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This year’s 2nd annual entrepreneur’s conference, ‘Bacon Donuts: Practical Planning for Brilliantly Risky Ideas” is dedicated to a subject that speaks to the hearts and minds of all successful entrepreneurs – thinking creatively and acting pragmatically.
On the panel 1: Money Morning is our CEO Kalika Yap with Sasha Strauss, Managing Director of Innovation Protocol and Marty Metro, Founder of UsedCardboardBoxes.com. Moderated by Jean C. del Rosario, VP/Sr. Portfolio Managment Office, Consumer and Business Lending, Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Marty Metro, Jean C. del Rosario, Kalika Yap and Sasha Strauss
Right after the conference held the annual NAWBO-LA Awards Luncheon, celebrating it’s 27th year of giving tribute to top achievers among womenleaders who have established a legacy of entrepreneurial excellence and contributed significantly to Southern California.
This year’s conference and luncheon was held at the J.W. Marriott at LA. Live last Friday, April 26, 2013.
CEO Kalika Yap with the Citrus girls
Pooneh Mohajer, COO and Co-Founder of Tokidoki
Barbara Lazaroff, ASID, President, Imaginings Design, Inc./ Founder, Spago, Chinois & WP Fine Dining, Catering & Worldwide
LL Cool J introducing his wife Simone for the Rising Star award
Congratulations to the 2013 honorees!
Leadership Award: Jessica Iclisoy, Founder & President, California Baby
Legacy Award: Barbara Lazaroff, ASID, President, Imaginings Design, Inc./ Founder, Spago, Chinois & WP Fine Dining, Catering & Worldwide
Trailblazer of the Year Award: Pooneh Mohajer, Co-Founder & COO, tokidoki
Rising Star of the Year Award: Simone I. Smith, Designer & Co-Owner, Simone I. Smith
Innovator of the Year Award: Gwynne Shotwell, President, SpaceX
Hall of Fame Inductee: Jeri Harman, Founder & Partner, Avante Mezzanine Partners
Man of the Year Award: Noel Massie, UPS District President, UPS
Citrus exploring other sides of creativity!
Maria and her colorful cupcakes
Here’s what you can do:
1. Send an e-mail to Senator Reid, saying that you’re grateful for his leadership on filibuster reform, especially his support of the “talking filibuster” requirements (see below), and limiting post-cloture debate on all nominations, and that you hope he will fight to see that these reforms are adopted. Send these via whoever is your best contact to Senator Reid or via his site -
2. E-mail or call the following Senators to say that the Levin-McCain proposal falls far short of the necessary reform of the filibuster, and that you hope they will support using the Constitutional Option to adopt stronger rules changes that include:
- Making applicable to all nominations, not just those for the district court and sub-cabinet, the 2-hour limit on further delay once 60 Senators have voted for cloture.
- Requiring Senators who want to filibuster to stay on the floor and talk continuously.
- Shifting the burden by requiring those filibustering to produce 41 votes to sustain the filibuster, instead of requiring the majority to produce 60 votes to end.
Sen. Schumer via Chief of Staff Michael Lynch: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Director Katie Bierne: email@example.com; and
Senate Rules Committee Staff Director Jean Bordewich: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Murray via Chief of Staff Mike Spahn: email@example.com
Sen. Durbin via Chief of Staff Pat Souders: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senators on the Fence:
Sen. Cardin via Chief of Staff Christopher Lynch: email@example.com;
Sen. Baucus via Chief of Staff Paul Wilkins: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Sen. Boxer via Chief of Staff Laura Schiller: email@example.com;
Sen. Feinstein via Chief of Staff Chris Thompson: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Sen. Leahy via Chief of Staff John Dowd: email@example.com;
Sen. Pryor via Chief of Staff Andy York: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Sen. Reed via Chief of Staff Neil Campbell: email@example.com
The mission of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is to mobilize resources to fight hunger in our community.
1) Source and acquire food and other products and distribute to needy people through charitable agencies or directly through programs;
2) Energize the community to get involved and support hunger relief;
3) Conduct hunger education and awareness campaigns and advocate for public policies that alleviate hunger.
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank vision is that no one goes hungry in Los Angeles County.
Memorial Day not just a day to appreciate the soldiers that fight for our country, although that is very important, it is also a day to BBQ and hang out with good friends in nice weather! With that said, here are 5 delicious recipes for a great Memorial Day party:
1. Fish Tacos:
2 pounds tilapia fillets
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 cup plain fat-free yogurt
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 1/2 teaspoons canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
16 (5 inch) corn tortillas
2 cups shredded cabbage
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 tomato, chopped
1 avocado – peeled, pitted, and sliced
1/2 cup salsa
2 green onions, chopped
1. Rub tilapia fillets with 2 tablespoons lime juice and season with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. Spray both sides of each fillet with cooking spray.
2. Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.
3. Combine yogurt, 2 tablespoons lime juice, cilantro, and chipotle pepper in a blender; pulse until sauce is well blended. Set aside.
4. Grill tilapia on preheated grill until fish is easily flaked with a fork, about 5 minutes on each side.
Heat each corn tortilla in a skillet over medium-low heat until warm, about 1 minute. Divide grilled fish evenly over corn tortillas and serve with cilantro-lime sauce, cabbage, Monterey Jack cheese, tomato, avocado, salsa, and green onions.
2. Patriotic Parfait:
¼ cup plus 2/3 cup sugar
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoon almond extract
1 box vegan (or non vegan) vanilla wafers
1 pound vegan (or regular) cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups vegan (or regular) heavy cream, room temperature
2 pints blueberries
2 pints strawberries, hulled and sliced
Heat 1/4 cup sugar, the lemon juice and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and stir in the almond extract. Let cool slightly
Toss cookies in the mixture.
Beat the remaining 2/3 cup sugar and the cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until smooth and light. Add the cream and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and the consistency of whipped cream.
Arrange half of the cake cubes in the bottom of 10-12 parfait glasses. Sprinkle evenly with a layer of blueberries. Next, dollop the cream mixture over the blueberries and gently spread. Top with a layer of strawberries. Layer the remaining cookies on top of the strawberries, then sprinkle with more blueberries and top with the remaining cream mixture. Finish with the remaining strawberries and blueberries, arranging them in a decorative pattern. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.
3. Cool Slaw:
2 pounds green cabbage
1 medium yellow onion
½ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon black pepper
2-4 tablespoons pickle relish (optional)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Cut cabbage in quarters and remove core. Peel carrots and onion and cut into pieces that would fit through the feed tube of a food processor. Fit food processor with the large-holed grater attachment and push cabbage, carrots, and onions through feed tube to grate. In a large bowl, toss vegetables together.
In another medium bowl, prepare the coleslaw dressing by whisking together the mayonnaise, mustard, cider vinegar, sugar, black pepper, and relish. Toss dressing with the cabbage mixture, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
4. Chips and Dip:
½ cup heavy cream
1 8-ounce container of sour cream
2 tables spoons fresh lemon juice
2 scallions, finely chopped
½ teaspoon garlic powder
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Blend the heavy cream in a blender until slightly thickened. Add the sour cream, lemon juice, vegan parmesan, scallions, dill and garlic powder and pulse to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and chill 2 hours.
5. Orange Splash:
2 ounces Absolute Citron vodka
1 ounce Cointreau or triple sec
1 splash fresh lime juice
1 splash orange juice
Sugar (for garnish)
Orange slice (for garnish)
Pour all ingredients over ice in a shaker or large glass and shake vigorously. Rim a glass with sugar and serve on the rocks. Garnish with an orange slice.
Thanks to the following websites for these fabulous ideas:
She hosted a wonderful, exclusive brunch for NAWBO Board and Executive level members at her gorgeous Estate in Holmby Hills.
She also previewed her Spring and Fall runway collections (including Herve Leger), gave a private, behind the scenes tour of her home (which featured a movie screening room, and one of those cool secret doors behind a bookcase).
Straight off the red-eye from NYC Sunday morning, our founder and CEO of Citrus Studios, Kalika Nacion Yap, headed to the the UCLA Anderson School of Management for the 3rd Annual Women in Entrepreneurship Brunch. Having been in NYC only a few hours earlier for the NYC Gift Show, where she was showing Luxe Link (her essential contribution to every woman’s handbag), Kalika quickly joined as one of the roundtable hosts!
This event had no shortage of talented and inspiring women in attendance. The highlight was powerhouse Jane Wurwand’s (CEO of Dermalogica) keynote speech which was sprinkled with real stories of her first three years in business – from zero to $260M+!
An inside peek at some of Jane’s invaluable advice:
1) Stay hungry. Stay foolish. Stay fierce.
2) Get the safe idea and then move on to the big scary idea that makes you different.
3) Thrive on pressure.
4) Embrace change.
5) Be frugal, spend where it matters. It’s not about cost, it’s about value.
6) All the data in the world does not equal an original idea.
7) Define your culture. Develop a clear culture and everyone must be a fit. You need believers.
Dermalogica’s Core Culture Values:
- Embrace and drive change.
- Create fun and a little weirdness.
- Be adventurous, creative and friendly.
- Build open and honest relationships by talking.
- Do more with less.
- Be enthusiastic and determined.
- Be authentic and humble.
Most importantly – Seek your higher purpose!