The largest event of its kind in California, the Women for a New Los Angeles Luncheon brings together more than 700 progressive women from across the country to celebrate women’s leadership and vision. Previous speakers and honorees at LAANE events have included Senator Kamala Harris, SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris, Tichina Arnold, former ACLU Executive Director Ramona Ripston, “NCIS,” “Getting On,” “Masters of Sex,” Jane Fonda, Sydney Poitier, Arianna Huffington, Maria Bello and Barbara Ehrenreich, among others.
United to build a better workplace and a healthier world, UNAC/UHCP advocates at the bedside and beyond. In addition to winning better staffing ratios, safer working conditions and better patient care for nurses in California and Hawaii, UNAC/UHCP members recognize that individual health is tied to the well-being of communities outside the hospital, and of the earth itself. When Los Angeles has housing and safety, decent jobs with fair wages, access to clean air and water, and nutritious food and open spaces, nurses are less likely to see them as patients. Many members of UNAC/UHCP volunteer to help vulnerable members of the community and improve the lives of those outside of hospitals.
UNAC/UHCP has also taken part in workplace violence prevention advocacy, in solidarity with other unions across the state.
Ryan began her acting career in theater, film, and television simultaneously, with roles in The Hot Mikado, Brother to Brother, and The Education of Max Bickford. She then moved to Los Angeles, where she booked a series regular role in Boston Legal and Retired at 35.
During that time, and shortly after, she booked numerous guest-starring roles in popular shows including comedies such as How I Met Your Mother and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Ryan also had the opportunity to work in dramas like ER, Bones and Private Practice. Ryan was also able to fit in some work in film, appearing in One for The Money with Katherine Heigl, and All About Us along with Boris Kodjooe.
Most recently, Ryan can be seen recurring on Fox’s hit show, Empire, ABC’s The Rookie, and NBC’s This is Us. Additionally, Ryan will star opposite Jill Scott and Michelle Buteau in the highly anticipated BET drama series First Wives Club.
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.
With her passion for bringing communities together through the joy of music and the power of taiko, she founded a parent-child taiko drumming program, Taiko Together, for ages 2-6, and also offers a professional development program for music teachers and taiko practitioners titled Taiko FUNdamentals.
As a Taiko Center of the Pacific Fellow in 2012-2014 and performing member from 2013-2017, ManMan received extensive training with taiko artist Kenny Endo, Chizuko Endo and their ensemble. She has an MPhil in Musicology from the University of Hong Kong.
AMY ELAINE WAKELAND
First Lady of Los Angeles
Principal Partner, RALLY
JULIE GUTMAN DICKINSON
Labor Lawyer/Partner, Bush Gottlieb
Vice President, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770
Producer and Founder, Nimble Media
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.