Wednesday, September 17th

Orientation (Creative Arts Center)

Reception (Burbank Historical Society)

#1 Friday, October 3rd

Principles of Leadership (Woodbury University)

Session Overview: Discussion of current issues and practices of leadership in various sectors – public, private and non-profit. Focus on leadership requirements and opportunities in a community setting, and application of leadership concepts to personal growth and development.


#2 Friday/Sat., October 31st & November 1st

SIMSOC (First Presbyterian Church)

Session Overview: A day and a half immersion in a simulated experience to explore social structures, relationships, leadership, group dynamics and decision-making.

#3 Friday, November 14th

Dynamics of Community / Sustainability (includes city tour)

Session Overview: Understanding of a community as a dynamic system and its tangible and intangible manifestations. Development of a vision of a thriving community, and identification of related issues and challenges. Overview of the history, structure and operations of the City of Burbank. Tour of City assets led by Assistant City Manager Mike Flad. Thought leader panel on the City’s commitment to sustainability and adoption and implementation of the Urban Accords.

Class Project: Using specific criteria, consider possible class projects that will leave a lasting legacy to the Burbank community. Project selection process to be completed by January. Class project to be completed and presented during class graduation in May.

#4 Friday, December 12th

Non-Profit Sector (Providence St. Joseph Medical Center / Family Service Agency) Note: Includes Board Training Session

Session Overview: Discussion of the issues, challenges, roles and responsibilities within the non-profit community. Concentrated focus on understanding the requirements to lead in this environment, and available opportunities. Experience the leadership role through a simulated Board orientation.

#5 Friday, January 9th

Economic Viability (Community Development / Airport) Note: Includes Business Sector section and Project work

Session Overview: Case studies illuminate the issues, challenges, and variety of interests required to ensure the economic viability and capacity of the City to meet the needs of its constituents. A focus on the business sector in Burbank to gain an understanding of the perspectives and needs of small and big business, and potential collaborations between business, non-profit and civic components in the community.

Class Project: Final selection of class project and initiation of work plan.

#6 Saturday, January 31st


Session Overview: A creative, high energy environment in which class members will reflect upon what they have observed during the first half of the course, explore a variety of critical thinking techniques, practice leadership skills, and further progress on the class project.

#7 Friday, February 20th


Session Overview: Exploration of the community’s responsibility to lifelong learning for its constituents. Interaction with educators and administrators to better gain insight into the issues, from tightening resources, diversity and the challenges in preparing students to be productive citizens. Identification of community resources for adult education and continued enrichment.

#8 Friday, March 13th


Session Overview: Understanding of today’s complex environmental issues – water quality, energy production, waste management, reducing the carbon footprint, etc. – through facility tours, issue debates and insight from forward looking City experts. What is required to preserve the environment, safeguard natural resources, and maintain and enhance surroundings that add to the quality of life in the City.

#9 Friday, April 17th

Infrastructure / Urban Accords

Session Overview: Exploration of what it takes to move people and facilitate commerce in the City and throughout the Region in a safe, efficient manner – while maintaining environmental health, sound urban design and adherence to the Urban Accords. Understanding of the positive impact infrastructure can have on economic viability and the quality of life in the community.

#10 Friday, May 8th

Social Justice & Tolerance / Spirituality

Session Overview: Assessment of the City’s safety net and adequacy of available resources for special needs populations, including seniors, the disabled, latch key teens, etc. A focus on how to ensure an environment that fosters harmony, acceptance and appreciation for diversity within the City, and provides for the spiritual needs of all individuals.

Wednesday, May 27th


A celebration of the class experience and a presentation of the 2008-2009 Leadership Burbank class project.