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Lumina, Women in the World and Toyota Honor BioCellection Founders as Newest Mothers of Invention o

Lumina Event Lighting and A/V Rentals was so honored to be part of such an amazing event with #Toyota and the Wing at The Lombardi House in Hollywood. Lumina Event Lighting and A/V Rental was responsible;e for Audio, Video and Lighting for this special event that took place at #theLombardiHouse in Hollywood, Ca.


  • Lighting: Lumina Event Lighting and A/V

  • Audio: Lumina Event Lighting and A/V

  • Video: Lumina Event Lighting and A/V

  • Rentals: Town and Country





Event Speakers:

  • Aja Brown, Mayor of Compton, CA

  • Kara Brown, Crooked Media

  • Doniece Sandoval, Founder/CEO, Lava Mae (2015 Mother of Invention)

  • Komal Ahmad, Founder/CEO, COPIA (2016 Mother of Invention)

  • Amiyoko Shabazz, CSH SpeakUp! Advocate

  • Anna Scott, reporter/producer, KCRW

Doree Shafrir, author



Since 2012, Toyota has partnered with Women in the World to support women-led organizations that are tackling the world’s most challenging issues with remarkable creativity. The Toyota Mothers of Invention program has recognized the ingenuity of 25 women with more than $1 million in grants. The awardees — who are leading the charge on issues like homelessness, education, food, water, energy and more, come from all over the world — innovate to create lasting and sustainable impact. Through Toyota’s investment, the Mothers of Invention have developed novel new technologies that have affected the lives of more than 160 million people globally, and are developing novel new technologies that will create positive change for millions more.

Yao and her partner, Miranda Yang, founded BioCellection, an innovation company that invented a process to break the chemical bonds between plastic molecules, turning plastic that would otherwise be non-recyclable into chemicals that are worth thousands of dollars per ton. BioCellection’s tech has the potential impact of recycling about five million tons of polyethylene plastic each year—about a quarter of all polyethylene waste in the world. A video about their work can be viewed here

Yao said of the award, “I’m incredibly humbled to be honored as a Mother of Invention by Toyota and aspire to create real-world impact with the invention my team and I have developed. I believe this honor will help my organization continue on our path to become an innovative and world-serving enterprise.”Additional speakers at the event included: