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
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 http://www.leadershipnetwork.org.
SOURCE Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce