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After Coming to America With $200 in Her Pocket, Lafonn CEO Now a ‘Woman of Influence’

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A true rags-to-riches story.

After Coming to America With $200 in Her Pocket, Lafonn CEO Now a ‘Woman of Influence’
Molly Wang

Molly Wang, the CEO of Lafonn, was recently named a “Woman of Influence” in the Los Angeles area, an award from L.A. Biz recognizing her business prowess and mentorship of other young women. In a Q&A with the publication, she explains how she came to the United States with just $200 in her pocket, taking a job in car sales while she worked toward her degree from a local fashion design trade school. The rest, as they say, is history.

Wang has also lived with rheumatoid arthritis for more than 20 years and one day hopes to establish a foundation for young girls living with RA, according to a press release from Lafonn. “I want to show them that their dreams do not die even though they are diagnosed with RA; they can still pursue their dreams if they set their minds to it,” she says.

Read more at L.A. Biz

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