Annual Holiday Social 2018

Wednesday, November 28, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
San Diego | Hilton Del Mar- Polo Lounge

Celebrate the holiday season with other Sales and Marketing leaders at Hilton Del Mar- Polo Lounge. You’ll make great connections in a fun and relaxed atmosphere while expanding your network of contacts. Bring your like-minded colleagues for delicious food and good conversation. The evening includes heavy appetizers and a drink ticket.

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A CEO's Journey, From Fortune 500 to Entrepreneur

Thursday, November 29, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Voit Real Estate Services | Irvine

The march from individual contributor to sales leadership is far from formulaic. When that journey includes a move from Fortune 500 to start up and back again, you can imagine the lessons that have been learned along the way. This month at the SMLA...

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The power to authentically connect with storytelling

Wednesday, November 14, 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
San Diego | Marsh & McLennan Agency (formerly Barney & Barney)

All humans love great stories with compelling characters.This simple, common, shared perspective has been hard-wired in our DNA. It’s simply easier to understand ideas if they’re told as a story. The bombardment of sales and marketing messages has created clutter and noise, making it harder than ever for you to authentically and quickly communicate with your customers.

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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
9171 Towne Centre Dr, Suite 500
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
Irvine, CA 92614

Los Angeles

This NEW chapter launches in Febuary 2019!
7:30AM – 9:345M
5800 S Eastern Ave, Suite 400
Commerce, CA 90040


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.