The Los Angeles World Affairs Council offers a wide variety of membership options, tailored to meet all budgets and levels of interest. Membership levels range from basic packages for individuals ($85 per year) or couples ($130 per year) to the platinum-level International Circle membership ($3,800 per year.)  As your membership level increases, so do your benefits. Upper-level perks include preferred seating, discounted ticket prices, invitations to VIP receptions where you can meet our speakers, and invitations to exclusive off-the-record events with major figures in international affairs. See below for a more thorough description of each membership level.

Membership Benefits Chart

Student/
Young Professional
Individual Couple Diplomat Envoy Ambassador International Circle
Annual Dues $35/$60 $85 $130 $400 $800 $1,700 $3,800
Seating Assigned Assigned   Assigned   Preferred Priority High Priority Top Priority
Member-priced tickets
for guests
1 1 2 2 unlimited unlimited unlimited
Publication Discounts
Invitation to VIP receptions limited limited unlimited unlimited
Invitation to
Evening Seminars
Complimentary gift memberships 2
($170 value)
2 Diplomat
($800 value)
4 Diplomat
($1,600 value)
Complimentary photos
with speaker
Invite to Private
Roundtable Luncheons
Choice of 2 unlimited
Annual Black-Tie
Diplomats Dinner
*Complimentary
Salon Series receptions
at private residences
*Complimentary
Annual Consular Corps Reception *Complimentary
Leather-bound photo album *Complimentary
Dedicated staff member
Program/website recognition
DVD and full printed
event transcripts
By Request

Basic Memberships

All basic memberships in the Los Angeles World Affairs Council include assigned seating at events, discounted ticket prices (generally $25 less per ticket than the general public rate), and invitations to members-only screenings of current documentary and international films. Basic membership levels are:

Student ($35 per year): Open to anyone currently enrolled in an educational institution. Membership entitles you to one ticket at discounted member price per event.

Young Professionals ($60 per year): Membership entitles each YP member to one ticket to each Council event at the discounted member price. The Young Professionals also have regular events that are exclusive to their members. See the Young Professionals page for more information.

Individual ($85 per year): Basic membership for those who do not qualify for the Student or Young Professional levels. Membership entitles you to one ticket at discounted member price per event.

Couple ($130 per year): Basic membership for those who regularly attend events with a guest. Membership entitles you to two tickets at discounted member price per event.

Premier Memberships

Premier memberships in the Los Angeles World Affairs Council enjoy all the features of basic memberships plus a wide variety of additional benefits. Premier membership levels and their additional benefits are:

Diplomat ($400 per year): Diplomats receive preferred seating at events, invitations to exclusive, off-the-record evening seminars, and limited invitations to VIP receptions where they can meet our speakers. Membership entitles you to four tickets at the discounted member price per event.

Envoy ($800 per year): Like Diplomats, Envoys receive limited invitations to VIP receptions where they can meet our speakers and invitations to exclusive, off-the-record evening seminars. Benefits available to Envoys that are not available to Diplomats include priority seating at events, two complimentary gift memberships at the Individual level (a $170 value), and one free ticket to a Los Angeles World Affairs Council event of your choice. Envoy membership also entitles you to unlimited tickets at the discounted member price.

Ambassador ($1,700 per year): Like Envoys, Ambassadors receive invitations to the Council's exclusive, off-the-record evening seminars and are eligible for unlimited tickets at the discounted member price. Benefits available to Ambassadors that are not available to Envoys include high priority seating at events, unlimited invitations to VIP receptions where they can meet our speakers, two complimentary guest memberships at the Diplomat level (a $800 value), two free tickets to a World Affairs Council event of your choice, complimentary photos with our speakers, and the ability to attend your choice of two of our private, off-the-record round table luncheons (the Council generally holds 2-3 of these lunches per month).

International Circle ($3,800 per year): Our premium-level membership. Members of the International Circle receive complimentary invitations to our annual Chairman's Dinner, our annual reception for the Los Angeles Consular Corps, and our Salon Series events featuring major speakers in some of the most elegant homes in Los Angeles. International Circle members have a Los Angeles World Affairs Council staff member dedicated to their needs.  They receive top priority seating at our events, unlimited member price tickets, and unlimited access to evening seminars, round table lunches, and VIP receptions where they can meet our speakers. In addition, members of the International Circle receive four complimentary gift memberships at the Diplomat level (a $1,600 value).

Corporate ($5,000 per year): The equivalent of two International Circle memberships, Corporate membership allows an organization to have a standing membership which can be used by various members of the organization.