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Ruth Lopez Novodor

Ruth Lopez Novodor is the President at OnCue Consulting . Previously, she served as CEO for Beverly Oncology and Imaging Centers (BOI) Medical Group, Inc., a position that she held for 40 years. In this capacity, Ms. Lopez Novodor is responsible for the company’s business planning and execution of strategic goals locally and internationally. The company’s medical professional team is known for building a family-like relationship with each patient by demonstrating compassion and cultural sensitivity to provide the highest-quality cancer treatment for the region’s multi-cultural population. Under her direction and execution, Ms. Lopez Novodor helped this medical center achieve national recognition and industry credibility by receiving JCAHO-accreditation (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations).

Ms. Lopez Novodor also served as CEO for Americade Home Health Agency (AHHA) for approximately 15 years prior to its sale. Americade was formed to fill a gap in service in the L.A. and surrounding communities as identified first by the needs of Dr. Thropay’s patients. With a staff of 50 skilled nurses, home health aides, social workers, and occupational, speech, and respiratory therapists, Americade provided much needed care to a broad base of multi- cultural patients confined to the home.

Ms. Lopez Novodor, along with her brother, John P. Thropay, M.D., co-founded VivaHealth Plan. Ms. Lopez Novodor served as CEO and developed the concept from its inception and early days of organizing in 1989 to licensure and operational status of the plan. This first-of-its- kind HMO to provide all-encompassing healthcare services in Spanish was specifically designed for the burgeoning Hispanic population in Southern California and it served as a catalyst for the evolution of ethnic and culturally responsive models of healthcare delivery.

Ms. Lopez Novodor has served as a Delegate to the White House on Small Business; was a two-term Chairman of the Board of the Latin Business Association (LBA); a four year member of Wells Fargo Bank’s Corporate Diversity Council and a Board Member for El Proyecto del Barrio. She currently serves as a Board Member of The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); Chairman of the Leadership Council of NFIB California. She is a member of the Adaptive Business Leaders (ABL) Organization, a Healthcare Executive Roundtable, and holds appointments from the Mayor of Los Angeles and the Governor of California to the Workforce Investment Board of Los Angeles (WIB) and the California Citizens Compensation Commission (CCCC) respectively.

Ms. Lopez Novodor holds an MBA and Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. In 1996, she completed the Executive Program for Managed Care at the University of Missouri, at Kansas City’s National Center for Managed Health Care Administration, and Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration. She is currently pursuing a PHD in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.

Anita Ron

Anita Ron is the President of BriteWorks Inc., a minority, women owned corporation, founded in 1996. Prior to BriteWorks Inc. Ron was employed with Marriott Corporation for 11 years as a food service manager. In conjunction with her service management skills Ron received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of La Verne in California in 1988. Ron’s skills and knowledge in the strict food borne illness and sanitation guidelines, gave her the edge to develop processes in the janitorial service. Ron started her janitorial business with only 3 vacuum cleaners, $700 and a lot of determination. Currently employs 110 associates in California and Arizona. Her business venture has been so successful that Ron was listed two years in a row for year 2002 and 2003 as Top 100 Latinas in Hispanic Magazine.

As recent as June, 2012, Ron was recognized by Assemblyman Roger Hernandez for her success in operating a successful small business in California. In 2011, Congresswomen Judy Chu recognized Ron for her diverse leadership and volunteerism in the cities that make up 32 District. In the same year the Los Angeles Hispanic Chamber of Commerce along with the Los Angeles Business Journal awarded BriteWorks, Inc. The Small Business of the year Award. In 2010, the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce recognized Ron with the “John Aguilar Procurement Awarded”, for successful business growth.

The Latin Business Association, awarded Ron the 2009 Sol Award, this award honors entrepreneurs, corporations and leaders for major contribution to business success. Additional acclamations that Ron has received through the years are the following: City of West Covina Entrepreneur for the year for 2004. Latina Style Magazine in conjunction with United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce awarded Ron, the Ana Maria Arias Award. Annually Latina Style Magazine conducts a national search for 5 women recipients for their entrepreneur drive.

As early as 1998, only a year in business the City of West Covina recognized Ron for successfully operating a small business by awarding BriteWorks, the Home base business of the year.

Ron resides in San Dimas California, with her husband and three children.

Erika Santillan

Erika Santillan is the Owner and Founder of Inland Gardens and Tropics, established in the Inland Empire since 2011. The company specializes in wholesale nursery sales and contract grows for Public Works and State Funded Projects, Cal Trans, private, commercial, and residential project design. Additionally, she serves as a consultant to private entities requiring landscape design concepts and value engineering.

