Explore Class 2 Visits Mesa

Explore Class 2 recently traveled to Mesa, where participants had the chance to learn about the community's focus on arts and culture, affordable housing efforts, economic development and immersive media experiences at the ASU MIX Center!

May 26, 2023

Our Explore Program Takes It’s First Trip to South Phoenix!

Explore Class 2 took the program's first trip to South Phoenix last week for a day of farming and learning about the city's education structures, economic development, and broad community outreach.

May 23, 2023

Explore Class 2 Visits “Ambos Nogales”

Explore's second trip spent two days in Ambos Nogales (Spanish for “both Nogales”), which refers to the two cities with the same name: Nogales, Arizona, United States, and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.

May 8, 2023

Explore Class 2 Visits Yuma: Community as a Strategy

Daisy Talavera, Valley Leadership's new Director of Strategic Learning, dives into her experience with Explore Class 2 and their trip to Yuma! She describes learning about Yuma's thriving agriculture industry, focus on education, widespread immigration and water issues, and community-oriented values.

April 17, 2023

Amanda Straight Joins Valley Leadership

Amanda Straight has joined the VL team as the Manager of Strategic Doing! She is excited to work with Valley Leadership to establish stabilities for individuals and families across Arizona.

March 15, 2023

Celebrating Women’s History Month with Ambassador Barbara Barrett

To celebrate the start of Women’s History Month, we interviewed Ambassador Barbara Barrett, 25th Secretary of the Air Force and alumnae of Valley Leadership Institute Class 1. Learn more about her unique journey in leadership and the various roles she has taken on throughout her career.

March 1, 2023

Daisy Talavera Joins Valley Leadership

Daisy Talavera has joined the VL team as Director of Strategic Learning | Leadership Development. She's excited to support VL participants on their personal journey to learning how they can activate their leadership to have impact on our state’s most pressing issues.

February 27, 2023

Valley Leadership Selects 16 Arizonans For Explore Class 2

Explore is the second of VL’s reimagined leadership development programs that will...

February 3, 2023

Celebrating Black History Month through Art with Gizette Knight

To celebrate the start of Black History Month, we interviewed Gizette Knight, the founder of Shining Light Foundation. Keep reading to learn more about the Black History Mural Project, this year's murals in Mesa and how Shining Light Foundation is supporting Arizona.

January 31, 2023

5 Things to Expect From Valley Leadership’s Explore Program

Explore takes participants out of their comfort zones to get to know the great diversity of the state and how our most pressing issues show up in rural, urban, suburban and Native communities. If you are a VL Alumni with a passion for forging connections while experiencing Arizona’s many diverse communities, this program is for you! Learn more about what participants can expect.

November 15, 2022

Celebrating National Native American Heritage Month

National Native American Heritage Month starts on November 1st. It is a celebration of the resilience and achievements of the Native community. Listen to our conversation with Germaine Simonson, owner of Rocky Ridge Gas and Market in Navajo Nation, to learn more.

November 1, 2022

Aki Sagi Joins Valley Leadership

Aki Sagi has joined the Valley Leadership team as our Marketing Intern! She’ll help us share how VL is making a difference on the most pressing issues facing Arizona today.

September 29, 2022
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Apply Today: Catalyze Class 3

Applications for Catalyze Class 3 are now open! If you or someone you know is interested in connect with fellow Arizona leaders and creating a plan for impact in our state, we encourage you to apply today!