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Who Should Participate?

The Leadership Long Beach Institute is open to any adult who lives or works in the City of Long Beach. Through experiential learning and in-depth discussions, participants increase their knowledge of Long Beach and the surrounding communities.

How Will I Benefit From Participating?

The program explores current issues with key individuals and stakeholders, gaining knowledge and data to be able to make informed decisions going forward in their public, private, and nonprofit careers. The program will provide for numerous opportunities to build connections and access a network of professionals and city leaders that would normally take years to cultivate.

What Topics Are Covered During The Year?

The monthly sessions include presentations from and discussions with local Long Beach leaders. Attendees are also introduced to a network of information resources.

Our program curriculum is constantly evolving to match the changing landscape of Long Beach. Principled Leadership is a key focus of the program. Those principles lead to better decision-making that serves all of our community.

Program Dates and Topics

August 14th, 2023 * Orientation

August 28th * Pre-retreat Day

September 21-24th * Retreat

October 2nd: Class Day – Diversity Equity Inclusion & Belonging

November 6th: Class Day – Non-Profits and Philanthropy

December 4th: Class Day – Business and Green Technology

January 15th: *MLK DAY

January 22nd: * Community Project Planning Brainstorm

February 5th: Class Day – Government Day

March 4th: Class Day – Public Health and Community Safety

April 1: Class Day – Arts and Culture

May 6: Class Day – Creating Life-Long Community Learners 

May 2-31: PROJECT(s)

June 3: Last Day/Graduation

*Attendance is mandatory

What Is The Program Schedule?


Applications open: May 5

Interviews: June 26 – July 31

Selection: Aug 7th

This year’s program begins in August of 2023 

Required attendance is expected on the following dates: Orientation (August 14th, 2023) Pre-Retreat Meeting ( August 28th, 2023), and Leadership Retreat (September 22nd – 25th).

First Monday of the Month:  
The program’s monthly sessions are on the first Monday of the month from October through June Except for January’s Class which will be broken up into two half days, the first will be participation in our MLK Day of Service Event (January 13th, 2024) the following week Monday January 22nd from 4pm – 7pm for a community project planning session.

Full participation and attendance is expected of all participants. This is to maximize the full benefits from the information, interaction, and connections made during each session.

Program/Class session days are Mondays from 8 am to 5 pm; the session days are generally the first Monday of the month except for the Orientation, Leadership Retreat and national holidays.

What Are The Class Projects?

Along with attending the class sessions, the participants will work in groups to create and implement a community project that results in constructive change for the Long Beach community. The goal is to further develop the participants’ leadership, teamwork and community trusteeship abilities. This will require engagement outside of the monthly sessions. The participants are expected to gather information, collaborate with other classmates or meet with identified subject experts in preparation for upcoming program sessions.

What Is The Cost?


A limited number of tuition discounts are available each year. These are primarily for nonprofits, small business owners and individuals applying on their own. Please inquire further during the application process.

How Do I Apply?

Approximately 30 community leaders are accepted into the Institute each year. Each year candidates are considered individually and collectively to create a uniquely dynamic class.

Applications are generally accepted in April and May of each year. Selection Interviews are conducted in June and the class selected in July. All applicants will be interviewed by a panel of Leadership Long Beach alumni for acceptance into the class.

The deadline to submit applications for consideration to become a part of the Leadership Long Beach Class of 2023 is Friday, July 1st.