Join us on Friday, May 18 at the J.W. Marriott Downtown for the 2018 Women for a New Los Angeles Luncheon! Featuring guest appearances by SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris and Actor and Luncheon Emcee Lisa Vidal, the 2018 Women for a New Los Angeles Luncheon honors progressive women leaders from all walks of life who are telling powerful truths and building power across industries to create lasting change.




UNITE HERE Local 11 Members
The Hotel Worker Silence Breakers in Long Beach have stepped forward, with the support of their union, UNITE HERE Local 11, to break the silence around sexual harassment in the hospitality industry. Their stories, chronicled in part by TIME Magazine’s “Person of the Year” feature, remind us that the #metoo movement must take place across all industries in order to achieve real and lasting change.

Juana Melara, a Long Beach hotel worker featured in the TIME article, has been working tirelessly with organizers from her union, UNITE HERE Local 11, to demand a city policy to protect hotel workers from sexual harassment, assault and overwork.

On any given day, Juana must clean between sixteen and twenty rooms in an eight hour shift. She is expected to finish cleaning each room in 30 minutes, and although Juana works in a billion dollar industry, she often has to purchase her own cleaning supplies because she is not provided with enough supplies to complete her work. On top of the stress of meeting unsustainable work expectations, she and her coworkers have dealt with inappropriate advances from hotel patrons.

LAANE and UNITE HERE Local 11 are working to support Juana and her coworkers by putting a measure on the Long Beach ballot that will provide them with safeguards against sexual harassment and overwork.



Principal Partner, RALLY
Lara Bergthold, Principal Partner at RALLY, is a campaign and communications strategist with a wealth of experience in positions such as political and communications strategist, philanthropic advisor, presidential senior campaign advisor, and PAC director. Lara’s clients at RALLY have included Gap, Inc., Maria Shriver’s The Shriver Report, NARAL, Common Sense Media, and Rock the Vote.

Skilled at developing and launching impactful campaigns on behalf of her clients, Lara delivers results that truly make a difference. Lara helped develop and launch Sandy Hook Promise’s campaign, “Parent Together,” which engaged over 10 million people in 2013.

Lara also serves as Executive Director of the Lear Family Foundation, where she has directed millions of dollars of grants annually to progressive organizations. She helped launch the “Declaration of Independence Road Trip,” a multimedia historical document and voter registration tour following the Lears’ acquisition of an original copy of the Declaration of Independence. It eventually toured all 50 states and registered over 4 million voters. Previously, Lara served as National Deputy Political Director for John Kerry’s presidential campaign in 2004, overseeing the engagement of entertainment industry figures as surrogates for the campaign.

From 1989 to 1997, Lara worked with and then ran the Hollywood Women’s Political Committee, raising over $6 million for progressive candidates at the national level.




Award-winning actress LISA VIDAL is no newcomer to challenging, multi-layered roles. Most recognized for the regular roles she’s played on popular hit primetime series such as Rosewood, Boston Legal, CSI Miami, The Division, ER, Third Watch and Southland, she can currently be seen starring opposite Gabrielle Union on BET’s Being Mary Jane.

A New York City native, Lisa began acting in Repertory Theater at age 14 and was cast the following year in the PBS series Oye Willie, jump-starting a long and varied acting career. Determined to take roles that reflected the diversity and strength of the Latino community, Vidal acted in two ABC After-School Special educational presentations: Class Act: A Teacher’s Story and In the Shadow of Love: A Teen AIDS Story.

Though television is her primary medium, Vidal has also starred in various feature films including Night and the City, I Like It Like That, Dark Mirror, Star Trek and Victor.

Lisa currently resides with her family in Los Angeles, California.



GABRIELLE CARTERIS was elected SAG-AFTRA president on April 9, 2016. She was previously elected executive vice president from 2013 – 2016. She is the chair of the National TV/Theatrical Contracts Negotiating Committee and leads the President’s Task Force on Education, Outreach and Engagement. Carteris was elected in August 2016 as a vice president on the AFL-CIO’s executive council.

Carteris became a household name playing Andrea Zuckerman on the Aaron Spelling drama Beverly Hills, 90210. The success of the show allowed Carteris to get involved with many great organizations, including DARE, MADD, Read to Grow, Best Buddies and the Sky’s The Limit Fund.

