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

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

“Advance provided the opportunity to learn and ask about things I thought I was supposed to know, so I never asked about.”

“I learned to take the time to think about and develop a focused career path.”

“I loved meeting a diverse group of kind, smart, fun women who all want to help, support, and encourage each other.”


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



Applications for the Advance Class of 2023 are now closed. To be added to the 2024 interest list, please click the link below; you will be notified when the applications for the Class of 2024 opens. If you have any questions, please email LEAD@SDChamber.org


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.


Program Cost

  • Chamber Member – $2,295
  • Non-Member – $2,550

Tuition assistance may be available for those who qualify

2023 Session Schedule*

    • June 14
    • July 12
    • August 9
    • September 20
    • October 11
    • November 8 (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 LEAD@sdchamber.org.

Thank You Sponsors


We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with the University of San Diego Knauss School of Business for the Advance Class of 2023. USD will be hosting 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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