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Focusing on the true characteristics of what it means to lead, students from Value Schools were inspired to hone their skills during the three-day, end-of-year Youth Leadership Conference. Thirty-four students, ranging from 7th to 12th grades, gathered on the 51st floor of Boston Consulting Group in downtown Los Angeles.

From this majestic vantage, students came prepared to talk about leadership from every angle. Students read the book Mandela's Way by Richard Stengel about Nelson Mandela's capacity for leadership even through adversity; they were encouraged to develop strategies through the lens of the Five Core Values.

leaders 12Students also learned from some of the most influential leaders in business, local government, education, and social service organizations in Los Angeles. From each leaders' perspective, presentations focused on leading others with a clear mission, whether it be in public office, marketing, journalism or sports. This year's presenters were:

  • Monica Garcia, President of the Los Angeles Unified School District School Board
  • Linda Gunn, CEO of Gunn/Jerkens Marketing Communications Inc.
  • Linda Vasquez, Regional Affairs Director at Campaign for College Opportunity
  • Luis Gonzalez, Los Angeles City Council Staff for District 1 City Councilperson Gil Cedillo
  • Ned Colletti, SportsNet LA Television Analyst for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pepperdine University Professor, and author of The Big Chair: The Smooth Hops and Bad Bounces from the Inside World of the Acclaimed Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager
  • Terry McCarthy, President and CEO of Los Angeles World Affairs Council
  • Jody Foldesy, Partner at The Boston Consulting Group
The conference was a great idea and fantastic learning experience. I will use what i learned today and in the future."
-- Joseph, on his experience of being part of the Value Schools Leadership Conference

During the conference, students developed listening, speaking, thinking and writing skills while working individually and collaboratively. Students grew their presentation skills when sharing their insights with the larger group.

leaders 19When our students completed, they were presented with a special leadership pin. The pin represented each students' challenge: to lead by example and live by the Values.

The pin depicts a compass, symbolizing the journey toward true leadership. The directions on the compass represent the coming together of the four Value Schools. Red represents hopes and dreams. Blue symbolizes the rational mind that makes dreams come true. Green represents the opportunity to provide leadership within the community.

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At Value Schools, we are all working to lead by example and live by the Values. We are grateful to the community leaders and Board Members who gave their time and expertise to our students by participating in this conference!

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950 West Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
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668 South Catalina St.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
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Los Angeles, CA 90004
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