Among the projects Erika’s company has undertaken are: Patton State Hospital, Kaiser Permanente Murrieta, CalTrans 60/91/210 interchange, CalTrans 91 freeway, LA Lakers Headquarters, to name a few.

The company is Small Business and Women Minority Business Enterprise certified, and thought construction is not an easy field for women, she enjoys the challenge.

Erika brings tremendous knowledge and hands-on experience of over 18 years of cumulative general and landscape construction. Her experience extends from project engineering to purchasing manager for some of Southern California’s most prestigious landscape companies, such as ValleyCrest Landscape Development currently BrightView Landscape.

Erika attended Cal Poly Pomona where she completed the Project Management Program, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Latina Business Women Association, Inland Empire.


Maria Serret

Maria Serret  has been working for Southern California Edison for the past 25 years in various capacities.  She is currently an Account Manager for the Business Customer Division, representing Women Businesses and Edison’s Eastern Territory.  In her current position, Maria is responsible for outreaching to customers and assisting them with all energy related issues including, but not limited to, energy efficiency, safety, electric transportation, rates & analysis, demand response programs, outages, economic development resources, supplier diversity liaison, etc. 

Having had a business for a few years prior to joining Edison, Maria is passionate about helping women business owners thrive and succeed.  She knows firsthand the challenges and dedication that women face while running their business. She works with multiple women organizations throughout the entire Edison territory, which keeps her very in tune with the needs of women entrepreneurs. Helping women business owners be successful is one of her greatest challenges and rewards.

Maria obtained her bachelor’s degree from Cal State University with a major in Public Administration and a minor in Business.  She has two grown children, one of them an entrepreneur.  She shares her home with 3 cats.


Dr. Rosibel Ochoa

Dr. Rosibel Ochoa is the Associate Vice Chancellor Technology Partnerships at the University of California, Riverside. The Office of Technology Partnerships accelerates economic development by transferring UC Riverside research from the lab to private sector, facilitating academic-industry collaborations, an encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship on campus and throughout our region. The team comprises, Technology Commercialization, Corporate and Strategic Partnerships, Industry Sponsored Research, and our Entrepreneurial Proof of Concept and Innovation Center (EPIC).

She previously provided leadership to UCSD's von Liebig Center, a unique proof-of-concept program that helps accelerate the transfer of faculty innovations into the private sector and provides entrepreneurial education to graduate students in science and engineering.  She is the founder of TekDome LLC, a consulting company that provided expert advice on strategies for intellectual property development, commercialization and licensing support.  Rosibel also served as a commercialization consultant to the Research Triangle Institute, the Georgia Institute of Technology and several university startup companies.  Previously, Rosibel served as Associate Director of the Office of Technology Licensing and Manager of the Industry Contracts Group at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Working with Georgia Tech's Venture Lab, she managed proof of concept grants to faculty interested in commercialization of clean technologies.  Before joining Georgia Tech, Rosibel worked at Motorola's Energy Systems Group (ESG) and at MeadWestvaco as a research engineer, developing materials for advanced lithium polymer battery technology and carbon-based super capacitors.  As part of the business strategy team at Motorola, she helped identify and evaluate new business opportunities in emerging energy technologies such as fuel cells, Bluetooth and battery chargers.  Rosibel received a PhD and MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville.  She is the inventor of two issued patents and the author of more than 18 scientific publications.

Gabriela Aguilar

Owner and Founder of Zen Tax & Financial Advisors in West Covina, California. She has been in the tax industry for 12 years, specializing in small businesses and sole proprietorship.

Her business motto is “your peace of mind is our purpose” because she always put clients needs and tranquility over profits. There is a strong belief in taking care of things, one client at a time and making sure all of the client’s questions and concerns are answered.

Gabriela Holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University Los Angeles, and A.S. and A.A. from Pasadena City College.


Genoveva Meza Talbott
Genoveva has been a practicing attorney in Southern California since 2003. In 2018, she founded Meza Talbott Law, a family law mediation and estate planning firm in Claremont, California. She is also currently Of Counsel with Law Offices of Vera & Barbosa, and is the founder of TheLawUnbundled.com, an online platform for delivery of unbundled family law legal services that make access to quality legal services accessible and affordable. Before founding Meza Talbott Law, she was managing partner for eight years to Talbott + Kim, LLP, a boutique family law firm headquartered in Downtown Los Angeles.


