Creating change in the world has never been more urgent or more challenging. This evening is all about how we, as leaders, change-makers, philathropists, and a community of people who give a damn, can cut through the noise, give powerful voice to causes, and have an impact in deep, sometimes surprising ways.
We'll hear from three incredible leaders who span generations and ethnicities, share stories of our own, engage in surprising and deep conversations, and perhaps even find new opportunities to work together. Our hope is that everyone comes away inspired and with concrete actions they can implement right away.
All in about two hours.
It's going to be fun. And it won't happen without you. Hope you can join us!
Changing the Story will take place on Tuesday, March 27th at:
520 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Doors will open at 6:30 PM and we'll start promptly at 7:15 PM. Tickets are $20. Early bird pricing of $10 available until March 15!
All proceeds will go to support the work of Swipe Out Hunger, Salvi Soul, and 1in6.
Parking is available in nearby pay lots and it's easily accessible by public transportation.
Los Angeles is full of amazing people like you who are passionate about creative change in an often divided world. We are non-profiteers, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and community members.
All too often, our stories get swallowed up in a sea of white noise.
All too often, we don't get the chance to connect at a human level.
This evening is all about connection, inspiration, and community. But it's not just about the warm fuzzies. You'll come away with concrete tips, strategies, and experiences that will help you communicate and build your community with even more power.
It's a conversation, an interactive panel, and a real time co-creation between everyone in the room. Hope you can join us!
Who We Are
We're leaders, change-makers, colleagues, storytellers, and humans dedicated to leaving the world a better place than we found it.
In other words, we're just like you.
In other words, we're just like you.
Founder, My Friend's Place,
SCVYouth Project, and 1 in 6
Steve began his professional life in the private sector as Director of Human Resources for Six Flags Corporation and Landmark Entertainment Group. In 1988, a chance encounter with a homeless youth outside of the Landmark offices sparked a challenge that inspired Steve to leave the private sector and co-found (and ultimately become Executive Director of) My Friend’s Place, a resource center for homeless and runaway youth in Hollywood, California.
Today, My Friend’s Place provides a wide range of social services—including health care and education and employment assistance—to nearly 1,500 homeless youth each year.
In January 2000, after conducting a needs assessment in Santa Clarita Valley commissioned by the city, Steve founded his second nonprofit: The Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project, a community-based outreach program preventing high-risk behavior among middle and high school students in his own neighborhood. The Youth Project
continues to support community youth today through counseling and outreach services to students on over 15 campuses in Santa Clarita.
In 2007, Steve had a conversation with a close friend about the lack of services for men who have experienced sexual abuse and assault, and decided to found his third nonprofit, 1in6.
1in6 has become a leading voice in the anti-sexual violence movement
and a trusted resource for male-identifying survivors and their loved ones, as well as clinicians working with men. 1in6’s services include a comprehensive informational
website, a 24/7 online crisis helpline, and free and anonymous online support groups for men, which have been proven to be particularly useful for men who do not wish to
engage with in-person services or are unable to do so due to lack of access.
Steve is a Durfee Foundation Stanton Fellow (having researched effective strategies to address difficult social issues and create change through program and policy development) and a NO MORE campaign board member, and has served on numerous other boards.
Founder, Swipe Out Hunger
Rachel Sumekh is the Founder & CEO of Swipe Out Hunger. The organization is a leading force in addressing hunger amongst college students. Her work has been recognized by The Obama White House, The New York Times and landed her on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
Swipe Out Hunger began in 2010 with a few friends as a college project at UCLA. Since, it has grown onto 37 universities, serving 1.4 million meals.
Before launching Swipe Out Hunger full time, Rachel followed her millennial urge to change the world and served those facing poverty as a case manager in Chicago. In her spare time, she enjoys advising early stage social entrepreneurs, engaging in LA civic life and jogging around Echo Park Lake. Rachel serves on the boards of L.A. Kitchen and IKAR. She is a, LA native, proud graduate of UCLA and says she is challenging the status quo of what it means to be a Typical Persian Girl.
Karla T. Vasquez is the Founder of SalviSoul, a storytelling and cookbook project documenting Salvadoran women's stories and Salvadoran foodways. Her initial inspiration for SalviSoul was to honor the lives of the women in her family Teresa, Lucia, Juana and Patricia.
She is a food justice advocate, a food historian and a proponent for healthy food accessibility in low-income communities.
Karla has worked with Hunger Action Los Angeles, Los Angeles Food Policy Council, VELA, The Edible Apartment, Champions for Change and other social justice organizations where she has used her skills to organize outreach efforts, manage projects and lead community health initiatives.
Karla holds a degree in Journalism and completed her culinary training at The New School of Cooking. Most recently she was the Director of Community Programs at With Love Market & Cafe, a social enterprise addressing food justice issues in South LA.
Facilitator / Founder, Center for Story & Spirit
Michael Kass is a Los Angeles based facilitator, speaker, and award-winning storyteller who is passionate about helping people and organizations discover and harness the power of their stories to create change. This passion has taken him all over the world and he has been privileged to work with everyone from inmates in California's Central Valley to CEOs in Istanbul.
Michael spent 18 years on staff and in the trenches with social impact orgs across sectors. He spent time as a grant writing, director of development, program designer and evaluator, and financial management consultant.
Michael's current work focuses on creating opportunities for people to reconnect with their humanity through story, breath, and adventure. For more info, visit www.michaelkass.co