Center for Impact Events

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Impact Week 2022 focused on the future of Los Angeles by examining what our extraordinarily diverse city looks like right now. We considered the factors contributing to the life experience - and disparities - in L.A. and discussed how different sectors interconnect.

We examined the build environment, inequitable food access, public green spaces, the mayor's Sustainable City Plan, the burgeoning tech economy of Silicon Beach, improvements in public transit alongside skyrocketing real estate prices, growing numbers of unhoused people and soaring temperatures amid worsening drought.
In six years, the world will be watching when Los Angeles takes center stage as host of the 2028 Summer Olympics. Will the city present itself as a thriving and healthy metropolis? How will the city showcase its willingness to innovate and incorporate diverse thoughts to create social action? Which local corporations are seeding positive changes now that will sow benefits come 2028?

To attempt to answer those questions and inspire discussion, we heard from a range of panelists and keynote speakers from both the private and public sectors. We sought change-makers from the grassroots level to the heights of industry who recognize UCLA's research, education, and service missions as crucial to the future of our region. By examining different L.A. neighborhoods, Impact week 2022 trained a lens on the business solutions best poised to improve the social determinants of health for Los Angelenos.

Future of Housing: From COVID-19 to New Urbanism to Affordable Housing

With Los Angeles facing a housing crisis in the midst of a global health crisis, the need for innovation in housing is urgent. This panel covered some of the most exciting innovations in the housing space and discussed what we expect housing to look like in 20 years. From modular and 3D printed homes, to housing design that promotes health and wellness, to green buildings that help mitigate the impacts of climate change, there are many innovations to celebrate.  

This event was in partnership with The UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate.

The Future of Work, Part II: American Factory

Participant Media’s Impact Producer, Heriselda Begaj-Viotti, and Faculty Chairman and Deputy Dean of Academic Affairs, Sanjay Sood, discussed the 2020 Academy Award-winning documentary: American Factory, which documents the revitalization of one long-shuttered factory in Dayton, Ohio. The film provides a startling glimpse into the global economic realignment playing out in towns and cities across the country — and the world. American Factory is currently distributed through Netflix with a 96% Rotten Tomatoes rating, and is the first film produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground Productions.

The Future of Food

Seth Goldman, co-founder of Eat the Change, PLNT Burger and Honest Tea, and chair of the board of Beyond Meat, in conversation with Dr. Jennifer Walske, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations, on the future of food, including how we can balance the needs of our population and the health of our planet through more sustainable food consumption practices.

The Future of Work: From COVID-19 to Automation to Artificial Intelligence

This panel — moderated by Professor Terry Kramer, faculty director of the Easton Technology Management Center, and including Eleni Kounalakis, California’s first female lieutenant governor; Elana Zeide, PULSE Fellow in Artificial Intelligence, Law and Policy at the UCLA School of Law; and Matt Plummer, VP of product strategy at ZipRecruiter — explored how work is being shaped in the near term by COVID-19, as well as over the longer term by automation and artificial intelligence. The panel discussion was followed by a Q&A.

High Impact Teas

John Fisher, MD, MBA ('09) on Health, Leadership and Equity: The CMO of MLK Jr. Community Hospital joins us for the High Impact Tea

Dr. Fisher shares about the public-private partnership that was established between the University of California and Los Angeles County

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Sustainable Travel: The Future of Travel Drives Social Good. High Impact Tea featuring Tara Russell and Jessica Blotter

On Nov 14, the founders of Fathom (Carnival Corporation) and Kind Traveler discussed how travel companies are working to create positive change on people and the planet through sustainable, scalable innovations.

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Hugh Chang (’90), former director of Strategy, Planning and Management for Global Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Gayle Northrop (’96) moderated a discussion with Hugh Chang (’96) on his journey to an impact career.

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Nike Irvin (’89), a problem solver with more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, board service and private sector brand management.

Nike Irvin (’89) spoke to a UCLA Anderson Audience in conversation with Bhavna Sivanand (’14), director of the Center for Impact, and Julie Ortega (’19), Net Impact director of engagement, on her multifaceted career and the need for social responsibility in business.

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How Business Leaders Become Climate Leaders

UCLA Law’s Mary Nichols tells MBAs what COP26 means for their careers

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Past speakers also include

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Five Lessons in Entrepreneurship from T.K. Pillan (’96) the Founder of Veggie Grill

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Blair Taylor ('90) on Bridging Communities of Social Difference

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UCLA Anderson Alumna Kate Cochran Recognizes the Entrepreneurial Spirit that Creates Jobs for the Poorest of the Poor

Past Events Highlights


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