impact my decisionmaking. I’m guided by information and asking for help from other professionals.” HOW HAS HAVING A MENTOR INFLUENCED YOUR PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS? “Life and business are about growth. I seek to improve, to broaden my reach and to acquire skills that are yet to be discovered from many different avenues.” WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NETWORKING TOOL OR ACTIVITY? “The W Source chapter that I started in the South Bay has been a wonderful addition to my other groups of professionals. The W Source is a network of local professional women and service providers from a variety of industries.” HAS MOTHERHOOD MADE YOU A BETTER ENTREPRENEUR? “Motherhood hones negotiating skills. Also parenthood provides so many lessons to be learned, like ‘detach with love.’”

HOW DO YOU ENSURE THAT YOUR TEAM PERFORMS AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME? “I hold my extended team to the same standards I set for myself.” IS RISK-TAKING USUALLY WORTH THE REWARD? “It’s all about balance. Life is about weighing what is actually being risked.” WHAT IS THE #1 WAY YOU SUPPORT YOUR CLIENTS? “Accessibility.” WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR DAY? “Journaling about my gratitude illuminates my day with huge smiles.” WHY DID YOU MOVE TO THIS AREA? “Love. Isn’t it often about love? Love at first sight does happen. Cupid’s arrow pierced my heart when I was living on the Westside with my daughter. Almost 20 years ago, Ken brought me to South Redondo. It was magical, and I fell in love with the South Bay.” TELL US ABOUT YOUR IDEAL DAY OFF. “I can’t really take a full day off. I take moments: moments to myself, moments with my loves. Even when we travel, I’m working. I adore my job, I really do.” HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PROFESSION? “I have to quote Marc Davison of 1000watt, who describes my profession perfectly: ‘Buying and selling a home is not just complex. It consumes the totality of what it is to be a human being: rationality and emotion, intuition and logic, joy and loss. The CrockPot of psychic stew that simmers during a transaction requires a skilled hand throttling the heat.’”

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L to R: Alison Clay-Duboff, Ken Duboff and dogs Argus and I.V.


WOMEN IN BUSINESS

SUMMER L. BLAKE, DDS, MS OWNER, SUMMER ORTHODONTICS

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ummer Orthodontics specializes in creating smiles for children and adults. Dr. Summer Blake and her team employ the latest in proven, cuttingedge technology, such as invisible braces, metal braces, clear braces and digital imaging. Dr. Summer completed dental school at UCLA and earned her master’s degree and her postdoctoral orthodontics certificate at Temple University in Philadelphia. She has been specializing in orthodontics for more than a decade. WHAT IS THE FOCUS OF SUMMER ORTHODONTICS? “Delivering the highest-quality treatment is my top priority. Every decision I make is based upon one simple rule: Will this decision improve the patient experience?” TELL US ABOUT YOUR TEAM. “I love our team. Not only are they excellent at their jobs, but they are also caring, fun and friendly. They love getting to know patients (and their families) and genuinely miss them when treatment is completed. Creating beautiful smiles correctly takes teamwork, and I’m proud to say we have the best!” WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE POTENTIAL PATIENTS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? “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.” WHAT’S MOST REWARDING AT WORK? “Seeing the confidence patients exude from their new smile is really rewarding. However, I also enjoy getting to know each patient throughout their time with us.”

TELL US ABOUT RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE FIELD OF ORTHODONTICS. “There is a technological revolution going on throughout our world, and orthodontics is no exception. Orthodontic treatment is now faster, more comfortable and in some cases even invisible. Patients and parents often say, ‘This is not how I remember braces when I was young.’ Our office embraces the best of proven technologies. We use the fastest scanners, most efficient techniques and highest-quality materials in all of our treatment plans. We offer complimentary consultations to help patients understand their options and our recommended plan.” HOW DO YOU PROVIDE PERSONALIZED ATTENTION TO PATIENTS? “Each patient is unique, so every treatment plan must be custom-tailored to create their ideal smile. We work together with our patients to understand their treatment options and our recommendation. Throughout treatment we monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments to achieve ideal results. The fun part is getting to know our patients throughout this process.” WHICH PERSONALITY TRAITS ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR FIELD? “For starters, it would be very difficult to become an orthodontist without attention to detail. To be a successful orthodontist, one needs to be both analytical and creative. I think this quote by Picasso describes an orthodontist’s journey very well: ‘Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.’ Additionally, every patient is unique so the best orthodontists genuinely care about each patient and the smiles they create.”

WHAT WOMAN HAS BEEN A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION TO YOU? “There are so many inspirational women. However, one of the most inspirational to me was my great-grandmother, Mary Hunter. She passed away last year at 106. Born in Indiana and raised in Inglewood, she attended the University of La Verne and remained in that city her entire life. She was a third grade teacher who traveled the world.  She valued education and always insisted we read at least 10 minutes a day to her great-great-grandchildren. As a student  in the 1920s, she would ride the train to Manhattan Beach from La Verne to work as a housekeeper and nanny on the weekends.” 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 ABOUT YOUR FAMILY. “I married my husband, Matt, in Manhattan Beach in 2007. We have four children: three wonderful daughters, Ahnika, 10, Tegan, 7, Winslow, 1, and one son, Briggs, 5. It is a very busy time for our family! Spending time with them is what I like to do most when I’m not at work. (I also enjoy Pilates, yoga, cooking and travel.)”

451 MANHATTAN BEACH BLVD., SUITE D-224, MANHATTAN BEACH | 310-545-0770 | SUMMERORTHODONTICS.COM

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THE HEALING COLLECTIVE

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lizabeth Bell and Jennefer Moseley founded The Healing Collective in 2017 to provide a variety of holistic healing and wellness offerings under one roof. The practitioners have decades of combined experience.

WHAT IS THE INTENTION OF THE HEALING COLLECTIVE? “To transform the way people think and feel about health and healing, and to offer an alternative path to wellness that is unique, customized and effective, with a ‘touch of magic.’ Our skilled practitioners consider the entirety of a person's being when helping clients identify and heal the root causes of illness or imbalance in a safe, supportive and high-vibrational space that is deeply felt. Clients often share they feel at peace the minute they walk through the door and love being here.” TELL US ABOUT YOUR SERVICES. “Our services are unique and noninvasive yet powerful solutions that address healing on all levels: emotional, mental, spiritual and physical. Chronic pain, recent diagnosis, anxiety and trauma are just some of the many health challenges we assist with. Our effective and alternative offerings intentionally complement one another to address the comprehensive and complex needs of men, women, families and corporations.” WHAT CHALLENGES ARE SPECIFIC TO YOUR INDUSTRY? “Communicating our multitude of offerings, how and why they benefit individuals and families, and emphasizing that this is a lifestyle process as opposed to a quick fix. Continuous education to both our community and current clients through our service offerings, workshops and special events—in addition to our newsletter and social media—is key to letting people know that preventative care is a choice that takes equal dedication from the client, the educators and practitioners.”

WHY IS MINDSET SO IMPORTANT? Laur Berman, Clinical Hypnotherapist & NLP: “Each thought is associated with an image in our subconscious mind that produces an emotional and physical reaction. A positive mindset ensures that our thoughts, emotions and behaviors propel us toward our goals and intentions. My clients achieve positive habits of mind to eliminate worry, doubt, negative self-talk, creating neural pathways that enable confidence and ease.”

HOW DO YOU HELP PEOPLE WITH STRESS AND PAIN? Linda Chollar, Coach, CranioSacral and Acupressure Therapist: “Using craniosacral and acupressure is an integrative, holistic approach to relieve stress and pain quickly, calm the nervous system and alleviate anxiety. Sessions are tailored to include lifestyle coaching, posture assessment and hands-on body therapy. Offerings also include small group workshops and posture clinics.”

HOW DO YOU SUPPORT YOUR CLIENTS? Felicia “Onyi” Richards, PureBioenergy Therapist, Sacred Ritualist, Sound Healer: “I detach from anything that doesn’t support healing: ego, negative beliefs, conditioned enablement, insistence on any outcome other than what is for the highest good of all concerned. This practice makes me a clear, precise and powerful channel for energy to flow through and ignite transformative experiences.”

WHAT IS MYOFASCIAL RELEASE? Erin Kamada, Myofascial Release Practitioner: “Myofascial release is a gentle, hands-on therapy that eliminates pain, inflammation, restores flexibility and alignment, allows lasting structural change and a return to daily activities without pain. Sustained pressure is applied allowing the body’s fascial (connective tissue) system to soften, lengthen and release fascial restrictions, the sources of pain, decreasing back/neck pain, pelvic floor, fibromyalgia, TMJ and more.”

Kristin Whitelaw, PhD, CHt, Transformational Angelic Counselor: “By safely and lovingly guiding them with heart-based, spiritual components to understand who they truly are—not who they ‘think’ they should be. Once they connect with their essential self, they discover their internal strength and move out of feeling stuck into a place of joy, purpose and peace.” WHAT DRAWS CLIENTS TO PUREBIOENERGY? Elizabeth Bell, Founding Partner, Certified PureBioenergy Therapist: “Clients often try PureBioenergy when nothing else works. Using precise, noninvasive, gentle protocols, I work with a person’s biofield to produce meaningful and lasting results. PureBioenergy improves or reverses many ailments including anxiety, thyroid, scoliosis, autism, autoimmune, tumors, prostate, high blood pressure and more.”

TELL US ABOUT YOUR APPROACH TO HEALTHY EATING. Maria Mizzi, Transformational Nutrition Coach: “It’s time for a new conversation—to stop talking about diets and finally create healthy, permanent change with ease. It’s not just about the food you put in your body; it’s the whole self. Working together, we uncover what you’re really hungry for. With personalized coaching, we co-create a plan for your cell-to-soul health transformation.” WHAT DIFFERENTIATES BEST FROM OTHER METHODS? Jennefer Moseley, Founding Partner, Speaker/ Educator, Elite Master of Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique: “BEST balances the nervous system and also clears stored trauma in the subconscious memory. Most modalities work on the physical body or the energy field, while BEST adjusts the mental, emotional, physical and etheric fields.”

500 S. SEPULVEDA, SUITE 215, MANHATTAN BEACH | 310-318-9550 | THEHEALINGCOLLECTIVELA.COM

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Floor: Erin Kamada Seated L to R: Maria Mizzi, Linda Chollar, Felicia “Onyi� Richards, Kristin Whitelaw Standing L to R: Laur Berman, Jennefer Moseley, Elizabeth Bell


WOMEN IN BUSINESS

KATHY MORRIS & ROBIN SMITH DOUGLAS ELLIMAN REAL ESTATE

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athy Morris & Robin Smith have the unique distinction of being a sisterin-law real estate team with a background in new construction. Kathy grew up in a construction family, and her very first real estate sale was a new construction home in Redondo Beach 14 years ago. Robin teamed up with Kathy in 2015 to complement the construction company she and her husband own. In addition to their family background in construction, they both recently oversaw their own home builds. Their firsthand experience led to them heading up Douglas Elliman Real Estate’s South Bay new construction sales team. The firm’s Redondo Beach office opens next month.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT SKILL YOU NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR FIELD? “Communication is by far the most important skill. We always have an open line of dialogue with our clients. Also being able to effectively communicate agent-to-agent is extremely vital during the entire process to make the transaction as smooth as possible for everyone involved.” WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NETWORKING ACTIVITY? “We belong to many agent networking groups in the South Bay and Greater Los Angeles. We feel it is so important to create and nurture strong relationships with the agents who will be on the other side of the transaction. Creating a positive real estate experience for all parties involved means that there has to be a mutual respect and professionalism to make sure everyone wins and is happy on closing day.”

