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Lunch Mixer + Panel on the Future of Homeland Security

  • Center at Cathedral Plaza - Our Lady of Angeles | Levy Restaurant 555 West Temple Street Los Angeles, CA, 90012 United States (map)

WHS SoCal Event

Lunch, learn, and network! Gain perspective on what is on the horizon for Homeland Security. Connect with other trailblazing women in the industry. Dine on the kind of trendy-meets-gourmet eats that only downtown LA can offer.

Listen as panel presenters talk about: future core competencies for emergency managers, how public/private partnerships will shape homeland security strategies, technologies and innovations that are on the horizon for our industry & more!


WHS SoCal is excited to partner with the University of Southern California Homeland Security Student Organization to bring you this special event. 

Space is limited and this event will fill quickly, so reserve your tickets today!


Parking Map: http://www.olacathedral.org/gettinghere/printdirections.htm




 Shirley Feldmann-Jensen, DPPD, MPH

California State University Long Beach

Program Coordinator and Lecturer, Emergency Services Administration

Dr. Shirley Feldmann-Jensen has policy expertise at the intersection of public health and disaster risk management. She brings both international and domestic experience, spanning a range of public health, disaster risk management, and instructional settings. The emphasis of her research and didactic work is given to policy influences for practice, implementation planning, evaluation and improvement processes. 

She earned her Doctoral degree in Policy, Planning and Development from the University of Southern California. Dr. Feldmann-Jensen also holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from California State University of Long Beach, and a graduate certificate in Health Emergencies in Large Populations from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her undergraduate work was at the University of Minnesota, School of Nursing. Additionally, she is a Certified Health Education Specialist, holds several certifications from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and brings international experience from a range of settings. Proficient in curriculum development and delivery, Dr. Feldmann-Jensen is dedicated to fostering students in the process of synthesizing disaster patterns and adaptive capacity building for the communities they live and work in.


Gabriele Almon, MPP

Homeland + Humanitarian Futurist

Member, U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency National Advisory Council

For the past decade, Ms. Almon has served as a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies, domestic and international governments, and numerous humanitarian organizations around the world. Ms. Almon has helped these organizations prepare for and respond to large-scale emergencies and terrorist attacks. (The kind of events that become breaking news on TV and worst-case scenarios that keep leadership up at night.)  

In recent years Ms. Almon has worked with the best of the best to make our nation, and world, a safer place. Now, she’s interested in working with high-level decision makers to prepare their organizations for the world that is to come and develop their staff into radically creative, wildly imaginative problem solvers.

From artificial intelligence, to cyber security, and even outer space, her work heavily involves using cutting edge technology and tried-and-true coalition building to help the highest levels of leadership solve their greatest challenges.


Dawn Comer, MBA

FUSE Corps Fellow, Smart Cities 

City of Los Angeles Information Technology Agency

Ms. Comer has over than 15 years experience in business strategy, solution development, and marketing and communications strategy for consumer products, technology and media and entertainment companies. She is currently a

FUSE Corps Fellow with the City of Los Angeles’ Information Technology Agency, focused on setting a strategy and roadmap to improve services through

Smart City Technology.  Prior to her FUSE Corps Fellowship, Dawn worked to create digital business solutions to improve her client’s brand performance and differentiate their consumer experience. Her experience spans two decades of consulting with IBM Global Business Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting.  Dawn earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and an MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.


Courtney La Bau

Emerge California
Truman National Security Project
California Democratic Party Delegate

Ms. La Bau has over 17 years experience in the international political arena. She has served as a government employee, consultant, speaker, lecturer, and published author on a variety of topics, including foreign policy, counterterrorism, and women in politics. Although a native of Los Angeles, she has lived and worked across the globe and is experienced in foreign affairs and international relations and cultures. She speaks fluent Spanish and conversational Arabic and French.

Ms. La Bau was most recently was a Senior Advisor on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Community Partnerships. In this capacity, she was responsible for all counterterrorism and countering violent extremism efforts in Southern California, working directly with local and federal agencies as well as the Mayor’s office on strategic efforts and programs. She served as a direct link to DHS headquarters for the region, and worked with religious and other community partners on building civil society, community resilience, and countering extremist narratives. She has extensive relationships with Consul Generals and the international business community.

Prior to her time at DHS, Ms. La Bau  consulted on projects with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Counterterrorism unit, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom, and various think tanks around the world. Courtney has also authored numerous publications and reports and has frequented numerous media and radio outlets as a subject matter expert.