Southern California Leadership Network Honors Regional Leaders for Outstanding Achievement
Southern California Visionaries luncheon recognizes Harold M. Williams, Debra Reed, Charlie Woo and LAPD First Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell
December 9, 2008 11:00 am
LOS ANGELES – The Southern California Leadership
Network (SCLN) today honored four distinguished regional and community leaders at
its Southern California Visionaries luncheon at The Walt Disney Concert Hall, the pinnacle community leadership
event in the region.
SCLN annually recognizes individuals
in the Southern California region who have
demonstrated outstanding achievements in civic leadership, and celebrates those
whose vision has inspired action, collaboration and positive community
environment, we all recognize that our communities, business and government
need exemplary leadership,” said SCLN Executive Director Kevin Cottrell. “There is no better time or means of focusing our thoughts
on those individuals who step forward in leadership roles that motivate people,
lead change, and inspire us to achieve a greater vision for the future.”
J. Paul Getty Trust President Emeritus Harold M. Williams was
honored with the Lifetime “Achieving”
Award, recognizing his decades-long dedication to promoting the arts and public
education in Southern California.Currently of counsel with Skadden, Arps,
Slate, Meagher, Flom LLP & Associates, Williams has had a distinguished
career spanning U.S.
military service, private law practice, the arts and education.In 1993 President Clinton appointed Williams to the President's
Committee on the Arts and Humanities.Williams
has also served as chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and
dean at the Graduate School of Management at UCLA, where, among
other achievements, he expanded the scope of the school to include management
of arts organizations and nonprofits. During his 17-year leadership at the
Getty, Williams was credited with transforming the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu into a multifaceted
institution dedicated to scholarship, conservation, and education in the visual
arts and humanities.
Debra Reed, President & CEO, Southern California Gas Company and San
Diego Gas & Electric, was recognized with the Southern California Leader of the YearAward, in recognition of an individual who has provided
inspirational and visionary community leadership in Southern
Sempra Energy’s California-regulated utilities, which supply more than 20
million consumers in the Southern California-San Diego region.She currently serves on the boards of the Halliburton
Company; Genentech; the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation;
and the Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency at StanfordUniversity.
Charlie Woo, Founder, Megatoys, received the Excellence in Civic Leadership Award,
recognizing outstanding civic leadership and public service that is a model of
creativity, integrity and effectiveness.Woo is credited with developing the Los Angeles Toy District, turning
the once-blighted industrial area downtown into a thriving international trade
center.Woo has served on the boards of
many major civic organizations, and currently serves on the boards of Pitzer College; the L.A. Police
Foundation; L.A. Inc.; Southern California Public Radio; and UCLA School of
Public Affairs. He is the chair of the Center for Asian Americans United for Self
Empowerment (CAUSE) and the Workforce Investment Board for the City of Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Police
Department (LAPD) First Assistant Chief and Chief of Staff Jim McDonnell, was awarded the Graduate of the Year Award, which
recognizes Leadership L.A. or
Leadership Southern California alumni who epitomize excellence and achievement
in community leadership.Chief McDonnell
is a graduate of the Leadership L.A.
Class of 2000.In his 27-year career
with the LAPD, Chief McDonnell has worked on a variety of assignments
throughout the city, including patrol, detectives, homicide, gangs, organized
crime, vice, and training.He has a long
history of working in partnership with the community and is a strong advocate
of community policing.
The Southern California Leadership
Network, a partnership with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, is the
region’s premier provider of leadership training.SCLN’s two programs, Leadership
L.A. and Leadership Southern California, have already
equipped more than 1,000 civic-minded thinkers with the community and regional
collaboration skills necessary to address quality of life issues including
traffic, water, clean air, education and public safety.Combined, they form one of the most diverse
networks of deeply engaged civic, business and government leaders in Southern California.
“The L.A. Area Chamber salutes the
2009 Visionaries honorees for their commitment and service to Los
Angeles and Southern California,”
Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
Southern California Leadership Network’s mission is to train and develop a
productive network of exemplary and diverse leaders in the business, government
and community sectors who are capable of addressing the critical challenges
facing the Southern California region.For more information,