Leadership Long Beach
By Olivia Silva Maiser, Director of Communications | Long Beach City Auditor’s Office
June 18th, 2013 – Look out, Long Beach – 23 blasts of energy are coming your way! The 24th Leadership Long Beach Institute class is graduating this month and unleashing 23 people well-versed in important aspects of our community.
Ten months ago, they were strangers with disparate backgrounds when they came together for a three-day mountain retreat. As retreat leader, I had the privilege – along with other alumni on the team – of watching as they transformed into a cohesive class, able to meet and beat any challenge presented to them.
Since then, they learned about their commonalities and of course, about their differences. Their class was a microcosm of the larger community that they are each committed to improve. Former Gov. George Deukmejian, who serves on Leadership Long Beach’s Honorary Board of Governors, spoke to the class about the importance of respecting everyone, including those with different opinions and viewpoints. From his years of experience in state service as assemblyman, senator, attorney general, and governor, he reminded the class about the value of compromise.
In successfully planning and executing their year-end class projects, each member of the LLB class of 2013 proved to themselves and each other that they are ready to serve the community.
What does this mean to Long Beach businesses, schools, religious organizations, non-profits and government agencies? What does this mean to you? It means that even before you meet one of these LLB graduates as a candidate for your job or board position – or if you are lucky enough to already have one on your team – you know a lot about that person.
You know they have achieved common goals with teammates. You know they have a high-altitude view of Long Beach so they see how your organization connects to the community. And you know that they have access to the tremendous resource of the experience of over 1,000 LLB alumni. More importantly, you know this is a person rooted firmly in core principles of the program, including integrity, ethics, accountability, commitment and respect.
So, Long Beach – as the song says, “Get ready ‘cause here they come!”
(Founded in 1989, Leadership Long Beach offers principled leadership programs by educating and engaging adult and youth leaders on issues important to the city’s future and sustainability.
For more information, check us out at www.leadershiplb.org or www.facebook.com/leadershiplongbeach.)