From job creation to The Gosling Effect, Los Angeles magazine’s second annual women’s luncheon, hosted today at Craft and sponsored by Escada, covered a lot of ground. Before taking their seats, “Game changers” from the magazine’s 2012 list of 50 women who inspire met and mingled.
Assistant Chief of the LAPD Sandy Jo MacArthur talked about being the department’s go-to expert on stain removal, producer-writer Mara Brock Akil recommended a new movie, and TV anchor Christine Devine cracked up a small group of listeners while Dispute Resolution Program director Avis Ridley-Thomas; landscape architect Mia Lehrer; former Heal the Bay president Paula Daniels; Rabbi Naomi Levy; Commission for Children, Youth, and Their Families member Barbara Yaroslavsky; Everychild Foundation head Jacqueline Caster; and Dermalogica founder Jane Wurwand chatted nearby.
Later, as plates of salmon and spinach passed hands, Los Angeles magazine editor-in-chief Mary Melton, deputy editor Nancy Miller, senior editor Linda Immediato, and dine editor Lesley Bargar Suter spoke about how women impact our city in ways both large and small—be it by turning a lost culinary art into a nationwide food movement (pick up a copy of our upcoming November Food Lovers issue for more on this!) or by metaphorically feeding a group of 120 employees, as shoe designer Colleen Cordero, whose line is manufactured locally despite the cost, does every day. A few words from Immediato on how L.A’s economy has benefited from the fashion industry capped off the event. Said Melton, “this city is such a great place to be a woman.”
Pictured: Paula Daniels, Mary Melton, and Mia Lehrer. Photograph courtesy Jennifer Fujikawa Photography