Monday, September 1, 2008

Members of the Month - September 2008

For September we're honoring some of the hardest working ladies in public relations, music, media and styling.

Ladies Lotto Chicago
Micaeh Johnson

A graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Communications, her resume and connects read like a who's who of media and entertainment. Micaeh started early as the manager of the popular Biology Bar nightclub in Chicago and her career took off from there. From freelance writing, to executing major campaigns and coordinating events for the Chicago Bulls -- including a two million dollar 3-on-3 basketball tourney -- she's done it all in the world of public relations. She has worked with Tim Hardaway's community organization, The Support Group and is the former executive director of the Chicago Football Classic.

Currently, she is an online correspondent for NBC 5 Chicago and a features writer for Micaeh's client roster includes OK! Magazine, Alloy Marketing, the Garfield Park Conservatory, Nike, Inc., and the Chicago International Film Festival to name a few; creating and executing national events, promotions, PR campaigns and placements.

She intends to continue putting herself on the map by out pacing her competitors and helping bridge the gap between non-profits and corporations so they can reach their common goals.

Ladies Lotto Los Angeles
Anne Montone

Anne Montone is the ultimate representation of the millennial woman – warm spirited, confident, talented, and successful. Since moving from Portland, Oregon to Los Angeles in pursuit of a Women's Studies degree at Occidental College, Anne has lived life to the fullest; exploring the many shades of her gifts and talents. While in college, Anne dove deep into her musical upbringing, performing in several popular stage productions. After graduation, Anne joined four of her college classmates and became the lead singer of a group called Elephonic. The group eventually attained a modest, international success with music placements in the popular TV series "Girlfriends," 2006's award-winning film "Quinceañera," several live performances and placements on compilation albums for Crocs and Scion.

As an artist, not only did she have to find a way to deliver her artistic message, but a way to pay her bills as well. "That was probably one of the toughest periods of my life," she says with an ironic smile. "Thank God for the support of my friends and family!" Anne was able to tap into her business management skills and maximize her industry visibility while working with the likes of URB Magazine, Very Short Movies Festival, legendary concert promoters Bill Silva and Andy Hewitt, and several freelance event management and promotion positions.

While working full time, Anne managed to complete her first solo EP, "Rated M," in 2007, an album that garnered her coast-to-coast performances, regional radio play, merchandising, and opportunities to work with some of today's hottest producers and performance talent. Anne is currently a Regional Manager for 10 Cane Rum and is putting the finishing touches on her 2nd solo effort, "DEFINED," due this fall. To see all that is Anne Montone, visit her at

Photo by LLLA's Lindsay Lohden.

Ladies Lotto New York
LinYee Yuan

Hailing from the Lone Star State, LinYee Yuan is a Brooklyn-based dreamer and troublemaker with opinions about things that matter most in life: food, cooking, and eating. After graduating from Columbia University with an Ethnic Studies major she hopped town to teach English and work for a youth marketing consultancy in Hong Kong.

Upon her return to New York City, she spent some time working in communications at Fortune Magazine and in Event Marketing for The FADER/Cornerstone before leaving to work for two of her best friends at Kilo International, a brand consultancy that produces two streetwear lines; Rocksmith Tokyo and Kilo Goods, and the first independent streetwear tradeshow for their contemporary market; Fo Sho Fo Show.

LinYee is the associate editor (and regular blogger) at Theme Magazine. LinYee finds daily inspiration from her friends and the people with whom she works! She loves late night dinners in DUMBO, Oski the cat and her Weber smokey mountain cooker.

Ladies Lotto San Francisco
Liz "Busy Lady" Baca

In her 15 years of working in the Fashion Industry (yes, she started at 16!), Liz's worked all aspects from retail to design. Five years ago she quit her design job and started her own business, The Goods!; wholesaling thrift store and yard sale finds to vintage boutiques and providing inspiration to designers around the world.

The new found "freedom" she discovered in working for herself has also given her the opportunity to do more styling work for print and runway and work with some amazing and talented individuals across the country. She has also been fortunate enough to form like Voltron with Gabriella of Mama Clothing, to co-found M.I.S.S. (Mama's International Secret Society). Started over two and a half years ago, M.I.S.S. was one of the first -- if not the first -- online streetwear fashion sites dedicated to women's street fashion, art, music, and beauty.

Busy Lady Baca spends time on both coasts doing her hustle. Liz feels very fortunate to have created this life for herself and more so to be involved with and inspired by all the women of Ladies Lotto.

Photo by Jen Siska.