Progress Seminar 

Join us at the 51st Annual Progress Seminar, taking place virtually later this year!


We are excited to announce our dates for the 2020 Progress Seminar – Virtual Program Series!
The series will take place from 9:30 – 12:45pm on the following Fridays: November 6, 2020 – November 13, 2020 – November 20, 2020.


To register for the 2020 Virtual Progress Seminar, please click here.

To view the 2020 Progess Seminar Event Program, please click here.



Deadline to request a refund for the 2020 Virtual Progress Seminar is September 1, 2020

The Board of Directors of the Redwood CitySan Mateo County Chamber of Commerce made a difficult, but responsible, decision at the time to postpone the 2020 Progress Seminar from last month to this coming October.  Based on the information at the time, October seemed to provide enough time for the health crisis to pass.
Now that we know more and we have better data to forecast how COVID-19 will impact the remainder of 2020, our Board has made the decision to take the 2020 Progress Seminar virtual.  Your safety is the number one priority and producing a virtual Progress Seminar later this year is the best option to keep the dialog intact for 2020 and ensure we convene in a responsible way. 
Our planning team is pivoting and we don’t have all the details worked out, but this is what I can share right now:
  • The in-person 2020 Progress Seminar scheduled for October 23, 24, and 25 will go virtual 
  • The date may change to accommodate previous requests related to the November 2020 election
  • We are working on the format, length, and interactive technologies that will take us virtual, but keep us connected
  • The attendee experience will be much more than a Zoom call and our sponsors will still be celebrated!
  • We will determine how to incorporate COVID-19 topics into the program related to government, business, and regional recovery
  • All hotel room reservations will be cancelled automatically
  • $300 of your full registration $750 fee will be applied to your 2021 conference registration automatically.
It’s too soon to make any predictions, but the goal is to plan to be back together in person at the Hyatt Sonoma for the 2021 Progress Seminar.
Thank you in advance for your ongoing support and your understanding for the need to take us virtual in 2020 so we stay safe and keep doing the essential work we all do to get San Mateo County back on its feet.


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The Progress Seminar has been bringing together Business, Government, and Community Leaders for half a century. This program is unique to San Mateo County and remains as a testament to the business and community leaders who recognize the importance of working together to collaborate and solve key community issues facing our counties and state.

The Progress Seminar continues to grow and evolve as it has from the beginning.  It has become an increasingly vital venue used to focus on the most current issues facing Peninsula communities.  The collaboration that occurs each year at this event, is proof of how business and public policy can shape the future of those communities when they work together.

Our Progress Seminar is an annual event sponsored by the Redwood City – San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce. The content and speakers are planned by an expert group of planning committee members led by Progress Seminar Co-Chairs, Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom, and President and CEO of SAMCEDA, Rosanne Foust.


Proud Progress Seminar Signature Sponsor: 

View highlights from the Progress Seminar speakers and interviews below:

 Attendee Statistics

Over 350 attendees from San Mateo County and statewide

60% representing business  40% representing Government and Community Leaders

Over 17 San Mateo & Santa Clara County Cities represented

Over 70 new attendees each year over the last 5 years

Overheard at the Progress Seminar:

“I especially appreciate the chance to forge relationships, entertain new perspectives, and renew and deepen my ties with the remarkable leaders that come to the Progress Seminar every year. This is the magic of San Mateo County.”


“This is why I come to the Progress Seminar – it gives us a safe space to discuss controversial issues.”


“People can really help by showing up to lend their support at the local and regional levels and also by supporting legislation that is designed to the move the housing agenda forward.”


“[San Mateo County] is the connector between two major cities. We have common interests. If you listen, build relationships, and understand other counties, it makes it possible to garner support for our projects. I think we do have clout because we know how to collaborate.”


“It takes the entire region to work together.”


“There is no place like San Mateo County. The level of collaboration and working partnerships is unusual and it makes us unique. Relationships matter. But you’ve got to reach out and create them.”


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