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Leadership South County

The fourth year of Leadership South County, a leadership development training program offered by South County Chambers of Commerce, is wrapping up 2023 with its Class IV participants. Thanks to our program facilitators, CultureStoke and the HRM Corp., and Leadership Liaison, Kassi Dee. Details of the program are below. If you have any questions, please email

Leadership South County


To foster leaders with diverse backgrounds and beliefs to effectively work together to address the unique opportunities and pressing challenges that affect our quality of life while building a bigger and brighter future for the community we live in.


Leadership South County is a 9-month community-based leadership development program dedicated to inspiring, educating and empowering tomorrow's community leaders


Open to anyone who lives, works or attends school in San Luis Obispo County and Northern Santa Barbara County.


Leadership South County is a 9-month program that includes a 2-day Leadership Retreat and 9 Leadership Development Days complete with exciting field trips, behind the scene tours, and engaging conversations with local leaders.

Leadership Development Topics:

  • Purpose, vision, & values
  • Goal setting and execution
  • Effective communication
  • Performance management
  • Inclusion & diversity
  • Leading change
  • Appreciation & celebration
  • Increasing productivity
  • Leadership mindset & habits

Community Focus Areas:

  • Business & manufacturing
  • Arts & education
  • Recreation & tourism
  • Housing
  • Wine & agriculture
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Government
  • Regional cooperation

Leadership Retreat + Day Sessions

This specialized program from South County Chambers of Commerce easily complements a busy schedule since the day sessions are just one Friday a month. The annual South County Leadership retreat is hosted at the beautiful Lodge at Oak Creek Ranch in Santa Margarita each February.


If you have any questions or need any additional information, please email

Feedback from previous Leadership South County participants:

"Being born and raised in Grover Beach and very active in our South County community over many years, I was highly impressed with my experience being in Leadership South County's Inaugural Class 1 touring places I never had been to (or even knew about), engaging on important hot topics and emerging issues, and meeting different key people and entities that are actively involved that I previously hadn't met,” said Clint Weirick, District Representative of San Luis Obispo County for California Senator John Laird and Grover Beach City Councilmember. “I developed new and advanced existing relationships with my fellow class members in a positive way that continue to this day in our professional and personal lives. I encourage anyone who lives or is involved in South County who wants to make a greater difference to apply for Class IV."


“I attended Leadership South County Class II," said Jimmy Paulding, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor for District 4. "The program was invaluable for three reasons: to grow your leadership skills, to learn more about our South County industry and government, and to develop strong relationships with other current and future community leaders. I highly recommend the program to anyone who has interest in one or all of these three areas."


"The various business segments planned for each class were incredibly excellent!" said Karen Bright, Mayor of Grover Beach and a Leadership South County Class III participant. "Even those that at first sounded rather dry, were so very interesting and fun, as well. However, I would say my best experiences were getting to know my classmates and class leaders. What an extraordinary, talented, and committed group of individuals. At each class and particularly with the Legacy Project, they continue to impress. I am honored to have had the opportunity."

Thank you to our founding sponsor, PG&E, and our other partners:

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Health & Wellness Day sponsor
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Art & Education Day sponsor
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