Fireside Chats

A series to inspire, connect, and engage!

Join Susanne and thought leaders from around the globe at Lightyear headquarters in Santa Monica, CA for a series of panel discussions.

Each evening will feature at least three different thought leaders from around the world. These discussions will encourage lively and inspired "unique legacy" themed conversations AND a chance to connect with your Lightyear family and community. Attendance at these events is by donation. 


Lightyear Headquarters

1312 Cedar st. Santa Monica, CA 90405

6:30-8:30 pm 



Thursday, April 19

 Thursday, April 26

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April 19th


Seid Aman

Seid is the Country Director for imagine1day in Ethiopia. He is currently pursuing his PhD at USC. He has been studying and leading the Lightyear work for nearly 10 years. 


Velinda Paranal, MD

Velinda Paranal is a mother, aviator, and family physician practicing in Santa Monica, California. She attributes her good life to the brilliance of Susanne Conrad/Lightyear Leadership and Dorothy Espiau/Gems of Excellence.


Dulari Amin

Dulari is a Principal at Synergy Ventures. She invests in and is an advisor to several early stage and growth companies. Her focus is consumer brands and disruptive technologies. Dulari was featured in Advertising Age’s under 30 list for her early work. In 2016, she was recognized as one of LA’s top entrepreneurs by Los Angeles Business Journal, and received a congressional honor from the House of Representatives for her contributions as entrepreneur in the State of California.

April 26

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Ted McDonald

Ted McDonald is a wellness entrepreneur, endurance athlete, writer, and speaker. From leading yoga retreats around the world, to teaching classes at his studio in Malibu, and facilitating corporate wellness programs, his mission is to live his greatest possible life and help others do the same. Find out more at


Lauren Lobley

Lauren Lobley is a recipe developer, food blogger, cookbook author and mother. A former pastry chef, Lauren's passion is to make healthy food taste good. With her passion guiding her, she writes recipes for both food and for life on her website, Delectable You, and stars in a weekly cooking show on You Tube.


Brett Conrad

Brett Conrad founded Longboard Capital Advisors which invests in innovative and disruptive companies, after founding several successful companies in action sports, consulting and technology.


Susanne Conrad

Susanne is the founder of Lightyear Leadership, and has worked as a leadership and communication advisor for more than 30 years.


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