2016 Impact-Maker to Watch: Yvette McNally

On Tuesday, January 19, 2016 in the Tom Bradley room at Los Angeles City Hall, 25 members of the Los Angeles community were honored for their foundational work to make a positive impact in our city.

Yvette McNally

...through her drive, determination and tenacity has helped to create a successful Third Thursday’s on Pico, encouraging small business growth and local shopping!

— Liz Carlin, Office of LA City Council President Herb Wesson

Yvette McNally, a native Angeleno with roots in Panama, grew up in a large, but very close-knit, family that emphasized the importance of celebrating with flair and marking special occasions with style and reverence. Planning special gatherings for friends and family became her passion at an early age and she first realized her love for stationery and invitations while studying at Howard University (Washington DC). While in college she was able to hone her passion for people and event planning; often producing events for college organizations, while spending her free time in stationery stores to find unique greeting cards and invitations. After college, Yvette returned to Los Angeles and worked at a local non-profit, holding the positions of Caseworker, Project Manager and Director of Development and Special Events. This experience helped her to secure contracts managing talent and public relations for major music awards shows and entertainment industry events. An entrepreneur at heart, it was Yvette’s true passion for style and design that ultimately led her to open her bespoke stationery store: Cordially Invited. It was important to Yvette that the store be located in a growing area with a sense of community. Finding her location on Pico Boulevard, an area with high growth potential, made Yvette feel right at home. Cordially Invited, established in 2010, offers a curated collection of modern, quirky and letterpressed greeting cards, unique paper, modern gifts and accessories, custom invitation design, stylish gift wrapping and event planning services. It is a place where Angelenos can get everything they need to celebrate with flair and mark every special occasion with style and reverence.