Mega Events, Major Opportunities
Mega Events, Major Opportunities: The 2024 UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium2024-07-23T18:07:22-07:00
Sunday October 13 - Tuesday October 15
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Mega Events: Major Opportunities

The 34th annual UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium | Oct. 13-15, 2024

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity In hosting mega-events such as the Olympics or World Cup, cities face the challenge of balancing the immediate needs of these global exhibitions with their local, long-term planning goals related to sustainability, housing, vibrancy, and equity. The 2024 UCLA Arrowhead Symposium, Mega Events: Major Opportunities will probe this critical issue, bringing together policymakers, urban planners, past host city representatives, community leaders, and academic experts to learn in collaboration and conversation. Attendees will gain valuable insights from case studies, experts, and learn strategies for maximizing positive legacies to create lasting benefits for host cities and people living in them. 

This year’s program includes multiple layers of inquiry and opportunities for attendees to think, strategize, and apply what they’ve learned to their work:

This year’s Symposium will focus on innovative strategies for improving transportation, housing, inclusivity, sustainability, and community engagement in Los Angeles, especially in the context of upcoming mega-events like the FIFA World Cup in 2026 and the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in 2028. Attendees will learn from expert speakers and participate in discussions to develop concrete plans for leveraging these mega-events to create lasting public benefits, such as improved infrastructure, affordable housing, and vibrant public spaces.

This year’s program will also focus on how to use mega-events to gain political permission for advancing long-term planning objectives. In a planning and political arena with numerous challenges — such as competing long-term objectives, immediate priorities, and distributed veto power — a mega-event on the horizon creates an opportunity to align goals and interest in taking action toward long-range objectives. 

On an even deeper level, this year’s Symposium will address the challenges of over-reliance on government in the planning process and will offer strategies for expanding civic sector capacity to tackle complex planning and policy issues. While governments are essential to planning processes, they are subject to practical resource and political constraints, leading to siloed and under-resourced approaches to long-term problems. Expanding civic sector capacity is key to addressing planning and policy challenges that require coordination across silos and the adoption of mindsets and approaches that are unlikely to emerge from government alone.

The 2024 UCLA Arrowhead Symposium – Mega Events: Major Opportunities will consider:

Speakers

Principal, Arup

Katharine Aguilar Perez

Interim Dean, USC Price

Genevieve Giuliano

Alicia John-Baptiste
President & CEO, SPUR

Alicia John-Baptiste

Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

John Lauermann

Principal, Arup

Trent Lethco

Interim Dean, UCLA Luskin

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris

Deputy Director, UCLA ITS

Juan Matute

President & Cofounder, CARS

Aaron Paley

Chief Innovation Officer, LA Metro

Seleta Reynolds

Editor, Torched

Alissa Walker

Principal, Arup

Katharine Aguilar Perez

Katharine Aguilar Perez is the Los Angeles Cities Leader and Principal with Arup. She is an expert in urban planning, transportation, and stakeholder engagement. In the planning and land use field, she is highly regarded for developing complex public participation strategies that require collaboration among multicultural communities. With her background in community development, private real estate development, transportation policy and urban planning, she is recognized as a leader in community planning.

Interim Dean, USC Price

Genevieve Giuliano

Genevieve Giuliano is the interim dean and Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Ferraro Chair in Effective Local Government at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. She served as the USC Price School’s first associate dean for research and helped establish crucial infrastructure, including the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. For more than 20 years, she directed the METRANS Transportation Consortium and built it into one of the nation’s top transportation research organizations.

President & CEO, SPUR

Alicia John-Baptiste

Alicia John-Baptiste is the president and CEO of SPUR. She is responsible for defining the overall vision and strategy for the organization. A seasoned leader and public policy professional, Alicia has over 20 years of experience reimagining systems to create better outcomes for people. Her optimistic vision and practical approach inform SPUR’s efforts to build a Bay Area where all people can thrive.

