APRIL 2011

Statewide Leadership
SCLN Fellows and alumni have been engaging with senior California leadership this spring, conducting dialogues on statewide reform and building new relationships across California. Read more below about Leadership Southern California in Sacramento; the California Forward reform dialogues and join us on May 2 for a reception with San Francisco D.A. George Gascón (LSC '97). At left, Leadership Southern California Fellows Alan Wessel, Vulcan Materials Company and Hector Rodriguez, Metro, speak with California Assemblymember Ricardo Lara (LLA '07, far left).


Friday, April 22, 2011
Leadership Southern California 2011 Seminar 6: Focus Ventura County -
The People, Places & Trends

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Monday, May 2, 2011
Dialogue & Reception Featuring San Francisco District Attorney
George Gascón (LSC '97)

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Friday, May 13, 2011
Leadership L.A.2011 Seminar 2: Education & Workforce Development
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Excerpt from SCLN Leadership Blog entry on one American Marshall Memorial Fellow's experience in 2011:

"I'm embarrassed to admit, but it was my first time traveling to Europe. It sounds trite, but it truly was a trip of a lifetime, a life-changing experience.

Participating in meetings with ambassadors and section heads at NATO headquarters during the early stages of the crisis in Libya was surreal. Meeting with the gregarious Giorgos Pavlou Papanikolaou—a member of the European Parliament and a European Marshall Memorial alum—within the modern EU Parliament building was another eye-opener during the first stage of our trip in Brussels.

And of course we had our share of fun, including a memorable day-trip to the beautiful city of Bruges and spent our last night in Belgium celebrating a colleague’s birthday at the world famous Delirium pub in the heart of Brussels..." Read more.

-David Roberts, Associate Director, Local Government Relations, University of Southern California; Fellow, American Marshall Memorial Fellowship 2011; and Graduate, Leadership L.A. '99. Read the full entry at SCLN's Leadership Blog.


Women in the Boardroom seminar, April 25
Women in the Boardroom is an executive leadership event in Los Angeles on April 25 designed to assist in the preparation for board service - better qualifying and connecting attendees with the right resources. Panelists are executives with for-profit board experience and a desire to share their knowledge and necessary tools for serving as a director.
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Economic Summit 2011, April 26
The Beverly Hills Chamber hosts Economic Summit 2011 on April 26, an expert analysis and economic outlook on what’s hot, what’s not, what’s up, what’s down and where the economy and your industry may be heading in today’s market. Featuring panel moderator Christopher Thornberg, Beacon Economics.
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James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards Nominations
Do you know someone who is systematically chipping away at a problem facing his or her community? Someone who has developed a new way to address an old problem, with impressive results? Someone whose success deserves to be recognized and replicated? If so, you should nominate him or her for a 2012 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. Nominations are due by April 29.
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L.A. Times Festival of Books at USC, April 30 - May 1
One of Southern California's most cherished and engaging weekend celebrations kicks off its 16th year in a new home at the University of Southern California, April 30 and May 1. Attend lectures by authors, book signings, musical performances and sales booths that have made the Los Angeles Times festival of books the nation's largest public literary festival.
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World Trade Week Kick-off Breakfast, May 6
For more than 80 years, World Trade Week (WTW), an initiative of the L.A. Area Chamber, has dedicated itself to educating the public on the importance and benefits of global trade through a series of educational programs and events. Join more than 500 executives, members of the diplomatic corps and keynote speaker Matthew Rose, BNSF Railway, at the WTW Kickoff Breakfast in downtown L.A. on May 6.

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Upcoming Town Hall L.A. events
in May

Join Town Hall L.A. and Rick Caruso on May 12 to ask one of Los Angeles' most influential developers: "what's next?" Or hear lessons from entrepreneurs about thriving in difficult times, on May 18
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Leadership L.A. 2011 launches with record interest and enrollment
The Leadership L.A. Class of 2011 launched with a two-day orientation beginning on April 7 after a record number of applicants and enrollment. Over two days, Fellows experienced an overview of Civic Entrepreneurship with Jodi Walker, Success Alliances; introduction to the 360 Personal Leadership Style Assessment conducted in partnership with the Graziadio School of Business & Management at Pepperdine University; and a seminar on the Internal Dynamics of Leadership: Vital Skills for Volatile Times with Jeremy Hunter, Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. For more information about the Leadership L.A. 2012 Fellowship, join our mailing list.

Leadership Southern California 2011 experiences Inland Empire identity and trends
The Leadership Southern California Class of 2011 experienced the people, places and trends shaping the Inland Empire with focuses on the economy, demographics, education, tourism, civic engagement, housing (pictured), goods movement and faith-based community organizing. A major portion of the day centered around the IE identity and the challenges and opportunities for collaboration between its largest counties--Riverside and San Bernardino--with Councilmembers from Rialto and Calimesa. Read Press-Enterprise coverage of the seminar. View photo gallery.

