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Phenomenal Woman Awards Luncheon Honors:

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L-R: Billy Davis Jr., Marilyn McCoo, Mayor of Hawthorne: Chris Brown, Bonnie Tiegel, Mary Hart, Faye Washington, Christine Devine and Dallas Fowler

Entertainment Tonight’s Bonnie Tiegel, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Supervisor Hilda Solis

On May 13, 2015, YWCA Greater Los Angeles held the 2015 Phenomenal Woman Awards Luncheon, at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel. Bonnie Tiegel, Entertainment Tonight/Insider Senior Producer, received this year’s inaugural Phenomenal Woman Media Award; Congresswoman Maxine Waters received the 2015 Phenomenal Woman Legacy Award; and Supervisor Hilda Solis received the 2015 Phenomenal Woman of the Year award. Attendees also enjoyed listening to guest speaker, Dallas Fowler, Commissioner Delegate, City of Los Angeles.

 Mistress of Ceremonies, Christine Devine, a veteran television news anchor/reporter producer at KTTV, kicked off the event sharing, “My mother taught me to care about everyone. All lives matter.” Former Entertainment Tonight host Mary Hart introduced Bonnie Tiegel before she received the inaugural Phenomenal Woman Media Award. Tiegel, who has been a senior producer for 20 years and has received four Emmys for her work shared, “Thank you to the YWCA Greater Los Angeles for this amazing award and thank you for all of the work you do all year round to empower women. I feel very lucky to be in the business of telling stories of people and their humanity. Not only are we here to entertain, but we also have a responsibility to educate and give meaning to people’s lives through the stories that we tell. I’m very proud of the work that we’ve done to help bring awareness to the issues of human trafficking and anti-bullying, and hopefully one day we’ll be able to tell the story on how we helped end both.”

Congresswoman Maxine Waters was presented with the 2015 Phenomenal Woman Legacy Award. Representative Waters is a trailblazer especially in workforce development and providing access for all youth. She has been an active supporter of women’s rights and has promoted change and innovation.

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L-R: Lisa Cagnolatti, Faye Washington, Diane Watson and Eleanor Beasley

Faye Washington presented the 2015 Phenomenal Woman of the Year award, “Few words can describe this day and our honoree. We celebrate pioneers and innovation. Supervisor Hilda Solis, may all the love, heartfelt gratitude in this room follow this award into your hands.”

Several notable supporters of the YWCA Greater Los Angeles joined the event including Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Los Angeles’ first lady, Amy Wakeland. Guests enjoyed a heartfelt presentation of digital artwork accomplished by the Digital Learning Academy’s first class. Keynote speaker at the awards luncheon was Dallas Fowler, Commissioner Delegate, City of Los Angeles. She shared, “Every innovation starts with inspiration. We celebrate women who dare to think for themselves. We must prepare our girls from a technology perspective for the future. I challenge each person to be a bridge for the next generation.”

The Phenomenal Woman Awards is a signature annual fundraising event of the YWCA Greater Los Angeles, drawing Southern California’s top executives to salute the accomplishments of women leaders in the Los Angeles community. The event was sponsored by Edison International, JP Morgan Chase, Union Bank and Toyota. Elite corporate sponsors also included Southern California Gas, Xerox Corporation, US Bank, Arthur J. Gallagher and Jenkins/Gales & Martinez Inc.

YWCA Greater Los Angeles extends its deepest appreciation and thanks to all those who participated for your tremendous support of 2015 Phenomenal Woman Awards luncheon. Proceeds raised from the event will benefit YWCA Greater Los Angeles programs and services.

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