FOR COMMUNITIES

THE SAN DIEGO MODEL

Key decision-makers are joining forces to transform San Diego into a region of truly fair opportunities to succeed using the Kim Center’s LEAPS Initiative (keep reading for details about LEAPS).

Together, we designed the LEAPS Playbook based on San Diego's unique LEAPS Assessment results. We represent workers, employers, unions, and other advocates to make sure the voices of diverse genders and races/ethnicities, caregivers, veterans, and workers with disabilities/chronic conditions are heard!

San Diego's LEAPS Playbook will intentionally address three workplace Priority Areas: 1) eliminate sexual harassment, 2) increase childcare for workers, and 3) transform small businesses into a leading force for balanced ecosystems.

Stay tuned for San Diego's LEAPS Playbook, launching in November! Read San Diego's LEAPS Assessment Report here

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We're honored to design San Diego's groundbreaking LEAPS Playbook with these regional leaders:

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California State Assembly District 80
California State University San Marcos
CDC Small Business Finance
Chicano Federation
City Heights CDC
City of San Diego District 4
City of San Diego District 6
City of San Diego District 8
City of San Diego District 9
City of Vista
Climate Action Campaign
Child and Family Well-Being Dept.
County of San Diego District 1 
County of San Diego District 4 County Health and Human Services Agency
Employee Rights Center

Girl Scouts San Diego
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
International Rescue Committee
Ironworkers Local 229
ISOS Group
Junior Achievement of San Diego County
LEAD San Diego
MANA de North County
MANA de San Diego
National Conflict Resolution Center
NLBWA San Diego
North County Philanthropy Council
Port of San Diego
Proven Recruiting
Rescue Agency
RISE San Diego
RK2 Systems, Inc.
Salaam

San Diego & Imperial SBDC
San Diego Community College District
San Diego for Every Child
San Diego Job Corps Center
San Diego Refugee Communities Coalition
San Diego Women's Business Center
San Ysidro Health
San Diego Gas & Electric
Shyne San Diego
SDSHRM
SCRHA
The San Diego LGBT Community Center
UCSD Rady School
UDW/AFSCME Local 3930
USD School of Law
YMCA of San Diego County

Special thanks to our expert facilitators who volunteered their time to make San Diego's Playbook a reality:

Alicia Brav
Rebecca Del Secco
Steph Groce
Sarah Hassaine

Cindy J. Lin
Macarena Lopez
Nancy Mancilla
Tanisha-Jean Martin
Catherine Mattice

Rachel Merfalen
Tracey Mueller-Gibbs
Arcela Nunez-Alvarez
Angel Stancer

GENDER EQUITY HIGHLIGHT

Workplace Gender Equity drives the economic and social success of communities:

 

PROSPERITY

 

WELL-BEING

 

RESILIENCE

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“Fully closing gender gaps in work would add as much as $28 trillion to annual GDP in 2025.” (McKinsey)

 

Societies that empower women have healthier children, less violence, and fewer diseases. (Hudson & Emmett)

Women demonstrate better leadership qualities than men during and after crisis. (McKinsey)

Consequences of Gender Injustice

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LOCAL ACTION IS KEY TO CULTURAL TRANSFORMATION

Workplace equity will drive San Diego’s future prosperity. In fact, McKinsey reported that it could increase San Diego’s productivity by $23 billion in 10 years.

Employers, governments, and individuals are uniting around the LEAPS program to prove the power of structured community action.

HOW IT WORKS

GenderLEAP Dials

LEAPS Assessment

Our regional-level evaluation provides the point-in-time narratives that people need to stay engaged in a long-term process, including:

  • What specific challenges our community needs to address
  • Where we are making progress
  • How we measure up to other communities
  • How increased workplace equity is improving our regional economy
  • How increased workplace equity is improving upward mobility for individuals
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Major baselines are presented in an interactive online dashboard. Regional LEAPS Assessments are repeated every 3 years.

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LEAPS Playbook

Once the regional Assessment is complete, local leaders collaborate with the Kim Center to design a locally specific Playbook. They outline clear guidelines and metrics for all employers, governments, and individual community members.

The Kim Center works with local leaders to revisit their Playbook every 3 years after each Assessment.

LEAPS Accreditation (coming 2024)

Our national standards can help:

  • Municipalities and socially minded businesses recognize appropriate vendors for procurement advantages
  • Concerned individuals reliably identify workplace-equitable organizations to invest in, work for, or buy from
  • Workforce programs choose employer relationships that will best serve their clients’ opportunities for job success
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WORKPLACE GENDER EQUITY DAY PROCLAMATIONS IN THE U.S.

States and cities we have worked with to make this valuable cultural statement

OTHER WORKPLACE GENDER EQUITY DAY PROCLAMATIONS

  • San Diego Democratic Party

JOIN THE WORKPLACE EQUITY COLLABORATIVE

Our national and regional partnerships with forward-thinking employers are dedicated to transforming the culture of our companies and communities. We support each other through open communication and shared resources, uniting around a common vision and structured action.

Workplace Equity Collaborators pledge to:

  • CARE about workplace equity
  • SHARE resources to support Collaborative efforts
  • DARE to make change and ask for help

Click here to learn more and join.