The Chamber's Education & Workforce Development Council heard from Tony Thurmond, candidate for California Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI), a position currently held by Tom Torlakson.
The Chamber's Center for Education Excellence & Talent Development and Bixel Exchange joined L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to kick off the 2018 summer campaign of HIRE LA’s Youth, the City of Los Angeles' flagship initiative to provide job opportunities for young people between the ages of 14 and 24.
The Chamber celebrated the start of summer with Board members and Circle Level Members at the 2018 Summer V.I.P. reception.
On June 20, the Chamber hosted a full-day conference focused on "Getting to the Heart of Business." From the information, insights and resources that guide us, to the stories and people that inspire us. The event brought together entrepreneurs, professionals and thought leaders from companies large and small, across the Southern California region, in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Los Angeles Office.
On June 18, the L.A. Area Chamber and Central City Association hosted Candidate for California Governor and Current Lieutenant Governor, Gavin Newsom, to learn about his positions on the most critical issues in our city. The event was held at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI).
Chamber members gathered at the Otium in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate and honor President & CEO Gary Toebben. Toebben has led the L.A. Area Chamber for 12 years, and is set to retire on July 1.
On May 31, the Chamber's Bixel Exchange and Snap Inc. hosted Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA) for a special "Life in Tech with Snap Female Leaders" event.
On May 30, the Chamber hosted its annual appreciation luncheon to honor the hard work and dedication of the Chamber Board's administrative assistants
Olympians and sisters Marissa and Hannah Brandt visited the Chamber to speak on their experience growing up and competing within a male-dominated sport. Marissa, who was born in South Korea, was adopted as an infant by a Minnesota couple, Greg and Robin Brandt, who had been experiencing difficulties conceiving their own biological children. Just before the couple received their first picture of their would-be child from the adoption agency, they discovered they were expecting and gave birth nine months later to Hannah. Both women eventually made their way to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, one representing the U.S., and the other the first-ever united North and South Korea women's hockey team, in one of the most unique stories to have emerged from these Olympic Games.
This event was held in partnership with Mixed Roots Foundation.
More than 80 business leaders joined the Chamber for the annual Access Sacramento advocacy trip. The trip kicked off with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon at the opening reception and a dinner where attendees heard from L.A. delegation members, including State Senator Ben Allen and Assemblymembers Adrin Nazarian, Miguel Santiago and Blanca Rubio. The Governor's final budget was a running theme on Wednesday during breakfast remarks from Director of Finance Michael Cohen and CalMatters columnist Dan Walters, and lunch remarks from Controller Betty Yee and CalMatters Senior Editor Dan Morain. Participants personally visited more than 60 legislative offices and state department and advocated for or against 60 legislative bills and budget line items.
Chamber members enjoyed an evening of fun and networking while tapping into new connections within the Chamber membership and partnering organizations. This Business After Hours event was held for the first time at The Autry Museum of the American West.
Friday's celebration of global trade included remarks by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a keynote speech by Laurie Tolson, chief digital officer of GE Transportation, and a special conversation with U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan about the agency's initiatives in enhancing the region's global competitiveness and the impact of e-commerce. Congratulations to our award recipients, which include Jim MacLellan, director of trade development at the Port of Los Angeles, with the Stanley T. Olafson Bronze Plaque Award, and 13 high school and college student scholarship awardees!