TELL US ABOUT YOUR MOTTO “HUSTLE AND HEART.” “We work tirelessly to help make clients’ real estate dreams reality, procuring the best deals and creating wealth for them. With superior service, attention to detail and a positive attitude, we keep the process free from unneeded anxiety. As experienced professional businesswomen, we excel in accurate pricing, strategic marketing and being skilled negotiators. Additionally, we handle all aspects of the transaction, make sure all the paperwork has the I’s dotted and T’s crossed, and work hand in hand with title, escrow and all parties involved to make the process as seamless as possible. We take immense pride in representing our clients, and we promise to be by your side every step of the way.” WHAT IS THE #1 WAY YOU SUPPORT YOUR CLIENTS? “Staying calm and positive and thinking outside the box.” WHAT CHALLENGES ARE SPECIFIC TO YOUR INDUSTRY? “Being someone’s trusted real estate consultant is an around-the-clock job. There are so many time-sensitive issues and huge emotional roller coasters to navigate during a home purchase or sale.” HOW DO YOU COMBAT THE FEAR OF MAKING WRONG DECISIONS FROM DAY TO DAY? “We are always striving to be the best and do the best for our clients. In every transaction there is something new to be learned. We have to think on our toes and problemsolve all the time. It’s helpful that we have

each other to be a sounding board. We believe that as long as we are acting with integrity, we can’t go wrong.” HAS MOTHERHOOD MADE YOU A BETTER ENTREPRENEUR? “Having kids has taught us both how to multitask very well. We are motivated every day by the fact that we want to be strong role models for our children and teach them the value of hard work and perseverance.” WHAT PROJECTS DO YOU SUPPORT TO HELP THOSE IN NEED? “We are big supporters of Mychal’s Learning Place and hire them to cater our open houses. Mychal’s Learning Place believes that children and adults with developmental disabilities deserve to be challenged with opportunities that build self-esteem and independence, creating long-term success for life. They believe that no disability should ever hinder the growth, passion, success or independence of those who are willing to try.” TELL US ABOUT YOUR IDEAL DAY OFF. Kathy: “I love doing yoga with my daughter and going to my son’s hockey games. But my favorite thing in the world is hanging out at home with my family, reading a book and watching the sunset.” Robin: “I love to do anything active—from golf to snow sports to running on the beach. My favorite time to unwind is playing with my two active boys, whether it is baseball in the backyard, jumping on the trampoline or scootering down the street to my in-laws.”

CA DRE# 01745500, 01989112

3701 HIGHLAND AVE., SUITE 200, MANHATTAN BEACH | 310-902-1121 (KATHY) | 213-447-2668 (ROBIN) | KATHYANDROBIN.COM

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KERI MURPHY CEO/FOUNDER, INSPIRED LIVING

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nspired Living mentors entrepreneurs and small business owners on how to build a successful brand that has positive impact. Founder Keri Murphy and her team teach clients to be confident on-camera and create video content that is relevant to their business and engaging to the viewer. They take that training a step further by also providing business marketing services, mentorship, online courses, motivational events and workshops. Keri started her business in 2009 and has worked on-camera for more than three decades. WHAT IS THE #1 WAY YOU SUPPORT YOUR CLIENTS? “We help our clients confidently and authentically share their message in a way that increases their income and impact.”

WHICH PERSONALITY TRAITS ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR FIELD? “In order to be successful in any field, it’s important to understand where your strengths and talents lie. Many of us are multitalented and multifaceted; however, that doesn’t mean we should try to do everything! As business leaders, we need to let go of things that aren’t our best so we can hold the vision and empower our team.” WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE YOU’VE MADE PROFESSIONALLY? “I’ve experienced so many valuable learning lessons. What stands out the most is not asking for help when I needed it. During my agency ownership days, I wanted to prove that I didn’t need help. Now I feel that a sign of a great leader is asking for support when

you need it. I wouldn’t be able to sustain the brand and business I have now if I didn’t ask and accept the right support.” HOW HAS HAVING A COACH INFLUENCED YOUR PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS? “After losing a business, I committed to surrounding myself with people who could help me grow personally and professionally. I’ve invested a lot in business coaches, mentors and community. I think that’s a big reason why I love coaching businesswomen so much! With the right coach by your side, you don’t make so many costly mistakes. You have a champion in your corner who has an unbiased opinion and can really help you grow.” HOW DO YOU COMBAT THE FEAR OF MAKING WRONG DECISIONS FROM DAY TO DAY? “As an entrepreneur, a big part of building a business is taking risks. Some work, some don’t. I don’t shame myself for making a ‘wrong’ decision; I learn from it. I’ve also learned to listen and trust my intuition. It’s such a gift we ALL have. When I’m about to make a big decision, I take time to breathe, have faith and trust the response. It really works for me!” WHAT COULD WOMEN BE DOING TO BETTER ADVANCE THEIR CAREERS? “Stop waiting for the ‘right time’ or ‘perfect’ opportunity. If I waited for someone to give me my dream job, I’d still be waiting. We need to stop waiting for someone to validate our dreams and talent and ask for what we want and be willing to step out of what’s comfortable. Only then will you experience what

you’re really capable of … which is so much more than you think!” WHY ARE WOMEN SO AFRAID TO BE SEEN? “I have worked with thousands of women from across the globe, and everyone has the same fears: What if they don’t like me? What if I’m judged? The truth is, we’re always being judged. I think our need to be liked gets in the way of making an impact. Men have no problem sharing an opinion, but women will do anything not to have to. Dr. Seuss said it best: ‘It’s none of your business what other people think about you.’ When our clients embrace this, their business explodes!” HAS MOTHERHOOD MADE YOU A BETTER ENTREPRENEUR? “I’d like to think so. I was a single mom for three years while growing my business. Through that I realized my resilience and what women are really capable of. I have a new understanding and appreciation for what working mothers face and an even greater purpose for Inspired Living.” DO BUSINESSES HAVE A DUTY TO GIVE BACK TO SOCIETY? “I think we all have a duty to give back to society. At Inspired Living we stand by the saying ‘You get what you give.’ We currently support the Unstoppable Foundation, Walk with Sally and Step Up. We can give back in many ways—with our time, money or resources. As Inspired Living expands, it’s our mission to build more social brands that have a positive impact on the planet.”

703 PIER AVE., SUITE B230, HERMOSA BEACH | 800-610-5590 | INSPIREDLIVING.TV

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS

CHRISTINE ANDERSON STRAND HILL PROPERTIES | CHRISTIE’S INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE

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hristine Anderson started working as a Realtor® more than 15 years ago in Vancouver. She joined Strand Hill Properties two years ago and sells upscale residential homes and redevelops high-end renovation projects. Christine and her two sons, along with their three rescue dogs, live in Manhattan Beach.

WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER REALTORS? “A keen eye for the details that make a difference, along with an ability to listen and a strong motivation for customer satisfaction. This allows me to understand exactly what my clients are seeking. I don’t just list homes. I will do light renovations, declutter, stage and do what it takes to create the perfect canvas for a buyer to imagine themselves living there. Regardless if the home is older or new, it always needs some vision so the next owner can imagine their family living there.” WHO ARE SOME WOMEN IN BUSINESS YOU ADMIRE? “Whitney Wolfe Herd, founder and CEO of Bumble. Whitney created a dating app from a woman’s point of view. She turned the tables around and challenged the idea that men hold all the cards—especially when it comes to dating. She has risen to the top of her industry and is wildly successful but making her own rules—all things I admire and focus on when it comes to growing my business and building my platform.”

WHICH PERSONALITY TRAITS ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR FIELD? “In real estate you obviously have to be outgoing and enjoy working with people. But that only takes you so far. I feel you need an ability to read and understand what your client needs and wants—and not only deliver it but create a successful match for them. People want to feel they are understood without having to explain every detail and that their desired goal will be accomplished while they enjoy the process. You also need to be good at negotiating so you can achieve the best price possible when selling. My personality traits combined with those skills are a winning combination for me … and my clients!” WHAT CHALLENGES ARE SPECIFIC TO YOUR INDUSTRY? “My industry is highly competitive, and in a community like the South Bay we have an abundance of Realtors. Many people have family ties or a long-standing network to help create business, so starting from scratch as I did when I relocated here from Canada presented the biggest challenge to break into an already saturated industry.” WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NETWORKING TOOL OR ACTIVITY? “I go out in the world and really 'do me.' Whether that is walking my dogs, having dinner with friends or going to an event at my sons’ school. Building a community and connection with others gives me life, and within that space comes networking on many levels.”

WHAT COULD WOMEN BE DOING TO BETTER ADVANCE THEIR CAREERS? “I think women have been taught to believe we have limitations, and achieving hefty goals isn’t really an option. Times are definitely changing, but I think we need to stand strong in what we desire and want to accomplish. We are deeply powerful, and oftentimes we feel a need to dim our light for others. Now is the time to turn up the shine!” WHEN DID YOU MOVE TO THIS AREA? “I moved to Manhattan Beach three years ago with my two boys, Logan, 13, and Talin, 11, from Canada. After two years spent obtaining a work visa and feverishly researching the right community to raise my boys, we began a new chapter here in the South Bay and never looked back! We are all extremely happy living in this little slice of paradise we call home.” TELL US ABOUT YOUR PASSION FOR RESCUING DOGS. “I am a HUGE animal lover and dedicate a ton of personal time to volunteering in the dog rescue world. I do everything from fostering to placing dogs in forever homes, transporting dogs, and of course donating and fundraising. To date I have helped place over 150 dogs into loving environments. Whether it’s matching dogs with families or clients with their ideal homes, helping make that perfect connection is my passion.”

1300 HIGHLAND AVENUE, MANHATTAN BEACH | 310-545-0771 | FINEHOMESBYCHRISTINE.COM

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FORBES CORRALES COASTAL PROPERTIES

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orbes Corrales Coastal Properties is a real estate team at Compass led by principal Lauren Forbes, who has worked in real estate for two decades. Since 1999, Lauren, business partner/coowner John Corrales and their team have topped $1 billion in sales. WHAT CHALLENGES ARE SPECIFIC TO YOUR INDUSTRY? Lauren Forbes, Principal: “South Bay real estate has many challenges including the large number of amazing agents we compete with. Our team has always stood out due to our hard work and ethics. We are proud of our reputation as top agents who really care and deliver.” HOW HAS HAVING A MENTOR INFLUENCED YOUR PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS? Bri Haydis, Luxury Property Specialist: “I’m definitely learning from the best in the business! Lauren, John and our team have been instrumental in the success I’ve had in my two years selling real estate, and without them and the support of the Forbes Corrales team, I wouldn’t be where I am today.” WHAT DO YOU DO TO ENSURE THAT YOU SUCCEED AND STAY CENTERED? Lauren: “Being successful in real estate requires focus and consistency. Having a schedule and sticking to it is the best way to be successful in our professional lives. The days start with physical exercise and meditation—clearing the mind is important in such an emotionally charged profession. Then it comes down to servicing each client as if they are the only client we have. Ultimately the most critical part of success is gratitude. Being thankful for our families,

clients and our opportunities is something we focus on regularly.” IS RISK-TAKING USUALLY WORTH THE REWARD? Heather Macaulay, Luxury Property Specialist: “We believe it is. Risk-taking is an inherent part of life. We always consider the pros and cons of certain decisions or situations, and when we take a risk it is based on our extensive experience and research. When taking a risk, something positive always comes from it because you ultimately learn something about yourself—good or bad.” WHAT IS THE #1 WAY YOU SUPPORT YOUR CLIENTS? Dawn Wilcox, Luxury Property Specialist: “Knowing our local real estate market, responding quickly to all needs and supporting our clients by walking them through the entire transaction from start to finish. This is how we have become the top of the list of the South Bay real estate market.” Erin Gonzalez, Vice President of Strategic Marketing: “Providing an unparalleled level of local expertise, excellent service and unrivaled resources for our clients is the best way we’ve found to support our buyers and sellers in the South Bay. We strive to be the most ethical, professional and skillful agents in the residential marketplace, and we hold one another to the highest of standards.” WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NETWORKING TOOL OR ACTIVITY? Lauren: “We have several networking tools that help us give the best results to our clients. We have long-standing relationships with top agents in luxury markets locally, nationally and internationally. We network with agents

and other professionals to obtain referrals. Our brokerage provides us with proprietary networking technology that allows our team to analyze our clients’ properties across 350+ parameters to determine similar sold listings, identify the right brokers, and correspond with ideal prospective buyers through a series of email campaigns and targeted outreach.” WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR DAY? Heather: “For me, it’s being surrounded by an incredible team, being able to bounce ideas off Lauren and John, and the support we give one another to ultimately have that client tell us, ‘Job well done.’” DO BUSINESSES HAVE A DUTY TO GIVE BACK TO SOCIETY? Lauren: “We believe every business and every person has a duty to give back to others. We do our best by supporting local charities and sitting on the boards of causes we believe are worthwhile, including Next Step Fitness, Freedom4U, Roundhouse Aquarium, P.S. I Love You, Sandpipers, Rotary International and others.” TELL US ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF PRACTICING THE GOLDEN RULE IN BUSINESS. “While the golden rule is very important, we find that it sometimes has limitations since all people and all situations are different. Instead we practice the platinum rule; we treat others as they would want to be treated. When we follow the platinum rule we can be sure we are actually doing what the other person or people want done, and we assure ourselves a better outcome no matter the situation.” DRE #01295248, 02023825, 02003308, 01972557, 02065192, 01912347

2141 ROSECRANS AVENUE, SUITE 1120, EL SEGUNDO | 310-901-8512 | FORBESCORRALES.COM

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L to R: Heather Macaulay, Bri Haydis, Erin Blakeslee, Lauren Forbes, Dawn Wilcox, Erin Gonzalez


