IMPACT San Diego


Often described as a "master's degree" on San Diego, IMPACT highlights historic and contemporary perspectives on relevant regional themes and features presentations by leading experts and key community leaders.

LEAD’s flagship program

IMPACT San Diego is a nine-month series of full-day issues-focused seminars, plus optional sessions, designed to give participants a greater understanding of the critical issues and key players in our region, motivating them to use their skills to become engaged. IMPACT culminates with a project showcase and graduation event. Seminars employ a mix of interactive presentations, facilitated dialogues, behind-the-scenes visits and networking opportunities.

Seminar topics are scheduled to include:

  • Regional Economy
  • Arts and Culture
  • Education
  • Military
  • Health and Human Services
  • Our Region Tomorrow
  • Law and Society
  • Leadership 101

2018 IMPACT Seminar Schedule

Leadership Action Teams

In addition, IMPACT participants gain hands-on experience through project work that will be completed in LEADership Action Teams of six to eight individuals. The projects will assist a local nonprofit, with the goal of making a lasting community impact.

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A Foundation for Success

IMPACT participants graduate from the program with a greater understanding of the issues that affect the region; a stronger sense of personal leadership; and will have learned the “big picture” of San Diego’s past, present and future.

97% of IMPACT graduates said they are likely to get more involved in civic and community organizations after LEAD.

97% of IMPACT graduates stated they have a stronger understanding of regional themes and contemporary community issues.

99% of IMPACT graduates shared that they developed an exemplary network of colleagues and collaborators by participating in the program.

Application Window Closed

We are no longer accepting applications for IMPACT 2018. If you have questions, or are interested in IMPACT 2019, contact Program Manager Kim Nguyen.