Regular Luncheon and Dinner Events

Our most frequent event format, these gatherings feature a prominent global speaker addressing members and guests of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council following a delicious three-course meal. Lunch events are often held at top hotels in downtown Los Angeles, while evening programs are typically staged on LA's west side. Attendees have an opportunity to interact with speakers during question and answer sessions following the speaker's remarks.  These events are open to the public, however, members of the Council receive steep discounts on ticket prices.

Premium Events

We live in a city with some of the most incredible museums, businesses and laboratories in the world.  Several times a year, we host premium dinners at these unique Los Angeles locations to give our members a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what makes our city one of the leaders in technology, design and art.  Past dinners have included a tour at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a dinner under the port wing of the space shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center and a sneak preview of the Sicily Exhibition with an al fresco dinner at the Getty Villa.

Private Roundtables / Seminars

Roundtable Lunches and Evening Seminars give upper-level Council members the opportunity to engage with some of the leading figures in international affairs behind closed doors and off the record.

For this format, guests gather at a boutique hotel or private dining club to hear brief remarks from an important figure. The remainder of the program is an extended conversation on the designated topic or issue, and guests have an opportunity to ask their own questions and interact with the speaker in depth. In order to keep these sessions intimate, attendance is generally capped at no more than 40 participants.

Roundtable lunches are open exclusively to members of the International Circle. Evening Seminars are open to all Premier membership levels.

Consular Corps Reception

Every year, the Los Angeles World Affairs Council hosts a reception for the Los Angeles Consular Corps (the world's third largest) during the holiday season. This event -- a free benefit open exclusively to members of the International Circle -- provides an opportunity to meet and mingle with some of Los Angeles' leading figures in international diplomacy.

Chairman's Dinner

Every Spring, the Los Angeles World Affairs Council hosts a black-tie dinner to honor an outstanding figure in international diplomacy. Held at a five-star hotel in Beverly Hills, the event - featuring a program highlighting the culture of the honoree's home country - is an exclusive free benefit of membership in the International Circle.

Private Tours

The Los Angeles World Affairs Council regularly partners with other institutions to provide tours of local attractions relevant to international relations. Recent events have included exclusive, private tours of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, CalTech's Seismological Laboratory, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, the RAND Corporation, the Port of Los Angeles, and the Reagan Ranch in Santa Ynez. These tours are generally open exclusively to members of the International Circle.

Film Screenings

Council members will receive invitations to exclusive screenings of films related to foreign affairs. Most screenings are followed by a Q&A with those associated with the film including directors, film participants, actors or experts on the subject matter covered.  Recent screenings have been held with HBO, Independent Documentary Association, Sony Pictures Studios, CAA and University of Southern California.

 You can read more about our film screenings here.  

Cobblestones in Cuba
Jessica McCarthy, LAWAC's Program Director, blogs about the recent Council tour to Cuba.