Wendy Gladney Brooks

WOW…what can I say ?!?! I must pause and recap the historical "Los Angeles Inaugural Ceremony" supporting Speaker Karen R. Bass, the first African American Woman to hold such a position that occurred on June 6th at Los Angeles Trade Tech College.

First, let's review the "venue."  As an event manager the venue or location is always important and critical!  Before this event, I wouldn't have personally recommended, LA Trade Tech on Washington Boulevard, as a first choice for such an affair.  However, the renovated "Grand Theatre" not only has style, but also has a state of the art sound system (that I can't even say is true for some of our top hotels around town!  It holds approximately 1,500 people comfortably and the Courtyard accommodated all of our needs for Registration, Post Reception and the "Meet & Greet."  So on behalf of the entire team, we give a real big shout out to Ms. Roxanne Romo, Civic Center Coordinator for LATTC.  We also want to thank the President of the college for opening their doors to us and rolling out the red carpet! 

Second, let's review the program!  Nothing was left out when it came to protocol.  We started with the "Presentation of Colors" by the California Highway Patrol Color Guard.  Next we had the Pledge of Allegiance and Grammy Award Winners Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., sing the National Anthem!  The Honorable Sylvia Scott Hayes, President of the Los Angeles Community College District did the Welcome and we had prayers from the multi-cultural community.  Para Los Ninos gave a wonderful song presentation and various community leaders spoke regarding their relationship with Speaker Bass as well as sharing her "leadership" and concern for the "people" through the years.  The first speaker was Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Executive Director from Community Coalition, followed by Maria Elena Durazo, Secretary Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Congresswoman Diane Watson spoke and Speaker Emeritus Fabian Nunez rounded out that portion of the program.  The theme that came out over and over was community, mentorship and caring for each other!  The Oath of Office was presented by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Kendall Bass held the bible.  Speaker Bass brought the house down with her "Address" and as she closed the children led her down the isle.

Third, I must give props to the entire team that brought this day together…Speaker Bass' Staff, LA SOMS, LA Trade Tech, various Consultants and Personal Services Plus Event Management Company.  Thank you everyone!

Sam it was great seeing you there taking photos and representing the I.E.!

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Wendy is the founder and president of Personal Services Plus, Inc., an Event Management Company.  Visit  or email her at