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New Leaders Council

2015 West Coast Conversation

Please join

NLC Chairman Chris Kelly

NLC Board of Directors

NLC Los Angeles Chapter

for the

New Leaders Council
West Coast Conversation

Training 10,000 next generation leaders by 2020

Building toward the Future and the Progressive Bench


Friday & Saturday, March 13-14, 2015

The Globe Theater

100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608


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Registration is $25 and includes light breakfast and lunch. NLC has special hotel room rates at the Sheraton Universal Hotel (333 Universal Hollywood Drive, 91608). You can reserve a room at the hotel in the NLC room block by calling 888-627-7186 /7184 for central reservations and reference the "NEW LEADERS COUNCIL ROOM BLOCK" when calling.

You can park at the Frankenstein Garage, which is adjacent to The Globe Theater. Just take the escalator to the second floor and you'll be steps from The Globe.

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NLC Chairman Chris Kelly

NLC Board of Directors ~ NLC Los Angeles


2015 West Coast Conversation

March 13 - 14 | Los Angeles, CA


Saturday, March 14:  Globe Theater Universal Studios, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

9:30 am – 9:45 am: Welcome: Chris Kelly, Chairman of the Board, New Leaders Council


10:00 am – 10:30 am: The Importance of the next generation of leadership

Hon. Lucy Flores, Former Nevada State Assembly Member


10:30 am – 11:30 pm: Community Engagement: Building key strategies for community engagement through activists, philanthropists, and government




Neil Spears, NLC Los Angeles



Hon. Fiona Ma, California Board of Equalization


Stella Kim, Western Director of Strategic Campaigns, Young Invincibles

Alexandra Acker Lyons, President AL Advising


11:45 pm – 12:45 pm: Environment and energy policy in CA leading the nation




Hon. Graham Richard, CEO of Advanced Energy Economy




Jena Price, Legislative Affairs Director, California League of Conservation Voters


Parin Shah, Senior Strategist, Asian Pacific Environmental Network


RL Miller, Environmental Caucus California Democratic Party


1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch & Keynote: The digital evolution of media: what that means to the entertainment industry and consumers


Keynote Speaker

Robert Hayes,  Executive Vice President, Digital, NBC Entertainment


1:45 pm – 2:45 pm: Entertainment and Progressive Action




Brittany Ballard, NLC Los Angeles




Greg Propper, Partner Propper Daley


Wendy Cohen, Principal & Partner Picture Motion


Darnell Strom, Executive Director, Creative Artist Agency Foundation


Stephen Nemeth, CEO of Rhino Films


3:00 pm – 3:45 pm: City of Los Angeles: A City of the Future

Keynote Speaker

Peter Marx, Chief Innovation Technology Officer, City of Los Angeles


4:00 pm - 4:50 pm: Building the Progressive Bench




Eric DeSobe, NLC Los Angeles




David Winkler, Vice President of Project New America

Councilmember Esmeralda Soria, City of Fresno

Kate Maeder, NLC San Frnacisco


4:50 pm – 5:00 pm: Closing Remarks



5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Universal Studios Tour


6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Networking Reception at Universal Studios Globe Theater


Keynote Speaker (in progress)



Panel Overview

Entertainment and Progressive Action

This panel will discuss how the entertainment industry, specifically film, can act as a vehicle for igniting social change through the education of progressive public policy and our current cultural landscape. We will hear from members of the film industry on their experience with this medium to advocate for social change.

Environment and Energy Policy in CA leading the nation

California is often though of as the leader in progressive environmental and energy policy, taking on challenges in water, transportation, housing and more. This panel will discuss current or upcoming initiatives in California and around the country, with highlights of recent important successes at the local, state and national level and a look to the future.

Community Engagement: Building Key Strategies with Activists, Philanthropists and Government

This panel will host a discussion on different models used across sectors to engage various communities and promote social change. We will hear from advocates in the non-profit sector, from philanthropists and from members working in local and state governments on how they connect with or influence their respective communities.

The Progressive Bench

Different points of view will discuss the current political landscape after the last election cycle, what it takes to be successful young candidate, and the state of current campaign management.

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New Leaders Council is a 501 (c) (3) public charity dedicated to educating a new generation of leaders and to providing those leaders with the tools they need to succeed. NLC does not engage in political or legislative activities of any kind, does not support or oppose any candidate for public office, and serves only as an educational leadership training ground.