LA18 Pre-Day

A day of connecting around industries, topics of interest, and causes

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Offered to LA18 registrants at no additional cost. Space for the pre-day is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration is closed, Pre-Day is full.

Summit Circles hosted in collaboration with our Hosting Partner, Convene.

This full day pre-event includes


Announcing Summit Circles – intimate group forums that make it easy to share knowledge and connect with the people you most want to meet.

Circles will feature gatherings organized by industries, interests, and causes - chosen and co-hosted by members of the community.

Industry Circles

Gather with Summiters in your industry for structured networking followed by a relaxed cocktail hour.

Music and Entertainment
Co-hosted by:
  • Ty Stiklorius, Founder and CEO, Friends At Work
  • Greg Suess, Founding Partner, Activist
  • Bernie Cahill, Founding Partner, Activist
Real Estate and Hospitality
Co-hosted by:
  • Simon Ziff, President, Ackman-Ziff
  • Chad McWhinney, Founder, McWhinney
  • Chris Rising, Co-Founder and President, Rising Realty Partners
  • Matt O'Reilly, Founder and President, Green Circle Ventures
  • Michael Ablon, Principal, PegasusAblon
  • Tom Bacon, Founder, The Lionstone Group
  • Ryan Simonetti, Co-Founder & CEO, Convene | Host of Summit Pre-Day
Co-hosted by:
  • Elliott Bisnow, Founder, Summit
  • Brett Brewer, Co-Founder, CrossCut Ventures
  • Jon Keidan, Founder, Torch Capital
  • Rose Corvo, Chief Marketing Officer, Zelle
Impact Investing
Co-hosted by:
  • Barbara Belvisi, Co-Founder, Hardware Club
Health Tech, Wellness and Bio Sciences
Co-hosted by:
  • Juan Enriquez, Founder, ExcelVM
  • Robin Berzin, Founder, Parsley Health
  • Derik Mills, Founder, YogaGlo
  • Lee Stein, Chairman, Prize Capital
  • Dhru Purohit, CEO, Dr. Hyman Enterprises
  • Danielle Krettek, Founder and Principal, Google Empathy Labs
Consumer Products
Co-hosted by:
  • Bryan Meehan, CEO, Blue Bottle Coffee
  • Courtney Reum, Partner, M13
  • Manish Chandra, CEO, Poshmark
  • Courtney Gould, Founder, SmartyPants Vitamins
  • Adam Lowry, Founder, Method
  • Bert Jacobs, Founder, Life is Good
  • Ann Veneman, Former Executive Director, UNICEF
Blockchain and Crypto
Co-hosted by:
  • Aaron Batalion, CEO, NewCo
  • Reeve Collins, Co-Founder & CEO, BLOCKv
  • Ryan Scott, CEO,
  • Jen Greyson, "Top 8 Women in Crypto"
Co-hosted by:
  • Mark Zittman, Founding Partner, Tuatara Captial
  • Tracy Ryan, Founder, Cannakids
  • Drake Sutton-Shearer, CEO & Founder, PRØHBTD
  • Randy Smith, CEO, The Pharm
  • Troy Dayton, Founder, Arc View Group
  • Amy Margolis, Founder Oregon Cannabis Initiative

More co-hosts to be announced

Cause Circles

Workshops led by leading figures in the space, followed by small-group discussions, and then a cocktail hour.

  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Mass Incarceration
  • Mental Health
  • Education Reform and STEM Education

Interest Workshops

Workshops led by leading figures followed by small group discussions and a cocktail hour.

1. Community Building and the Art of Gathering

Workshop led by Priya Parker, Author, "The Art of Gathering"

2. The 3 M's : Meditation, Mindfulness and Manifesting

Workshop led by Emily Fletcher, Founder, Ziva

3. High Performance and Flow State

Workshop led by Dave Asprey, Founder, Bulletproof Coffee

More interest workshops to be announced

Early Campus Access

We're unveiling The Orchard – Summit's custom-built, open-air park in the heart of our downtown LA campus a day early. Early registration will be available for those who reserve a spot at the pre-event. Kick it and meet other Summiters in a relaxed environment before the main event begins.

Early Campus Access
Early Campus Access
Early Campus Access
Early Campus Access

Wi Spa Takeover

Connect with other Summiters with full-day access to Wi Spa - America's premier Korean bath house. Get transported worlds away by hot and cold baths and specialty sauna rooms alongside great company.

Summit Wi Spa


After a day of small-group gatherings, hanging in the Orchard, and socializing at the spa, celebrate at evening events.

Additional Details

Space for the pre-day is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Each attendee will be able to register for one circle.
  • If space permits, we may allow attendance of more than one.
  • Each circle is about 3 hours.
  • Pre-day attendees are offered early registration, early campus access, and full access to Wi Spa with evening events to follow.
  • Once you’re registered for LA18, you will receive an email with additional details to plan your pre-day.

* We recommend contacting the hotel you registered with for LA18 to extend your reservation an extra night. Mention Summit for best rates.


Contact Us Please note: If you are registered for LA18, you will receive an email after August 9 with instructions on how to sign up for the circle pre-day.