Annual Prayer Breakfast Seeks Nominations of Emerging and Community Leaders

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The Greater Long Beach Leadership Prayer Breakfast will hold its 30th Annual gathering on Thursday, September 13th at the Long Beach Hyatt Regency Hotel. In announcing the breakfast, Jim Lewis, President/CEO of the Long Beach Rescue Mission, called for nominations to recognize Emerging and Community Leaders.

“The criterion for both Emerging and Community Leaders is demonstrated ethical leadership in their sphere of influence, involvement in local community issues, and strong communication skills,” said Lewis. He added that the Emerging Leadership category is for nominees less than 28 years of age. Nominations can be made at the Breakfast website until the August 23rd deadline.

Anna Kaczmarek received the Emerging Leadership Award last year in recognition of her collaborative work in promoting a life-affirming culture in our community and for her dedication to serving the city of Long Beach with love. The 2011 Community Leadership Award was presented to Brad Fieldhouse for his commitment to inspire and mobilize leaders into collaborative movements in our city. His dream has led to healthy individuals, thriving neighborhoods and congregations, and a flourishing community. Other recipients have been Pastor Eric Marsh of Hope for Long Beach, Amanda Hoskinson, and Long Beach Police Department Quality of Life Team officers Joseph Seminara and Merle Megee. Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe has presented the awards with Jim Lewis.

Keynoting this year’s breakfast is Dr. Scott Rodin, an international speaker and trainer in leadership development, strategic planning and fundraising. Dr. Rodin has been in not-for-profit leadership and consulting for twenty-five years and has served as counsel to over 100 organizations across the country and in Canada and Great Britain. He has extensive experience in the areas of leadership, fund raising, strategic planning, board development, change management and organizational effectiveness.

Randy Gordon, President/CEO of Long Beach Area of Chamber, will emcee the event. Kenneth Walker from Farmers and Merchants Bank, Larry Lambert of The LBL Group, and Donita Joseph, Partner at Windes & McClaughry Accountancy Corporation will also participate in this year’s program.

The breakfast and awards ceremony starts at 7:15 am, and ends promptly at 9 am. It is followed by Ignite Change: Stewarding Past the Spark – A Community Leadership Forum. The Hyatt is located at 200 South Pine Avenue in Long Beach. Individual tickets are $37, discounted from the full price of $40 until August 3; a table of 10 is $370; then $400 after August 3. Sponsorships are also available. Order online at  or call 562-591-1292.

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