Why Los Angeles?

Here’s a fun fact about Los Angeles: If you combined the areas of Boston, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Cleveland – and then tossed in the island of Manhattan for good measure – LA would still be bigger.

It’s a multicultural metropolis spread across hills, beaches, deserts, forests, canals, and concrete. And, with the second biggest population in the United States, it’s home to some of the toughest social challenges and most innovative solutions in the country.

In other words, we’ve got a ton to learn from (and offer to) the City of Angels. It’s the perfect place for the very first Upswell.


Throughout Upswell, you’ll be out exploring Los Angeles and making deep new connections in the community. The rest of Upswell – the Public Square, main stage talks, workshops, and special events – will take place at the new InterContinental Los Angeles. You’ll enjoy sweeping views of LA and creative spaces to network, brainstorm, or unwind. It’s also a pretty comfortable place to recharge each night!

InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
900 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90017