Leadership Long Beach Events / Activities

2017 – 2018

LLB 30th Anniversary Experience:
End of the Summer BBQ
Friday, August 31, 2018
5:30 – 8:00 PM


The Leadership Long Beach 30th Anniversary Experiences is hosting an End-of-the-Summer BBQ with Councilman (and LLB alum) Rex Richardson (LLBI ’10).  Purchase your tickets today for this special event at the home of the councilman as this is one of the early events helping us celebrate our 30th year.


Long Beach Police Officers Association will be preparing a full Santa Maria style BBQ with Tri-tip Sliders, Ranch Beans, Salad and Garlic Bread and Hot Dogs for the kids. There will also be beverages and adult beverages for all to enjoy.


Live music will be performed by the LLB Alumni All-Star Band (thanks to Byron Bolton, LLBI ’13, Larry Ginn, LLBI ’04 and Dan O’Leary, LLBI ’16).

LLB 30th Anniversary Experience:
Putt-Putt in the Knolls
Thursday, September 20, 2018
5:00 – 9:00 PM
Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Avenue


Leadership Long Beach’s signature event, Putt-Putt, returns for the 30th Anniversary celebration with the wacky and fun miniature golf tournament hosted by Bixby Knolls businesses.  The hundreds of golfers will play miniature golf at these Bixby Knolls locations, have food and drinks and get opportunities to win prizes


Putt-Putt in the Knolls is a miniature golf tournament that will have Bixby Knolls businesses and locations host a unique mini golf hole for the golfers to play.  Groups of players/golfers can form teams around wacky themes, and the spirit of the event is built upon visiting, exploring and supporting the businesses.  Businesses can build an easy or challenging miniature golf hole for the golfers and locations will host with appetizers and drinks.

LLB 30th Anniversary Experience:
Oil Island Tour & Lunch
Saturday, October 6, 2018


Hop aboard a private boat and go on an exclusive behind the scenes tour of one of the infamous Astronaut (THUMS) oil islands off the coast of Long Beach.

Our private tour guide, Kevin Tougas, Manager of Oil Operations, City of Long Beach Energy Resources, will explain why and how these oil islands were built and how they continue to contribute to the landscape of Long Beach today.

After the informative tour, we’ll head over to the picturesque Hotel Maya for a light lunch and special guest speakers.


Community Welcome Reception
Monday, August 27
Rancho Los Cerritos
5:30 – 8 pm


Leadership Long Beach began our 30th year anniversary with the Community Welcome Reception on Monday, August 27th at Rancho Los Cerritos.  Over 200 people were in attendance for this large community event we highlighted the beginning of our 30 years of principled leadership programs.  In addition to introducing the Institute Class of 2019, the 30th Institute program for LLB, the gathering heard from some members of the inaugural class of 1990.

LLB 30th Birthday ‘Party Stops’
Tuesday, July 17, 2018


We will celebrate the beginning of our 30th year this July 17, 2018 with a city-wide “Birthday party.” Throughout the day, alumni and supporters of the organization will meet up at various local businesses – including Lola’s Mexican Cuisine, Parkers’ Lighthouse, and Berlin Bistro – to toast to the success of the organization over the last 30 years and ring in the next 30 years.

Leadership Long Beach Class of 2018
Graduation Celebration
Monday, June 18
5:30 – 7 pm


The graduation ceremony for the 29th Institute Class of Leadership Long Beach on Monday, June 18th was held at the home of Pat Murphy, LLBI ’03, near Virginia Country Club.  The 30 class members have completed their 10-month principled leadership program learning more about Long Beach and completing projects that addressed community needs that they learned about during the year.

2018 Projects Presentation
Monday, June 4, 2018
Long Beach Playhouse
5:30 – 7 pm


The Institute Class of 2018 and the Youth Leadership Long Beach Class of 2018 will present their projects to the community during a PechaKucha Night.   Using the PechaKucha 20×20 format—a simple presentation format where a presenter shows 20 images, each for 20 seconds—the four adult project teams – Good Seed, Long Beach Soul Stories, STEMing for Youth, and Systems to Success event workshops – plus the YLLB project, RoboBowl VI, will have their timed presentations ready.

Key to the City Presentation
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Long Beach City Hall Council Chambers


Leadership Long Beach received the Key to the City from Mayor Robert Garcia prior to the City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 3rd in the Council Chambers.  Nearly 100 alumni and supporters of the organization were present to witness this historic occasion as our 30th Anniversary activities and celebration begin later this year.

Port of Long Beach Tour – Institute Class of 2018
Monday, April 2, 2018


Join the Institute Class of 2018 for a tour of the Port of Long Beach on Monday, April 2. This tour provides a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the 2nd busiest port in the nation. You will be able to mix and mingle with current class members, alumni and Port staff on a beautiful day touring the port.

This is a free activity sponsored by the Port of Long Beach in support of the LLB Institute program.

Leadership Connections – 2018
Monday, March 5
5:30 – 7 pm


On Monday, March 5 at Alegria Cocina Latina, 115 Pine Avenue, held a happy hour, meet-and-greet to get information on the principled leadership programs for Leadership Long Beach.

LLB @ CSULB Basketball Game
Thursday, February 15


Thanks to the nearly 100 alumni, family and friends who joined us for the CSULB basketball game on Thursday, February 15 at the Walter Pyramid.  This event was a successful fundraiser for our Youth Leadership Long Beach program to help provide some additional funds for their service project, RoboBowl 6.

