Leadership Organization Trains Veterans to Lead Communities

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Garth Massey, a La Cañada Flintridge resident, will help veterans navigate the civilian and corporate worlds with the new six-month community leadership course held by Leadership Pasadena, only the second program of its kind in the country.
The nonprofit focuses on community leadership, and is launching the veteran’s course to help military veterans (including National Guard and all Reserves) who have achieved a rank of E4 or higher and now are living, working or studying in the San Gabriel Valley as they transition into their new civilian lives. Continue reading “Leadership Organization Trains Veterans to Lead Communities”

Leadership Pasadena Welcomes New VP of Veterans Services

Kim Miller-Anderson
Kim Miller-Anderson

Leadership Pasadena has elected Kim Miller-Anderson to the board of directors as vice president of Veterans Services.
“We are honored to have Kim’s service-driven leadership and laser focus as we launch our Community Leadership Course for Veterans. Her professional expertise in technology and process analysis will be a tremendous asset to us across the organization as well,” according to Leadership Pasadena board member Cindy Bengtson.
“I am excited about the opportunity to work with such an accomplished team of leaders and volunteers. I look forward to using my professional and military background to bring leadership opportunities to veterans,” she stated.
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Leadership Pasadena: Battlefield to Community, Veterans Should Lead

Photo courtesy Dennis Lowe Army Capt. Dennis Lowe participates in a field training exercise at Fort Carson, Colorado, during his last year in the Army. Lowe, currently enrolled at USC Marshall School of Business, hopes to be a part of Leadership Pasadena’s efforts to train veterans as community leaders.
Photo courtesy Dennis Lowe
Army Capt. Dennis Lowe participates in a field training exercise at Fort Carson, Colorado, during his last year in the Army. Lowe, currently enrolled at USC Marshall School of Business, hopes to be a part of Leadership Pasadena’s efforts to train veterans as community leaders.

Like a lot of young people, it’s taken some time for National Guard veteran Giselle Ashook to find her professional calling.
After serving in the armed forces, including a deployment to Afghanistan, she stayed on in the reserves, working a lot of odd jobs along the way.
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Leadership Pasadena Elects New Board Member

Felicia Friesema
Felicia Friesema

Leadership Pasadena, a leadership growth and community involvement organization, recently elected Felicia Friesema to the board of directors as vice president of marketing and communications.
Friesema is the 12th board member to join the organization, which is chaired by Alma Apodaca.
“We are very excited to have Felicia join the LP board of directors. Her passion for community service and marketing expertise will serve us well as we continue to deliver our cornerstone program to develop community leaders, and as we prepare to launch our inaugural Veteran Program in May,” said board chair Apodaca.
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Leadership Pasadena to Help Law Enforcement, Special Needs Interaction

Capt. Tim Sell, Chief Bertral Washington, Cindy Bengtson and Michelle Cox, Villa Esperanza director of development, will attend the Leadership Pasadena event on Apri 24.

Leadership Pasadena, in partnership with Villa Esperanza Services, Ability First and Professional Child Development Associates, is presenting a free 90-minute seminar for families, caregivers or staff caring for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) on how to work with law enforcement and first responders.
The event is Monday, April 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. St. John Ave.
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Leadership Pasadena Discusses Fake News, Fake Science

Astrophysicist and Leadership Pasadena alumnus and past board president Gordon Squires opened the Leadership Pasadena science session at Caltech telling the class that 75% of women and 66% of Ph.D.s believe the news article they were handed at the workshop. And then he told them: None of that was true. He made it up. With that, the class began an in-depth discussion on what news is real and what is fake and what science is evidence-supported and what is fake science.

Coldwell Banker South Lake Agents Lontrice Dorton, Del Lile, Olga Neckelmann, Gary Forecast, Pat Lile and Nina Martin were recognized last week at McKinley School for their volunteer activities throughout the year. They were part of a group of seven that recently painted the girls’ two-story high bathroom, transforming it from drab and dusty to a vibrant purple and yellow. It took the volunteers three days and about 15 hours to complete.

“I thought the percentages were extreme but, heck, it was Gordon. He’s brilliant and an LP alumnus so I believed him. Wow, I was dumb!” said Cindy Bengtson, member of the Leadership Class of 2017.
Squires and Trity Pourbahrami, director of communications for the engineering and applied sciences division at Caltech and a Leadership Pasadena alumna and past board member, provided concrete tools to help the class evaluate news and science articles. Case studies were also worked on requiring the participants to defend both sides of controversial scientific projects currently drawing public opposition.

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