LABA.LA is a non-profit, independent Lithuanian American Business Association based in Los Angeles open to professionals motivated to share, innovate and create for a global and modern Lithuania.
GLL Forum 2017
December 28th, 2017
Network of Lithuanian professional diaspora Global Lithuanian Leaders continues the tradition to precede the Global Lithuanian Awards with the Forum of global professionals and bring together the Laureates and Nominees of all seasons, global and local over-achievers, decision-makers from the Governmental institutions for the discussion of means and measures for the improvement of global standing of Lithuania in respect to Global Talent Competitiveness Index.
LABA.LA participated in the following interactive workshops: Lithuania as Unicorn Valley and 50 International Scientists for Lithuania [learn more about the Forum]
NETWORKING EVENT: FILM INDUSTRY FOCUS
November 3rd, 2015
An Film Industry Networking Event at a historical Santa Monica Landmark Chez Jay on November 3rd organized by LABA.LA & LWAC during AFM (American Film Market) bringing together Lithuanian & American film makers, producers and Film/TV Industry professionals. Hollywood legend RUTA LEE gave a heartfelt and inspiring speech in support and encouragement to Lithuanian filmmakers whose projects help teach the world about Lithuania and its incredible culture. Thank you Ruta!!
This is a third annual event organized and sponsored by the Lithuanian diaspora and this year's partners also included Lithuanian Film Centre in Vilnius and Consulate General of Lithuania in Los Angeles.
Enormous thanks to Emilio Palame for the magic music, Rad Bosselman for capturing the moments, Rolandas Juodvalkis for the event staging and Roy Bradh (aka Nerijus Brazdziunas) for a helping hand!
LITHUANIAN DAYS IN LOS ANGELES
September 30-October 1st, 2017
To increase an awareness of Lithuanian Days in Los Angelesorganized by Lithuanian diaspora since 1986, LABA.LA invited the most popular Lithuanian National TV Morning Show “LABAS RYTAS LIETUVA” (Good Morning Lithuania) host Ignas Krupavicius to broadcast live news from the event.
LABA.LA thanks Lithuanian local business companies “Fashion Strada”, “Adroiti”, “Cujo” and “Ironwood” for making this happen!
MEETING: LITHUANIAN MINISTER OF ECONOMY AND DELEGATION
June 18th, 2017
On June 18th in partnership with Laimutis Abeciūnas, Lithuanian Commercial Attaché in the United States, and host Darius Gaidys, Lithuanian General Consul in Los Angeles, LABA.LA held an informal meeting with Mindaugas Sinkevičius, Lithuanian Minister of Economy, and advisors, representatives of Enterprise Lithuania and Invest Lithuania, and experts in life sciences field.
Minister introduced new Lithuanian legal, tax and visa initiatives to attract US investment into Lithuania while LABA.LA discussed the importance of contact building in the US business circles. LABA.LA presented its vision and focus in life sciences, hi-tech and movie industries, shared insights relating to professional reach outs, and valued Minister’s personal attention to innovation and raising awareness of Lithuania’s competitive advantages.
JOINED INITIATIVE: CITADELĖ KAUNAS MARATHON
June 11th, 2017
LA Lithuanian running enthusiasts and guests from Lithuania gathered in Manhattan Beach for a satellite run of the 5th Citadele Kaunas Marathon. Sixteen adults and eight kids successfully completed the distances of 2,5,10 and 20 kilometers.
Kaunas Citadele Marathon in Los Angeles was hosted by Lithuanian American Business Association in Los Angeles (LABA.LA). Thank you all for joining and bringing great energy and smiles! Big thank you to our sponsors Enjoyer Ice-cream for the delicious treats, and to the marathon ambassadors Gediminas Ramanauskas and Monika Kiznis for making it happen.
FILM INDUSTRY FOCUS: EMILIA film screening at The Downtown Independent
May 4 & 7, 2017
EMILIA - (original EMILIJA iš Laisvės Alėjos) story highlighting the themes of freedom, love and the opportunity to make choices are universal and speak to a broad audience. The film made a great impact on Lithuanian and American viewers alike. We expect EMILIA's story to continue to be shared with audiences outside of Lithuania and that Lithuanian cinema will continue to gain popularity around the globe. Thank you Donatas Ulvydas, Zivile Gallego and Ausra Rosegard!
