On Friday, March 23, the Guild of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) hosted its annual Accessories for Success Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Mixing fashion and passion, Neiman Marcus showcased the hottest spring trends on models during the luncheon while luxury boutiques set up shop outside the Crystal ballroom, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Guild.
The two honorees of the day were Anne Globe, chief marketing officer at DreamWorks Animation SKG, and Sharon Harroun Peirce, board director of BritWeek and LA's BEST, which is an afterschool program implemented to support to some of LA’s toughest elementary schools.
Amber Valletta returned for her fourth time as emcee; while Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation SKG and actress Jeri Ryan presented to Globe and Perice respectively. Ryan explained "there's a lot of work that has to be done and not just the education that our kids are getting but for example, I just saw that movie Bully. It's one of my biggest fears as a mother and one of your nightmares to see children get picked on and that has got to change."
The BBBSLA is known for being the oldest and largest mentoring organization in the area. Since its founding in 1986, the Guild has raised nearly $10 million dollars to support the nonprofit.
Daisy Garcia, who is Globe's mentee, said that she is approaching college with an insider perspective on how the entertainment industry works. As part of the program, Globe has introduced her to execs at DreamWorks from licensing and marketing to finance, based on Garcia's interests. She compared their relationship to a bridge. Said Garcia: “Basically, it spreads out and helps me reach my goals and aspirations and she has begun to help me cross it."
Globe, who was presented with the Excellence in Mentoring award, said she had become even more of a fan of the organization since working with her mentee: "I think one of the great things that Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Los Angeles really does is really pair you with somebody who is just a perfect fit and in this case, they hit it out of the park because we have had a great relationship both in pursing what she wants to accomplish in her career learnings as well as her potential for college applications which she talks about all the time plus just the day to day relationship has been tremendously fun, we email all the time and I have personally gotten so much out of the program," said Globe, who admitted the relationship has even benefited her in her job giving her more insight in marketing to a key demographic. "It's given me great insight into what the youth of today are thinking."
From college admission talks to everyday emails this mentee has brought her unexpected insight to what youth are thinking today. “I can’t honestly say that I would have imagined how much benefit I would personally get from being a big sister in the big brothers and big sisters program.”
Ryan, a personal friend of Peirce shared her excitement to be presenting the Innovator Award to Peirce, “She’s an incredible woman and does unbelievable work with kids and is completely selfless and does it completely for the love of helping kids which is amazing.”