Lauded as one of LA’s Most Influential Female Business Leaders

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — March 6, 2009 — The National Association of Women Business Owners-Los Angeles (NAWBO-LA) will honor Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D. with its 2009 Leadership Award, recognizing an exemplary individual who has distinguished herself by achieving a level of success well beyond the standards of her industry and the business community.

This year’s honorees include women who have changed the face of business, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Knatz was selected for her instrumental role in the creation and implementation of the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan to reduce air emissions from port operations by roughly 50 percent over a period of five years. Her efforts facilitated the first joint meeting of the leaders of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach since the 1920s and the first ever public meeting of the two Port Boards on the day the Plan was approved. 

With Los Angeles as home to one of the most robust economies in the nation, the most influential chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners will present the area’s top achievers who have created a legacy of entrepreneurial excellence at the 23rd annual NAWBO-LA Leadership & Legacy Awards Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, March 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

About the National Association of Women Business Owners-Los Angeles
NAWBO-LA is the most recognized and influential chapter of the nation’s largest women’s business association, The National Association of Women Business Owners. The Annual NAWBO-LA Leadership & Legacy Awards Luncheon publicly acknowledges the female superstars of the Los Angeles business community and endeavors to inspire the younger generation of entrepreneurs to exceed beyond their dreams.  

About the Port of Los Angeles
The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves.  As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates 919,000 regional jobs and $39.1 billion in annual wages and tax revenues.  A proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles, the Port is self-supporting and does not receive taxpayer dollars. The Port of Los Angeles – A cleaner port.  A brighter future.