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Clarissa Kusel


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Jimmy Dutra - My Political Leadership Journey

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 12, 2021 8:44:05 AM / by Clarissa Kusel posted in Transformation, Inclusiveness, governance, Leadership Development, Leadership Styles, Leadership Journey, Leadership Skills, Political Leadership, Mission Driven, Purpose Leadership

Mayor Jimmy Dutra shares his political leadership journey that led him to become the first openly gay mayor for the City of Watsonville, California.

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Justin Bardin - Connecting to the Greater Vision

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 17, 2020 9:01:33 AM / by Clarissa Kusel posted in Innovative Leadership, Leadership Development, Leadership Styles, Leadership Journey, Leadership Skills, Mission Driven, Purpose Leadership, Renewable Energy

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Servant Leadership: Parole Agent III Martin Figueroa

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 24, 2020 12:31:11 PM / by Clarissa Kusel posted in Innovative Leadership, inequality, Leadership Development, Leadership Styles, Leadership Journey, Leadership Skills, Change Leadership, Servant Leadership

Meet Parole Agent III Martin Figueroa, who prefers to go by Fig. Fig is a current EML student and has dedicated his career to servant leadership. Fig aided in the implementation of the first Peer Reentry Navigation Network (PRNN) in the state of California, a program to help long-term inmates and lifers navigate the challenges of re-entering society.


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Leadership in the Time of COVID-19: Randal Collins, Ed.D., Emergency Manager (City of El Segundo) and President of All-Hazards Incident Management Teams Association

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 25, 2020 2:31:47 PM / by Clarissa Kusel posted in Risk Management, leadership, infrastructure, Leadership Development, Leadership Journey, Leadership Skills

I started with the City of El Segundo in 2017, just six months after completing EML. The City of El Segundo maintains an All-Hazards Incident Management Team. We are arguably the smallest jurisdiction in the country to have such a team. Without EML, I do not believe I would have had the leadership skills to influence the city leadership to commit the time and resources necessary to build such a team. It is pretty amazing that the preparedness of El Segundo is intrinsically tied to the success of the EML program.

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How EML Impacted My Career: USC Department of Public Safety Assistant Chief, Alma Burke

[fa icon="calendar'] May 7, 2020 12:51:13 PM / by Clarissa Kusel posted in Leadership Journey

I was sitting at my computer at work when I saw an advertisement for the Executive Masters of Leadership program (EML) at USC. I had recently told my husband that I wanted to go back to school when I saw it. Education has always re-energized me and I was in a place in my career where I was looking for more.

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