Carteris has also worked as a producer, creating a series of specials called Lifestories, which led to her producing and hosting her own talk show for Fox, Gabrielle. Recent credits include a recurring role on Code Black and guest-starring roles on Criminal Minds, Make It or Break It, The Event, Longmire and The Middle. On stage, she performed a special presentation of The Vagina Monologues to raise money to combat violence against women and child abuse.



First Lady of Los Angeles


Labor Lawyer/Partner, Bush Gottlieb

Founder & Managing Partner, The 22 Fund
Founder, We Are Enough

Philanthropist/Community Activist

Community Organizer


Throughout its 25-year history, LAANE has seen its role as not only running successful campaigns to raise standards for low-wage workers and low-income communities, but also training the next generation of activists.

LAANE has offered internships as part of college study or as summer placements. Both undergraduate and graduate students have benefited from their time with LAANE, and many have gone on to permanent jobs with LAANE or similar activist organizations. LAANE offers training in community organizing, research and communications.

In 2012, LAANE established the Beth and Julia Meltzer Internship Program. With the annual support of private donors, LAANE now works to offer expanded internship training opportunities to young people to help jump-start their careers as social justice advocates. LAANE’s internship program has now become a centerpiece of the Women for a New Los Angeles Luncheon.

"It was challenging in many ways, but it was also just as rewarding. I have had a lot of personal growth while working here and I’m grateful for that, but most of all, the people I have met working here is what shaped my experience."

Jonathan Cruz
Jonathan Cruz 2016 Intern

"Being a part of this internship program has taught me to further broaden my horizons and never underestimate the power of people uniting for a common cause."

Sharon On
Sharon On 2015 Intern

"I think the internship program provides a very supportive and nurturing learning environment for interns that helps them grow."

Jue Wang
Jue Wang 2015 Intern

"I had never experienced an office environment that had more intelligent, passionate and values-driven people. Creating change in the world can take a lifetime, but seeing change in yourself can take just one summer."

Julia Hubbell
Julia Hubbell 2014 Intern

"By the end of the summer, I’d helped to secure five neighborhood council endorsements, inaugurated a new farmer’s market outreach program and orchestrated delegations of key community leaders to four different council members’ offices."

Julia Gould
Julia Gould 2014 Intern


1015 S. Georgia St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Parking off West Road (Map)


Driving Directions from North: 110 Freeway Southbound: Exit Olympic Blvd. and turn right at end of ramp. Turn right at Olympic Blvd. Turn right at Georgia St. Turn right in the first driveway (West Road). Arrive at *West Road Valet*

Driving Directions from South: 405 Fwy north to 110 Fwy north (Harbor Fwy/Los Angeles). Take 110 Fwy north and transition to the 10 Fwy West. Take the Pico Blvd. off ramp. Continue north past Pico Blvd. (on L.A. Live Wy.). Go past 11th Street. Turn right at Olympic Blvd. Turn right at Georgia St. Turn right in the first driveway (West Road)
Arrive at *West Road Valet*

Valet: $20

Please allow 15 minutes for parking and registration.



When is the luncheon?
Friday, May 18, 2018 — Reception: 11 AM, Program and Luncheon: 12 PM

Where is the luncheon?
The J.W. Marriott, Downtown Los Angeles at LA Live
900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Diamond Ballroom

What is the dress code?
Business Attire or Casual Chic.

How do I get my ticket/table number?
Once you enter the J.W. Marriot, follow signs to the event on the second floor. Once you exit the elevator/escalators, you will see the registration table. Please check in under your last name at the registration table to receive your ticket/table number. You will also have the opportunity to pay for your parking before the event to avoid the rush after. Please allow 15 minutes for valet and check-in.

What if I need to send someone in my place?
Please have the substitute guest check in under the original ticket holder’s name.

What will take place during the reception hour?
The Luncheon reception will feature complimentary mimosas and a cash margarita bar. Attendees will have the opportunity to take photos at the step-and-repeat as well as the selfie station and shop at the Luncheon pop-up boutique. Vendors will be accepting cash or credit card and will be open before and after the Luncheon program.

How do I order a vegan/vegetarian meal?
Just let your waiter know that you would like a vegan/vegetarian meal.

What time does the Luncheon program conclude?
The program will wrap up by 2 pm sharp.



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