Women in Business 2018

Senator Anthony J. Portantino held the 2018 Women in Business Legislative Update & Awards Luncheon on December 4, 2018 at the Castaway in Burbank. 

The Women in Business Legislative Update & Awards Luncheon was started by former State Senator Jack Scott while he served in the State Assembly and it has been an annual event passed down through State Legislators. The Women in Business Awards honor local women whose exceptional abilities have contributed to the economic vitality and diversity of the 25th Senate District. Women in Business celebrate women who have contributed to the greater good of the workforce through the advancement of business and the proliferation of new jobs while serving as role models for their community and co-workers.

2018’s luncheon featured an amazing keynote speaker, Dee Dee Myers, Executive Vice President of World Wide Corporate Communication and Public Affairs for Warner Brothers.  Ms. Myers was the first woman to be the White House Press Secretary in our nation’s history.


The following women were honored at 2018's Women in Business Luncheon and the different categories the honorees where honored with.


Young Entrepreneur

Elen Asatryan (Glendale)

Kathryn Mgrublian (Pasadena)

Alaysia Barker Vaughn (Pasadena)

Emilia Peters (Pasadena)



Monica Hubbard (Altadena)

Lynn White Shelby (Burbank)


Small Businesswoman

Kerry Krull (Burbank)

Trina Davidian (La Canada)

Jessica First (Sierra Madre)

Terri Galdo (Upland)



Joanne Wendler (Pasadena)

Pattyl Aposhian Kasparian (La Canada)

Karen Horne (Burbank)

Fawn Imboden (Glendora)

Elizabeth Ramirez

Julie Sprengel (Glendale)


Non Profit Executive Director

Maria Joy Quiza (Glendale)

Cher Ofstedahl (Claremont)

Sheryl Lefmann (Duarte)

Laurie Wheeler (South Pasadena)

Autmn Washington (San Dimas)


Non Profit Employee  

Chamnan Lin (La Crescenta)

Audrey Soriano (Burbank)

Julianne Hines (Pasadena)



 Marilyn Grinsdale

 Annette Kosker



 Junior League of Pasadena

 Burbank Arts For All Foundation



 Marisa Little (La Verne)

 Rosanna Mendez (Pasadena)

 Diana Michelle Rosero (Burbank)

 Samantha Montes (South Pasadena)

 Rita Boccuzzi (Burbank)

 Seroon Yeretzian Gabriel (Glendale)



  June Baldwin (Burbank)

  Christine Mackenzie (San Dimas)

  Diane Reyes (Burbank)

  Nancy Pedraza Glendora)


 Environment & Sustainability

 Nan Kohler (Pasadena)

 Atineh Haroutunian (Glendale)

 Cassy Ayoyagi (Tujunga)

 Judi Gregory (San Dimas)


 Science & Technology

Ana Quintana (Glendale)

Bing Jiang (Glendale)