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These 10 Movers and Shakers Are Setting the Standard for Entrepreneurs Across Los Angeles Los Angeles Women Entrepreneurs

We asked, and you answered, LA. We wanted to know who your favorite female difference makers were and you showed up in droves and supported these powerful women. And now, the results are in! The LA Female Difference Makers winners are:

  1. Justine and Jocelyn Wong, Founders of HangryDiary
  2. Sarah Meade, Owner of Westbound Bar and Eatery

  3. Dakota Weiss, Executive Chef at Estrella

Congratulations to our winners! Where will you see them next? They’ll appear in our August issue of Locale Magazine in Los Angeles!

We want to thank all these women entrepreneurs for participating in our Wells Fargo Poll. Be on the lookout for more throughout the year!


From health and wellness to tech, Los Angeles women are making a difference in their communities and their industries. Who do you think is making the biggest impact on the local community? Participate in our poll and help decide which woman will be featured in our August issue.


Dakota Weiss, Executive Chef at Estrella


Dakota Weiss serves as Executive Chef of the Sunset Strip restaurant Estrella that opened in the fall of 2015. In 2011, Dakota Weiss appeared on Bravo’s “Top Chef Texas.” Two years later, she was named L.A.’s Hottest Chef by Eater.com. Expanding her culinary repertoire, Weiss opened Dakota’s POP Parlor, her own brand of innovative gourmet popcorn—recognized by Food Network as one of the “Top 30 Popcorns to Try in America” and CBS Los Angeles as “Best Popcorn in LA.” Prior to opening Estrella, Weiss became consulting chef and part owner of Choice’s Sweetfin Poké, a fast-casual concept serving California-spun Hawaiian soul food that opened in 2015.


Elana Horwich, Private Chef/Cooking Teacher and Owner, Meal and a Spiel


Elana lived in Italy for nearly five years where she was captivated by the cooking sensibilities of the Italian mammas and has been learning from them ever since. This passion for authentic Italian food, however, was met by food sensitivities. Thus, for the past 15 years Elana has been pro-actively educating herself about the impact of food on the body and with that knowledge has created coveted recipes that relish the healthy and triumph in flavor. Elana has appeared on Good Day LA, KCAL, KNBC and KTLA as an expert on healthy holiday cooking. She is a regular contributing writer for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles and is the newly appointed Recipe Expert on Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen’s YouBeauty.com. Her recipes have appeared in the Huffington Post, on The Daily Meal, and in newspapers throughout the country.


Lindsay Parton, Co–Founder and Co-Owner of Alchemy Works


Lindsay helms the popular store in DTLA with her husband Raan, who co-founded the brand Apolis. Alchemy Works, located in LA’s famous Arts District, serves as a gallery, event and retail space that is home to brands big and small. Alchemy Works hosts the Warby Parker Glass House, carrying custom eyewear and glassware from local vendors. 


Sarah Meade, Owner of Westbound Bar and Eatery


A culmination of her deep-rooted passion and ties to the hospitality industry, Westbound is the first solo venture of the young, female entrepreneur, Sarah Meade. Former operations manager of DC Berridge including popular LA watering holes like Firefly, Tiki No and Warwick, Sarah bravely embarked on the journey to start her own bar and eatery in the Arts District. For the welfare of her entire staff, from the server to the dishwasher, Sarah implements a no tipping policy that will allow higher wages and stronger benefits for all employees. Though a heavily-debated topic, Sarah does not shy away from providing the proper care of her team, which is just an additional reason why she’s a woman doing great things in the LA community.


America Martin, Artist


America Martin is an internationally represented Colombian-American fine artist based in Los Angeles. America is a painter and a sculptor. The magnetic pull of Martin’s work is authentic, generated by both her ability to express a unique gesture that speaks to a universal truth (thus, we recognize it instantly) and her exceptional skill at rendering that truth via the human form. She pulls from the stylistic lessons of the classics and its derivations in indigenous subject matter, while redefining what it is to combine abstract and indigenous motifs. While born in the USA, the roots of America’s Colombian heritage deeply penetrate her work. Within this pulsating interplay of color, texture, line, and shapes, there is always America’s signature expression that identifies each work as an America Martin.


Justine and Jocelyn Wong, Founders of HangryDiary


Hangrydiary was created by Justine and Jocelyn. Their passion for exploring new restaurants inspired them to launch this food account. They hunt for the best restaurants and make sure their followers will be no longer hangry after looking at this delectable food diary. With approximately 67.1k followers on Instagram, the duo curates one of the most stunning, mouth-watering food feeds on the Internet.


Risa Auger, Marketing and Development Director at Vista Sotheby’s International Realty


Risa is is responsible for creating and implementing agent and corporate branding. Her greatest strengths are her creativity, passion for finding new and exciting marketing opportunities and ability to implement several plans at one time. She thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand the broker’s valued reputation for quality service, local knowledge and the most sought after properties in the South Bay. She grew up in the South Bay and applies her local experiences whenever possible. She keeps life exciting with her husband and 5-year-old daughter at country concerts, baking and running a personal fitness and nutrition business on the side! There is never a dull moment.


Cassandra Troy Walker, Founder of Clover Juice


With a background in professional dance, Cassandra’s always integrated the balance of conscious eating, with an emphasis on health and wellness into her life. She truly believes that one juice a day is all you need to make a difference. When the opportunity presented itself, Cassandra left a successful career in fashion and dedicated her life to the Clover concept, with the goal of making a healthy lifestyle accessible and approachable to everyone. Sourcing the very best produce California has to offer, Cassandra’s recipes are a bright and balanced reflection of their freshness, quality, and a lot of love.


Paige Sullivan, Owner of Cryo Wave


Born and raised in Manhattan Beach, Paige is a true entrepreneur at heart. Having worked in various management positions in the Retail, Healthcare, and Marketing industries, Paige began Cryo Wave after falling in love with Whole Body Cryotherapy. Paige was introduced to WBC as a way to help recover from an orthopedic injury that she was looking to treat non-invasively. Cryo Wave is the first whole body cryotherapy center in the South Bay and its sleek design, customer service and high quality of CryoSaunas and CryoChamber was Paige’s vision. In addition to being the President of Cryo Wave, Paige works closely with Richstone Family Center a local organization that helps with the treatment and prevention of child abuse and domestic violence. Paige is a proud graduate of UCLA, an avid equestrian and lover of all sports & outdoor activities.


Rebecca Kordecki, Owner of RK FIT


Rebecca Kordecki, Creator of Booty Slide® and the owner of RK FIT, has enjoyed a robust 18-year career as a personal trainer, fitness expert, fitness model and on camera host. She has had a hand in shaping up some of Hollywood’s finest celebrities and athletes including the timeless beauty Raquel Welch, Hunter Tylo, Scott Wolf, Tom Arnold, Dwayne “The Rock“ Johnson, Oliver Stone, Rick Fox and the world famous polo player Nacho Figueras along with his entire Blackwatch Polo team. Rebecca and her signature workout Booty Slide®, have appeared on The Today Show, Extra, Hollywood Heat. Currently based in Beverly Hills California, Rebecca works with clients in both Los Angeles and still maintains a presence with clients on the East Coast. As a Ms. Galaxy Title holder and Tri-Fitness finalist, Rebecca has been active in the industry as not only a fitness competitor, but as a Health Consultant, Fitness Ambassador, and most recently as a Speaker for Women’s Conventions, Youth programs, Corporate Events and more.