Executive Leadership Series

Executive Leadership Series – Spring 2020

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.

Strong Leader • Strong Organization
Strong Long Beach

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 Spring 2020
Program Schedule

Class sessions run from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm and are followed by a class networking dinner ending no later than 8:00 pm. Snacks are provided during the class sessions to keep everyone’s energy up until the dinner hour. Each session is held in a different location around Long Beach enabling participants to learn more about our Long Beach community and build a more diverse cross-sector network.


Spring 2020 Class Dates & Topics

Thursday, March 12th – Executive Presence and Leadership Trust

Thursday, March 19th – Experience Leadership Principles

Thursday, March 26th – Leveraging Leadership Strengths

Thursday, April 2nd – Building Teams through Trust

Thursday, April 9th – Executive Communication Skills

Thursday, April 23rd – Community Service Project / Graduation Celebration


Class of 2019

Lori Andrews, Long Beach Unified School District

Renee Barot, Studio One Eleven

Rick Beall, MHP Structural Engineers

Sheryl Bender, City of Long Beach-Parks, Recreation & Marine

Michelle Byerly, The Nonprofit Partnership

Jason Campbell, Long Beach Police Department

Monique De La Garza, City of Long Beach-Office of the City Clerk

Hal DeNike, Forest Lawn Memorial Parks

Marlene Dupras, Port of Long Beach

Michael Goldschmidt, Long Beach Fire Department

Jeffrey Hardin, Long Beach Fire Department

The Honorable Doug Haubert, City of Long Beach-Office of the City Prosecuter

Pam Lee, Rancho Los Alamitos

Wesley McKean, P2S, Inc.

Stephanie Montuya-Morisky, Port of Long Beach

Oscar Orci, City of Long Beach-Developmental Services

Griselda Suarez, Arts Council for Long Beach

Rudy Umaña, City of Long Beach-Public Works

Robert Verceles, Long Beach Water Department

Adeline Yoong, Southern California Edison

Class of 2018

Pamela Bright, City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services

Corry Colonna, California State University Long Beach

Tracy Colunga, City of Long Beach, Innovation Team

James Farley, City of Long Beach Fire Department

Glenn Farren, Port of Long Beach

Kerry Gerot, Port of Long Beach

Robbie Grego, Long Beach Fire Department

Lana Haddad, City of Long Beach, Water Department

Erik Herzog, City of Long Beach Police Department

David Klug, P2S Inc.

Olivia Maiser, City of Long Beach, City Auditor’s Office

Alvin Papa, City of Long Beach, Public Works Department

Sergio Ramirez, City of Long Beach, Economic Development Department

Anna Reyes, Long Beach Police Department

April Walker, City of Long Beach, Public Works Department

Brandon Walker, Long Beach Police Department

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

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