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Ellevate Women’s Entrepreneurship Month Series – Blossom Into Leadership

November 3 @ 11:00 am - November 17 @ 12:00 pm

The Valley Economic Alliance is committed to closing the information gap, capital gap and network gap experienced by many women business owners through our Ellevate Women’s Business Hub.

Join us for Blossom, a business education series to help you start and grow your business in the San Fernando Valley.

November 3 – Blossom Into Leadership

Successful business ownership begins with and depends on masterful leadership skills and execution. Join us as we learn from owners of leading Valley companies what distinguishes them as successful leaders and employers.


Sonya Blake, The Valley Economic Alliance

Carmen Bowen, Saybrook University

Moderator: Dr. Mary Kay Chess, Saybrook University


  • Katherine Chrisman, Park Lane Jewelry
  • Rashmi Menon, Burns & McDonnell
  • Yael Rubin, Blumenes

November 10 – Make Your Money Grow

Women continue to obtain less lender and equity financing than their male counterparts. Learn how to distinguish your company financially, capture adequate funding, and chart your financial future.


Sonya Blake, The Valley Economic Alliance

Dr. Charlotte Hamilton, Saybrook University

Moderator: Carolyn Mathis, Shondaland


  • Tamara Gurney, Mission Valley Bank
  • Jennifer LeBlanc, Pasadena Angels
  • Carmen Palafox, MiLA Capital
  • Nairy Sajonian, Comerica Bank

November 17 – Win Socially Responsible Contracts

Learn how major corporate and government contracts can be an effective business development strategy for your company as well as a way to advance your social responsibility goals.


Sonya Blake, The Valley Economic Alliance

Moderator: Dr. Marsha Willard, Saybrook University


  • Sonia Smith Kang, Mixed Up Clothing
  • Laura McHolm, NorthStar Moving
  • Jessica Mireles, Workforce Development Aging Community Services (WDACs)


November 3 @ 11:00 am
November 17 @ 12:00 pm