Leadership Redondo has been an active program of the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce since the year 2000. It was initiated by Marna Smeltzer, John Parsons and Dawn Wendl, based on other programs in the United States designed to develop knowledgeable community leaders.
A steering committee of past participants serves as an advisory group. Classes meet from January through November at various sites in the community, for one full day each month. In the year following the class sessions, the group continues to meet on its own to develop and implement a project of its choice.
Program Attendance and Requirements
To graduate from Leadership Redondo Beach, participants are expected to attend all sessions. Participants who miss more than two sessions will be dropped from the program without a refund of tuition. The Orientation and Retreat are mandatory.
Tuition for 2022 Class will be $950. Class sessions are typically held on the 2nd Friday of each month, and most will be virtual. A graduation ceremony is planned by each class to coincide with the completion of the class project.
Orientation and introduction to Leadership Program & Activities
Local history and discussion of past community projects
Redondo Beach Historical Museum, Morrell House, Veterans Park,
Historic Library, Walking Pier Tour
Build a city exercise, here from Economic Development Agencies and learn about assistance programs
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Meet Public Safety Personnel and learn how the how public safety agencies operate Redondo Beach Civic Center, Police Station, Fire Station 1 and Performing Arts Center Tours
Presentation and discussion with School Board and District officials, tour sites in Redondo Beach Unified School District (RBUSD)
Interrelationship between City and County Government, Culture and Regional Transportation
Downtown- Los Angeles County Building, Disney Concert Hall, and Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) Tours
Leadership Class Overnight Retreat
Leadership Training & Personal Development with team exercises
King Harbor; Projects, Policy & Vision, Tour clubs, Community Project Planning, Boat tour (if possible)
King Harbor- R.B. Yacht Club, King Harbor Yacht Club, Harbor Cruise
Meet City leaders and learn how the City operates City Hall
Water & Environment
Water, Energy & Environmental Issues and Education
West Basin Municipal Water District Desalination Demonstration Facility, The SeaLab, AES Power Plant