LEAD San Diego

An Affiliate of San Diego Regional Chamber



Influence is a three-day crash course on San Diego’s business and civic landscape for C-level and senior executives.

Why Influence?

Taking place from Thursday, March 7 – Saturday, March 9, 2024, and facilitated by San Diego’s top civic, community, and business leaders, as well as key regional decision-makers, Influence is a peer-to-peer program specially developed to further educate C-level and senior executives on key regional issues.

Influence is known as a “crash course on San Diego” and is highly valued by corporate executives and mid-to-large companies interested in establishing a stronger connection to the regional community and an issues-based professional education program.

The Influence program will cover topics including:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Environment & Growth
  • Health & Human Services
  • Education
  • Labor
    • Life Sciences & Innovation
    • Mexico & Our International Region
    • Military
    • Political Landscape
    • Tourism

2024 CLASS

How to Participate?

Influence seminars provide participants with exceptional access to San Diego’s leaders across multiple sectors in a three-day program designed to forge connections and build circles of influence.

Applications for the Class of 2024 are now closed. To be added to the Influence 2025 interest list, please submit your information via the form below. If you have questions, please contact


2024 Program Cost

Chamber Member – $3,285
Non-Member – $3,650


Testimonial: Jean Loo-Russo

Jean Loo-Russo (17)

Chief Philanthropy Officer
The Elizabeth Hospice

“LEAD San Diego’s Influence has been instrumental in our ability to work collaboratively with other organizations for the benefit of the community. This is a great opportunity to make connections.”

Testimonial: Carisa Wisniewski

Carisa Wisniewski (11)

Past Chair, LEAD San Diego
Business Assurance Partner & Executive Committee Member, Moss Adams

“We’re fortunate in San Diego County to have created an environment of collaboration, of partnerships, and intelligent and constructive discourse.”

Testimonial: James Mackay

James Mackay (17)

President & Chief Executive Officer
Aristea Therapeutics

“Influence San Diego was a truly awesome experience. I have never learned so much and been so interested on a three-day course. It was so good that I send all the members of my leadership team.”

Testimonial: Mohsen Khaleghi

Mohsen Khaleghi (17)

Vice President, Operations
Azul Hospitality Group

“I have lived and worked in San Diego for nearly 30 years, and after attending the Influence program, I realized there is still so much to learn about our great region. The experience offered me the opportunity to network with innovative leaders throughout the community.”

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