Leadership Long Beach Institute’s 23rd Graduating Class Celebrates a Year of Success and Achievements

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Leadership Long Beach Names Karissa Selvester its 1000th GraduateLeadership Long Beach will recognize the graduates of the Institute’s Class of 2012 on Monday, June 18 at 6 pm at the Hotel Maya with their Graduation Ceremony. The class of 23 members reflects a varied group of industries, experiences and resources, mirroring the diverse city that Long Beach is. 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 5 pm reception and 6 pm Projects Presentation, which are free and open to the public; the dinner and graduation ceremony begins at 7 pm and costs $50 per person.

The Class of 2012 began their year in August 2011 starting with an orientation day at Rancho Los Alamitos and concluding with a community welcome reception attended by Mayor Bob Foster and with a scholarship tribute from the classmates of the late Mark Bixby (LLBI ’96). Over the next nine months, monthly sessions took place at Long Beach City College, 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 23rd class of the Institute program for Leadership Long Beach,” remarks Board President Tom Farrand, President of Farrand Research. “We are continually engaging our partners, i.e., Arts Council for Long Beach, LB Chamber of Commerce, Port of Long Beach and the Boeing Company, to assist us in promoting and finding qualified candidates for our program. Plus, with their assistance and agencies and organizations including the City of Long Beach, Goodwill of South LA County, Long Beach Transit and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, we are able to showcase the city, its qualities and the opportunities to make a difference. We are indeed proud that these 23 people will join our 1000+ alumni group, which more than half of our adult alumni currently serve our community on boards, commissions and neighborhood associations in the City and our youth graduates impact their schools by serving in leadership positions on student councils, clubs, sport teams and activity groups.”

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 four group service projects (BKindLB, Community Emergency Response Training, Career Day for LBUSD Male and Female Academies, and LLB Marketing Programs) to address needs and putting into practice their skills and talents to benefit Long Beach. Like many of the 100 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 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 2012 Graduation Ceremony and Celebration is Monday, June 18, 2012 at Hotel Maya 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802.

For event registration and ticket purchase visit www.leadershiplb.org.

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