LEAD San Diego

An Affiliate of San Diego Regional Chamber



Impact is an immersive 10-month program for mid- to senior-level managers focusing on the issues and industries that are part of our region’s DNA.

Impact includes monthly, full-day workshops featuring unique access to a variety of top community leaders who educate participants on what makes San Diego tick, the industries that power us, and the issues we face.

Why Impact?

In addition to providing a comprehensive foundation for greater civic and community engagement, Impact participants significantly grow their own personal networks by establishing long-term relationships with like-minded individuals.

Participants grow their personal leadership skills and get hands-on experience through the Leadership Action Teams, which partner teams of class members with local nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit the community.

Over the course of the Impact session, program participants will hear from leaders on the following topics, among others:

  • Leading the San Diego Region & Our Regional Economy
  • Arts & Culture
  • Education
  • Philanthropy & the Nonprofit Sector
  • Innovation
  • Military & Defense
  • Law & Society
  • Health & Housing in San Diego
  • Our Cross-Border Region
  • Graduation and Leadership Action Team Presentations


How to Participate?

Acceptance into Impact, LEAD San Diego’s flagship program, is an honor reserved for top-tier professionals across all sectors who are committed to creating significant, meaningful change in the region. Ideal candidates are mid- to senior-level managers, who are interested in strengthening their personal leadership skills and taking a more active role in the community.


Application Process

Applications for the Impact Class of 2020 are now closed. To be added to the interest list for the Class of 2021, please email Program Manager Kim Van Nguyen at knguyen@sdchamber.org

Leadership In Action

Each year, members of the Impact San Diego class are divided into Leadership Action Teams (LATs). Each LAT is matched with a local nonprofit agency that benefits from the team members’ expertise and leadership to accomplish an individualized project.


Herbert G. Klein Memorial Award

The Herbert G. Klein Memorial Award for Exemplary Leadership is presented annually to a member of LEAD’s Impact San Diego class who has made significant leadership contributions to our community and has demonstrated the potential to effect further change upon graduation from the program. The recipient is voted upon by the cohort.


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