Lakewood Leadership Academy

Lakewood Leadership Academy logo The purpose of the Lakewood Leadership Academy is to educate and develop effective community leaders to take an active role towards building a stronger Lakewood. 

It's an opportunity for recent college graduates and working professionals to sharpen their communications, team-building and management skills  to advance their careers and become leaders in the Lakewood community.

The 2023 cohort has been selected. The first session was held Monday, Jan. 30, 2023. 

If you have any questions, please email Frank Ontiveros or call 562-866-9771, ext. 2125. 

The Academy is sponsored by the City of Lakewood and the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, with funding from Supervisor Janice Hahn.

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Goals of the program

  • Educate attendees about the depth and breadth of the public agencies and community-based organizations that serve the Lakewood community.
  • Teach attendees how to balance work and personal life demands, develop effective communication skills, build great teams and value the importance of diversity, inclusion and tolerance in their workplaces.
  • Encourage attendees to serve the community in leadership roles.
  • Expand and enhance networking and relationships.

Program format

Participants meet monthly for nine half-day sessions from 5 to 9 p.m. Dinner will be provided.

Each session will cover a different topic and include a combination of lectures, panel discussions and hands-on activities relevant to that session's topic.

During each session, experts on the topics addressed are invited to share their insights and views.  

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Program Schedule

2023 Schedule

All sessions are held on weekday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. Dates are subject to change with advance notice. Dinner will be provided.

January 30  Getting to know city government and civic engagement 
February 22 Achieving work/life balance
March 22 Developing leadership skills
April 20 Diversity, equity and inclusion
May 31 Effective communications strategies
June 15 Building a collaborative team
July 26 Tour of different businesses and industries in Lakewood
August 10 Getting involved in service clubs
September 14      Summary, wrap-up and evaluation
September 26 Presentation of graduation certificates at City Council meeting


Updated 5/30/2023

Session descriptions

A total of nine evening sessions will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., once a month.

The format for each session includes a combination of lectures, panel discussions, and hands-on activities relevant to that session's topic. 

Experts on that evening's topic are invited to share their insights and views. 

Module 1: Getting to know city government and civic engagement

  • Orientation and overview of the sessions.
  • Introduction of attendees.
  • Functions of city government and how government at different levels work.
  • Importance of civic engagement in the democratic process.
  • Activities and discussion.

Module 2: Achieving work/life balance (quality of life)

  • Address burnout & how it can affect work/life balance.
  • How to create an effective schedule that manages work & life.
  • How to establish boundaries between work and personal life.
  • Activities to do outside of work.
  • Activities and discussion.

Module 3: Developing leadership skills

  • Different types of leadership styles.
  • What leadership style best fits you, your business and employees?
  • How to manage leadership responsibilities (employees, stakeholders, clients, etc.).
  • How to create future leaders in the workplace.
  • How leaders can reward their employees for a better work environment.
  • How leaders can control overall culture within the organization.
  • Activities and discussion.

Module 4: Diversity, equity and inclusion

  • Define terms and give examples.
  • Address cultural competency.
  • Importance of diversity/equity/inclusion/cultural competency in leadership.
  • Community statistics and comparisons of organizations with/without diversity focus. 
  • Development of safe practices and policies for diversity/equity/inclusion in the workplace.
  • Activities and discussion.

Module 5: Effective Communication Strategies

  • Different types of communication styles.
  • Listening as a key factor in communication.
  • Communicating/listening with a specific audience (employees, stakeholders, clients, etc.).
  • Benefits of effective communication and listening.
  • How to respond to different situations through communicating/listening.
  • Activities and discussion.

Module 6: Effective Team Building

  • Team building is an ongoing process.
  • Leaders responsibility for creating teams, providing resources for success, and checking in and listening to needs.
  • Overall benefits of team building.
  • Activities and discussion.

Module 7: Business and industry

  • Leaders share personal stories of their journey and how they reached their current position.
  • Measure of success as a leader.
  • Lessons learned.
  • Dealing with problems.
  • Celebrating/rewarding success.
  • Experience in mitigating issues with COVID-19.
  • Q & A.
  • Discussion.
  • Field trip to various businesses and industries in Lakewood.

Module 8: Getting involved in service clubs

  • Service Club Fair.
  • Civic engagement and participation.
  • Professional development.
  • Volunteer work.
  • Requirements of membership in service clubs.

Module 9: Summary 

  • Bringing together how all successful leaders use the tools and resources explored and discussed in the program. 


A nominal fee of $100 will be due upon acceptance to the program. 

Candidates accepted to the program will receive a confirming email with a link to pay the program fee online. 

Payment is due by Jan. 30, 2023.