To elevate women’s careers to the highest levels in the workforce through training and mentoring.

About Advance*

Only 37 percent of executives in San Diego County are women, and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce seeks to increase that number. Multiple studies confirm that women executives are instrumental in leading companies to greater profits and Advance will provide participants with the skills and tools needed to elevate women’s careers and decrease the gender gap in San Diego’s C-Suite.

Advance will provide 40 selected participants with networking, mentoring, and training needed to take their careers to the next level. The program consists of one half-day session per month for seven months starting in June. Each of the seven sessions will include five hours of instruction followed by a “wine-down” networking mixer.

*If selected, you are only permitted to miss one class. If you plan to miss more than one class we encourage you to apply next year.

Curriculum Topics

Assessing Yourself to the Top
Key Senior Leader Competencies
Becoming a Powerful Leader
Speaking Powerfully While Maintaining Relationships
Time Management
Promoting Yourself
The Work/Family Balance

Who Is This Program For?

If you’re a top performing woman with the drive to advance your career to the highest levels, this program is for you. Participants will be selected based on leadership qualities, desire for self-improvement, track record of group collaboration, and passion for giving back to the community. To qualify, candidates need at least 5 years of professional experience, which may include entrepreneurship and military service.

Program Cost

Early Bird Pricing (Applications submitted before March 31)

  • Chamber Member – $500
  • Non-Member – $700

Regular Pricing (Applications submitted between April 1 and April 30)

  • Chamber Member – $750
  • Non-Member – $950

Please note: applications for the 2017 program have now closed.

2017 Session Schedule

  • June 8, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • July 13, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • August 10, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • September 14, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • October 12, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • November 9, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • January 11, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.


To become a mentor or for general program questions, please contact Sara Kamiab at or call 619-544-1391.

For information on becoming a sponsor of Advance, please contact Sherman Stocker at


Thank You Sponsors

General Dynamics

Thank You Instructors