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2019 LEAD San Diego Visionary Awards

June 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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The Visionary Awards is Southern California’s premier leadership recognition event. 700 civic, community and business representatives attended the Visionary Awards to #CommitToLEAD and recognize and celebrate outstanding leaders and their dedication to improving our region.

Watch the 2019 Visionary Awards Highlights Video

View the 2019 Visionary Awards Photo Album

Watch the 2019 Visionary Awards Honoree’s Video Vignettes

Award recipients were honored in the following categories:

The Neil Morgan Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement
Named for the late journalistic icon Neil Morgan, awarded to an individual who has served as a catalyst for positive change, resulting in a better future for our region.

Recipient: Karen S. HaynesPresident, California State University San Marcos


LEAD Graduate of the Year
Awarded to a LEAD San Diego graduate who epitomizes excellence in community leadership.

Recipient: Paul Hering (97) | Chairman, West Region, Marsh & McLennan Agency



Innovation & Economic Opportunity Award
Recognizing visionary leadership by redefining how we tackle challenges to create change or create economic opportunities that improve the quality of life in our region.

Recipient: Felena Hanson Founder, Hera Hub



Recipient: Dr. Silvia MahFounder, Hera Labs; President, Connect



The Ronald Kendrick Memorial Award for Regional Collaboration
Named for late banking executive and community leader Ronald Kendrick, presented in recognition of visionary leadership as demonstrated through coalescing diverse communities, focusing on collaborative approaches to shared resources, synergies and problem-solving skills for positive regional outcomes.

Recipient: Bishop Cornelius BowserCo-Founder, Community                                                           Assistance Support Team (CAST)


The Charles Nathanson Memorial Award for Cross-Border Region Building
Named for the late Charles Nathanson, a champion of cross-border communication and development, presented in recognition of visionary leadership demonstrated in addressing joint solutions to cross-border issues, further uniting San Diego and Baja California for a common future.

Recipient: Jean Guerrero | Border Reporter, KPBS.


Community Spotlight Award
Announced at the Visionary Awards event, this annual award recognizes an unsung hero who has made a significant impact on our community through their dedication of their time, talent, and treasure.

Recipients: Mia & Steve Roseberry | Wounded Warrior Homes



Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina (Grand Ballroom)
333 W Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
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Self parking – $15; Valet parking – $19

Contact Details:
Ph: 619-544-1362

Ticket Cost:
Partner Table Sponsor: $5,000
Associate Table Sponsor: $3,000
Table Sponsor: $2,000
Individual Ticket – Priority Seating: $300
Individual Ticket – General Seating: $200
Individual Ticket – LEAD San Diego Member: $175




Online registration is now closed. Please reach out to Carole Ravago with any questions: or 619.544.1362.


June 6, 2019
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
333 W Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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