More than 350 business, government and civic leaders came together at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Dec. 8 for the Southern California Leadership Network's Southern California Visionaries awards luncheon. Five outstanding regional leaders were honored for their leadership, vision and commitment to Southern California: Lifetime Still Achieving Award: James A. Thomas, Thomas Properties Group; Southern California Leader of the Year: David Fleming, Latham & Watkins LLP; Excellence in Civic Leadership: Linda Griego, Griego Enterprises, Inc.; Public Sector Leader of the Year: Gilbert Ivey, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; and Graduate of the Year: Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas (LLA '89), County of Los Angeles. Honorees engaged in a dialogue on leadership. Thank you to all of our guests and sponsors for your support.
Exploring the Future of Energy with Joe Sparano, President, Western States Petroleum Association
The Southern California Leadership Network hosted the second in its Global Connections dinner series, which creates links between leadership alumni and civic leaders across Southern California’s 30 ethnic enclaves, many of which are the largest settlements of immigrant groups outside of their country of origin. The Oct. 13 dinner focused on the Iranian-American community with a traditional dinner in West Los Angeles.
Session 8 - Neighborhood Development Case Study: Koreatown
The Leadership L.A. Class of 2009 learned how neighborhoods grow and develop in Los Angeles on Oct. 9 with a case study on Koreatown, where Fellows met with Korean-American leaders, including local business owners, developers, community organizers, historians and neighborhood councilmembers. Read more about the day on Twitter by following @SCLN.
Session 7 - Ports & Airports
The Class of 2009 focused on our region's major trade infrastructure at both the Port of Los Angeles and Los Angeles International Airport on Sept. 11 with top leaders from both agencies who discussed the balance of growing, greening and modernizing our aging infrastructure while taking into account community and political concerns. Fellows wrapped up the day with a conversation around protecting the Port and LAX. Read more about the day on Twitter by following @SCLN.
Session 6: Law & Society
The 2009 Fellows experienced public safety, and law and society in Los Angeles with top experts on drug legalization, building healthy communities, homelessness and recidivism on Friday, Aug. 14. The class raised nearly $2,000 in donations and pledges to Homeboy Industries, which currently works with about 8,000 individuals who formerly belonged to 700 gangs across L.A. County. Read more on Twitter by following @SCLN.
The Southern California Leadership Network has successfully launched its new leadership initiative-- Global Connections-- which creates links between leadership alumni and civic leaders across Southern California’s 30 ethnic enclaves, many of which are the largest settlements of immigrant groups outside of their country of origin. The first dinner in the series, launched on Aug. 12, focused on the Korean-American community with a traditional dinner in Koreatown.
Leadership Southern California Class of 2009 Fellows graduated from the 10-month leadership development program on July 28 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Seminar 10: Regional Disaster Preparedness & Response
The Fellows' final seminar on July 24 focused on regional disaster preparedness in Southern California with emergency operations experts from the American Red Cross; California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection; Hospital Association of California and the Los Angeles Police Department.
Session 5: Media, Entertainment & Technology
The Leadership L.A. Class of 2009
visited Paramount Studios on July 10 to discuss social networking trends and the role technology, consolidation and globalization have played in changing the way news and entertainment are delivered to consumers. Fellows were joined by industry experts from the Recording Industry Association of America; thatgamecompany video game developers; and latimes.com, among others. Follow the Southern California Leadership Network on Twitter by following @SCLN
Seminar 9: Land Use, Housing & Transportation
The 2009 Class of regional leaders focused on the connections between land use, housing and transportation on June 19 with a case study excursion of transit-oriented development along Metro’s Gold Line, stopping to meet Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, architects and developers along the way. Fellows were also joined by regional planning experts, who addressed strategies for Southern California to improve quality of life through planning. Read more about the seminar on Twitter, and follow @SCLN today.