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Wednesday, November 8

Mission Matters Leadership Conference

Date and Time

Wednesday, November 8
10am - 7pm PST


Verizon 5G Lab

13031 West Jefferson Blvd Bldg. 500
Los Angeles, CA 90094

Mission Matters Leadership Conference
Mission Matters Leadership Conference

(Includes $17 service fee)

About This Event

9 hours

Mobile eTicket

Mission Matters is proud to announce the Mission Matters Leadership Conference taking place November 8th in Los Angeles at Verizon 5G Labs in Playa Vista.

This inaugural gathering of CEOs, senior executives of larger firms, investors, media and thought leaders represents the culmination of 7 years of building the Mission Matters Community, which includes 6000+ podcast interviews and 100,000+ pieces of content distributed across platforms such as Forbes, USA Today, Yahoo! Finance, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and more.

This 1-day event features panel discussions and keynotes. Content of the event will cover a variety of different industries highlighting how you can become a better business leader in your respective field.

With this conference, we’re also offering endless networking opportunities with a backdrop of fun and excitement, all taking place in Los Angeles. Attendees will include C-level executives and a broad range of professionals with a common interest in leadership. You should expect to meet decision-makers across many professional firms and businesses – the people with the power to make things happen.


  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am - Registration, check-in, and breakfast
  • 10:30 am - 10:45 am - Introduction
  • 10:45 am - 11:45 - Icebreaker and Small Group Activity lead by Deron Quon from Breakfast of Champions
  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm - Lunch + Verizon 5G Tour
  • 12:45 pm - 1:15 pm - Conversation with Charles Jenkins, CEO of Positive Air Inc. & Inspired People Music Inc. on transformational leadership and evolutionary reinvention as a leader
  • 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm - Conversation with Erika Cheung, Executive Director of Ethics in Entrepreneurship & Theranos Whistleblower, to discuss how her personal journey has led her on a path to create an ethical future where new technological advancements and emerging companies are moving forward at an alarming pace
  • 1:45 pm - 2:15 pm - Keynote by Christopher Kai, Founder of Gifterx Talks - First Class Credibility: How to Build a Trailblazing Personal Brand
  • 2:15 pm - 2:25 pm - Break
  • 2:25 pm - 2:55 pm - Keynote by Adam Mendler, Founder of Veloz Group drawing from interviews with hundreds of America's top leaders, Adam will share how to unlock your leadership potential
  • 2:55 pm - 3:25 pm - Conversation with Michael Riady, Founder of INDOxyz brand sharing his founding story of the INDOxyz brand
  • 3:25 pm - 3:55 pm - Conversation with Roland Williams, former NFL player and Superbowl Champion to discuss his winning strategies and lessons from the NFL to Corporate leadership
  • 3:55 pm - 4:05 pm - Break
  • 4:05 pm - 4:35 pm - Conversation with Donna Smith, former President of Universal (and first woman president of any major movie studio)
  • 4:35 pm - 5:05 pm - Keynote by Marissa Andrada, Board of Director of Krispy Kreme, to discuss "Accelerating Your Leadership CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate)"
  • 5:05 pm - 5:30 pm - Dialogue between the Co-Founders of Mission Matters and Close-out
  • 5:30 pm - onwards - Networking

Who Attends?

  • CEOs
  • Founders
  • Small Business Owners
  • C-level executives
  • Media
  • Accredited retail investors
  • Institutional investors
  • Qualified private companies
  • Venture fund managers
  • Law firms
  • Private equity investors
  • Deal advisors
  • Accountants
  • Business strategy experts

Thinking of Presenting?

As a presenting company, you’ll have unprecedented access to investors, business professionals, media, and executives of large and small companies. Mission Matters is focused on providing companies with the opportunity to present their business and message to a qualified audience. The keynotes and panels will be recorded and promoted across all Mission Matters platforms and in major media such as Yahoo! Finance. For inquiries, please email

About Mission Matters:

The Mission Matters platform is a media outlet designed to give voice to the stories of entrepreneurs, entertainers, executives and experts. In the coming years, we will continue this mission by adding to our current 50,000+ content catalogue of shows, podcasts, media and books in an effort to tell meaningful stories that will inspire current and future generations.

