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Toro Tank winner and judges (left to right): Dave Klein, CEO/entrepreneur; Joe Platnick, CEO/angel investor; Michael Manahan, CSUDH finance lecturer/entrepreneur; Kevin Kylis, CEO/entrepreneur; Constance Jackson, CEO/entrepreneur; Mike Griffiths, Torrance city councilman/entrepreneur; Kimberly Meckwood, Toro Tank Winner and CEO of Click & Carry; Kim Defenderfer, executive VP of United Bank; Mike Grimshaw, CSUDH business management lecturer; and John Dmohowski, director or PortTechLA/investor.

WRITTEN BY PAUL BROWNING, DATELINE DOMINGUEZ Looking for sound advice, fresh ideas and new connections to help launch or grow their businesses, more than 3,000 women entrepreneurs from throughout the region filled speaker sessions and workshops during the Connecting Women to Power Business Conference at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) on June 19.

Hosted by Alumnus Jerome E. Horton (Class of ’79, B.S., business administration), chairman of the California State Board of Equalization (BOE), the conference now in its sixth year continues to grow in popularity. Most of the events during the day were standing room only or filled to capacity, including the welcoming ceremony in the CSUDH’s Loker Student Union, which was also streamed via live video feed in the University Theatre to an overflow crowd on nearly 200.

The welcoming ceremony’s keynote speaker, Ann marie Houghtailing, executive coach and author of “How I Created a Dollar Out of Thin Air,” discussed the importance of women examining and sharing their personal worth and the worth of their products and businesses, and her belief that “self-worth is attached to net-worth.”

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