Beach Women Embark on Prestigious Leadership Journey

CSULB is proud to celebrate much institutional success this Women’s History Month as four of our Beach leaders will embark and participate in the Harvard Kennedy School’s prestigious leadership program, Women and Power.  

Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies Dr. Kerry Johnson, Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Dean of Graduate Studies Dr. Jody Cormack, Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Beth Lesen, and CSULB Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Karyn Scissum Gunn are the four powerhouses venturing into this distinguished core program in the Public Leadership concentration. 

Women and Power is a one-week executive program designed to support women’s advancement into top positions of influence. The program’s curriculum aims to expand participants’ communication, negotiation, and coalition-building abilities. An intensive and highly immersive experience, Women and Power consists of a classroom environment and affords the opportunity to strategize and enhance one’s influence and authority in organizational and political contexts.   

Next month, Dr. Johnson, Dr. Cormack, and Dr. Scissum Gunn will be journeying along Harvard Kennedy School grounds. Dr. Lesen will be traveling to the initiative next spring. Our institution proudly recognizes our leaders’ admission, marking an experience not only impactful to them, but to the entire Beach community as well.  

Additionally, Dr. Scissum Gunn, and Dr. Lesen will make another appearance as panelists alongside CSULB president Dr. Jane Close Conoley at the ACE Women’s Network’s “The Power of Purpose, Passion, and Perseverance" luncheon on Friday, April 21 from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at The Pointe in the Walter Pyramid. The luncheon will champion insight, connections, and inspiration among attendees. The Beach community is invited to engage in fruitful networking and explore our leaders’ passions and pathways to success for a registration fee of only $49.  

To learn more about Women and Power’s core learning objectives, please visit Harvard Kennedy School’s website.  

To register for the luncheon, please visit the event website

Kerry Johnson     Jody Cormack     Beth Lesen | California State University Long Beach     Image of Provost Scissum Gunn