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Join us May 22-23, 2024 for this dynamic, multi-day event

Leadership Summit at LA Fleet Week and the National Museum of the Surface Navy are campaigns of the Pacific Battleship Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit.

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Leadership Summit at LA Fleet Week 2024


The Maritime Sector’s Role in Supporting Major Metro Areas

Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Thursday, May 23, 2024
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Leadership Summit at LA Fleet Week is a dynamic, multi-day seminar aimed at fostering collaboration and inspiring actionable solutions for a more sustainable and resilient future. The Leadership Summit welcomes senior and executive leaders from military, business, government, and community to build valuable relationships and facilitate strategic discussion on America’s role in maritime peace and prosperity.

This year’s event features sessions focused on maritime strategy and its role supporting major metropolitan areas, the impact of investing in equitable access to STEAM-focused education and career paths, and large area support/catastrophic response; major special events; complex systems, and strategic decision making; water and food; and “whole of nation/whole of community” readiness.


Wednesday, May 22nd | 0730-1030 at the Jonathan Club Downtown LA

    • Networking Breakfast
    • Maritime Strategy Keynote: On the World Stage

Wednesday, May 22nd | 1300-1600 at the Port of LA Admin. Building

    • Education Seminar: STEM and the Power of Community Investing
    • Networking Roundtable

Thursday, May 23rd | 0900-1200 at the Battleship IOWA

    • Defense Support of Civilian Authorities (DSCA) Seminar

RSVP is required.

Custom sponsorship packages are available starting at $2,000. Please contact Kyle Aube at for more information.

Please reference the event’s registration page or contact for assistance with any other questions.


The Leadership Summit at LA Fleet Week 2024 programs are planned in affiliation with the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Public Safety, City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department, Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Port Police, and National Museum of the Surface Navy at the Battleship IOWA. Additional support and funding is provided by Collier Walsh Nakazawa, the Jonathan Club, and others.


Wednesday, May 22
Jonathan Club
Downtown LA

(545 S. Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA | 3rd Floor Main Ballroom)

0730-0830: Networking Breakfast

Join us for a unique opportunity to connect with leaders from military, public, and private sectors at the Leadership Seminar Networking Breakfast. This event will bring together professionals from various backgrounds to share ideas, build relationships, and explore new opportunities for collaboration. Enjoy a continental breakfast while making valuable connections and engaging in meaningful conversations.

0830-1030: Maritime Strategy Keynote
“On the World Stage”
The Maritime Sector’s Role in Supporting Major Metro Areas

The Maritime Strategy Keynote: On the World Stage convenes thought leaders and experts from across sectors to explore the influence of maritime strategy on major metropolitan areas. The discussion will examine how cities can prepare for mass tourism during international events like the World Cup and Olympic Games, including impacts to maritime activities which support the local populace – transportation, lodging, communications, health and safety, etc. The forum aims to deepen understanding of roles and responsibilities and foster collaboration and trust across sectors in support of building more resilient communities.

Speakers include:

  • Host: CAPT Joe Walsh II, USN (Ret.) | Partner, Collier Walsh Nakazawa LLP
  • The Honorable Zaib Shaikh | Consul General of Canada is Los Angeles; Dean of the Los Angeles Consular Corps
  • Councilmember Tim McOsker | Councilmember, 15th District, City of Los Angeles
  • CAPT Micah D. Murphy, USN | Commodore, Military Sealift Command Pacific
  • Carol Parks | General Manager, Emergency Management Department, City of Los Angeles
  • Bruce DD Mac Rae | Vice President of State Government Affairs, UPS


Wednesday, May 22
Port of LA
Administrative Building

(425 S. Palos Verdes St, San Pedro, CA | 2nd Floor Board Room)

1300-1500 (1:00pm-3:00pm): Education Seminar
“STEM and the Power of Community Investing”

Led by an all-women panel, the Education Seminar is dedicated to addressing the critical need for equitable access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and career opportunities. Recognizing that STEM fields are driving forces behind innovation and progress, this forum brings together educators, industry leaders, and advocates to deliberate on strategies for fostering inclusivity. Discussions will emphasize the importance of investing in equitable access to STEM learning opportunities, ensuring that individuals from all backgrounds have the tools and support needed to thrive in these fields, paving the way for a more diverse and skilled workforce.

Speakers include:

  • Host: Dr. Barbara Shannon | Founder and President, Beyond Synergy
  • Dina Aryan-Zahlan | Deputy Executive Director of Development, Port of Los Angeles
  • Victoria Krebs | Process Control Supervisor, Marathon Petroleum Company
  • Victoria Sork | Distinguished Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA
  • LT Ryna Thlang | US Navy Recruiting Command

1500-1600 (3:00pm-4:00pm): Networking Roundtable

Following the Education Forum, join educators, industry partners, and military representation for a networking roundtable to cultivate relationships and build upon collaborative opportunities presented during presentations.


Thursday, May 23
Battleship IOWA

(250 S. Harbor Blvd, San Pedro, CA | Fantail)

0900-1200: Defense Support of Civilian Authorities (DSCA) Seminar

Hosted by the City of Los Angeles, Emergency Management Department (EMD)

The goal of the DSCA leadership session is to cultivate connections and build rapport among stakeholders in the Los Angeles region, including government, military, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors. As LA continues its readiness for the world stage, leaders are asked to look for opportunities to prioritize disaster resilience efforts by identifying and leveraging synergies, fostering creativity and inclusivity, and collaborating to reduce duplication and increase measurable outcomes. Presentations and interactive discussion will address large area support/catastrophic response; major special events such as the LA-hosted 2026 World Cup and LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games; complex systems and strategic decision making; water and food; and DSCA/Homeland Defense “whole of nation/whole community” readiness.

Target audience: Senior leaders and executives from all levels of government, military, private and non-governmental organizations, and academia. (Invitation only, RSVP required)

Speakers to be announced.

Custom and multi-event sponsorship packages are available. Please contact Kyle Aube, Director of Development at for more information.

Special Accommodations

As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities.

Reasonable accommodation or other auxiliary aids and/or services may be provided upon request. To ensure availability, you are advised to make your request at least 72 hours prior to the meeting you wish to attend. Due to the difficulties in securing Sign Language Interpreters, five (5) or more business days’ notice is strongly recommended. For additional information, please contact

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Pacific Battleship Center dba National Museum of the Surface Navy
250 S. Harbor Blvd.
San Pedro, CA 90731
Phone: 877-446-9261 ext. 747


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