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!
The ABE-LA Teacher Appreciation Brunch was an opportunity to express gratitude to the 270 teachers who participate in the Amgen Biotechnology Experience, Greater Los Angeles (ABE-LA) and make science matter for thousands of students across Los Angeles. ABE-LA is an innovative, science education program that introduces secondary school students to the excitement of scientific discovery by bringing real-world science labs into the classroom. It also provides teachers implementing the program with industry driven professional development.
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 Loews Hollywood Hotel.
Members of the Global Initiatives Council heard from Chamber Board member Humphrey Ho, managing partner of Hylink USA, who provided an overview of the e-commerce market in China and examined the opportunities and lessons that can be learned from their immense market successes.
The Chamber's Diplomatic & Commercial Officers group were briefed by specialists from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as both agencies provided an update on current U.S. import regulations and licensing requirements.