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Think Outside The States

Expansion into international markets is a serious matter for Southern Californian companies with ambitions of rapid growth. Since the world has become interconnected, medium-sized businesses and even small companies can operate in the global marketplace – an opportunity that was previously only conceivable for large companies with large budgets and dedicated resources. At the same time, there is a clear shift in the global investment community as we see rising interest from international VCs and PE groups seeking to back promising young companies in the States to diversify their risks.

Mission: Global LAVA is a strategic entry point for entrepreneurs, capital providers and executives interested in leveraging the global marketplace’s opportunities and capital sources for companies based in Southern California. The basic objective of our meetings is to expose the participants to the opportunities and challenges that are presented by the global markets, while encouraging everyone to share information, knowledge and experience to help each other to develop new capacities for their businesses.

Constituencies: entrepreneurs looking for the global expansion, foreign companies looking for the strategic partners, angel investors and VCs  with the focus on the international markets, government officials, media, non-profits and anyone with a global mind-set and desire to make a difference.

Meetings: Global LAVA holds monthly breakfast meetings on the first Friday each month from 7:30am to 9:00am in the heart of the Century City area. These meetings focus on addressing specific topics related to the international marketplace and are highly interactive and dynamic so everyone can share their questions and insights and participate in the discussions. Each themed meeting involves several guest speakers with a track record of a notable success and expertise in that area to present a brief statement and then answer questions from the moderator and an audience. Networking is highly encouraged and anticipated.

Fees: These meetings are free to LAVA members and LAVA sponsors. Participating guests are charged a $35 fee. Refreshments are served. Seating is limited. No payments at the door please.

Registration: Both LAVA members and guests must register on the LAVA web-site; it's easy and quick.

Please Join Us On LinkedIn and become a part of a truly international community: CLICK HERE.

Check out  The National Intelligence Council's (NIC) Global Trends Report 2030: CLICK HERE

For more information, please contact:

Victoria Silchenko, Ph.D., Chair of Global LAVA, LAVA Board Member
Founder of  Metropole Capital Group and Metropole Global, Huffington Post contributor

Helen Kolpakov - Chief Project Manage at WellnessPro, 2015 MBA Candidate, UCLA

Tingting Xu–   Intern at Disney Interactive, 2014  MBA Candidate, Pepperdine University

Keolester Buenpacifico -  Executive MBA Programs, Marshall School of Business USC

Anna Janicka - 2012 Marshall School of Business USC, BS, BA

Please feel free to suggest the topic you would like to be discussed at our future meetings or recommend a speaker. 


We look forward to seeing you at our events!


 Conscience Is In, Greed Is Out and Crowdfunding Is On (Huffington Post)

 LAVA Blast! (Century City News)

 Global LAVA First Anniversary Celebration At Santa Monica’s Tiato (Century City News)


 "Thank you for the invitation to speak. I loved the atmosphere and the opportunity to meet the great people of Global LAVA". Mathew Charnay, Managing Director of International Development Expansion Organization, 2013

"Global LAVA has become the forum in LA for international business issues for companies and individuals”. Nevin Sanli, President Sanli Pastore & Hill, 2012

"Global LAVA is one of the best spots in Los Angeles to meet globally connected business oriented individuals and organizations”. Michael Feinstein, Partner at Marcum LLP, 2012, Global LAVA sponsor

"Global LAVA has evolved into a preeminent forum of international business and investment for the entire greater Los Angeles area and beyond”. Jun Zhao, Principal & Co-Founder, JJ Wellesley Group, LLC, 2012

"I had great time and I was intrigued with quality conversations and the insights provided by the speakers. Thanks for the opportunity to participate. Look forward to attending more in the future”. Santhosh Devati, Entrepreneur, 2012

"I attended the event yesterday as a guest (of Global LAVA) and thought it was great. This was my first exposure to LAVA and I was impressed with the group and the presentations and will definitely attend future events”. Justin Bowen, Business Tax Attorney, 2012

 "I just started attending recently and I can say that I already benefited both in acquired knowledge from the notable speakers, and made very useful business connections”. Paolo Lorant, Century City News, 2011

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