The event is organized in partnership with LWAC (Lithuanian World Art Council). This is a non-profit event dedicated to promoting Lithuanian movies abroad. Event pictures: check them out!
PRESENTATION: GO VILNIUS with Darius Udrys
March 30th, 2017
GO VILNIUS – the official development agency of the City of Vilnius – provides visitors, investors, relocating talent, entrepreneurs and businesses with everything they need to know about the city.
Vilnius is fast and open, green and clean, creative and innovative, and bursting with ambition. Vilnius is where ideas go from drawing board to reality in no time flat. Find out more: GO VILNIUS
PRESENTATION: Kurk Lietuvai with Agila Barzdienė
March 8th, 2017
Young Professionals Programme (YPP) “Create Lithuania” is the first and still the only programme for professional development and the applicability of best international practices to Lithuania. It enables young professionals to contribute towards shaping the future of modern Lithuania with their knowledge and ideas.
Agila Barzdiene presented the program and shared with us success stories. She also informed us about other initiatives for those that are interested in job opportunities in Lithuania (Talentai Lietuvai, Work in Lithuania, Renkuosi Lietuvą). The meeting took place at Consulate General of Lithuania. Thank you Darius and the team for hosting!
NETWORKING EVENT with Eglė Murauskaitė
February 13th, 2017
Informal get-together with Eglė an international security and unconventional threats expert with +7 years of experience in 7 countries.Crisis simulations, research, consulting, and training.
Thank you Egle for a great, interesting and productive discussion at Bodega in Santa Monica. Looking forward to our future meetings!
1st Year LABA.LA Celebration!
December 7th, 2016
It is 1 year since the inception of LABA.LA! It has been a remarkable road of experiences and collaboration between Lithuanian & American professionals from various industries.
On December 7th, LABA.LA celebrated this memorable year at Doma Kitchen. Thank you to Chef Kristina Miksyte for great food and LABA.LA team for the efforts and continuous support.
Looking forward to another great year! https://www.facebook.com/laba.in.la/
BUSINESS MISSION: Panevežys Chamber of Commerce visits Los Angeles
November 19th, 2016
Panevėžys Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts Delegation has spent several days in Los Angeles during their Business Mission to USA. LABA.LA in Partnership with Consulate General of Lithuania brought together local business representatives from various industries in Los Angeles to discuss experiences doing business in Los Angeles area, exchange opinions, ideas and connect business professionals opening opportunities for collaboration.
NETWORKING EVENT with Ignas Krupavičius
November 17th, 2016
Energetic, constructive and fruitful discussions with Ignas Krupavičius a journalist and a host of the "Labas rytas, Lietuva". He has recently completed military service as a volunteer. Discussion will be continued in Vilnius over Christmas Holidays!
NETWORKING EVENT: FILM INDUSTRY FOCUS
November 4th, 2016
On November 4th, LABA.LA organized Film Industry Networking Event during AFM (American Film Market) in Santa Monica bringing together Lithuanian & American Film Makers & Producers and Local Film Industry Professionals.
The event was sponsored by LABA.LA, URM (Global Lithuania) and LWAC.
Enormous thanks to Emilio Palame for an incredible music, Rad Bosselma and Marija Grajauskaite for the pictures, Rolandas Juodvalkis for the setup, Nerijus Brazdziunas, Kristina Pozingyte and Vaiva Pechulis for a helping hand!
NETWORKING EVENT with Saugirdas Vaitulionis & Vilija Malinauskaite (Media Focus)
September 23rd, 2016
LABA.LA in partnership with Lithuanian Consulate General invited all professionals to a networking event with Saugirdas Vaitulionis, Editor of Entertainment at Alfa.lt and Co-Founder of Kelionių Ekspertai and Vilija Malinauskaitė, West Express/HRG Lithuania Head of the Department to discuss business, politics and media's impact of Lithuania's diaspora.
LIFE SCIENCES BALTICS 2016
September 14-15, 2016
LIFE SCIENCES BALTICS 2016 fastest growing tech sector in EU on 9/14-15 in Vilnius, Lithuania attracted 1,500 participants from 30 countries, 1,300 B2B to help startups, 50+ speakers, 40+ booths/vendors.
