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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
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
Valley Leadership Names 73rd Man & Woman of the Year
Reyna Montoya and Dr. Chad Gestson will be Valley Leadership’s 73rd 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.
September 22, 2022
Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15th is the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month. It’s a celebration of the achievements and contributions of the Hispanic community, and an opportunity to highlight the leaders who are lifting up those in the community. Listen to our conversation with Arizona leaders to learn more.
September 14, 2022
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