Deidre Pujols

Deidre Pujols

Founder, Open Gate International
WHY:  Wife of Los Angeles Angels slugger and a power hitter in her own right, with multiple charitable and community-driven ventures. Open Gate provides vocational and life skills training. Strike Out Slavery, which she-co-founded, calls attention to human trafficking. 

RECENT: New Costa Mesa restaurant, Open Gate Kitchen, gives culinary students their first taste of real restaurant work. Business Journal Women in Business Award winner in October.

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QUOTABLE: “People are coming out of brokenness, addiction, incarceration, homelessness, trauma, so I knew it was going to be important that we have a life skills component to our curriculum.” 

2020  HOBBIES: Making homemade pop tarts, and making and running a restaurant. “I also have taken up fast exotic cars and rally drives.”