This year, NAWBO-LA recognized many women leaders and business owners for incredible accomplishments and acts of service. Honorees included Celebrity Chef Devin Alexander, Executive Coach and Author Dr. Yasmin Davidds, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Caulipower Gail Becker, and Co-Founder of NorthStar Moving Corporation Laura McHolm.

Hundreds were in attendance to experience NAWBO-LA’s yearly celebration of women leaders and business owners across the Greater Los Angeles area. Between networking and photo ops on the red carpet, attendees were offered resources and information from NAWBO-LA corporate sponsors: Union Bank, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), AEG, Sodexo, SoCalGas, East West Bank, Northrop Grumman and Acacia Wealth Advisors. In an intimate breakout session, corporate sponsor Bank of America hosted a discussion on the status of women-owned businesses nationwide.

The annual NAWBO-LA conference was a huge success as women of all walks of life gathered to acknowledge the accomplishments of fellow sisters in business. The awards luncheon also highlighted several changes in the leadership of NAWBO-LA. Among them were two of Impact Sciences’ very own, Chief Financial Officer Martha S. Lira—sworn in as Treasurer of the NAWBO-LA Board of Directors—and CEO & Managing Principal Jessica Kirchner Flores—sworn in as NAWBO-LA’s newest President. Immediate Past President Schenae Rourke gave a touching speech on her tenure and a warm welcome to incoming President Jessica Kirchner Flores. Other board members across various committees celebrated their new roles with the local organization with a mission to develop leaders for a world of change.

Below are a few highlights from an extraordinary day of learning, networking, celebrating, and recognizing the outstanding women who support the mission of NAWBO in every way.