The newest addition to VL’s multigenerational program offerings, Valley Leadership Advance (VLA), is designed for high potential leaders, either new to Arizona or new to civic engagement. The highly-interactive curriculum is focused on three core elements: community orientation, tactical leadership skills development, and connecting and retaining Arizona’s top talent.
Ideal candidates want to understand where we’ve been as a state, where we’re going, who is leading the charge, and how to plug in. The program consists of six powerful, compact sessions, a retreat, community service project, and connection to Arizona’s top talent.
After completion, participants will have elevated tactical leadership skills, expanded personal and professional networks, a deeper understanding and appreciation for Arizona, and more awareness of the unique opportunities to positively impact the community with like-minded leaders. Different from, but complementary to Valley Leadership Institute, VLA offers a new platform for community orientation and skills training. Over time, we hope VLA participants will become VLI participants. Cost is $750 per participant. Financial assistance is available.
Recruitment Events for 2017
These events are an opportunity for applicants to meet each other and learn more about the application process and our programming. Register for these events by clicking on the dates.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Clarendon Hotel
Friday, February 10, 2017 from 4:00-5:30pm at the Valley Leadership Office
Monday, April 3, 2017 from 7:30-9:00am at the Valley Leadership Office
If you are interested in learning more about the Leadership Advance, we can connect you to an Ambassador. Ambassadors are recent graduates of the program, who can share their experience and answer questions you may have. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get connected to a VLA Ambassador.
Program Schedule (2017):
- Saturday, Sept. 2nd (10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
- Wednesday, Sept. 6th (5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
- Wednesday, Sept. 20th (5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
- Wednesday, Oct. 4th (5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
- Wednesday, Oct. 18th (5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
- Monday, Nov. 6th (7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.)
- Monday, Nov. 13th (4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
- Monday, Nov. 15th (5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
- Saturday, Nov. 18th (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is VLA?
Valley Leadership’s newest civic education and leadership development experience with curriculum designed around three core elements: community orientation, communication, and connection. Participants gain critical information about what’s going on in our community, and how we got here. Leadership skills training and development strategies are woven into the information that is delivered straight from the leaders directly involved in Arizona’s civic and corporate infrastructures at the highest level.
Who participates in VLA?
High potential leaders who are new to Arizona or new to civic engagement are the ideal candidates for this new program offering. These leaders should be interested in learning more about what’s going on in the community, how to plug in, and who to connect with to advance their passions and accelerate their pursuits. Each year a diverse group of 35 high-potential leaders will be invited to participate in the program.
How and when is VLA?
One six-hour retreat & kick off, followed by six once-a-week sessions, each session is three hours. Program runs August through November. Through experiential learning, hands-on learning and interactive collaboration, participants advance their leadership skills, engage in self-discovery and connect with each other – and the extended Valley Leadership alumni network.
How much is VLA? Tuition is $750 per participant. Applications are available by invite only and will be distributed in April 2016. Financial assistance is available.
For additional information, please contact Program Manager, Sophia Mayberry at Sophia@valleyleadership.org.