Elected and government leaders share insights.  San Diego City Councilmember Chris Cate (left) and Coronado Councilmember Bill Sandke (middle) are PLI graduates.  San Diego City Clerk Elizabeth Maland discusses procedures for filing to run for office and applying for an appointment to a board or commission. 

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PLI offers an outstanding networking opportunity with business and political leaders

Curriculum covers candidacy, appointments, leadership and public policy

Here's Here's how to join our network and prepare to

make a difference as a future public leader...at no cost to you.  

PLI members are divided into small groups by geography to develop stronger relationships and interact with one another on exercises that emphasize professional, personal and political strategies for engagement. 

SDPLI class members are encouraged to engage with experts.
SDPLI class members who maintain a faithful attendance record qualify for graduation.  
SDPLI 2016 class.  Select members from throughout San Diego County represent diverse professional backgrounds, including real estate, construction, marketing, security, education, insurance, banking, management consulting and others.  The program provides invaluable opportunities to build lasting networks.

The San Diego Public Leadership Institute is a nonpartisan program for business-minded leaders who are interested in exploring public leadership and discovering how their experience and talent could address public-policy challenges.

(See 2017 meeting dates, times and the attendance requirement below.)

Classes are taught by experts in the fields of candidacy, appointments, public issues and leadership strategies.  Networking events provide members with invaluable opportunities to build contacts.There is no commitment required to run for office, merely explore the possibility of one day serving as a public leader either as a candidate for public office or service on government boards or commissions.

The curriculum - taught by experts who serve as "faculty" - covers candidacy, appointments, leadership and public policy.  Leaders from politics and business frequently appear to share their experiences. 
Lessons include:
The Pre-Campaign Transition:  Personal, Professional, Political Game Plan and Assessments
How To File for Office
Landing an Appointment
Confidence in Fundraising

Messaging Matters and Delivering the Perfect Speech
Motivating Voters
Choosing Your Campaign Team
Regional Economic Development Strategies
Public Budgeting
Leadership Profiles
Delivering the Political Speech
Coalition Building
Voter Targeting
Regional Competitiveness

Small group discussions allow members to interact more thoroughly with lessons.

Meeting dates, times and attendance requirement
Classes will meet at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, 402 W. Broadway #1000, San Diego, CA 92101. 

The first session will be held Thursday, April 27 from 12:00 - 5:00 and Friday, April 28 from 9:00 - 4:00. Subsequent sessions will meet from 12:00 - 5:00 on the following fourth-Thursday dates:  May 25;  June 22; July 27; August 24 and September 28.  (Noon - 1:00 is reserved for lunch and social time; the program will begin at 1:00.)   The final session will be held Thursday, October 26 from 9:00 - 4:00.

Members must meet the following attendance requirement to remain in the program and graduate:  the April and October classes are mandatory in their entirety and members may miss one class from May to September.

PLI members learn from business and community leaders on important issues.  "Mr. San Diego" business leader and philanthropist Malin Burnham (left) and Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties CEO Bill Earley (a PLI graduate) share insights. Class members at the Red Cross operations center (right).

2016 CLASS

Business, community and political leaders share their perspectives..  Left:  Mr. Malin Burnham.  Right:  Former San Diego Mayor and San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Jerry Sanders, along with business leaders Bill Geppert and Ben Haddad.