Professional Development

The Southern California Local Government Leadership Academy

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This program facilitates the training of future city leaders through cost-effective instruction from experts in the field of city management. Preparing the next generation of leaders to successfully transition into senior executive positions, this program focuses on leadership skills and managerial effectiveness through the development of effective communication, strategic thinking and innovative ways to negotiate and foster collaboration within local government.

Schedule Details

  • Leadership with a New Perspective (Monday, Feb 26 & Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024)

  • Ethical Leadership and Innovation in Public Service (Tuesday, March 26th, 2024)

  • Strategic Thinking, Decision Making, and Leadership Impact (Monday, April 22nd, 2024)

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Engagement (Tuesday, May 14th, 2024)

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Leadership with a New Perspective

This seminar examines the challenges and rewards of a leader's role and discovers the intrinsic drives of a leader. High-trust teams are built on relationship intelligence; in this seminar, participants learn how to be effective leaders through a deep dive into understanding how their leadership strengths, weaknesses, and motivations affect their communication and relationship-building capacity in the organization.

Ethical Leadership and Innovation in Public Service

This seminar provides an opportunity to discuss essential aspects of leadership ethics and innovation in the public service sector. Participants review and discuss their personal and professional ethical standards, learn to understand the role of ethics in leading employees and organizations and learn how to harness creativity and innovation to improve organizational efficiency.

Strategic Thinking, Decision Making, and Leadership Impact

This seminar explores various leadership styles and demystifies key factors in successful leadership. Participants learn practical skills on how to solve problems through effective communication, strategic thinking, and decision-making. Participants also develop abilities in creating peak-performance teams, inspiring organizational change, and cultivating a culture of growth.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Engagement

This seminar provides leaders with the necessary tools to effectively build, coach, and maintain a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. Participants will learn how to define diversity, understand its various forms, and analyze the demographic changes taking place in today's workforce. The seminar also guides participants in recognizing and managing unintentional and unconscious biases and adopting best practices for mitigation.

Current leaders in the government sector who have the vision of implementing positive changes through capacity building and supporting organizational transformation through innovation and excellence. 

  • Network with existing senior level employees 
  • Taught by senior level leaders in government positions 
  • Meet and collaborate with counterparts 
  • Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of communication and management 
  • Learn strategic thinking strategies and decision making 
  • Improve negotiation skills 
  • Rejuvenate innovative motivation for process improvement and human resource management

John Gillison

John Gillison has been the City Manager of Rancho Cucamonga for more than twelve years. Prior to his current position, he was the Assistant City Manager and Deputy City Manager for Rancho Cucamonga. John also previously served as the City Manager for the City of Sierra Madre. During his over 30 years of public service, he has served in various leadership roles in five agencies across Los Angeles and San Bernardino County. John holds a bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in criminal justice and a master's degree in public administration from California State University Fullerton. As a licensed California attorney, John is a certified trainer in sexual harassment prevention as well as a Core Strengths SDI facilitator for improved communication for individuals and teams.

Richard Belmudez

Richard Belmudez has over 30 years of urban planning experience serving in both private-sector land development and local government. Prior to his lectureship in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Cal Poly Pomona, Richard served as Perris City Manager for over 14 years, where he led the organization through a population growth of nearly 50%. During his tenure at Perris, he championed the revitalization efforts of the City’s historic downtown district, completed an aggressive Capital Improvement Plan, and enhanced civic engagement through the “Live Well Perris” wellness program and Centennial celebrations. Richard’s interests include public policy, economic development, and historic preservation.

Zoot Velasco

Zoot Velasco currently serves as the executive director at Friends of Fullerton College Foundation. He is also an author, researcher, TEDx conference producer, and a registered historical scholar with the California Humanities Council. In his 30 years of community work, Zoot led countless projects, including building four new art centers for the City of LA, a Boys & Girls Club in Harbor City, and a Theatre for the City of Long Beach. Zoot is a past president of the Rotary Club of Fullerton, and he last served as director of the Gianneschi Center for Nonprofit Research at California State University Fullerton’s College of Business and Economics, where he created the successful Gianneschi Fellowship for Social Impact Leadership and the G3X Conference. Zoot holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College of California, an MBA in nonprofit management from Hope International University, and professional designations in leadership, fundraising, arts education curricula design, management, and conflict resolution.

Sharonda Bishop

Sharonda Bishop is the founder and owner of Bishop Consulting, a human resources and training company serving Orange County and Inland Empire. An active member of her community, Sharonda is on the board of directors of Inland Valley Hope Partners, an organization that serves over 18,000 meals annually in the Inland Empire via seven food pantries. Sharonda possesses over 20 years of human resources, payroll, and training experience, working with employees and managers on a one-on-one level, honing their communication, teamwork, and leadership skills. She is a lecturer at Cal Poly Pomona and provides exceptional educational and training programs. She graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant Management, holds a master’s degree in human resource design from Claremont Graduate University, and obtained her doctoral degree in business administration from DePaul University.


The current course schedule which includes class meeting times, locations and design is subject to change without notice or obligation. The University does not guarantee the availability of a particular course or section, and reserves the right to cancel due to insufficient enrollment.

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