Manhattan Beach Mayor's Youth CouncilThe Manhattan Beach Mayor’s Youth Council is a city-sponsored professional development program for high school students who live or attend high school in the city of Manhattan Beach.

The mission of MB-MYC is to expose young adults to a variety of careers and professions, and to inspire student to purse their interests. Each monthly workshop focuses on a different career arena and includes guest speakers who share their professional and personal journeys, lend sage advice and share words of wisdom.

Career topics continue to expand and include law, heath and medical, arts and entertainment, architecture, engineering and design, civic & public service, non-profit service, media & news, technology, entrepreneurship & start-up, and more.


Digital Innovation & Technology

Wednesday, February 6
5:00 – 7:30 pm
BCG Digital Ventures
1240 Rosecrans Ave, 5th Floor,

Manhattan Beach

Parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the building; our hosts will validate.
We have entered a decade of disruption of large corporate business models, driven by a step change in the power of technology and the audacity and speed of start-ups. To be fit for the future, visionary companies will deliberately re-imagine themselves by injecting or attacking established models with new ideas fueled by technology. BCG/DV is an ever-growing global team of innovators, operators, entrepreneurs and investors committed to this belief.
As the innovation, incubation and investment arm of The Boston Consulting Group, BCG Digital Ventures invents, launches and invests in game-changing businesses with the world’s most influential corporations. Founded in 2014, their global team spans four continents and specializes in 55 disciplines.
BCG Digital Ventures builds revolutionary new ventures by fusing the corporate and startup worlds, hence we are able to rapidly move from paper to product to business in less than 12 months. Below is a selection of some of the key companies we have founded.Please be sure to check out their website (must use CHROME or SAFARI), especially the impressive list of companies founded by BCG/DV: https://www.bcgdv.com/portfolio.
Our presenters at Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures will include several fascinating people with widely varying backgrounds:
Leticia Cervantes, Lead Strategic Designer at BCG Digital Ventures
When she was in high school she thought she would become a psychologist but after taking a job with one she decided it was not her path and opted for product design where she learned to design physical products like electronics, furniture and digital. Through experience and a masters in Industrial design she turned her career toward design strategy which allows her to combine her two passions of design and social sciences, and solve human problems through design methodologies. At BCG Digital Ventures Leticia has participated in the development of two startups from ideation to launch as well three digital solutions that were launched as products within the client’s core business.
Anthony Pelosi, Product Director at BCG Digital Ventures
Anthony serves as a Product Director with BCG Digital Ventures where he is a passionate, technical product manager who utilizes efficient and effective processes, along with strong team dynamics and empowerment, to build cost-effective, high quality, timely solutions that deliver business and user value. Prior to joining BCGDV, Anthony held various engineering and product management roles at Oracle, Apple and Garmin, specializing in BI tools, education, fitness and health technology, wearables, and IoT. Anthony holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a focus in Artificial Intelligence.

Heidi Kim, Lead Product Manager at BCG Digital Ventures
Heidi leads ventures in the energy, healthcare, and insurance spaces. Heidi began her career at Partners In Health, a global health non-profit, and at Oliver Wyman, a management consultancy. She found her love for building startups while at Kiva.org, a peer-topeer microlending platform and a pioneer in crowdfunding, where she helped launch Kiva Zip, a new lending platform in the US and Kenya that aimed to build closer relationships between borrowers and lenders. Since then, she has founded a food tech startup called Easily, and launched products at ZestFinance, a financial tech startup that uses machine learning for alternative credit underwriting to increase access to credit. Heidi graduated with honors in Social Studies (yes, the same name as your 5th grade history class!) from Harvard and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Emily Cooper, Senior Marketing Specialist for North America
Emily is a passionate community builder, marketer, and operator with over five years of experience bridging the gap between corporates and startups. Today, Emily is supporting the Manhattan Beach global headquarters, New York, Seattle and Silicon Valley locations through digital marketing, events, partnerships, content, and more. Additionally, she is the showrunner for BCGDV’s invite-only hackathon series, DV Hacks. Prior to her time at DV, Emily led program design and execution at the top-10 ranked startup accelerator, The Brandery. At The Brandery, she served as the conduit between startups, creative agencies, and corporates such as Procter & Gamble and Kroger. She most recently worked at a mobile advertising and big data startup, UberMedia, on the data monetization and business development team.

Joe Takai, Partner and Venture Architect Principal

He has 25+ years of  feature film production, product engineering & development leadership. He led the digital technologies division for Lucasfilm, Digital Domain, Warner Bros with key feature film projects for George Lucas, James Cameron, Stephen Spielberg.  His feature film credits include: Star Wars : Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, Titanic, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Noah, Jack the Giant Slayer, Oz: The Great and Powerful, The Twilight Saga : Breaking Dawn and Saving Private Ryan.

Please be on time and arrive at 5:00pm and plan to stay until 7:30pm.

We expect all of you at this workshop.  But, if you can’t make it, it is important that you let us know.  If for any reason you are unable to attend, please email Laurel Wright at laurel.wright@verizon.net or Laurie James sealaurieski@gmail.com.


2018-2019 Workshops and Events

Sept. 5 Wednesday New Student Orientation Workshop
Oct. 3 Wednesday Innovative Systems & Technology
Nov. 7 Wednesday Digital Media & Marketing Workshop
Dec. 5 Wednesday Hospitality
Jan. 16 Wednesday Law & Legal Workshop
Feb. 6 Wednesday Entrepreneurial Workshop
March 6 Wednesday Medicine
April 17 Wednesday Mock City Council & Government

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The Mayor’s Youth Council Mission:

    • Engage students with leaders in private, public and philanthropic career arenas;
    • Share the wisdom, ways and diversity of leadership;
    • Stimulate and feed curiosity and creativity; and
  • Cultivate interest in civic stewardship.

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