Past Speakers: Martin Luther King Jr. The Dalai Lama, President William Jefferson Clinton, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Elon Musk
Public programs of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council feature major figures from the field of international relations delivering a speech following a three-course lunch or dinner at an upscale hotel or private club. Events are typically held on weekday evenings or afternoons.
These remarks are followed by question-and-answer sessions which allow guests to directly interact with speakers. In addition, upper-level members of the Council are invited to VIP receptions prior to each event, which provides an opportunity to meet and be photographed with the speaker.
Students who participate in the Council's High School Program often engage in closed-door discussions with speakers either prior to or directly following events. In addition, authors who appear before the Council are frequently available for book signings following their programs.
Speakers at Los Angeles World Affairs Council events typically include top representatives of foreign governments (primarily presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers, and ambassadors), major figures in American politics, business leaders, journalists and authors, public intellectuals and other notable individuals from fields as diverse as religion, arts & entertainment, science and technology.
As a non-partisan organization, the Council does not endorse any point of view or take any institutional stand on issues of public debate. We welcome a wide variety of opinions from our speakers and our members. As an institution dedicated to furthering global understanding, we also endeavor to represent as many nations as possible in our program offerings.