Simone I. Smith, owner of SIS jewelry collection, has been named a Rising Star of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners Los Angeles (NAWBOLA) and will be recognized during the group’s 27th annual Leadership and Legacy Awards Luncheon April 26 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles.

Smith, who is married to actor L.L. Cool J and is a survivor of a rare form of bone cancer diagnosed in 2004, has created a line of jewelry that inspires women to not only tap into their own personal style but to also feel comfortable and bold enough to incorporate new things as well.

The luncheon follows an entrepreneur’s conference, “Bacon Donuts: Practical Planning for Brilliantly Risky Ideas,” held from 7:30-11 a.m.

Admission to the luncheon is $150 for members and $200 for non-members with early-bird specials available until Feb. 26. That cost is $100 and $150, respectively. Advance registration is strongly suggested. Admission to the conferences is $125 for members/ $175 non-members. Participants who register for both events recieve a $50 discount. For additional information, go to the NAWBOLA website at or call (213) 622-3200.