Rich Paul and LeBron James (Courtesy photo)

Education & Leadership Institute (ESP) is pleased to announce that its 2nd Annual BOSS Weekend, including the Showcase of BOSS and the BOSS™ Awards, is set for Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26, 2019, respectively. The Showcase, for 200-300 area students and 20-30 business, education and sport industry professionals, will involve a day of exploration of sport and related career and entrepreneurial pathways and success strategies.

Rams great Jackie Slater will deliver the luncheon keynote.

The BOSS Awards, a celebration of the power of sport to change lives, will highlight the accomplishments of business, education and sport industry professionals including Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero; Klutch Sports’ Rich Paul (LeBron, Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons, et al); LBUSD Board Member Dr. Felton Williams; Dodgers’ VP of External Affairs, Naomi Rodriguez; Fox Sports’ Marcellus Wiley; the Marriott’s Imran Ahmed and a TBD LA Chargers’ executive.

Our BOSS Weekend is the annual fundraiser for year-round and multi-year “process” we call BOSS™ that responds to the fact that nearly ¾ of the boys of color here in Southern CA (and in most urban centers across the country) are exiting high school WITHOUT MEETING 4-year college entrance requirements.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at Only ticketed guests will be permitted at the event.

To consider opportunities to support (ad, table, sponsorship, in-kind donation) the annual fundraiser, please go to