Summit LA17 in Downtown Los Angeles

Summit's Flagship event is taking over (Nov. 3-6, 2017)
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Founded in 2008, Summit creates unique gatherings designed to catalyze entrepreneurship, creative achievement, and global change to create a more joyful world. Through a series of invitation-only events, Summit fosters a global community of leaders ranging from artists to entrepreneurs, academics, scientists, non-profit leaders and beyond. In addition to being on the cutting edge, Summit requires these individuals to be well meaning, kind people that work together towards a simple goal: make the world a better place.

Summit LA17

Summit's events combine art, talks, culinary experiences, music, and wellness activations with countless surprises, immersive adventures, and incredible people.

Summit's 11th flagship event, Summit LA17 will gather 3,500 leaders across all disciplines. The three-day festival will host a diverse array of talks, performances, wellness classes, art installations, gourmet food, and experiences designed to foster relationships and inspire new perspectives. Summit's first-ever Los Angeles event, Summit LA17 is taking place Nov. 3-6 at hotels, restaurants and temporary spaces in Downtown L.A.'s historic Broadway Theatre District.

"We think the Broadway Theatre District is a treasure hiding in plain site," said Summit's co-founder, Ryan Begelman. "It has incredible infrastructure for events having been built as an entertainment epicenter a century ago. Its theaters, parking lots, alleyways, restaurants, and hotels provide the infrastructure and ideal backdrop for an immersive event like Summit. And we are excited to align ourselves with the revitalization of downtown, LA and to highlight the transformation happening there."

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Father Greg Boyle | Photo courtesy of Homeboy Industries, Facebook


The extraordinary Summit LA17 lineup features over 100 talks, 40 performances, 65 wellness activities, 16 chefs and more. Speakers include actress Jessica Alba, Father Greg Boyle (founder of Homeboy Industries) , former Laker Kobe Bryant, Academy Award winning producer Brian Grazer, and legendary producer Quincy Jones. 

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Belasco Theatre | Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Peterson Group


The Summit LA17 program consists of six pillars. Talks, music, and comedy will take place in four landmark theaters: Belasco, Globe, Los Angeles and Orpheum. 

1. Talks & Discussions: 100+ learning sessions including keynotes, discussions, workshops and meetups, such as a fireside chat with CNN's Van Jones and “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” with Marie Kondo.

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2. Performances: 40+ musicians, poets, and dancers perform in speakeasies, grand theaters, and even on the street, including classical, stand up comedy, hip-hop, live acts, DJs, spoken word and movement art.

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Kobe beef potstickers | Photo courtesy of Peking Tavern

3. Culinary: 15+ world-renowned chefs sourcing ingredients from over 30 local farms; 12 restaurant takeovers including B.S. Taqueria and Faith & Flower; and many more pop ups and culinary surprises, including a late night dumpling bar at Peking Tavern.

4. Art installations and exhibits throughout the campus created by world-renowned artists and local talent. (Program TBA)

5. Wellness: 65+ classes and experiences taking place in studios, wellness havens, and recreational spaces, including breathwork with Wim Hof ("The Iceman") and sunrise meditation with Noah Levine.

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6. Impact: Partnering with Downtown L.A.-based nonprofits to positively affect the local community, such as Homeboy Industries and the Anti Recidivism Coalition.

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InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Lobby Lounge


Centered around Downtown L.A.’s historic Broadway Theatre District, the Summit LA17 campus is taking over top hotels, restaurants, theaters, building an open air lounge and marketplace, erecting a wellness studio, converting rooftops into salons, and more.

The new InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown is the learning epicenter, filled with content sessions, workshops, dedicated wellness studios, intimate spaces and lounges for conversations, juice and smoothie bars, culinary experiences for breakfast and lunch, and much more.

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Summit LA17 is buying out nine Downtown L.A. hotels, including The Ace, The Freehand and The Standard.

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Photo courtesy of The Orpheum Theatre

Broadway comes alive with musical performances at The Orpheum Theatre, and encompasses an outdoor attendee lounge, market place and food bazaar, art galleries, immersive wellness spaces, and late night popups woven throughout Broadway’s storefront.


Applications to attend Summit LA17 are now open at the Summit LA17 website. Each application is vetted by their team. Qualified candidates are contacted for an interview. To qualify, you must be on the leading edge of your field and you must be willing to be participatory.