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Mentors? Advice? Why is it all important?

EPIP Los Angeles

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PST)

Mentors? Advice? Why is it all important?

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EPIP Member Ended $8.54 $1.46
Non-Member Ended $13.28 $1.72
EPIP Membership (includes entrance to this event) Ended $150.00 $9.24

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Mentor Puzzle Piece




When: Wednesday, November 14, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Where: BottleRock, 1050 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90015

Please note: The location is actually on 11th street between Hope and Flower. There is ample metered street parking.

Open to: EPIP membership and those interested in this topic. Bring your friends!

What Else: Appetizers will be provided. The first 20 will receive a drink ticket!


John Kobara

John E. Kobara

Executive VP/COO

California Community Foundation


In 2009, John was appointed Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer for the California Community Foundation (CCF). He is responsible for all of the development, marketing, administrative, grantmaking, civic engagement, and donor relations functions for the 48th largest foundation in the nation. The California Community Foundation is L.A.’s foundation and specializes in assisting high net worth families, individuals, corporations and non-profits pursue their philanthropic visions. CCF was established in 1915, and today has more than $1.2 billion in assets. Since 2003, CCF has raised $1.5 billion, distributed more than $1.2 billion in grants to non-profits and charities in Los Angeles and beyond.

For more than thirty five years, John has been leading and managing diverse and complex non-profit and for-profit organizations. John was engaged in three pioneering start-ups traversing education and entertainment. Prior to his appointment at CCF, John was CEO of the CK12 Foundation, a nonprofit technology startup that provides no-cost textbooks to K-12 market.  He also served as President/CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, Senior VP of Online Higher Education for Sylvan Learning Systems Inc, President/CEO of, Vice Chancellor of External Affairs at UCLA, Executive Director of the UCLA Alumni Association, and Vice President and General Manager of Falcon Cable TV.

John has been involved in education, social justice, and philanthropy for most of his life. He started out working in maximum security institutions as a counselor for juvenile felons. He led the largest student run community service program in the nation. John has held leadership positions at a wide variety of regional, national, and international non-profit organizations in the arts, education, and philanthropy. John currently serves on the boards of the Japanese American National Museum and Walden University.

John has given hundreds of workshops and presentations for Fortune 500 corporations, universities, professional associations, non-profits, and community organizations all over the world. He speaks on career and life development, pursuit of passion, mentoring and networking. He posts his ideas, thoughts and recommendations about Adopting the Mentoring and Networking Lifestyle on his blog @ For nearly 10 years, John hosted and produced Asian Understanding, a weekly live radio program on KPCC.

John received the 2011 Trailblazer Award from the US Pan Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce. In 2010, John was honored for distinguished public service with Coro of Southern California’s Crystal Eagle award. He received the 2007 City of Angels award from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for his service on behalf of children and families. He was a Coro Fellow in LA and earned degrees from UCLA, USC, and Occidental College.


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When & Where

1050 S. Flower St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PST)

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