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Top 20 Under 40 Los Angeles- Natalie Blacker

Ladies Lotto founder, Natalie Blacker, empowers women around the world both professionally and personally.

By: Ashley Baylen
Published: August 31st, 2012 in Culture » Society » Interviews
Natalie Blacker

In celebration of Shalom Life’s new Los Angeles office, we have decided to take our popular “Top 20 Under 40” series on the road.

Over the next 20 days, Shalom Life will showcase 20 individuals of diverse talents and backgrounds that have made a significant contribution to their field both locally and globally. From entrepreneurs to philanthropists, entertainers to chefs, this list places a spotlight on a small sampling of the spectacular, innovative, and passionate Jews that call Los Angeles home.

Top 20 Under 40- Natalie Blacker

Age: 33

Born and raised in Southern California’s skate, punk, and riot grrrl communities, Natalie Blacker brings her passion for modern feminist thought, underground (and pop) culture, and sustainability to Ladies Lotto, Studio Number One, and Shalom Life’s Top 20 Under 40 list.

Blacker holds a degree from the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California. After graduating, she worked with Arianna Huffington in a support role that encompassed communications, editorial research and event production before expanding into public relations and design with Girl Press, a publisher of young feminist materials in the late ‘90’s.

In 2002, Blacker relocated to New York City to pursue her passion for pop culture and arts. She ran cultural events, worked as a fashion buyer, and oversaw the business development of several prestigious niche publications such as Anthem, MissBehave, Shepard Fairey’s SWINDLE and NYLON magazine.

Blacker’s education and experience with both feminism and pop culture led to the founding of Ladies Lotto in 2006.

Ladies Lotto is an international networking collective aimed at developing the professional and personal success of independent and intelligent women.

“Ladies Lotto shifts the paradigm in the way women work together creatively to build strategies of allegiance and growth. Activated through culturally relevant projects and positive social impact campaigns, Ladies Lotto participates in the creation of emerging cultures and communities – all while engaging relevant social beneficiaries.”

Beyond empowering thousands of women around the globe (with chapters in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco), Ladies Lotto has put together over 200 events and panels and worked alongside non-profit organizations including Planned Parenthood and charity:water.

“I was heavily influenced by personal philosophies as well as my education in media and critical studies. I also was influenced by my work with lifestyle media focused on music, art and fashion which kept me surrounded by incredibly brilliant and talented ambitious creatives. Before Ladies Lotto, I wanted to open a nail salon, art gallery and community space called Rosa Luxx. This would be a place where creatives (a majority of them women) could convene, discuss and build together. Since I was too busy to open up a physical space I came up with the concept of an online network of women who gathered once a month to connect in real life. After I presented it to friends with positive feedback and an eagerness to participate, it was born,” Blacker explains of the inspiration behind Ladies Lotto.

Blacker has many fingers in many pies. When asked the superfluous question, “What do you do?”, Blacker coyly responds, “I do A LOT”. In addition to being the Founder/Director of Ladies Lotto, she is also the Director of New Business for the creative agency, Studio Number One (founded by Shepard Fairey), is a registered Integral Yoga teacher, and has plans to expand in other fields, both professionally and personally, in the future.

“I'm ambitious. I love to work because I love my work, I think it's important to work on projects one feels passionate about. With that said, I'd like to see my businesses grow and become more established in other organizations and partnerships beyond what I am involved with now. I'd like to be educated in the world of herbalism within the next five years, I find it fascinating and too overlooked for everyday treatment.

I'm interested in working from other cities, not just Los Angeles. I lived in NYC for nearly 10 years and will forever love it, I'd like to open up an office there as well as Tel Aviv and Budapest, a place where half of my family hails from and where I resided last year.

In 20 years, I'd like to have a larger family and have the freedom to see my loved ones who live across the globe often, succeed in business endeavors as well as be deeply connected and involved with organizations that are focused on women's, children's, environmental and animal rights and awareness. I'd like to be more involved in local politics, I think local is where one can have more influence in the everyday.”

Finally, Blacker identifies a direct correlation between her Jewish heritage and the life path she has chosen for herself.

“Growing up I was only told I had Jewish heritage and that didn't mean much because we weren't religious. My mother came from Hungary, a communist and secular country guilty of Anti-Semitism so I didn't discover what it meant to be Jewish until my late teens. It was through this process of discovery and education I found a renewed Jewish identity with meaning. I am a spiritual person and have a firm, unwavering belief in the concept of Tikkun Olam. I've spent most of my career working in the underground and/or culturally forward realm, anywhere I saw people being creative, forward-thinking and conscious. I think there's a direct correlation with my heritage.”

Click over to Page 2 to learn some fun facts about Natalie Blacker!

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