Leadership Sacramento

Growing leaders since 1985

Leadership Sacramento is a program of the Sacramento Metro Chamber Foundation that develops community-minded business and civic leaders of tomorrow. This year long interactive program provides a behind-the-scenes view of the issues that impact the region’s economy and culminates in the completion of a community project.

Why Leadership Sacramento?

Personal and professional development

Leadership Sacramento is an amazing program designed to surround you with like-minded, yet totally diverse individuals you wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to interact within your daily work or personal lives. Many of your classmates will become friends for life.


Participate as a group in a community service project benefitting a local nonprofit that leaves a lasting mark on our region and the community.


Expand your understanding of what is happening across Sacramento’s various sectors from some of the most influential leaders in our region.


The people you meet, the places we go, and the industries we learn about contribute to what makes Sacramento a healthy region. Leadership Sacramento is your foot-in-the-door to help you identify what role you want to play in it.

Presenting sponsors

Legacy sponsor

Interested in joining next year’s Leadership Sacramento class?

Applications for our 2025 class will open on September 2, 2024 and close on October 11, 2024.

Monthly sessions

Each month, Leadership Sacramento explores a new subject. The goal for each day is to give class participants a unique behind-the-scenes experience that furthers their knowledge of each subject, demonstrating the impact the subject has on the region and providing information and connections to enable immediate community action.

Monthly sessions have included:

  • Regional History
  • Law & Order
  • Business of Being Green
  • Arts, Culture and Entertainment
  • Government
  • Economic Development
  • Communications & Personal Branding
  • Education
  • Non-Profit
Leadership Sacramento Alumni

The Leadership Sacramento program accepts approximately 40 individuals after an extensive application review process by volunteer leaders, Metro Chamber staff, and the alumni committee.

Applicants must live and work in the six-county Sacramento region (El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo or Yuba county).

A conscious effort is made to select participants who represent a cross-section of the community in terms of experience and occupation to build a diverse class with various backgrounds.

What makes an ideal candidate?

A strong interest in learning about business and community in the Sacramento region and what makes it all work together.

A passion for finding a place to help yourself and others build Sacramento’s leadership pipeline

Shows potential for advancement into leadership roles or an entrepreneurial spirit within their industry.

A strong sense of community and the desire to enhance our region through a demonstrated involvement in volunteer or program participation.


Attend one applicant information session.

Attend an orientation retreat.

Attend at least 9 of the 11 regular monthly sessions, held the second Thursday of each month virtually and/or at various locations throughout the region.

Complete homework assignments that serve to enhance the participant experience.

Actively participate in the class community service project, which will require additional time commitments (the extent of which depends on the project chosen by the class).

Jamie Von Sossan
Jamie Von Sossan

3Fold Communications

Leadership Sacramento gave me the opportunity to meet people inside and outside of my industry that I may not have had a chance to come in contact with. The Metro Chamber’s continued support of this program shows its commitment to growing our region from the inside out.

Verna Sulpizio
Verna Sulpizio

Class of 2015
West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce

Leadership Sacramento is an investment I would highly recommend to others. Whether you’re looking to learn more about Sacramento, develop your leadership skills, or expand your network – Leadership Sacramento is the place to be.