lcc2018gradOn Thursday, May 10, we held the Leadership Contra Costa Class of 2018 graduation ceremonies at Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar in Walnut Creek. It seemed fitting that in the 31st year of the program, 31 class members graduated their class. The graduation ceremony was lead by Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau past chair Linda Rimac Colberg. Attendees heard from our current Board Chair, Tim Argenti, and guest speaker, Elena Bicker, a graduate of the LCC program and Executive Director of Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation. Graduating class participants, Marcia Gerg, Jennifer Stowell and Cindy Rudow shared class members' favorite sessions and thoughts on how they will apply what they have learned. They also took a moment, to thank Nicky Henzie, program administrator, and program leader Marcie Hochhauser on behalf of the whole class. Marcie has been successfully running the program since its inception. Finally the class received their graduation plaques and congratulation certificates from Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, State Senator Steve Glazer, Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, Assemblymember Tim Grayson and Contra Costa County District Supervisors Candace Andersen and Karen Mitchoff.

All thirty-one grads now join the Leadership Contra Costa Alumni Association, with all the benefits and friendships it has to offer. It was a wonderful evening and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our graduates who have been on an enlightening learning journey since the classes began in October. Congratulations! To view more photos from the graduation ceremony, visit our Facebook page.

Leadership Contra CostaSM is a comprehensive eight-month program designed to identify and prepare potential leaders who want to make a difference in the communities in which they live and work. To find out more about the program or to apply for the 32nd year, click here.