The 52nd Annual Progress Seminar will now be taking place virtually on Friday, October 29, 2021 and Friday, November 5, 2021.
The past 18 months have been about leading by example, prioritizing public health, often knowing how difficult the impacts will be, and ensuring the safety of San Mateo County. The Progress Seminar has always been about demonstrating how to lead, how to tackle complex problems and policy issues, and forming relationships that last between conference weekends.
It is in the combined spirit of the lessons learned over the past 18 months and the 50+ year history of the Progress Seminar, Chamber San Mateo County has again made the difficult but necessary and responsible decision to pivot the event to a virtual format again in 2021.
We are proud our Co-Chairs and Chamber San Mateo County team sprang into action after Governor Newsom ended the emergency orders on June 15, 2021. We are even more proud of our decision in July requiring proof of vaccination to attend next month’s event in person. And now we are most proud we have the confidence to make this decision. A few factors driving the decision to go virtual include:
The uncertainty of variant impacts
Lower vaccination rates in Sonoma County vs. San Mateo County
Well-founded concerns from attendees
Many corporate travel policies that still limit or prohibit employees from large gatherings
Concern for conference attendees with children under the age of 12 who are not vaccinated
The Chamber is more than happy to provide a refund but we are hoping you would consider this a donation so we can continue our ongoing small business recovery efforts as we emerge from the pandemic.
Your room reservation will automatically be canceled.
More details to follow on the virtual event for later this year.
And our plan still continues to have an in-person Progress Seminar in April 2022 in Sonoma next year!
To view the 2020 Progress Seminar Event Program, please click here.
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