On May 4, 2017, Jennifer Grady attended the 92nd Annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast, hosted by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles, California. The event was attended by over 900 people connected to international business and trade in Los Angeles.
The keynote speakers were Mayor Eric Garcetti; Jack Dangermond, the billionaire founder of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI); and Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007. Mayor Garcetti discussed what makes Los Angeles one of the premier places to do business in the world, and his hopes to make Los Angeles the site of the 2024 Olympics. Mr. Dangermond explained how the use of interactive maps are changing the world as we know it, even in response to the international refugee crisis.
Mr. Blair explained his efforts to combat religious extremism, and commented on President Trump’s First 100 Days in Office: he wants President Trump to succeed, as his success is the US and Britain’s success. Since leaving office, Mr. Blair has spent most of his time on work in the Middle East, Africa, and on the fight against religiously-based extremism.
Through the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, Mr. Blair has chosen the path of an advocate, “to help governments and their people, whether Africa or emerging countries, alleviate poverty, raise living standards, foster religious and cultural tolerance and advance peace and reconciliation.”
Trade Associations at the Event
At the breakfast, Ms. Grady joined the delegation from the German American Business Association (GABA), of which she is a member, which included the Consul General of Germany to Los Angeles. GABA offers its members networking opportunities, as well as volunteer opportunities, at their many events across California for members of German Heritage, or those who are interested in the German culture.
Other delegations from around the world from countries such as Peru, Canada, and Bangladesh, hosted booths at the networking portion of the event to encourage trade between their home countries and the United States.
About World Trade Week
For more than 90 years, World Trade Week (WTW), an initiative of the L.A. Area Chamber, has been the most extensive and unique program of its kind in the country. WTW dedicates itself to educating the public on the importance and benefits of global trade on the local and national economy through a series of educational programs and events.
World trade is celebrated throughout the month of May with more than 30 events hosted by partnering organizations in Southern California that are jump started by the Chamber’s Annual WTW Kickoff Breakfast with more than 900 guests. WTW supports college and high school scholarships, high school student, and career counselor workshops, as well as briefings for civic and business leaders interested in benefiting from the global economy.
Southern California, known as the “Hub of Global Trade,” handles over $390 billion worth of trade. As a result, in Southern California, World Trade Week (WTW) is celebrated during the entire month of May, where events are held for business folks who have the desire to expand their knowledge and educate themselves more on international trade.
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