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2020 LEAD San Diego Visionary Awards

October 28 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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LEAD San Diego’s annual Visionary Awards brings together 800 community, business, and elected leaders to celebrate innovative, collaborative, and change-making leadership. Leadership that is making meaningful, long-lasting impacts on the people, neighborhoods, and industries of our bi-national region. Join us as we recognize the leaders who are making positive change in our community.

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 will be 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: Congressmember Susan DavisCA District – 53


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

Recipient: Sofia Salgado (97) | Executive Director, Southwestern College Foundation


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: Mike Krenn | CEO, 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: Rudolph A. Johnson III (94) | President & CEO, Neighborhood House Association


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: Roxana Velásquez (11) Executive Director, San Diego Museum of Art

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 the dedication of their time, talent, and treasure.


Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hilton San Diego Bayfront
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Contact Details:
Lorraine Kahler
Ph: 619-544-1362

Ticket Cost:
Partner Table Sponsor: $6,000
Associate Table Sponsor: $3,500
Individual Ticket: $175
Pair of Tickets: $300


Numerous sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Click here for details, or Lorraine Kahler at 619-544-1362 or




October 28
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Lorraine Kahler


Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Boulevard
San Diego, 92101
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