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California Connections

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.

How to Apply

California Connections 2015 is now accepting applications!

Click here
for the electronic applications.

Early registration discounted rate is available for applications received by Sept. 15 
View Frequently Asked Questions and Schedule of Seminars. For more information,
contact Blanca Zarate or 213. 580.7547. 


Through California Connections, SCLN is expanding its reach beyond Southern California to develop a new generation of stewards of California's future.

Southern California is home to one of America's largest, fastest growing and most diverse populations, has the largest port complex — a cornerstone of major global goods movement, the largest stake in natural resource solutions, the largest consumer market for the Central Valley's agriculture products and a thriving creative economy that continues to define Southern California innovation.

Despite these traits, Southern California's geographic distance has helped to contribute to its disconnected civic engagement at a statewide level on issues of mutual importance such as governance, fiscal issues, transportation and natural resource matters.

The California Connections Fellowship facilitates that statewide civic engagement and building of new relationships. Southern California leaders have an opportunity to connect on a statewide level and propel California in a positive direction through new and innovative partnerships.

California Connections is a first-of-its-kind statewide, issues-based, experiential learning leadership development program for both men and women in California. Across five two-and-a-half day seminars, Fellows engage with regional and statewide leaders on cross-cutting themes of innovation on job creation, science and technology, and social services.
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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
  • California governance issues
        in Sacramento
  • Building Your
    Leadership Portfolio

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