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The Leadership Program

See the Need  •  Lead the Change

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 Skills

Develop the necessary skills to survive in today’s volatile, uncertain and complex environment through customized group trainings and one-on-one coaching sessions.

Ripple Effect

Make An Impact

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 Your Network

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.

Our Next Class Starts in August 2022


Applications for the 2022-23 class are being accepted now

The Leadership Program

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