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  • Jess Weiner

    2016 Luncheon Honoree - Innovator

    CEO/Founder Talk to Jess, Strategist and Consultant for Barbie®, Dove® Global Self-Esteem Ambassador

    For reshaping the definition of beauty.

    Jess Weiner is changing cultural messages one brand at a time. From advising on Barbie’s latest body evolution to Dove’s memorable Real Women campaign, the results of her work behind the scenes have come to light over the years, making significant waves in terms of how we approach women, girls and confidence.

  • Michele Ruiz

    2016 Luncheon Honoree - Rising Star

    President and CEO, Ruiz Strategies

    For fearlessly expanding her brand and bringing passion to her business.

    Michele Ruiz is a bi-lingual entrepreneur and public speaker whose passions are entrepreneurship, empowerment, and technology. Her motto is: Empowering Entrepreneurs to Empower Themselves! Through her personal brand "Michele Ruiz ~ My Life as a Latina Entrepreneur" she is focused on educating, inspiring and empowering business owners. She shares her experiences via social media with her tens of thousands of followers by blogging and content messaging as well as public speaking. She also represents Fortune 1000 companies as a brand ambassador wanting to harness the power of her influence.

  • Hanna Lim

    Co-Founder & President, Lollaland

    For addressing a problem by creating a successful business around the solution

    Hanna Lim is the mother of three daughters and the founder and president of Lollaland. Lollaland makes innovative and modern infant/toddler goods that are functional and fun. Prior to creating the Lollacup and launching her business, Hanna received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her M.Ed. from UCLA and worked as a high school chemistry teacher.

  • Sally Thomas Cooper

    2016 Luncheon Honoree - Entrepreneur

    Founder, Lusive Décor
    Luxe Light and Home
    Thomas Cooper Studio

    By combining design passion with artisanal techniques and luxury materials to create a multimillion dollar design empire.

    Designer, artist and serial entrepreneur, Sally Thomas Cooper studied art history, music and design in her native New Zealand, leading to a varied career in art, rock and roll, set dressing and interior and product design. Moving to Los Angeles in 1999 Thomas Cooper quickly developed an impressive celebrity clientele as an interior designer, and founded Lusive Decor, combining a love of luxury materials and artisanal design techniques to create made-to-order, signature lighting fixtures.

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