The California Experience
For more than a century, California has been a magnet for heavyweights and hopefuls. They came to make their mark in the land of dreams -- and found gold underground, a place among the stars, and the vast future in a tiny microchip. The glamorous promise of success is mastered every day by Los Angeles' titans of industry, entertainment and science. Millions of people around the world clamor to share their secrets.
In May, you'll have the rare opportunity to trade theories with great minds from California's top universities and think tanks ... rub elbows with celebrities ... go behind the scenes of the world's best fantasy factories ... and take home news of the Next Big Thing. It's only in one place, for one week: the California Experience at the Los Angeles University.
Southern California's stellar residents certainly are the most visible of the state's abundant natural resources. Top entertainment professionals and personalities -- names you know, achievers like you -- will join you next May in the fame-and-fortune capital of the United States.
But there's more to the California Experience than Hollywood. You'll interact daily with masters of business acumen on an education track dedicated to Visionary Success. YPOers have said time and again that members make the best resources, so be prepared to hear from your peers such as 49er Gordon Segal, who founded Crate & Barrel, and Howard Schultz (Pacific Northwest) of Starbucks Coffee on this track.
California's brain trust will populate the resource guest list as well. USC, UCLA, Cal Tech, Claremont and Stanford will send the best in West Coast education, as will foundations and institutes such as the Rand Corporation and the Hoover Institution.
Study "The Past and Future of Urban America" from the local perspective. When a dusty farming village re-created itself into this sprawling metropolis, the result was a trendsetting melting pot of styles, cultures and power, complete with the pleasures and pain inherent when so many lives interconnect. On the guest list for this track: Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, Police Chief Willie Williams, YPO 49er Peter Ueberroth (former chair of the LA Olympics). U.S. President Bill Clinton and former President Ronald Reagan have been invited to give the national overview.
Then there's the other meaning of the "L.A. Lifestyle": entertainment, fashion, food and drink. The best of the city's creative world has been invited to offer you a peek into their very fertile minds, and you can expect to hear from the likes of film director Stephen Spielberg, Hollywood superagent Michael Ovitz, master chef Wolfgang Puck, and Time-Warner chief Bob Pittman, the father of music television.
Entertainment meets high-tech on the information superhighway, the next revolution in comprehensive communications. Just as the superhighway combines cable TV, telephones and computers, the Los Angeles University will bring together experts in these fields to explain your place in the fabulous future of information technology.
Every day, gurus of fitness and nutrition will work your body inside and out: Dr. Deepak Chopra on alternative healing; sports and exercise with Olympic medalist Bruce Jenner and Jake "Body by Jake" Steinfeld; yoga with Bija Bennett; and Dr. Alan Neims on medicine and health, to name a few. You'll also learn to protect your healthy body as private investigator Anthony Pelicano reveals security measures for famous people, keeping such threats as kidnappers, extortionists and the press at bay.
Of course, that's just a sample of the unexpected you've come to expect. The major players in this company town have accepted YPO's invitation to share their accomplishments and dreams with you -- insights you'll find only at the Los Angeles University.
Focus Forum Day
The Los Angeles University presents just such a rare opportunity. For the first time, a university will create tailor-made focus forums for professional and personal interests. Share the wisdom and experience of the best: top university resources and your peers in YPO.
Most major industries will be represented, with a special forum for companies wanting to compete for the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Or you may choose to work on a personal interest, such as investing and wealth management, family issues, health, sexuality or family businesses. Find the right chemistry, and your forum could take on a life of its own after the university ends.
Opening ceremonies kick off with a blockbuster production at the historic Hollywood Bowl. A quick scene change will take you to the Warner Brothers Ranch, where you'll sample a "Taste of California" from among L.A.'s best restaurants and the state's award-winning wineries. Watch for the rollerbladers -- L.A. lifestyle vignettes will play out all around the party as you rub elbows with your fellow YPOers and other celebrities.
Throughout the week, enjoy the insiders' view of Los Angeles with invitations to the stunning homes of YPOers and other local luminaries. Tuesday evening, you'll dine on culture, with festivities designed around an art museum, television show taping, jazz club or sporting event. For your free night on Wednesday, grab a limo to one of the city's best restaurants -- reservations guaranteed.
Celebrate May 5, the Mexican independence holiday of Cinco de Mayo, at a fiesta alegre on the Santa Monica beach. YPO will transform the exclusive Jonathan Beach Club into a Mexican market village, and you'll party the night away with mariachi music and margaritas.
Hollywood comes to Century City for Friday night's closing ceremonies. For one night only, the ballroom of the Century Plaza Hotel will play the role of the legendary Coconut Grove, where stars of the 1930s and '40s accepted their Academy Awards and paraded for the gossip columnists. Keep an eye out for Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Charlie Chaplin and other, more contemporary faces during YPO's own Oscars ceremony. And remember to smile for the Paparazzi!
All off-sites adventures are dedicated to showing you the Los Angeles even life-long Angelenos haven't seen. This city bursts with so much show biz, science, culture and kitsch, you won't want to miss a thing. Members from the five area YPO chapters will be on hand to show you around ... you'll be warmly welcomed wherever you go.
In the works so far for the rest of the week (with more surprises in
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Wine Country Cuisine
Wine Country Cycling Tour
The Pure Golf Academy
City of the Stars
Odyssey of the Mind and Body
Reefs, Ruins and Rainforests
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