Get Involved in SAR

As member of the SAR Leadership Academy you will gain exposure to a wide variety of SAR’s internal committees, forums, and charitable events while learning about our external partners like C.A.R., MetroList, and city/county governments. Take the opportunity to become well versed in the Association’s operations and take on a leadership role in shaping the future of SAR.

Download Commitment Letter
  • Submit an application describing your interest in joining the Academy.
  • Participate in monthly group training sessions held at SAR.
  • Attend a variety of informative meetings and events during the training period.

Leadership Academy Application

The deadline to apply is January 12th, 2024.
If you have any questions contact Derek Catron at 916.720.8020 or via email at

Section I: Personal Information

This application requires the upload of the Leadership Academy Commitment letter. You can download it here.
Text Message Acceptable?(Required)
Member Type(Required)

Section II: Work Experience

Current Company?

Section III: Education

Section IV: Community Involvement

Section V: Leadership Aspirations

Section VI: Commitment

If selected for this program, you are recognized as an emerging leader in our industry. As a participant you are expected to attend all mandatory sessions and fulfill the other program requirements and sign a Leadership Academy Commitment Letter.

SAR will conduct 15-minute interviews with Applicants Wednesday, January 24, 2024 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm and Friday, January 26, 2024 from 1:00 to 3:00pm.

Please indicate if you have a preferred interview date.(Required)
We will do our best to accommodate. You will be contacted to schedule the interview.

Participation includes mandatory attendance at the following events and meetings:

  • Series orientation | Monday, February 12, 2024, 1:00-2:30pm
  • Monthly meetings | Typically the 2nd Monday of each month, 1:00-2:30pm, February through November
  • C.A.R. Legislative Day | Wednesday, May 1, 2024, All day

We will also participate in the following activities as a group (some dates to be determined):

  • A City Council meeting and a County Board of Supervisors meeting TBD
  • Tour the State Capitol and meet with a Senator or Assemblymember TBD
  • SAR President’s Appreciation Breakfast – December 2023
  • SAR Board of Director’s meeting May.
  • One Community Volunteer Event TBD
  • You will also be required to attend individually: two SAR Membership meetings, two SAR Committee Meetings (all at your choosing)
  • Write a short summary of your experience with each and be prepared to share that in class.
Max. file size: 10 MB.
Max. file size: 10 MB.

Stephanie Ferris

2024 Leadership Academy Chair

Derek Catron

Leadership Academy Staff Liaison

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