Game Changer Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Roz Wyman and Ana Guerrero, chief of staff to mayor Eric Garcetti
The kudos circulated along with Nescafe coffee when Los Angeles magazine held a luncheon at the Sofitel Los Angeles today to celebrate the 10 women named L.A. Game Changers in our September issue.
More than 150 women—and a few good men, including actor Topher Grace—gathered to applaud Pink Lotus Breast Center founder Dr. Kristi Funk, Natural History Museum president and director Jane Pisano, UniqueLA founder Sonja Rasula, HollyRod Foundation co-founder Holly Robinson Peete, KCCD founder Hyepin Im, mayoral chief of staff Ana Guerrero, Art of Elysium founder Jennifer Howell, LA Phil president and CEO Deborah Borda, City Year Los Angeles executive director Allison Graff-Weisner, and Unite Here organizing director Lorena Lopez—all of whom made time to attend the Ford-sponsored event. (As event host Giselle Fernandez joked, if you want something done, ask a busy woman.)
Roz Wyman, the political insider who at 22 years old became the youngest person elected to L.A.’s city council in 1953, was given the magazine’s first “Game Changer Lifetime Achievement Award” by editor-in-chief Mary Melton. In addition to women highlighted in the September issue, guests at the lunch included previous game changer honorees KCRW general manager Jennifer Ferro, former City Controller Wendy Greuel, and WeSpark Executive Director Nancy Allen.
“Pathways of change that lead to the betterment of the city don’t pave themselves or come to be overnight,” said Dr. Funk, who also spoke at the event. “You [Game Changers] will leave this city and the world a better place for having been here.” Wyman expressed her take on the honorees this way: “They are really, really incredible.”
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