ChamberTalk with North Orange County Chamber

North Orange County Chamber

ChamberTalk is a platform for genuine conversations between North Orange County Chamber members, business owners, entrepreneurs, local influencers, and political leaders. We are thrilled to offer a chance for our guests to tell their stories and showcase their accomplishments. ChamberTalk offers a unique opportunity to gain insights from various people from different backgrounds. The conversations are engaging and intimate, allowing the hosts to ask questions that truly get to the core of the topics discussed. It’s a great way to stay in the know about what’s happening in the business world and be inspired by the individuals making a difference. If you’re looking for an exciting and honest podcast about business, this is the one for you! read less
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ChamberTalk with Candidate Derek Tran, 45th Congressional District
Feb 28 2024
ChamberTalk with Candidate Derek Tran, 45th Congressional District
The subsequent details have been copied from the biography page of Derek Tran's website. Derek Tran is an Army Veteran, Consumer Rights Attorney, City Commissioner, and Small Business Owner who is running for Congress to fight for Californians, not corporations in Congress. Derek is the son of refugees. His parents fled the Communist regime in Vietnam so that their children could realize the American Dream in Southern California. Through hard work and sacrifice, Derek’s family opened a corner market where Derek worked every day after school.  At the age of 18, Derek enlisted in the Army to give back to the country that had given him and his family so much. In the military, it didn’t matter if you were a Democrat or a Republican - you worked together to get the job done, and Derek will bring that same mindset to Congress. After his time in the military, Derek went to law school to uphold the liberties, individual rights, and rule of law that his parents immigrated to America for. Turning down high paying jobs in corporate law, Derek chose to open up his small business in Orange County and fight for immigrants, workers, survivors of sexual harassment, and consumers. At a time when corporations are raking in record profits and customers are paying more for basic goods and services, Derek holds bad actors accountable, ensuring that individuals not special interests get the justice they deserve.  With Southern California facing some of the largest infrastructure and environmental challenges in the country, with poor air quality and road conditions, Derek was asked to serve on the Orange Traffic Commission to help address long range transportation and highway planning. In Congress, Derek will fight to bring infrastructure dollars back to Southern California in order to create clean energy jobs. That funding, investment in public transit, and job creation will directly fight climate change and help families spend less time stuck in traffic. Derek is married to his amazing wife Michelle, a pharmacist who grew up in Garden Grove. Together they run a brick and mortar pharmacy right here in Orange County. During the pandemic they helped local businesses and restaurants keep their doors open and their employees safe through vaccinations and Covid-19 testing. Thanks to Michelle and Derek, countless community members were able to work, see family, and stay healthy. Every day Derek and Michelle see first hand the challenges Orange County families face with skyrocketing drug prices and the difficult decisions some have to make when paying for insulin or groceries. In Congress, Derek will work to reduce the costs of prescription drugs, protect a woman’s right to choose, and expand coverage, because healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Derek and Michelle are proud parents of three. Their children attend public schools and every day Derek works to instill the values of hard work, patriotism, and service that his parents taught him. Derek sits on the board of Consumers of Attorneys of California and mentors at-risk youth at Sunburst Academy, which is located at Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos where Derek served.
ChamberTalk with David Pan: CA 46th Congressional District Candidate
Feb 28 2024
ChamberTalk with David Pan: CA 46th Congressional District Candidate
The subsequent details have been copied from the biography page of David Pan's website. WHY I’M RUNNING AND WHO I AM My parents immigrated to the United States from Taiwan, and I was born and raised with my two sisters in the Chicago area in the 1960s, a time when there was still significant racial discrimination. My parents faced these difficulties with patience and forbearance and always taught the value of hard work and integrity. I owe an unpayable debt of gratitude to them for the sacrifices and indignities that they took on because they believed in the promise of America’s values. We have all been inspired by the incredible progress that has been made toward a color-blind society since that time. I attended public schools in Chicago and Mount Prospect, Illinois, and went on to attend Stanford University for college and Columbia University for graduate school. I benefited enormously from my mentors at all of these schools. I have worked at Washington University in St. Louis, Stanford University, Pennsylvania State University, and, since 2006, at UC Irvine as a professor of German. My time in academia has led to the decision to seek political office because I have seen how the education establishment has strayed away from the values of merit and equality of opportunity. Aside from my work at the university, I have worked as a management consultant at McKinsey and Company in Los Angeles, and I have been the editor of the journal Telos, where I have been studying, writing, and speaking about different ways to help our nation. I am honored to have been able to serve as a Commissioner on the Commission on Unalienable Rights at the U.S. State Department from 2019 to 2020. I am running for Congress because I believe that we need to directly address the serious issues facing our state and nation with clarity and a sense of responsibility for the future.
ChamberTalk: Decoding America’s Political Evolution with Dr. Kevin O’Leary
Jan 31 2024
ChamberTalk: Decoding America’s Political Evolution with Dr. Kevin O’Leary
Embark on a captivating exploration of American political history with ChamberTalk as we present an exclusive interview featuring political scientist and journalist Kevin C. O'Leary. A research fellow at the Center for the Study of Democracy at UC Irvine and a lecturer at Chapman University, Kevin was the lead West Coast reporter for TIME, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and editor of OC Metro magazine. A Yale-trained scholar of American politics, political theory, and the history of ideas, Kevin skillfully unravels the intricate political threads from drafting the American Constitution to the complexities of the present day. If you read one political book in 2024 it should be Kevin’s thought-provoking Madison’s Sorrow: Today’s War on the Founders and America’s Liberal Ideal (Pegasus Books, available on Simon & Schuster, Amazon, and Audible). The book explains how the Republican Party of Reagan became the Party of Trump and explores the ongoing struggle between liberalism and traditional conservatism against illiberal reaction across the whole of American history. Kevin is a co-founder and director of savingdemocracy.us, a nonpartisan, non-profit focused on increasing the pro-democracy vote in Orange County and Southern California. Discover the visionary proposals outlined in Kevin’s inaugural book, Saving Democracy: A Plan for Real Representation in America (Stanford University Press, 2006), which introduces innovative solutions to enrich and improve American democracy through the implementation of a network of citizen assemblies, one in each of the nation’s 435 congressional districts. The Citizen Assembly reform was recently pioneered with much success in the Republic of Ireland. Kevin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our discussion. Don't miss this enlightening conversation with a leading scholar of American democracy, providing valuable insights into the evolution of American politics. Subscribe now to ChamberTalk for an engaging and insightful episode. #KevinOLearyInterview #PoliticalEvolution #ChamberTalkPodcast #AmericanPolitics"