Executive Director

Gail Lara is the Executive Director of the Women’s Collaborative Mentoring Program (WCMP) at The Valley Economic Alliance (TVEA). Gail offers over sixteen years of experience in small business development, training, and as a business owner. Currently, her focus is to build a premier result driven training program for underserved women entrepreneurs.

Gail Collaborates with Small Business Development agencies and many Independent Women’s Business Programs to provide greater opportunities, and build a powerful collaborative business community. She served over 3,900 business owners by opening the stage for over 380 local experts to offer their acumen.

Mission: To position underserved women entrepreneurs to thrive by providing customized mentoring to achieve sustainable business growth. Gail’s philanthropic side has always been one of service. She currently serves on the advisory board for the Community Foundation of the Valleys and Special Needs Network SNN a program dedicated to helping children with Autism.

She has also served as event chair for a domestic violence awareness program and is a member of “Sweet Charities” a group of executive woman that collaborate and plan events to support local charities.


Los Angeles Business Journal Women’s Summit - Rising Star Award 2016

Los Angeles Business Journal Latina Business - Award of Distinction 2016

NLBWA - Awarded Business

Woman of the Year 2014

Women’s International Network (GWS) - Leadership Award 2012 Toastmasters International

Certificate of Congratulations: for Support with Charities – Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa

Safe Passage – A Day in My Shoes Awarded for charity work

Women’s Business Momentum Center - Recognition Award

Women Extraordinaire 2010 –

from Business Life Magazine

Certificate of Recognition 2010 – California State Assembly County of Los Angeles Commendation 2010 – Michael Antonovich

Certificate of Achievement 2009 – VEDC Women’s Business Center