Leadership Long Beach
By Rolando Cruz, Executive Director & Vice President of Maintenance and Facilities | Long Beach Transit
June 18th, 2013 – On July 17, 1989, Leadership Long Beach (LLB) began what continues to be an amazing journey since the first group of Long Beach residents came together to form the first class of what we now call the Leadership Long Beach Institute. As we prepare to mark the silver anniversary of the first class, I would like to express my gratitude to those leaders who laid out the original plans. Thanks to their vision and commitment, LLB has grown from the original class of 30 to more than 1,000 program graduates.
Graduates from the LLB Institute, Youth Program, Executive Quick Start and the new board referral program have each learned the importance of principled leadership within our community. And from the 100+ community service projects, to the impact of our graduates on hundreds of organizations across Long Beach to our alumni serving on non-profit boards or city commissions, we see the continued need and benefit of fostering principled leadership for our city.
Every member of our LLB family plays a vital role and deserves thanks. Whether you are a business member or resident of Long Beach that has been in a class, an individual working on one of our boards or committees, or someone giving your time or monies to the organization, we are grateful for your efforts in keeping the vision alive. We are thankful to the many business and community partners who have supported us over the years. And without a doubt, we are grateful to the many past presidents and honorary board members that continue to provide leadership to this organization.
Over the past 25 years, we have been truly fortunate to welcome people to our organization who have improved the programs to become what I believe is the best leadership discovery journey in the nation. Each of you has helped raise the bar for our programs and assisted us in delivering energized leaders to our community.
As we commemorate our 25th anniversary this year, I invite each one of you to join the celebration. I also encourage the many of you who want to know more about our organization to drop by our office or visit our website and find out how you can become involved. We need you and our community needs you. Thanks again for your hard work that has allowed LLB to reach this memorable milestone. As we look at the challenges and opportunities in the future and the collective strength of the LLB Family, I believe our best days are still ahead of us.
(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.)