WOMEN IN BUSINESS

DEBORAH NAUMOVSKI & GULSHEN KAUR RPM COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE

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eborah Naumovski and Gulshen Kaur are Realtors© who help commercial clients in sales, leasing and management. They work with RPM Commercial Real Estate, a firm that specializes in managing and generating wealth for their clients’ portfolios. RPM has offices in El Segundo and Las Vegas. Deborah is from Redondo Beach and graduated from Loyola Marymount University. She worked as a project manager for various software companies where she managed projects that had product sales of more than $5 billion. She officially entered the field of real estate in 2011 but has been helping her parents with their commercial and residential real estate investments since the early ’90s. Gulshen’s focus is commercial real estate sales with a concentration in investment sales, landlord services and leasing. She spent more than 20 years working in product management, product development and supply chain sourcing in the garment, cosmetic and textile industries. She has an international background, having lived in Malaysia, England and Ireland before relocating to the United States. WHAT MAKES YOU STAND OUT? “Is it crazy to want to work with Realtors who are trustworthy, hardworking, honest, collaborative and sincere? We provide all of this and much more with a little fun in the mix. We are DnG, the key to all your real estate needs (DnG = Deborah and Gulshen).” WHICH PERSONALITY TRAITS ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR FIELD? “Understanding our client’s motivation by really listening to their needs and focusing on what is important to them is the key. We are

in a service business, so if we don’t provide exceptional service to our clients and put their needs first, we won’t be successful.” HOW DO YOU COMBAT THE FEAR OF MAKING WRONG DECISIONS FROM DAY TO DAY? “Making a decision allows room for change and learning, which is how we continue to grow. Fear is paralyzing and doesn’t serve our clients or ourselves. So we take a deep breath, remind ourselves of the objective, review our options with our clients and then come to a decision. It is a process that continues until the deal is done.” WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NETWORKING TOOL OR ACTIVITY? “We are outgoing and enjoy connecting with people. It energizes us and reminds us why we chose to be in real estate. It is great having a casual conversation with someone, but the secret is to take the time to make sincere connections— which usually turns into lasting friendships.” HOW HAS HAVING A MENTOR INFLUENCED YOUR SUCCESS? “Having a mentor has given us the opportunity to spread our wings and explore all avenues in commercial real estate! We specifically moved to RPM Commercial Real Estate to work with the broker/owner Danny Raffle. He is truly an amazing guy who is always available, a great teacher and mentor, and he has communicated that his primary goal for us is to make us successful in all of our ventures.” TELL US ABOUT SOME OF THE WOMEN IN BUSINESS WHOM YOU ADMIRE. “Luckily we are fortunate to be surrounded by a lot of successful and talented women

in business! Most of our closest friends and family have achieved success, and they have a great work/life balance. We are all mutually supportive of each other’s careers. These amazing women include but are not limited to Sarah Richardson, Laurie Conklin, Silvia Suarez, Sally Rowshan, Tanya Raasch, Melissa Mueller, Rathna Kedilaya, Gina Magee and our personal favorite, Deborah’s mom Nikolina Naumovski.” WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR DAY? “It is just like that cliché says: If you love what you do, then it’s not work—especially when you get to work every day with your best friend. How can it get better than that? Actually, we celebrate every win/milestone with a dance party to Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’! Participation by clients is optional but encouraged.” WHAT COULD WOMEN BE DOING TO BETTER ADVANCE THEIR CAREERS? “Women should embrace all the wonderful traits of being a woman and focus on doing the best in their chosen profession. There is a saying: ‘Anything can be learned as long as it doesn’t defy the law of gravity.’ Being a woman doesn’t defy the laws of gravity, so we can achieve anything!” TELL US ABOUT YOUR IDEAL DAY OFF. “It varies. Staying active is important, so even on a day off we try to get in a workout. Otherwise you may find us taking a bike ride at the beach, grabbing a drink at one of our local spots with friends, golfing, cooking, hosting a game night, playing poker, having a spa day or just having a chance to be goofy or relax at home.”

525 DOUGLAS #270, EL SEGUNDO | 310-999-1203 | 562-225-9260 | RPMRES.COM INSTAGRAM: DEBORAH_GULSHEN | CA DRE #01889637 | CA DRE #01889843

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS

MARCUS MEDICAL SPA

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arcus Medical Spa, founded by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Keith Marcus and Dr. Michael Fulbright, offers a wide variety of aesthetic treatments performed by a team of nurses, physician assistants and aestheticians. The practice is involved in various community activities in the South Bay and donates time and facilities to benefit local schools and charitable programs each year. TELL US ABOUT YOUR TEAM. “Our team of experienced nurses, physician assistants and aestheticians is skilled in combining the latest technology and techniques to deliver a beautiful and natural appearance for our clients.”

WHAT IS THE #1 WAY YOU SUPPORT YOUR CLIENTS? Stephanie Walsh, Aesthetician: “With education. As both a medical aesthetician and clinical skin care educator, it’s important that I stay abreast of the latest skin care products and treatments available. Once I start working with someone, I schedule regular follow-ups to be certain we’re on track to meet our goals. Helping clients improve their self-confidence and understand their treatment brings me great joy.” WHEN DID YOU FIRST CONSIDER WORKING IN THIS INDUSTRY? Jeramie Bhatia, PA-C: “My path to cosmetic dermatology was an unexpected one. Through previous opportunities, I realized that I loved taking care of other women. Oftentimes I was the practitioner of choice simply because I was a woman, and that was an incredible revelation for me at a young age. While I do have male patients (and I

love them too!), there is something easy and special about connecting with women and understanding what they need to help them feel good about themselves. It is a gift to be able to give them what they deserve.” WHICH PERSONALITY TRAITS ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR FIELD? Sheila Hedlund, Aesthetician: “My work is very relationship-driven. My clients and I are a team. I am in this with them to achieve the absolute best results possible. Being genuinely concerned for others and truly listening to the patient makes all the difference in their results.” WHEN DID YOU JOIN MARCUS MEDICAL SPA? Donna Duffy, RN: “In 2004 my husband and I opened a medical spa in Redondo Beach called Luminata Laser & Aesthetics. After building a loyal clientele, we merged with Marcus Medical Spa in 2014, allowing me to offer enhanced services in a supportive environment. My 15 years of experience with injectables, lasers, skin care, attention to my client’s aesthetic concerns and their results of a natural look have driven my success.” WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR DAY? Krista Jacobson, Aesthetician: “From day one, my goal in this industry has been to make a significant difference in people’s skin. By far, progress and results are the best part of my day! It doesn’t get better than providing a client with glowing confidence. In addition to facials and skin care, I support my clients by utilizing my knowledge and the expertise of our team to create a treatment plan with a variety of solutions to address all concerns. Teamwork makes the dream work!”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NETWORKING ACTIVITY? Nicola Lowrey, PA-C: “Sharing knowledge is imperative for the continued success of our industry as a whole. I believe the most valuable resource we have is each other. Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspective. I spend a lot of my ‘off’ time traveling to conferences and studying under the most well-regarded practitioners in our field. These friendships have fostered many opportunities over the years. During a recent conference where Dr. Marcus and I crossed paths, I realized that working together would be a great fit. I‘m so excited and grateful for the opportunity to be joining this amazing team.” TELL US ABOUT YOUR IDEAL DAY OFF. Kelly Gutshall, RN, CANS: “My ideal day off first starts with the weather—a warm, sunshine-filled day with no marine layer! I really love days with no plans. Maybe a morning walk with my family along The Strand, then some time at the beach, followed by a yummy dinner out of The Bubble!”  WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST EXCITING ABOUT YOUR CAREER? Heather Galletti, RN: “As the research coordinator at the practice, I love that we are privy to the latest developments in aesthetics. Our most recent study was transformative for some of the participants who received chin filler, giving them a subtle and natural look and renewing their sense of self-confidence. It’s great to be able to make a positive impact on our patients while also pioneering advances in our field.”

1815 VIA EL PRADO, SUITE 100 & 102, REDONDO BEACH | 310-316-1400 | MARCUSMEDICALSPA.COM | IG: @MARCUSMEDICALSPA

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L to R: Back row: Kelly Gutshall, RN, CANS, Heather Galletti, RN, Stephanie Walsh, Medical Aesthetician, Donna Duffy, RN, Sheila Hedlund, Medical Aesthetician, Christie Baker, RN, Jeramie Bhatia, PA-C Front row: Krista Jacobson, Medical Aesthetician, Nicola Lowrey, PA-C


WOMEN IN BUSINESS

MEGAN RICHARDSON & GRETCHEN TIERNAN OWNERS, SAND SPA

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and Spa specializes in self-care services such as massage, facials, skin care, waxing and a nail salon. Owners Megan Richardson and Gretchen Tiernan, who founded Sand Spa in 2014, employ a team of massage therapists, estheticians and nail technicians who are licensed and highly experienced in their respective fields. WHAT IS THE #1 WAY YOU SUPPORT YOUR CLIENTS? “One of our main pillars at Sand Spa is customer service. We value where you spend your time and your money. We stand for diversity, equality and inclusion. Every member of our staff customizes the experience to a client’s liking. We create self-care havens that become a part of your lifestyle. We don’t just do one thing because neither do you.”

WHICH PERSONALITY TRAITS ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR FIELD? “Our advice to entrepreneurs, especially young ones, is to try as many new things as possible and fail over and over again. Nothing in your business plan will go as planned. Be quick on your feet and stay resilient. Be willing to change direction. Your story is in your try, your ability to not quit, your willingness to show up and put everything you have on the line each day. Those are the ones that find success.” HOW DO YOU COMBAT THE FEAR OF MAKING WRONG DECISIONS FROM DAY TO DAY? “A lot of times the fear of not doing something scares us more than the fear of making the wrong decision or even failing at something.

We are always striving to grow, improve and learn more on our entrepreneurial journey. We always weigh the pros and cons of each situation or decision. When we make a decision, we commit to it, but if that decision ends up failing, we learn from it and quickly pivot.” HOW HAS HAVING A COACH OR MENTOR INFLUENCED YOUR PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS? “This year we committed to a life coaching program. We know that for our businesses to be their best, we have to be our best. Since we are partners in life and in business, we found it extremely important to make sure we are nurturing and balancing our home life as well as our work life. We have learned the importance of having very good communication, setting goals and embracing our own individuality. We invest in ourselves just like we invest in our businesses. It’s been one of the best choices we’ve ever made.” WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER COUPLES WHO WANT TO WORK TOGETHER ON A BUSINESS ENDEAVOR? Gretchen: “Working as a couple has been rewarding and demanding. We both have different strengths and learned early on how to communicate effectively. We know when we need to leave work at the door. Creating boundaries for our relationship and taking the time to continually learn about each other has been an area where we choose to spend a lot of time. When we are at work we are working, and when we aren’t at work we are working on our relationship. The advice I would give to couples who want to work together is that you

have to work at what you want—in business and in life. Create defined roles, have your priorities straight and never forget what brought you together.” Megan: “The best advice I could give someone is to always work on your foundation. A lot of people say you can’t have it all—a loving relationship and success. I disagree with that. Gretchen and I choose to always work on our relationship—our foundation—and without a doubt that drives the success of our businesses.” BEYOND SAND SPA, WHAT OTHER PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON? “We have two products we are working on and cannot wait to share them with you. They have to do with good vibes! We can’t give too many details but are excited to share those soon. We are also working on an app that should launch this winter. We are excited to show how diverse we are as entrepreneurs. It’s a huge project we have been working on for more than two years.” IS RISK-TAKING USUALLY WORTH THE REWARD? “A lot of learning comes from the journey. Brené Brown said, ‘Daring greatly isn’t about winning or losing. It’s about courage. The willingness to jump, to put yourself on the line, to push yourself to the point of uncertainty.’ For this reason, we will always stand on the side of the risk-takers.”

