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10 Powerful Women in LA You Should Know

Who are the women you look up to for inspo? There are so many powerful women in LA becoming successful and breaking into different industries. As you may already know, March is Women’s History Month. To celebrate, let us introduce you to 10 powerful women in LA that every LA Girl needs to know.

Caitlin Crosby

Singer, songwriter, actress, and entrepreneur, it’s safe to say that Caitlin Crosby is extremely talented and an inspiration. She is the founder of The Giving Keys, a company that makes jewelry out of repurposed keys. They hire to help those who are transitioning out of homelessness in LA by providing full-time work with benefits and liveable wages.

Nicole Lapin

Nicole Lapin is a superwoman in LA! She is a New York Time Best Selling Author, Veteran Business News Anchor, and Emmy-Award Winning TV Personality. We understand that budgeting in LA is extremely important. So, if you are looking for a money expert, Nicole Lapin can help you! She is the hostess of the Money Rehab Show and the Hush Money Podcast.  She recently launched a new book, Miss Independent, and we covered everything about the book launch event.

Shay Mitchell

Shay Mithcell, yes the actress from Pretty Little Liars, is still impacting LA even after the end of the hit show Pretty Little Liars. She is the co-founder of Beis Travel, featured in more movies, posts daily content about working out, travel, and important causes such as First Sat, Soi Dog, and SheEo.

Noelle Freeman

Noelle Freeman is the ultimate business woman. She is the founder of The DMS agency located in LA, which helps businesses with online marketing, social media, website design, and branding & design. Second, she is currently on the Human Relations Commission for Beverly Hills where she engages with current residents and inspires them to make their community a better place. Think: “Future Mayor of Beverly Hills” vibes.

Photo Courtesy of @noelle

Shirley Kurata

This list wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t provide you with some fashion inspo. Shirley Kurata, a stylist based in LA, has a resume in TV, film, runway, stage, advertising campaigns, and more! Familiar with Rodarte, Kenzo, and Clinique? Well, Kurata has worked with them as well. When LA calls for a stylist, Shirlelwy Kurata is also the first to answer. View more of her work here to see all the celebrities she has worked with.

Roselma Samala, Christine Sumiller, and Patricia Perez

Ever been to Genever, a social hub located in LA’s Historic Filipinotown? In 2013, Roselma Samala, Christine Sumiller, and Patricia Perez decided to open a bar together and integrate their culture and flavors into the cocktails. One of the few businesses in Historic Filipinotown owned by women. They are upping the LA bar game for women, as Samala states, “ We also wanted to challenge the idea of what people think women like to drink. It’s not all fruity and flowery things. We want something with whiskey or with gin.” Definitely worth checking out since it’s a bar that is designed to feel special for people to relax and connect with new people.

Jaclyn Johnson

Jaclyn Johnson is a successful entrepreneur who is an inspiration to all women. By the time she was 35, she launched and sold two companies. Her latest company, Create & Cultivate “is a media company providing content, community, and curated events for ambitious women.” – Create & Cultivate They provide resources, events, and more for female entrepreneurs and small business owners in LA and across other states. If you want to hear more from Jaclyn Johnson, her podcast called Work Party, is a top-rated podcast for the next generation of women.


Are you looking for a change in your eating habits? If so, definitely check out Cortney who is an inspiration for fresh foods and an active lifestyle. One of the amazing things about LA is the number of restaurants offering vegan and vegetarian options. But if you want to stay home and become a chef of your own, check out her blog, Project Sunny, where she shares her favorite recipes (vegan & vegetarian), cooking tips, and more!

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba is widely known as a successful actress, but did you also know about her business success? Not only did Jessica Alba star in hit movies such as Honey and Fantastic Four, but is also a founder of The Honest Company, where they sell household products, bath & body, diapers, and more! Being born and raised in Los Angeles, Jessica Alba is an inspiration to all young Mexican-Americans in Los Angeles and around the world that it’s possible to become a successful baddie.

Brenda Gonzalez and Ana Sheila 

Last, but certainly NOT least, are Brenda Gonzalez and Ana Shelia. Their podcast, Tamarindo, is a Latinx empowerment podcast in which they talk about culture, politics, race, gender, how to keep your calm with well-being practices, and more!

(Photos courtesy of @shaymitchell & @flanneryunderwood)