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7:00 PM

Overcoming Adversity: The Power of Positivity

Beverly O'Neill '52, '56, Former Mayor of Long Beach
Harry Saltzgaver, Executive Editor/Associate Publisher, Gazette Newspapers

Beverly O’Neill, three-term Mayor of Long Beach, former Superintendent-President of Long Beach City College and CSULB Distinguished Alumna for 1984 and current Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership Faculty Fellow, will speak about her style of facilitative leadership.  She’ll explain how effective it is to bring people onboard for a team effort rather than try to lead alone.

Harry Saltzgaver will discuss how Passionately Positive: The Beverly O’Neill Story chronicles the creation of perhaps the most influential leader Long Beach has seen in the last 50 years. The book traces the maturation of the young Beverly Lewis through experiences with Alcoholics Anonymous that allowed her to face difficult challenges with a positive, can-do approach and convince others to do the same.

Join us at 6:30pm for refreshments hosted by the Alumni Association.

Beverly O'Neill
Beverly O’Neill '52, '56
Former Mayor of Long Beach

The College of Business Administration at California State University, Long Beach launches its fall Notable Speaker Series Thursday, September 16, 2010, with Beverly O’Neill , former Mayor of Long Beach, speaking on “Overcoming Adversity: The Power of Positivity”. Award winning journalist Harry Saltsgaver will interview O’Neill and copies of his recent political biography “The Beverly O'Neill Story: Leadership Through Inspiration” will be available for sale at the event.

Mayor Beverly O'Neill was Long Beach’s only three-term, citywide elected Mayor. Initially elected in 1994, she was re-elected in 1998 with almost 80% of the vote, and was re-elected to a third term as a write-in candidate—the nation’s only large city Mayor to accomplish such an historic feat. Long Beach is California’s 5th largest city and the 32nd largest in the nation. Mayor O’Neill was a major force in changing the Long Beach economy into a diversified mix of international trade, tourism, emerging technologies, and expanding retail.

Mayor O’Neill has won national and international acclaim for her ability to bring varied constituencies of the city together to build an economically and culturally vibrant city. She has fought to bring the issues affecting the people of Long Beach to decision-makers in Washington, D.C. and the State Capitol. Some of the major issues she will be addressing during her third-term include transportation, neighborhoods, public safety, clean water and beaches and building pride in what has been identified as one of the nation’s most diverse major cities.

As a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mayor O’Neill chaired the standing committee on Jobs, Education and Workforce for four years. She led efforts to focus attention on the issue of the nation’s skill gap and co-hosted Mayor’s Skills Summits in New Orleans, Long Beach, Boston and Kansas City. In June 2001, she was recognized for her efforts with election as a Trustee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. This followed her election to the organization’s Advisory Board in 1999. In June 2005, Mayor O’Neill was elected President of the organization.

Starting in 2001, the Mayor served one term as President of the League of California Cities.

A product of the Long Beach public school system, starting with the Long Beach Day Nursery up to her graduation from California State University, Long Beach. Dr. O’Neill pursued her post-graduate studies at the University of Vienna, and received her doctorate from the University of Southern California. Prior to becoming mayor, Dr. O’Neill spent a 31-year career at Long Beach City College beginning as a music instructor and women’s advisor. In the succeeding years she advanced to Campus Dean, Dean of Student Affairs, Vice President of Student Services and spent her last five years as Superintendent-President.

Numerous organizations have honored Beverly O’Neill for her devotion to the city, education and youth. Among them are the 1999 EDDY Award given by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, the 1999 Leadership Long Beach Excellence in Leadership Award, Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen of the Year (1997), California 54th Assembly District Woman of the Year (1995), the National Conference of Christian and Jews Humanitarian Award (1991), YMCA Woman of Excellence (1990), and many others.

Harry Saltzgaver
Harry Saltzgaver
Executive Editor/Associate Publisher
Gazette Newspapers

Harry Saltzgaver has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for 19 years, and has been associate publisher for the company for 18 of those years.

He has been in the newspaper business for more than 30 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California as a reporter, photographer and editor, winning several state and national awards for both writing and photography. His signature piece is the column “A Pinch of Salt,” which appears in both the Grunion Gazette and Downtown Gazette.

“Passionately Positive: The Beverly O’Neill Story” is his first book.

He has a BA in English Literature, with minors in Philosophy and Biology, from a small state college in Colorado. His only journalism classes have been in the newsroom.

In addition to his work on the paper, Saltzgaver currently is a member of the Long Beach Parks and Recreation Commission, where he has served as a commissioner for more than eight years, including two as a president. He also is a chief financial officer for the nonprofit foundation Hearts for Long Beach, and a board member of Goodwill Industries of Greater Long Beach, the Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach and Precious Lamb Preschool, which serves homeless families.

His past public service includes stints as president of the Public Corporation for the Arts board for more than two years and chair of the Community Arts Funding Task Force convened by Mayor Beverly O’Neill and City Manager Jerry Miller. He also served on the Government Reform Task Force through an appointment by Ninth District Councilman Val Lerch.

Saltzgaver is married, and he and his wife have five grown children, a cat and two dogs between them.

Location Details:
College of Business Administration
California State University, Long Beach
Room CBA 139A
1250 Bellflower Blvd., MS - 8501
Long Beach, California 90840-8306

Visitors to the campus must purchase a parking permit at a yellow kiosk for $5.00.

There is a yellow kiosk located in Lot 15 adjacent to the CBA building.

Please park in the multistory parking structure adjacent to the College of Business Administration building on Merriam Way. Campus Map.

NOTE: After purchasing your permit, you may park in the spaces marked "Employees Only" in Lot 15 after 6:00 p.m.

Questions? Contact Sweta Mohandos, Notable Speaker Series Coordinator, smohando@csulb.edu or Alexandra Jordan ajordan3@csulb.edu