LEAD San Diego

An Affiliate of San Diego Regional Chamber


Driving young professional growth in the San Diego-Baja region, by providing opportunities for personal and professional development, leadership, community service, and networking.

Welcome to SDYL

As 2018’s Honorary Chair for the San Diego Young Leaders (SDYL), I want to thank you for your interest. By joining you are helping create a new generation of leadership in San Diego that will better the quality of life for all San Diegans. I look forward to expanding the successes of the program over the past two years and building up those efforts to further invest in the future of our city.

Young Leaders provides an opportunity to meet fellow young professionals across all sectors through networking events and educational talks led by highly respected business leaders in a relaxed afternoon setting.

The emerging leaders who join Young Leaders enhance their awareness of the community and become more knowledgeable about their role in creating a better San Diego.

– Councilmember Chris Cate

Board of Directors

The Young Leaders’ Board of Directors is composed of leaders dedicated to developing future leaders for our region. The Board’s responsibilities are to direct the Young Leaders’ goals and set standards for success with respect to recruitment and professional development priorities.

Board membership is highly selective and priority will be given to employees of current Chamber members in good standing. Board meetings occur every other month, and members must commit to attend at least four of them. Please note that each organization can only have one member on the Board, but general membership is open to everyone.

Meet our 2018 Board of Directors!

Applications for the 2019 Board of Directors have now closed. Please consider joining the membership.


The San Diego Young Leaders have been active in the Greater San Diego Area since 2015. SDYL serves as the premier organization for young professionals ages 21 – 40 who are emerging leaders in their field. SDYL supports young professionals by providing opportunities for personal and professional development, leadership, community service, and networking.

General membership is application based, and membership lasts for one full year from the day you join.

Annual dues for participation are:

  • Student: $150
  • Nonprofit (Chamber members or non-member): $150
  • Government Employees: $200
  • Employees of Chamber members: $250
  • Employees of non-member organizations: $350

SDYL membership includes:

  • At least four quarterly meetings per year featuring a relevant guest speaker or facilitated professional development workshops, followed by a networking happy hour
  • Organized volunteer opportunities throughout the year
  • Invitations to the exclusive LEAD and Chamber events
  • Opportunity to contribute fresh perspective to LEAD and Chamber initiatives
  • Member-exclusive educational opportunities

Board members will participate in at least four additional meetings yearly

How to Join

SDYL applicants must be 21 to 40-year old professionals who are emerging leaders in their field, with a commitment to community involvement and professional growth. SDYL is comprised of a limited number of Board seats and an unlimited number of members. Submittal of an application does not guarantee Young Leaders membership approval or acceptance onto the Board of Directors. Applications will be reviewed by designated members of the board and LEAD San Diego staff.

For consideration, please apply through the link below. Payment will be processed following membership approval.


LEAD San Diego and the Chamber are grateful to our Young Leaders sponsors, without which whom this program would not be possible. For sponsorship information, please contact our Marketing and Alumni Relations Manager, Carole Ravago, at cravago@sdchamber.org or (619) 544-1362.


For more information on San Diego Young Leaders contact Kim Van Nguyen at knguyen@sdchamber.org or 619-544-1398.

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