Bolt Up for Women's History Month | Los Angeles Chargers - chargers.com

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Throughout the month of March, the Los Angeles Chargers will honor and celebrate women who are making an impact in sports and across various industries in the local community.

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Women's History Month Content

Playmakers Podcast with Hayley Elwood

Women-Owned Businesses

Sip & Sonder - Inglewood, CA

Sip & Sonder - Inglewood, CA

When attorneys Amanda-Jane Thomas and Shanita Nicholas began embarking on their coffee journey, they felt a disconnect—a lack of coffee shops in their communities and a feeling of being outsiders in the coffee spaces they visited. 

Their solution? Sip & Sonder.

Established in 2017, Sip & Sonder's flagship location is the first specialty coffee house in Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA. With a coffee roaster, creative studio, and multi-purpose event space on site, Sip & Sonder is much more than your ordinary coffee shop—we are a Black women-owned entrepreneurial and creative hub where coffee, community, and culture connect. Sip & Sonder is the premier destination for creatives, entrepreneurs, freelancers, curators, and everyone in between to simply exist, grab a cup of coffee, connect, create, and put sonder into action. Our mindfully curated coffee and innovative programs and partnerships solidify Sip & Sonder as one of the premier coffee and lifestyle brands in Los Angeles and beyond.

Aviator Nation - Los Angeles, CA

Aviator Nation - Los Angeles, CA

Paige Mycoskie is the founder & creative visionary behind the 1970's inspired California lifestyle brand, Aviator Nation. Paige's passion for 1970's fashion and the music that defined that time period inspired her to create her own clothing stitched by hand. While working at a surf shop in Southern California, she purchased a sewing machine and spent nights after work teaching herself to sew, determined to create garments with the same look and feel of the vintage pieces she had been collecting for years.

Aviator Nation was born in Paige's garage in Venice Beach, 2006, and has since grown into a global lifestyle brand with 13 destination retail locations: Abbot Kinney, Manhattan Beach, Malibu, Haight Ashbury, Laguna Beach, Aspen, Austin, Mill Valley, La Jolla, Hayes Valley, North Shore, Miami and Las Vegas. Aviator Nation has tailored the act of buying a hoodie into a nostalgic experience. Keeping the garments Made in America has been a core value of the brand since the beginning. Each garment is produced in their California factory where it is distressed to a degree of perfect imperfection, creating a one of a kind piece.

A Toast 2 Artistry – Inglewood, CA

A Toast 2 Artistry – Inglewood, CA

A Toast 2 Artistry is the highly sought after paint and sip company specializing in fun paint parties for adults and children. Their events offer the opportunity to be creative while being guided through a 2 hour painting session with a group of people you love in the comfort of our studio, your home, office, church, or favorite restaurant. We provide everything needed for you and your guests to complete an amazing masterpiece!

Women Leaders in Nonprofit

Big Brother Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles - Lauren Plitcha, President & CEO

Big Brother Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles - Lauren Plitcha, President & CEO

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) is a youth empowerment organization whose mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Serving nearly 1500 youth per year in communities across Los Angeles County, BBBSLA believes that every child deserves to have someone standing in their corner.

Lauren Plichta joined the team in July 2018 as Vice President of Development & Marketing and was promoted into the role of President & Chief Executive Officer in July 2020, bringing a decade of non-profit experience with a successful track record of exceeding philanthropic goals, developing efficient systems and policies, and engaging staff, volunteers, donors and organizational partners, along with a fierce passion for the mission. To learn more or to get involved, visit bbbsla.org.

Canine Companions for Independence - Paige Mazzoni, CEO

Canine Companions for Independence - Paige Mazzoni, CEO

Canine Companions for Independence is a national nonprofit organization that provides expertly trained service dogs to children, adults and veterans with disabilities free of charge.

Paige Mazzoni joined Canine Companions for Independence as CEO in 2018 and brings more than 30 years of professional experience, concentrated in corporate strategy and management, strategic initiative development and marketing implementation, including directing product and company positioning. Learn more about Canine Companions at cci.org.

Brotherhood Crusade - Charisse Bremond Weaver, President and CEO

Brotherhood Crusade - Charisse Bremond Weaver, President and CEO

Charisse Bremond Weaver is leading the Brotherhood Crusade that was founded by her late father Walter Bremond in 1968. She's been the President and CEO of the Brotherhood Crusade for nearly 15 years. 

