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Leadership East County Program


Great Opportunity for Emerging Leaders!

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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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.

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.

  • Program 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

Be a Member of The Best Class!


2018-2019 Program Schedule:


8/17 – Orientation
9/14 – Economy
10/12 – Human Services
11/9 – Justice
12/14 – Education
1/11-12 – Retreat
2/8 – Government & Safety
3/8 – Health Care
4/12 – Regional Collaboration
5/10 – Culture & Diversity
6/14 – Future Vision Project Presentations and Graduation

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!
Mary Gillcrist Bones
Susan J. Davis
Evan T. Finch
James R. Hudelson
Leticia Yahaira Ibanez
Bent J. Koch
Laura R. Koval
Anne E. Krueger
Melinda Marie Lara
Katrina M. Lauifi
Tonya Lehman
Danell L. Lyons
Todd J. Nelson
Cassandra Rose Noza
D. Phil Ortiz
Thomas Joseph Pearce
Jesslyn D. Ponce-Dick
Maral K. Poochigian
RosaLinda Ramirez
Erica Salcuni
Michael B. Stowers
Amber Marie Tannehill
Kyle Houston Taylor
Gina M. Walsh

Experiences in the Program:002

  • Leadership Dynamics
  • Culture & Diversity
  • The Justice System
  • The Leadership Retreat
  • Regional Collaboration
  • Human Services
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Government & Safety
  • Future Vision


Leadership Future Vision Projects 1992-2017

A limited amount of financial aid may be available.

For More Information: Contact the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce at 619-440-6161 or email us at  info@eastcountychamber.org

Leadership East County Alumni

Become a part of a 25+ year tradition, the Leadership Alumni.  Enjoy special discounts at Alumni Events, share information about your vision project, and join the exclusive Facebook page to stay connected with fellow LEC Alumni!