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Desiree Doubrox, CEO

As an entrepreneur since the age of 12 Desiree has always been the founder/owner of her own businesses.  Such as the Marina Mermaid, A Models Media, Lookin Good productions and Celebrity Auctions.

After leading a successful career in real estate since 1989 as a broker, investor and creator of  a seminar series entitled “From Babies & Bills to Riches in Real Estate”, Desiree, a divorced mom of two sons saw that very capable, intelligent women were letting outside forces stand in their way of making and perusing their investment choices.

So in 2006 she started inviting women into her home for champagne brunches and had speakers speak on subjects such as “Getting out of your own way”, Destined for Greatness”, Finding the Diva in You” etc.

An Empowered Woman has developed into an exclusive global networking community and resource center for women professionals and entrepreneurs. Supporting women who are starting, fixing or building their businesses with web TV and radio shows, MasterMind meetings, tele-classes, seminars, coaching and unprecedented live events.  As a result of her affiliate associations including those in South Africa, France, Canada and the Philippines the community has grown to over 53,000.

In 2011 they launched the Foundation of Empowered Women, a non-profit division and the Association of An Empowered Woman, with chapters throughout Southern California.

In 2015, Desiree produced and published“Let’s Talk Success”, a digital magazine distributed in 11 countries with access to over 1 million viewers.  Featuring women who have achieved the millionaire status as they share their stories, challenges, victories and secrets to success.

Best described as a Mother, Advocate for Business Women, Entrepreneur, Speaker, Author, Radio & TV Show Host, Producer, Publisher, Founder of An Empowered Woman,  Dancer, Hiker, Traveler and Yoga Enthusiast!

Now that’s Empowering!



Julia Dilts, COO & Founder of Papillon Ventures

Julia Dilts is the Co-Founder of Wild Horse Labs, the Idea-to-Exit Training Lab for Start-Ups, which focuses on the Entrepreneur within Our Global Economy. With an international network of industry experts and resources, the company helps customize Success Plans for early-stage entrepreneurs world-wide. Our goal is to create an international pipeline to provide leadership, education and mentorship to promising start-ups and connect them with funding resources–resulting in successful and self-sustaining businesses. Created by Southern California-based Maverick Angels, an Angel Investment Network with affiliate Chapters in Western Europe & Tel Aviv in which Julia was the CEO & Co-Founder, Wild Horse Labs helps entrepreneurs attract funding and receive essential resources beyond capital. From individuals starting out with a brilliant idea to fast-paced early-stagers seeking funding from angel investors, Wild Horse offers a powerhouse of connections, education and mentorship to entrepreneurs. For over 8 years, the world-renowned Maverick Angels Investment Accelerator was a monthly seminar which helped prepare and coach angel-ready entrepreneurs on how to successfully pitch to angel investors. For the first time, Wild Horse Labs provides a customizable training program for the 4 Key Entrepreneurial Stages: Idea, Seed, Angel-Ready and for students, the University tier.  Along with teaching entrepreneurs this proprietary methodology, the Wild Horse Labs Investment Accelerator includes a Line-Up of Industry Experts to share their knowledge on topics such as: Fund-Raising; Valuations & Corporate Structuring; Legal, Accounting & Tax Education; Hiring the Right Team; How to Create an Effective Elevator Pitch; Presentation Skills and Building a Successful Social Media Campaign. While Julia’s position at Wild Horse Labs focuses on training entrepreneurs domestically and internationally, she is also an Investor and Member of Tech Coast Angels, the largest Angel Group in the United States.

Julia loves, loves, loves colorful eccentric clothing.  Beautiful statues and collectables. Designer shoes and handbags. Furry stuffed
animals. Her family and friends. And of course…Paris!


Symon He, CFO

Symon is a real estate investor, licensed broker and business financial consultant based out of Los Angeles CA.

He currently helps startup founders and small business entrepreneurs build financial models and projections for their businesses.  Experienced consultant to private real estate investors with their acquisitions analysis, investment modeling and start up finance.

Best selling online instructor on Udemy. Skilled in Business Planning, Analytical Skills, Marketing Analytics, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Start-ups.

Previously, he was Head of Marketing Analytics at the Panda Restaurant Group after first serving as a senior financial analyst leading real estate and new store underwriting efforts.

