FAQ


Use these frequently asked questions to find the answers to your questions about LEAD San Diego and its programs.

LEAD San Diego

What is the purpose of the LEAD San Diego?

LEAD’s purpose is to provide balanced education and dialogue on issues of critical regional importance, helping a cross-section of community leaders become more informed, civically engaged and active participants in work that positively impacts our communities. LEAD San Diego exists to ensure that the San Diego/Northern Baja California region’s pipeline of leadership remains filled.

Where is LEAD San Diego located?

LEAD is located at 110 W. A Street, Suite 960, in San Diego, California.

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Who is LEAD’s leadership?

Click here to view LEAD’s Board of Directors.

Who is LEAD’s staff?

Click here to view LEAD’s staff.

What obligation does a graduate have after LEAD San Diego program completion?

Once participants complete their respective programs, they are expected to serve the community by demonstrating their enhanced leadership skills and make positive contributions in the community. We also expect them to invest in LEAD by becoming an active member of our Alumni Association.

Does LEAD have continued education and networking opportunities for program graduates?

Yes, LEAD offers continued education and networking opportunities for program graduates and other constituents.

Is community service part of the LEAD experience?

Community service and investment is an integral component of the IMPACT program. Click here to learn more about our LEADership Action Team Initiative.

Does LEAD promote board opportunities or placements?

Although LEAD does not formally promote board opportunities or placements, it will occasionally post information about opportunities in its monthly newsletter, LEADing News and via social media.

EMBARK San Diego

What is EMBARK San Diego?

Click here to learn more about EMBARK.

What is the tuition for EMBARK?

Tuition for EMBARK is $1,595, including meals and materials.

How long is the EMBARK program?

The EMBARK program spans four full days, spread out over three weeks.

Who is eligible to apply for EMBARK?

Anyone who is interested in assessment and development of their personal leadership skills may apply. The program is designed for entry- to mid-level managers.

How many participants are accepted in the EMBARK program?

EMBARK San Diego is kept to a maximum of 30 participants each year.

What criteria will be used to select candidates for the EMBARK program?

Candidates should demonstrate a willingness to grow personally and professionally. Other considerations include:

  • We strive to include participants from the entire San Diego/Northern Baja California region.
  • We seek a class that reflects the diversity of the San Diego/Northern Baja California region.
  • We seek representatives from business, government, nonprofit and volunteer sectors.
  • Tenure in our region will be considered. However, potential to impact San Diego now and in the future is more important. Community service in other communities is considered in the selection process.

FOCUS Communities

What is FOCUS Communities?

Click here to learn more about FOCUS Communities.

What is the tuition for FOCUS Communities?

Tuition for FOCUS Communities is $1,050, including meals, materials and transportation.

How long is the FOCUS Communities program?

The FOCUS Communities program spans six days, spread out over three months.

Who is eligible to apply for FOCUS Communities?

LEAD graduates and other professionals.

How many participants are accepted in the FOCUS Communities program?

FOCUS Communities is kept to a maximum of 25 participants each year.

What criteria will be used to select candidates for the FOCUS Communities program?

Candidates should be interested in understanding the issues and opportunities in the sub-regions that comprise our greater region.

IMPACT San Diego

What is IMPACT San Diego?

Click here to learn more about IMPACT San Diego.

What is the tuition for IMPACT San Diego?

IMPACT tuition is $3,950, which includes meals, materials and transportation.

Is tuition assistance available for IMPACT San Diego?

Based on evidence of demonstrated need, a limited amount of partial scholarships ranging from $100 to $1,000 may be available. Contact LEAD San Diego at (619) 280-5323 for more information.

How long is the IMPACT program?

IMPACT is a 10-month program, consisting of nine full-day monthly seminars and culminating with a graduation and project showcase event.

Who is eligible to apply for IMPACT?

Anyone who is interested in learning more about our region while building their leadership skills may apply. The program is designed for civic-minded individuals who have moderate to significant community service experience.

How many participants are accepted in the IMPACT program?

IMPACT San Diego is kept to a maximum of 60 participants each year.

What criteria is used to select candidates for the IMPACT program?

Participants are selected from individuals who submit a completed application and participate in a personal interview. LEAD San Diego’s selection committee, comprised of LEAD graduates, will seek to identify those most likely to demonstrate leadership abilities for the long-term benefit to our region. The committee annually selects a group of 55 to 60 participants with emphasis on broad representation from occupational, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, as well as geographic areas and community interests.

To be accepted into IMPACT SAN DIEGO, applicants MUST:

  • Have demonstrated positions of leadership in their employment and/or volunteer work.
  • Display evidence of mature judgment and exceptional leadership qualities.
  • Have demonstrated a strong interest in and commitment to the community through significant voluntary leadership roles in community organizations.
  • Be qualified to utilize their leadership skills through community service for the long-term benefit of the community.
  • Have obvious potential for growing personally and effecting change.
  • Be willing to commit the time and energy necessary to complete the program.

Other considerations:

  • We strive to include participants from the entire San Diego/Northern Baja California region.
  • We seek a class that reflects the diversity of our region.
  • We seek representatives from business, government, nonprofit and volunteer sectors.
  • Tenure in our region will be considered. However, potential to impact San Diego now and in the future is more important. Community service in other communities is considered in the selection process.

INFLUENCE San Diego

What is INFLUENCE San Diego?

Click here for more information about INFLUENCE.

What is the tuition for INFLUENCE?

INFLUENCE tuition is $2,950, including meals, materials, transportation and a closing reception.

How long is the INFLUENCE program?

This accelerated program spans three full days each year, generally in the spring.

Who is eligible to apply for INFLUENCE?

INFLUENCE is designed specifically for C-level and senior executives who wish to gain a better understanding of the issues affecting our region while building their circles of influence.

How many participants are accepted in the INFLUENCE program?

INFLUENCE San Diego is kept to a maximum of 40 participants.

What criteria will be used to select candidates for the INFLUENCE program?

Candidates must be:

  • C-level or senior executives
  • Recommended by referral

INFLUENCE is especially beneficial for (but not limited to) C-level and senior executives who are new to the region or new to their leadership position.

LEADership Insights

What is LEADership INSIGHTS?

Click here to learn more about LEADership INSIGHTS.

How long is the LEADership INSIGHTS program?

LEADership INSIGHTS is a two-day program.

What is the tuition for LEADership INSIGHTS?

Tuition for LEADership INSIGHTS is $550, $500 for current LEAD Alumni Association members. Tuition includes materials – including up to three books – and meals.

Visionary Awards

What are The Visionary Awards?

The Visionary Awards are LEAD San Diego’s annual opportunity to recognize and celebrate the work of inspirational San Diego leaders who have dedicated their time, talent and treasure to civic and community initiatives, leading to positive change in the San Diego/Northern Baja California region.

The Visionary Awards, Southern California’s premier leadership recognition event, also serves as a fundraiser for the nonprofit LEAD San Diego.

How do I nominate a visionary leader?

Click here to nominate someone for the Visionary Awards.

Can I sponsor The Visionary Awards?

Click here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Memberships

What are the levels of membership?

Click here to view membership levels.

Can I become a member of the Alumni Association?

Yes, we encourage graduates of LEAD programs to invest in LEAD by becoming a member of the Alumni Association. Community memberships are also available for non-LEAD graduates.