Published : Friday, December 7, 2018 | 8:26 AM
California State Senator Anthony J. Portantino, representing the 25th Senate District which includes Pasadena, honored 10 talented women from Pasadena and Altadena who are outstanding leaders and role models in their communities, on Tuesday, December 4, at the annual Women in Business – Legislative Update and Awards Luncheon at The Castaway in Burbank.
Over 400 guests attended the recognition event, including former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers who gave an inspirational keynote address.
An all-female color guard from the Crescenta Valley High School JROTC conducted the presentation of colors, after which the Wilson Middle School Lion Heads Jazz treated guests to a musical welcome. Canter Ruth Berman-Harris ended the day with a poignant song of peace to honor the victims of tragedies locally and around the county.
“It was my privilege and honor to recognize accomplished women of the great 25th Senate District,” Portantino said. “I applaud all of these inspiring women who have achieved success and paved the way for many other entrepreneurs, non-profit executives and community volunteers to follow. The leadership and accomplishments of this year’s honorees is an example for all of us to emulate.”
Portantino also gave a legislative update on past and upcoming legislation. The awards ceremony followed Myers’ inspirational speech. Myers now serves as Executive Vice President of Warner Brothers Entertainment.
The awardees from Pasadena include Kathryn Mgrublian, Alaysia Barker Vaughn and Emilia Peters, who together received the Young Entrepreneur Award; Joanne Wendler and Pattyl Aposhian Kasparian who received the Corporate Award; Julianne Hines, who received the Non Profit Employee Award; Annette Kosker, who received the Volunteer Award; the Junior League of Pasadena, which was given the Empowerment Award; Rosanna Mendez, who received the Inspirational Award; and Nan Kohler, who was given the Environment and Sustainability Award.
Altadena’s Monica Hubbard was given the Trailblazer Award during the ceremony.
The event was intended to celebrate exceptional women who have contributed their professional skills and commitment to the community. The honorees came from a variety of professions and industries, including science and technology, corporate and small business, environmental protection, and non-profit organizations.