Amazing Women’s Stories: Empowering Women Around the World

Raymond Eshaghian, the visionary leader behind Greenbox Loans Inc., sets himself apart in the mortgage industry with his extensive expertise and forward-thinking approach. With over 30 years of experience and a passion for empowering women in leadership, Raymond is dedicated to creating a brighter future for the world while leading multiple successful ventures in mortgage lending, real estate, and financial services.

Inspired by his belief in the untapped potential of women as leaders, Raymond founded the podcast Amazing Women’s Stories. Through this platform, he aims to move beyond historical biases and actively embrace and empower women’s leadership, recognizing that their empowerment is key to unlocking society’s full potential and creating a brighter future for the world.

He shares, “For too long, we have discounted our mothers, sisters, daughters, and wives as individuals that didn’t have the potential to lead in our communities and in business. The time is NOW for us to move beyond our history and embrace and empower women leadership. Our potential as a society will proportionally increase with such empowerment and it will create a brighter future for the world.”

Spotlight on 5 Amazing Women

Empowered by the belief in the immense potential of female leaders, Amazing Women sheds light on the extraordinary accomplishments of five exceptional women. From the first Black Secretary of State to a pioneering Chief Justice and dedicated law enforcement officer, these trailblazers are reshaping California’s landscape and paving the way for a brighter and more inclusive future. Discover the inspiring stories and remarkable contributions of Dr. Shirley Weber, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Deputy Chief Emada Tingirides, Attorney Gina Zapanta, and Vice Chair Betty Yee as they defy boundaries and challenge the status quo.

Dr. Shirley Weber, California Secretary of State

California’s first Black Secretary of State, appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in December 2020. Born in Arkansas during the Jim Crow era, her family’s experiences shaped her activism and legislative work. With a strong academic background and extensive tenure as a professor, she served four terms as an Assembly Member, championing civil rights, education, criminal justice reforms, and equality.

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California

The 28th Chief Justice of California, served as the state’s first Asian-Filipina American and second female chief justice. She was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010, bringing over 20 years of experience in trial and appellate courts. During her tenure, she focused on improving access to justice, leading the judicial branch through fiscal challenges, and promoting civic learning and engagement in California.

Deputy Chief Emada Tingirides, Deputy Chief – Los Angeles Police Department

A native of Los Angeles, overcame personal challenges and chose to become a police officer in her hometown following the civil unrest of 1992. Throughout her career, she has served various areas of Los Angeles, working to build trust and bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community. Emada’s exceptional dedication and accomplishments led to her promotion as Deputy Chief, where she now leads the Community Safety Partnership Bureau, overseeing multiple teams dedicated to enhancing community safety throughout the city.

Attorney Gina Zapanta, Co-founder and CEO at Z.A. Lawyers

A dedicated advocate for employees and injured individuals, with extensive experience in adjudicating workers’ claims and improving our community through her role as a trustee on LACERA’s Board of Retirement. She possesses expertise in contracting, healthcare management, and establishing strategic partnerships between physicians and attorneys. Additionally, Gina serves on the boards of Loyola Law School, White Memorial Hospital, and Monterey Park Hospital, and is a co-founder of ZAGives, a charitable organization focused on community outreach.

Betty Yee, Vice Chair – California Democratic Party

A native of San Francisco and daughter of immigrant parents, transitioned from managing her family’s laundry business to overseeing the finances of the world’s 5th largest economy as California’s Controller. With a track record of holding the government accountable and uncovering billions in misused funds, she has also championed environmental protection and public access to California’s lands and beaches.

This article feature is from our annual special edition issue, the L.A. STYLE Magazine Most Influential of 2023.


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