3408 HIGHLAND AVE. & 3219 HIGHLAND AVE., MANHATTAN BEACH | 327 PIER AVE., HERMOSA BEACH 310-344-6754 (MEGAN) | 916-677-9189 (GRETCHEN) | SANDSPAMB.COM

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS

WOMEN’S COUNCIL OF REALTORS

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he Women’s Council of Realtors® (WCR) was founded 80 years ago and is a network of men and women who are business professionals in the South Bay. The organization provides business leadership skills and networking opportunities to its members. The following strategic partners help Women’s Council fulfill its mission: PNC Mortgage, American Trust Escrow, Select South Bay, My NHD, WFG National Title, Keller Williams South Bay, Blue Chip Moving and Storage. Here, members and strategic partners share a bit about themselves and what they love about Women’s Council of Realtors®: Patricia Wisman, Wisman Real Estate Team – Keller Williams South Bay: “It has been an honor to serve as president in 2019, and I am grateful for the relationships and skills I obtained—both professionally and personally. The leadership training that WCR provides is priceless. I have 23 years of experience, but I always continue to learn and grow so I may serve clients at the highest level.” Lawrence Chaves, Keller Williams Beach Cities: “I enjoying every minute that I’m with these amazing women! I joined WCR just a few months ago after attending many of the organization’s networking events and panel discussions. When you surround yourself with people who share the same passion that you do, you become inspired even more. This group inspires and elevates me—so much so that next year I get to be the president.” Theresa Hertzog, Keller Williams Beach Cities: “I’ve been a South Bay Realtor for nearly 12 years. I joined the Women’s Council

of Realtors to expand my network and build strong relationships with like-minded Realtors. The more I’ve become involved, the more opportunities and benefits have presented themselves. As treasurer, I’ve attended conferences with fellow colleagues and learned so much. The education and networking opportunities that one can attain through this network are simply invaluable.” Wendy Holt, SnapNHD: “I’ve been a strategic partner and WCR affiliate for the past four years and have served as membership director for the past two years. It’s been a great experience building relationships that start as business and become friendship. WCR South Bay helps people become leaders in their communities and the real estate industry.” Jackie Crowley, RE/MAX Estate Properties: “I have been active in residential real estate in the Palos Verdes Peninsula area for more than 50 years and was named Realtor of the Year a couple of times by my local association. I was the founding president of the WCR Palos Verdes Estates Chapter in 1970 and was California state president in 1982. Women’s Council of Realtors teaches leadership with camaraderie.” Claudia Diaz Angulo, Claudia’s Real Estate – West Shores Realty: “I am a lifelong South Redondo Beach resident, a Realtor for 21 years and the mother of three awesome kids. I have been blessed to help many families relocate, downsize and upsize and to help investors achieve their financial goals. WCR has introduced me to many empowering women. I’m a strong believer in uplifting people, and which I accomplish by sharing my knowledge and expertise.”

Elsa Guerra, Champions Real Estate Group South Bay: “I’ve worked in the real estate industry for many years, and I love helping my clients achieve their real estate goals. It is my duty to help others by keeping my knowledge up-to-date, and the Women’s Council of Realtors is one way I achieve this. I’m thankful for everyone that has worked with me in the past, and I am excited to see how my career takes off in the future.” Gloria Commiso, Commiso Real Estate Group – Keller Williams Beach Cities: “I first became involved with WCR in 2013 after struggling with some personal issues. The group was supportive, and several of the members inspired me to achieve at a higher level and get my career back on track. I have built relationships and gained insight that has helped me to build my own team. This group offers continued education in a supportive, collaborative environment.” Traci Horowitz – WFG National Title: “As a South Bay native and title representative with 22 years of experience, I know this community like the back of my hand. I am dedicated to helping Realtors reach goals, be strategic and have fun along the way, and the Women’s Council of Realtors is a great example of all of that. Let’s continue celebrating huge successes together!” Mindy Regan, My NHD: “I joined Women’s Council of Realtors network 13 years ago, became involved and held an officer position for the next six years—creating wonderful relationships. I’ve developed many transferable skills that are valuable for my business and my personal life.”

MANHATTAN BEACH, HERMOSA BEACH, REDONDO BEACH, THE PENINSULA, TORRANCE | WCRSOUTHBAY.COM

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L to R: Claudia Diaz, Mindy Regan, Claudia Commiso, Elsa Guerra, Patricia Wisman, Lawrence Chaves, Traci Horowitz, Jackie Crowley, Wendy Holt, Theresa Hertzog


WOMEN IN BUSINESS

KANDACE WILSON OWNER, SWING DOOR STUDIO CREATIVE SPACE

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andace Wilson grew up in the Southern California countryside, and her journey with art led her to attend Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. She earned a BFA in photography and minored in fashion design. Later she attended Aveda Institute of Los Angeles to learn the craft of hair styling. In 2015 she opened Swing Door Studio—a hair salon and photography studio that pampers clients of all ages, is pet-friendly and kid-friendly, and offers an indoor/outdoor, cozy environment. TELL US ABOUT SWING DOOR STUDIO. “Swing Door Studio is a creative space where you can let your mind run free. It came to life from wanting to be able to work with my dog, Murphy, at my feet and has become a great work space specializing in art, beauty and relaxation. Here at Swing Door Studio you will be pampered, inspired and leave feeling brand new.” WHAT DO YOU DO TO ADVANCE IN YOUR CAREER? “Education, education, education. I am always learning and expanding my knowledge of my crafts. I stay current on trends and new skills, and I push my limits to explore new ideas and techniques. I never want to lose the art of being social, as it is a big part of who I am and what I do.” WHAT CHALLENGES ARE SPECIFIC TO YOUR INDUSTRY? “Technology is ever-advancing. Today’s cell phones can take admirable photos that can

compete with professional cameras that are just a few years old. As someone who was trained in the art of film, where film speed (ISO), shutter and aperture had to be near perfect and postproduction was arduous, time-consuming and knowledge-intensive, there is an influx of amateurs who can take a nice photograph but lack the knowledge to choreograph a work of art. In hair, there are many people that can cookbook a certain color, but it requires an artist to differentiate the many subtle tones of a color a client may desire. You’ve heard of ‘50 shades of grey,’ but try 50 shades of blonde!” HOW DO YOU MAKE CLIENTS COMFORTABLE AND WANT TO COME BACK TO SEE YOU? “My #1 priority is to make sure my clients are feeling welcome and comfortable. This builds trust between us and helps make what we are doing together become flawless. It’s always about communication. So whether hair styling or having a photo shoot, I want my clients to leave Swing Door Studio feeling amazing about their experience. The ongoing joke in the hair world is that we are our clients’ therapist. This trust extends beyond the stylist’s chair, as it is also in my work as a photographer. My clients need to feel comfortable in front of the camera, confident that I will care for their vulnerabilities. It is my job as a professional stylist and photographer to empower my clients by emphasizing their inherent beauty and portraying it to the world.”

WHERE IS YOUR CURRENT INSPIRATION COMING FROM? “I always look to old things—call them vintage if you will. I find the beauty in the story they have to tell. I want to breathe a second life into what many people would discard—to create something new from the old in my fashion as well as my art. I enjoy process and the unlimited possibilities of different outcomes. As of late my focus is on the horse. My art often revolves around them and their world. I grew up with horses and am deeply connected to them. I want to give back to the horse community, which has been so influential in my life. I use thoroughbreds and quarter horses as my canvas. I may capture the moment as a horse is running in a race or get up close and personal to paint on these majestic creatures.” TELL US ABOUT THE WOMEN IN YOUR LIFE WHOM YOU ADMIRE. “My family has a long line of strong, hardworking, independent women, all of whom are trailblazers and great role models— not only in business but also in life. They excelled as race car drivers, jockeys, race horse trainers and airplane pilots. I admire their work ethics, actions and words. They are simply amazing women. Their perseverance in facing the struggle each day inspires me because they love what they do and they are good at it. My mama always says, ‘Kandace, if you want something in life and you want it done right, go out and do it for yourself. Do not rely on others. It’s your life, go make the most of it.’”

2705 GRAHAM AVE., REDONDO BEACH | 805-801-5290 | SWINGDOORSTUDIO.COM

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PHOTOGRAPHED BY KANDACE WILSON @SWINGDOORSTUDIO


WOMEN IN BUSINESS

CAMMY NGUYEN

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osmetologist, lash artist, trainer and cosmetic tattoo artist Cammy Nguyen has worked in the beauty industry for more than 20 years and recently started her eponymous cosmetic company in the South Bay. Cammy and her team specialize in lash products for professional eyelash artists and consumer beauty products. WHEN DID YOU FIRST CONSIDER WORKING IN YOUR INDUSTRY? “I grew up in the beauty industry. I remember being woken up by my mom every day to go to work at the beauty shop with her and my aunties. For most kids this would have been torture; for me it was always exciting. I quickly became fascinated with everything beautyrelated. I would watch them and practice on my dolls. Later I attended beauty school, where I already had a leg up on the competition. Not to brag, but I learned from the best.”

WHICH PERSONALITY TRAITS ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR FIELD? “The most important trait I suggest is to have a personable personality. I have been to numerous beauty shows around the U.S. and the world. It drives me crazy when a brand has paid more than $20,000 to have a booth in a prime location only to have the employees acting like they do not want to be there. This will ruin your reputation.” HOW DO YOU ENSURE THAT YOUR TEAM PERFORMS AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME? “I am truly blessed to have the team that I do. We work together, go on business trips

together—which turn into mini-vacations. We spend almost every waking minute together during this transition to my new company. Although it gets stressful at times, I do my best to let everyone know they are doing a good job—keeping lines of communication open by holding informal meetings. I avoid micromanaging everyone because this is the team I picked, and I trust them.” WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NETWORKING TOOL OR ACTIVITY? “I love any networking tool or activity that puts me face-to-face with my clients and fans. I believe that in the beauty industry you have to set yourself apart. If you follow my social media platforms, you will see I am not like anyone you’ve ever met. I stand by everything I do and say which correlates directly to my business. I am my own brand, my name is my company, so that shows how passionate I am to deliver the best product day in and day out.” WHAT COULD WOMEN DO BETTER TO ADVANCE THEIR CAREERS? “I suggest focusing on yourself. There may be 10,000 people trying to get where you are today, but as long as you keep your head down, focus on advancing your skill set and keep the fire burning that ignited your initial interest in the industry, no one will be able to stop you.” IS RISK-TAKING USUALLY WORTH THE REWARD? “Yes! I’ve learned that whatever you are passionate about and whatever you decide

to pursue, don’t let the lack of money in the beginning deter you from going after your dream. When you do something you’re passionate about, it’s very rewarding—but it’s not easy to make it a success. It takes hard work, dedication and more than a 100% commitment to stay focused and build your dream into a successful business. Let your passion be your driving force, and money and success will follow.” DO BUSINESSES HAVE A DUTY TO GIVE BACK TO SOCIETY? “Absolutely, because business is a give-andtake. People make your company; you have to contribute to society and give back. I want to give back to those who can’t give back to themselves. As a company you should always stay grounded and remember where you came from. Do your best to give back to everyone.” TELL US ABOUT YOUR IDEAL DAY OFF. “This may sound funny to some people, but an ideal day off starts by waking up early. I do business internationally, which means I have a weird sleep schedule. Going to bed at 10 p.m. and waking up early gives me a much-needed head start on my day off. I love hanging out to eat with my friends, enjoying the occasional glass of wine, heading to the beach with my dogs and just disconnecting from my electronics. Maybe a strip club or two, who knows! (LOL.)”

318 AVE. I, #229, REDONDO BEACH | 310-316-5500 | CAMMYNGUYEN.COM

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS

LUANN FABIAN OWNER, LUANN DEVELOPMENT

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amily-owned and operated since 2007, LuAnn Development is a home building and remodeling firm managed by owner/general contractor LuAnn Fabian and her son, Dominic Rouzaud. Along with a team of subcontractors, LuAnn Development’s services range from simple bathroom remodels to brand new single-family home construction. LuAnn has worked in the construction industry for more than 15 years. WHAT CHALLENGES ARE SPECIFIC TO YOUR INDUSTRY? “One very specific challenge in the construction business is that no two days are ever alike, and every day brings a different mix of schedules, clients’ needs and/or project demands. With that said, while we may be able to plan our schedules ahead of time, we have to be completely flexible and responsive to adjustment and transitions. It’s exciting, rewarding, extremely challenging and it is one of the things I love most about my job. I’m never bored!” WHICH SKILLS ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR FIELD? “We have to be well-organized, quick on our feet, maintain interpersonal skills, pay attention to detail, be communicative, and have an understanding of how budget and timelines impact everything from our clients to our subcontractors. When you have multiple projects (as we always do) in different stages of construction—with clients from around the globe and budgets that range from conservative to lavish to life savings—those skill sets are essential to a successful project and happy clients.”

HAS MOTHERHOOD MADE YOU A BETTER ENTREPRENEUR? “Motherhood is the very reason I became an entrepreneur. I realized very early on that the only way that I could ensure my own success was to be in business for myself. Some of the traits I’ve acquired being the mother of four children is that you have to delegate, motivate, prioritize, juggle, be flexible and be one heck of a salesperson. What I didn’t realize until I started this company is that those life lessons would become the very foundation I needed to be a strong female general contractor. Managing schedules, deadlines, budgets and handling different groups of people and personalities (clients, subcontractors, suppliers) run parallel to making lunches, getting children off to school, monitoring homework, managing sports/activities and keeping multiple lives on track.” DO BUSINESSES HAVE A DUTY TO GIVE BACK TO SOCIETY? “It is not a duty; it is an honor and privilege to give back. As a female entrepreneur, I think it’s important to embrace our female traits of nurturing and compassion to provide opportunities to others who are in need.” WHAT PROJECTS DO YOU SUPPORT TO HELP THOSE IN NEED? “I have been blessed to be an active part of a progressive organization called Corazon de Vida that provides life-changing support for orphaned and abandoned children in Mexico. For the past four years, I have traveled there monthly to spend time with the children; raised funds to support the daily needs of the orphanages; and personally contributed to funding educational needs of college

students. I cannot imagine my world without these children and the people I’ve met through this organization.” HOW DO YOU COMBAT THE FEAR OF MAKING WRONG DECISIONS FROM DAY TO DAY? “The fear and anxiety that comes along with being solely responsible for making decisions can be debilitating. I attempt to be informed about the matter at hand—the possible outcomes and likely rewards—in order to assist with timely decision-making. I am not always going to make the right decision, but making no decision at all based upon the trepidation or discomfort of being wrong is likely a bigger error than making a wrong decision. Everyone makes mistakes; it’s how we respond to and learn from them that makes a difference.” IS RISK-TAKING USUALLY WORTH THE REWARD? “Risk-taking is more than worth the reward because it affords us the lessons of tuning our key skill sets, such as persistence, problemsolving and the self-confidence our clients rely on. Achieving these key life skills is essential to one’s personal growth and a productive life.” WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR DAY? “Without a doubt, the very best part of my days is hearing from the people I hold near and dear to my heart and that inspire me to be the very best I can be. I love hearing about an experience they had, a new place they have visited or a food they tried … seeing a photo they’ve taken … hearing my grandchildren’s voices on the phone asking me to take them to Target or FaceTiming with them and making funny faces at one another. Nothing can beat these moments.”

P.O. BOX 1911, REDONDO BEACH | 310-428-3578 | LUANNDEV.COM | GC LICENSE #981015

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THE GOLDEN STATE COMPANY

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he Golden State Company is a media firm that runs a network of multichannel brands celebrating the ideas, industries and lifestyles of California. The firm creates high-quality digital video, long-form editorial, shareable social content and lifestyle print including the magazines Southbay, Ventura Blvd, Southbay HOME, Southbay HEALTH and Gentry. The Golden State Company also owns and operates Moon Tide, a full-service advertising agency and branded content studio servicing regional and national clients, and the Golden State brand of digital media and entertainment.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT WORKING AT GOLDEN STATE? Allison Jeackjuntra, Operations Director: “I think the best thing about working at The Golden State Company is the people. I truly feel like my coworkers have my back, and I hope that they know I have theirs. The company culture has been built on a work-hard-play-hard mentality. It’s great to know that everyone shows up ready to roll up their sleeves and get down to work—but can also flip a switch and have a great time together.” Emily Stewart Baker, Partner & Brand Publisher: “I love being part of the growth of Golden State. To say the company has evolved is an understatement. We’ve scaled from a small-but-mighty publishing company working with the South Bay’s amazing local businesses to a full-fledged media company and agency still working with the same smaller local businesses—but now also serving companies that span the country. Our managing partners, Todd and Charlie, have

tirelessly steered us on this trajectory, and while there certainly have been the expected growing pains along the way, we’ve been fortunate to build a high-performing and resourceful team—who all bring different skills to the table—in order to make it all possible. It’s extremely exciting and gratifying to look back to 2007 and see where we are now.” Cherice Tatum, Account Supervisor: “Even in the face of recent growth, Golden State’s leadership still operates with an open-door policy. I’ve never felt uncomfortable about pitching a new client idea, a revised internal process, a team-building happy hour or even a vacation request. Over time it’s created a sense of family and an environment for growth for everyone.” WHICH PERSONALITY TRAITS ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR FIELD? Allison: “I am lucky to be able to work with people from all different departments. I think the ability to communicate and work side by side with lots of different personality types is key to being successful.” WHAT DOES YOUR JOB ENTAIL?  Michelle Villas, Senior Art Director: “As senior art director, I’m guiding the aesthetics of our publications, including Southbay. My talented design team and I are tasked with marrying together the beautifully written copy with the impactful photographs in a way that invites the reader in. I love working in such a collaborative environment—from my editor and publisher and on down the line to my designers and our strong group of photographers and contributors. One of my favorite parts of my job is when we have a new publication

or redesign of an existing title, like this issue of Southbay. Making the visual decisions that establish the look and feel for that magazine is a great creative process.” Cherice: “I’m currently working within the fullservice ad agency side of the company as an account supervisor. Together with my team, we manage every aspect of our client’s marketing efforts: paid media, email and automation, digital, social, events and promotions, content marketing, as well as content creation for film and photography. Then we report, analyze and revise our strategies across all channels. In short, I’m the (tiny but mighty!) quarterback ensuring my team meets our client’s needs—and keeps them happy along the way.” WHAT IS THE #1 WAY YOU SUPPORT YOUR CLIENTS? Emily: “I’m all about customer service and establishing a good rapport—and trust—with my clients. Prior to coming on board with Golden State many years ago, I worked on the client side of the business and had many great agency partners I interacted with on a daily basis. The things I always appreciated from my favorite ones were quick, clear and friendly communication. That stuck with me, and I always try to bring the same high level of energy and attention to my clients. I want them to know that we’re on the same team and that I’m looking out for them.” Cherice: “Proactivity. Staying one step ahead of my clients' needs is always the place we want to be."

200 N. PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY, SUITE 110, EL SEGUNDO 310-376-7800 | SOUTHBAY.GOLDENSTATE.IS | THEGOLDENSTATECOMPANY.COM

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Back row: Yasmine Kahsai, Ljay Farris, Stephanie Cadarette, Allison Jeackjuntra, Beverly Wurth, Marcie Langenthal, YeVeet Wilson, Nikki Smith, Amy Tetherow, Christine Georgiades, Hannah Lee Middle row: Jenni Aceret, Nicol O’Brien Padilla, Kimberly Caltagirone, Jen Turquand, Natalie Long, Danielle Price, Emily Stewart, Tiffany Monge Front row: Michelle Villas, Cherice Tatum, Brody, Erika Carrion, Janet De La Cruz


WOMEN IN BUSINESS

JULIA NEWMAN PEDRAZA OWNER, JULIA ADELE DESIGN

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ulia Newman Pedraza has had a passion for design her entire life. After earning her master’s degree from University of Cambridge, she worked as a fashion buyer in London and continued her design education at Central Saint Martin’s. She then changed her focus, working with custom furniture and interior design as a project manager for prominent designers. In 2015 she started Julia Adele Design, a full-service interior and custom furniture design firm that works with Southern California residences, offices and retail spaces. WHICH PERSONALITY TRAITS ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR FIELD? “Tenacity and a good sense of humor. Even if I am not technically working, my mind is always collecting ideas and inspiration from the world around me. My business is a part of me, and I believe one has to be invested in this way in order for it to be successful. In addition to a sense of humor, keeping a cool head is important to set the tone of the work and helps everyone move through challenges successfully.” WHAT IS THE #1 WAY YOU SUPPORT YOUR CLIENTS? “When clients hire me, they hire a design advocate. It starts by collaborating with them to create a vision for the space. This then evolves into a working partnership to move through the design process and successful completion of the project.” WHAT PROJECTS DO YOU SUPPORT TO HELP THOSE IN NEED? “Since the very beginning of my company, for every client I sign I volunteer for a project that gives back. I volunteer with Furnishing Hope (helping transform homes for wounded veterans and women and children recovering from trauma) and the Open Architecture Collaborative (helping with community projects including designing accessory dwelling units and community centers).” WHAT ARE YOUR DESIGN INFLUENCES? “Although I was born in Los Angeles, I spent a good portion of my life living in Spain and England. It is so interesting to see how differently each culture approaches design. Each place I have lived has had a significant impact on me. Spain is a world of color that plays on different moods and emotions. English design conjures up a traditional world of beauty with handcrafted touches. And Los Angeles runs free, and everything has a comfortable, casual air.”

EL SEGUNDO | 323-702-3040 | JULIAADELEDESIGN.COM

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DR. BITA DAVOODIAN OWNER, BITA DAVOODIAN, DDS, INC.

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r. Bita Davoodian graduated from UCLA and attended dental school at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. She has been a clinical instructor at UCLA Dental School for the past seven years, where she teaches future dentists. She has worked in dentistry for about 20 years. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE POTENTIAL CLIENTS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? “I am dedicated to creating beautiful, long-lasting smiles and maintaining the oral health of my patients. I strive to deliver the highest quality general, restorative and cosmetic dental care in a warm atmosphere with the utmost kindness and respect. I see a wide range of patients including seniors, adults and children. I truly believe that preventive care and education are the two most important aspects of optimal dental health.” WHAT ARE SOME WAYS YOU PROVIDE TOP-NOTCH CUSTOMER SERVICE? “Patients constantly express how comfortable they feel from the moment they walk into the office to the time they leave. I do this by treating all my patients like family. Collectively as a team we make sure to spend as much time with our patients as they need to understand the treatment and feel comfortable and relaxed. I perform every treatment with a steady and gentle touch, combined with the most modern technology and practices to ensure our patients have the best care possible.” TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS. “In addition to cosmetic dentistry and full-mouth rehabilitation, I also address patients’ overall health, including airway and TMJ evaluation. I am a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and recognized for working hand in hand with physicians to treat patients with oral appliances for sleep apnea.” HOW DO YOU EMPATHIZE WITH YOUR CUSTOMER IN ORDER TO BUILD TRUST? “Quality care really begins with trust. I aim to understand and identify with my patients in order to provide a positive experience. As my patient, you can expect clear treatment options, honesty, efficiency and quality.” WHY IS DENTISTRY A GOOD CAREER PATH FOR WOMEN? “The structure of the dental profession provides unique opportunities to exercise a high degree of autonomy and flexibility. This ultimately allows females to be able to be mothers and wives as well as an excellent dentist and business owner.”

1959 KINGSDALE AVE., SUITE 202, REDONDO BEACH | 310-793-1000 | DRDAVOODIAN.COM SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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LYNN NAKASATO-AGLIPAY

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Realtor® for the past 15 years, Lynn Nakasato-Aglipay joined Vista Sotheby’s International Realty four years ago. She represents buyers, sellers and investors in a variety of real estate transactions. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a finance and international marketing degree. She worked as director of finance and operations at a midsize start-up company before moving into real estate work. WHICH PERSONALITY TRAITS ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR FIELD? “Integrity and resiliency are important to me. As a trusted Realtor®, clients rely on me to help them make one of the largest financial decisions of their lives. Regardless of what is going on in your business or your personal life, you must be ‘on’ every minute of every day. Being resilient and able to bounce back rapidly is an enormous component to my success.” WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE YOU’VE MADE PROFESSIONALLY? “In the corporate world, I was a workaholic. My kids were asleep when I left for work and were back in bed when I got home. My weekends were busy with kids and family, but my mind was consumed with work. Missing out on the quality time is one of my biggest regrets. It was a difficult lesson. I thought I needed to find a balance, but what I learned was that I needed to be present. It wasn’t good enough to be there physically if I wasn’t there mentally.” HOW HAS HAVING A COACH OR MENTOR INFLUENCED YOUR PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS? “You have to be coachable, especially in this business. I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve learned from my coaches and mentors—from the day-to-day aspects of the business to changing your mindset. Real estate is a very dynamic business. Things change so quickly, and you must be on top of your game to stay in the game. From business to personal life, my support team is crucial to my success.” WHAT PROJECTS DO YOU SUPPORT TO HELP THOSE IN NEED? “I am passionate about supporting Toberman House and Palos Verdes Peninsula Association of REALTORS® Scholarship Fund, where I’ve been chairperson for the last four years.”

