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MADE TO LOVE 33. Carmelita Jeter An inspiration on and off the track. Jeter is an American sprinter with three Olympic medals and a world record. Growing up in Compton and Gardena, California, she was determined to utilize her natural athleticism to make an impact in the world. Jeter was appointed as the Brand Ambassador for Susan G. Komen’s California Initiative, “Circle of Promise.” Jeter graduated California State University, signing with Dominguez Hills’ track team and became the university’s first U.S. Olympic trials qualifier and most decorated track and field athlete. Kalika Yap 34. Kalika Yap is a Santa Monica- based serial entrepreneur and founder of Citrus Studios, Luxe Link, the Tangerine Co., the Lemonade Stand and The Waxing Company. She is well-known for inventing the Luxe Link, a fashion accessory that hangs women’s purses to keep them off the floor. But, giving back to the community is what Yap is most proud of.. Yap is a trustee of the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, California, and member of the Entrepreneur’s Organization. Yap earned her undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism from New York University. Helen Torres Helen Torres is the Executive Director of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE). With more than 25 years of alliance building, community relations, marketing, and fundraising experience, her focus is promoting opportunities that advance Latinas. Currently, Torres serves as an advisory board member for LA Opinion, the nation’s largest Spanish language newspaper, and as an advisor to Intuit and Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric Company. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication and master’s degree in Urban Studies and Communication from Michigan State University. 35. los angeles 17’ 36. Paulina Lopez-Velazquez Born in Oaxaca, Mexico, Paulina Lopez-Velazquez is an momtrepreneur who took over her family’s business, Guelaguetza Food Products, a popular Los Angeles Restaurant. She is the co-producer of “Super Mamas Podcast” a judgment-free space where mothers can exchange knowledge and support one another. Lopez-Velazquez is also a member of the Board of Directors of City Charter Schools in Los Angeles. | 53