Getting back from L.A.

Getting back from L.A.

Dear NLC Family,

Two weekends ago, I was in Los Angeles at NLC’s 2015 West Coast Conversation. If you weren’t able to make it, it was an excellent event, and I hope to see you soon at the next NLC event in your community.

The Globe Theater, Universal Studios

The day started off with NLC Chairman Chris Kelly welcoming a crowd of over 120 progressive entrepreneurs to The Globe Theater at Universal Studios.  Former Nevada State Assembly Member Lucy Flores kicked us off with her compelling story on breaking barriers and pushing the progressive mission.

The day continued with several panels discussing the hard lessons of community engagement, environment and energy policy in California, how popular entertainment can further the progressive mission, and how to continue building the bench of progressive leaders.


Hon. Fiona Ma, NLC LA board member Jaya Bhumitra, NLC Board of Directors member Alexandra Acker-Lyons, and Stella Kim

Hon. Graham Richard, Parin Shah, RL Miller, Jena Price

We also had three keynote speakers, starting with Former Mayor Graham Richard, CEO of Advanced Energy Economy, who spoke on how energy impacts living conditions and creates jobs.

NLC LA alum Brittany Ballard, Greg Propper, Wendy Cohen, Darnell Strom

NLC LA board member Eric DeSobe, David Winkler, Councilmember Esmeralda Soria, NLC SF Co-Director Kate Maeder

Also, Robert Hayes, Vice President of Digital at NBC Entertainment, was a fantastic lunch speaker and used specific case studies to demonstrate  leading digital strategies used on successful entertainment campaigns.

And we heard from Peter Marx, Chief Innovation Technology Officer for the City of Los Angeles, who discussed urban planning and creative ways to optimize city transport while also making the city more secure.

As you can imagine after a day full of lessons on furthering the progressive mission, it was time for some fun. Universal Studios treated us to a private tour, including free access to several of the park’s newest rides and scenes from movies filmed on the studio campus.

We then finished the day back at The Globe Theater for a networking reception.

It was the best way to spend a day – making the future more progressive and having a great time while you do it. You can see the energy, comments and more photos of the day by following #WestCoastConvo.

Thank you again to all those that attended, our speakers, and our chapter leadership without whom this would not be possible.

Looking forward to seeing you at the next event!

Matti Miranda
New Leaders Council Senior Advisor

p.s. – if you’re in the northeast, save the date for our Northeast Conversation on May 9 #NEConvo