During her tenure, she's significantly expanded the organization's reach, profile and partnerships. Charisse leads a team of 75, 50 of whom who are full time. Raised over $70MM and increased annual operating budget to $8.5MM from $1MM in 2006. The Brotherhood Crusade serves 3,000 youth directly between the ages of 10-24 and an additional 20,000 members of the community through special projects.

Goodwill Industries of San Diego County - Toni Giffin, President And CEO

Goodwill Industries of San Diego County - Toni Giffin, President And CEO

Toni Giffin's vision and leadership has led to an inclusive culture at Goodwill San Diego which is based on credibility, creativity and collaboration. 

For 91 years, Goodwill San Diego has been Making Good Happen by providing job training and employment to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Learn More

Orange County United Way - Susan B. Parks, President & CEO

Orange County United Way - Susan B. Parks, President & CEO

As President and CEO of Orange County United Way, Susan B. Parks leads the nonprofit organization in the fight for equity by removing barriers, closing gaps, and leveling the playing field for everyone who lives here. Parks has a long history with the organization as a former board member and one of the founding members of the Orange County United Way Women's Philanthropy Fund. She embraces the United Way mission to improve lives in Orange County and ensure our students succeed, our struggling families achieve financial security, and our homeless neighbors find a place to call home. More than a fundraiser, Orange County United Way is hands-on, serving more than 830,000 people in 2020 through direct services and programs, our funded partners network, essential community outreach, and pandemic relief efforts. To learn more or to get involved with Orange County United Way, visit here.

YWCA of San Diego County - Heather Finlay, CEO

YWCA of San Diego County - Heather Finlay, CEO

Heather Finlay has served as CEO of YWCA of San Diego County since 2009. After a successful career in real estate development, Heather joined YWCA's Board of Directors and was subsequently appointed as CEO. Her expertise includes directing $1 billion in multi-family construction projects, securing funding for complex initiatives, and developing community partnerships and advocacy support. Founded in 1908, YWCA of San Diego County empowers adults and children to break the cycle of domestic violence and homelessness, and achieve self-sufficiency. Through a wide array of gender-inclusive housing solutions and integrated services, YWCA provides vulnerable populations with safe housing and critical support to help them heal from trauma, develop life skills, improve economic stability, and gain lasting independence. Building upon a historic legacy, YWCA remains committed to empowering women, eliminating racism, and advocating for peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people. For more information, visit here.

Girl Scouts San Diego - Carol Dedrich, CEO

Girl Scouts San Diego - Carol Dedrich, CEO

Carol attributes the lessons she learned as a young Girl Scout with preparing her for leadership roles in school, the military, and throughout her career in the not-for-profit and corporate sectors. She is committed to helping today's Girl Scouts develop the skills, courage, confidence, character and resilience they need to navigate challenges and become the next generation of leaders. She is also dedicated to building collaborations and helping women of all ages to support each other.

Nonprofits Serving Women

Alliance of Moms – Los Angeles, CA

Alliance of Moms – Los Angeles, CA

Founded by five parenting women, Alliance of Moms is a community of #MomsforMoms uniting members who donate their time and resources to support pregnant and parenting teens in LA's foster care system.

Through fundraising, volunteering, and raising awareness, members provide vital support for the Healthy Teen Families program at the Alliance for Children's Rights, ensuring that young moms have access to healthcare, education, employment, housing, and family support so that they can build a positive future for themselves and their children.

WISEPlace – Santa Ana, CA

WISEPlace – Santa Ana, CA

WISEPlace envisions an Orange County where every woman in need is safely housed, empowered, and on a path to personal stability. Their mission is to lead the effort of ending homelessness for unaccompanied women through housing solutions and empowering wrap-around services that provide a path toward personal self-reliance.

For the past three years, Brateil Aghasi has served as CEO of WISEPlace, the only Orange County based non-profit whose focus is to end homelessness for vulnerable unaccompanied women. When women do not have a safety net, they are most vulnerable.  

"Everyone deserves a chance to live up to their full potential and be safe. How do you do that if you don't have the safety of a home?" - Brateil

To support women on their journey, visit wiseplace.org

HomeLight Family Living, a program of The Midnight Mission – Inglewood, CA

HomeLight Family Living, a program of The Midnight Mission – Inglewood, CA

HomeLight Family Living provides the path for families in crisis to reunify, rebuild and restore their lives. We provide education, career preparedness, counseling, and life skills to break the cycle of abuse and poverty to ensure independent, successful living. For additional information, please visit our website.