Chapter Chats

Chapter Chats are our response to COVID-19 and these unprecedented times of social distancing and Stay at Home orders. Through bi-weekly, one hour Zoom meetups, we get to connect as we continue to actively support the UN and our LA Community. These chats are designed for everyone, whether you just want to tune in or participate in discussion and immediate action items, is entirely up to you.

Chats vary weekly and feature expert guest speakers on topics related to the UN's global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), live performances, and support local LA nonprofits and businesses.

We hope to see you at the next Chat!

Every other Thursday 6pm -7pm

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Thursday @ 6pm (PDT) 8/13/20

Chapter Chat #10


Designing a Sustainable Future

This chat will explore the global impact of a built environment and the importance of incorporating sustainable design practices during COVID and looking forward to a post-COVID future.

William Schneider, Interior Architect

Principal, William Schnieder Design

William Schneider is an award winning interior architect who established his firm in 2003, implementing a luxury residential background to the design of boutique hotels, senior living, restaurants and wineries.

Carissa Oyedele, AIA, LEED BD+C

Associate Principal, Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners

Carissa Oyedele has designed and managed sustainable projects such as the City of Santa Monica’s first LEED Gold project, the Santa Monica Public Library, and the first LEED Platinum US Embassy in Helsinki, Finland.

Chat #9


A New Way To Lead: Top Down, Bottom Up and Through the Middle

Guest Speaker: Gamal PalmerIn the midst of COVID-19, the impact of racial injustice, implicit bias and classism is apparent and unmistakable. Industries and norms are changing and fast. We are in a ripe environment to undo archaic leadership structures preventing people of color from advancing in business sectors and society. Accomplishing this goal requires deploying multiple strategies simultaneously to shift the paradigm of power, race and inclusivity.

Gamal J. Palmer, CEO of Global Eye Entrepreneurs, a non-profit helping gay and allied entrepreneurial leaders of color to own thriving businesses. Also, Gamal is Senior Vice President of Leadership Development for the Jewish Federation. A graduate of Yale University, Gamal is a Schusterman Fellow, International Career Advancement (ICAP) at Aspen Institute Fellow and Springboard Fellow of the Durfee Foundation. Gamal has worked in over 15 African countries, in the Middle East and US.

Chat # 8: A Conversation about Family Homelessness in Los Angeles

Polls show that homelessness is one of the key issues for Angelenos. The number of homeless people seems to be on the rise. This session will cover the causes and some solutions to this issue. Christine Mirasy-Glasco is the Executive Director of Upward Bound House (UBH), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to end family homelessness in Los Angeles. She is an active community leader in the field of family homelessness. Under her leadership, UBH has expanded the breadth and depth of its programs, serving more families and providing services county-wide.

Chat #7: Being Right Sized in a Post-COVID-19 World: The Way Forward in Building a Sustainable Environment

Belinda Waymouth is an environmental journalist and advocate. After completing a Geography/Environmental Science degree at UCLA, she joined UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability as their senior writer, reporting on cutting edge climate science and biodiversity research. She’s been on the frontlines of the marine plastic pollution crisis as interim director and board vice president for the 5 Gyres Institute. Belinda is the weekly eco-correspondent for KGO 810 radio show “It’s the Planet Stupid,” she also contributes to National Geographic and Huffington Post Green. Belinda is the creator and producer of the internet series GOOD Eco News.

Chat #6: A Conversation on Art, Gender, and the Post-COVID19 Art World with Ricky Amadour

Our weekly conversation will feature a presentation on art, gender, and the current state of the art world from the perspective of Ricky Amadour. Amadour is a Los Angeles-based interdisciplinary artist who recently graduated from the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture. Amadour has exhibited and performed at Monte Vista Projects Los Angeles, Hong Kong Art Basel, and Tokyo International Gallery.

"Conquistadors, liberators, natives, and religious people all wore distinctive headpieces to create a visual form of identification. My works are made to create my own identification as a gay, nonbinary, Catholic, person of color born into a history that stands at the threshold of society, gender, and a dichotomic identity." - Ricky Amadour

Chat #5: Follow The Music

A special chat on the power of music and it's positive benefits on mental health and alleviating poverty with Artistic Director & Co-Founder of Urban Voices Project, Leeav Sofer. Featuring live performances from Leeav Sofer and Mira Kardan.