Franchising, So Much More than Burgers and Fries!

At this special affliate event Lauren Grant will help you discover the benefits of owning a franchise.

Choice of location:
San Diego, February 27, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Irvine, February 28, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

See Jane Go...How women are pulling ahead in the business world

Thursday, February 22, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Voit Real Estate Services | Irvine

While there has never been a better time to be a woman in the startup world, there is no denying we have a long way to go...

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Are Salespeople still Relevant?

Wednesday, March 14, 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
San Diego | MMA- West (formally Barney & Barney)

There is no denying that the internet and social media has fundamentally changed the selling process. Before ever interacting with a salesperson, ...

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The Sales & Marketing Leadership Alliance (SMLA) was formed as a resource for the region’s sales and marketing leaders. Our objective is to build a community of sales and marketing professionals, providing world-class educational opportunities while connecting these professionals to the region’s top-notch resource providers.

The mission is simple – to bring sales and marketing leaders together, to enhance their productivity, build stronger bonds, leverage best practices and ultimately increase sales and enhance brands.

With the average tenure of an employee in the U.S. is steadily dropping, and the new paradigm of four to five generations working side by side for the first time ever, the role of sales and marketing is vitally important to an organization’s success. However, many Sales and Marketing professionals enter into their first leadership role, with little, if any, formal training on effective management. Additionally, there are limited resources for these leaders to gain access to professional development, best in class methodology and peer 2 peer networking – that’s where the SMLA comes in!

The SMLA – Where Sales and Marketing Meet!


San Diego

This chapter meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month
7:30AM – 9:30AM
Marsh & McLennan Agency
(formerly Barney & Barney)
9171 Towne Centre Drive, Suite 150
San Diego, CA 92122

Orange County

This chapter meets the last Thursday of each month
8:00AM – 9:30AM
Voit Real Estate Services
2020 Main Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room
Irvine, CA 92614
Quarterly Evening Socials (Location Varies)


We value the relationship we have forged with sponsor organizations since launching the SMLA in 2011.

Learn more about the sponsorship levels and benefits here.

We have events in San Diego and in Orange County each month. We hope you’ll join us!

San Diego and
Orange County Chapters

This group is a cross-industry association and has been formed to serve individuals whose primary responsibility is generating revenue for their company through the direction and management of s sales or marketing team.