Delegations from Japan and Israel attended and signed cooperation agreements; prof. E.Siksnys who presented his discoveries for CRISPR ( new gene editing technology hailed as the bio achievement of the century); Sunrise Incubator (Vilnius, VU) and the Confluence incubator (Kaunas, KTU) presented their science and technology advances and capabilities plus facilities for startups.
Organized by Enterprise Lithuania, with partners LT Ministry of Economy, LT Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MITA. Sponsors included an array of international companies such as ThermoFisher, TEVA, Sicor Biotech, Profarma. Support also received from Israel Lithuanian Technology Hub, Federation of Israeli Chamber of Commerce, Japan Bioindustry Association, Akron BioMedical Corridor. California (UCSF), Harvard Medical School, Cornell were represented by speakers.
August 2, 2016
Informal meeting with INFOBALT Managing Director Paulius Vertelka and Lithuanian Consulate General Darius Gaidys to discuss potential High Tech partnerships between USA and Lithuania.
More information about INFOBALT: http://www.infobalt.lt/en/about
NETWORKING: REAL ESTATE FOCUS
June 24th, 2016
On June 24th LABA.LA (Lithuanian American Business Association in Los Angeles) in partnership with Consulate General of Lithuania held a networking event featuring "Newsec" CEO Ugnius Meidus and focusing the discussion on real estate trends in Baltics & Nordics, investments, student exchange possibilities and other topics.
NETWORKING: HAPPY HOUR WITH INTERACTIO
June 16th, 2016
Interactio - an official TEDx partner, IBTM World's awarded among top 10 innovations, finalist at IMEX 2016. Interactio is a mobile system that replaces the costly simultaneous translation equipment in live events.
Informal happy hour. Meet and greet @ 7:30PM. Address: SALT @13599 Bali Way, Marina Del Rey, 90292
SPOTLIGHT: IGNAS STAŠKEVIČIUS
March 23rd, 2016
Professionals of Lithuanian American Business Association in Los Angeles (LABA.LA) had a pleasure to meet with honorable guest Mr. Ignas Staškevičius - Lithuanian businessman, author and doctor. He gladly shared about his business experience with Vilnius Prekyba (one of the largest Lithuanian groups of private companies with revenues over €3 billion and 35,000 employees) in Lithuania and Europe. Lively discussion went beyond business and evolved into marathons, leadership skills, book writing and publishing and new global projects.
LABA.LA team thanks to Mr. Staškevičius for a visit and to Lithuanian Consulate General Darius Gaidys and his team for hosting this event.
PRESENTATION: LIFE SCIENCES FOCUS
February 11th, 2016
Solventa Krakauskaite presented to LABA.LA one of the leading edge non-invasive technologies being tested for use in diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injuries.
LABA.LA informed everyone about an upcoming Life Sciences Baltics forum in Vilnius, Lithuania on September 14-15th. For more information: http://www.lsb2016.com/
PRESENTATION: ICT EXPORTS TO USA:
January 29th, 2016
LABA.LA appreciated the invitation to speak at INFOBALT export committee's meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania. Kęstas Barzdaitis and Edvardas Jatautas presented their experiences showcasing ICT products and services in USA market. The talk also highlighted US demography, economy and diplomatic relations between Lithuania and USA. INFOBALT member companies were invited to visit Los Angeles and promote collaboration between Lithuania and USA.
NETWORKING EVENT: HIGH TECH FOCUS
December 4th, 2015
A second LABA.LA social and professional networking event took place in a relaxed atmosphere of Bungalow in Santa Monica, CA. Professionals with common interests and hobbies made new friendships, developed new relationships, and discussed topics around technology, business and entertainment. Networking event focused on IT industry in Silicon Beach attracted over 40 industry professionals.
NETWORKING EVENT: FILM INDUSTRY FOCUS
November 5th, 2015
Lithuanian Film Industry delegation at American Film Market (Director Lithuanian Film Center Rolandas Kvietkauskas, Producers Kęstutis Drazdauskas, Milda Leiputė, Lineta Mišeikytė, Ramūnas Škikas, Director Vilnius Film Office Juratė Pazikaitė) and creative industry workers local to Los Angeles joined networking in Venice. The event was organized in partnership with LWAC (Lithuanian World Art Council)
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