Martha Shenkenberg retired as Chair of the Leadership Pasadena Board of Directors after 17 years with the organization. Martha was a participant in the first LP class of 1999 and remain an active volunteer or Board member ever since. “Martha has been the heart and sole of LP for many years,” according to recent Board Member Cindy Bengtson. “She’s not just a part of LP’s history but part of its future as she moves to the Advisory Board,” Cindy concluded.
Alma Robles Apodaca is LP’s new Board Chair. “I’ve been involved with LP since its founding, but not always on the board. LP has been volunteer-run for a number of years. We’ve managed to put a class through every year since 1999, with the exception of one year. We’re now at a point where I want the organization to grow. This is really important work, and I want to ensure that we’re able to sustain it going forward. We can’t do that on a volunteer basis. My big hope for this next year is to make sure that we fund an executive director role. We’re also looking at developing a leadership program for veterans. These are our big plans. We are really looking at what’s next for us,” per Alma.
Melanie Goodyear, Executive Director of Jericho Road with Leadership Pasadena Board members Alan Romero, Alma Apodaca, Josh Driskell, Lisa Raggio and Judy Turner
Leadership Pasadena’s mission is to create exceptional, engaged community leaders for the betterment of the greater Pasadena community. Serving on non-profit Boards is an important way graduates can make an impact and Leadership Pasadena (LP) is proud to partner with Jericho Road Pasadena to provide Board matching services for LP participants starting next month.
“LP produces well-trained, empowered and connected volunteers ready to help and we want to make it as easy as possible for our LP graduates to find the right Board placement for them. Jericho Road is the perfect partner for us to accomplish this goal,” according to Cindy Bengtson, volunteer Executive Director for Leadership Pasadena. “Melanie Goodyear and her Board excel at this and we are excited to provide her with a pool of ready candidates to match to our local non-profits.”
Jericho Road’s expertise is bridging communities by matching the professional talents of volunteers with the needs of community-based nonprofit organizations to promote community development, strengthen social services, and enrich the lives of volunteers. Jericho Road Pasadena was spearheaded by members of Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena, who worked with the Flintridge Center to assess whether there was a need in the local nonprofit community for capacity-building services. When the answer was a clear “Yes,” local volunteers began raising operating funds and creating its structure. For seven years now, Jericho Road Pasadena has served the Pasadena community by providing nonprofit community benefit organizations needed professional or technical expertise free of charge.
Leadership Pasadena is a hands-on, community leadership program that immerses you in Pasadena’s rich history, government and world renowned organizations and institutions. This is a unique program for those who want to play an active role in Pasadena’s future. The program provides participants with 24 hours of personal leadership training, a 2-day offsite Ropes course experience, 2 hours of one on one executive coaching, 60 hours of Pasadena community education and 40 hours of community service learning. Participants build meaningful connections with the area’s business, government and community decision-makers. With its many civic, non-profit and community organizations and its diverse communities, there is a large need for empowered and connected community leaders to address the concerns and issues of the Pasadena area together with respect and determination and results. Leadership Pasadena creates these leaders. http://www.leadershippasadena.org/
Lisa Cavelier Joins Leadership Pasadena Board of Directors
Pasadena NOW Article
From Cynthia Bengtson Budzyn
Published : Friday, November 4, 2016 | 4:44 AM
Leadership Pasadena (LP) is proud to announce Lisa Cavelier has joined the Board of Directors as Vice President, Marketing and Community Awareness.
“Lisa brings an incredible background in every aspect of non-profit business. She has served as Executive Director of important NGO’s, Director of Donor Relations, COO, Development Director and more and she will be a tremendous asset to Leadership Pasadena,” per Board Chair Martha Shenkenberg.
Lisa began her career as Assistant to the USA Ambassador to France and recently served as Vice President, Guest Services of the Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles where she managed 12 full-time staff and more than 850 volunteers; oversaw all aspects of accommodations, registration and credentialing including coordination with official partners and sponsors and managed a workforce to deliver services to Honored Guests and Families program participants, including 3,500 – 4,000 top-level invited guests including Heads of State, celebrities, dignitaries, supporters and leaders from around the world and 6,000 family members of competing athletes. Lisa has also been a long term member of crucial non-profits in Pasadena including the Junior League of Pasadena.
“In addition to her extensive business skills and community knowledge, Lisa is the dedicated, caring and brilliant community leader we want on our Board to let the community know the great things LP is doing today.” According to Board member Cindy Bengtson.
Leadership Pasadena is designed to create agile learners and emergent leaders to make the Pasadena area an even better place to live, work and play for everyone.With its many civic, non-profit and community organizations and its diverse communities, there is a large need for empowered and connected community leaders to address the concerns and issues of the Pasadena area together with respect, determination and results. Leadership Pasadena creates these leaders.
From STAFF REPORTS
Published : Sunday, July 10, 2016 | 5:05 PM
Leadership Pasadena (LP) is proud to announce Kathleen O’Sullivan has joined the LP Advisory Board.
LP Alum Kathleen “Kat” O’Sullivan heads up KSHIFT, a unique consulting firm that helps successful, fast-growing companies create surprisingly effortless and profitable growth. Kat serves as a Trusted Advisor to owners/CEOs and works with them to create a People Strategy that engages everyone in taking their business to the next level of success. Kat is an LP alum, class of 2002 and served on the LP board for 5 years after graduation. She also served on the Pasadena Chamber board. Kat’s contributions have been well recognized. She is most proud of her 2002 National Community Service Award and 2006 Women of Excellence in Education Award. She has presented at local, state, national and international conferences, including education conferences in China, Taiwan and the UK, sharing her experience and insights in creating schools of the future.
From STAFF REPORTS
Published : Monday, July 4, 2016 | 7:51 PM
Leadership Pasadena (LP) is proud to elect Josh Driskell to the Board of Directors.
Attorney Josh Driskell is a June 2016 graduate of the Leadership Pasadena course and is giving back to the community, inspired by his Leadership Pasadena experience, right away. Although he has only been practicing law and living in California less than 3 years, Driskell dove into learning about the Pasadena community and already serves on the Board of the Pasadena Museum of History and Leadership Pasadena.
From STAFF REPORTS
Published : Thursday, July 14, 2016 | 5:36 PM
Leadership Pasadena (LP) is proud to elect Lisa Raggio to the Board of Directors.
Lisa Raggio joins the Board as the Vice President, Veterans Services. Lisa has a long history of non-profit and community initiative leadership to share with Leadership Pasadena.