Impact is an immersive 10-month program, running from September through June, for mid- to senior-level managers focusing on the issues and industries that are part of our region’s DNA.
Impact includes monthly, full-day workshops featuring unique access to a variety of top community leaders who educate participants on what makes San Diego tick, the industries that power us, and the issues we face.
In addition to providing a comprehensive foundation for greater civic and community engagement, Impact participants significantly grow their own personal networks by establishing long-term relationships with like-minded individuals.
Participants grow their personal leadership skills and get hands-on experience through the Leadership Action Teams, which partner teams of class members with local nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit the community.
Over the course of the Impact session, program participants will hear from leaders on the following topics, among others:
- Leading the San Diego Region & Our Regional Economy
- Arts & Culture
- Philanthropy & the Nonprofit Sector
- Military & Defense
- Public Health & Safety
- Housing & Homelessness
- Our Cross-Border Region
- Graduation and Leadership Action Team Presentations
How to Participate?
Acceptance into Impact, LEAD San Diego’s flagship program, is an honor reserved for top-tier professionals across all sectors who are committed to creating significant, meaningful change in the region. Ideal candidates are mid- to senior-level managers, who are interested in strengthening their personal leadership skills and taking a more active role in the community.
Chamber Member – $4,005
Non-Member – $4,450
Tuition assistance may be available for those who qualify
Applications for the 2024 Impact San Diego program are now open and due by 5:00 P.M. on Friday, June 16, 2023. The application will take approximately one hour to complete; please set aside at least 60 minutes to complete it as you cannot save your applications. If you wish to fill it out in advance, you may download the Word version then copy and paste your responses online. Applicants who meet minimum requirements will be invited for in-person interviews on Thursday & Friday, July 20 & 21, 2023.
Leadership In Action
Each year, members of the Impact San Diego class are divided into Leadership Action Teams (LATs). Each LAT is matched with a local nonprofit agency that benefits from the team members’ expertise and leadership to accomplish an individualized project.
The RFP for the 2023 cycle is now closed. To be added to the 2024 interest list or learn more, please click below. If you have questions or would like to talk with staff about a potential project proposal, please contact LEAD@SDChamber.org
Herbert G. Klein Memorial Award
The Herbert G. Klein Memorial Award for Exemplary Leadership is presented annually to a member of LEAD’s Impact San Diego class who has made significant leadership contributions to our community and has demonstrated the potential to effect further change upon graduation from the program. The recipient is voted upon by the cohort.
Ben Garcia (16)
Former Deputy Director
San Diego Museum of Us
“Impact provided a great overview of critical sectors in San Diego County and was a great introduction to the business, civic, and nonprofit ecosystem.”
Tiana Babcock (16)
Fisher House San Diego
“I have gained a greater understanding of the critical issues and key players in our region, which has opened doors personally and professionally.”