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  • "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other”.

    President John F. Kennedy


    The leadership challenge before us demands that we be informed and ready to act as community leaders, whether it be to cast a vote or to run for office, to volunteer for community service or to serve on a local board or commission. 

    The San Rafael Leadership Institute is Marin’s premier leadership program for professionals who seek to hone their capacity to lead, to develop a leadership vision, to explore current issues and to better understand the decision-making systems in Marin.  At the heart of the program is the opportunity to experience a group of dynamic, diverse professionals from many industries and disciplines. 

    The San Rafael Leadership Institute, a program of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, offers a singular opportunity to develop leadership and team-building skills while learning about current issues that impact Marin County. The program brings together many of Marin’s policy makers and offers participants the chance to build relationships with key stakeholders in the county. Team building is a critical component of the Institute’s leadership development philosophy.  The skills achieved in this group setting, which include leadership vision, facilitated debate and conflict resolution, are geared to assist future leaders in mastering collaboration and collective problem-solving, while developing a sense of personal leadership, organizational leadership and, finally, leadership in the community.

    View Full Program Description Here

    Meeting Dates:

    October 2022- May 2023 8:30am – 5:00pm

    ORIENTATION October 6 (1PM-5PM)

    Session 5 February 9

    Session 1 October 13

    Session 6 March 9

    Session 2 November 17

    Session 7 April 20

    Session 3 December 8

    Session 8 May 4

    Session 4 January 12

    Session 9 May 18 (1:30-5:30PM)

    Optional Session- West Marin's Rural Economy -April 27th

    For more information, please contact Carolyn Bopp,  carolyn@srchamber.com or call 415-454-4163.

  • Thank You to Our Leadership Institute Partners!

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  • Testimonials from San Rafael Leadership Institute Graduates

    “The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce is a critical link in the Marin business community. And the Chamber’s Leadership Program is an incredible training that was very informative, inspiring and presented in an objective, practical way. Having the opportunity to hear from experts who are successful and have years of expertise in their fields is extremely valuable. As a graduate, I feel empowered with a well-rounded understanding and knowledge of the professionals and topics in our community. I look forward to staying connected with both my classmates and the guest speakers I have met over the past year.”

    Robb Stites, Account Executive, North Bay Business Journal (2022 Graduate)

    I dove right into the program within the first two weeks of joining Bank of Marin, not quite knowing what to expect. The San Rafael Leadership Institute was not only the perfect way for me to learn about what makes the City of San Rafael tick, but also gave me the opportunity to meet some outstanding leaders in my community." 

    Andrea Henderson, Director of Marketing, Bank of Marin (2019 Graduate)