Leslie Gilbert-Lurie to Speak At Food for Thought at Palisades Presbyterian Church

Leslie Gilbert-Lurie, a writer, lawyer and philanthropist whose highly acclaimed memoir, Bending Toward the Sun, was published in 2009, will be the Food for Thought speaker at 12 noon on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Palisades Presbyterian Church, corner of Sunset and El Medio.

Lunch at 11:30 a.m. is complimentary, but reservations are necessary. Call (310) 454-0366 or email syljonboyd@gmail.com.

Leslie and her mother, a Holocaust survivor, will tell the story of her survival in Poland during World War II.

Leslie Gilbert-Lurie

Leslie Gilbert-Lurie

While working on her next book, Gilbert-Lurie currently co-chairs Human Rights Watch’s Los Angeles Committee and is a founding board member and past president of the Alliance for Children’s Rights.

She is also a board member of the Skirball Cultural Center and Facing History and Ourselves, a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. For the past year, she has served on the editorial board of the Chronicle of Social Change.

Gilbert-Lurie also recently served as vice chair of the Los Angeles County Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Welfare, which led to widespread child-welfare reform in the county.

From 1997 to 2011, she was on the Los Angeles County Board of Education, where she served three terms as board president. Her early career was at NBC, where she spent nearly a decade as an executive, overseeing NBC Productions, comedy, writing television episodes, and co-founding an in-house production company, Lurie-Horwits productions. After she left NBC, she consulted for USA Network and Disney Television. Gilbert-Lurie is a graduate of UCLA and UCLA School of Law. She worked briefly at the law firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg and Tunney and served as a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Law Clerk.

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