Prior to her time at SPUR, Alicia developed deep appreciation for local government and its commitment to the collective good while serving in leadership roles for the City and County of San Francisco, most recently as Chief of Staff at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Locally and nationally recognized for her public policy expertise, inspirational perspective and creative approach to systems change, Alicia focuses her talents and experience on building shared dreams. Alicia holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University. She lives in Oakland with her husband, twin children and puppy, Bowie, and loves nothing more than to travel with three of the four of them.

Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

John Lauermann

John Lauermann is an Associate Professor in the School of Information at Pratt Institute, where he teaches GIS and data visualization. He also directs Pratt’s Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative, a research center that supports GIS scholarship across the university. His research analyzes how social inequality impacts the landscape of American cities, on topics including gentrification and mega-events. He has published widely on mega-event planning, and edits the Mega-event Planning book series at Palgrave Macmillan.

Principal, Arup

Trent Lethco

Trent Lethco is a Principal with Arup’s New York-based Integrated Planning. His activities span transport strategies and business case analysis, logistics programs for large-scale development, decarbonization plans, multimodal corridor studies, Bus Rapid Transit studies, downtown and station area plans, and technology and innovation in the transport sector. His strong background in transportation planning, land use policy, and infrastructure funding allows him to effectively link mega event opportunities, such as the 2026 FIFA World Cup, to create sustainable fiscal, social, and environmental outcomes for cities. As a key component of achieving this balance, Trent encourages safe, accessible and inviting streets that place people above vehicles.

Interim Dean, UCLA Luskin

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris is Interim Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, a former Associate Dean, a Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning, and a core faculty member of the UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative. Her research centers on the public environment of the city, its physical representation, aesthetics, social meaning and impact on the urban resident. Her work seeks to integrate social and physical societal challenges in urban design, open space development, land use and transportation.

Deputy Director, UCLA ITS

Juan Matute

Juan Matute is the Deputy Director of the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies and an expert on transportation and land use and how technological innovations like driverless cars, electric vehicles and GPS mobile apps like Waze and Google Maps affect urban mobility and transportation accessibility, especially in Los Angeles. Matute also examines sustainable transportation and land use, transit systems, and local government climate planning, specifically how local governments measure and manage greenhouse gas emissions.

President & Cofounder, CARS

Aaron Paley

Aaron Paley is president and cofounder of Community Arts Resources, which is dedicated to Los Angeles’ cultural scene. He is on the board of directors of CicLAvia. Paley has 30 years’ experience in production, administration, and planning for the arts and has directed seminal Los Angeles festivals, including the 1987 Fringe Festival, the Festival of Masks, the 1990 Open Festival, and the Getty Museum’s ongoing Family Festivals. His company launched the public performance series at California Plaza and wrote the plan for programming and use of the 16-acre Civic Park, part of the Grand Avenue redevelopment. He will speak on the arts & culture legacy of the 1984 Games and opportunity for 2028 and beyond.

Chief Innovation Officer, LA Metro

Seleta Reynolds

Seleta Reynolds is Chief Innovation Officer at LA Metro.

Editor, Torched

Alissa Walker

Alissa Walker is the editor of Torched. For over 20 years, she has written about LA transportation, housing, urban design, public space, and environmental policy as a staff writer at Gizmodo, Curbed, and New York Magazine. Torched trains a critical eye on the civic investments and policy decisions that Los Angeles is making in preparation for its megaevent-hosting era, including the 2026 World Cup, the 2027 Super Bowl, and most notably, the 2028 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Program

The program is subject to change.

Pricing

PRESALE
Until 07/14/24
REGULAR REGISTER
All-Inclusive Registration
Early Registration $1,400 $1,650
General Admission $1,650
Nonprofit/Government $1,400
Commuter Registration Commuter tickets are limited and only available upon request. Email arrowhead@uclaarrowheadsymposium.org for information.
Full-Conference Commuter $1,300
1-Day Commuter $750

What’s included?

Unlike other events, our registration fee includes much more than the typical conference.

Your registration includes lodging, all meals (Sunday lunch through Tuesday lunch) and beverages, receptions, use of venue facilities (e.g., heated pool, fitness center, tennis courts), free self-parking, and eligibility to claim AICP CM credits. To see what else is included/excluded, see our FAQs.

