Hometown: Corona del Mar
Age: Young at heart
Family: Two sisters, one brother and a fantastic mother
First job: A bright green elf for Christmas at my grandmother’s restaurant
Worst job: A bright green elf for Christmas at my grandmother’s restaurant
Biggest break: Meeting my partners
Secret to your success: Absolutely LOVE and OWN what you chose as your career in life. If you don’t, you won’t do it with much conviction or passion.
Advice to other women in business: Cultivate friendships in your life. Seek like-minded people who can be companions and will support you in your path. Make friends and lose the network mentality.
Tips for making the bikini-buying process less scary: You have to really love yourself and your body before you try on a bikini. That’s really what the bikini is about. Big, small or everything in between, the bikini is a celebration of a woman’s figure. So if you go into the try-on process with that mentality, you will find the perfect bikini for you.
Wise’s career may be hotter than the swimsuits she designs for L*Space. Her company won the Surfwear Industry Manufacturers Association’s “Swimwear Brand of the Year” for the fourth consecutive year.
Her designs – loved by celebrities – were featured last month in Sports Illustrated’s iconic swimsuit issue. And Wise was recently selected as the Mercedes-Benz designer of the year, which has never been given to someone working exclusively for a swimwear brand.
OC METRO'S 20 WOMEN TO WATCH FOR 2011
Carol A. Taylor | Staci Brillhart | Kay S. Napier | Eve Lowey
Julie Lim | Kate Klimow | Monica Wise | Marcy McKenna
Victoria Wade | India Hynes | Farrah Emami | Lisa Wolter
Mary-Christine “M.C.” Sungaila | Shirley Balarezo
Renee P. McLeod | Laura Khouri | Alyson Noël
Brenda Brkusic | Cathy Thomas | Sue Swenson
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