Leadership Long Beach Class of 2013 Graduation Celebration and Projects Presentation June 17

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Leadership Long Beach will recognize the graduates of the Institute’s Class of 2013 on Monday, June 17, 2013 at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center with their Graduation Ceremony. The class of 23 members reflects a varied group of industries, experiences and resources, mirroring the diversity of Long Beach. With their community service projects and an allegiance to Long Beach, Leadership Long Beach has added to the human capital of principled leadership and community engagement. The program includes a  reception and Projects Presentation, which are free and open to the public; the dinner and graduation ceremony costs $50 per person.

The Class of 2013 began their year in August 2012 starting with an orientation day at Rancho Los Alamitos and concluding with a community welcome reception attended by Vice Mayor and LLB alumnus Robert Garcia (LLBI ’03) and City Councilmember Gary DeLong. Over the next nine months, monthly sessions took place at Renaissance High School, Port of Long Beach, City Hall, the offices of Long Beach Community Action Partnership, and at a mountain camp retreat site in Big Bear, with the participants getting information on key issues and challenges facing the city from community leaders, experts and concerned citizens.

“We are pleased to graduate our 24th class of the Institute program for Leadership Long Beach,” remarks Board President Jim Kruger. “They began with the weekend mountain retreat and months of interactive and informative sessions, and have now progressed in their understanding of the many issues, challenges and opportunities in Long Beach for today and years to come. The graduation ceremony will welcome them to our 1000+ alumni family, introduce them to our community partners, and task them to remain involved with Long Beach and our organization.”

The Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau has assisted Leadership Long Beach with securing this new and exciting venue to showcase their program and alumni as the graduation dinner will be outdoors in the setting sun overlooking the downtown cityscape.

The Institute sessions also included the values and qualities of principled leadership, teamwork and collaborative processes. From these interactive and informational sessions, the participants created five group service projects (Robo Bowl, Elementary School Playground Rules & Sportsmanship, Green TV, Donor Teacher Match and Understanding Educational Issues) to address needs and putting into practice their skills and talents to benefit Long Beach. Like many of the over 110 service projects completed by previous classes, these projects are expected to continue to serve the community beyond their class graduation.

The reception and program service presentations will take place between 5 to 7 pm and is free and open to the public; the graduation ceremony and dinner program begins at 7:30 pm and costs $50 per person.

Since its beginning in 1989, Leadership Long Beach has been dedicated to developing and engaging principled leaders to strengthen the community through its core programs – Institute, Executive Quick Start and Youth Leadership Long Beach. Leadership Long Beach was founded by some of our community’s most influential and visionary stakeholders. These founders envisioned the formation of a civic improvement program that would serve the community by educating and motivating leaders on issues important to the future and sustainability of our city. A corresponding purpose was to create a network of knowledgeable and informed community leaders who would support each other as they continued in their professional and personal areas of endeavor.

The Leadership Long Beach Class of 2013 Graduation Ceremony and Celebration is Monday, June 17, 2013 at 5pm Reception; 6pm Class Service Projects Presentation; 7:30pm Dinner and Graduation Ceremony at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Terrace Plaza 300 W. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802.

Reception and Class Projects Presentations: Free and open to the public. Dinner and Graduation Ceremony: $50 per person.

Parking is free for reception and presentations / $10 parking for graduation dinner. Parking is at 400 Seaside Way | Enter at Seaside Way & Hart Place.

Event Registration/Ticket Purchase: www.leadershiplb.org.

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