Prior to that, he worked on over $400M in commercial real estate investments at a private equity real estate fund. Before that, he worked as a manager of a global M&A unit for a Fortune 80 company.

Symon is currently a cofounder of LearnAirbnb, a consultancy and research group specializing in the home-sharing economy.

Symon graduated Magna Cum Laude in Computer Engineering and Economics from UC Irvine and holds an MBA from Stanford University.

Symon is curious about parking, and the estimated6,500 square miles currently dedicated to it.  Feels like driverless cars will change more than we know. Says that sending passwords over in emails is not safe. Highly recommends “Hooked” a How to Build Habit-Forming Products’ that’s available today! Believes “A broken immigration system means broken families and broken lives.”

And is excited about his engagement and upcoming wedding to his beautiful love of his life. Congrats!


Melanie Mack, Engagement Director – Partner Relations

Melanie Mack is the CEO of Identity Management, LLC. She has more than 16 years of experience as a fund development professional having worked for several organizations including Union Rescue Mission, Weingart Center Association, New Directions for Veterans, and Angels Gate Cultural Center. Melanie has an unwavering passion for service to underserved communities (particularly women and girls) and entertainment. She has a practical understanding of challenges and daunting responsibilities of implementing and executing a vision while delivering measurable results. She has raised $12 million through her sphere of influence. Her duties in leadership include involvement in creating and facilitating strategic plans, soliciting major gifts, and marketing/ rebranding.

Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, Melanie raised $1.5 million in venture capital to launch her companies, Power of the Single Mom and Bamflex. Prior to her career as an entrepreneur, she was a television development executive with Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., and was part of the original launch team for fX Networks – garnering several awards including a daytime Emmy and NAMIC award for diversity and inclusion. She continues to work as the executive producer of the talk show Parlay – An Urban Think Tank on Civic Engagement.

Melanie is an innovative entrepreneur, strategic thought partner, grant writer, motivational speaker, public relations specialist, author of two books, (Creating Your Life: The Law of Attraction and Reboot Your Life: The Sunset Edition) and radio host (in her  fourth season) on with The Mom Power Hour and with A Conversation With… with over 200,000 listeners.

She is a Forbes contributor, African American Board Leadership Institute Alumna (AABLI), member of City Club, International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute; executive board member for The Don Cornelius Foundation, founding executive board member for the Black Cooperative Investment Fund (BCIF), public relations chair and executive board member, National Association of Women Business Owners – Los Angeles (NAWBO-LA), Inglewood Ambassador for NAWBO-LA, advisory board member for the California Women’s Conference,
Angels Gate Park, and Girls, Inc. of Greater Los Angeles. She is also the founder of BrunchNet: A Girl’s Guide to Business, Career, Goals, Life and Family – a membership brunch club for professional and entrepreneurial women.


Ty Fischer, Marketing Partner

Ty is the President of TF West, a Los Angeles based social media marketing agency which builds brands and revenues in today’s digital and social world.

Servicing clients in a variety of industries – including real estate, cosmetics and beauty, and media – TF West offers full-service capabilities, taking clients through strategy, content creative and creation, and the execution and management of social media platforms.

Ty consults and works with leading Los Angeles luxury magazine LA Dreams as the Associate Publisher, and has provided his marketing expertise to other prominent entities in real estate and development, consumer packaged goods, and luxury products.

He enjoys helping clients grow their businesses, relaxing at the beach with a good book in hand, and staying on the forefront of social and digital marketing trends.




Natalie Friberg, Marketing Partner

Natalie is the Operations Manager at TF West, a Los Angeles based social media marketing agency which builds brands and revenues in today’s digital and social world.

Servicing clients in a variety of industries – including real estate, cosmetics and beauty, and media – TF West offers full-service capabilities, taking clients through strategy, content creative and creation, and the execution and management of social media platforms.

Natalie is also the Editor-In-Chief and Creative Director of leading Los Angeles luxury magazine LA Dreams. Organized and with impeccable attention to detail, she is the driving force managing the creative and account teams servicing each client.

She enjoys exploring new areas in Los Angeles, catching some rays at the beach and honing her skills as an emerging boss babe.