The L.A. Woman: An Inspiring Luncheon

Honoring this year’s class of game changers and transformers

“Move it. Just move it,” Alzheimer’s researcher Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton advised the SRO crowd gathered at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, which had gathered to recognize 11 women highlighted in our September issue who are transforming L.A. While accepting Los Angeles magazine’s Woman of the Year honor (and a gorgeous bracelet from sponsor Buccellati), Brinton gave attendees a quick prescription for preventing the disease whose target is 68% women. Last year at this luncheon, cover subject Dr. Kristi Funk (in attendance this year as well) advised the lunching ladies to drink green tea, telling them it cuts the chances of developing breast cancer by a whooping 50%. I am still drinking it. Brinton also left the room breathless as she shared that a cure for Alzheimer’s is truly just around the corner.

Big Shots host (and recent Imagen Award winner) Giselle Fernandez emceed the festivities, which are now in their fourth year. First Lady of L.A. Amy Elaine Wakeland also popped by, and this year’s Game Changer Hall of Fame inductee Chef Susan Feniger (clad in her chef’s togs) got up and delivered a speech full of heart before Los Angeles editor in chief Mary Melton called the other honorees to the stage.

Dining on seared sea bass and wee baked Alaskas created by Exec Chef Marius Blin, ladies—and a handful of gents—caught up with one another and paid tribute to the class of 2014. Now move it…

Photograph by Jeff Drongowski