Our History

Leadership Long Beach

In 1989, some of the City’s most influential and visionary stakeholders founded Leadership Long Beach. These founders envisioned the formation of a civic improvement program that would serve the community by educating and motivating leaders on issues important to the future and sustainability of Long Beach.

The alumni produced by the Leadership Long Beach program have shared experiences, a common network and a set of leadership principles that enable them to set imaginative, yet realistic goals, and meet them through coordinated and effective strategies.

In 2014, Leadership Long Beach celebrated its 25th anniversary showcasing to the community the value and importance of its principled leadership programs and recognizing the contributions made by alumni. The organization increased its public visibility through participation in parades and festivals, demonstrated community service, and shared our history and the story of our alumni through multiple media outlets and platforms. With over 1,000 alumni, Leadership Long Beach continues to have its alumni serve the community through visible leadership positions in all sectors and at every level.

Leadership Timeline

Task Force Urges New Source for Leaders

Members of the Leadership Long Beach task force discuss their proposed training program with Long Be... Read more

Leadership Long Beach Class of 2005

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Leadership Long Beach Class of 2008

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Leadership Long Beach Class of 2009

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Leadership Long Beach Class of 2010

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Leadership Long Beach Class of 2011

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25th Institute Class

2013: Leadership Long Beach kicks off its 25th year and will welcome its 25th Institute Class, its 15th Youth program and will host a 25th year celebration in Spring 2014. Read more

2016 Long Beach Elections Forum

For the April 2016 City of Long Beach elections, Leadership Long Beach once again hosted a Citywide ... Read more

2016 LLB 'Amazing Race'

The Leadership Long Beach Class of 2017 participated in this year's LLB 'Amazing Race' through the s...
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2016 Community Welcome Reception

The community came for the introduction to the LLBI Class of 2017 at the Community Welcome Reception... Read more

2017 King Parade

Leadership Long Beach alumni marched in the 2017 King... Read more

2017 MLK, Jr. Day of Service

  Click here for event photos.   For the city of Long Beach, the MLK National Day... Read more

2017 Leadership Connections - March

With more than 75 people in attendance at the Rock Bottom Brewery and Restaurant on Monday, the Lead... Read more

LLB Experience for Long Beach Rotarians

Past President Jill Rosenberg (LLBI '92) brought together a group of LLB alumni to lead a 'mini' LLB... Read more

Executive Leadership Series 2017

The 2017 Executive Leadership Series began with nine executive leaders from business, civic and nonp... Read more

RoboBowl V

On Saturday, April 29, Youth Leadership Long Beach Class of 2017 coordinated RoboBowl V, the fifth a... Read more

Executive Leadership Series 2017 Graduation

The Executive Leadership Class of 2017 completed their six week program with a closing session and ... Read more

2017 Project Presentations

The Leadership Long Beach Institute and Youth programs presented their projects to a gathering of 10...
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Institute Class of 2017 Graduation Celebration

On Monday, June 19th, Leadership Long Beach added 31 more participants to its alumni family with the...
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2017-18 LLB Board Induction

The 2017-18 LLB Board of Directors were inducted on Friday, July 28 at the home of the Honorable Jud... Read more

Leadership Projects

Each class forms project teams as part of the Leadership Long Beach experience. Class projects are an especially exciting aspect of Leadership Long Beach because it provides an opportunity for class participants to learn about group process. In the process, past classes have developed many beneficial community projects, some of which continue today.

The following Leadership Long Beach class projects are examples of success:

Midnight Basketball League (Class of 1994), an alternative sports program for young adult males, now under the auspices of the City of Long Beach’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Marine

Bricks by the Sea (Class of 1997) was a commemorative walkway built at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific. The project team raised over $150,000 for youth educational programs at the Aquarium.

New Beginnings (Class of 1999), a seminar on life skills for women in recovery at the Flossie Lewis Recovery Center.

The “Enough is Enough” Community Dialogue on Youth & Gang Violence and its prevention in Long Beach (Class of 2005).

Healthy Kids Summit (Class of 2009):Team Awesome produced a Healthy Kids Summit to discuss the epidemic of childhood onset diabetes and obesity in our city.

Idea Fest (Class of 2014): Orizaba Park become a thriving “campus” for residents and businesses to exchange ideas, enjoy live music, sample foods from local restaurants and food trucks, and celebrate our city’s diversity. LLB created the opportunity for people to learn how they could activate their city in a new way with IdeaFest:LAB. Each IdeaFest:LAB is facilitated by local thinkers, creators, and community builders to allow discussions by all attendees on a specific subject.