Former Assemblywoman Gwen Moore, seated left, is surrounded by the honorees of the 2012 Salute to Black Women Business Conference and Awards Luncheon held last week at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel by the Black Business Association of Los Angeles. From left former Congresswoman Diane E. Watson, Ed.D., was given a lifetime award. Xerona Clayton, founder of the Trumpet Awards Foundation received the Educational Heritage award. Beverly Kuykendall was honored as Entrepreneur of the Year, while Mary (Nzinga) Kimbrough accepted the Community-based Business award for the company she co-founded with her sister Jackie Ryan and brother Alden Kimbrough. Debra Watkins, founder of the California alliance of African American Educators received the Educational Institution Award. Norma Hollis, far right was a featured workshop presenter. Not pictured is Julia Hare, Ph.D., an activist, educator and co-founder with her husband Nathan of the Black Think Tank; she was given the Exemplary Educator award.