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.

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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.

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Nine Full-Day Sessions (All Thursdays)

September 21, October 19, November 16, December 14

January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17

In addition, optional sessions will be announced.

Graduation/Sharecase Event

Friday, June 8, 2018


$3,950 plus $35 application fee
Includes all meals, materials and transportation.

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