One day, 2 keynote speakers, 2 presentations, break-out sessions, fireside chat, business expo and A LOT of networking to take your skills and business to the next level.

  • Manhattan beach
  • 05/09/2017
  • 6 Speakers


Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce is providing a day full of information and tools to help build meaningful relationships, improve productivity, set achievable goals, create strong customer service, and improve on
marketing efficiencies. Together, whether a small or large business, we are building a legacy of solid,
smart entrepreneurs and business people in the South Bay.

Speakers & Presenters

Learn from the best in the business.  Attendees will walk away with a lot of information and tools to take back to their company and
help improve the business.


This is one of the best ways to grow a business.  Bring plenty of business cards with you and be ready to engage in great conversations.

Business Expo 

Do you have the tools to engage your target audience?  If not, check out the Expo. These companies will be showcased at the event to help you acheive goals, collaborate on projects or be your best referral source.

(Speaker Biographies)


Through dynamic keynote speakers, interactive presentations, engaging panel discussions and focused breakout sessions; attendees will walk away with a strategy to scale up their business and achieve their personal best.

  • 07:30 - 08:45am
    Check-in, Breakfast, Business Expo Opens and Networking

    Check-in, enjoy a continental breakfast while networking with colleagues.  Don't forget to check out the Business Expo, and FREE headshots by Gloria Plascencia Portrait...it's open all day.

    Breakfast is sponsored by Manhattan Beach Toyota

  • 08:45 - 09:40am
    Welcome & Open Keynote - Gil Garcetti

    From DA to Photographer
    Gil is going to provide an in-depth discussion about switching gears from the legal field to a more creative and philanthropic career.

  • 09:45 - 10:30am
    Economic Outlook 2017: What Businesses Need to Know

    Moderator:  Elizabeth Bailey
    Panelists:  Steve Napolitano, Somijita Mitra, Ph.D.
    and Rebecca Bergin

    BREAK 10:30 - 10:45am

  • 10:50 - 11:40am
    Presentation:  Simple Changes, Big Results - Michelle Brown 

    Building and maintaining authentic relationships by delivering an incredible customer experience.

  • 11:45am - 12:45pm
    Lunch - Hosted by comedian Lawrence Thomas

    Network and enjoy a seated lunch hosted by local comedian Lawrence Thomas, who is your goofy cousin, the frustrated guy behind you in line or a divorcee looking for love; be ready to laugh.  

    This is your time to network, meet new people and have a few laughs.

    Lunch is sponsored by West Basin Municipal Water District

  • 01:00 - 01:45pm
    Break-out Session

    Select ONE of the following breakout sessions:

    Upping Your Networking  | Presenter:  Kathleen Terry
    Kathleen will facilitate a workshop to help improve attendees networking strategy, which is a crucial part of growing any business (large or small).

    Content Beyond Words  |  Presenter:  Roni Ramos
    2017 is the year of Video… yes, if you are marketing your business you need to be using video! Roni will share her top tips for creating beautiful images and easy DIY video for your business.

  • 01:45 - 02:45pm
    Vision Workshop - Judith Hersch

    Judith will provide an interactive workshop using a transformational, step-by-step system, that will guide attendees to discover, design, and create goals to help them succeed.

  • 02:50 - 03:30pm
    Closing Keynote - Wanda Austin

    Making Space: Strategic Leadership for a Complex World
    Wanda will share leadership lessons that she has learned during her decades-long career as an engineer and executive in the space industry. “Leadership is not a birthright; it is a skill. Leaders can come from anywhere and in any form.”

  • 03:30 - 04:30pm
    Post Event Networking & Speaker Meetings

    The event may be over, but you don't have to go back to the office.  We will slide on over to the Marriott's Escape lounge bar to continue the conversation with the speakers and presenters, as well as, Wanda Austin will be signing her new book 'Making Space.' 


You know you want to go, just click on the orange button below.
(Early Bird rates end Friday, April 14th)

  • $75
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Networking
  • Lunch
  • Access to ALL speakers and presentations
  • $85
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Networking
  • Lunch
  • Access to ALL speakers and presentations
  • $65
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Networking
  • Lunch
  • Access to ALL speakers and presentations


What people are saying

A huge thank you to my client, Torrance Memorial Health System, for having first brought me to the Chamber Summit three years ago as their guest. That year, and every year since, I've had at least one meaningful takeaway from a presenter, typically from an industry other than my own, that has stuck with me and provided a spark for an out-of-the-box approach to a project. Can't wait for this year.

Laura McIntire President, LSM Communications, LLC

The South Bay Business Leaders Summit is not only important for taking away skills to work smarter but the interaction under one roof of multiple business is invaluable. This is a healthy setting for our local business community to get to know each other. That is good for all of us in the South Bay.

Richard Montgomery Director, Lamar Outdoor Advertising & Newly Elected City Councilmember

We attend because of the networking element and the opportunity to meet people face to face.  Also, every year we take away a great marketing opportunity, which is really important to us.

Tammy Lipps Chef/Owner, The Ripe Choice Catering



Manhattan Beach Marriott hotel, you’ll be treated to a distinctive culinary experience that caters to your every request. Our prime beach location offers the perfect balance for business and pleasure.

  • Address
  • Manhattan Beach Marriott
    1400 Parkview Ave.
    Manhattan Beach CA.  90266
  • Telephone Number
  • (310) 546-7511



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