Palos Verdes resident Lianne LaReine could easily be called the next great communicator.
At least on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, she is a force to reckon with.
LaReine, who does a spot called “Lectures With Lianne” five days a week on RPV-TV, just started a new monthly “Happy Hour With Lianne & Friends” lecture series at Hesse Park. She also partnered up with Dr. Elizabeth Musil to present a snazzy online lifestyle magazine promoting the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
“I used to volunteer for the Peninsula Seniors, where I organized more than 250 lectures,” LaReine said. “We had to do the technical work ourselves, and after six years of almost weekly lectures, the responsibility got to be too much for me. I decided I can do this on my own, just once a month.”
Her first speaker on Jan. 10 is indicative of the quality she sets out to maintain.
Ret. Air Force Col. Lee Rosen, Space X’s vice president of customer operation and integration will present “Launching the Future.” He will speak about his field of responsibility which includes ensuring mission success through mission management, payload integration, launch and on-orbit mission operations.
Rosen’s resume, as carefully screened by Space X public relations, tells of the former Director of Launch Operations and his team who were “responsible for transforming the pad from Titan IV to the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy configuration.” He also managed budgets between $3 billion and $7.25 billion in assets and has experience delivering multiple critical space system capabilities to warfighters and customers worldwide.
That’s space talk for: Rosen is a smart man with some intriguing things to share with his listeners.
In the past, LaReine has procured such notable speakers like Jazz pianist David Benoit, culinary celebrity and author George Geary who made cheesecakes for the TV show “Golden Girls,” and producer of live musicals Greg Schreiner, a Marilyn Monroe aficionado and collector of rare costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
For February, blues singer/songwriter Sean Lane will address “A Musical History of the Blues.” In April, author and radio personality Manny Pacheco will present an oral presentation: “Forgotten Hollywood” about America’s story seen through the lens of cinema in the 1930s and 1940s.
“I want interesting, informative and entertaining speakers,” said LaReine who has a degree in fashion marketing and used to represent products on the QVC Shopping Channel on cable TV. “I have a creative background, and have met some very interesting people through my lecture series.”
Additionally, LaReine's prepossessing blog, PalosVerdesPulse.com, captures highlights of the Palos Verdes Peninsula at its absolute best and invites the community to participate.
The magazine celebrates the affluent and influential coast communities of Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills and Rolling Hills Estates, with a focus on the arts, culture, dining, people, lifestyles and events.
LaReine said the online magazine ties in nicely with the launch of her lecture series, yet believes there is nothing like the experience of being in the same room with an articulate speaker.
“A good lecturer should be shared by as many audience members as possible,” said LaReine, a graduate of Miraleste High School and former Marineland employee. “I want everybody to come, learn, enjoy the lectures and socialize with people who are there.”
Want to go?
Happy Hour with Lianne & Friends lecture series
Friday, Jan. 10 at 4 p.m.
Fred Hesse Community Park
29301 Hawthorne Blvd.
Rancho Palos Verdes
Refreshments will be served.
Free to the public.