Title IX Day

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The future sports champions of the world enjoyed the spotlight on the lawns of Getty House this summer, showing off their weightlifting, cycling, and kickboxing skills for the City of Los Angeles.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted their annual Title IX Day, featuring guest speakers and sports clinics for young women. The event celebrates the landmark legislation that ended gender discrimination in public education and established federal assistance for women’s sports programs.

The Mayor and the First Lady spoke to 200 middle school girls from across Los Angeles about the importance of participating in sports and the many ways Title IX has advanced women’s rights. They encouraged the girls to join sports programs available across the city through the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Allison Compton, a Paralympian, spoke to the girls about her experience as an athlete and her resilience in pushing through adversity in the sports world.

As Los Angeles prepares to host the Olympics in 2028, there’s no better time than the present to start investing in our city’s future Olympians. Through Title IX Day and expanded opportunities at the city’s parks and recreation centers, the girls and women of Los Angeles will be more equipped than ever to compete with the world’s best athletes.

Earth Day

 

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors celebrated Earth Day by inviting more than 150 students from the Los Angeles Unified School District to the Getty House gardens for an environmental action mini-expo. Students learned how to compost from CompostLA, how to sign up and ride for Metro BikeShare, about recycled t-shirt printing, and what arts and crafts can be made with recycled materials.

Young Angelenos from Bravo Medical Magnet, Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academies’ Los Angeles River High School and Studio Middle School, Reseda High School Biotech Academy, and Carson High School Environmental Science, Engineering & Technology Academy also gave presentations to their peers, the Mayor, and the First Lady to answer the question “how can young people contribute to a sustainable Los Angeles?”

Student presentations were judged by a panel that included:

Gloria Walton – President and CEO, Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education

Nancy Sutley – Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Iesha Siler – Policy Associate, Los Angeles Food Policy Council

Cindy Montanez – CEO, Treepeople

Emily Deschanel – Actor

The winner for best presentation went to Bravo Medical Magnet for their thoughtful proposal for a sustainable Los Angeles.

2017 Annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon

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In honor of the birthdays of both Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony, Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors, hosted their annual mentoring luncheon for high school students from all over Los Angeles to network with accomplished women from various professions.

First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland led a panel discussion in which Congresswoman Nannette Diaz Barragan, Brookfield Propereties Senior Vice President Bea Hsu, Los Angeles Department of Transportation General Manager Seleta Reynolds, and Los Angeles World Airports Chief Executive Officer Deborah Flint discussed their career paths and the importance of mentorship.

 

Veterans’ Thanksgiving Dinner

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted the annual Veterans’ Thanksgiving Dinner to honor veterans who were recently housed and employed through the Mayor’s 10K STRONG hiring initiative.

Reception guests assembled more than 100 Welcome Home Baskets to be delivered to recently housed veterans. The baskets are part of the Welcome Home Project, which gives Angelenos the opportunity to participate in service projects and join conversations to find solutions for ending homelessness. Welcome Home Project gatherings have taken place all over Los Angeles, where participants have assembled more than 500 Welcome Home Baskets.

 

Community Halloween Party

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors welcomed 300 children from all over Los Angeles to the Getty House Halloween Spooktacular for a safe and fun Halloween party.  The children enjoyed live dance performances, a Halloween maze, arts and crafts stations, and storytime with the Mayor.

 

Women’s Equality Day

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors celebrated Women’s Equality Day by highlighting the Garcetti Administration’s goals for gender equity in the Fire and Police Departments.  

Assistant Police Chief Mike Moore, Assistant Fire Chief Kristin Crowley, Fire Commission President Delia Ibarra, and the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, Ana Guerrero, joined the Mayor on stage for a panel discussion.

Assistant Police Chief Beatrice Girmala was the featured guest speaker. She talked about her career path and described the myriad of career opportunities at the Police and Fire Departments.

Title IX Day

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted their annual sports clinic for girls in celebration of the landmark legislation known as Title IX, which ended gender discrimination in public education and federally assisted programs and is best known for its impact on high school and collegiate athletics.

The event kicked off with remarks from Renata Simril, the President and CEO of LA84 Foundation, and Olympian Janet Evans. Two hundred girls participated in a ten-part obstacle course followed by a stretch and cool down.

Earth Day Breakfast

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted the third annual Earth Day breakfast at Getty House.

The Mayor and the First Lady unveiled the newly renovated Getty House gardens. The gardens now consume substantially less water than before due to the replacement of water-intensive landscaping with California-friendly plants. Guests enjoyed the gardens, compared the new and old garden designs, and interacted with community organizations to learn how to make changes to “green” their own homes.