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Founded by five-gen Indonesian Michael Riady, INDOxyz is an Indonesian coffee brand that was created to empower, amplify, and celebrate the owner's journey. The owner’s journey is both an individual and a communal endeavor. Today, Indonesia is the world’s fourth-largest coffee producer by output and has the world’s most diversified variety of coffee. INDOxyz fuels your ambitions and celebrations. Fuel the Dream.


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Donna Smith

Donna Smith began her career as Production Coordinator on RAGING BULL and quickly rose through the ranks, serving as Production Manager, Line Producer and Producer on notable projects that included THE TERMINATOR. Smith was tapped by Universal Pictures to serve as President of Physical Production and Post Production; becoming the first woman to serve in that role for a major Hollywood studio. During Smith’s seven-year tenure at Universal, more than 120 titles were released under her leadership including; Academy Award winner Schindler's List, Jurassic Park, Babe, Scent of a Woman, Casino, Backdraft, Back to the Future, Apollo 13, Waterworld, and more.Following her executive role at Universal, Donna entered the world of completion bonds, having established a sterling reputation as a “highly bondable” producer. Donna served as CEO/President for the Entertainment Coalition, a management entity formed to coordinate full-service completion bond and insurance services for the entertainment industry worldwide. Under Donna’s leadership, the company handled such titles as Star Wars: the Phantom Menace, The Nutty Professor, Batman & Robin, LA Confidential, Armageddon, Lethal Weapon, and the Matrix.Donna Smith more recently served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Cinema Completions International. Based in Los Angeles with offices in London and Sydney, CCI underwrote completion bonds for movies. Smith green-lit new business and spearheaded strategic planning, managerial insight; guided by an extensive network of relationships with Hollywood studio executives, producers, filmmakers and creative talent. Donna has the honor of being appointed a United States Film Ambassador to China and serves as a Women In Film trustee.


Roland Williams

Roland has achieved extraordinary heights as a professional athlete, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. A graduate of Syracuse University, Roland went on to play in the National Football League for an accomplished eight-year career, including Rams rookie of the year, the AFC Championship, and a Super Bowl Championship as part of the legendary St. Louis Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf” offensive unit, breaking numerous records en route to the franchise's first championship. In life after football, Roland is a proud father, sports analyst, and catalyst for economic equity and inclusion. As Chairman & CEO of Brown Diamond Holdings, Roland owns a portfolio of businesses across multiple sectors, including a medical manufacturing, M & A consulting, and a marketing agency helping clients across the globe meet their ESG initiatives. In 2021, after successfully completing his first $50 million seed raise for a minority manufacturer, Roland responded to the unprecedented demand for diversity and inclusion across multiple sectors and inspired a new passion to help close the nation’s supplier diversity gaps.


Charles Jenkins

Dr. Charles Jenkins is widely known for his innovative leadership, and diverse service as an influential renaissance man. For 20 years, Jenkins served as the senior pastor of the historic Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago. Jenkins has also served as a Commissioner on the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, as a member of The Board of Trustees for The City Colleges of Chicago, as an Advisory Board Member for The Illinois Attorney General’s Office, the Illinois State Treasurer’s Advisory Board, The Illinois Department of Transportation Advisory Board, and Chairman of the Rainbow Push Coalition’s PUSH BOARD just to name a few. He was also a pivotal leader in the passing of Chicago’s Big Box Ordinance which led to Walmart and Target Stores arriving in Chicago. He was also involved in Uber’s arrival in Chicago, leading to thousands of jobs and dynamic revenue for the city. Additionally, Jenkins was also instrumental in helping to restore nearly $30 million dollars to the Illinois state budget which led to the expansion of Walgreens and affordable medication for senior citizens in Illinois.


Erika Cheung

Erika Cheung is the executive director of Ethics in Entrepreneurship, a non-profit whose mission is to foster ethical questioning, culture, and systems in startups and innovation ecosystems.

Erika is an advisor to several family offices, venture capital firms, and governmental investment programs focused on healthcare, biosciences, and biotechnology companies. She invests a portion of her time building cross-border networks between the US and the Asia Pacific region to facilitate the growth of companies operating in emerging markets.

