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PLUS² The Resilient City

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L.A. River Studios

2025 N San Fernando Rd

California, Los Angeles 90065

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PLUS²: The Resilient City

Forging a more inclusive economy

To us, cities are resilient because of the people living in them. The type of economy that we envision is both abundant and inclusive and is filled with opportunity. Communities of color in urban neighborhoods are the definition of resilient, as they have had to be that way for decades. Join us for our 6th annual PLUS² as we highlight the incredible and innovative work being done to change systems and expand economic opportunity.



PLUS² is an open-format summit, where guests can join us for the whole day, or come for select sessions:

8:00 am | Registration with Coffee, Pastries, & Fruit

9:00 am | Welcome

Mornings Sessions:

  • 9:30 am – Workforce Equity & Inclusion for Transgender Workers with Michaela Mendelsohn, Founder & CEO of TransCanWork

  • 10:15 am – Building an Equitable Pipeline of Youth of Color in Tech with Kimberly Bryant, Founder & CEO of Black Girls CODE; & Oscar Menjivar, Founder & CEO of TxT: Teens Exploring Technology; moderated by Andres Cuervo, Director of UCLA Tech + Innovation Initiative

  • 11:10 am – Value Capture as a Means for Inclusive Development with Dr. George McCarthy, CEO of Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

12:00 pm | Lunch

Afternoon Sessions:

  • 1:15 pm – Advocating for a Strong California Economy with Dr. Manuel Pastor, Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at USC; Director of USC Program fo Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE); and Director of USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII)

  • 2:00 pm – Incubating & Cultivating a Community of Food Entrepreneurs with Emiliana Puyana, Program Coordinator at La Cocina; & Dilsa Lugo, Chef & Owner of Los Cilantros; moderated by Azusena Favela, Director of Programs & Operations at LURN

  • 2:55 pm – Cannabis in California: Opportunities for Equity & Entrepreneurism with Andrea Unsworth, Owner of Tulip & Oak Consulting and Co-Founder of SuperNova Women

  • 3:50 pm – Gentrification & Displacement in U.S. Chinatowns with Alex T. Tom, Executive Director of Chinese Progressive Association; Sissy Trinh, Executive Director of Southeast Asian Community Alliance; & Joan Ling, Lecturer in Urban Planning at UCLA; moderated by Dr. Martha Matsuoka, Professor of Urban & Environmental Policy at Occidental College

4:30 pm | Closing Remarks & Thank You

5:00 pm | Cocktail Hour & Networking (featuring LURN's Semi'a Fund loan client Tacos Arabes)

About #PLUS2LA

The Planning and Land-Use Strategies Summit (PLUS²) is an annual conference curated by LURN, a community development nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles.

PLUS² is a response to the lack of convenings that explore the intersections of innovation and community development and aims to spark critical thinking and collaboration around issues related to urban areas, community building and innovation. PLUS² is a space for guests to engage with speakers, and dream up an actionable vision for the communities we work in and the residents we care about, together.


If you would like to sponsor PLUS² please reach out to Natalie@LURNetwork.org for more information!


Questions about the agenda, donations, tickets or anything else? No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Send an email to natalie@lurnetwork.org. Check our Facebook Event page here to let everyone know you're coming!

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