Facilitated by San Diego’s top civic, community and business leaders, as well as key regional decision-makers, Influence is a peer-to-peer program specially developed to further educate C-level and senior executives on key regional issues. Often described as a “crash course on San Diego,” Influence is highly valued by corporate executives and mid-to-large companies interested in establishing a stronger connection to the regional community.

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

“Influence provided me with a broader understanding of the issues affecting our region, as well as a better appreciation of our civic leaders.” – John Frager, Executive Managing Director, CBRE

“This program was invaluable. Everything I learned over the three days has had some kind of impact on how I run the Library, and on my role in the City.” – Misty Jones, Director, San Diego Public Library

“Influence gave me a better understanding of our community and motivated me to be more involved. It also provided great networking with other engaged professionals.” – Virginia Tinley, Chief Executive Director, Challenged Athletes Foundation

“Even though I’ve been in San Diego a long time, Influence gave me a new and valuable perspective on our region.” – Bill Geppert, Former Senior Vice President & General Manager, Cox Communications

Influence is presented just once a year; in 2019, Influence takes place Thursday, April 25th through Saturday, April 27th. Applications are now being accepted!