LABJ Insider: Sound the Trumpet for Herb Alpert

LABJ Insider: Sound the Trumpet for Herb Alpert
Los Angeles Business Journal Editor Scott Robson

At a time like this, giving back and lifting up are more important than ever — which is what makes this week’s Philanthropy Special Report so relevant. It gives us a chance to shine a light on an aspect of our business community that provides so much support to so many but doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves.

Legendary trumpeter and music industry executive Herb Alpert is a prime example. Known for his decades as a chart-topping performer and a driving force behind A&M Records, Alpert has contributed millions of dollars to institutions such as CalArts and UCLA.

Diane Haithman’s profile of the inspirational artist and his off-stage legacy is a worthwhile read. It starts on page 16.
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Business leaders who may not have the musical chops of Alpert but are no less inspiring have been featured all month during the Business Journal’s Women’s Leadership and Awards series.

The live events attracted hundreds of participants each week, all eager to hear from top women executives in Los Angeles on topics such as work-life balance, leading through change and the power of mentorship.

The Business Journal capped the month by handing out a handful of awards, including CEO of the Year to Denyelle Bruno at fresh food chain Tender Greens and Rising Star honors to Ksenia Yudina, founder of college savings app UNest. Coverage starts on page 29.
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Nobody knows the value of an assist better than Magic Johnson, who has joined with Cigna Corp. to develop health care support for Los Angeles businesses owned by women and minorities.

The Lakers great and Cigna say the effort will reduce health care disparities in communities of color by helping small and mid-sized businesses in those areas. Cigna promises health plans tailored for the target market, along with $3 million in donations to local charities to support the initiative.
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Chalk up a win for the Academy Museum, which last week named respected film scholar and sometime TCM host Jacqueline Stewart as chief artistic and programming director. Stewart, who taught American film history and specialized in African American cinema at the University of Chicago, will oversee planning and curation for the museum’s exhibitions, screenings and more.

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