LEAD San Diego

An Affiliate of San Diego Regional Chamber



To elevate women’s careers to the highest levels in the workforce through training and mentoring.


With the goal of making a substantive and measurable increase in the number of local women in the C-suite and community leadership positions, Advance is a LEAD San Diego program dedicated to elevating women through tailored coaching, mentorship, and skill building.

Advance participants connect with fellow executives, building lifelong relationships with inspiring women who will change the face of the region’s business, government and nonprofit sectors.


Advance consists of 6 half-day monthly sessions starting in June. Curriculum topics include:

  • Personal Strengths Finder
  • Leading Teams Through Change
  • Key Senior Leader Competencies
  • Crucial Conversations & Negotiation
  • Speaking Powerfully While Maintaining Relationships
  • Promoting Yourself
  • Finding Mentors & Sponsors
  • The Work/Life Balance


Program Applications

Applications for the Advance Class of 2024 are now closed. To be added to the 2025 interest list, please add send us your information via the button below. If you have any questions, please email


Who Is This Program For?

If you’re a top-performing woman with the drive to advance your career to the highest levels, this program is for you. Participants will be selected based on leadership qualities, desire for self-improvement, track record of group collaboration, and passion for giving back to the community. To qualify, candidates need at least five years of professional experience, which may include entrepreneurship and military service. Advance is inclusive of those who identify as transgender or nonbinary.


2024 Program Cost

  • Chamber Member – $2,745
  • Non-Member – $3,050

Tuition assistance may be available for those who qualify


2024 Session Schedule*

  • Interviews – May 9 & 10
  • June 12
  • July 10
  • August 21
  • September 11
  • October 9
  • November 13 (Graduation Day)
  • *all dates subject to change


To become a mentor, for general program questions, or for information on becoming a sponsor of Advance, please contact

Thank You Sponsors


We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the University of San Diego Knauss School of Business for the Advance Class of 2024. USD will host us at their beautiful location and will provide our class with full access to their state-of-the-art resources and educators on resume creation, interview skill building, and negotiation training.

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