Driving young professional growth in the San Diego-Baja region, by providing the relationships, mentoring and community awareness necessary to become an influential business leader.
Welcome to SDYL
As 2017’s Honorary Chair for the San Diego Chamber Young Leaders (SDYL), I want to thank you for your interest. Throughout my career, I have been committed to making San Diego’s communities a better place and investing in the future of our city—a mission San Diego Chamber Young Leaders not only shares, but works hard to achieve.
In 2015, the Chamber set out to build a young professionals group that would engage a new, younger demographic. We are pleased to share that we not only accomplished that, but exceeded expectations. We look forward to expanding our efforts in 2017 and your participation in that expansion.
Councilmember Chris Ward
Board of Directors
The Chamber Young Leaders’ Board of Directors is composed of 50 members.The Board’s responsibilities are to direct the Chamber Young Leaders’ goals and set standards for success with respect to recruitment and professional development priorities. Nominations for the 2017 Young Leaders Board of Directors are now closed.
San Diego Regional Chamber Young Leaders (SDYL) is made up of a diverse group of 21 to 40 year-old professionals who are emerging leaders in their field, with a commitment to community involvement and professional growth. SDYL is comprised of a limited number of Board seats and an unlimited number of members.
General membership is application-based, contingent upon board approval, and on a per-person basis. Board membership is highly selective due to the limited number of spots and must be approved by the SDYL nominating committee. Board seats will be distributed based on industry and other criteria to ensure a diverse representation whenever possible.
Annual dues for participation are:
- Employees of member businesses: $250
- Employees of non-member business: $275
- Student / government / non-profit: $100
SDYL membership* includes:
- At least four quarterly meetings per year (featuring education and relevant guest speakers) followed by a networking happy hour held at the most popular San Diego locations**
- Chamber-organized philanthropic opportunities throughout the year
- Mentor/mentee opportunities with Chamber board members, including the President & CEO and elected officials, regional executives and/or entrepreneurs
- Invitations to the exclusive Chamber “Good Government Speaker Series” events
- Opportunity to contribute fresh perspective to Chamber initiatives
- Member-exclusive educational opportunities
*Members are encouraged to participate in a minimum of three meetings / networking events and philanthropy projects as directed by the Board
**Board members will participate in at least four additional meetings yearly
How to Join
SDYL applicants must be 21 to 40-year old professionals who are emerging leaders in their field, with a commitment to community involvement and professional growth. SDYL is comprised of a limited number of Board seats and an unlimited number of members. Submittal of an application does not guarantee Chamber Young Leaders membership approval or acceptance onto the Board of Directors. Applications will be reviewed by designated members of the board and San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce staff. Preference will be given to employees of current Chamber members in good standing.
For consideration, please apply through the link below. Payment will be processed following membership approval.
The Chamber is grateful to our Young Leaders sponsors, without which this program would not be possible. For sponsorship information, please contact our Corporate Relations Manager, Sherman Stocker, at email@example.com or (619) 544-1354.
For more information on San Diego Young Leaders contact Sara Kamiab at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-544-1391.
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