Nestled in the heart of Los Angeles County, the city of Beverly Hills stands as a beacon of opulence and elegance. Known for its iconic Rodeo Drive, luxurious mansions, and celebrity sightings, Beverly Hills has long been recognized as one of the most famous cities in the world. As a city synonymous with wealth and glamour, Beverly Hills has always been expected to maintain its position as a leader in innovation, both in businesses and in the community. Year after year, it has done just that by maintaining its position as one of the most desirable cities in the world.
With the recent inauguration of a new term mayor in April 2023, we have taken the opportunity to highlight some of the city’s leaders and gain insight into their vision for fostering innovation in the community. Mayor Julian A. Gold, M.D. is serving his third and final term, and his dedication to the community has been consistently demonstrated throughout the years in various leadership roles. Notably, since 2019, he has been actively involved in the world of medical innovation at Cedars. Furthermore, Mayor Gold has played a pivotal role as the creator of the Innovation Prize, an award presented annually at Cedars to recognize the most innovative idea proposed by a medical trainee. These accomplishments underline his deep connection and commitment to the promotion of innovation within the community.
The city of Beverly Hills understands that achieving great change requires the collaborative efforts of multiple stakeholders. One of the driving forces behind Beverly Hills’ innovation is the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, an organization that works closely with the city of Beverly Hills, ensuring synchronicity in vision and growth for the community. Together, they have been instrumental in ensuring that businesses in the city continue to thrive and grow in tandem.
The city’s commitment is to extend its vision for innovation beyond just Beverly Hills, but to Southern California and the wider business world. The Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce’s dedication to driving innovation in the city is evident through its proactive approach to staying ahead of emerging trends and leveraging technology to enhance the overall experience for businesses and communities alike. A testament to the Chamber’s dedication to supporting Beverly Hills as a top city is their annual event, “Innovate Beverly Hills.” This event, held in the spring when the vision for the new year is fresh, brings together over 500 professionals from various industries at the prestigious Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, all gathered with the common goal of driving innovation in Beverly Hills.
Here are a few prominent leaders who actively contribute to advancing city initiatives and furthering the acceleration of the city’s growth.
The Honorable Mayor Julian A. Gold, M.D., Beverly Hills Mayor
“My focus is on people. All innovation begins with people and our job is to train and encourage our people to think in new and innovative ways and then support them as they create their dreams.”
The Honorable Lili Bosse, Beverly Hills Mayor 2014–2015, 2017–2018
“Our city is always a step ahead when it comes to being innovative. We always welcome new businesses to come and be part of our community that is known around the world for having the best of the best. The best restaurants and businesses, the best hotels and the best culture to raise a family and call Beverly Hills home. What is best for our community always comes first and I look forward to an exciting future.”
Sharona R. Nazarian, PsyD, Beverly Hills City Councilmember
“Fostering innovation requires a supportive environment that encourages technology, collaboration, education and training, access to resources, and a diverse and inclusive community stance. By focusing on these areas, our Beverly Hills Community and businesses can further develop a culture of innovation and create new ideas and solutions that benefit everyone.”
Tiffany Davis, President, Quay Entertainment
“Beverly Hills is a leader in all areas, especially innovation in safety technology. I envision that same dedication and enthusiasm from the City Council, Chamber of Commerce and community members to foster and embrace future innovation, which will enhance the Beverly Hills experience for everyone.”
Todd Johnson, President, Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce
“I believe that Beverly Hills has one of the strongest brand names in the world, particularly when it comes to luxury and innovative thinking. As a city, we recognize the importance of staying on top of trends in purchasing and providing unique experiences for our customers. While online shopping has become prevalent, there is still value in the in-person experience and luxury amenities that cannot be replicated.”
This article feature is from our annual special edition issue, the L.A. STYLE Magazine Most Influential of 2023.