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The L.E.O. Initiative

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The Leaders & Entrepreneurs of Orange (L.E.O.) Initiative strives to provide professional guidance, educational workshops, and volunteer opportunities to local college students to help them prepare for life after graduation. We also offer many opportunities for professional connections, to boost your resume, and to meet other like-minded students and business owners in Orange. The L.E.O. Initiative is a program made for students by a current student. With help from established professionals from the Orange Chamber of Commerce, local universities, and businesses in the City of Orange, we are excited to welcome students of all ages to join us in this workshop series!

What Sparked the Creation of the L.E.O. Initiative?

"Going through college is a weird experience; you’re legally an adult but you struggling to learn how to make a doctor’s appointment without asking your parents for help. Since turning 18, I have yet to refer to myself as a real adult and prefer to say “partially grown,” which seems like a fitting term for college life. As a partially grown adult, there are a lot of responsibilities affecting my future that I know nothing about. From taxes to any kind of insurance, these things exist out of school and out of some households. As someone who grew up in an immigrant household, tasks like these weren’t always easy for my parents and further limited my options for learning. This leaves me here; soon to be 21 years old and still texting my mom to ask if I qualify as “Single” or “Head of Household” on my W-2. As much as I wish I could push aside dealing with expiring health insurance and 2021 tax fillings, I know that they’ll still be daunting no matter where I go. To my fellow Gen Z’s and anyone who’s just as confused, it’s time to take matters into our own hands!" - Joey Lin (Chapman University, Class of 2023)

From an idea that stemmed from a conversation between Joey and her direct supervisor Connie Chan, the Operations Manager at the Orange Chamber of Commerce, the foundation for the L.E.O. Initiative began to form. Thank you for the help from James Gerrard from Chapman University, Christine Mantyla from South Coast College, and Caroline Fortuno from Santiago Canyon College, our educational partners. 

This workshop program is open to students of all ages!

Student Benefits:

In additional to the educational benefits, completing all three courses will allow you to receive:

Certificate of Completion

Letter of Recommendation

Access to Networking Opportunities


Please click on the course titles below to be directed to their individual registration pages.



Life Skills Track (Fall 2022)

Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace - October 12th, 2022 (2 PM - 4 PM)

Santiago Canyon College - E Building - E-306

Behavioral psychologists have researched the theory that people’s behavior can be roughly classified into four groups. By recognizing your dominant style and developing the ability to identify traits in others, you can use Emotional Intelligence to change your behavior to interact with a wide variety of personalities and tendencies. This workshop will also go over diversity in the workplace. Employees and their leaders encounter a wide range of differences that may cause conflict and reduce productivity. When you manage these differences well, this richness of diversity can create an environment of inclusion that produces strong work teams.

What You’ll Learn

  • Identify their own personality style and how they react under pressure
  • modify their behaviors to better connect with people of different styles
  • influence the attitudes and behaviors of others
  • Understand our conscious and unconscious bias
  • Identify a process to make the most of diversity and inclusion
  • Commit to using proven tools to bridge differences

Presented by:

Oscar Toscano from Dale Carnegie of Orange County 


Financial Literacy - November 3rd, 2022 (2 PM - 4 PM)

South Coast College - Room 205 

During this class we will present a general overview on how to start investing based on your current income and expenses. We will also tie in certain types of debt and strategies to pay off your loans.  We will discuss valuable financial habits that you can start implementing in your life right away. Its never too late to start saving, budgeting, and paying down your debt. However, the best way to accomplish these goals is to have a solid financial plan and to stick to it.


What You’ll Learn:

  1. Cash Flow Management
  2. Good Debt vs. Bad Debt
  3. Investing

Presented by:

Nicole Letarte, Adam Carr, and Hannah Sullivan of Modern Wealth Design


If you have any questions or would like more information, please reach out to