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First Year and Second Year Leadership Programs

The mission of the Leadership East County Program is to utilize the unique perspective, experience and talent of its participants to identify, mentor and prepare the East County leaders of tomorrow with these goals:

  1. Identify and motivate current and emerging leaders committed to the betterment of East County.
  2. Acquaint participants with East County’s assets, needs and challenges.
  3. Provide a forum to promote, provoke, discuss, and resolve challenges with experienced community leaders.
  4. Encourage and promote active community involvement, whether it be strong business leaders, through public service, non-profit organizations, or volunteerism – persons who make a difference in the community.
  5. Increase personal awareness and confidence.

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for the First Year and Masters 2016-2017 Programs!

Year 1 – Leadership East County Program
Together you and your group will have the opportunity to make a difference in our community. Discuss with your teammates a topic that holds a special interest as you collectively develop a project that can have a positive impact in the community. Discover the thrill of working with others in leadership roles as you bring your project to life.


CLICK HERE FOR BROCHURE  Leadership Brochure 2016


2016-2017 Program Schedule:
8/26 – Orientation
9/9 – Economy
10/14 – Education
11/18 – Justice
12/9 – Human Services
1/13-14 – Retreat
2/10 – Government & Safety
3/10 – Health Care
4/14 – Regional Collaboration
5/12 – Art, History, Culture
6/9 – Future Vision Project Presentations and Graduation

Experiences in the Program:

  • Leadership Dynamics                          
  • History and Art
  • The Justice System
  • The Leadership Retreat
  • Regional Collaboration
  • Human Services
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Government and Safety
  • Future Vision



HOW TO PARTICIPATE Participants are individuals seeking to enhance their leadership skills, involvement, and knowledge of the community. You should be willing to contribute your individual talents to the betterment of the East County community and make a thorough commitment to the philosophy of the program.

  • Class begins in August
  • Meets once a month – Every Second Friday (with a few exceptions due to Holidays)
  • One day a month: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, plus a day and a half overnight retreat
  • Monthly attendance required
  • Graduation in June
  • Class locations vary according to subject matter

Now Accepting Second Year –
Leadership Masters Program Applicants!

Exclusively for the Alumni of leadership programs, you can qualify to be a part of a superiDSCN8854or team of leaders who will focus upon key problems in the region while exploring all of San Diego County’s complex issues and understanding better how they influence the East County Region.

The Second Year Masters Program begins in September 2016 and usually meets every THIRD Friday of the month – applications are now being accepted.  The Class runs for nine months, one day each month.  This program has a very strong focus, solving bigger issues in the East County and focuses upon the entire San Diego County as the setting for classes.

LEADERSHIP EAST COUNTY Masters Application 2016

2016-2017 Program Schedule:
*9/23 (Orientation)
*No December Class*
*6/9 (Presentations & Graduation)

Be a Member of The Best Class!

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A limited amount of tuition assistance is available for both Leadership programs.

For More Information: Contact the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce Phone: 619.440.6161 or email us at info@eastcountychamber.org

Leadership Alumni

Become a part of a 25 year tradition, the Leadership Alumni.  Enjoy special discounts at Alumni Events, share information about your vision project, attend the quarterly Alumni Breakfast with Chamber Members and feature guest speakers.