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 half-day session per month for seven months starting in May. Each of the seven sessions will include five 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 2019 have now closed. To be added to the interest list for the Class of 2020, please email Program Manager Kim Van Nguyen knguyen@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 – $950
  • Non-Member – $1,250

2019 Session Schedule

  • May 9, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • June 12, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Mixer 5 – 7 p.m.
  • July 11, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • August 8, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • September 12, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • October 10, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • November 14, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Graduation Day)



To become a mentor or for general program questions, please contact Kim Van Nguyen at knguyen@sdchamber.org or call 619.544.1398.

For information on becoming a sponsor of Advance, please contact Adina Veen at aveen@sdchamber.org.

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