I was in the very first class in 1999. What an awesome experience!!! Having just moved to Pasadena from Atlanta, it was a great way to learn about my new city and meet wonderful and interesting people who remain life long friends. My experience was instrumental in being a better board member for the Lake Avenue Community Foundation. By understanding how Pasadena works, formally and informally, has saved tons of time and frustration. A must do for anyone who wants to be involved in Pasadena.
I joined the LP Board because I want community, business and government leaders who are informed, inspired and collaborative to work together respectfully and effectively to find solutions for our community issues--and I wanted to help LP do that for the Pasadena area. After several months, I took the 8-month course and was so amazed at what I learned--about my own leadership challenges and about the Pasadena, the good, bad and in between. Pasadena is truly a unique city with remarkable intellectual, cultural and financial wealth yet social problems still impact many in our city. But now I know the community leaders personally and I know the issues to focus on and I am so much better equipped to do my part to make Pasadena a better city for everyone. And my life is so much richer with the new friends I've made in LP and in the community and how much more engaged I am in this great city.
I graduated from LP in 202 and it was the best investment I made both personally and professionally. Engaging with other leaders over an 8 month period -- most of whom I wouldn't have interacted with otherwise -- was invaluable. Really expanded my perspective about the community, beyond my imagination. The project aspect of the program provided a way to immediately apply our learning, while making a significant contribution to the community. I would highly recommend LP for anyone looking to take their leadership to the next level!
Leadership Pasadena was a great experience for me. I had just moved from over 2,000 miles away to take a job in Pasadena and didn't know very many people. There has not been a single more important thing that I have done to grow personally and professionally than this program. Highly recommend it to anyone that wants to grow and learn more about their community.