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California Connections

Developing a new generation of stewards for California's future 

California Connections is a first-of-its-kind statewide, issues-based, experiential learning leadership fellowship for both men and women from across the state. As a California Connections fellow, you will spend five two-and-a-half day seminars engaging with regional and statewide leaders on cross-cutting themes of innovation in job creation, water, immigration, infrastructure, and many others.

California's geographic size has contributed to its disconnected civic leadership on issues of mutual importance such as governance, fiscal health, transportation and natural resources.  The California Connections fellowship facilitates collaboration, mutual learning and building of new relationships. Connect on a statewide level and propel California in a positive direction through new and innovative partnerships. 


Issues include:


Skill development:

  • Economic development
  • Water, energy and the environment
  • Politics and civic engagement
  • State governance and finance
  • Immigration
  • Transportation and land use
  • Agriculture
  • Public health and safety
  • Education
  • Technology and innovation
  • Los Angeles, Orange County
        and the Inland Empire
  • San Francisco, Oakland,
        and the Silicon Valley
  • San Diego Border Region
  • Central California
  • Sacramento and state
  • Cross-sector leadership
  • Economics for leaders

Compare California Connections with SCLN's other Leadership Fellowships


How to Apply

California Connections 2016 recruitment window is open.

Admissions are highly competitive and take place on a rolling admissions basis. The deadline has been extended to Sept. 18.

View Frequently Asked Questions and Schedule of Seminars.

To RSVP or for questions, please contact Blanca Zarate at bzarate@lachamber.com or 213.580.7547.




Connecting Leaders in California's Major Markets

https://asoft8255.accrisoft.com/scleadership/clientuploads/CalConn_Webpage2.jpg STATEWIDE LEADERSHIP:California Connections 2013 traveled through the Central Valley to get an in-depth overview of how water and agriculture in this region affects the nation. Fellows tour the Don Pedro Water Facility with Steve Boyd from the Turlock Irrigation District. View California Connections 2013 photo gallery.



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Gold sponsors