The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) will honor a Santa
Monica woman next month for her work in founding three companies.
As CEO and Founder of Citrus Studios, Inc., and The
Waxing Company developer of Luxe Link, Kalika Nacion Yap of Santa Monica is one
of three women to be recognized at ADL’s 19th Annual Deborah Awards dinner and
gala. The event will be held March 6 at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Though she currently lives in Santa Monica, Yap’s roots
go beyond the edges of Palisades Park and all the way west to Honolulu. Moving
to New York to attend NYU, Yap had worked for Bloomberg and CNBC before moving
to Southern California in 1996.
Here, she partnered Los Angeles Culture Net, which ADL
described was “a collaborative initiative project of the Getty Information
Institute and California Culture Net.”
Two years later, she founded Citrus Studios, which is an
interactive design and consulting firm that helps develop website for
corporations, institutions, museums, and universities.
Later, Yap invented and designed Luxe Link, a purse
holder fashion accessory.
“While on a trip to the Amalfi Coast, my husband and I
ran into a solid, bulky hook that hung a handbag off the side of a table. It
was my “wow” moment when I thought we could make this functional hook,
chic and fashionable item that every woman in the world needed to have,” Yap
explained to The Mirror about how she
came up with the idea.
Four years ago, Yap launched The Waxing Company, a
high-end waxing service in Honolulu. According to Yap, it was the first-ever
dedicated waxing salon in all of Hawai’i.
“Being a serial entrepreneur myself, I know how difficult
it is to start and run businesses,” Yap said. “I receive great pride and
joy when our websites help our clients meet and oftentimes
exceed their goals. It’s my hope that our custom websites have inspired
our clients to dream big in their own business.”
According to ADL, the Deborah Awards are presented
annually “to outstanding women whose leadership in their professions and civic
contributions exemplify the qualities and ideals of the Anti-Defamation
The ADL stated that the Deborah Award “is named for the
prophetess Deborah, who is noted for her courage, wisdom and leadership.”
“I am thrilled to help my community as ambassador for the
ADL Cyber Ally Programs. It is a program that discourages cyber bullying
through family, student and teacher workshops and education as part of the
ADL’s Anti-Bias initiatives,” Yap said. “I look forward to continuing to
help the ADL’s mission and utilize my 15-plus years
experience working with the web and social media in all
forms to stop cyber bullying.”
Also being honored are Dr. Sharon S. Nazarian, President,
Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation, and Anne Shen Smith, Chairman and CEO of
Southern California Gas Company.
Actress and musician Janina Gavankar, who has starred in
television programs such as “True Blood” and “The League,” will serve as the
gala’s emcee. Robin Gerber Carnesale, Renee White Fraser, and Sharyn Nichols
are the event’s co-chairs.
Reservations are required to attend the gala and tickets
are $400 each. For more information, contact the ADL at 310.446.4267 or visit www.adl.org/2013deborahawards.
The ADL is celebrating its centennial this year.
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