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Luminary LIVE LA is our second city stop of 2024. 

From panels and workshops, to fireside chats and networking, incredible speakers, thought leaders and subject matter experts, we’re ready to bring the Luminary LIVE experience back to Los Angeles. And this year, we're hosting it at local Luminary partner space, blackbird!

Check out the great lineup of speakers, programming and content.
Invest in yourself, your career and your business and make sure to register below. 

The event is free (yes, we said FREE) and open to all. Whether you're a solopreneur, a microbusiness, side hustler, fast growth company or navigating a completely different career path, we invite to join us and #comesitatourtable. 


Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Venue: blackbird  
Location: 3520 Schaefer Street
Culver City, CA 90232



9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Arrival, Coffee and Networking

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Welcome and Kick-Off:

Cate Luzio, Founder and CEO of Luminary

Magaly Chavez, Associate Director, Ichor Strategies,  Verizon Local Engagement 

10:15 AM - 11:00AM

Fireside Chat with Candace Nelson
Co-Founder of Sprinkles, Co-Founder, Pizzana
Founder of C2N Ventures
Author, Sweet Success:
A Simple Recipe to Turn Your Passion Into Profit
Shark Tank "Shark"

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

How to Get Press Now & Nail It with Jessica Abo, Media Trainer + PR Expert

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Business Plan Boot Camp + Financial Fundamentals
with Cate Luzio Founder and CEO, Luminary

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch & Networking

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Social Media Video Content Made Simple with Jourdan Guyton, Founder & CEO, Vera Jean Media 

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Digital Marketing 101 with Maribel Lara, SVP at The Sasha Group, part of VaynerX Media

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Building While Flying Panel Discussion with
 Grace Na, Founder, Pistola 
Bridgid Coulter Cheadle, Founder, blackbird
Tawnya Falkner
, Founder, Le Grand Courtage 

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Networking, Cocktails and Conversation


 In partnership with Verizon Small Business Digital Ready


Our national partner in Luminary LIVE is Verizon Small Business Digital Ready, a free learning program developed by small businesses to help small businesses grow and build their skills to succeed in the digital economy. Filled with courses, events, coaching sessions, and grant opportunities, it’s an easy way to advance your business, learn new skills, and meet other like-minded entrepreneurs. Not yet registered? No problem at all!
Click here to register giving you complete access to our full day experience. 
Full day experience hosted in partnership with:

 #InThisTogether Tour Cocktails and Conversation Invite (1352 x 698 px)


Meet The Speakers

Cate Luzio

Founder and CEO, Luminary

Cate Luzio

Founder and CEO, Luminary

Cate Luzio is the Founder and CEO of Luminary, a global membership-based professional education and networking platform created to uplift, upskill, and propel women forward through all phases of their professional journey.  

Cate launched Luminary in 2018 with the mission to create an ecosystem of high-touch engagement to address and impact the systemic challenges faced by women across all industries and sectors. Members are comprised of a multigenerational and intersectional community of individuals, intrapreneurs, entrepreneurs, corporations, and organizations including American Express, Verizon, Paramount, UBS, Spotify JPMorgan Chase, Unilever, Indeed, Mastercard, CAPCO, LVMH, ADP, and many more.

Before starting Luminary, Cate spent two decades in financial services leading global multibillion-dollar businesses. Previously, she was Global Head of Multinational Corporate Banking for HSBC, managing more than 2,000 employees worldwide and prior to that, she served as Head of Multinational Corporate Banking at J.P. Morgan EMEA based in London. She spent her early years in Latin America with Bank of America across both consumer and wholesale banking. She started her career working in tech in China.

Cate is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she was named its Entrepreneur of the Year in 2021 and joined its Board of Governors that same year. She also has a master’s degree in International Relations from Georgetown University.

A long-time advocate for empowering women and girls, she served on the National Board for Girls Inc. from 2016-2022, is a mentor for WE.NYC and The NORTH, and sits on the Boards of Girls Inc. New York City and Pomp & Whimsy. Cate is an active investor in several women-founded companies. She is a member of DealmakeHERS, Women’s Forum of NY, Careforce, and the TIME’s UP Care Economy Business Council.

Cate was recognized as one of Forbes’ Next 1000 Entrepreneurs in 2021 and a Top 100 Female Founder by Inc. in 2019 and 2021. She has been featured as an expert in top-tier financial, business, and lifestyle media. She is a sought-after keynote speaker for organizations such as Verizon, Hudson Bay Corporation, JPMorgan Chase, Fidelity, BlackRock, ADP, and UBS, as well as high-profile events including several Conferences for Women, ADP Women’s Summit, Verizon 100 Women Leaders, Fidelity Women Talk Money, Yelp Women in Business and Black in Business Summits.

Magaly Chavez

Associate Director at Ichor Strategies, Verizon Local Engagement

 Grace Na

Founder, Pistola 

Jourdan Guyton

Founder & CEO, Vera Jean Media 

Jessica Abo

Media Trainer + PR Expert

Bridgid Coulter Cheadle

Founder, blackbird

Tawnya Falkner

Founder, Le Grand Courtâge 

Candace Nelson

Co-Founder of Sprinkles, Co-Founder, Pizzana, Founder of C2N Ventures, Author Sweet Success: A Simple Recipe to Turn Your Passion Into Profit, Shark Tank "Shark"

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