Reading and Beyond founder Luis Santana to be recognized at Ethical Leadership luncheon

Reading and beyond with Luis Santana

By Gabriel Gatchalian, originally published on

Fresno State and the Better Business Bureau will host a Celebration of Ethical Leadership luncheon to highlight good work done in the region and to encourage ethical leadership on campus and in the community.

The celebration will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, at Pardini’s Catering and Banquets (2257 W. Shaw Ave.).

The event is made possible by a partnership between the Better Business Bureau Serving Central California and Inland Empire Counties, the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and The Ethics Center at Fresno State. The combined effort stems from the Better Business Bureau’s annual “Excellence in Ethics” and Fresno State’s “Ethical Leadership Award.”

This year, Fresno State will recognize Luis Santana, executive director of Reading and Beyond, as its third annual Ethical Leadership Award winner. Santana founded the nonprofit organization in 1999. Reading and Beyond is dedicated to empowering children and families to live productive, self-reliant lives.

Luis Santana
Luis Santana, executive director of Reading and Beyond

Santana has led the organization for two decades with a commitment to helping children and youth succeed academically, find meaningful careers as college graduates and become tomorrow’s leaders and parents who will create a brighter future for their own children and communities. Under Santana’s leadership, the organization has expanded its programs into eight California counties with more on the way.

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