Welcome from our CEO
Your friendly neighborhood Wonder Woman here! Welcome to the Leadership Edition of Business Matters!
In this latest edition, we’re thrilled to introduce you to some of the Valley’s superheroes in business. We know strong leaders when we see them. We admire their courage, resiliency, and ability to perform under pressure. This issue features leaders in education who work to develop our future business leaders and those in nonprofit management who positively impact the community. We also gathered some of our local small and medium-sized businesses to highlight the leadership traits these individuals use to build their success. Like true superheroes, business owners, managers, and leaders turn a bigger purpose into reality.
I’m quite partial to our cover story on Kathryn Purwin, CEO of Helinet Aviation Services. Kathryn is a pioneer. According to the CAPA Center for Aviation, women account for just 4% of all airline pilots. Being a former pilot and the head of an aviation firm, is still rarer. There is so much I can say about Kathryn, her generosity, her philanthropy, and her company’s unique offerings, but why hear it from me? Read the article and see why I think Kathryn is one of the Valley’s crown jewels and a Wonder Woman in her own right.
These real-life superheroes may not have superpowers, wear capes, or have secret identities, but they teach us life lessons, serve as role models, and help us discover our strengths.
One of my favorite parts of being a Chamber superhero is answering calls for help from the business community. Here are a couple of ways we have recently answered your calls of distress. Businesses have asked us time and time again to help get money into their hands for recovery — well — we have a grant for that! If you have an employee out on California Paid Family Leave, you may be eligible for our new California Paid Family Leave Grant. Visit — CaliforniaPFL.com for information about eligibility and to apply. Secondly, our businesses have asked for help with ADA Website Compliance. Check out our recent webinar (youtube.com/GSFVCC) on the subject and call us if you need to be connected to any of our resources.
Hearing from all these incredible leaders has inspired me to continue reaching new heights, and I know you will be too. May we all tap into our inner superhero every day!
Nancy Hoffman Vanyek, ACE
Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce