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Featuring diverse and emerging leaders who are creating and building community across the greater Los Angeles region, while seeking to elevate discourse, foster community connections and promote civic knowledge and engagement.

CivitasLA Dwayne Gathers

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

Featuring diverse and emerging leaders who are creating and building community across the greater Los Angeles region, while seeking to elevate discourse, foster community connections and promote civic knowledge and engagement.

    Creating a Better Community | Bea Stotzer, Co-Founder, New Economics for Women

    Creating a Better Community | Bea Stotzer, Co-Founder, New Economics for Women

    Reports suggest Latinas, a fast-growing segment of the U.S. population, will represent 30% of the female population by 2060. However, statistics have also shown that 3 in 10 Latina households have zero or negative wealth. Recognizing the wealth gap as a call to action, New Economics for Women was founded – in 1984 – with a mission to provide a voice and leadership for low—income and low-wealth immigrant Latinas and their families.
     
    CivitasLA is joined by Bea Stotzer, Co-Founder of New Economics for Women (NEW) to discuss their efforts to build community and spark economic mobility for women through wealth creation, housing, education, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement. NEW has built spaces and designed solutions, educated people, and invested in communities across the Greater Los Angeles region, while the organization’s social enterprise has cultivated 13 different private/public partnerships and developed another nonprofit organization.
     
    Bea, a nationally recognized business leader and family advocate who has devoted her life to creating economic and business solutions for poor families, leveraged an initial $97,000 grant into $300 million in investments for NEW. Bea currently chairs the Los Angeles County Women and Girls Initiative Governing Council. To learn more about NEW and to get involved, please visit: https://neweconomicsforwomen.org/.
     
    For more information, please visit www.CivitasLA.com and we also hope you’ll rate and review our show; and connect with us on Facebook (@CivitasLA), Instagram (@Civitas_LA) and Twitter (@Civitas_LA).

    • 40 min
    CivitasLA “Best of” presents – Hidden Gems

    CivitasLA “Best of” presents – Hidden Gems

    The actress, Greta Gerwig is quoted as saying: “Los Angeles is a place where if you have the right person with you, there are all these little worlds that you would never guess by just looking at the exterior of what the city is.”
    In this mini episode, let’s recap a few of our region’s “hidden gems” as shared by previous guests, in their words. Whether you’re local or visiting the region, we hope you find time to explore these hidden treasures of the region.
    For more information, please visit www.CivitasLA.com and we hope you’ll rate and review our show; and connect with us on Facebook (@CivitasLA), Instagram (@Civitas_LA) and Twitter (@Civitas_LA).

    • 3 min
    CivitasLA “Best of” presents – Favorite Watering Holes

    CivitasLA “Best of” presents – Favorite Watering Holes

    While most studies warn of the health risks of alcohol consumption, researchers at the University of Oxford have looked at whether having a drink may play a role in improving social cohesion, given its long association with human social activities. The study further shows that frequenting a local pub can directly affect people's social network size and how engaged they are in their local community.
    In this mini episode, we recap a few of our region’s favorite watering holes as shared by previous guests, in their words. And remember, if you are going to one of these, please “drink responsibly.”
    For more information, please visit www.CivitasLA.com and we hope you’ll rate and review our show; and connect with us on Facebook (@CivitasLA), Instagram (@Civitas_LA) and Twitter (@Civitas_LA).

    • 3 min
    CivitasLA “Best of” presents – Favorite Los Angeles Area Restaurants

    CivitasLA “Best of” presents – Favorite Los Angeles Area Restaurants

    Jonathan Gold, the late Los Angeles Times food critic noted:
    “Heraclitus once wrote that it is impossible to step in the same river twice. In Los Angeles, it can be nearly impossible to eat in the same restaurant twice. This is, I believe, what the economists call creative destruction. And it is not impossible here to experience extremes — restaurants that are born and die in a single evening; restaurants in suburbs so distant that they may as well be theoretical; restaurants so hard to get into that they may not actually exist outside of blogs. Los Angeles is where the modern restaurant was born, the good, the bad and the ugly of it, and we’re too far gone to stop now.”
    In this mini episode, hear our region’s civic leaders share their favorite restaurants in our region in their words. So, whether you’re local or visiting, we hope you’ll be inspired to check out on these LA favorites.
    For more information, please visit www.CivitasLA.com and we hope you’ll rate and review our show; and connect with us on Facebook (@CivitasLA), Instagram (@Civitas_LA) and Twitter (@Civitas_LA).

    • 3 min
    Redefining Leadership | Natalie Samarjian, President & CEO, Coro Southern California

    Redefining Leadership | Natalie Samarjian, President & CEO, Coro Southern California

    Founded in San Francisco in 1942 to train young veterans in the leadership skills necessary to assure that our democratic system of government could more effectively meet the needs of its citizens, Coro Southern California has operated since 1957, with a mission to strengthen the democratic process by preparing emerging leaders for effective and ethical leadership in public affairs.
     
    Join CivitasLA in conversation with Natalie Samarjian, President and CEO of Coro Southern California (herself a Coro alum) as we discuss their work in redefining what leadership means and looks like and their efforts towards building the next generation of community builders and leaders in our region who can engage in systems thinking and possess the ability to collaborate with other innovators across sectors, ideologies, and backgrounds.
     
    Under Natalie’s leadership, Coro has developed a new strategic plan, expanded programs, partnerships, and revenue, and cultivated a growing community of Coro alumni who are transforming communities across the country. (https://corola.org/people/natalie-samarjian/) To learn more and get involved, please visit: https://corola.org/
     
    For more information about CivitasLA, please visit www.CivitasLA.com and we hope you’ll rate and review our show; and connect with us on Facebook (@CivitasLA), Instagram (@Civitas_LA) and/or Twitter (@Civitas_LA).

    • 40 min
    Why Serve? | A Conversation with Los Angeles City Councilmembers Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Mark Ridley-Thomas

    Why Serve? | A Conversation with Los Angeles City Councilmembers Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Mark Ridley-Thomas

    Civic engagement involves “working to make a difference in the civic life of one’s community and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.” And, as Pew Research Center reports, with over 90,000 government units in the U.S., roughly 2% have ever run for federal, state, or local office.
     
    CivitasLA is joined by two distinguished civic leaders – Los Angeles City Councilmembers Marqueece Harris-Dawson & Mark Ridley-Thomas - who share their journey from community leaders to elected leadership and help answer the question “Why Serve?” for those who may feel disengaged from civic life and political participation. Representing over 500,000 citizens across their respective districts, they account for more than 30 years of combined elected service to community at the local, county and state levels of government. To learn more and get involved, please visit: www.mhdcd8.com and www.markridley-thomas.com.
     
    And for more information about CivitasLA, please visit www.CivitasLA.com. We hope you’ll rate and review our show; and connect with us on Facebook (@CivitasLA), Instagram (@Civitas_LA) and Twitter (@Civitas_LA).

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

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18 Ratings

18 Ratings

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Learning and Loving the Stories

Didn’t realize I needed this podcast until I began listening to it. It’s helping me to better connect with interesting people making Greater Los Angeles a better place.

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Great discussions, a must listen for any Angelino

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We look forward to hearing from the roster of leaders you have tee’d up for us.

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