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Groundbreaking Summit Spurs New Life for LA Civic Leadership

Future of Cities: Leading in LA Announces Speaker Lineup

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 09, 2015

To shape the future of Los Angeles means showing up when the movement is afoot. And it is, so don't miss it. That date is October 19, 2015. The place is LACMA. Future of Cities, a new civic initiative, will convene the meeting.

Future of Cities: Leading in LA will bring together extraordinary personalities from around Los Angeles, all of them movers and shakers in nonprofits, business, public agencies and media, for a candid dialogue about how to transform the Los Angeles region?s challenges into a vibrant, cutting-edge future.

?Los Angeles's lack of high-level collaboration across sectors, cultures, and geographies puts everyone at a disadvantage,? said Donna Bojarsky, Founder and Chair of Future of Cities. ?To change our region for the better, we must have long-term civic leadership infrastructure that enables the most creative and knowledgeable people to participate in generating the broad-scale transformations LA needs to thrive.?

Angelenos interested in joining this high-level civic network at LACMA on October 19th are urged to purchase tickets on the Future of Cities website.

The launch event includes an array of extraordinary personalities representing Los Angeles? most accomplished civic, business and philanthropic leaders in exclusive keynote conversations about the region?s future. The goal is to build the foundation for a more civically engaged Los Angeles. Scheduled panelists include musician and activist Moby; KCRW host Madeleine Brand; The Advancement Project CEO John Kim; U.S. Hispanic Media Inc. Chair of the Board Monica Lozano; Gallerist and Leimert Park Advocate Michelle Papillion; LA24 Olympic Bid Committee Chairman Casey Wasserman and many more.

The event begins at 5 p.m. with a visual display of L.A. neighborhoods by Walton Isaacson with specially designed maps from the MIT Media Lab. The cross-sector discussion and program features panelists who will address some of the most pressing issues facing Los Angeles, tapping into their deep reserve of leadership experience and passion for our city, to contribute to a shared vision of change.

The latest Future of Cities: Leading in LA lineup has been released with speakers who include:

  •     Tom Ascheim, President, ABC Family
  •     Madeleine Brand, Host, Press Play, KCRW
  •     Bill Chait, Restaurateur & Health Advocate
  •     Juan Devis, SVP, KCETLink
  •     Ashley Franklin, Community Organizer, Community Rights Campaign
  •     Wendy Garen, President & CEO, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
  •     Leslie Gilbert-Lurie, Author; Founder, Alliance for Children?s Rights
  •     Michael Govan, CEO & Wallis Annenberg Director, LACMA
  •     John Kim, CEO, The Advancement Project
  •     Monica Lozano, Chair of the Board, U.S. Hispanic Media Inc.
  •     Mary Melton, Editor in Chief, Los Angeles magazine
  •     Moby, award-winning musician and LA activist
  •     Kara Nortman, Partner, Upfront Ventures
  •     Aaron Paley, Co-Founder, CicLAvia
  •     Michelle Papillion, Gallerist and Leimert Park Advocate
  •     Wayne Ratkovich, President & CEO, The Ratkovich Company
  •     Casey Wasserman, Chairman, LA24 Olympic Bid Committee and Chairman & CEO, Wasserman Media Group

To purchase tickets for the October 19th, 5pm event to be held at LACMA (5905 Wilshire Blvd), go to Prices start at $110.

For more information, please visit or find us on Facebook ( and Twitter ( @FutureOf_Cities.

Future of Cities: Leading in LA envisions a Los Angeles that cultivates and sustains innovative and effective civic leadership working together across sectors, cultures, and geographies to create a prosperous and livable future for all in our region.

Donna is a second generation Angeleno who believes deeply in the potential of her frontier hometown. She has dedicated her life to forms of advocacy and causes, having worked for Mayor Tom Bradley, President Bill Clinton and the Honorable Richard Katz. She has managed the philanthropy of Richard Dreyfuss and Norm Pattiz, and serves as contributing editor to Los Angeles magazine. Founder of the New Leaders Project of the LA Jewish Federation, the Foreign Policy Roundtable and co-founder of LA Works, LA's premiere volunteer action center, Donna also serves as an appointee to California Volunteers (recently a recipient of the Trailblazer of Service Award) and the LA County Human Relations Commission.

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