Cheers West Edition


The Hart Leadership Center Foundation held its inaugural Los Angeles Black Business Leaders Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Huntington Library in San Marino.

The nine black businesses inducted as the inaugural class included: Pat Watts of FCI Management winning the Excellence in Community and Philanthropy Award; Earl “Skip” Cooper and the Black Business Association and Harold & Belle’s Restaurant winning the Perseverance and Sustainability Awards; Marva Battle Bey and Andrea Jackson of the Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation winning the Biddy Mason Business of the Year Award; Karen Slade of KJLH Radio winning the Entertainment, Innovation and Technology Award; the Baron Jay Littleton Foundation, Salena Collins of Clear Gardens Yoga and Todd Hawkins of the Todd Group winning Entrepreneurial Rising Star Awards; and Yvette Chappel Ingram of the African American Board Leadership Institute winning the Ruby Bridges Pioneer in Education Award.

More than 300 people attended the gala presented by City National Bank. It was highlighted by a fireside chat with Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments and chairman of DreamWorks Animation.

Abiodun Osanyinpeju
Abiodun Osanyinpeju

Abiodun Osanyinpeju, has been hired as the new dean of student learning at El Camino College Compton Center. As dean of student learning, some of Osanyinpeju’s main duties will be to provide the leadership to deliver an integrated instructional program that includes basic skills, academic and occupational education, transfer courses and meets the diverse needs of the students and community; administer, supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned academic and support personnel.

Osanyinpeju has been serving the Compton Community College district since 2003, and prior to that he worked as a biology teacher at Inglewood High School and as an instructor at the University of Agriculture in Abeokuta, Nigeria.

Compiled by Marissa Wells.

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