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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.
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.
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
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
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)?
They found a way to build the internal combustion engine with 300 horse power and better fuel economy than most cars on the road today whenContinue reading
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
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