1801 S. CATALINA AVENUE, REDONDO BEACH | 310-567-0048 | LYNNAGLIPAY.COM

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MORGAN’S JEWELERS TORRANCE

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organ’s is a multigenerational, family-owned jewelry store established in 1946 that has long been a staple in the community. They carry Rolex watches, bridal jewelry, fashion jewelry and fine jewelry and offer a variety of jewelry services. WHAT IS THE #1 WAY YOU SUPPORT YOUR CLIENTS? “By listening carefully to their needs and desires. From this we learn so much about them, build strong, everlasting relationships and make their dreams come true.” HOW HAS YOUR BUSINESS CHANGED WITH THREE GENERATIONS? Melissa Varon Weinberg: “We now carry a much broader range of products, including traditional timeless pieces, the latest trends and everything in between. If you haven’t

visited us, we invite you to come in and experience the difference.” HOW DO HELP YOUR TEAM PERFORM AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME? “By fostering an environment where everyone’s inherent capabilities are allowed to thrive. We believe that the most important trait of a successful enterprise is to encourage autonomy and responsibility. We also host trainings and team-building activities.” DO YOU THINK HAVING A MENTOR IS IMPORTANT? “Everyone in business should find a strong mentor—someone who will tell them that they can when everyone else is telling them that they can’t. It is the can-do attitude and grit that helps one rise above the rest. There are many platforms for finding inspiration and advice online these days. For those who

haven't had the opportunity to find their mentor, we suggest listening to podcasts and joining industry-related or networking groups groups. One of our favorites is Hey Mama." DO BUSINESSES HAVE A DUTY TO GIVE BACK TO SOCIETY? “We have to support our community, especially those in need. Morgan’s Jewelers supports local organizations such as Walk with Sally, Sandpipers, Torrance Memorial and local education foundations, to name a few. By showing our support, we hope to inspire others to get more involved.” WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NETWORKING TOOL OR ACTIVITY? “We are huge fans of Instagram; follow us @morgansjewelers. We also believe that being active in the community and building new relationships is always the best networking.”

22200 HAWTHORNE BOULEVARD, TORRANCE | 310-375-4471 | MORGANSJEWELERS.COM SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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LOVETTE MIONI MANAGING PARTNER, MIONI FAMILY LAW, APC

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he team at Mioni Family Law advises clients on issues related to family law, such as divorce and custody. Owner and attorney Lovette Mioni earned her degree at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles and worked at several local large family law firms before starting her own business in 2014. WHO ARE SOME WOMEN IN BUSINESS YOU ADMIRE? “All of them. The large business and small business owners. The working moms. The female CEOs, CFOs, CMOs. Running or managing a business—large or small—is hard. Being a working mom is hard. I admire and applaud women who are doing it and find them all inspiring in different ways.”

WHICH PERSONALITY TRAITS ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR FIELD? “Empathy is a big one, realizing clients are coming to me at the most difficult time in their lives and discussing very personal issues—their family and their finances. It is important that I am respectful of their feelings but also guide them to the best possible results. Being capable is another important trait—explaining the law and how it affects clients’ specific situations, then moving them through the divorce process with peace of mind and acceptable results.” WHY DID YOU MOVE TO THIS AREA? “My husband and I moved to South Redondo when we knew we wanted to start a family. The South Bay is so family-friendly and has great schools. Six months after we had our first son, I moved my office to the Redondo Riviera

to cut down my commute and be closer to home. We love the South Bay bubble.” DO BUSINESSES HAVE A DUTY TO GIVE BACK TO SOCIETY? “If they are in a position to do so, they should. Our office takes on pro bono domestic violence cases that are referred to us by the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles—a great resource for so many people affected by domestic violence.” HAS MOTHERHOOD MADE YOU A BETTER ENTREPRENEUR? “Motherhood has definitely made me better at work/life balance, and that is way more important to me at this point in my career and life. I make sure I’m actively present when I’m with my kids, and when I’m at work, I’m fully present for that.”

1815 VIA EL PRADO, SUITE 203, REDONDO BEACH | 424-259-1770 | MIONIFAMILYLAW.COM

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GAYLE THEODORA DRAKE OWNER/CEO, GTD IMAGE CONSULTING

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ayle Theodora Drake and her team at GTD Image Consulting style high-profile women and men who want to invest in their image. GTD offers complete wardrobe and closet transformations. Gayle has partnered with premier real estate agents to ensure home buyers and sellers have seamless transitions from one home to the next. She was named the “Gold Standard Stylist for L.A.’s Affluent” by Dreams Magazine and is also their contributing fashion editor. IS RISK-TAKING USUALLY WORTH THE REWARD? “Absolutely! Almost 10 years ago I took a leap of faith as an entrepreneur to start a business that offered luxury services. The risk of launching such a business and building it to be successful can be daunting. One of my few regrets is that I didn’t start my business sooner. I am grateful for the rapport, friendship and level of trust I have built with my clients. The best reward of all has been the support GTD receives as we continue to grow, offering a full range of concierge services.” WHAT LUXURY SERVICES DOES GTD PROVIDE? “We specialize in transforming wardrobes, designing closets, personal styling and concierge shopping. And now we partner with L.A.’s premier real estate agents to create turnkey solutions for their high-end clientele. This allows a seamless transition for home buyers and sellers as GTD takes care of systemizing and unpacking closets, furnishing homes and preparing for private showings.” WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE POTENTIAL CLIENTS TO KNOW? “Stop waiting for perfect! Imperfection is where my work begins. I love the challenge of seeing homes and closets in disarray because it allows me to create that ideal transformation!”

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WHAT IS YOUR BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY? "‘If I had this type of service, what would I want and expect from my investment?’ When hiring people, I want someone who really listens, is an expert in their field and would anticipate my needs. I am that person my clients have come to know and trust, as GTD provides the gold standard of service." WHAT PROJECTS DO YOU SUPPORT TO HELP THOSE IN NEED? “I enjoy working with many South Bay charities, but one in particular, which touched my heart, is Maria’s Closet in San Pedro, which provides free prom dresses to young women in need. Each young woman has their own personal stylist for a day to help them choose their dress, accessories and review hair and makeup styles. Giving this gift to make someone feel beautiful and special is definitely a cause GTD champions.”

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CARRIE QUINN OWNER | INTERIOR DESIGNER, MAISON LUXE

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aison Luxe is an interior design studio as well as a home furnishings and accessories boutique store located in Hermosa Beach. Owner Carrie Quinn graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles and has more than 35 years of experience in the world of interior design. She opened Maison Luxe in 2007. WHAT IS THE #1 WAY YOU SUPPORT YOUR CLIENTS? “Attention to detail and follow-through. We are often making significant changes to an existing client’s home, and this can cause emotional feelings to come up for them. I let them know that each phase of their project is being handled properly, so they can trust the whole process. My clients often tell me I have a very calming, chill vibe.”

WHICH PERSONALITY TRAITS ARE MOST IMPORTANT IN YOUR FIELD? “Listening skills and intuition are most important. I need to know my clients’ tastes, desires and even some of their life stories, as this all plays into creating interior spaces that are reflections of the lives they lead. I observe subtle clues, verbal exchanges, the homes they already live in and the things that excite them. I then can trust my gut that I have enough information to make choices that reflect what my clients want.” WHAT CHALLENGES ARE SPECIFIC TO YOUR INDUSTRY? “So much of what we do is custom and hand-crafted furniture. We work with more than 100 vendors, contractors, subcontractors and architects. The challenging part is making sure all these interactions are

coordinated seamlessly so a project stays on track. Another big challenge is the way the digital world has influenced design. Everyone has easy online access to design images; there can be a perception that design is an easy process. Interior design is like other art forms in that there are basic principles that need to be learned and understood before good design can shine through.” DOES MOTHERHOOD MAKE YOU A BETTER ENTREPRENEUR? “Being a single mom and raising two boys, I had to be creative to juggle their schedules while working full time. When raising kids, nothing runs smoothly all the time. In this sense, motherhood is entrepreneurial in that you must think quickly and often invent creative solutions. All moms are in some sense entrepreneurs.”

138 PIER AVE., HERMOSA BEACH | 310-372-5552 | MAISONLUXEHOME.COM

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NICOLA LOWREY, PA-C MARCUS MEDICAL SPA

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arcus Medical Spa offers services in skin care, injectables, laser treatments, body treatments and medical-grade microneedling. Physician assistant and aesthetic medicine specialist Nicola Lowrey, who has been practicing medicine since 2003, recently joined the staff at Marcus Medical. She earned her Master’s in Physician Assistant Practice (MPAP) from USC’s Keck School of Medicine. WHICH PERSONALITY TRAITS ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR FIELD? “To succeed in this fast-paced, competitive industry you need to have a personality that is incredibly passionate. You need to love what you do and have an insatiable hunger for constant learning. You need to be a lover of people and have the ability to form long, trusting relationships based on mutual respect. And having an artistic eye and being a little bit of a perfectionist never hurts!” WHAT CHALLENGES ARE SPECIFIC TO YOUR INDUSTRY? “One of the greatest hurdles in this industry is ridding ourselves of the negative stigma attached to it. This is 2019! There is just nothing ‘scandalous’ about getting anti-wrinkle injections. Nowadays it’s as common as getting your teeth whitened or having your hair colored. It’s more the norm than not. We need to stop feeling guilty about wanting to take care of ourselves and embrace our proactive, preventative maintenance in regard to aging. (I am 100% proud to be your ‘Botox dealer!’) South Bay folks are healthy, attractive and stay active well into their later years. Looking and feeling our best is important to us. Aesthetic treatments are one part of that picture and are perfectly acceptable.” TELL US ABOUT YOUR IDEAL DAY OFF. “My ideal day off starts with a long run—either on the wood chip trail, The Strand or up in the trails of PV. It’s followed by an amazing breakfast at one of my favorite local restaurants. (How lucky are we to have so much good and healthy food all within walking distance of our homes!) The rest of that day is spent with my husband and two boys, either at the beach (my boys are both Junior Lifeguards and turning into some awesome little surfers) or just hanging out at home. And maybe, if it’s truly the perfect day, I can have a professional massage scheduled just before bed.”

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JESSICA LOCOCO PRESIDENT, TOWN SOCIAL EVENTS, INC.

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own Social Events is a full-service event-planning company based in Southern California. Before starting her own firm in 2013, owner Jessica Lococo worked for an event production company producing high-profile parties. She graduated from Notre Dame Academy High School in Los Angeles and Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California. TELL US THE IMPORTANCE OF PRACTICING THE GOLDEN RULE IN BUSINESS. “Great event planning is understanding that the event is not about me—it’s all about my client and delivering the best experience to them. I treat my clients with love, respect and gratitude— like the VIP they are. I also treat my team and vendors with the utmost respect.” IS RISK-TAKING USUALLY WORTH THE REWARD? “In short, yes! Starting a business in itself is a risk. Money, time and my reputation were all at risk when I began Town Social. But in taking that risk, my ultimate goal was defined clearly. Blind trust, confidence in the unknown and knowing that success is never guaranteed have been the fuel to my hustle. I try to do something every day that scares me and gets me out of my comfort zone in business, and the reward has been incredible: I get to do what I love in creating epic events.” HOW HAS HAVING A MENTOR INFLUENCED YOUR PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS? “My mentor in starting Town Social was my best friend, Steven. He started his first company when we were just 15. He gave me the confidence that I could do it. Through his trial and errors in his businesses through the years, he was able to guide me with knowledge, valuable advice, feedback, encouragement and support. He challenged me and kept me motivated. I was able to grow and Town Social was able to grow because of the impact of Steven’s mentorship.” WHAT CHARITABLE PROJECTS DO YOU SUPPORT? “I am honored to be involved with the local nonprofit Grades of Green, which was started in Manhattan Beach 10 years ago by four passionate mothers. I love Grades of Green’s work because they inspire and empower kids to care for the environment with activities like advocating for a citywide ban on single-use plastics and a statewide resolution to encourage cars not to idle outside schools, and starting schoolwide water conservation and waste reduction programs.”

324 33RD PLACE, MANHATTAN BEACH | 310-529-8686 | TOWNSOCIALEVENTS.COM

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AMIE SCHNEIDER

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outh Bay native Amie Schneider has called El Segundo home all of her life. She earned her associate’s degree from El Camino College in Torrance and then worked in various businesses before joining her father and mentor, Alex Abad, in the real estate industry. Amie and her husband, Tim, are raising their four young daughters in El Segundo. HOW HAS MOTHERHOOD MADE YOU A BETTER ENTREPRENEUR? “As a mom of four, I understand the importance of family and treat my clients as such. From the first meeting until after the escrow has closed, I am there for clients and pride myself in going above and beyond to make the home-buying process not only smooth but special. Having children should not exempt women from developing other passions. As a full-time working mother, I am keenly aware that I am a role model to my four daughters, showing them by example that they can raise a family while thriving in their chosen career. I have always been very good at multitasking; most women are by nature! However, motherhood has intensified this skill incredibly. I am proudly raising the next generation of ‘Women in Business’ under my own roof. Every step counts!” WHY DID YOU RECENTLY JOIN FORCES WITH COMPASS REAL ESTATE COMPANY? “In seven years they have become the largest independent brokerage in the nation. The Compass vehicle is a solutiondriven mindset for Realtors. They empower their partner Realtors from start to finish by developing innovative tools and marketing strategies. For example, Compass Concierge will cover the upfront costs of select services the agent recommends to increase a home’s selling price. Compass also provides many technological tools that empower their agents to work more efficiently so we can focus on our clients. As a working mom I needed a full working model, and Compass delivers on all fronts.” TELL US ABOUT YOUR IDEAL DAY OFF. “In real estate and for moms in general, there are usually NO days off (although we all would like one)! I have to be very intentional about my time—whether it’s with clients or my family. I can tell you the struggle is real, but I know I am not alone.”

