Executive Leadership Series

Executive Leadership Series

Strong Leader • Strong Organization
Strong Long Beach

Executive Leadership Series (ELS) is a six-week program constructed to meet the unique needs of executive leaders in Long Beach.

The program is designed for executive leaders and aspiring executives of Long Beach organizations and companies.  The program size is kept small to provide more interaction and create meaningful discussions.

The Executive Leadership Series is unlike other generic leadership programs because it is formulated with instructional, experiential, group learning, and reflection activities. The Executive Leadership Series is designed to take your leadership to the next level whether you are brand new or a seasoned executive.

What the Executive Leadership Series will Provide for You?

Build a Strong Leader

Heighten the effectiveness and impact of each executive in Long Beach.

Build a Strong Organization

Facilitate networking with cohort members, Leadership Long Beach alumni, and community leaders so that you are better positioned and connected to achieve organizational and personal objectives.

Build a Strong
Long Beach

Enhance understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities that exist within the City of Long Beach so that you are better equipped to serve and make a lasting and positive impact.

Build Overall Strengths

Strengthen personal, organizational, and community leadership competencies using a customized curriculum that best serves each cohort (participants will help shape the curriculum via responses to online survey).

ELS Class of 2018
Program Schedule

The cohort will meet once a week for six consecutive weeks.  Class sessions will begin at 1:00 pm and will end at 6:00 pm for a class networking dinner, which will end no later than 8:00 pm.  Each session is held in a different location around Long Beach to build connections within the community.  Snacks are provided during the class sessions to everyone’s energy up until the dinner hour.


Program Dates:

Thursday, April 5th – Executive Presence and Leadership Trust


Thursday, April 12th – Identifying Leadership Strengths and Values


Thursday, April 19th – Leveraging Leadership Strengths


Thursday, April 26th – Team Trust / Team Strengths


Thursday, May 3rd – Societal Contribution and Trust


Thursday, May 10th – Graduation Celebration


Community Service Activity
The team will also participate in a group community service activity during the course of the program.

Class of 2017

Paul Alvarado, City of Long Beach Fire Department

Alison Bruesehoff, Rancho Los Cerritos

Mikhail Fuks, P2S Engineering

Matthew Gruneisen, City of Long Beach Fire Department

Ginger Lee, City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services

Courtney Makela, The Boeing Company

Melvin McGuire, City of Long Beach Police Department

Crystal Slaten, City of Long Beach Civil Service

Lauren Vargas, City of Long Beach Mayor’s Office

Recent Executive Leadership Series Graduates

Class of 2016

Alexandra Basquez, City of Long Beach

William Cusato, The Boeing Company

Mark Guillen, Molina Healthcare

Daryl James, Rebuilding Together Long Beach

Debra Johnson, Long Beach Transit

Richard Jordan, Port of Long Beach

Kenneth Kato, Long Beach Unified School District

Jeffrey Liberman, Long Beach Police Department

Robin Perry, Law Offices of Robin D. Perry & Associates

Travis Taylor, P2S Engineering

Loren Simpson, Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau

Class of 2015

Linda Alexander, The Nonprofit Partnership

Patrick Brown, Westerly School

Kelly Colopy, City of Long Beach

Michael Fisher, VA Hospital of Long Beach

Lori Lamb, California State University, Office of the Chancellor

Kenneth McDonald, Long Beach Transit

Patrick Schirmer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Kandice Taylor-Sherwood, City of Long Beach

Carmen Taylor, California State University, Long Beach