LEAD San Diego

An Affiliate of San Diego Regional Chamber



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


With the goal of making a substantive and measurable increase in the number of local women in the C-suite and community leadership positions, Advance is a LEAD San Diego program dedicated to elevating women through tailored coaching, mentorship, and skill building.

Advance participants connect with fellow female executives, building lifelong relationships with inspiring women who will change the face of the region’s business, government and nonprofit sectors.

Here’s what a few Advance graduates have to say about the program:

“Advance provided the opportunity to learn and ask about things I thought I was supposed to know, so I never asked about.”

“I learned to take the time to think about and develop a focused career path.”

“I loved meeting a diverse group of kind, smart, fun women who all want to help, support, and encourage each other.”

How to Participate?

Advance consists of one 3/4-day session per month for seven months starting in May. Each of the seven sessions will include seven hours of instruction. Curriculum topics include:

  • Personal Strengths Finder
  • Leading Teams Through Change
  • Key Senior Leader Competencies
  • Crucial Conversations & Negotiation
  • Speaking Powerfully While Maintaining Relationships
  • Promoting Yourself
  • Finding Mentors & Sponsors
  • The Work/Life Balance


Applications for the Advance Class of 2020 are now closed.

To be added to the Class of 2021 interest list or if you have questions, please contact Program Manager Lorraine Kahler lkahler@sdchamber.org

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 five years of professional experience, which may include entrepreneurship and military service.


Program Cost

  • Chamber Member – $1,650
  • Non-Member – $1,950

Tuition assistance may be available for those who qualify

2020 Session Schedule

  • May 13, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • June 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Mixer 5 – 7 p.m.
  • July 8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • August 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • September 9, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • October 14, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • November 12, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Graduation Day)



To become a mentor or for general program questions, please contact Lorraine Kahler at lkahler@sdchamber.org or call 619.544.1362.

For information on becoming a sponsor of Advance, please contact lead@sdchamber.org.

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