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KAREN ANDERSON THE PRESTIGE TEAM | KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY | L.A. HARBOR

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ealtor® Karen Anderson has been selling residential real estate in the South Bay for 22 years. After attending Cal State University–Dominguez Hills, she worked in sales and eventually started her own company. She had always been interested in real estate and got her license in 1997. WHAT IS THE #1 WAY YOU SUPPORT YOUR CLIENTS? “I evaluate their goals and then determine the best way to get them there. From financial/credit challenges to finding the right home … and then being there after closing, because inevitably something always comes up. I hope they continue relying on me for support for many years!” TELL US ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF PRACTICING THE GOLDEN RULE IN BUSINESS. “I don’t know if it was my upbringing or the 12 years of Catholic school, but this has been instilled in me from a very young age. I’ve been very blessed with people who have helped me along the way, and this is a way of paying it forward. My job is about helping people, and I truly believe that you reap what you sow. It will always come around.” WHICH PERSONALITY TRAITS ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR FIELD? “Being a good listener. We have to truly understand the needs of our clients to best serve them and know how to direct them. Also communicating with them in an honest and meaningful way is paramount. I tend to be a little direct in my approach, but I also know how and when to soften things up to make my client feel nurtured and protected.” HAS MOTHERHOOD MADE YOU A BETTER ENTREPRENEUR? “Absolutely! In fact, being a mom of a daughter and having been a single mom for a while has driven me to set an example for her to be strong and fearless and to be able to rely on herself. I tried to set an example that hard work pays off—not just financially but it has emotional rewards as well.” TELL US ABOUT YOUR IDEAL DAY OFF. “They are few and far between—I’m a workaholic beyond a doubt. But the one thing I love is spending time with my husband and my family, even if it’s just hanging out and having a barbecue. It doesn’t take much to make me happy!”

28901 S. WESTERN AVENUE #139, RANCHO PALOS VERDES | 310-251-2883 | PRESTIGETEAMHOMES.COM

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GEORGIANA ROSENKRANZ, JD MANAGING PARTNER, THE ROSENKRANZ | FRIEDMAN GROUP LLC

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eorgiana "George" Rosenkranz and The Rosenkranz | Friedman Group are a top-producing team of real estate professionals at Keller Williams Realty. Combined, George and co-owner Cheryl Friedman have more than 40 years of real estate industry experience. WHEN DID YOU FIRST CONSIDER WORKING IN THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY? “Real estate has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My father is a local real estate investor, so I have always followed and been passionate about real estate. As a broker, I have been blessed to help people turn their home ownership dreams into reality while also earning a living doing what I love!” HOW DO YOU ENSURE THAT YOUR TEAM PERFORMS AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME? “We have a very clear vision of how to best serve our clients and what is necessary to achieve that goal. We have established Team Core Values, including open and honest communication and the continual pursuit of professional growth and market expertise. Our Core Values ensure every team member provides exceptional service.” TELL US ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF PRACTICING THE GOLDEN RULE IN BUSINESS. “Particularly in such a relationship-based profession as real estate, it is critical for our clients to know they can trust our professional judgment and personal advice. We earn that trust through consistent and strict adherence to ethical standards and constantly putting ourselves in our clients’ position. By implementing the Golden Rule, we are able to anticipate our clients’ questions, concerns, desires and needs. This translates into strong and long-lasting relationships with highly successful outcomes for everyone involved.” HAS MOTHERHOOD MADE YOU A BETTER ENTREPRENEUR? “Absolutely! Being a mom heightened my awareness of the housing characteristics that create a perfect match for my clients at the various stages of ‘familyhood.’ Plus, as a mom, I am fortunate to be part of a special village of women who possess and openly share their vast wealth of knowledge, experience, ideas and unique talents.” HOW DO YOU GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY? “I am pleased to serve as a trustee for the Peninsula Education Foundation and to serve on the Palos Verdes Estates Traffic Safety Committee. I’m a member of Vistas for Children and avid supporter of various PTAs and booster clubs. I am so proud to be able to give back to the communities that mean so much to me and my family.”

550 DEEP VALLEY DRIVE, SUITE 359, ROLLING HILLS ESTATES | 310-717-8767 GEORGE@GEORGESELLSTHESOUTHBAY.COM | THERFGROUP.COM SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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LYNN KIM LYNN KIM REAL ESTATE

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ynn Kim Real Estate facilitates residential real estate transactions under the umbrella of Vista Sotheby’s International Realty. Owner Lynn Kim grew up in Palos Verdes Estates and attended the schools in the Palos Verdes Unified School District. She graduated from University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in political science and has worked in real estate for 18 years. WHAT IS THE #1 WAY YOU SUPPORT YOUR CLIENTS? “Client or non-client, I’ll be there for you. If you need help, ask and I will deliver. I’m action-oriented and love to produce positive results. I make the sweetest lemonade out of lemons.” IS RISK-TAKING USUALLY WORTH THE REWARD? “Risk-taking is never too dangerous to forgo it. Go for it! The worst that could happen is you will learn from your mistakes. The rewards could be great. You learn a life lesson along the way.” WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR DAY? “Aside from picking up my kids from school, the best part of my day is when I meet new people. When I drive away from our first meeting, I always think how fortunate I am to have just met that person. It’s such a great, refreshing feeling. To make a connection truly livens my day.” DO BUSINESSES HAVE A DUTY TO GIVE BACK TO SOCIETY? “If your business is in a position to give back, absolutely yes. Spread the wealth in your community to provide strength in others. Somewhere along the road, you’ve been helped by someone else. Give back to keep it going.” WHAT PROJECTS DO YOU SUPPORT TO HELP THOSE IN NEED? “We love to help people or organizations that my children are familiar with: our school, neighbors or friends in need. It’s important they are shown what generosity looks and feels like because that’s really what makes you happy.”

16 MALAGA COVE PLAZA, PALOS VERDES ESTATES | 310-741-2642 | LYNNK2LUXURY.COM

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DONNA L. MCNEELY CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, KINECTA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

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eadquartered in Manhattan Beach, Kinecta has served the financial needs of individuals and businesses in the South Bay for 80 years. For the past nine years, Kinecta has been named the South Bay’s “Best Credit Union” by Daily Breeze readers. Senior vice president and chief operating officer Donna L. McNeely has worked with credit unions for more than 30 years and joined Kinecta in June 2018. WHAT IS THE #1 WAY YOU SUPPORT YOUR CLIENTS? “At Kinecta we know people want to be financially empowered to achieve their goals, and we approach banking differently to help them do just that. Our relationship with each individual is a partnership, with a plan designed specifically for them—whether someone is just starting out or ready to retire. People who bank with Kinecta don’t wonder what life could have been like with better planning; they are living their best lives while reaching goals and realizing dreams.” WHICH PERSONALITY TRAITS ARE MOST IMPORTANT IN YOUR FIELD? “A trait highly important in banking—especially credit unions—is a passion for ensuring the success of others. At Kinecta, this includes a commitment to the success of coworkers, those who bank with us, and the communities we serve.” HOW CAN WOMEN ADVANCE THEIR CAREERS? “Focus on your passion and innate talents. Take every opportunity to showcase them. Volunteer for project teams within your company. Network within your industry and make a point to mentor others.” TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND. “Born and raised in the South Bay, I feel very fortunate to live and work here today. I began my career in the securities industry and started a company that trained teams at banks and credit unions to offer investment and insurance products. After selling this company I began my career in credit unions, where I could continue to positively impact people's lives.” DO BUSINESSES HAVE A DUTY TO GIVE BACK? “Absolutely! Last year, the Kinecta Volunteer Corps served 7,500+ hours at over 150 community events, supporting 200 nonprofits. Together with our members, we raised over $435,000 for community charities. #KinectaKindness launched this year, enabling employees, members and local residents to nominate someone every week doing good works, so we can make a donation to the charitable organization of their choice.”

1440 ROSECRANS AVENUE, MANHATTAN BEACH | 800-854-9846 | KINECTA.ORG SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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NICOLE JOHNSON OWNER, LOVE THIS WAY

Nicole Johnson, Wyatt Johnson (age 4) and Love This Way co-owner (and Nicole’s father) David Roodhuyzen

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icole Johnson and her company Love This Way, which she has operated with her father since 2016, rent props— such as light-up letters and numbers, donut walls and custom backdrop walls—for special events like weddings, parties, photo shoots and corporate events. Based in the South Bay, Love This Way serves clients throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, as well as Palm Springs, Ojai, Santa Barbara and San Diego. 

WHICH WOMEN IN BUSINESS DO YOU ADMIRE? “My experience as a female entrepreneur in Los Angeles has been incredibly supportive and collaborative. I am constantly inspired by my fellow women in the event industry who have proven to be creative and ultimately empowering. When women support each other, the most amazing things happen. There is true magic in a community that supports and uplifts each other.” WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE YOU’VE MADE PROFESSIONALLY? “We look at every mistake that we have made as an opportunity to learn. The lessons we have taken away from each setback help provide perspective and guide future decisions and the way we operate. Early on in this business, we left many inventory items behind (extra bulbs, power cords, tools, etc.) that, while seemingly insignificant on their own, really started to add up. So we created a ‘go bag’ with an inventory of what we were leaving at each event to confirm that we didn’t forget anything.” HAS MOTHERHOOD MADE YOU A BETTER ENTREPRENEUR? “Yes! My most important job is being a mother to my two beautiful boys. But being a mother with a full-time job certainly comes with its own set of challenges. In my experience, building an amazing network and community of other working moms to share experiences with has been key.” WHAT IS THE #1 WAY YOU SUPPORT YOUR CLIENTS? “We strive every day and with every event to stay true to our core values of integrity, quality and family. Most of our inventory is handmade by my father and me. We love what we do and take great pride in the quality of our products. Everything we do is for our family, and it is our family that supports us and keeps us motivated through the many challenges that we face as a small but growing business!”

PALOS VERDES | 646-379-0508 | LOVETHISWAYLA.COM

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CAROL ANN GLOVER PRINCIPAL, ESTATE CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT, LLC

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state Construction & Development, LLC is a redevelopment company specializing in South Bay residential renovations. Owned by Carol Ann Glover and Dave Salzman since 2000, the company rejuvenates homes and purchases properties that might otherwise be demolished for new construction. To date they have completed nearly 200 renovations. Carol has been running her own real estate development business since 1990. She also is a real estate lawyer and a real estate broker. WHEN DID YOU FIRST CONSIDER WORKING IN YOUR INDUSTRY? “I was raised in this industry when my mom and dad started to dabble in ‘fix-and-flip’ beach cottages in the 1960s. They always had such a sense of joy in taking a beleaguered house or apartment building and turning it into a ‘pride of ownership’ building. That is the best part of my business for me now: walking through our finished projects. This is my livelihood, but it is also my art.” WHAT CHALLENGES ARE SPECIFIC TO YOUR INDUSTRY? “The real estate investor industry has blown up since the last downturn into even more of a swirl of misinformation and hype. I look at deals—the economics of making a profitable deal—daily. I often see people sell too low or pay too much or invest without adequate due diligence, all with the dream of get-rich-quick real estate. Investing and flipping is not as easy as it looks on TV. It is a hyper-local business done best with an experienced professional and a sharp pencil. Whether it is our company or someone else, we always caution people to do their research, develop a plan and work with experienced, vetted professionals.” HAS MOTHERHOOD MADE YOU A BETTER ENTREPRENEUR? “I think it was the other way around. Having two children and working full time certainly kept me busy, but I think being an entrepreneur made me a better mother. Time is precious, and there is always too much to get done in a 24-hour period. So prioritizing, making certain to tackle the most important (or the most difficult) task first, being consistent, fair, thorough and most of all trying not to sweat the small stuff kept me somewhat sane. I think the same daily focus works well as a parent or as an entrepreneur.”

