2014 Judges

Thank you to our outstanding judges of the 2014 Spirit of Entrepreneurship™ Awards

Renee White Fraser, Ph.D.
Fraser Communications

CEO/Founder Renee White Fraser is a social psychologist who has grown Fraser Communications into one of the top independent advertising agencies in Los Angeles and one of the fastest growing women-owned businesses in the U.S. Renee was recently honored as one of the 50 influential women in Los Angeles by Los Angeles Magazine. In 2012 Renee was awarded "Woman Business Owner of the Year" by NAWBO California.

As a full-service communications agency with over $40 million in billings, Fraser Communications creates award-winning, integrated digital and traditional advertising and public relations and social media campaigns for many clients. Renee White Fraser believes communication can improve the world. Her many contributions in civic leadership include serving on the United Way board, VOA National board and Co-Chair of Business Task Force to end homelessness in L.A./Home for Good.

Renee White Fraser believes communication can improve the world. Her many contributions in civic leadership include serving on the United Way board, VOA National board and Co-Chair of Business Task Force to end homelessness in L.A./Home for Good.

Renee co-hosts a successful one-hour radio show on KFWB News Talk 980 AM called Unfinished Business. They interview CEO's, offer the latest best-of practices and inspire entrepreneurship among listeners. The show airs every Sunday 4 – 5 pm PST.

Amy Moynihan Heyward
A Squared Entertainment

Amy Moynihan Heyward is a brand-marketing executive who has spent the past 20+ years managing, creating and launching some of the most valuable brands in the world. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and the thrill of creating and launching new brands, she is branding expert with a wide range of experience.

Amy was part of the team who created the Disney Cruise Line. With the ships filled to capacity, she became Director of Global Marketing at McDonald's where she built their young adult business and also helped create an international licensing program for McDonald's worldwide. At Universal Studios Florida, she was involved in the launch of many new attractions and building strategic promotional partnerships. And she served as Vice President of Marketing for the Los Angeles Times before starting her own company.

A Squared Entertainment, a company she created with her husband and longtime kid entertainment creator, Andy Heyward, is dedicated to producing "content with a purpose," meaning multi-media content for kids that is as enriching as it is entertaining. The company's first projects included: Secret Millionaire's Club with Warren Buffett; a new label of superheroes with Stan Lee called Stan Lee Comics, and the soon-to-be-introduced Thomas Edison's Secret Lab. The company recently merged with Genius Brands International, creators of Baby Genius, and the new entity is focused on providing meaningful entertainment experiences for toddlers to tweens.

Amy focuses her philanthropic efforts on serving disadvantaged and at-risk kids. She is a member of the Board of Directors of LA's Best and After School All Stars, after- school programs serving kids from K-12 in our most challenged communities. She is also actively involved with foster care organizations such as KidSave which serves "the forgotten" children growing up in our foster care system.

Suzanne Patrick-Lawrence
Advisor Business Solutions

As President and CEO of Advisor Business Solutions, Suzanne Patrick-Lawrence brings over 25 years of her own business, marketing and communications experience to each client relationship. She has seen the ups and downs of economies and what happens when companies do not have effective strategies in place.

Previous to launching Advisor Business Solutions, Patrick-Lawrence oversaw business development and marketing for an international asset management firm and raised over $60 million assets under management.

In 2001, she launched Advisor Business Solutions, a certified Small Business Enterprise, Women Owned and Minority Owned Enterprise providing business development, buy/sell matchmaking, succession planning and strategic marketing consulting for small businesses, financial services firms and government agencies looking to increase revenues, secure clients or outreach initiatives.

She serves on PCR SBDC Advisory Board, is an active member for the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and is three-term past-President of the FPA San Gabriel Valley chapter. Ms. Lawrence is a speaker at financial industry events and lectures to audiences throughout the US. She educates professionals and community organizations on ways to improve their skill sets. She also provides an educational seminar series called Financial Empowerment for Women© throughout Southern California.

Linda LoRe
InJoy Global

In her 20+-year career as a CEO of world-renowned brands, Linda LoRe is recognized as one of the top brand strategist in the world. Her extensive experience includes building consumer companies from the ground up, revitalizing storied brands and breathing new life into consumer favorites. She has been a prominent leader in some of the most successful corporations, including Avon Products, Proctor and Gamble, May Corporation (now Macy's) Giorgio Beverly Hills and Frederick's of Hollywood. She is presently the CEO for InJoy Global, a company devoted to turning the workplace back into an engaged and profitable place of business.

Recognizing the need for corporations to engage both employees and their customers in today's environment, LoRe is now focusing on helping create workplaces that are both engaged and profitable. Using online and mobile gaming technology, her company, InJoy Global is a social enterprise focusing on the verticals of leadership, wellness, and customer contact through customized programs as well as casual and lifestyle mobile applications.

LoRe serves on the Boards of Directors of the Trusteeship of the International Women's Forum, The Women's Leadership Board for the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the Board of Advisors for the Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising (FIDM), the U.S. Air Force as their Entertainment and Industry Liaison emeritus, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Enterprise Institute, and the Executive Woman's Alliance (EWA). She is a member of The Committee 200, an organization comprised of female decision-makers for multi-million dollar companies. In addition she is a founding Board Member of the Youth Mentoring Connection (YMC), which serves at-risk youth in Southern California.

Zoe J. Taylor
Zoe J. Taylor The Connector

Zoe J. Taylor has over 30 years of organizational management experience. She served as a full time CEO for 27 years in three Southern California chambers of commerce. In the past three years, she has served as an interim CEO in four chambers of commerce. With her unique level of expertise, Zoe has established a consulting firm that is designed to help organizations achieve their goals and objectives through facilitation of a strategic planning process that builds their business plans with comprehensive implementation strategies and accountability.

Zoe is currently serving as an interim President/CEO of the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce. She has served as an interim CEO for the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce (10 months), Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce (8 months), Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce (7 months) and the Kingman Arizona Chamber of Commerce (5 weeks).

During the time the chambers of commerce are in transition, Zoe managed the day to day operations, performs an operation/internal audit and assists the search committees with the process to find and hire a new CEO. Her background in organizational management is an added benefit for organizations and associations that require an interim CEO. She can serve as a gatekeeper during a search process and provide direction for new and improved management procedures and processes.