Manhattan Beach Women in Business
Providence Little Company of Mary
2011 WIB Title Sponsor The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce is please to announce Providence Little Company of Mary as the Title Sponsor for the 2011 South Bay Conference for Women.
In This Issue
Message From the Chair
Cookie Lee Surprises The South Bay Conference for Women
In the Chat Room w/ Anne Litt & Madelyn Hammond
Lisa Napoli, Radio Shangri-La
Volunteer’s We Can’t Live Without
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Message From the Chair
The countdown has begun-only 38 days until the 13th Annual South Bay Conference for Women at the Torrance Marriott. What an exciting time this has been for Bibi Goldstein and I! We represent the frontlines of the organization and there are so many others working behind the scenes to make this the best conference yet! We are so lucky to have the most dynamic, hard-working and talented women serving on our committees.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Lisa Machii, Toni Boornazian, Angela Rubien, Amy Berg, Lisa Mueller, Jennifer Goldstein, Natalie Do, Jill Crescitelli, Nancy Vrankovic, Amy Cusack, Helen Archer, Lisa Aitken, Sandy Abrams, Lynn Goldberg, Lynne White, Portia Cohen, Diana Oropeza, Lauren Hacker, Cathy Morales, Dr. Green, Stefanie Dacy, Mary Ann Borders, Kim Ruggles, Tulika Bose, Kathy Jahns, Mary Strong, Shirley Pe, Yalda Noorzai and Cathy Alessandra. As you can infer from the long list, creating this conference takes a village. I hope that you have a chance to meet and acknowledge the women listed above-they have been invaluable to the planning process and have our eternal gratitude!

We have created a day that will inspire and present you with tools that you can use in your professional and personal lives. We offer stories of women who reinvented themselves after tragedy and during times of self-exploration. Our distinguished guests and speakers include:

Bonnie Reiss, Former Secretary of Education

Anne Litt, On-Air radio personality, PTA President and Mom

Madelyn Hammond, Marketing and Branding Specialist

Portia Cohen, Former Manhattan Beach Mayor and Councilwoman

Mary Strong, NFL Network Broadcaster and local business owner

Lisa Napoli, Author and Journalist

Kristina Ripatti and Tim Pearce, Former and Current LAPD officers

Enjoy wine tasting courtesy of Bacchus Wines, Massages and Facials from Murad Spa and Terranea Resort Spa, and a large selection of boutique clothing, jewelry and handbags. And don’t forget those goodie bags, packed with special treats and samples from some of the best vendors around! So mark your calendar and plan on spending an incredible day of learning and growth but most importantly, take some time for yourself and have fun!

If you have any questions on how to become a sponsor, donate to our silent auction or volunteer for this extraordinary day, please email Sarah Perahia at sarah.perahia.

Thankfully Yours,
Sarah Perahia
Chair, MBWIB 2010-2011

Cookie Lee Has Something Special For the First 100 Individuals to Register!

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What a fantastic woman Cookie Lee is! I have had the opportunity to get to know Cookie this past year and she has so graciously offered her most amazing jewelry to the first 100 single ticket sales. Here’s how it works:

*The first 50 people who register as an individual ticket holder (not a sponsor) for the South Bay Conference for Women will receive at registration a beautiful piece of Cookie Lee jewelry.

*The first 50 people who register as an Angel Sponsor for the South Bay Conference for Women will receive at registration a beautiful piece of Cookie Lee jewelry.

So…if you’re planning to attend the conference and you are waiting to purchase your ticket, don’t! Register today!

