By Hayley Hart / Staff Writer
Twitter: @hayleylhart

The 8th Annual Beverly O’Neill Student Leadership Conference is planned Friday, Oct. 30, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on the LAC in T1100.

The conference is free for LBCC students and provides them with an opportunity to learn and develop his or her skills in leadership and professional and career techniques.

The conference is an exceptional place to build a network of support with other students, employees, and professionals from the surrounding communities, and LBCC administrators. Student quotes were taken anonymously at prior conferences. The student said, “I met so many people who have the same goals as I do and are driven.”

Students can explore various branches in leadership and a variety of cultural, career and wellness matters. A previous participant said they were able to “find a possible new mentor and I’m very excited about it.”

The site mentions that students can also learn several strategies for educational success and for success in life. One student from another conference said, “It helped me get out of my comfort zone.”

The conference, according to the web site, wants to help students become inspired, gain empowerment and be encouraged by giving the students a place to learn, to see his or her strengths and to think about their educational goals.

Beverly O’Neill is a former Long Beach mayor and former president of LBCC. O’Neill’s time as mayor spanned three terms from 1994 to 2006. O’Neill was not only the LBCC president for five years and worked at LBCC for a total of 31 years she also earned an associates degree at the college according to the American Association of Community Colleges.

O’Neill is also being honored by having the International City Theatre renamed as Beverly O’Neill Theatre. Even though it goes against city policies to name a site after a living person, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

LBCC students who attend the free conference receive a free continental breakfast, lunch and have a chance to win giveaways. Another free item for those who stay the entire conference is a professional zippered padfolio.

Viking Volunteer hours are available for the conference. Students may register online at
Questions may be directed to Maya Cardenas (562) 938 – 4226 or (562) 938 -4978 or emailed to