Southern California Leadership Network Honors Community Leaders for Outstanding Achievement

Southern California Visionaries Luncheon Recognizes Former California

Governor George Deukmejian, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Thomas

Priselac, Shelley Freeman and Karen Baker

Dec 04, 2007, 00:00 ET from Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Southern California Leadership
 Network (SCLN) today honored five distinguished community leaders at its
 annual Southern California Visionaries luncheon, the pinnacle community
 leadership event in the region.
     SCLN presents awards to individuals in the Southern California region
 who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in civic leadership, and
 celebrates those whose vision has inspired action, collaboration and
 positive community outcomes.
     "Outstanding leadership takes many forms, as is seen by the wide range
 of experience reflected in our honorees today," said Los Angeles Area
 Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Gary Toebben. "Whether exhibited from
 elected office, corporate America or the world of nonprofit management,
 good leadership is visionary, and is vital to affecting positive change."
     Former California Governor George Deukmejian received the Lifetime
 Achievement award recognizing the countless ways in which he has affected
 change in California. After serving with the U.S. Army in Paris, Deukmejian
 established a law practice in Southern California, and eventually served as
 State Assemblyman, State Senator, and Attorney General prior to assuming
 the office of Governor. As a legislator, he sponsored the "use a gun, go to
 jail" law. During his eight-year term as Governor of California, Deukmejian
 appointed 1,000 judges, and by the time he left office, he had appointed
 the majority of California State Supreme Court Justices then serving on the
     Thomas Priselac, President & CEO, Cedars-Sinai Health System, received
 the Southern California Leader of the Year award in recognition of an
 individual who has provided inspirational and visionary community
 leadership in Southern California.
     Thomas Priselac has been associated with Cedars-Sinai since 1979,
 having served as executive vice president prior to being named president
 and CEO. Priselac currently serves on the board of directors of the
 American Hospital Association, Voluntary Hospitals of America, Inc. and the
 Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
     The Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard, Congressmember, U.S. House of
 Representatives, received the Elected Leader of the Year award in
 recognition of an individual who has provided outstanding leadership in the
 public sector. Known as a political pioneer, Congresswoman Roybal-Allard
 became the first Mexican-American woman elected to Congress in 1992, the
 first female chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in 1999 and 2000,
 and then again made history in 1999 by becoming the first Latina in U.S.
 history appointed to the House Appropriations Committee, one of the most
 powerful committees in Congress. The congresswoman currently serves on
 three subcommittees: the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education
 Subcommittee; the Homeland Security Subcommittee; and the Transportation
     Shelley Freeman, Regional President, Wells Fargo, received the
 Excellence in Civic Leadership award recognizing outstanding civic
 leadership and public service that is a model of creativity, integrity and
 effectiveness. Freeman joined Wells Fargo in 1996 as director of private
 banking and brokerage administration to combine the financial consultant
 sales force with private banking. The next year she was named to head
 Private Client Services' marketing, product development and management,
 training, sales information and strategy, technology, and compliance.
 Before Wells Fargo, Freeman served as marketing director and head of high
 net-worth services at Lehman Brothers.
     Karen Baker, Executive Director, CaliforniaVolunteers, received the
 Graduate of the Year award, which recognizes Leadership L.A. or Leadership
 Southern California graduates who epitomize excellence and achievement in
 community leadership. Baker is a graduate of the Leadership Southern
 California Class I in 1991. In January of 2006, she was appointed by
 Governor Schwarzenegger to serve as the executive director of
 CaliforniaVolunteers, a state agency charged with increasing volunteerism
 throughout California. Baker brings to the agency 20 years of innovative
 leadership in all facets of the service and volunteerism sector, including
 local and national nonprofits and federal agencies. She served as the
 managing partner for Valley Vision, director of innovation at Share Our
 Strength, as well as serving in positions at the Corporation for National
 Service, AmeriCorpsVISTA and Chrysalis.
     "The Southern California Visionaries awards luncheon allows us all to
 take a step back and acknowledge the tremendous accomplishment among us,"
 said SCLN Board Chair Tony Buzzelli, vice chairman and regional managing
 partner, Pacific Southwest, Deloitte. "It is precisely by looking through
 the lens of such outstanding leaders, that we all become better leaders in
 our own endeavors."
     The Southern California Leadership Network, in partnership with the Los
 Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, is the region's premier provider of
 leadership training. SCLN's two programs, Leadership L.A. and Leadership
 Southern California, have already equipped more than 900 civic-minded
 thinkers with the community and regional collaboration skills necessary to
 address quality of life issues including traffic, water, clean air,
 education and public safety. Combined, they form one of the most diverse
 networks of deeply engaged civic, business and government leaders in
 Southern California.
     The Southern California Leadership Network's mission is to train and
 develop a productive network of exemplary and diverse leaders in the
 business, government and community sectors who are capable of addressing
 the critical challenges facing the Southern California region. For more
 information, visit

SOURCE Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce