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70 Community Leaders gather to advance “the 101 Corridor”

Seventy civic and community leaders from Ventura and Los Angeles Counties met at Sherwood Country Club on Friday, September 8, 2006 for what was billed as “The Inaugural 101 Leaders Summit” for non-profit and charity leaders.

This event springs from The 101 Leaders Institute, an entity created by Jim Cathcart, author and professional speaker from Thousand Oaks in 2003, to advance the quality of life within the region from Calabasas through Ventura along Highway 101. “These twelve communities contain over half a million people and enjoy one of the highest quality of life ratings in the nation,” according to Cathcart. He says that, “In order to sustain and enhance our region we must value the leaders we now have and train many more to take their place.” That is the purpose of the “Alliance.”

Professional fund raiser and business coach Jeff Tanenbaum of Westlake Village joins Mr. Cathcart in this venture. Together they are connecting the providers and the leaders in order to reach out to others aspiring to lead. They have reached out to the universities, civic groups, consultants, businesses and government offices to provide needed resources.

The eleven faculty who presented at this Summit were:

Sheriff Bob Brooks
Ventura County Sheriff

Jim Cathcart
Professional speaker & author
Founder of 101 Leaders Institute

Marty de los Cobos,
VP for University Advancement,
California State University Channel Islands

Art Hobba
President of Principle Based Enterprises,
Organizational Development Specialists

Mark Lefko
President of Lefko Group
Specialists in Off-site Corporate Retreats

Linda Livingstone,
Dean, Graziadio School of Business & Management,
Pepperdine University

Charles Maxey
Dean, School of Business
California Lutheran University

Hugh Ralston
President, Ventura County Community Foundation

Charles Schultz
President of Crescendo Interactive,
Total Planned-Giving Solutions

Jeff Tanenbaum
Professional Fund Raiser & Business Coach
Partner in 101 Leaders Summit

The topics presented included:

  • The Need for People Who Can Lead
  • How to Generate Revenue
  • Grow Support and Build Leaders
  • How to Lead Off Site Leader Retreats
  • eMarketing for Planned Giving
  • Fund Raising and Auction Strategies
  • Best Practices Forum
  • Round Table Discussions for all attendees
  • Developing and Nurturing Leadership Talent
  • Now is the Time, This is the Place, You Are the One!

The luncheon panel included:
three educators from Pepperdine, California Lutheran and Cal State Channel Islands, plus the head of the Ventura County Community Foundation and the Ventura County Sheriff. Each offered their perspective on the current and future need for the development of leadership skills and resources. All agreed the need is strong now and will become even greater.

Attendee Comments
The following comments were made by attendees during a casual focus group following the event:
“It was impressive that NBC news sent a video crew to cover the event.”
“The event maintained a good pace and was high energy.”
“I was excited at the magnitude of the content.”
“There was a good mix of head & heart.”
“Presentations stayed focused and high level.”
“The panelists were fabulous.”
“I discovered what great resources exist in our community.”
“Good practical sharing and exchanging of ideas.”
“Great venue and flow of activities.”
“Good networking opportunity.”
“I need a bigger hat for all the new information in my head.”
“The gifts, books, and CDs we received all day made it even more fun.”
“The event ended exactly on time. How did you do that?”
“Everyone got a chance to participate and you listened to our input.”
“The food was delicious!”
“I want to help, when is the next one?”

Attendees included people from the following organizations:
805 Living Magazine
A.G. Edwards
Alliance for the Arts
American Heart Association
Biola University
Boys & Girls Clubs of Conejo & Las Virgenes
Cal State Univ. Channel Islands
California Lutheran University
Casa Pacifica
Cathcart Institute, Inc.
Christian Foundation of the West
Conejo Las Virgenes Future Foundation
Crescendo Interactive
Cupid’s Coach
Frumi & Associates
Go Be Do Productions
Herzog Wine Cellars
Hoefflin Law
Infinite Strategies Coaching
Interface Children & Family Services
Kruse Design Services
Lefko Group – Facilitators
New West Symphony
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Patrons Association of LA VC
Principle Based Enterprises
Rotary Club – Conejo Valley Centennial
Senior Concerns
Simi Valley Buick
Sonic Ventures
Stirling Behavioral Health Institute
Structure Development, LLC
The Ackert Advisory
The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance
United Way Ventura County
Ventura County Community Foundation
Ventura County Sheriff’s Department

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