Leadership Long Beach Names Karissa Selvester its 1000th Graduate

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Leadership Long Beach Names Karissa Selvester its 1000th GraduateLeadership Long Beach is pleased to announce its 1000th graduate from its signature leadership program during their 2011 Graduation Ceremony.  Selected by her classmates, Karissa Selvester, will have the honor of representing the 1000th graduate during the ceremony being held at the Museum of Latin American Art the evening of Monday, June 20.  This year’s 1000th graduate represents an enduring symbol of the 22 years of human capital of principled leadership and community engagement the program has generated for Long Beach.

Selvester, a Long Beach native, is the Government Relations Representative for Long Beach Transit.  Having also gone through the Youth Leadership Long Beach program in 1997 as a junior at Wilson High School, Selvester is the second Institute graduate to have completed both the adult and youth programs.  At Wilson High School, Selvester was a member of the Zygomas – the top 25 most active senior girls who provided service to the school and community outreach – and a varsity girl soccer player for 4 years.  Selvester graduated from UC San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and Planning, worked as an urban planner for six years before returning to Long Beach to live and work.

“Graduating our 1000th principled leader is a very significant milestone for our community and for Leadership Long Beach” states Board President Tom Farrand.  “Karissa embodies the kind of leadership qualities our community needs.  Her work at Long Beach Transit, in the Junior League of Long Beach, and her return to the City of her parents and grandparents to work and live show her strong commitment to bettering our community.”

“I feel incredibly honored to have this opportunity to represent Leadership Long Beach as its 1000th graduate,” states Selvester.  “The strengths gained through this program have helped me in all aspects of my life. I feel so grateful for my classmates’ encouragement and for nominating me for this role.  I’m looking forward to seeing what fantastic things we do next and to seeing Leadership Long Beach continue to positively impact the City.”

Selvester and her other 23 classmates will graduate from the Institute program of Leadership Long Beach on Monday, June 20 at the Museum of Latin American Art beginning with a welcome reception at 5 pm.  During the reception, guests will enjoy live music and free gallery tours while mingling with alumni and program participants.  The Class of 2011 community class projects’ presentations will take place between 6 pm to 7 pm.  The reception and presentations are free and open to the public; the graduation ceremony and dinner program will begin at 7 pm.  Tickets for the dinner are $65 per person and available via www.leadershiplb.org or by calling (562) 997-9194.

With the graduation of the 2011 class, this leadership network is now more than 1000 strong and continues to pursue its organizational mission to ‘develop and connect principled leaders to strengthen the community.’

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 Class of 2011 Graduation Ceremony and Celebration is Monday, June 20, 2011 at the Museum of Latin American Art 628 Los Alamitos, Long Beach, CA  90802. The event begins at 5 PM Reception – 6 PM Class Service Projects Presentations – 7 PM Dinner and Graduation Ceremony

Cost for the event – Dinner and Graduation Ceremony:  $65 per person. Reception and Class Projects Presentations:  Free and open to the public.

To register for the Class of 2011 Graduation Ceremony and Celebration or to purchase tickets, visit  www.leadershiplb.org.

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