Anne Litt & Madelyn Hammond Join us “In the Chat Room” with Bonnie Reiss and Portia Cohen
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To round out our panel of inspirational women, Anne Litt and Madelyn Hammond join Bonnie Reiss and Moderator Portia Cohen for a discussion on reinventing yourself with personal stories to uplift and inspire you in your own life.
Anne Litt is the acclaimed hostess of KCRW’s popular weekend afternoon music program and has served as music supervisor for such beloved and influential films as Little Miss Sunshine. A lifelong radio fan, Anne’s first on-air experience was at the forefront of the alt-rock revolution, as a DJ for the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s award winning radio station, WXYC. After graduating in 1988, Anne joined the pioneering independent label, Mammoth Records. As one of the label’s first employees, she helped guide the careers of such seminal alternative stars Juliana Hatfield, the Blake Babies, and Joe Henry. To read more, click here.
Madelyn Hammond is owner of Madelyn Hammond & Associates,madelyn hammond a marketing and branding firm specializing in entertainment and media. She works with various clients to extend their profile by creating innovative and targeted strategies utilizing an integrated approach to reach consumers.
Additionally, she teaches individuals how to shed their professional baggage, effectively communicate their unique talents and reinvent themselves for the next phase of their careers. As one of the most “plugged-in” women in Hollywood, she has made networking an art form.
Hammond most recently was Chief Marketing Officer at Variety, the entertainment industry’s leading publication. During her ten-year tenure, she developed both a print and online global branding strategy and was responsible for publicity, promotions, event marketing, strategic alliances and advertising.
Hammond has significant experience in consumer branding, licensing, exhibition, sales and marketing and has worked for a number of companies including Landmark Theatres, Sony Pictures, AMC Theatres and The Coca-Cola Company.
Lisa Napoli, Author of Radio Shangri-La, Speaker at the 13th Annual South Bay Conference for Women
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Lisa Napoli was in the grip of a mid-life crisis when a chance encounter lead her to the adventure of a lifetime. Leaving behind her job in public radio and her life in Los Angeles, she moved to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan to volunteer at the country’s first youth radio station. Along the way, she found the world is a beautiful and complicated place, and learns to appreciate life in a way she never imagined.

Lisa Napoli is a journalist who has worked in all media. She began her career at CNN in Atlanta in the early eighties, worked in local TV news in North Carolina, covered the Clinton campaign and Waco standoff as a field producer for an early iteration of the Fox News Service, produced shows for an upscale division of QVC called Q2, covered the early days of the Web for the NY Times as the first staff columnist/reporter hired for a now defunct-section called CyberTimes, served as Internet correspondent for MSNBC (where she wrote an accompanying column for and most recently served as reporter/back-up host for the public radio show Marketplace.

She had never traveled to Asia before she was asked, by chance, to go to Bhutan in 2006.

Her proudest accomplishment, in addition to learning to swim at age 37, are the parties she holds every Friday night, where she relishes seeing friends befriend one another.

A native of Brooklyn, NY and a graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., Napoli currently lives in downtown Los Angeles, where there’s a giant swimming pool, and hopes in the second half of her life to be a philanthropist.

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Lisa will be doing a book signing at the confernence. Check our website for times to be announced.
If you would like to purchase her book before hand, please do so

Volunteer’s We Can’t Live Without:
Lisa Machii and Angela Rubien
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I would like to acknowledge two women who have gone above and beyond the call of duty these past few months-Lisa Machii and Angela Rubien.

I have the pleasure of seeing Lisa Machii on an almost weekly basis. Not only is she currently serving as the 2011 Conference Boutique Chair, she also serves with me on the Gala Committee for the Asian Pacific Alumni Association and we participate together in USC Marshall Partners events. Lisa is a great friend and someone upon whom I can always depend. Her dedication, commitment to perfection and compassion for others are some of the characteristics that make her so special.
Ms. Machii is a seasoned transactional attorney, experienced in a wide range of sophisticated commercial real estate transactions, including finance (debt & equity), distressed debt & asset financing, CMBS, securitization and joint ventures, as well as corporate law and entity formation. She has extensive experience in loan restructuring, corporate restructuring, acquisitions & dispositions, residential real estate, leasing, development, asset management and loan servicing. To read more, click here.
Angela Rubien is a seasoned professional within Women in Business and her guidance and leadership have been crucial in the execution of the conference. Her graphic design expertise brings all of the visual and print design aspects of the conference together. I am lucky to have worked with her for the last three years and Bibi and I would be lost without her help.
Angela is a freelance graphic designer working with businesses, individual clients and design studios. She provides unique ideas and designs from concept through production at reasonable rates. Angela has a B.F.A. from Art Center, College of Design, and has worked for major advertising agencies such as Dailey & Associates and Mattel, Inc.
Recently, Angela joined the Board of Directors of the local non-profit organization FOLA – Foundation of Local Arts.


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