Senator Portantino Announces Honorees for 2023 Women in Business Awards

Tuesday, November 14 2023

For Immediate Release: November 14, 2023

Contact: Lerna Shirinian, (818) 409-0400


Senator Portantino Announces Honorees for 2023 Women in Business Awards

Burbank, California – Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D - Burbank) will host the annual 25th State Senate District Women in Business Legislative Update & Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, December 6 at the Castaway in Burbank.

“It is my privilege to recognize the accomplished women of the great 25th Senate District,” commented Senator Portantino. “I look forward to honoring our deserving honorees for their successful service that touches all of us in such a positive way.”

The event will honor local women who have contributed to the economic vitality and diversity of the 25th Senate District. Women in Business will also celebrate women who have contributed to the greater good of our community. These honorees inspire others, stimulate our workforce, and lead some of the most impressive non-profits, healthcare organizations and businesses across with 25th Senate District.

The Senator’s office received several hundred nominations from the community, making our 25th Senate District team’s decision-making the most difficult yet. Every one of the laudable women nominated by their peers, co-workers, family and friends is deserving of special recognition.

This year’s honorees are:


Isabel Gutierrez

Janet Benjamin

Robin Goldsworthy

Lydia Grant

Mary Cutone

Kora Guoyavatin

Yvette Vartanian Davis

Carol Flynn

Dr. Mary Frintner

Claudine Hager

Aida Dimejian

Christy Schilling

Lusine Simonyan

Jenny Choi

Patricia Blanche

Josefina B. Solomonson

Gloria Salas

Melissa Chalsma

Jennifer Audette

Elisabeth King

Leslie Ito

Melanie Buttarazi

Corky O'Rourke

Marilyn Yang

Dr. Laura Sirott, MD

Kerry Morrison

Becky Cheng

Rita Fernandez Loof

Judee Kendall

Connie Chung Joe

Candice Dickens-Russell

Anahid Oshagan     

Denise Verret

Seda Khojayan

Anastasia Mann

Nadia Geller

Marvel Ford

Lilit Odabashian

Jamie Keyser

Ellen Daigle

Kathleen Travers