Virtual Events

As we adapt to a changing business and community landscape due to COVID-19, it is more important than ever to stay connected and informed. 


COVID-19 is fundamentally changing how we communicate and do business—at least for the foreseeable future. Quickly adapting to this new environment, we have pivoted from large-scale conferences and convenings to online events. These discussions feature elected officials, business leaders, academics and policy experts. 

Event Archive

February 5, 2021 

LA City’s New Procurement Platform to Benefit Diverse Small Businesses

Discussion Featured

  • LA City Councilmember Paul Krekorian
  • Brad Cox, Senior Managing Director, Trammell Crow Company and the Chair of the LABC Institute
  • Shannon Hoppes, Chief Procurement Officer for the City of LA
  • Ted Ross, Chief Information Officer and General Manager
  • Lori Tierney, CEO Tierney Management

January 29, 2021

LAUSD: Clean Energy & Measure RR, $7 Billion School Bond

Discussion Featured

  • LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner
  • Mark Hovatter, Chief Facilities Executive 

December 16, 2020 

Super Bowl LVI Business Connect Workshop

Discussion Featured

  • Kathryn Schloessman, President & CEO, Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission
  • B.J. Waymer, NFL Business Connect Lead
  • Chincie Mouton, Director, Business Connect, Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission

Click here to access the Super Bowl LVI Business Connect Playbook

November 16, 2020 

Northeast Valley FiT Workshop

Discussion Featured

  • LA City Council President Nury Martinez
  • Martin Adams, General Manager & Chief Engineer, LADWP
  • Greg Sarvas, Distributed Energy Programs, LADWP
  • Jonathan Port, CEO, PermaCity Solar
  • Veronica Padilla, Executive Director, Pacoima Beautiful

August 6, 2020 

Northeast Valley Solar Workshop

Discussion Featured

  • Councilman Monica Rodriguez
  • Martin Adams, General Manager & Chief Engineer, LADWP
  • Greg Sarvas, Distributed Energy Programs, LADWP
  • Justin AlemanDistributed Energy Programs, LADWP
  • Andres Ramirez, Policy Director, Pacoima Beautiful

July 28, 2020 

COVID-19 & LA’s Economic Development: Expanding Opportunities for Small, Minority & Woman-Owned Businesses

Discussion Featured

  • Councilman Paul Krekorian, Chair, Budget & Finance Committee
  • Councilman Curren D. Price Jr., Chair, Economic Development Committee 
  • City Controller Ron Galperin
  • Shannon Hoppes, Chief Procurement Officer, Mayor’s Office of Budget & Innovation

July 21, 2020 

COVID-19 & Safe Voting in the November Election

Discussion Featured

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla 




July 8, 2020 

COVID-19’s Impact on California’s Water Infrastructure and Revenues

Discussion Featured

  • Senator Henry Stern, Chair, Natural Resources & Water Committee
  • Richard Harasick, Senior Assistant General Manager of Water Systems, LADWP
  • Katano Kasaine, Assistant General Manager and Chief Financial Officer, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • David Nahai, President, David Nahai Companies




June 25, 2020 

COVID-19 & California’s Housing Crisis

Discussion Featured

  • Assemblymember David Chiu, Chair, Housing & Community Development Committee
  • Robin Hughes, President & CEO, Abode Communities
  • Eileen Fitzgerald, Head of Housing Affordability Philanthropy, Wells Fargo
  • Phil Ansell, Director, LA County Homeless Initiative




June 17, 2020 

COVID-19 & California’s Insurance Market

Discussion Featured

California State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara 



May 26, 2020 

COVID-19 Impact on LA’s Regional Economy

Speakers Included: 

  • Nadine Watt, CEO, Watt Companies
  • Jon Vein, President, Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Development Board of Commissioners
  • Stephen Cheung, President, World Trade Center & EVP, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)
  • Paul Audley, President, FilmLA  

June 10, 2020

Back to Business: Back to Work

Speakers Included: 

  • Kelly Bacon, America’s Workplace Lead, Strategy, AECOM
  • Lew Horne President, Advisory Services, Pacific Southwest, CBRE
  • Michel Mahdesain, Chairman, Servicon Systems
  • Billy Chun, Deputy Mayor of Economic Development, City of Los Angeles

May 28, 2020

COVID-19 & The LA City Budget


Discussion Featured

LA City Council Budget Chair Paul Krekorian


May 12th, 2020

COVID-19 & LAUSD’s Response 


Discussion Featured

LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner


May 22nd, 2020 

COVID-19 & California’s Clean Energy Policies

Speakers Included: 

  • Assemblymember Phil Ting, Chair, Budget Committee
  • Caroline Choi, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Edison International & Southern California Edison and;
  • Paul Jennings, Principal PCS Energy


April 24th, 2020 

Federal Response to COVID-19

Discussion Featured U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Thank you Wells Fargo! 

Thank you to our parter, Wells Fargo, for helping us connect  our members with elected officials, experts and local leaders about how COVID-19 is impacting the housing and homelessness crisis in Los Angeles. 


Thank you in particular to Gregg Sherkin, Senior Vice President, Community Relations Senior Manager Wells Fargo

April 22, 2020 

COVID-19 & California’s Economic Development Response 

Speakers Included: 

  • Richard Ziman, Founding & Vice Chair, Los Angeles Business Council

  • Emile Haddad, Chairman & CEO, FivePoint, member Gov. Newsom’s California Economic Recovery Task Force

  • Stuart Gabriel, Arden Realty Chair, Professor of Finance, and Director of the Richard S. Ziman Center for Real Estate, UCLA.

  • Victor Parker, District Director, SBA’s Los Angeles District Office


May 14, 2020 

COVID-19 & California’s Clean Energy Policies

Speakers Included: 

  • Sammy Roth, Energy Reporter, LA Times 
  • Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board and;
  • David Hochschild, Chair, California Air Resources Board 


May 7th, 2020

COVID-19 & CA’s Housing Crisis

Speakers Included:

  • County Supervisor Hilda Solis,

  • Amy Anderson, Chief Housing Officer for Mayor Garcetti

  • Ann Sewill, Vice President of Health & Housing at the California Community Foundation

  • Bill Witte, Chairman and CEO of Related California


April 17th, 2020

COVID-19 & California’s Housing Crisis

Speakers Included: 

  • California Assemblymember Miguel Santiago and; 

  • Jason Elliott, Senior Counselor to Governor Newsom for Housing and Homelessness.

April 30th, 2020

COVID-19 & California’s Energy Market

Speakers Included: 

  • Reiko Kerr, Senior Assistant General Manager of Power System Engineering, Planning and Technical Services, LADWP; 

  • Tom Buttenbach, President & CEO, 8minute Solar Energy;

  • Liane Randolph, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Comission. 

March 25th, 2020 

COVID-19 & California’s Housing Crisis

Speakers Included: 

  • Sarah Dusseault, LAHSA Chair and; 
  • Jacqueline Waggoner, LAHSA Commissioner and Vice President & Southern California Marker Leader for Enterprise Community Partner’s

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