Nancy Olson, vice president of the Chamber's Center for Leadership, was recently honored by the City Impact Lab as one of 18 Impact-Makers to Watch. The award is an annual distinction for local leaders who are doing foundational work to make a positive impact in L.A. with significant results. Honorees are designated by L.A. leaders, including the City Council and Board of Supervisors. Congratulations, Nancy!
The first Chamber Board Meeting of the year included the passing of the gavel from 2017 Chamber Board Chair Steve Nissen to 2018 Board Chair Michelle Kerrick and the presentation of the Chamber Board Member of the Year Award to Ed Casey, the Chamber Ambassador of the Year Award to Alex Perez, and the Employee Champion for Life Work Harmony Award to Green Hasson Janks.
The Council was joined by two Metro executives -- Senior Executive Officer Manjeet Ranu with the Countywide Planning and Development Department, and Deputy Chief Innovation Officer Nadine Lee from the Office of Extraordinary Innovation -- to discuss what Metro is working on for 2018.
The Chamber's Bixel Exchange hosted a demo day for six startups belonging to their pilot Executive-In-Residence (EIR) program. Participating startups included Foodies.ai, a restaurant recommendation chatbot; Lawgood, a legal advice app; Muvn, an innovative moving company app; and Patricglo, a real estate intelligence platform. Each startup pitched their companies in front of Bixel Exchange partners and members of the tech community, ending with a Q&A session with the audience. The demo day was the culmination of the pilot program, which brought together tech executives and L.A. startups at all stages for ha
The Chamber's Education and Workforce Development Council recognized Keith S. Parker who is retiring from the University of California, Los Angeles after 36 years of service. At UCLA, Parker provided critical leadership in engaging the local civic and business community in his role as assistant vice chancellor for Government and Community Relations. Parker, a Chamber board member and active Council participant, was presented with a pair of brass cufflinks worn by former L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley, another Bruin leader who left an indelible mark on this city. Congratulations, Keith!
The Accenture Pancakes & Politics speaker series wrapped up 2017 with Cal State University Chancellor Tim White. Each year, the 23 CSU campuses produce over 100,000 graduates, the vast majority of which stay to work in California. The Chancellor discussed upcoming budget challenges, the impacts of federal tax reform and the strides the system has made in increasing female leadership.
Beacon Economics Founding Partner Chris Thornberg joined the Chamber for our semi-annual economic briefing.
The Chamber celebrated the start of the holiday season with Board members and Circle Level Members at the 2017 Holiday V.I.P. reception.
The Chamber's Southern California Leadership Network celebrated their 30th anniversary at the 2017 Visionaries Awards held at the Theater at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Thirty of the leadership organization's most outstanding alumni were honored at the event, including Rep. Pete Aguilar, Former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Maria Contreras-Sweet, L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, and L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. The event featured first-hand stories of leadership by award recipients, a performance by Vignes Rooftop Revival and Low Leaf and the Ascendance, interactive poetry with Melrose Poetry Bureau and Rent Poet, and networking with more than 350 leaders.
Yesterday, members of the Chamber's Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group heard from leaders in the L.A. tech scene, Dakota Ortiz of the Annenberg Foundation, and Kat Yalung of Bixel Exchange. They provided an overview of the current trends in the L.A. tech community and the role of incubators, accelerators and investors in contributing to innovation growth. "L.A. will need to focus on encouraging an open global business mindset and partnerships abroad for the next wave of tech entrepreneurs to broaden their reach," said Ortiz.
The Chamber's Land Use, Construction & Housing Council heard from the Vince Bertoni, director of the City of L.A.'s Planning Department, at their last meeting of 2017. Bertoni gave the Council an update on the progress of general and community plan updates, re: code, and the recently released Transit-Oriented Communities guidelines. The Council took a support position on the motel conversion ordinance and discussed how to advocate for the permanent supportive housing ordinance that will be heard at the City Planning Commission in December. Additionally, the group heard a presentation from Chamber member City Century on their Olympia project
From Thanksgiving and cocktail parties to the office holiday party, Chamber member WeHo Sausage & Catering Co. has your festivities covered this holiday season. The local catering company serves up fresh and customized meals designed to fit the tastes of you and your guests, including a special holiday menu, custom charcuterie boards, cured salamis, and build-your-own flavor sausages.
Owner Peter Tulaney first established the catering company in 2014 as a pet project after discovering the benefits to eating fresh ground sausages, as opposed to anything store bought, or industrially processed. Peter decided to take his show on the road and opened a part-time catering company, catering small events and festivals. Within a few short years, his following expanded allowing him to open his first commercial kitchen in the Pico-Union district of DTLA. Currently, Peter and his staff cater office lunches and special events throughout the city. "Admittedly - office lunch catering is the bulk of our business - carrying us through week to week, but I really enjoy catering events - nothing is more fun than a great cocktail party," said Tulaney.
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