Aileen Canta: AF Canta Founder

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My Native Admission Statement: Life is a journey and I give my whole heart and soul in everything that I do. Whether it’s cooking, working out, especially being present and always listening before I speak. Think twice before responding will always have a better result. A F Canta specializes in Hotel Development from inception through completion, a true turn key. This includes brand committee approval, construction management and negotiating a management company match. A F Canta routinely delivers ahead of time and within or less than budget expectations. I motivate others by encouraging them to be involved in creating ideas and synergies. To lead by defining a vision and then let your associates take that future statement and let them add their thoughts and best ways to achieve that end goal. Allowing them to use their creativity and talents for a better product. Empowering them to find the best answer to the problem.

My favorite places/destinations?

The British Virgin Islands is one I love to visit. My experiences with some of my favorite people sailing the Islands has to be up there. Another is exploring Eastern Europe’s non tourist destinations via train and car. Truly immersing myself in the history and lifestyle of the region by visiting churches, castles, hiking, enjoying the food, drinking and classical music.

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Brittany Finkle: Happily Ever Borrowed Founder

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My Native Admission Statement: I am the the founder of Happily Ever Borrowed, which helps women to rent their bridal accessories for their wedding day. Our mission is to not only help brides save money, but to also help reduce the waste of the wedding industry. She continues to juggle her work life in the luxury fashion industry with her startup venture. I’m still hustling and working 2 jobs! I’d love to grow Happily Ever Borrowed and maintain it as my sole role. My biggest success so far is serving over 1000 brides! We hope that brides at the end of the day feel beautiful in their accessories and don’t feel guilty about the price! We want our bride’s experience to be stress-free and for them to have a seamless day.

How did you get into the industry?

I have three older sisters, and from the age of 12, I was helping to plan their weddings. When I was in college and designing bridal gowns, my one sister asked me to make hers. That was far too much pressure for me, but I offered to help shop with her. When I saw the poor quality and construction of the cheaper gowns, I was horrified. All women deserve to wear quality products on their wedding day. We were also astonished at the high prices of veils, headpieces and jewelry. After spending their entire budget on their dress, most women forget that they need to accessorize as well! This is one of the most common instances where brides exceed their budget. My sisters begged me to find a solution. I let the idea sit for quite a while, but after my 3rd sister got married, the idea started to materialize.

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Jenny Wu: LACE Founder & Design Director

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My Native Admission Statement: I am the founder and design director of LACE by Jenny Wu, one of the leading 3D printed jewelry brand specializing in 3D printing stainless steel and precious metal statement pieces. I constantly believe to make it better than yesterday and do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. My biggest success is being a female entrepreneur and a mother to two beautiful boys. Also I love my partner Dwayne Oyler, Gwyneth Paltrow and Katie Couric.

What do you love most about Your City?

Los Angeles has great energy, sunshine and … Actually everything you want is here in LA.

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David Shove-Brown: //3877 Partner

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My Native Admission Statement: I am a firm believer in positive reinforcement; I have worked for yellers and screamers and watched firm’s culture get destroyed by an “adult” throwing a temper tantrum. We help people learn from mistakes and apply that knowledge in the future, not berate them into submission so that they develop a fear of decision making and a loathing of coming to work. We want our teams to rise to the occasion and continue to elevate throughout their careers. I have a gift of gab; I enjoy speaking to clients, potential clients, our team and getting everyone excited for the task at hand. I enjoy rallying the troops and getting the best out of those around me. Simultaneously, I thoroughly enjoy one on one interaction with people learning about their experiences and expertise as we strive to make great designs.

Favorite People/Role Models?:

My wife, Maureen, my business partner, David Tracz, my parents Larry and Alice, my mentors Stanley Hallet, George Dove, Ann Cederna, Vyt Gureckas and Stephen Perkins and most importantly, my daughter Brighid Teagan.

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Joan Hornig: Designer, Philanthropy is Beautiful®

My Native Admission Statement: In my 20’s, I worked in alumni and corporate fundraising at Harvard College and Columbia Business School. Through these positions I gained invaluable experience in counseling, advising and an introduction to business leaders and corporate structure. My 30’s and 40’s brought my first exposure to the boy’s club of Wall Street. I learned to hold my own in a room full of men and honed my skills with a wide range of responsibilities from management of cost centers to management of assets. By my 50’s and early 60’s I started flexing my entrepreneurial muscles by founding Philanthropy is Beautiful® Jewelry which has a social impact model of connecting consumerism with activism and tying it to philanthropy. I created an innovative business model where 100% of my profit on each purchase is donated to the charitable organization of the purchaser’s choice. I have since used my platform to increase equal opportunities for all. I currently focus on leveling the playing field for women and marginalized populations through an affiliation with The Female Quotient working on retail, impact, opportunity and messaging through my jewelry designs.

My Motto?

We are more similar than different – We all want to be safe, happy, loved and loving.

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Cengiz Korkmaz and Cengiz Kara: Owners of Nakkas Rugs

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Cengiz and Cengiz are rug experts based in Istanbul. They own Nakkas, home to an incredible collection of more than 20,000 of the finest hand-woven Turkish carpets and kilims. They travel for the pleasure of connecting visitors and customers with the art and craft of Turkish culture.

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