2016 Annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon

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In honor of the birthdays of both Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony, Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted their annual mentoring luncheon for high school students from all over Los Angeles to network with accomplished women from various professions.

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King was the featured keynote speaker. Students asked Superintendent King questions about her career path, her role as Superintendent, and her vision for the future of LAUSD.

Women’s Equality Day

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors celebrated Women’s Equality Day by highlighting the strides the Garcetti Administration has made towards gender equity and improving the quality of life for women and girls in Los Angeles.

The Mayor and the First Lady announced the completion and release of the Report on the Status of Women and Girls in Los Angeles, which was commissioned by the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women and researched by Mount St. Mary’s University. The Report is the first comprehensive study of women and girls that focuses on Los Angeles.

The Mayor also signed his Executive Directive No. 11:  Gender Equity in City Operations to establish achieving gender equity as a citywide priority.  Executive Directive No. 11 creates the Mayor’s Gender Equity Coalition to work with each City Department in developing and implementing a Gender Equity Action Plan to eradicate gender-based disparities.

Title IX Day

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted a Girls’ Sports Clinic in honor Title IX Day, marking the 43rd anniversary of the groundbreaking legislation’s passage.

The Mayor and the First Lady spoke to the girls about the importance of Title IX, the advances women have made because of this legislation, and sports resources available through the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

The sports clinic featured circuit stops where girls learned self-defense, basketball training, golf putting, soccer drills, softball stances, and stretching techniques. Alana Beard, from the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, joined the event and spoke to the girls about her start in sports and pushing through adversity.

Earth Day Breakfast

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted a breakfast at Getty House in celebration of Earth Day.

Environmental and conservation advocates joined volunteers and staff from seven local organizations that work to make Los Angeles beautiful and sustainable:
City Plants
LA Conservation Corps
TreePeople
Hollywood/Los Angeles Beautification Team
Koreatown Youth and Community Center
North East Trees
Fuego Tech Fire Rangers

The Mayor discussed the newly launched Sustainability pLAn and Save the Drop Campaign. Getty House Foundation Director and landscape architect Glen Dake gave details on current and future sustainability plans for Getty House.

2015 Annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon

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Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors brought together 150 women leaders working in various fields to teach leadership and networking skills to 150 young women from cross-sections of Los Angeles. This inaugural event of the 2015 Women’s Leadership Series featured special guest speaker Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. The Mayor and the First Lady hosted this event for the second year in honor of two historically renowned women leaders, Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony, both of whom have February birthdays.

Community Halloween Party

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted neighborhood children, foster children, children in homeless transitional housing, and other youths from across the city to Getty House for safe and fun Halloween activities. The children and their families were treated to master face painters, magicians, musical performances, games, and story time with the Mayor.

Women’s Equality Day

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, Councilmember Nury Martinez, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors brought together women business owners and entrepreneurs from all over Los Angeles for an open discussion about women’s equality on the anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment. Women at all levels of business met and networked, gained valuable support from resource tables, and engaged in a discussion to share their thoughts with the Mayor and First Lady on what L.A. can do to help women thrive in today’s business environment. The panel featured:

Caroline Styne, owner and Wine Director, The Lucques Group
Tracy Gray, Managing Director, The 22 Capital Group
Ramona Ortega, Founder and CEO, My Money My Future Inc./Mi Dinero Mi Futuro
Thien Ho, Senior Manager of Corporate Relations, Panda Restaurant Group, and owner of Xoia Vietnamese Eats & Kure Spa

Open House BBQ for Getty House Neighbors

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Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors welcomed neighbors of Getty House and local police officers and firefighters to a barbecue to celebrate the summer and to thank them for their hospitality in Windsor Square. For some of the neighbors, it was the first time that they and their families were able to tour the house and grounds.

Chinese New Year Dinner

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The Mayor and First Lady hosted a dinner celebrating Chinese New Year with community and business leaders from L.A.’s vibrant Chinese community. The dinner also welcomed the wife of the Chinese Consul General who had just returned from her own diplomatic posting overseas. In November 2014, Mayor Garcetti made his first official visit to China.

Thanksgiving Military Appreciation Luncheon

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Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted veterans and the families of service members serving abroad for a Thanksgiving luncheon. The event included a surprise video link to connect those service members serving abroad with their families.  Mayor Garcetti created the first-ever Office of Veterans Affairs in the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office and has since launched his 10,000 Strong Veterans Hiring Initiative to partner with the private sector to hire 10,000 veterans by 2017.