Scholarships Available

We anticipate offering a limited number of scholarships to attend the 2024 Arrowhead Symposium. Priority will go to those who are actively working to advance equity in transportation, placemaking, and community legacies in cities that are planning for mega-events.

FAQs

What does the registration fee include?2024-06-04T17:44:43-07:00

The UCLA Lake Arrowhead Registration Fee includes much more than the typical conference registration fee.

What’s included?

  • Attendance at all sessions
  • Lodging (upgrades available)
  • WiFi throughout the facility
  • All meals (Sunday lunch through Tuesday lunch) and beverages
  • All receptions, including snacks and beverages (water, lemonade, beer & wine)
  • Coffee station (coffee & tea)
  • Use of venue facilities (heated pool, fitness center, tennis courts, hiking trails, see more)
  • Free self-parking
  • Eligibility to claim AICP CM credits
  • Inclusion in Attendee Directory (optional)

What’s excluded?

  • Transportation to and from the venue
  • Equipment rental fees for recreational activities
  • Additional group recreation activities (e.g., mountain biking)

How much is the registration fee?2024-07-01T12:34:27-07:00

The regular all-inclusive registration fee is $1,650. This includes access to full programming, all meals and beverages, receptions, lodging and select venue amenities. There are discounted prices available for nonprofit/government attendees. If you recently attended an Arrowhead Symposium event, you qualify for a limited-time presale offer. A limited number of scholarships are available; priority will go to those who are actively working to advance equity in transportation, placemaking, and community legacies in cities that are planning for mega-events. To apply for a scholarship, click here.

What is the refund policy?2024-06-10T11:01:38-07:00

Once you register, we pay for you to attend even if you cancel. Thus, in most cases, we cannot offer a refund.

Your registration is transferable, and you can change the name on your registration until October 4, 2024 by clicking “Edit Order” in your email confirmation and then following the “Manage Order” link. Note that this doesn’t change payment responsibility from the original registrant. If you change the name of your registration, please notify us at arrowhead@uclaarrowheadsymposium.org.

What lodging accommodations will be provided?2024-06-10T12:54:37-07:00

Included in the registration is the lodging for two nights (Sunday, Oct. 13 and Monday, Oct. 14) and meals (Sunday Lunch- Tuesday Lunch). Lodgings at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center are typically semi-private cabins (condolets). Your condolet will be shared with another symposium attendee. You may request a suitemate by indicating so during the registration process.

Condolets are two-story units with each level having a queen bed and 1-2 full baths. Some condolets have an open-door bedroom plan with a studio bedroom on the first floor and a second-floor loft, while others have a closed-door bedroom plan. They include a downstairs living room parlor with a sleeper sofa, work desk, and fireplace separating the two guest rooms. For an additional price, you can request an upgraded accommodation while supplies last.

What does semi-private accommodations mean?2024-06-04T17:53:14-07:00

Most guest rooms at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Lodge are semi-private chalets (condolets), which will be shared with another symposium attendee. These are two-story accommodations with a loft-style bedroom and another bedroom and private bathroom downstairs, plus a shared living room parlor.

There are two floor plans. One has a private bedroom downstairs and an upstairs loft. Another has an open-door, studio-style bedroom downstairs. Room upgrades are available to ensure two private bedrooms and bathrooms while supplies last. See more information.

May I request a suitemate?2024-06-04T17:53:59-07:00

Yes, you can request a suitemate during the registration process. Both attendees must include the request in their registration in order to be paired together. Our policy is to pair suitemates of the same gender unless otherwise requested. We will do our best to pair attendees from the same organization but this is not guaranteed. In most cases, a suitemate request can be accommodated. However, due to room availability, we cannot guarantee requests.

May I request a specific room at the conference center?2024-06-04T17:55:01-07:00

Please let us know during the registration process if you have a mobility issue or any other accessibility issue and need to be housed in a room close to the main conference. The conference center will do its best to accommodate requests based on availability and medical needs; however, these accommodations are not guaranteed.

