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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

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
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