Leadership Southern California learns about state government in Sacramento
The Leadership Southern California Class of 2011 and alumni traveled to Sacramento March 22-23 to learn more about state government and leadership at the state level. They met with Rich Callahan, USC State Capital Center on leadership practices and challenges; and discussed moving California forward with Secretary of Service and Volunteering Karen Baker (LSC ’91) (pictured) and Assemblymember Ricardo Lara (LLA ’07). "Community solutions will only come from multi-stakeholder collaboration. Volunteers are not simply a nice addition, they are critical," said Secretary Baker. The Fellows then joined the L.A. Area Chamber's 100-member delegation of Los Angeles civic leaders at advocacy meetings and briefings with top lawmakers, including senior officials from Gov. Jerry Brown's office, Assembly Speaker John Pérez and California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer. View photo gallery.

SCLN co-hosts dialogues throughout the region on California reform
Last month SCLN, in partnership with California Forward and Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE), hosted a series of dialogues aimed at engaging a wider group of stakeholders in California reform. Nearly 100 attendees total came together in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Van Nuys and Long Beach to discuss options for California government reform, including giving local governments more control. Special guests included Speaker Emeritus and California Forward Leadership Council Co-Chair Robert Hertzberg, Mayer Brown LLP; California Forward Leadership Councilmember Antonia Hernandez, California Community Foundation; SCLN Board Member and Long Beach Chief of Police Jim McDonnell (LLA ’00); Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge and Cal State San Bernardino President Albert Karnig. View photo gallery.


American Marshall Memorial Fellowship now accepting nomination submission
SCLN is now the official partner in Southern California for the American Marshall Memorial Fellowship (AMMF), coordinated by the German Marshall Fund of the United States. AMMF  is a prestigious and competitive 24-day fellowship for emerging leaders in government, business, and the nonprofit sector who are committed to strengthening transatlantic relationships . SCLN will also host and coordinate activities for  the European fellows on their trip to Southern California as part of the European Marshall Memorial Fellowship (EMMF). Read more and download the nomination form now.

Join us for a dialogue and reception with San Francisco District Attorney and Leadership Southern California grad
As part of its California Connections initiative that is bringing leaders together from around the state, SCLN is co-hosting a dialogue and reception with California Connections Advisory Board Member and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón (LSC '97) on May 2 at 6 p.m. D.A. Gascón, a former assistant chief with the Los Angeles Police Department, will discuss his perspective on leadership from San Francisco to Los Anegles. More info and RSVP now.

Become part of the Active Alumni Network and take advantage of the great benefits
Alumni, you have the opportunity to become even more deeply engaged with alumni who serve in elected office and lead key California companies and cutting-edge non-profit organizations that are transforming our cities! For more than 20 years, SCLN has developed diverse leaders who can transmit relevant knowledge about the region’s assets and opportunities. Join the excitement today, and receive the exclusive benefits of a 12-month active alumni membership! View benefits and join now.

SCLN is the place for leadership, community outreach and civic engagement

Is your company or organization looking to strengthen its leadership team? Working to connect leaders and build consensus? Preparing to conduct community outreach on a project or issue? Through SCLN's Leadership Experts Network. you and your organization can now take advantage of the uparalleled work SCLN is delivering to Southern California's business and civic organizations. Read our experts' bios and request a proposal now.

SCLN launches new website with interactive Issues Forum and more
The new leadershipnetwork.org was unveiled earlier this month, now featuing an interactive Issues Forum, where users can get the most up-to-date information on the top public policy issues shaping our state, or submit entries to be added to the site.The Forum also includes a Discussion section for alumni to share their thoughts on a particular issue of interest. Alumni, if you have forgotten your login information, please request this information now.


Gain the vital leadership skills needed to excel during volatile times


Today's leaders face incredible challenges.  Leading effectively is a matter of internal resilience.  It is more important than ever to face these with a clear, calm mind. The Take Charge! Program is a series of practical, half-day seminars that teach leadership skills from the inside out, based on Dr. Jeremy Hunter's (pictured) award-winning executive courses at the Peter F. Drucker School of Management. You can elect to take all sessions, or choose individually based on your needs. SCLN Alumni receive a special rate! View seminar dates and register now.



"Small businesses make up 98 percent of business here. If growth and job retention happen in the Inland Empire, it will start with small business."

-Vincent McCoy, Executive Director, Inland Empire Small Business Development Center, at the Leadership Southern California session focusing on the Inland Empire.


Who Are We?
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