Cultivating Leaders to Create a Better Tomorrow for Our Region

Cultivating Leaders to Create a Better Tomorrow for Our Region

To tackle the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities we have in the San Diego region, we need leaders from all walks of life equipped with the skills, passion, and dedication to collaborate across industries, communities and issues.

That’s what LEAD San Diego is all about, and we are proud to support this leadership development program run by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Tonight, we join LEAD San Diego to celebrate the recipients of its 2018 Visionary Awards. At the same time, we want to take this opportunity to give a shout-out to our employees who are LEAD graduates. Over the years, nearly 70 employees from SDG&E and our parent company, Sempra Energy, have participated in LEAD San Diego programs. Among them is our president, Scott Drury.

Kudos to Our 2018 Graduates

This year, three of our employees graduated from the 2018 LEAD IMPACT program, which consists of ten months of workshops and training to help them build a strong leadership foundation and skills for civic engagement.

Each year, IMPACT participants are divided into LEADership Action Teams and are matched with local nonprofits in need of expertise and assistance to accomplish a project.

Below is a brief description of our IMPACT graduates’ work with local nonprofits.

  • Rhiannon Davis, clean energy policy manager - She worked with her team to develop a five-year business plan for Amigas Punto Com, a home-grown nonprofit focused on abuse prevention, healthy relationships and self-esteem for women, youth, and families in the South Bay. The business plan outlined strategies to help Amigas, which provides workshops, events and community resources in English and Spanish, to continue growing as a well-structured and financially sustainable organization.
  • Jennifer Summers, principal commercial energy policy advisor - In support of Thrive Public Schools’ mission to create community-minded, college-prepared and career-inspired students, Jennifer and her team worked on an implementation plan to leverage partnerships with the business community. They executed a year-long plan for Thrive to host a career fair, provide opportunities for job shadowing and internships, and cultivate community partners to engage in Thrive’s mission.  
  • Annamay Luyun, project manager - Annamay and her team developed and created a plan to improve volunteer development, donor cultivation, and retention of volunteers and donors for I Love A Clean San Diego. The plan includes a volunteer development marketing campaign, recognition program, and communication plan. It also includes a donor conversion plan that links dollars to tangibles.

Congratulations to the 2018 LEAD San Diego Visionary Award Winners

We join LEAD San Diego in honoring six outstanding individuals who are this year’s recipients of the LEAD San Diego Visionary Awards. They demonstrated leadership across a wide range of industries and issues, including tourism, baseball, homelessness, community investment, and genome sequencing. 

  • Patti Roscoe for being a tireless community and civic volunteer.
  • Peter Seidler and Dan Shea for their work addressing homelessness in San Diego.
  • Jay Flatley, executive chairman of the Illumina Board, for creating economic opportunities through his extensive contributions to the genomics industry and building Illumina from a startup to an international leader.
  • Blanca Livier Uribe Diaz, vice president of the Club de Beisbol Toros de Tijuana, for promoting cross-border communication and development and serving as a link between various charities and companies in our binational region.
  • Lidia S. Martinez, manager of community affairs and grassroots at Southwest Airlines, for building strategic partnerships with civic, business, philanthropic and educational organizations to achieve mutual objectives.

More Information

LEAD San Diego is accepting applications for IMPACT 2019 through June 21, 2018. For more information, visit