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.
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.
Applications for VLA 2018 will open in January 2018.
Program Schedule (2017):
- Saturday, Aug. 12th (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.)
- Wednesday, Nov. 1st (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.)
- Wednesday, Nov. 15th (5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
- Saturday, Nov. 18th (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
If you are interested in applying for VLA 2018, please complete this form. Dates for the program will be announced in January 2018.
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, tactical leadership skills, 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.
How and when is VLA?
One six-hour retreat & kick off, followed by six once-a-week sessions, each session is three hours. The program runs August through December. 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.
For additional information, please contact Program Manager, Sophia Mayberry at Sophia@valleyleadership.org.