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.

In addition to helping women gain tools to help them meet their career goals, LEAD San Diego and the Chamber understand that having more female decision-makers in our region will help increase company profits, support diversity, and drive San Diego business.

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

How to Participate?

Advance consists of one half-day session per month for seven months starting in May. Each of the seven sessions will include five hours of instruction. Curriculum topics include:

  • Assessing Yourself to the Top
  • Key Senior Leader Competencies
  • Becoming a Powerful Leader
  • Speaking Powerfully While Maintaining Relationships
  • Time Management
  • Promoting Yourself
  • The Work/Family Balance

Forty women are accepted into Advance. Applications will be open on February 15, 2019.


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.

Program Cost

  • Chamber Member – $950
  • Non-Member – $1,250

2019 Session Schedule

  • May 9, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • June 12, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • July 11, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • August 8, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • September 12, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • October 10, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • November 7, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Graduation Day)


To become a mentor or for general program questions, please contact Kim Nguyen at knguyen@sdchamber.org or call 619-544-1398.

For information on becoming a sponsor of Advance, please contact Carole Ravago at cravago@sdchamber.org.

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