Emcee Kamala Lopez and presenters Amy Elaine Wakeland and Jason George lent their compelling voices to our program. And, because of your pledges, the Beth and Julia Meltzer Internship Program will once again have the funds to train the next generation of social change leaders.
We are happy to report that we exceeded our financial goal and are deeply appreciative of your generous support of the Women for a New Los Angeles Luncheon. We look forward to seeing you on December 7 for the City of Justice Awards, and at next year’s Luncheon!
Ms. Carteris became a household name playing Andrea Zuckerman on the Aaron Spelling drama Beverly Hills, 90210. The success of the show allowed her to get involved with many great organizations, including DARE, Noxzema Extraordinary Teen program, MADD, Read to Grow, Best Buddies and the Sky’s the Limit Fund. Ms. Carteris has also worked as a producer, creating a series of specials called Lifestories, which led to her producing and hosting her own talk show for Fox, Gabrielle. Recent credits include a recurring role on Code Black and guest-starring roles on Criminal Minds, Make It or Break It, The Event, Longmire and The Middle. On stage, she performed in a special presentation of The Vagina Monologues to raise money to combat violence against women and child abuse.
A fierce advocate for inclusion and equity for all, Ms. Carteris is a sought-after speaker and panelist on diversity topics and led the union’s fight to pass California’s “IMDb Law,” which helps mitigate rampant age discrimination in entertainment and other industries. In 2016, she testified before the California Senate Judiciary Committee, authored editorials and organized a letter, fax and email campaign to urge Governor Brown to sign AB 1687. In 2016, she was honored by the Jewish Labor Committee Western Region with the Elinor Glenn Leadership Award and was named to both Variety’s Power of Women L.A. Impact Report and The Hollywood Reporter’s 2016 Women in Entertainment Power 100 list.
Ms. Guerrero has worked with Garcetti since he was first elected to the City Council in 2001. She was appointed as his council office chief of staff in 2008, after serving as his district director and deputy chief of staff. Upon his election as Mayor in 2013, Garcetti appointed her chief of staff.
Ms. Guerrero brings extensive community organizing experience to her role as the Mayor’s chief strategist. She began her organizing career in 1990 with the Sonoma County Faith Based Community Organizing Project where she organized low- and middle-income families around issues such as job creation and affordable housing. She came to Los Angeles in 1995 to become the lead organizer of the United Neighborhoods Organization (UNO). There, she led a campaign that helped more than 5,000 immigrants become naturalized, politically active citizens. She has also provided technical assistance to community-based organizations through the Center for Community Change.
Ms. Guerrero is an elected member of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party (AD43) and is president of the Avance Democratic Club of Los Angeles County. She is also a member of the Project on Municipal Innovation Advisory Group, a joint initiative of the Harvard Kennedy School and Living Cities. Ms. Guerrero is an immigrant from Mexico and is the daughter of farm workers. She is married to Neal Goldstein and is the mother of three children ages 26, 13 and 11.
In 2009, Ms. Lopez began the ERA Education Project, creating multi-media PSA’s, video FAQ’s, social media campaigns and educational videos, piloting curriculum and traveling around the country speaking to groups as well as students in colleges and high schools. Ms. Lopez’s work on behalf of women and girls has been recognized by Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors and Women’s Commission, which named her 2015 Woman of the Year (Arts/Media). In 2012, Women’s eNews selected her as one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” and the National Women’s Political Caucus named her the 2011 Woman of Courage.
During her six years in the Legislature Ms. Mitchell has obtained passage into law of more than 50 bills. Her legislation seeks to improve human services, expand access to healthcare, secure women’s reproductive rights, protect the environment, end the trafficking of minors, defend the civil rights of minorities and the undocumented and, above all, reduce the numbers of children growing up in poverty.Prior to becoming a legislator she headed California’s largest child and family development organization, Crystal Stairs, and worked for the Western Center on Law and Poverty. She is the proud mother of an inquisitive millennial.