800 MANHATTAN BEACH BLVD., SUITE 203, MANHATTAN BEACH | 310-546-5262 | ECD-HOMES.COM SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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NICOLE ODOM-REIS REALTOR®, COMPASS

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second-generation South Bay Realtor®, Nicole OdomReis and her business partner and cousin Scot Nicol serve clients throughout the Beach Cities and beyond. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from UCLA and has a background in finance and advertising. Nicole works with the Nicol Real Estate Group, which joined Compass earlier this year. WHICH PERSONALITY TRAITS ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR FIELD? “I take great pride in being an honest, trustworthy, dedicated and loyal person. This business is relationship-centric, and operating with integrity is what draws others to me. Also perseverance is a trait I’ve relied on the most in my life both athletically and professionally. Every real estate transaction presents numerous obstacles, and I particularly thrive under that pressure.” HOW HAS HAVING A COACH OR MENTOR INFLUENCED YOUR PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS? “Having been an All-American shortstop at UCLA and competing for a national championship all four years, I was coached by the all-time greatest in the history of the game. So much of what I do everyday parallels my playing days. The South Bay real estate market is extremely competitive, and for me focusing on the task at hand and getting the deal across the finish line is all that matters. My coach used to tell us there are only two things in life you can control: your effort and your attitude. If you keep that in perspective, anything is possible!” TELL US ABOUT SOME WOMEN IN BUSINESS WHOM YOU ADMIRE? “The woman I admire most and the reason I am a Realtor today is my mother, Karen Odom. If you bought a home in the Hollywood Riviera over the course of 35 years up until 2014, my mother was a household name. The wealth of knowledge she shares with me is invaluable, and I realize what an asset she is in helping me build my business. To know her is to admire her and want to emulate what she was able to achieve!” WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR DAY? “The flexibility of this profession allows me to pick up my children from school every day. Embracing my family after a productive workday is what makes the hustle worthwhile.”

Nicole Odom-Reis and her mother, Karen Odom, at the Odom residence, Hollywood Riviera

617-459-7544 | NICOLE@NICOLREALESTATE.COM | NICOLREALESTATE.COM

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athleen Adams, financial planner and partner at Signature Estate and Investment Advisors, has worked in the wealth management industry for the past 20 years. She and associate advisor David Swift have developed Lifestyle Preservation Planning™ to help clients ages 50 and up create a financial and investment plan that meets their future needs and goals. WHEN DID YOU FIRST CONSIDER WORKING IN YOUR INDUSTRY? “When my successful, generous, life-loving dad retired without the ability to maintain his lifestyle. His trusted advisors had never collaborated to help him prepare for a happier, financially secure future during his ‘second 50 years.’ He personally felt secure because he owned real estate and had no debt. But it didn’t work.” WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THE “SECOND 50 YEARS”? “The largest, wealthiest, most highly educated group of people in our country to ever move into their second 50 years of life will change the face of what used to be called retirement. They may live much longer, spend more, have more energy and excitement for the future than their parents did. We want to inspire them to reinvent this period of life, so we developed a different kind of plan process answering two main questions: How do I financially manage all of this? What do I really want now? Lifestyle Preservation Planning™ is a plan for lifetime income, financing new opportunities and enhancing quality of life.” HOW DO YOU PLAN FOR A LONGER LIFE? “People are afraid of running out of money because you can’t know how long you’re going to live. Every individual needs to reassess their portfolio before starting to distribute. Stocks and bonds should not be relied upon to perform as they have over the last decade. Everyone needs a plan B when withdrawing money during turbulent times.” DESCRIBE THE PLANS YOU OFFER. “We utilize an approach that requires two types of plans: wealth preservation and opportunity. Wealth preservation starts with how to create an income stream you won’t outlive. Opportunity planning focuses on what people want beyond their financial goals (health and wellness, philanthropy, etc.) We encourage people to spend more money now on being physically and mentally healthy because there is no wealth without health.”

Disclaimer: Securities offered through Royal Alliance Associates, Inc. member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through SEIA, LLC. Royal Alliance Associates, Inc. is separately owned and other entities and/or marketing names, products or services referenced here are independent of Royal Alliance Associates, Inc.

1848 S. ELENA AVE., SUITE 100, REDONDO BEACH | 424-903-7174 | SEIA.COM/KATHLEENADAMS SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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NOREL EBRIANI CO-OWNER, PULL&THREAD

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ull&Thread specializes in 100% handknotted, naturally dyed rugs featuring craftsmanship from a variety of countries. Co-owner Norel Ebriani has a background in early childhood education and event coordination. WHAT CHALLENGES ARE SPECIFIC TO YOUR INDUSTRY? “To be honest, one of the biggest challenges we faced was almost closing our doors for good. We did everything in our power to keep the business open. My mother has been captain of the ship for more than 10 years. With help from her and the community, we have rebranded our space as Pull&Thread.  In addition to home decor, we have transformed our showroom into a creative space and event house with activities such as weekly yoga, belly dancing classes, and monthly bazaars where we bring together local artists

and creatives. Pull&Thread is a metaphor for joining individuals together to form societal masterpieces of change.” WHICH PERSONALITY TRAITS ARE MOST IMPORTANT IN YOUR FIELD? “Transparency, relatability, authenticity, integrity and patience. Purchasing a rug is an investment. That is why patience is a huge factor.” WHEN DID YOU FIRST CONSIDER WORKING IN THIS INDUSTRY? “When I realized the importance of our family business. I was raised around rugs, inevitably taking them for granted. Only recently have I understood the significance  of the ancient art and how much of an impact rugs holds in any space they occupy. I love working here, especially since my father founded it in 1978—over 40 years ago!

Stop by for a fresh cup of Persian tea and pastries; we love sharing this special space." WHAT COULD WOMEN BE DOING TO BETTER ADVANCE THEIR CAREERS? “Women can work together and support each other more. The world has been revolutionized by women collaborating and seizing the helm—bringing warmth, compassion and unique vision. It’s a huge step in the right direction, and I look forward to the future with such inspirational women who have an impact in the social and business arenas.”   DO BUSINESSES HAVE A DUTY TO GIVE BACK TO SOCIETY? “Yes! This is one of our philosophies at Pull&Thread—whether it be through bringing people together for a higher purpose, fundraising for a cause or donating a percentage of monthly sales to a charity.”

24415 HAWTHORNE BLVD., TORRANCE | 424-241-2423 | PULLANDTHREAD.COM

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JENNIFER MENTESANA OWNER, LOCALE90 NEAPOLITAN PIZZERIA, CATERING AND EVENTS

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ocale90 is a South Bay Neapolitan pizzeria with a catering and events division. Owner Jennifer Mentesana and her husband, John, opened their business in 2014. Jennifer, who grew up in Palos Verdes, has more than 30 years of experience in restaurants and catering. WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE IN THE SOUTH BAY’S HUB OF DELICIOUS FOOD? “While we have high-quality, delicious food, we are not fancy. We are the casual but current, more sophisticated option for local pizza. We have fantastic locations and atmosphere. For us, the most important thing is that our guests walk away feeling like they had an amazing experience and great food without having to spend a fortune.”

WHAT CHALLENGES ARE SPECIFIC TO YOUR INDUSTRY? “It is no secret that the restaurant business is tough. It is often difficult to gauge what

works and what doesn’t. Change in seasonality, consistency of staff, rising rents and staying on the cutting-edge of what’s happening in food in our area are some of the big challenges. One minute you are the hot new restaurant in town, and the next minute there are two more places right down the street that you are competing with.”

WHAT DO YOU SEE FOR THE FUTURE OF LOCALE90? “Operating a small business in the South Bay has given us the potential to grow beyond the Beach Cities. We look forward to opening more locations beyond the South Bay and becoming the favorite local neighborhood pizzeria of the next generation.”

HOW HAS HAVING A COACH INFLUENCED YOUR SUCCESS? “Once we opened our second location and our catering and events business started to take off, we were overwhelmed. As a mother of three and a motivated businesswoman, I was challenged with the age-old issue of balance. My business coach has been instrumental in helping me understand where my talents, skills and time are best spent so that I can make the best use of my time. Optimizing our strengths and learning how to effectively delegate is the greatest gift we can give ourselves as women in business!”

WHAT PROJECTS DO YOU SUPPORT TO HELP THOSE IN NEED? “Although we donate to many local charities including Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Richstone Family Center, Sandpipers and Walk With Sally, the Palos Verdes School Gardens program is very close to our heart. It is an educational food and garden program offered in schools throughout the South Bay. We have been a community partner since 2014, hosting fundraising events and using the produce the children harvest for our food!”

1040 HERMOSA AVENUE, HERMOSA BEACH | 310-372-9090 | 1718 S. CATALINA AVENUE, REDONDO BEACH | 310-540-9190 | LOCALE90.COM SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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Quail Ridge Road, Rolling Hills Remodeled in 2018 this luxurious modern ranch home is set back on a private street overlooking ocean views, in the gated city of Rolling Hills. This light and airy home features an approx. 2,100 sq. ft. main house with 4 beds, 3 baths, an approx. 756 sq. ft. bonus space with an additional loft above it and a 3-car garage on a spacious 1.2 acre lot. Live the dream in your perfect story book home, behind the gates of Rolling Hills. $2,695,000 | www.LuxuryRanchHome.com

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E RK R P V MA JO D A E N M NG L A ITH A H W $C Rare & stunning Malaga Cove villa with a new price putting it within reach. Discover why in 92 years there have been only three fortunate owners of this classic home. This fine Spanish Revival Villa offers a commanding presence from the street while enjoying panoramic ocean and queen’s necklace views from major rooms and both terraces. This distinctive home is the definition of curb appeal as it invites you to enjoy the privacy and serenity that its enchanting sanctuary provides. Harkening back to the early history of Palos Verdes, this lovely villa boasts beautifully detailed 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms, all in an enviable floor plan. It includes a comfortable 3,000 square feet of living space with a bonus 1,000 square feet from its two private view terraces. The villa includes a dramatic Living Room anchored by a gorgeous fireplace (which will steal your heart); or relax in the adjoining and aptly named Sun Room; the formal Dining Room opens to the inviting Front Terrace; the Kitchen with Old World charm adjoins the delightful Morning Room with French doors to the backyard and herb garden; and the Den has French doors open to the West Terrace warmed by its own custom fireplace and perfect for al fresco dining. Comfort abounds in this fine residence. Do not miss this rare opportunity to call it your own. NOW $2,795,000 | www.1700viaarriba.com

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The Target Lady A FAMILIAR FACE AT A ROUTINE PLACE Written by Emily Tecklenberg | Photographed by Monica Orozco

To know her is to love her.

Perhaps a disgruntled customer behind me is displaying her

correspond with her red top—and maybe just a dash of lipstick

impatience as my pleasantries with Barbara take too long for her

abandoned on her teeth—she exudes a warmth that is hard to ig-

liking. I want to turn to said customer and tell her to go away;

nore. She kindly rings up your purchases, making the occasional

you don’t deserve Barbara. But instead I say nothing, get my

comment on your goods, complimenting your choice of earrings.

hug and then watch as she greets that customer just as warmly

She might ask about your mom or your kids or inquire if the

So often we find ourselves both the victim and the assailant

doing just fine—keeping busy with two jobs, never a complaint,

of bad behavior in this world of fierce divide as we rush through

never a frown, never even a fluster when dealing with not-so-

our days. But then we stumble upon Barbara, who quietly re-

patient customers.

minds us that kindness should be our religion and intolerance is

from you to come back and see her soon, proclaiming that you

simply a waste of energy. Recently Barbara was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer.

just made her day. She waves goodbye then turns to greet the

I received this information while I was visiting my family in

next customer, showcasing that smile. As you exit the store,

another state, and we all sighed. “Not Barbara,” my mother

your heart feels a little bit better, a little bit lighter—simply by

said. We paused in our day to reflect on this news, and it did

her company.

not elude me how Barbara’s spirit is so infectious that it crossed

She is Barbara Karls: devoted Target employee and friend to

state lines. Barbara, you don’t know this, but I’ve been writing

any person who crosses her path. Her favorite part of the job is

about you for years, just little tidbits here and there on social

the customers, of course, who have become like family.

media about how much I adore you. I’ve always maintained

When asked, she could not think of one part of her job she

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sun is shining. You ask her how she is doing, and she is always

She finishes up by coming around for a hug and a promise

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silly things. Sometimes I feel the need to be upset for her. 

With her bright red hair accessorized with headbands that

two things: one, if you don’t get a hug from Barbara at Target,

dislikes. I wanted to protest, insisting there must be something 

you’re not doing life right, and two, the world needs more

that displeases her; I mean does she even realize that some

Barbaras. But I think I’ve changed my mind on the latter, as I’m

people don’t return their carts? But try as I might, even I cannot

not quite sure we could ever find another you. What this world

imagine a scenario where Barbara would become upset by such

actually needs is just a little more of you in each of us.  ■


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