November is National Native American Heritage Month! It is a celebration of the resilience and achievements of the Native community. Listen to our conversation with Holly Patterson, Business Coach at Change Labs in Navajo and Hopi lands, to learn more.
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we interviewed Dr. Dani Portillo, Superintendent of Roosevelt School District and graduate of both our Catalyze and Explore programs, to discuss her role at RSD and the importance of ensuring that our Hispanic population has equal access to educational opportunities and resources.
Angela Hughey and Brian Spicker will be Valley Leadership’s 74th Man & Woman of the Year. The two were selected because of their commitment to addressing Arizona’s most pressing issues, track record of community engagement and alignment with Valley Leadership’s Principles of Doing.
99 Arizonans have been selected for the third Catalyze class. During the 6-month program, participants grow their connections to the people and issues that impact Arizona, while gaining new skills and experiences.
We’re excited to announce that Koran Hardimon has been elected as Board Chair, Josh Shade as Vice Chair and Ginger Sykes-Torres as Secretary! Meet our newest board leadership members.
Valley Leadership is excited to welcome Carrie Larson to the VL team! She brings her deep background in education to her role as the new Program Manager for our Catalyze program. Learn more about her in our latest blog post!
Last year was an exciting year for Valley Leadership! We built on the foundations of the first year of our reimagined programming and expanded the work of the Impact Maker. Let’s take a look at some of the important accomplishments over the last year.
The second year of VL’s Explore class has wrapped! The Class 2 Explore cohort gathered in mid June for a final reflection of the program and a celebratory dinner. The day was designed to create space for the group to get creative and connect over the shared experiences.
Five years after the launch of Valley Leadership’s “Pivot Towards Impact”, leading philanthropic partners have renewed their investments totaling over $1 million in the organization’s evolutionary shift on how it develops a culture of leadership steeped in values, action and engagement of more leaders.
Explore’s final journey took the class from Flagstaff to Hard Rock, to Monument Valley and back down through Cameron Trading Post; 776 miles and over 13 hours of driving to visit just a few of the many assets that Navajo Nation has to offer. Read more about their final trip.
Explore Class 2 took the program’s 5th trip to Buckeye last week to learn more about economic development, local small business entrepreneurship, and all things sustainability.
To celebrate the start of Pride Month, we interviewed Nate Rhoton, CEO of one-n-ten and Valley Leadership’s Institute Class 38 Alumni, to discuss the importance of hard conversations and how to approach them.

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Apply Today: Explore Class 3

Applications for Explore Class 3 are now open! If you or someone you know is interested in getting out of your comfort zone to explore the great diversity of Arizona, we encourage you to apply today!