Empowering Current and Emerging Leaders to Strengthen Communities


For 36 years, Leadership Institute has been Valley Leadership’s premier program. Each year, approximately 50 individuals are selected through a competitive process to participate in the nine-month institute, beginning in August and ending in June. Leaders at all stages of their careers have found the Leadership Institute to be a life-changing endeavor that has allowed them to go to the next level in their careers and personal lives. The Institute offers:

Increased Awareness and Understanding of Our Community

Participants see how the community works through exclusive tours and experiences like a helicopter flight over Phoenix’s watershed, a ride-a-long with the Phoenix Police Department, and a tour of the Arizona State Prison.

Leadership Skills Development, Cultivation and Opportunities for Engagement

Participants also receive extensive executive leadership training developed specially for Valley Leadership. The training helps graduates function at the highest level of their chosen career path be it business, nonprofit, or government. Group projects provide the opportunity for class members to apply these skills and get actively involved in researching and presenting potential solutions for specific community issues.

A Broader Network of Personal and Professional Relationships


The bonds created through Leadership Institute have the potential to last a lifetime. Valley Leadership brings a diverse group of individuals together to share ideas, perspectives and values. Valley Leadership’s list of alumni is impressive including Leadership Institute graduates who have gone on to serve in public office, lead corporations and champion community organizations.

View the Leadership Institute fact sheet or Frequently Asked Questions.

Apply today to participate in Leadership Institute Class 37 (2015-16). (The application is supported by Google docs. If your employer does not support Google docs, please try to access the application from a personal device.)

Reference Form (two references required)

Pay your application fee ($75) here.

Leadership Institute Class 37 Program Schedule:

Wednesday, August 26, 2015: Orientation (half-day)

Friday and Saturday, September 18-19, 2015: Retreat

Friday, October 9, 2015: Program Day 1

Friday, November 6, 2015: Program Day 2

Friday, December 4, 2015: Program Day 3

Friday, January 8, 2016: Program Day 4

Friday, February 5, 2016: Program Day 5

Friday, March 4, 2016: Program Day 6

Friday, April 8, 2016: Program Day 7

Friday, May 6, 2016: Program Day 8

Friday, June 3, 2016: Program Day 9

Saturday, June 4, 2016: Graduation Celebration (evening)

Leadership Institute Recruitment Event

Interested in learning more about the Leadership Institute application process? Valley Leadership is hosting informative sessions for people interested in learning more about the applications, interviews, and selection of Class 37. You'll have a chance to meet alumni and current class members. Please reserve your spot if you're able to join us!

Friday, February 13, 2015
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Tempe Location

Thursday, March 5, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company
3030 N. 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85012 (8th Floor)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cox Media
4600 E Washington St, Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85034

For more information about the Leadership Institute program, contact Valley Leadership at vl@valleyleadership.org or 602.952.6760.

"Valley Leadership provides a vital role in the Valley as it exposes people to the inner workings of our community and inspiring active involvement in our community."
Terri Wogan, Executive Director, Social Venture Partners, LI Class XXII