Special Events


Guest Speaker: Cynthia Renaud

Cynthia Renaud, Chief of Police of Santa Monica Police Department, will be our featured guest speaker on Monday, January 27, 2020.

Chief Renaud was sworn in as the Santa Monica Chief of Police in May 2018 and leads a department of 224 sworn officers and 212 support staff. She brings 27 of experience having served two, previous communities.  Hired as a police recruit in 1991, Chief Renaud spent many years working uniformed patrol assignments and special investigations positions.  Her supervisory positions included Internal Affairs, the Field Training Program, Academy Director, Patrol Watch 

Commander, Communications Division Commander, Patrol Division Commander, and Investigations Division Commander. 

Chief Renaud is a native of Long Beach. She attended California State University, Long Beach, where she completed a bachelor's degree in English Literature in 1996 and a master's in English Literature in 2000.  In 2010, she completed a second master's in national security studies at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. Chief Renaud is a graduate of the 214th Session of the FBI National Academy. She writes professionally, and has published articles in the Homeland Security Affairs Journal, the Journal of Leadership Studies, and Tactical Edge magazine as well as the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.   


Guest Speaker: Jossy Chacko

In September, Institute of Global Leadership students were privileged to hear from Jossy Chacko, founder and president of Empart, a global ministry that exists to ignite holistic community transformation among the unreached and needy people of Asia. Empart’s primary goal is to see 100,000 communities transformed by 2030.

Chacko left South India at the age of 17, with $20 in his pocket, a one way ticket to Australia and a big dream to become a business success. Life in Australia started in total disaster with no job, no money and no friends or family. Depressed and at the brink of suicide, he had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. Soon after, he became part of a small logistics company which later grew to be listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Busy climbing the business ladder and chasing success, his plan was for early retirement on a hobby farm. This dream was changed forever by an encounter with an eight year old homeless boy while honeymooning in North India with his Australian wife, Jenni. This encounter was the catalyst for Chacko to begin developing some deep, life-changing convictions to fulfill the Great Commission. His convictions culminated in the establishment of Empart in 1998,  movement impacting about 6.5 million people each month. 

His conviction that “none should perish” compels him to many nations, inspiring business and spiritual leaders to capture a God-vision. Over the years he has invested into significant leaders with great results, particularly across Europe and Asia. He also serves on the board of several business and non-profit organizations.