Applications for the 2019 Class are now being accepted. 

Video by Heather Ramirez, Co-Chair of Leadership Torrance 2015

Grow your leadership potential

Leadership Torrance is a program focused on developing effective leaders from across the South Bay. Sponsored by the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, it provides opportunities for emerging leaders to take an active role towards building a stronger community.

Leadership Torrance was envisioned as a way to create visibility for emerging leaders. The mission of the Leadership Torrance program is to develop effective leaders by encouraging community connections through partnerships with City officials and local businesses.

What’s involved?

Nine day-long workshops spread over a six-month period will jumpstart your understanding of the Torrance community and South Bay business environment. Workshops feature an impressive array of speakers representing the South Bay’s power base, as well as access to many closed-door areas of our infrastructure. You will complete the program with a deeper insight into the rich history of the South Bay and the current issues facing different sectors of the community.

The program provides you with ample opportunities to fast-track your networking circle with:

– Torrance and South Bay businesses
– City, County, and State Government
– The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce
– South Bay community organizations

Leadership Torrance Class of 2015
Leadership Torrance Class of 2015

What will I be doing?

Network with influential South Bay Leaders
Learn how to build great rapport with highly motivated and aspiring leaders in the community and discover innovative ways to enhance interpersonal relationships through networking and collaboration.
Engage in highly visible activities that make an impact in Torrance
Expand your awareness of the Torrance community and its infrastructure (business, political, educational, non-profit, et cetera) to identify challenges and opportunities affecting day to day life in the city.
Discover/enhance your Leadership abilities
Develop your leadership skills and your understanding of the various leadership styles through course materials, discussions with current leaders, and hands-on opportunities by developing a community project to benefit the South Bay.
Elevate your business relationships within the community
Examine the principles and best practices from a variety of businesses within the community to discover new ways to promote and improve your business.

Skills focus:

  • Leadership
  • Business & Civic Knowledge
  • Volunteerism
  • Networking
  • Teamwork

How much does it cost?

Leadership Torrance costs $995 for current TACC members and their employees. The cost for non-members is $1,250. Payment is required upon acceptance into the program. You can find the application at the bottom of this page.

Leadership in Action 

Each Leadership Torrance class chooses a Community Project that allows participants to put some of the leadership skills they develop into practice. It’s a tangible way to give back and make a long-lasting contribution to the community. The class organizes and executes the Community Project as a team, and presents the project at the Graduation Ceremony.

Additionally, graduates from each Leadership Torrance graduating class become the facilitators of the next year’s program, providing graduates with a significant opportunity to continue serving the community, to improve an already outstanding program, and continue to pursue excellence in leadership — this time in an actual leadership role.

Leadership Torrance Alumni Association

Leadership Torrance has graduated over 900 participants over its 25-year existence. The Leadership Torrance Alumni Association was formed to continue the networking process and to interact with the current Leadership Torrance class. Upon graduating, you will be eligible to join this exclusive group to continue the process of developing key relationships with the South Bay’s most motivated business and civic leaders.

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