LEAD San Diego

An Affiliate of San Diego Regional Chamber


 Leading in a New Reality Webinar Series aims to help you understand what’s happening in our ever changing world, connect you with sources of inspiration and empowerment, and equip you with tools to help lead your team and your family.

This series is produced in partnership with JONES, a company whose mission is to develop leaders and human systems that counter oppression through diversity, inclusion, and organizational effectiveness.


Since launching this webinar series, we have heard directly from experts across various career fields on topics that mean the most to our community. Stream the topics of conversation below:


The New Normal

This webinar provides a guide to creating a new equilibrium in order to keep teams connected and purposeful. LEAD’s Elizabeth Fitzsimons is joined by Steven Jones, Ph.D. of JONES, and Cindy Marten from San Diego Unified School District to navigate this new equilibrium of ‘normalcy.’





Boundaries & Schedules

As we shift into all the new, where do we find a balance that works for our professional and personal responsibilities and needs? Stream for tips on shifting schedules, tapping in and out, and how to set boundaries with families and work teams from Robin Toft of Toft Group and Channelle McNutt of JONES.





Strengths at Work

Amanda Flisher of Amanda Flisher Coaching, and Nancy Maldonado of Chicano Federation discuss leveraging your and your team’s strengths during a crisis, and empowering families.





Leading Through Crisis

Moderated by LEAD’s Elizabeth Fitzsimons, Ken Barnes of Options for All, Betsy Brennan of San Diego Downtown Partnership, and Caroline Winn of SDG&E share lessons learned about leading teams, organizations, and families through crises.





Managing Mental Health & Emotional Balance Through Uncertainty

This webinar hosts an honest conversation about balancing the expectations, emotions, and mental hardships of work and home during a crisis. Stream now for the dialogue including Ricky Shabazz of San Diego City College and Shanna Teel of Dr. Shanna Teel & Co.





Community Service During Crisis: How to Serve at a Distance

We are joined by local nonprofit leaders Venus Molina of Mana de San Diego and Carol Dedrich of Girl Scouts San Diego for advice on how to best serve your community at a distance and remain active in your service outreach. Stream the audio now.





A Turning Point

With the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the protests that arose in cities across our country, the pain and frustration of so many people for so many years has reached a boiling point. Elizabeth Fitzsimons of LEAD San Diego, Steven Jones, Ph.D. of JONES, and Starla Lewis, Mesa College Professor Emeritus and transformational speaker lead an honest conversation about what’s going on, and how we as leaders can step up and be part of the change our country needs.




Ask the Experts

Dr. Jones and Professor Lewis answer audience questions on racism in America in a special “Ask the Experts” session. Stream now for expert analysis of questions you may have.






Change Starts with Us

We are all learning new ways to adapt and grow in these times – how we think, work, and connect – first through the COVID-19 pandemic and now with the calls for police reforms and examination of the systemic racism of our country. Nora Vargas, Tony Young, and Steven Jones help focus our energy on San Diego and guide us in how to lead in the places closest to us.




Raising Kids to Raise Questions

In this webinar, Dr. Aisha Taylor and Chida Rebecca discuss how to hold conversations about race and being anti-racist with young people, as well as how to evolve the discussions as they grow.





Understanding White Privilege & What It Means to Be Anti-Racist

Jordan Harrison, Lori Nelson, and Gyasi Redding lead a conversation about how we talk about race, privilege, and being anti-racist.






Building Inclusion & Anti-Racism as a Core Part of Our New Normal

As businesses and schools look at strategies for reopening, a core element of those plans should be inclusion. Dr. Steven Jones, Dr. Lida Rafia, Dr. Damien Robinson, and Andrew Simmerman discuss ways to build systems that are more reflective of our diverse communities is essential to ensuring we move closer to equality at all levels.





Understanding Police Reform

Since the police killing of George Floyd – and the killing of Breonna Taylor – two cases in a lengthy history of police killing unarmed Black men and women – there have been protests and a movement for reform to policing practices. Councilmember Monica MontgomeryJoshua Chanin, and Jerry Sanders break things down into a deeper understanding of the police reform movement, and discuss ways we can be involved.




Voting in the Time of COVID and Black Lives Matter

 Griselda Ramirez, Michael Vu, and Laila Aziz talk about what it takes to get people to vote, how we ensure a safe and secure election, and how we remove barriers to voting – all against the backdrop of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement






Distance Learning and the Education Gap

Pediatrician Dr. Camille Robinson, Superintendent Dr. David Miyashiro, and Elizabeth Fitzsimons discuss how new educational norms affected our students and their families, the growing education and opportunity gap, and the effects of this situation on children and families.






Mental Health

Psychologist Briana Boyd, Ph.D., program specialist Tami Hester Johnson, behavioral health specialist Tina Casola, and LEAD Vice President Elizabeth Fitzsimons explore the topic of mental health and provide ways to cope with the current stressors in our lives.





Careers and Recruiting with a Post-2020 Perspective

What has the impact been on our careers and long-term plans? How have organizations changed how and who they hire? In this webinar, hear from an expert panel including executive coach Azadeh Davari, executive recruiter Trevor Blair, and Reality Changers CEO Tamara Craver and moderated by LEAD Vice President Elizabeth Fitzsimons.



Action List

We have compiled a reading list for further education as well as regional organizations whose efforts support and empower San Diego’s most vulnerable populations.

Recommended Reading List:

  • How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Between the World the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race, by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • How to Be an Inclusive Leader, by Jennifer Brown
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindedness, by Michelle Alexander

Organizations to Follow:

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