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/Public Safety
  • 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.


Program Cost

Chamber Member – $3,555
Non-Member – $3,950

Tuition assistance may be available for those who qualify

Application Process

Applications for the 2021 Impact San Diego program are now open. The application will take approximately one hour to complete; please set aside some time to finish it as you cannot save your applications. If you wish to fill it out in advance, you may download the Word version of the application. Applicants who meet minimum requirements will be invited to in-person interviews, currently scheduled for Thursday & Friday, July 16 & 17, 2020.

Please also review the Application Supplement as it has important information regarding the program and application process. If you have any questions, email Program Manager Kim Van Nguyen.


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.



Testimonial: Ben Garcia

Ben Garcia (Impact ’16)

Deputy Director
San Diego Museum of Man

“Impact provided a great overview of critical sectors in San Diego County and was a great introduction to the business, civic, and nonprofit ecosystem.”

Testimonial: Tiana Babcock

Tiana Babcock (Impact ’16)

Assistant Housing Manager
Fisher House San Diego

“I have gained a greater understanding of the critical issues and key players in our region, which has opened doors personally and professionally.”

Testimonial: Idara Ogunsaju

Idara Ogunsaju (Impact ’17)

Department Administrator
Kaiser Permanente

“Impact San Diego goes beyond education, providing graduates with the region-specific information, insights, tools, and connections to put that new knowledge into immediate action.”

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