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April 18, 2019

Journey To Leadership – 2019 VCLA Annual Awards Luncheon

VCLA’s 2019 Journey To Leadership Awards Luncheon

JOURNEY TO LEADERSHIP, the Annual Awards Luncheon of Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA), recognizes outstanding community leaders for their contributions to Ventura County.

Please join us as we honor:

Alumni of the Year: Pattie Braga, Cohort XVII

Business Leader of the Year: Montecito Bank & Trust

Educational Leader of the Year: Dr. Jacob Jenkins & Dr. Jaime Hannans, CSUCI

Non-Profit Leader of the Year: Vanessa Bechtel, VCCF

Public Sector Leader of the Year: Jim Friedl, Conejo Recreation and Park District

Founder’s Award: Rudy Gonzales, Class 2 & Cohort XXIV

Ductus Exemplo Award: Geoff Dean, (Ret.) VC Sheriff

Ventura County Leadership Academy recognizes that leadership is a relational process and that leading at any level within any organization is a choice we must intentionally make.

This event honors community leaders who exemplify these principles in action.

For questions or more information on Sponsorship Opportunities or Congratulatory Ads: 805-665-3504 or info@VCLeadership.org

Can’t make it to the lunch? Consider a donation to the Dr. Priscilla Partridge de Garcia Scholarship Fund in honor of VCLA’s beloved Founder. Click on the link for tickets and choose the Scholarship Fund.

4 Degrees of Separation

By Merrill Whatley

Shortly after our January 11 VCLA session, I took a trip to Pittsburgh for work. As I write this, I am on Southwest Airlines, flying to Denver on my way back home via Burbank.

In the morning portion of the Local Government focus session, the subjects we covered about city government, county government and special districts may not have a greater available organizational and cultural juxtaposition in America than Continue reading

Ahoy Matey!

By Franki D. Williams

Squid boat: Up to 40% of California’s squid can be distributed through the Port of Hueneme on any given year.

After a morning focusing on local government in Thousand Oaks, I drove the back way through the agricultural fields of Camarillo, a part of the city unfamiliar to me, and met the rest of the cohort at the Port of Hueneme. Upon arrival, we were greeted by Continue reading

Water, water everywhere

By Jon Gathman, Installation Program Integrator at Naval Base Ventura County

How much water comes from the San Joaquin Valley (ie Sacramento) to support the Metropolitan Water District (serving you, me and the 18.999998 million people in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties)?

  1. 4%
  2. 10%
  3. 30%
  4. 60%

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October 17, 2018

On Leadership and Exploring the Deep Sea

By Melissa Baffa, Cohort XVII, President, VCLA Board of Directors

Seven years ago, I was a member of Cohort XVII. It was during our session on education that our director asked for volunteers for the position of cohort representative. It sounded like a fantastic opportunity, but I was afraid to raise my hand. I would need to be elected by these fellow cohort members I was just getting to know. The last time I had run for anything was in high school, and I lost that election pretty badly. Being the cohort rep would mean attending the organization’s monthly board meetings, reporting out on our progress, and offering feedback. It would meanContinue reading

Cohort XXIII Reflections

By Nerissa Stacey, Communications Strategist, Mustang Marketing

It seems like only yesterday that I took my seat at Camp Arnaz for Cohort XXIII’s very first session. I remember looking around the room at a sea of unfamiliar faces, not sure what to expect but excited to find out. And now I’m preparing to sit among my fellow cohorts — no longer unfamiliar faces, but instead cherished new friends — at graduation as we conclude Continue reading