Women Entrepreneurs Symposium

Note: Our Women Entrepreneurs Symposium was active from 2007-2013. It has morphed in to our WOVEN program.

Food, Glorious Food Biz was on December 3, 2013 from 9:00am-3:30pm @ Los Angeles Federal Reserve

LizaBeanFieldsAnnouncing our keynotes! Liza Braude-Glidden (photo left), Co-Founder and Creative Director of Beanfields Bean and Rice Chips and Evan Kleiman (photo right) of KCRW’s Good Food fame!

There’s no better place to grow food, explore food innovations or market food than in California. And that means opportunity, so it’s no wonder so many CAMEO members are serving clients who want to be in the food business, many of them women. Plus, women entrepreneurs are the nation’s secret ingredient in the recipe for economic growth. Women-owned firms continue to grow in number at rates exceeding the national average and represent the fastest growing segment of new businesses in California. That’s why this year’s women’s symposium focuses on the food industry: business opportunities, financing and policy.

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Morning Program

  • Networking Breakfast
  • Opening Remarks by Claudia Viek (bio, photo above left), CAMEO C.E.O.
  • Panel discussion on food policy in Los Angeles and California that highlight business opportunities including street vending, corner store conversions, healthy food procurement, food hubs and cottage kitchens. Moderated by Evan Kleiman (bio, see photo top of page right), Host of KCRW’s Good Food, cookbook author, Jerry Garcia of cooking
    • Clare Fox (bio, photo 2nd from left), Director of Initiatives and Partnerships for the Los Angeles Food Policy Council
    • Taylor Giroux (bio), Office of Assemblyman Mike Gatto (AD 43)
    • Glenda Humiston (bio, photo above center), State Director, California Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture
    • Audience Participation
  • Tools to help business owners with financials, credit, loans and business; test out easy-to-use new technology that helps business owners (from start-up to growth) manage their financials.
    • Marifel Deocampo, Environmental Health Specialist, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
    • Inventure (invited)
    • Naldo Peliks (bio), Chief Operations Officer, Centro Community Partners, on the Mobile Entrepreneurship Toolkit

Luncheon: Networking and Keynote presentation by Liza Braude-Glidden (bio, see photo top of page left), Co-Founder and Creative Director of Beanfields Bean and Rice Chips

Afternoon Program

  • Incubating in Urban Spaces, challenges and successes
    • Daniella Sawaya (bio photo above 2nd from right), Program Coordinator, La Cocina
    • Nancy Halpern Ibrahim (bio, see photo right above), Executive Director, Esperanza Community Housing
  • Closing Keynote:  Evan Kleiman (bio, see photo top of page right), Host of KCRW’s Good Food, cookbook author, Jerry Garcia of cooking


Los Angeles County’s Cottage Kitchen webpage

Feel free to submit resources to CAMEO.

¡Viva! was launched in 2007 to provide training, technical assistance, and peer support to help CAMEO members better reach and serve the Latino market of entrepreneurs. In 2011, we focused on all women of color entrepreneurs. In 2012, we focused on women veterans with an entrepreneurial streak and the importance of connection. When we work together, we harness the power of women to grow their businesses, create jobs and grow the economy.

Women Entrepreneurs Symposium 2013 Recap

Women Entrepreneurs Symposium 2012 Recap

Women Entrepreneurs Symposium 2011 Recap

We are grateful to our sponsors who have made this possible.

Portrait of Claudia Viek


Portrait of Claire Fox

Portrait of a representative from La Cocina

Nancy Halpern Ibrahim