Being actively involved in the community is something I believe every citizen is capable of. When I retired from Congress, I felt it was important to continue to foster that belief in my home district. That is when the McKeon Leadership Forum came to fruition.

With the help of the College of the Canyons and the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation, we were able to organize an annual speaker series. The driving force behind this annual event is to “promote learning, foster dialog and inspire involvement by bringing thought leaders from the world of politics, government, the military, and social action together with the community to examine today’s most pressing issues.”

As part of the speaker series this year, we will have Retired General Richard A. Cody providing the keynote address. General Cody served for nearly four decades in the United States Army and accomplished a great deal during his military service. He also served as the 31st Vice Chief of Staff for four years.

I sincerely hope that those who attend the McKeon Leadership Forum not only learn from the speaker series, but are also inspired to go out and get involved in their own communities.

There are multiple ways to be personally involved in the community and the forum will provide dialogue and strategies on how to best be of service. Regardless of how you decide to get involved in your community, the important thing is that you are informed and engaged.

Those interested in attending the McKeon Leadership Forum will need to register here. This event is free and will be held on Thursday, November 30th at 6:30 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Performing Arts Center. I look forward to seeing you there!