Girl #9 – Amber Manuwa, Los Angeles

I did not mean to interview Amber when we brunched at The Hive this spring. We met in Santa Monica to catch up and see each other before she moved to Montgomery, Alabama.  So we sat there, one of my favorite places, enjoying our açaí bowls and each other’s company. We talked about whatever, anything…

Girl #8 – Alix Gravel, London

I had the pleasure of meeting Alix virtually through Nazanin, our Girl #5.[i] Originally from Canada and presently in London, Alix spent the past three years in New Zealand. Given she loves the outdoors, Alix thoroughly enjoyed living in Waiheke[ii], a beautiful island paradise with hiking galore. During her time in Waiheke, Alix biked everywhere,…

Protecting Digital Assets with Jessica Gordon

Jessica Gordon is an attorney in the Los Angeles office of Thompson Coburn LLP; she represents clients in estate planning, trust administration, and probate matters. We met years ago at a meeting for the young lawyers executive committee of the LA County Bar, where she is the current President-Elect (and I the VP). After reading…

Girl #7 – Kyndell Gaglio, Los Angeles

My driver pulled over at the corner of 3rd and Spring in Downtown LA and I walked to the door of Spring. From the grimy sidewalk, I opened the door, and entered an ethereal space—starkly contrasting with the setting just outside. Before completely appreciating the space, I was thrown. Am I early? No, it is 6:23…

A Backseat Perspective – Real in WeHo

Last night, I was actually on the early side for a dinner in Venice at 7:00. Given the extra time, I decided to go on a Lyft Pool adventure. I’m glad I did. My driver picked me up in a white Prius. Also in the car were two other riders. I entered mid-conversation; the three…

Saving for Retirement with Michelle Curry

I met Michelle[1] at a UC Davis alumni event in April 2015. I immediately loved her energy, and was not surprised to learn she was (and is) extremely involved in various organizations in the LA community.[2] Michelle is a Retirement Planning Specialist at AXA Advisors where she primarily works with individuals and families in the…