Annual Breakfast Challenges Local Men to Be C.I.A. Leaders

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On Saturday, February 6, 2016 key Long Beach City Officials and hundreds of men from across Southern California will meet for a purpose-driven, motivational breakfast at The Reef Restaurant in Long Beach, California.

Expected to attend this men’s only breakfast are Long Beach City Prosecutor; Doug Haubert. City Council Members Rex Richardson and Roberto Uranga as well as other representatives from City Hall. Also expected to be in attendance are retired Long Beach Police Commander, Joseph Levy, current Long Beach Police Department Deputy Chief, Paul LeBaron as well as key Long Beach Police Department representatives from the North and West Divisions.

The work of Commander Levy in developing Community Policing polices as well as Revised 21st Century Biased Based Policing through California P.O.S.T. (Peace Officers Standards and Training) have shifted the culture of public engagement.

According to Bishop Sheridan McDaniel, Lead Pastor of; A Place For Worship” and visionary of the men’s empowerment movement called “C.I.A.” (Character, Integrity and Accountability), “the breakfast is considered a men’s challenge event. This strategic gathering has a multi-level approach.”

Sheridan states: “we are gathering men for the purpose of challenging each other to live at the highest level of excellence as husbands, fathers, and leaders. We will encourage networking in the area of ministry, professional business, community engagement and education reinforcement. Finally, we will be in prayer over law enforcement, city officials and politicians for policy development, delicacy and durability. We will develop accountability strategies to maintain integrity and challenge men to become mentors. The measurable outcome should be men in their various communities position themselves at the forefront of, violence prevention, human trafficking, advocates for education, harvesters in community and Police relations, advocates for greater father and child responsibility.

Long Beach Ministers Alliance President, Gregory Sanders stated; “there are very few collective gatherings where men are surrounded by like-minded men with a singular purpose. All egos, agenda, anxieties and self-serving motives are checked at the door. These C.I.A. Encounters have produced tremendous results for more than ten years. The breakfast is an evidence based tool that not only inspires men, but challenge them to look internally versus externally for societal solutions. We are excited about a new generation of men who can engage successful men in multiple spheres of influence, committed to greater levels of Character, Integrity and Accountability.”

Sheridan concludes; “The theme for the breakfast is centered in Super Bowl 50 overtones. Applying analogies derived from terms like offense, defense, penalties, first downs and touchdowns give men relative language to assigned their accountability and purpose to. It has been our experience that when men have a tangible point of reference, the ability to remember the basic principles of C.I.A. become easily transferable to other men not in attendance”

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