Friday, June 8th, 2018

PLUS² The Resilient City

Forging a more inclusive economy


To us, cities are resilient because of the people living in them. The type of economy that we envision is both abundant and inclusive and is filled with opportunity. Communities of color in urban neighborhoods are the definition of resilient, as they have had to be that way for decades. Join us for our 6th annual PLUS² as we highlight the incredible and innovative work being done to change systems and expand economic opportunity.






Michaela MENDELSohn

Founder & CEO




Executive Director
Chinese Progressive Association (CPA)


Sissy Trinh

Executive Director
Southeast Asian Community Alliance (SEACA)


Dr. Martha Matsuoka

Associate Professor, Urban and Environmental Policy
Occidental College

joan ling

Lecturer in Urban Planning

Dr. George McCarthy

President & CEO
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy


Dr. Manuel pastor

Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity


Kimberly Bryant

Founder & CEO
Black Girls CODE


oscar menjivar

Founder & CEO
TxT: Teens Exploring Technology


Andres Cuervo

UCLA Tech + Innovation Initiative


Emiliana Puyana

Program Coordinator
La Cocina


Dilsa lugo

Chef & Owner
Los Cilantros


Azusena Favela

Director of Programs & Operations


ANDREA Unsworth

SuperNova Women



PLUS² is an open-format summit, where guests can join us for the whole day, or come for select sessions:

8:00 AM | Registration with Coffee & Pastries 

9:00 PM | Welcome Remarks

Morning Sessions:

  • 9:30 AM – Workforce Equity & Inclusion for Transgender Workers
    Michaela Mendelsohn, TransCanWork
  • 10:15 AM – Building an Equitable Pipeline of Youth of Color in Tech
    Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls CODE; & Oscar Menjivar, TxT: Teens Exploring Technology ; moderated by Andres Cuervo, UCLA Tech + Innovation Initiative
  • 11:10 AM- Value Capture as a Means for Inclusive Development
    Dr. George McCarthy, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

12:00 PM|  Lunch

Afternoon Sessions:

  • 1:15 PM – Advocating for a Strong California Economy
    Dr. Manuel Pastor, USC
  • 2:00 PM – Incubating & Cultivating a Community of Food Entrepreneurs
    Emiliana Puyana, LA Cocina; & Dilsa Lugo, Los Cilantros; moderated by Azusena Favela, LURN
  • 2:55 PM – Cannabis in California: Opportunities for Equity & Entrepreneurism
    Andrea Unsworth, SuperNova Women and Tulip & Oak Consulting
  • 3:50 PM – Gentrification & Displacement in U.S. Chinatowns
    Alex T. Tom, Chinese Progressive Association; Sissy Trinh, Southeast Asian Community Alliance; & Joan Ling, UCLA; moderated by Dr. Martha Matsuoka, Occidental College

4:30 PM| Closing Remarks & Thank You

5:00 PM| Cocktail Hour & Networking
(featuring LURN’s Semi’a Fund load client Tacos Arabes)


Location & Time

L.A. River Studios

Friday, jUNE 8TH @ 9 AM – 6 PM

2025 N San Fernando Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90065



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PLUS² 2017: Healing the City

Check out our video from last year’s PLUS² where we explored the intersection between health and economies. Together we examined what it means to build a “healthy city” that goes beyond clinical health, unpacking some of the barriers preventing residents in urban areas from being healthy. We wanted to engage our audience to think differently about who gets the opportunity to heal and live healthy lives. Check it out below!


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