Ivy Arlinda Goolsby

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Ivy Arlinda Goolsby was born and raised in Long Beach, California. Therefore, she has a great sense of pride and passion for her city and community. Ms. Goolsby's passion in life is giving, and extending a hand to others in need. She realized very early on in life what her "purpose" would be here on earth, it's giving.
Ms. Goolsby started her professional career in 1971 with GTE (Verizon). In 1975 she started working for Pacific Bell (AT&T). During her tenure at Pacific Bell, she held various positions. After, 30 plus years of service she retired from Corporate America in year 2000 from (HR) Human Resources. Ivy also held various positions (jobs) and roles outside of Corporate America, as well as having owned several businesses. Ivy is also a Real Estate Investor. After, only eight months of retirement she decided she needed another challenge so she made the decision to return to the workforce. In 2001 she negotiated a deal with international Realty and Investments (IRI), and the rest is history. "RI" is a proud and successful "Black Owned Business" founded forty plus years ago, two office locations, and 23 employees. Ivy is dedicated and committed to providing the highest quality of service to clients while acting in the most professional and courteous manner. She strives to be a respected leader in her field by displaying honesty and integrity.

In addition to overseeing the day to day operation of "IRI” Ivy serves on numerous boards and committees. Currently, she serves on the Community Board of Trustees, St. Mary Medical Center Long Beach (Dignity Health) she also serves on their Ambassador Board (former Chair) ; Board of Governors, Long Beach City College Foundation, she also serves on their scholarship committee; (Former) Goodwill SOLAC, Corporate Secretary, (former Vice Chair), (Former Chair) Marketing and Development Committee; Co-Founder, Beach City Legacy; (former Chair, WIN, NAACP-Long Beach; Supporter: Andy Street, Freedom School, NCNW, Forgotten Images, Speak up Empowerment Foundation, Village Project and many others.

Ivy was elected the first "African American", President of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce "Women's Business Council." During her tenure as president one of her many accomplishments was establishing a fund and awarded grants for "Women Transitioning from Shelter to Workforce"; Ivy awarded more scholarship to students from LBCC and CSULB that year, in the history of the organization.

Ms. Goolsby has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognition for her work and service to the community. She has received the 100 Black Men of Long Beach "Business Person of the Year";CCEJ,' "Humanitarian of the Year", NAACP, "Unsung Sheroes Who Make a Difference"; NCNW, "Community Activist"; California State University Long Beach, The Dept of Women's Studies-"Lillian Robles" Award; Senator Alan Lowenthal 54th District "2008 Woman of the Year"; Long Beach Business Journal (LBBJ) – Top Ten Leader of the Year"; American Business Women Association - "Business Associate of the Year"; American Business Women, Impact Council -"Outstanding Business Woman of the Year"; NAACP - President's Award; NAACP - Zelma Lipscomb Award; L8 Area Chamber of Commerce, "WBC" - "Community Spirit Award; Queens Historical Society "Queen for a Day"; Long Beach Jordan High School, African American History & Culture Club; Let Us Help Award, Brother Fateen Village Elder Award; Village Project legacy Award; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Vision of Hope Award, Economic Development; NAACP, 2019 "Passing the Torch Leadership"; and Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald - Community Volunteer Recognition Award and many others.