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  • WOMEN MAKINGA DIFFERENCE

    May 20, 2013 An Advertising Supplement to the Los Angeles Business Journal

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  • 18 AN ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE LOS ANGELES BUSINESS JOURNAL MAY 20, 2013

    THE Los Angeles Business Journal held the 2013 WomenMaking a Difference Awards Reception and Luncheon eventat the Platinum Ballroom in the J.W. Marriott Hotel at LALive in Los Angeles on May 14th.

    Described by attendees as an uplifting and inspirational event,the celebration honored Los Angeles based women who lead byexample, successfully blending effective business vision with a pas-sionate commitment to positively making a difference, both inthe world of business and in the communities they serve.

    More than 250 prestigious nominees were submitted to thejudges by Los Angeles Business Journal readers this year. So thejudges had the unenviable task of narrowing the field down to sixhonorees for this years big event.

    It wasnt easy to select just six honorees for this years awards, sowe have also taken the time to single out, for honorable mention,an incredible selection of finalists all superb examples of womenwho genuinely make a difference in their own right. Each is alsoprofiled in these pages.

    Specifically categorized Awards of Recognition were presented to agroup of women who have truly blazed a path of leadership andinspiration for all Angelenos.

    The 2013 Women Making a Difference honorees included: PaigeAdams-Gellar, Paige (Owner or CEO of the Year Award); GwynneShotwell, SpaceX (Executive of the Year Award); Kelly Merryman,Netflix (Rising Star of the Year Award); Nancy Bernstein, DreamWorks(Volunteer of the Year Award); Karen Barter Fielding (Philanthropist ofthe Year Award); and Monica Dodi, The Womens Venture CapitalFund (Corporate Advocate of the Year Award).

    Congratulations to all the honorees, finalists and nominees!

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    WOMEN MAKING A DIFFERENCE 2013 HONOREES

    PAIGE ADAMS-GELLERFounder & Creative DirectorPaigeCulver City

    PAIGE Adams-Geller founded her LA-based premium denim company,Paige, after learning first hand about the intricacies of design andproduction as a model for number of top brands. Adams-Gellarlaunched Paige in 2005 via high-end retailers with every detail care-fully calculated, from a contoured waistband to forward sitting side seams and each style designed with the customer in mind. The designs became aninstant obsession of consumers, celebrities, and prominent fashion editors.Paige continued to grow, and by 2007, the company had introduced mens,maternity and petite lines that built off specific customer needs and thebrands perfected fits.

    Harnessing her industry expertise, Adams-Geller has grown Paige into acategory leader in a field dominated by male designers, colloquially knownas the denim mafia. She is the first woman to make a name for herself inthe premium denim category and is the face of the brand as well as the com-panys Creative Director, leading product design decisions. The business grewmore than 40% last year and continues to outpace the market, demonstrat-ing its leadership position in the premium denim category.

    Adams-Geller is not only a leading LA entrepreneur and business owner,she is also passionate about philanthropy. She is a womens advocate, sup-porting several charities including RAINN, which supports victims of sexualabuse through education, resources and services for those who need recoveryand prosecution. She is on the national leadership council and created theRAINN Collection of Paige denim in March 2012, donating proceeds to sup-port sexual abuse survivors. Given the propensity for eating disorders in thefashion industry, Adams-Geller is also an advocate for individuals facing thischallenge. She champions overcoming body image issues in multiple ways,including by supporting the National Eating Disorders of America (NEDA).Her passion for breaking down walls and for championing womens issuesshows that her leadership and courage have no bounds.

    Business Owner or CEO of the Year

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    WOMEN MAKING A DIFFERENCE 2013 FINALISTS

    Business Owner or CEO of the Year

    TONI ERICKSON KNIGHTFounder & CEOWorldLinkLos Angeles

    TONI Erickson Knight found-ed WorldLink, one of theworlds leading and fastest-growing multiplatform advertis-ing sales firms, in 1997.Specializing in direct responseadvertising, WorldLink is at theforefront in demonstrating thepowerful messaging and attractivereturn on investment directresponse spots create for advertis-ers particularly in todays mar-ket, where new technology fur-ther empowers marketers to buildbridges with the consumer.

    Knight launched WorldLink inLos Angeles with a staff of fourrepresenting a single client. Withina year, the company was profitableand enjoying surging growth.Today, it has a global team of morethan 60 individuals with offices inL.A. and New York all handling200-plus companies throughoutthe world. In 2012 WorldLink hadbooked sales of $198 million. Shehas built WorldLink into thelargest woman-owned business ofits kind.

    Among WorldLinks diverse andlongstanding roster of major U.S.media clients are FOXBroadcasting and FOX CableNetworks (including VOD ad salesfor FOX Network and FX),Comcast, MGM Television, Post-Newsweek, Tribune Company,Young Broadcasting, DirecTV andCarsey-Werner. Internationally, thefirm is unrivaled, representingsuch prestigious companies asSony Entertainment, UniversalChannel, Canal Fox, MGM/CasaClub and Gol TV, among others.

    Knight was one of the firstindustry executives to identify thepotential of direct response mar-keting in the burgeoning U.S.Hispanic and Latin American mar-kets. She created WorldLink enEspaol, a division that is now thelargest independent directresponse representative serving thegrowing area with numerousSpanish-language platforms.

    Dr. CECILIA JEFFERSONCEO, FounderFred Jefferson Memorial HomesGardena

    DR. Cecilia Jefferson, a for-mer social worker with theDepartment of Childrenand Family Services, developedwhat would become her careerfocus after discovering a crucialneed for quality care. As a socialworker, Dr. Jefferson wit