Michaela Ivri Mendelsohn

CEO, West Pollo Group

Michaela Ivri Mendelsohn is a transgender activist, public speaker, groundbreaker, and businesswoman with over 40 years of entrepreneurial leadership experience. Her courage, determination, life experiences, and successes make her an expert speaker on a multitude of topics. Michaela has been a successful business owner and CEO since 1973 when she founded and operated Games Unlimited, which she built into the largest coin-operated game company in California, and has served on the Board of Directors of the California Coin Machine Association. In 1988, she entered into a franchise agreement with the El Pollo Loco restaurant brand and served as the President of their nationwide franchise association for nine years. She has been instrumental in their brand development as a member of their Marketing Advisory Committee for over 25 years.