YPG Mentorship Series

The APA LA Young Planners Group Mentorship Series is a series of intimate gatherings between new planners and some of LA's most experienced, progressive planning professionals. These events provide attendees an opportunity to ask questions, gain helpful advice, and learn from the experiences of these amazing mentors. 

We would like to thank our April mentor Jane Blumenfeld and all who attended and made it a memorable event! 

2nd YPG Mentorship Series with Doug Failing, May 30th, 2012

The Young Planners Group of APA-Los Angeles is proud to host Doug Failing as our second speaker in this year's Mentorship Series.  Join us for a lively and in-depth discussion with Doug on Wednesday, May 30th at Magnolia Restaurant Downtown (825 West 9th Street, Los Angeles), beginning at 6:30p.m.  He will share with us some of the broad insight that he has gained through a long career in planning.

Mr. Failing is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Highway Program for Los Angeles County Metro where he is responsible for Delivery of the nearly $8 billion Measure R Highway Program.  In 2006, Failing was chosen by the Los Angeles Times’ West Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in Southern California. In addition, Los Angeles Magazine highlighted Mr. Failing in their December, 2006 issue as one of the most influential people in Los Angeles.  Failing earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University in Houghton in 1980 and was hired at Caltrans in June of 1980 as a Junior Civil Engineer

In order to preserve the intimacy of the conversation, we are limiting attendees to the first twenty (20) people who RSVP for the event.  Responses over the twenty-person cap will be wait-listed and contacted if any seats are made available.

Please RSVP by May 29th at: 

Please remember that our speaker is donating his valuable time, so please cancel your reservation one week in advance in case you cannot come to give others a chance to attend and please avoid last minute cancellations.

Please contact Meghna or Emmanuel at the email addresses below if you have any questions.
Meghna Khanna <khanna@gruenassociates.com>
Emmanuel Soriano <soriano.em@gmail.com>

1st YPG Mentorship Series with Jane Blumenfeld, April 24th, 2012 
Following its great success, the YPG Mentorship Series will continue this year beginning with Jane Blumenfeld, most recently working as the Acting Deputy Director of the Los Angeles Department of City Planning and head of its Citywide Planning Division.  Jane will share with us her planning philosophy, experience and advice based on a career spanning 32 years.  We're limiting participants to 20 in order to preserve the intimacy of the night's conversation.  We will be sending out a follow-up email for information on how to sign up, and on details regarding the exact time and location.