She began her legal career working with primarily low-income clients and then spent many years working for a well-respected Southern California law firm known for representing celebrities and high net worth individuals in family law matters.

Genoveva has spoken on matters relating to family law and estate planning, as well as diversity in the legal profession. She volunteers her time to pro bono legal clinics, as well as nonprofit organizations whose mission is to support underrepresented individuals in legal and non-legal matters. She hosts Lunes Legal, a weekly Facebook Live show in Spanish to educate the community on family law and estate planning.

Currently, she serves on the board of Shoes That Fit, a California nonprofit organization that has been recognized nationwide for its efforts in helping children receive new athletic shoes. She also serves on the boards of Orange County Conservations Corps, Sisters of Strength, and is an appointed member of the Fullerton College Paralegal Studies Advisory Board. Genoveva maintains membership and involvement in multiple organizations such as the National Latina Business Women Association-Inland Empire, Orange County Hispanic Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Latina Lawyers Bar Association, and in 2011 served as President of the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association after having served on its Executive Board for seven years.

Genoveva received her J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, earning a full-tuition scholarship for all three years of study, and her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she majored in Political Science and minored in French.

Ms. Talbott is admitted to the State Bar of California and the United States District Court, Central District of California. She is fluent in Spanish and conversational in French. She lives in Claremont with her husband and two children.

Maria M. Solano

Maria Molina Solano is the Executive Director for the National Latina Business Women’s Association, Inland Empire, a non-profit organization. She maintains an innate passion for the growing Latina Entrepreneur and the Latino Business Community in which she thrives at building the financial platform of community sponsorships to enable the success of the organization. Maria is also known for her diverse well rounded professional background in the banking industry with over 20 years experience to speak of.

Maria began her 20 year banking career with Wells Fargo as a teller working in two locations; Pasadena, and El Monte, California she then earned her way up to a personal banker, business banker then branch manager. As a branch manager she was tasked with the oversight of operations, sales and a staff of 30. While working on sales, she exceeded sales expectations which placed her in the Top 10 within district and Top 25 statewide.

Marias team successes include working as part of a team while at the Latin Business Association Institute (LBAI). The LBAI is a grass roots organization that serves as advocate for Latino Business of which she was a part of ascertaining funding in excess of $283 million in contracts for the Latino Business Community and $65.45 million for client business loans for expansion or start-up businesses. Was part of the team that worked to develop member programs through education increasing membership from 75 to over 1,600 members.

Communally she has participated as an advocate for the Hispanic population, having served on the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, Procurement & Education Committees, Los Angeles Unified School District, Procurement Advisory Board, Los Angeles Minority Business Opportunity Committee, Procurement, Access to capital, and Education Development, Chaired the Transportation Board Advisory Committee for the Los Angeles County MTA, and served as an Advisory Board Member focusing on procurement and access to capital for the Women’s Transportation Coalition.


Faby Carrera

As the Project Management assistant for NLBWA-IE, Faby Carrera supports the organization's mission of empowering Latinas to develop their business and professional goals through education and collaboration. She plays a key role in planning and executing signature programs offered to entrepreneurs in the Southern California area, including Emerging Latinas, Business Management Academy, LatinaBizCon™, and the LEILA™ (Latina Entrepreneur in Leadership Awards™). Representing the NLBWA-IE in 2020, Faby worked with the lead research partner, University of California, Riverside, and the project funders Bank of America, and Union Bank, to lead the first-ever Latina Research Study in the Inland Empire. Faby also leads recruiting efforts for the organization  by connecting and engaging with business owners throughout the Inland Empire region. In addition, she  manages the marketing strategies for the organization, utilizing traditional and digital marketing channels.  

Faby’s professional career includes B2B sales support in the food service and hospitality industries, where many of her customers were local small business owners.  Faby is a people-oriented leader, seasoned project and event manager with strong public speaking and training skills. Over the last 15 years, she strategized and executed 13 successful annual trade shows in four different convention centers in Southern California, and over 150 meetings, achieving revenue and attendance goals, and positioning the companies for continuous sales growth. She also planned and orchestrated more than 10 awards banquets in various tourist venues in Southern California, rewarding top performers and cultivating  results-oriented organizations.

She possesses a customer focus and problem-solving mindset. She is committed to lifelong learning and has a calling for crafting event experiences that create lasting memories and tools. 

Ms. Carrera holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of the Pacific. 

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