AMY ELAINE WAKELAND First Lady of Los Angeles Amy Elaine Wakeland is the First Lady of Los Angeles. She is also an activist, philanthropist, public policy expert and political strategist. Ms. Wakeland’s professional career includes work as the senior political advisor for the California Dean for America campaign, campaign manager for Michela Alioto for Secretary of State, executive director of the Coalition for Kids, director of the Progressive L.A. Network and strategic planner for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services. Prior to her move to L.A., she worked briefly as a community organizer and judicial clerk and attended graduate school at Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Her non-profit commitments extend primarily to organizations that serve L.A.’s neediest residents and that work to eradicate sexual violence. Ms. Wakeland currently serves on the board of directors of People Assisting the Homeless and Just Detention International. She also is active with the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking and the Liberty Hill Foundation, where she helped found the Pobladores Fund, a giving circle that contributes to social justice causes in L.A.
JULIE GUTMAN DICKINSON LAANE Advisory Board Co-Chair Julie Gutman Dickinson has devoted her career to public service, advocating for the rights of workers, immigrants and underserved communities. She is currently a partner at the labor law firm Bush Gottlieb, where she provides services for private and public sector unions and low-wage workers. Ms. Gutman Dickinson specializes in administrative, state and federal court litigation, arbitrations, organizing campaigns, collective-bargaining negotiations, government relations, political advice and policy advocacy. She previously served as executive director of the Program for Torture Victims, vice-president of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works Commissioners and senior labor advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. During more than a decade at the National Labor Relations Board, she was the only attorney to achieve a 100% win record in voluminous unfair labor practice trials and federal district court injunction litigation.
SUZY MARKS LAANE Advisory Board/Philanthropist/Community Activist Born and raised in Los Angeles, Suzy Marks has devoted her life to community activism. With her husband, Wally Marks, she worked on everything from living wage campaigns to health care and campaign finance reform to Families to Amend California’s Three Strikes Law (FACTS) and immigrant rights. She played an instrumental role in the creation of NewGround, a Muslim/Jewish partnership designed to foster closer ties between Jews and Muslims in Southern California. She shared a deep dissatisfaction with Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory and brought speakers to Los Angeles from the Middle East. After Wally’s death in 2009, Ms. Marks continued her engagement, which reflects her deeply felt belief that none of us can function effectively on our own. “While I may fervently want there to be a living wage, job programs, affordable housing, clean air for the port truck drivers and healthy food for the disadvantaged, there is no way that I can begin to do any of this on my own,” she says. “None of us can. We need organizations that will do what needs to be done.” Together with Wally she raised four wonderful children and six loving grandchildren.
JYOTI SARDA LAANE Advisory Board/Founder and Principal, Nimble Media Jyoti Sarda is the founder of Nimble Media, a consulting firm focused on start-up opportunities within the convergence of digital entertainment content and technology. Recently, she served as vice president of marketing at Paramount Home Media, leading all facets of global marketing operations for Paramount partner brands including Dreamworks, Marvel, Lucasfilm, CBS, Showtime, MTV and Nickelodeon while overseeing international marketing of Paramount’s film catalog and acquisitions. Prior to Paramount, Ms. Sarda worked at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, spearheading the international new releases of high-profile franchises (Avatar, X-Men) and specialty titles from Fox Searchlight. She also managed the domestic TV DVD group during the heyday of 24, The Simpsons and Family Guy. Before transitioning into entertainment, Ms. Sarda was an advertising executive at agencies like Ogilvy & Mather and J. Walter Thompson and worked with clients such as Kraft, Dole and Mattel. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. Having received her bachelor’s degree from USC and EMBA from UCLA-Anderson, she’s both a Bruin and a Trojan and won’t entertain requests to choose a favorite.
BETTY T. YEE California State Controller State Controller Betty T. Yee was elected in November 2014, following two terms of service on the Board of Equalization. Ms. Yee was first elected to the Board of Equalization in 2006 where she represented 21 counties in northern and central California. Now serving as the state’s chief fiscal officer, Ms. Yee also chairs the Franchise Tax Board and serves as a member of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) boards. These two boards have a combined portfolio of nearly $500 billion. Ms. Yee has over 30 years of experience in public service, specializing in state and local finance and tax policy. Ms. Yee currently serves on the board of directors for the Equality California Institute. She is a co-founder of the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project, which exposes California high school youth to public service, public policy and political arenas.
