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Three Steps to Begin Making an Impact

Wanting to tackle a challenging issue but not knowing where to start is understandably intimidating but top of mind for many Arizonans after the last year. We’re all capable of driving the impact we want to see in ourselves and our communities. With a commitment to exploration, goalsetting and collaboration, you can set yourself up to make a difference.

June 14, 2021

Meet 3 VL Alums Supporting the LBGTQIA+ Community

June is Pride Month. Get to know three Valley Leadership alumni who are advocating for and celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community every day.

June 9, 2021

Valley Leadership Names New Board Leadership

Valley Leadership’s board of directors has elected its leadership for the next two years, led by president Paul Komadina.

June 7, 2021

Meet Valley Leadership’s New Board President and Leadership

Valley Leadership’s board of directors has elected its board leadership for the next two years. VL’s board will be led by President Paul Komadina, senior managing director for CBRE; Vice President Koran Hardimon, director of inclusion and diversity for Republic Services; Treasurer Josh Shade, Arizona market president for U.S. Bank; Secretary Nancy Baldwin, executive director and trustee of the Hickey Family Foundation; and At-Large Executive Committee Member Sherry McFadden, director at State Farm.

June 7, 2021

Video: Building a Culture of Belonging in the Community

Valley Leadership Board Vice President Koran Hardimon has led the creation of VL’s Impact Maker Racial Justice Team, and he is the director of inclusion and diversity for Republic Services. He sat down with VL’s Leadership Development Manager Michelli Castaneda to discuss the idea of belonging, how he works to improve diversity, equity and inclusion at work and in the community, and how others can do the same.

June 3, 2021

Connecting the Dots on the Issues

As VL has launched new leadership development programming, our team has focused on shining a light on the interconnectivity of our greatest challenges – and understanding when and where we may not all be thriving – as a means for our leaders to explore how they can be more collaborative on and effective at tackling those challenges.

June 1, 2021

Storytelling is an asset for leaders – but look beyond your story

Stories help us make sense of the world. Having a good handle on your story – particularly how your journey has led you to connect to the issues or people you’re passionate about – is important. And, there are other behaviors you can practice that can help build perspective and connection that ultimately bring people together to make a difference.

May 19, 2021

Valley Leadership Reimagines Its Approach to Leadership Training with the Goal of Engaging More Arizonans Than Ever to Lead

Valley Leadership has reimagined its leadership development model to attract and prepare a pipeline of Arizonans who are committed to leading and making a difference on the most pressing issues in our state.

May 11, 2021

Meet VL’s New Programs

Valley Leadership is committed to engaging every Arizonan to lead. To do so, we've launched three brand new opportunities.

May 5, 2021

Women Who Lead for Arizona

Arizona’s history has been shaped by incredible women leaders, breaking down barriers in politics and professions and laying the foundation for championing community and civil rights that continues today.

March 1, 2021

Valley Leadership Welcomes John Meza to Board of Directors

Valley Leadership recently welcomed for John Meza, the inspector general for the Arizona Department of Economic Security, to join its Board of Directors. Get to know the former Mesa Police chief and find out who inspires him, what he’s reading and what he’s looking forward to most this year.

February 9, 2021

Celebrating Black Leaders in Arizona

Today marks the start of Black History Month, a time to celebrate the achievements and impact of African Americans. As we celebrate, we want to highlight leaders in Arizona.

February 1, 2021
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