The Women of Homeboy Industries || Homegirl Cafe

Another incredible night of radical kinship with the Homegirls of Homeboy Industries.

Homeboy Industries provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women allowing them to redirect their lives. 

We first got to tour Homeboy Industries and then hear first-hand from the Homegirls about the struggles they face trying to reenter the world and what stands in their way of leading “normal” lives.  

Broken into smaller groups including the amazing homegirls, we discussed ways to help change the trajectory of these brave women as they reenter our City as compassionate, peaceful and inspired Angelenos. We not only created programs to help address their specific needs but also raised our hands with offers to help bring these programs to life.

Facilitated by: Harper McDonald, Co-Founder HIVE Be Good 

Little Beach House Malibu || TheraSurf

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In the beautiful space of Little Beach House, we partnered with TheraSurf, an organization whose goal is to provide children with special needs the opportunity to benefit from the positive energy of the ocean by safely getting them into the water and up on waves. 

Leo Harrington, President of TheraSurf, and Travis Collings, Board Member of TheraSurf, shared the heart and mission of this incredible organization. In smaller groups, we discussed ways for getting the transformational power of the ocean and its ability to instill healing, courage and confidence to more children and families who live in a daily world full of challenges and limitations. 

The most memorable part of the evening was given us by Rex Lewis-Clack. Rex is a musical savant and one of a handful of people in the world who share a mysterious combination of blindness, mental disability, and musical genius. Rex is a world-renowned pianist and has been featured on CBS’ 60 Minutes as well as flown to Japan to perform in front of thousands.

TheraSurf brought Rex into the waters of Malibu this past year giving yet another gifted individual the chance to experience the healing powers of our ocean. Rex’s mother claimed the TheraSurf experience to be life-changing for Rex… which says such a great deal considering how much Rex has overcome and accomplished already in his life.

Thank you to those amazing folks who joined us to help keep the stoke alive.

Facilitated By: Harper McDonald, Co-Founder of HIVE Be Good

Cushman & Wakefield || WriteGirl

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Cushman & Wakefield’s Women's Integrated Network and HIVE Be Good partnered with WriteGirl on C&W's first civic activation party. 

WriteGirl is an incredible Los Angeles-based creative writing and mentoring organization that pairs at-risk teen girls with professional women writers for one-on-one mentoring. 

WriteGirl has maintained a 100% success rate in helping its seniors not only graduate from high school, but also enroll in college. 

On this night, we worked together to think through how we might further expand the mission and impact of WriteGirl throughout Los Angeles and beyond.

Never underestimate the power of a girl and her pen!

Guest Speaker: Keren Taylor, Founder and CEO of WriteGirl
Facilitated by: Harper McDonald, Co-Founder of HIVE Be Good

Soho House West Hollywood || March On The Polls

HIVE Be Good + March On The Polls + Soho Good

Soho Good and HIVE Be Good partnered with March On The Polls (founders of the Women’s March) to ignite a get-out-the-vote effort and shift voting from a solo activity to one that is full of community, spirit and optimism.  

In 2014, only 36.4% of US population voted with most missing out on this incredible opportunity to shape our country’s future. Americans need to believe their vote matters.

This exclusive bi-partisan social-activation event engaged the most creative thinkers and activists in the world to help change the trajectory of voter depression and get people back in the voting booths.

Facilitated by: Matt Lillard and Harper McDonald, Co-Founders HIVE Be Good

NeueHouse Hollywood || The Homegirls: Women of Homeboy Industries

HIVE Be Good + Homeboy Industries + NeueHouse

This night was just for the Homegirls: The Women of Homeboy Industries.  

Homeboy Industries provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community. 

We heard first-hand from the Homegirls about the specific struggles women face trying to reenter the world and what stands in their way of leading “normal” lives.  

We gathered, engaged, connected, brainstormed, created and offered ourselves toward helping change the trajectory of these brave women. 

It was a beautiful evening of radical kinship.

Facilitated by: Matt Lillard and Harper McDonald, Co-Founders HIVE Be Good

Special Guest and Speaker: Shirley Torres, Chief Program Officer / Director of Re-entry Services

Cracking the Food Insecurity Riddle || FEAST & EveryTable

HIVE Be Good + EveryTable + YPO

The Young President's Organization hosted its first socially-conscious activation party at the beautifully refurbished Masonic Lodge where we brought awareness and action to tackle one of our city’s most pressing social riddles — food insecurity and the food deserts of South Los Angeles.  

Our featured speaker was Sam Polk, former hedge fund trader, author of the book For the Love of Money and founder of FEAST (previously GroceryShips) and EveryTable.

Sam spoke first hand about his experiences in solving the critical issue of Food Insecurity. After noticing families in low-income areas struggling with access to healthy food, he started Groceryships, a non-profit working at the intersection of poverty and obesity. Sam then went on to create EveryTable which aims to redefine the food landscape the same way McDonald's did fifty years ago. But this time, instead of burgers and fries, they are selling nutritious, fresh, made-from-scratch food, at fast-food prices.

Let the good begin.

Facilitated by: Matt Lillard and Harper McDonald, Co-Founders HIVE Be Good
Special Guest and Speaker: Sam Polk, CEO Everytable and Founder, Groceryships

Soho House West Hollywood || Homeboy Industries

HIVE Be Good + Homeboy Industries + Soho Good

On this night, we were privileged and honored to engage with Father Greg Boyle and the Homies from Homeboy Industries.  

Through radical kinship over two hours, this creative community determined ways to help change the trajectory of these brave men and women as they reenter our City as compassionate, peaceful and inspired Angelenos. 

Facilitated by: Matt Lillard and Harper McDonald, Co-Founders HIVE Be Good

Special Guest and Speaker: Father Greg Boyle

NeueHouse Hollywood || AKASA

AKASA + HIVE Be Good + NeueHouse

NeueHouse and HIVE Be Good teamed up to launch NeueHouse’s first socially-conscious activation party. We learned and engaged with the pioneers at AKASA who are determined to unwind food insecurity and provide wellness curriculum to LA’s low-income youth.

Facilitated by: Harper McDonald, Co-Founder HIVE Be Good

Special Guest and Speaker: Ashleigh Parsons, Founder AKASA

Soho House West Hollywood || FoodFight!

FoodFight + HIVE Be Good + Soho Good

Soho Good and HIVE Be Good once again teamed up to bring awareness to two issues hitting our city - food waste and lack of healthy food for our growing homeless population. We focused on an initiative called FoodFight! which aims to reduce food waste in restaurants while improving access to healthy food at homeless shelters across Los Angeles. 

60 of our city's most innovative cause-based pioneers joined multi-disciplinary and socially-conscious Soho members to conceive inspired solutions to help propel FoodFight! to next level. 

Facilitated by: Matt Lillard and Harper McDonald, Co-Founders HIVE Be Good

Special Guests and Speakers: Dersu Rhodes, Design Director VICE Media and Emily Slade, Head of Growth Working Not Working

Soho House West Hollywood || Süprmarkt

Suprmrkt + HIVE + Soho

HIVE Be Good and Soho Good joined forces to create a socially-conscious activation party to electrify and change the world. We engaged, created and smashed ideas together to solve real-life social riddles. We dreamed up solutions for getting healthy, affordable food to our city’s most poverty-stricken food deserts. 

Facilitated by Mark Brand, CEO MB Inc. 

Special Guest and Speaker: Olympia Auset, Founder of Süprmarkt