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Business Leaders Report to the Principal's Office for Annual Principal for a Day Event

The L.A. Area Chamber and LAUSD helped connect more than 100 business leaders to school site principals and small learning community administrators from throughout the region

LOS ANGELES, CA — Professionals working in finance, healthcare, media, sports and many other sectors reported to the principal’s office today as part of the 13th annual Principal for a Day event, which connects industry professionals with local school administrators for an exchange of ideas and resources in an effort to build lasting partnerships that benefit students.

Organized through Pillar, a partnership between the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Principal for a Day is a critical first step in building collaborative, long-term relationships between the business and education communities.

“The Chamber recognizes that today’s students will become tomorrow’s innovators and our next generation of business and community leaders,” said L.A. Area Chamber Board Chair Karen Hathaway, President & Managing Partner, LAACO, Ltd./Los Angeles Athletic Club. “We also recognize that education is the most important investment we can make to empower our region’s economy, and as such, the Chamber is committed to supporting reform efforts to improve education.”

During the Principal for a Day luncheon, Hathaway and LAUSD Board President Mónica García presented the Pillar Partnership Spotlight award to Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital Immediate Past President & CEO Dr. James Luck and Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Magnet High School Principal Erick Mata. The Spotlight award celebrates businesses and schools working together to strengthen education and student development. Today’s honorees were recognized for their collaborative work, which began in 2004.

Since the program’s inception, Principal for a Day has helped initiate hundreds of business-education partnerships. Pillar aims to match companies and organizations with LAUSD schools in order to engage the business community in public education. These partnerships can enhance student learning by bringing relevant industry expertise and guidance into the classroom.

The L.A. Area Chamber and LAUSD gratefully acknowledge the support of Pillar sponsors, including AT&T, The Automobile Club of Southern California, Chase, Citibank, Deloitte, DeVry University, State Farm, The James Irvine Foundation, The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. and Wells Fargo.


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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