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Updated: Dec 10, 2018

Ryan Long, founder of City Gala, discusses being starstruck, promoting nonprofits, family traditions, and more.


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Ryan Long was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. Throughout his childhood, he was presented with many difficult obstacles. Born with a club foot, being raised in poverty, and the death of his grandfather by suicide led Ryan into a path of unconscious success. He produced and promoted events that weren’t serving his spirit which landed him at Grandma’s without a job and without love. This was Ryan’s time of transformation and re-programming via keeping his head in self-help and success books. This created a new mindset about service. He chose to dedicate his life from this point forward to giving and providing value to the world and growing himself so he can give back.

This is when Ryan branded a new event called the City Gala. The Gala’s vision is to advance community through humanitarian activities and events. The purpose of the gala is to assist startup charitable organizations in gaining access

to funds and awareness. The City Gala has featured speakers and honorees such as Sir Richard Branson, Sean Combs, Jane Seymour, John Travolta, and Halle Berry. Shortly after founding the City Gala, Long produced the Novus Summit at the United Nations that featured speakers and a theme of how innovation and technology is moving forward against today’s global grand challenges.

The City Summit, which Ryan founded in order to assist entrepreneurs in building and growing their business is themed “a world class, socially conscious business acceleration experience.”

Ryan is excited about the future and the possibilities he sees before him. He looks forward to expanding his company and fundraising endeavors internationally.



  • Tell me about The City Gala and why it is you enjoy leading it so much? [1:20]

  • Have you ever been totally starstruck in your interactions with celebrities? [2:39]

  • What is the worst thing to go wrong during one of your events? [6:06]

  • During your childhood, did you ever exhibit the ability to put together and plan an event? [7:48]

  • Tell us about hitting rock bottom as a child and how you got over it. [8:25]

  • Was your ability to get back into a state of health based in any way on what you learned as a child? [12:04]

  • What were your favorite types of parties as a child? [14:06]

  • How do you make City Gala an event worth remembering? [15:51]

  • Would you say that you were a fearless child? [18:06]

  • How did you get to the point that you were willing to invite celebrities to participate in your banquet? [19:25]

  • As a child, how did you learn about money and business? [22:45]

  • What has been your favorite nonprofit to promote? What drives you philanthropically? [25:17]



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