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Inspiring South Bay Stories

The heart of our mission at VoyageLA is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of South Bay’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rebel rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool.  Check out the area’s rising stars below.

Nadia Gonzalez

Puente Strategies is a venture that had been doing circles in my mind for a very long time. But as the years went by, one door after another was opened for me. Each job opportunity offering a new learning experience, keeping my desire to take that entrepreneurial leap, always at a distance. Read more>>

Daryl Allen

I have always had a passion for the visual arts since I was a child. It started with my love of music and music videos. I appreciate amazing imagery accompanied with music. I began writing songs and singing in high school. Read more>>

Stanley Chao

I worked in the high-tech and financial industry in Asia since I was in my late twenties. I then decided to join an Internet company which of course went belly-up. This was in 2000. No one was hiring, I was broke. Read more>>

Iris Lee Knell

In 2009, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. During my treatment which included surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, I continued to work and take care of my 3 children, who were 18, 15 and 12 at the time. Read more>>

Sue Reveche

I’ve always had a passion for art and design, ever since I was a little girl. I remember watching Who’s the Boss? and wanting to grow up to be like Angela Bower, running an ad agency. I worked for the City of Long Beach, Department of Health and Human Services while attending CSULB taking graphic design classes. Read more>>

Dr. Shahid Sheikh

1. Immigrated to the United States after having served in Pakistan Military for approximately 10 years. 2. Completed undergraduate degree in business, MBA (Marketing), and Post MBA Certificate in Marketing from California Lutheran, and Doctorate in Organizational Change for Pepperdine. Read more>>

Carrie Purser

I was living in Utah, a mother of two children and in my early 30’s. One day I woke up said to myself “I want to go to Cosmetology school”. So I enrolled and graduated in 2002. From that day forward it has been one incredible journey. Read more>>

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