Can I invite an additional person to attend and stay in my room?2024-06-04T17:55:42-07:00

No. All attendees and guests must be registered to attend the conference and stay as a guest at the conference center. UCLA reserves the right to cancel attendee registration if they were not nominated to attend and to ask non-registered guests to leave the premises.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?2024-06-07T15:45:37-07:00

No. We support paperless activities when we can get away with it. Please ensure that the attendee name is up to date on your registration, especially if you were not the person responsible for purchasing the ticket.

Is smoking allowed in the buildings or on the property?2024-06-10T12:49:57-07:00

No, the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center is a smoke-free property. Due to this, we will be required to bill a smoking fee during the symposium or post-check-out to guests who will be participating in smoking activities in the rooms during the symposium or after check-out while on the conference center grounds.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?2024-06-10T10:53:43-07:00

No. All attendee names must match the registered conference guest names. If you need to transfer your registration, you may do so until Friday, October 4, 2024 by clicking “Edit Order” in your email confirmation and then following the “Manage Order” link.

Can I update my registration information?2024-06-10T10:54:41-07:00

You can update the information on your order (such as name, email address, or answers to the organizer’s questions) by clicking “Edit Order” in your email confirmation and then following the “Manage Order” link until Friday, October 4, 2024. Please contact us at arrowhead@uclaarrowheadsymposium.org if you have already completed your registration and still want to purchase an add-on item (e.g., Ground Transportation).

Can I pay by check?2024-06-04T17:46:22-07:00

If you’d like to pay by check, contact event organizers at arrowhead@uclaarrowheadsymposium.org to obtain an invoice. The invoice will be billed at the Regular Registration rate ($1,650). All invoice payments must be received no less than 30 days before the event or we reserve the right to move the attendee to a stand-by list.

Can I request dietary meal preferences?2024-06-04T17:49:02-07:00

Yes. You will indicate your dietary preferences during the registration process. The conference center will do its best to accommodate most meal preferences (vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, etc.).

What should I pack?2024-06-04T17:57:26-07:00

Dress comfortably for the location. Casual attire including jeans is welcomed. Sneakers are encouraged as there will be plenty of walking. The conference center has numerous leisure facilities so be sure to bring suitable shoes and clothing for the 2.5-hour social break on Monday afternoon. We recommend partnering with other attendees for activities during the break. In the past, the attendees have organized group hikes, tennis matches, basketball games, and more. You will also have the opportunity to sign-up for an activity during the registration and view others who have also signed up. Be sure to reach out to your activity partners to coordinate.

The conference center will provide some essential products such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash/soap, lotion, hair dryer, iron, ironing board, mini fridge, and Keurig. Additional products such as shower caps, menstrual products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and COVID tests will be available in the library from symposium organizers as well.

Can I purchase ground transportation add-on at a later date?2024-06-10T11:04:47-07:00

You do not need to purchase the ground transportation add-on at the time of registration if you have not yet made your travel plans. You can go back into Humanitix and purchase transportation by Sept. 30 at the latest. We recommend you purchase earlier since space is limited.

Symposium event organizers will confirm shuttle logistics two weeks prior to the event.

About the Symposium

Since 1991, the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium has tackled the connections between transportation, land use, and the environment.  Arrowhead’s diverse and influential group of policymakers, private sector stakeholders, public sector analysts, consultants, advocates, and researchers dive into these pressing policy issues every day. Here we’ve collected some of their insights from the Symposium, as well as information on their ongoing work and updates on upcoming events. Learn more about previous events in the symposium’s 30+ year history.

Thank you to our 2024 Sponsors

Presented by

UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies

Diamond

LA Metro

Gold

Southern California Association of Governments
STV
WSP

Silver

California Air Resources Board
National Center for Sustainable Transportation

Bronze

UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation

The UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, which presents this UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium, acknowledges the UCLA campus presence on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the peoples who today use the names Tongva, Gabrielino, and Kizh.

Furthermore, we acknowledge the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Lodge & Conference Center’s presence on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Yuhaaviatam Indigenous people.