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Valley Leadership Names 72nd Man & Woman of the Year

Kimber Lanning and Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr. will be Valley Leadership’s 72nd Man & Woman of the Year. The pair were selected because of their commitment to Arizona and track record of impact in the community, particularly on the state’s most pressing issues.

September 20, 2021

Celebrate Hispanic and Latinx VL Alumni

September 15 marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. With going back-to-school in mind for us at VL this month, we want to celebrate a few VL alums who are making an impact on the education landscape in Arizona.

September 2, 2021

Valley Leadership Selects 114 Arizonans for Catalyze

Valley Leadership has selected 114 Arizonans to be part of the inaugural class of Catalyze, a completely virtual program designed to set people up to take action in the community. The cohort represents a diverse cross-section of sectors, industries and experience.

September 1, 2021

VL Welcomes Ginger Sykes Torres to Board of Directors

Valley Leadership recently welcomed Ginger Sykes Torres, an environmental consultant with Shikeyah Environmental, to join its Board of Directors. Get to know Ginger, why she loves living in Arizona, what motivates her community work – and her advice for getting more engaged.

August 12, 2021

Leadership Looks Like Outsmarting Our Biases

Researchers have documented nearly 200 different cognitive biases – decision-making shortcuts our brains employ to save much-needed energy. But, those energy-savings often come at a cost. Cognitive biases can lead us to make bad decisions.

August 10, 2021

Jennifer Gastelum Joins VL Team

Jennifer Gastelum has joined the Valley Leadership team as a leadership development manager.

August 9, 2021

Leadership Development Groups Commit to Developing Shared Curriculum on Racial Justice

A collective of leadership development organizations that work across the state have agreed to develop a shared curriculum focused on racial justice and equity.

August 2, 2021

The First Step in Leadership

Reflection is a critical tool for our growth – and something we ask those leading our Impact Maker work to do every time we meet. In particular, we ask them to reflect on when they’ve seen real-life examples of our Principles of Doing in action – and we wanted to share one of them with you. Acting with integrity is the first step in acting with those principles.

July 7, 2021

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
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