The long standing slogan of the association has been "Business is our Business". The Executives Association of Long Beach (EALB) was founded in 1922. It is an association of Long Beach business executives, each of whom represents his or her respective firm at the management level.
The Long Beach Executives Association is a member of the International Executives Association, a worldwide group of similar associations. It is not a service club, a social group or fraternal order. The EALB is a networking group for business owners and high level executives. It has but one unique objective: to capture the natural bond of common interest which exists between business executives and by regular weekly meetings, develop and enjoy a brand of fellowship conducive to the creation of additional and profitable business for all its members.
It does not require its members to patronize each other, but it does provide opportunities for each member to promote their products or services and it can open doors that otherwise are closed to desired business. Members of the EALB often consider the association as an extension of their own business or profession.
On Monday, January 7th the Executives Association of Long Beach met for their weekly networking luncheon to hear from Cindy Skovgard of Pathways Volunteer Hospice.
Pathways Volunteer Hospice (Pathways), a community-based volunteer model hospice, began as a community outreach program in 1985, developed by Lakewood Regional Medical Center. Our mission is "to provide compassionate care to families living with illness and loss," and is achieved by three core programs: volunteer caregiving for the frail-elderly and chronically ill, hospice care for patients and their families struggling with a life-limiting illness, and bereavement counseling and support for children, adults and families in grief.
For over 33 years, Pathways has served numerous cities including Lakewood, Long Beach, Cerritos, Bellflower, Paramount, Artesia, Downey, Cypress, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Carson, and Hawaiian Gardens, as well as West Orange County. The Interfaith Volunteer Caregiving Program has expanded to encompass a new population – the older adult residents of Leisure World Seal Beach and it is now the Pathways Care Navigation Program (CNP).
Cindy Skovgard has been involved in community relations, fundraising and non-profit management for over 38 years. Her depth of experience has helped Pathways gain its reputation in the community as the organization people turn to for hospice, caregiving services and bereavement support. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development from California State University Long Beach, with an emphasis in behavior modification. In her professional positions she has served as Executive Director for the Greater Long Beach, Mission Valley and Fullerton YMCA’s, Assistant Director of Development for St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, and a Public Relations Consultant for KBE. For over 23 years, Cindy has been at the helm of Pathways coordinating community outreach efforts, special events, volunteer training, grant writing, a speaker’s bureau and a number of community collaborations.