6th Annual Leadership Conference

Calling All Trailblazers: Celebrating Firsts

April 26, 2024 | 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM | Long Beach City College 

Conference Information


The Men of Color Leadership Conference organizers are a group of men of color (faculty/staff/administrators) from Santa Monica College, El Camino College, Long Beach City College, LA Harbor College, Compton College and many other community colleges. The goal of the event is to ignite a collaborative spirit between students who are men of color from various college campuses and leaders who have access to social capital and have the ability to support them.  Through the conference, students are exposed to various types of resources to support their academic, personal, and professional success.


Join us at the Bob & Barbara Ellis Auditorium for the 6th Annual Men of Color Leadership Conference. This in-person gathering is all about celebrating and empowering men of color from all walks of life.


With inspiring keynote speakers, engaging workshops, and networking opportunities, this conference is designed to help you unlock your full potential. Discover new strategies for your success, learn from professionals, and connect with like-minded individuals who are passionate about making a difference.


The 6th Annual Men of Color Conference will take place at Long Beach City College on Friday, April 26, 2024 from 8 am to 3 pm. 

Keynote speaker: Rex Richardson


Rex Richardson is a husband, father, and the 29th Mayor of Long Beach. Mayor Richardson’s history in Long Beach is grounded in empowering communities to have a seat at the table.

Mayor Richardson has a distinguished record of public service. Richardson’s electoral history includes serving as a Long Beach City Councilmember from 2014–2022, representing the Ninth District. He served two terms as Vice Mayor and is known as both the youngest Councilmember and Vice Mayor in the city’s history. He also broke barriers as the first African American mayor of Long Beach. 

His track record of pursuing positive change for his community has left an indelible mark on the city. He has continually worked alongside neighborhood leaders to bring vital public safety, economic, and community investments to Long Beach. 

Since taking office, Mayor Richardson has been at the forefront of addressing the most pressing challenges facing Long Beach through his “Opportunity Beach” Agenda, which focused on key priorities such as homelessness, economic recovery, public safety, youth development, and environmental sustainability.


Mayor Richardson and his wife, Dr. Nina Richardson, are proudly raising their two young daughters, Alina and Mila, in the North Long Beach community. He understands the work and determination it takes for families and communities to climb into the middle class. He believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to thrive, no matter their circumstance.

Conference Flyer

6th Annual Men of Color Conference_2024.pdf

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For questions regarding the conference, please email Conference Chair Jose Gutierrez at jgutierrez@lbcc.edu