Center for Leadership

The Center for Leadership, together with our community partners, develops visionary ethical leaders and critical thinkers as we inspire positive and transformative changes in our world.

A Community Resource

The Center for Leadership is a unique enterprise providing training, resources and programming to develop and advance the skills and practice of community and civic leaders. It has become a regionally recognized community resource hosting distinguished business and civic leaders and community groups in symposia and conferences focusing on contemporary leadership issues. Working with municipal jurisdictions for over a decade, its flagship certificate program Leadership Burbank, has provided training for community leaders through leadership and supervisory academies that deliver employee enhancement programs for succession preparation.

Creating Leaders

Our programs focus on understanding human behavior, strategic communication, conflict resolution, ethical decision-making and principles of effective leadership. The heart of our educational approach rests on the belief in emotional intelligence and in the capacity of adult learners to engage in creative, analytic and critical thinking approaches for both professional and personal growth. The Center’s programs help both individuals and organizations gain the conceptual skills essential to success at all levels of administration across the public and private sector. The attributes of effective leadership consist of more than simply being put in charge of a project or promoted to an administrative role. Instead, leadership demands effective communication, good decision making, emotional intelligence, critical thinking, sharp conflict and change management, and ethical behavior.


The Center’s academies are typically organized in a series of six four-hour seminars that address leadership and supervision topics. Administrators work with organizations to implement a needs assessment and gap analysis that informs the design of the customized academies in order to meet the individual needs of institutions or municipalities. The goal is to provide managers within area cities with real-life, applicable leadership tools and resources to help them address the complexities and challenges of local government leadership. The customized course defines leadership, provides a framework for discussions, and teaches theoretical, ethical and strategic characteristics of effective leaders. Exercises are grounded in providing an environment that fosters experiential learning and a jumping-off point, with the goal of encouraging ongoing individual leadership development and learning. The classes are interactive, and involve exercises and simulations to underscore the major themes of each session.


  • In2Thinking Network
  • Armenian-American Leadership Conference
  • Women’s Leadership Symposium


  • Leadership Burbank
  • City of Beverly Hills
  • City of Glendale
  • City of Pasadena
  • City of Burbank
  • Boys and Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley

Leadership Advisory Counsel Roster

(In initial formation)

Yazmin K. Beers MOL ’09
Assistant City Manager
City of Glendale
613 E. Broadway, Suite 200
Glendale, CA 91206
Telephone: 818-548-4844

Bill Bellows
Deputy Director
W. Edwards Deming Institute
23951 Via Bocina
Valencia, CA. 91355
Cell: 661-607-7644

Jason A. Earnhardt ’08, MBA ’12, MOL ’13
26211 Chiswick Court
Valencia, CA 91355
Cell: 818-324-1016

Jennifer Fagnani MOL ’14
Brand Marketing,
Providence Health & Services
501 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91505
Cell: 818-391-9172
Work: 818-847-4605
Email: Jennifer.f

Gregory F. “Greg” Fish BOL ’14
Fire Chief
City of Glendale
613 E. Broadway
Glendale, CA 91206
Work: 818-548-4814
Cell: 818-355-8471

Pegi Matsuda MOL’07
Valley Presbyterian Hospital Foundation
15107 Vanowen Street
Van Nuys, CA 91405
Work: 818-902-2997

Naphtali Bryant MOL
216 W. Tujunga Ave. Apt. B
Burbank, CA 91502
Cell: 818- 632-6345
Email: naphtalispeaks

Scott T. Rate MOL ’14
Los Angeles Police Department
2175 Cresta Trail
Acton, CA 93510
Work: 213-486-0384
Cell: 213 792-0327 Email:

Kevin M. Tamaki
Director, External Affairs
2260 E. Imperial Hwy. 9th Floor
El Segundo, CA 90245
Office: 310-964-1221
Cell: 213-618-0435

J. Dallas Dishman, Ph.D
Executive Director
David Geffen Foundation
12011 San Vicente Blvd. Suite 606
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Office: 323-356-9686
Email: iddi

Robert N. Arcos
Deputy Chief,
LAPD Commanding Officer,
Operations-Central Bureau