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The Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall (LAWACTH) is committed to presenting speakers that have both an international and domestic appeal. The new organization is thrilled to welcome Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti on October 21 to discuss how LA is becoming a truly global city. From the city’s growing ethnic diversity to the announcement that it will host the 2028 Olympics, it's a metropolis that's on track to have international appeal like New York and London.
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The Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall (LAWACTH) is an organization that is not only seasoned with experience, but that has also embarked on an exciting new chapter. The Los Angeles World Affairs Council was founded in 1953 and Town Hall Los Angeles was founded in 1937. Both organizations have the unique capability to connect what's happening in Los Angeles, and internationally, to Angelenos as they welcome speakers from around the globe to discuss the day's most pressing topics.
Led by former Town Hall Los Angeles President, Kim McCleary Blue, the staff is a small, but especially mighty one. LAWACTH produces nearly 100 events per year. With the staff holding key roles in event production, marketing, membership, and more, they are unified by their mission to inform, educate, and promote civic discussion on the most critical issues.
On August 30, two of Los Angeles' most iconic speakers institutions, the Los Angeles World Affairs Council (est. in 1953) and Town Hall Los Angeles (est. in 1937), merged to create Southern California's premier speaker's forum. The mission of the new organization, Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall (LAWACTH), is to educate and engage Angelenos by producing timely, compelling programs on international, national, and regional topics of importance. LAWACTH's new President & CEO is Kim McCleary Blue who was the past President of Town Hall Los Angeles.
To officially kick off the merger to the public, LAWACTH hosted a 300 person lunch with Ambassador Samantha Power to discuss not only her illustrious diplomatic career, which included her role as US Ambassador to the United Nations, but to discuss her concerns with developing issues in the current global political arena. In addition to a Board of Directors that encompasses the "Who's Who" in Los Angeles business and international community, the Council also boasts a dynamic Young Professionals Board that produces millennial-centric global events and a High School student program that hosts briefings for students to interact with speakers before the main program. Both groups were created to ensure the future growth and sustainability of LAWACTH.
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