We believe everyone has a role to play in shaping the future of their communities.
We want people inspired to address the most challenging issues we face and equipped with the tools they need to drive progress in a post-COVID era.
The Leadership Program offered by the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce provides a diverse group of leaders with an opportunity to build better and stronger communities and grow their leadership potential in the process.
Develop the necessary skills to survive in today’s volatile, uncertain and complex environment through customized group trainings and one-on-one coaching sessions.
Understand how to make an impact on some of the most challenging issues we face from jobs and the economy, to education and the environment, racial injustice and more.
Build deep, lasting connections with peer leaders from business, government, and the community. Join the network of over 850 alumni who are leading change throughout San Mateo County.
Participants in the program develop a knowledge base and establish relationships with community leaders representing numerous sectors and issues – from health and housing to education and economic development. Local public, private and nonprofit leaders create connections between communities and constituents through a rich, cross-sector curriculum. For 30 years, the program has developed, engaged, empowered and connected leaders for positive community impact. The Leadership alumni network includes state and local government officials, nonprofit leaders and business executives.
Years (1991- 2021)
Leadership Graduates in the Community
"The Leadership Program was a great way to learn more about my community and to make new connections. It encouraged me to expand my community involvement and explore new opportunities. The networking events are fun events where I can reconnect with my classmates and meet other like-minded community leaders."
"I was a member of the Leadership Class of 1998 and the introduction to the complexities of the County was invaluable. I knew my community of Foster City, however this experience gave me the education and the confidence to run for City Council and really commit to make a difference. I enjoy the friendships I made and new ones that have formed or been reaffirmed at alumni reunions."
"When I applied to the Leadership program, I thought it would be a good way to learn more about my community. But, it was so much more. I made great friends, got to engage with community leaders and found new ways to be involved. Those relationships and connections have been invaluable as I have expanded my community involvement."
"The Leadership program is a great way to learn more about the community we live and work in. Through the program I met influential people in many fields and have created business relationships that are still going strong five years later."