Executive Leadership Series

Executive Leadership Series

Strong Leader • Strong Organization
Strong Long Beach

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

The Executive Leadership Series is unlike other generic leadership programs because it is designed 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 2017
Program Schedule

The cohort will meet each week at 4:00 pm and complete the session with dinner; ending no later than 8:00 pm.


Program Dates:

Thursday, April 6th – Executive Presence and Leadership Trust


*Wednesday, April 12th – Identifying Leadership Strengths and Values


Thursday, April 20th – Leveraging Leadership Strengths


Thursday, April 27th – Team Trust / Team Strengths


Thursday, May 4th – Societal Contribution and Trust


Thursday, May 11th – Graduation Celebration
at Keesal, Young and Logan

*Please note this session is a WEDNESDAY date


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 Alamitos

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