LAANE has offered internships as part of college study or as summer placements. Both undergraduate and graduate students have benefited from their time with LAANE, and many have gone on to permanent jobs with LAANE or similar activist organizations. LAANE offers training in community organizing, research and communications.
In 2012, LAANE established the Beth and Julia Meltzer Internship Program. With the annual support of private donors, LAANE now works to offer expanded internship training opportunities to young people to help jump-start their careers as social justice advocates. LAANE’s internship program has now become a centerpiece of the Women for a New Los Angeles Luncheon.
"It was challenging in many ways, but it was also just as rewarding. I have had a lot of personal growth while working here and I’m grateful for that, but most of all, the people I have met working here is what shaped my experience."
"Being a part of this internship program has taught me to further broaden my horizons and never underestimate the power of people uniting for a common cause."
"I think the internship program provides a very supportive and nurturing learning environment for interns that helps them grow."
"I had never experienced an office environment that had more intelligent, passionate and values-driven people. Creating change in the world can take a lifetime, but seeing change in yourself can take just one summer."
"By the end of the summer, I’d helped to secure five neighborhood council endorsements, inaugurated a new farmer’s market outreach program and orchestrated delegations of key community leaders to four different council members’ offices."
1015 S. Georgia St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Parking off West Road (Map)
Driving Directions from North: 110 Freeway Southbound: Exit Olympic Blvd. and turn right at end of ramp. Turn right at Olympic Blvd. Turn right at Georgia St. Turn right in the first driveway (West Road). Arrive at *West Road Valet*
Driving Directions from South: 405 Fwy north to 110 Fwy north (Harbor Fwy/Los Angeles). Take 110 Fwy north and transition to the 10 Fwy West. Take the Pico Blvd. off ramp. Continue north past Pico Blvd. (on L.A. Live Wy.). Go past 11th Street. Turn right at Olympic Blvd. Turn right at Georgia St. Turn right in the first driveway (West Road)
Arrive at *West Road Valet*
Please allow 15 minutes for parking and registration.
Where is the luncheon?
Returning guests, please note this year’s new location!
The J.W. Marriott, Downtown Los Angeles at LA Live
900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
What is the dress code?
Business Attire or Casual Chic. Please join us in wearing something white in honor of the women’s suffrage movement.
How do I get my ticket/table number?
Once you enter the J.W. Marriot, follow signs to the Diamond Ballrom floor (the top floor). Once you exit the elevator/escalators, you will see the registration table. Please check in under your last name at the registration table to receive your ticket/table number. You will also have the opportunity to pay for your parking before the event to avoid the rush after. Please allow 20 minutes for valet and check-in.
What if I need to send someone in my place?
Please have the substitute guest check in under the original ticket holder’s name.
What if I need to purchase another ticket?
The Luncheon is completely sold out at this time. No additional tickets are available. We appreciate your understanding.
What will take place during the reception hour?
The Luncheon reception will feature music by the all-female mariachi group Mariachi Divas, complimentary mimosas, and a cash margarita bar. Attendees will have the opportunity to take photos at the step-and-repeat as well as the selfie station, offer words of support and plans for the future at the post-it wall, and shop at the Luncheon pop-up boutique for any last minute Mother’s Day gifts and finds from Skylight Books, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, and the Downtown Women’s Center. Vendors will be accepting cash or credit card and will be open before and after the Luncheon program.
What is on the Luncheon menu?
This year’s three-course meal features a market greens salad with ciabatta crostini and sherry shallot emulsion, followed by sea salt and oregano seared salmon and finishing with either an old fashioned chocolate cake or strawberry sorbet. Vegetarians and vegans can enjoy the market greens salad, a multi-grain medley of quinoa, rice, chick peas, portabello mushroom and fresh seasonal vegetables, and strawberry sorbet with fresh strawberries.
How do I order a vegan/vegetarian meal?
Just let your waiter know that you would like a vegan/vegetarian meal.
What time does the Luncheon program conclude?
The program will wrap up by 2 pm sharp.