Leading the Way at Business Summits

Prepare. Climb. Reach Summit. Repeat.


For the team of Jupiter Ambrosia Productions, summits are tackled and conquered year after year. From the Governor’s Global Climate Summit and Border Governor’s Conferences a decade ago to last year’s Climate Summit in Paris and Davos and The Special Olympics GenUin Summit in Los Angeles, the team has guided great leaders to decisions of impact through their careful curating and controlling the production message.

“These events are designed to inform and inspire,” says Hope Cloteaux, co-producer with Jupiter’s founder, Carl Bendix. “That’s what I find so rewarding about them. Attendees sign up to learn and be...

News: Jupiter Ambrosia in Paris!


Our own Ash Crawford has been in Paris for the past two weeks representing Jupiter Ambrosia Productions at the Hub Culture Pavilion during the Climate Summit. At Hub Culture, Ash has been managing several projects and mini events in the space as well as acting as a knowledge broker, connecting stories and media at the pavilion.


Ash Crawford outside Hub Culture’s Paris Pavilion.

Hub Culture is a global collaboration platform. At the Paris Pavilion for COP21, the United Nations meeting on climate change, the Pavilion is in operation daily from November 24 to December 20 located in the central area of Tuileries in Paris.


A working space.

The space is set to offer co-working facilities, eve...

From Zero to Fabulous: Maria Shriver’s 60th Birthday Celebration


Every event producer lives for that moment; the one where the client, who has seen the room filled before all the décor work, re-enters the fully designed room and smiles with delight. But what if that person is Oprah? If that happens, as it did recently to Carl Bendix, who was not only event producer, but co-host of Maria Shriver’s 60th birthday party with Oprah, you get much more than this. What you get is a boisterous, “It’s gooooorgeous!”


It’s gooorgeous!

Besides the fact that the room at the Montage Beverly Hills was indeed gorgeous, Oprah had further reason to be pleasantly surprised. Only hours before, the ballroom was filled with hundreds of busine...

2011 Bizbash Awards Nomination


Event Designer of the Year

Niki Delacueva, R. Jack Balthazar, Inc. Damon Drescher, Angel City Designs Thomas Ford, Tomford Design Tim Koch, Poko Event Productions Jay Newington, scene-one Selena Souders, Big Red Sun Edgar Zamora, Revelry Event Designers

Edgar Zamora, Revelry Event Designers

For almost three decades, Carl Bendix, as CEO of Carl Bendix Productions, has presided over an extraordinary series of projects spanning the worlds of entertainment, sports, education, Fortune 500 companies, government and the arts. These events have ranged from epic and theatrical to elegant and understated. Notable productions have included the Academy Awards Governors’ Ball, parties f...

The Women’s Conference: Jupiter Aligns with Maria Shriver


Event Solutions magazine

January, 2011

“Seven years ago, it was just Maria, me and a small staff sitting in a room wondering what direction this all could take,” said Carl Bendix, president of JupiterPx/Ambrosia. The “Maria” was Maria Shriver, and the event in question was The Women’s Conference, which Bendix has produced since Shriver became first lady of California.

The direction it would take was straight to the top with an extended program, and a stellar lineup of speakers from First Lady Michelle Obama to an encore appearance by Oprah.

Shriver inherited a one-day event, which was originally called the California Governor and First Lady’s Conference on Wom...

Shriver’s Last Women’s Conference Grows to Three Days, 30,000 Attendees


With change coming to the California governor’s office after next week’s election, this year’s Women’s Conference was the last in its current incarnation for hosts Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was also the conference’s largest showing, with more than 140 top speakers and participants, including Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, Oprah Winfrey, and many more, who drew a sold-out crowd to the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. In response to the high demand—tickets sold out in one hour, beating last year’s record of two—organizers grew the event to three full days, with an additional health- and wellness-focused day on Monday, ...

Shriver’s Women’s Conference Adds Second Day of Programming—Plus a Step-and-Repeat —for 25,000 in Attendance


It might be said that 2009 is a year that created a particular need for inspiration and community support—especially in a state like California, where budget shortfalls and the unemployment rate have become notorious. Either in spite of or because of that climate, California’s first lady, Maria Shriver, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Women’s Conference once again drew masses of women from all over the state to join a packed roster of about 70 high-level speakers and participants at the Long Beach Convention Center

This year, the program ballooned from a single day to two full days—to accommodate the increasing number of would-be attendees. (Each year, full-...

Growing Women’s Conference Draws 14,000, Adds Night-Before Program


To accommodate its larger crowd of 14,000, the California Women’s Conference in Long Beach added an exhibitor-driven night-before program known as Night at the Village and expanded the reach of its live Webcast programming.

How do you accommodate a record crowd of 14,000 women for a fast-growing, sold-out conference at the Long Beach Convention Center? For one thing, open access to the men’s bathrooms. But organizers behind Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver’s annual Women’s Conference had plenty of bigger ideas than that for this year’s event, which drew the biggest crowd in its history with tickets selling out immediately after going o...


Governor Schwarzenegger’s Remarks at the Opening Ceremony Webcast for the XXVI Border Governors Conference

GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER: Well, thank you very much, thank you. It’s great to be here and actually be back at Universal Studios. And what is so exciting about it is not just that we have this great conference here, but that I actually started my movie career right here at Universal Studios. It was Universal Studios. (Applause) That’s right. It was Universal Studios that started the Conan the Barbarian movie and Conan the Destroyer and all the comedies like Twins and Kindergarten Cop.

And then they built this great ride, T2-3D, which is the most successful ride around here...