Her first job out of college was working for Theranos, where she subsequently was one of the critical whistleblowers reporting the fraud case to regulators preventing the company from providing false lab results to patients.


Michael Riady

Michael Riady is Indonesian, founder of INDOxyz surf active lifestyle brand and a surfer himself.INDOxyz is in the media, hotel and beverage industries.Prior to his entrepreneurship journey, Michael spent thirteen years with Lippo Group.His grandfather Mochtar Riady founded the Lippo Group of Companies.He was the former CEO and Vice Chairman of Lippo Malls, Indonesia's largest publicly listed shopping mall landlord.Michael together with OUE Limited acquired the US Bank tower in Downtown LA in 2013 and sold it to Silverstein Properties.Michael earned his Executive MBA from UCLA-NUS and is a board member at Asia Society Southern California,UCLA Ziman Real Estate and UCLA Center of Global Management. He lives between Los Angeles and Bali.


Marissa Andrada

With over 25 years of experience of integrating people and leadership capability into the foundation of business strategies, Marissa Andrada has energized brands to codify their purpose and values while accelerating company growth and industry-wide change, inspiring a movement for employee well-being and opportunity. Marissa is passionate about leading with authenticity and helping people and organizations unleash human potential to lift personal and overall company performance. She has been the key catalyst in transforming cultures and driving performance at a multitude of consumer brands, most recently, as the first Chief People Officer at Chipotle Mexican Grill. As the former chief diversity, inclusion and people officer, Marissa activated a culture strategy that was co-created with the workforce - including the launch of a debt free college degree and education program and access to mental healthcare. Prior to Chipotle, Marissa led human resources at Kate Spade & Company and partner resources at Starbucks Coffee Company. Earlier, she served as senior vice president and head of human resources at GameStop Corporation and at Red Bull North America. She is currently serving as an independent board director at Krispy Kreme, Inc. where she is also the chair of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee. Marissa also serves as a board member on iN0V8 Capital $150M diversity investment fund and advisor to GUILD, Sholder, WUF World and Boomerang - companies committed to creating opportunity and well-being for employees and underserved communities. She interviews leaders and influencers on her bi-weekly live CultureCast (podcast) with Marissa, learn about they transformation journey and how they have shaped cultures where people can thrive. Marissa holds an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and an undergraduate degree from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona.


Christopher Kai

Inc. Magazine’s "The Billionaire Networker" and Forbes "International Speaker" Christopher Kai is a 7X author, 2X TEDx Talks speaker voted #1 at TEDx Talk Sugarland, and the founder of GifterX Talks, the world's leading speaker community for entrepreneurs. It has been called the "TED Talks for Entrepreneurs." He is also the founder of GPS, a private global membership in 120 cities and 30 countries which Forbes has stated "helps entrepreneurs become professional speakers." Christopher has helped his clients generate $200 million by helping them create First Class Credibility in their personal brands. Outside of his business, he started Mondays at the Mission, the only homeless youth program of its kind in the world. Billionaire visionary Elon Musk once exclaimed, “Wow! You really know a lot!”


Adam Mendler

Adam Mendler is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, educator, and nationally-recognized authority on leadership. Adam is the creator and host of the business and leadership podcast Thirty Minute Mentors, where he regularly elicits insights from America's top CEOs, founders, athletes, celebrities, and political and military leaders. He has interviewed more than 500 of America’s most successful leaders and has written extensively on business and leadership, having authored more than 70 articles published in major media outlets including Forbes, Inc., and HuffPost. Adam co-founded The Veloz Group, where he helped build three different businesses in three different industries. Adam draws upon his insights building and leading businesses and interviewing hundreds of America's top leaders as a keynote speaker to businesses, universities, and non-profit organizations. Adam teaches graduate-level courses on leadership at UCLA, serves on the board of UCLA’s Master of Applied Statistics & Data Science program, is an emeritus member of USC’s Board of Governors, and is an advisor to numerous companies and leaders. A Los Angeles native, Adam is a lifelong Angels fan and an avid backgammon player.