2018 MLK, Jr Day of Service
Monday, January 15
8 am – Kickoff rally; 9 am – service projects


Long Beach residents, family and friends of all ages came out to make it a “Day On, not a Day Off,” on Monday, January 15 as part of the MLK National Day of Service in Long Beach.  More than 200 volunteers participated in one of nine services projects coordinated by Leadership Long Beach and supported by the Office of the Mayor Robert Garcia, Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, the Port of Long Beach and a host of civic and community organizations.

Fireside Chat with Dr. Lourdes Ramos
President & CEO, Museum of Latin American Art
Monday, November 27

Dr. Lourdes I. Ramos, President and CEO of the Museum of Latin American Art, spoke to a gathering of Leadership Long Beach alumni at the home of Marianne Venieris, LLBI ’97, on Monday, November 27th.   This Fireside Chat provided a great opportunity for our alumni to meet with one of the leaders of the art cultural institutions in Long Beach.

Leadership Long Beach volunteers at the
2017 Long Beach Marathon
Sunday, October 8


Thanks to the 50+ volunteers who came out early Sunday, October 8 and helped pass out water and cheered loudly for the runners, walkers and bikers who participated in the 2017 Long Beach Marathon.  Under the direction of LLB Board member Isaac Romero (LLBI ’12), LLB alumni and friends came out before dawn to arrange the water station setup and stayed until the last few participants passed the 7.5 mile mark of the race.

2017 Community Welcome Reception
Monday, August 28 ♦ 5:30 – 8 pm
Rancho Los Cerritos
4600 Virginia Road


Leadership Long Beach kicked off its 29th year with the Community Welcome Reception on Monday, August 28.  The event was attended by nearly 150 people, which included a welcome by Mayor Robert Garcia, LLBI ’03, as the 32 member class began their first day of the 10-month principled leadership program.

LLB Institute Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony
Monday, June 19 ♦ 5:30 – 8 pm


The Graduation Ceremony for the Leadership Long Beach Institute Class of 2017 was held on Monday, June 19th at the Reef Restaurant, 880 S. Harbor Scenic Drive in front of a crowd of nearly 100 people.  After completing their 10-month principled leadership program, the 31 community leaders had selected classmates share the experiences of the program and the growth gained.

Project Presentations –
Monday, June 5, 2017  5:30-7 pm
Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim Street


The Institute Class of 2017 and the Youth Leadership Long Beach Class of 2017 presented their projects during a PechaKucha Night.   Using the PechaKucha 20×20 format—a simple presentation format where a presenter shows 20 images, each for 20 seconds—the five adult project teams, Farm Stand, Financial Planning Day, College Promise Day, Good Grief event and Median Beautification, gave their story on the purpose, process and completion of their service project and the benefits to the community.

For the YLLB project, RoboBowl V, four youth representing the entire high school group spoke to their planning, preparation and execution that created a day long robotics competition for nearly 200 Long Beach middle school students.

RoboBowl V
Saturday, April 29, 2017 – McBride HS

On Saturday, April 29, Youth Leadership Long Beach Class of 2017 coordinated RoboBowl V, the fifth annual robotics competition for Long Beach middle school students, at McBride High School.  The day-long competition had over 30 teams compete from 17 LBUSD middle schools with a morning parents forum providing information about STEM education and career paths for their children.  Los Angeles Sheriffs Department held a demonstration of their equipment as part of the day as well as employees of The Boeing Company and Shared Science, supporters of RoboBowl for the past few years.

Port of Long Beach Tour – Institute Class of 2017
Monday, April 3, 2017


The Institute Class of 2017 was joined by LLB alumni, friends and prospective candidates for the next year’s program during the tour of the Port of Long Beach on Monday, April 3. This tour is part of the Institute program and provides a  ‘behind the scenes’ look at the 2nd busiest port in the nation.

Leadership Connections
Monday, March 6, 2017 ♦ 5:30 – 7 pm
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery ♦ Downtown Long Beach


Leadership Connections is a meet-and-greet mixer to introduce our principled leadership programs to individuals interested in getting involved with LLB. Beginning with this reception, we will be accepting applications for the 29th Institute Class of Leadership Long Beach that starts in August 2017.  Also, this will be a great opportunity to see and hear from the current class members and alumni on the benefits and opportunities gained from being involved.

MLK, Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 16, 2017  – #LBServes

For the city of Long Beach, the MLK National Day of Service was a day residents came together to serve from North Long Beach to the shore.  Leadership Long Beach, along with Mayor Robert Garcia (LLBI ’03), Vice Mayor Rex Richardson (LLBI ’10), Councilman Dee Andrews and a variety of community partners, organized seven service projects to allow residents to make it ‘A Day On, Not a Day Off’ holiday in honor of Dr. King.

2017 MLK, Jr. Parade
Saturday, January 14, 2017


The Leadership Long Beach family marched in the 2017 MLK, Jr. Parade on Saturday, January 14 in Central Long Beach.  Alumni, friends and family carried signs in support of the Dr. King and the leadership principles of Leadership Long Beach.

LLB Holiday Mixer – 2016
Monday, December 19


More than 100 people attended the Leadership Long Beach 2016 Holiday Party held on Monday, December 19th, at the offices of Goodwill of South Los Angeles County.  Good cheer and the giving spirit was exhibited by everyone in attendance as toys and gifts were donated to Young Horizons, a Long Beach preschool center, and a generous donation made to a Youth LLB alumnus who is continuing to give and serve in the community even though her circumstances are not the best.


Thanks to Goodwill of South Los Angeles County Executive Director Janet McCarthy (EQS ’99) for opening the facility to Leadership Long Beach to hold the Holiday Party this year.