Gov. Brown to Address More than 1,500 Business Leaders During L.A. Area Chamber Inaugural Dinner

Governor will join Mayor Villaraigosa, other civic leaders in celebrating installation of 2012 Board Chair Karen Hathaway and honoring Harold Williams, Dr. Benjamin Chu & Wells Fargo

January 26, 2012 8:00 am

LOS ANGELES — Governor Jerry Brown and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are among those scheduled to speak to  more than 1,500 business and civic leaders this evening during the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce’s 123rd Annual Inaugural Dinner.

Recognized as the premier business and civic leadership event in Los Angeles, the Inaugural Dinner will celebrate the installation of 2012 Chair of the Board, Karen L. Hathaway, President & Managing Partner, LAACO, Ltd./Los Angeles Athletic Club.

“Tonight serves as a rallying point for the Los Angeles business community,” said L.A. Area Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. “It’s an opportunity for us to celebrate our successes in 2011 and build momentum for the work ahead of us in 2012.”

Throughout the evening, the Chamber will recognize outstanding leadership in the community by presenting the prestigious Civic Medal of Honor to Harold Williams; the Distinguished Business Leader award to Benjamin K. Chu, MD, MPH, MACP, President, Kaiser Permanente Southern California Region; and the Corporate Leadership Award to Wells Fargo.

The Civic Medal of Honor recognizes extraordinary non-elective civic and community service in the region. Williams joins a distinguished cadre of individuals; past recipients include Warren Christopher, Eli Broad, John Mack, Sherry Lansing, Richard Riordan & Nancy Daly Riordan, Father Gregory Boyle, Thomas McKernan, Stewart Kwoh and Barry Sanders. 

Dr. Chu will be presented with the Distinguished Business Leader Award for his extraordinary dedication to business and the community through leadership and philanthropic efforts.

The Corporate Leadership Award will be presented to Wells Fargo, which has demonstrated superior leadership in the long-term economic growth and prosperity of the region.

The event will include a special performance by Jersey Boys.


The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region.  For more information, visit

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