Inspirational stories of leadership, recognizing Kimber Lanning & Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr.

Join Us for an Evening of Impact

Connect with Arizona gamechangers, doers and movers-and-shakers at Valley Leadership’s intimate awards reception recognizing our honorees, Kimber Lanning and Dr. Warren Stewart, Sr.

Man & Woman of the Year is a long-standing, long-cherished event that honors Arizonans who are the instruments of progress, goodness and service to others. Showcasing our honorees’ track records of impact and commitment to the success of our state, the event is an opportunity to connect with, be inspired by and find new opportunities to collaborate with those who have stewarded impact and long-term change in our community.

The 72nd Annual Man & Woman of the Year event will be hosted from 5:30-8 p.m. on November 16 at the Paradise Valley Country Club. 

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Please note, we are closely monitoring the status of coronavirus in Arizona and will share protocols with guests as the event approaches. If, in accordance with state and location regulations, we need to cancel the event, you will have the option to move your RSVP to a future event or receive a refund. 

Any public space where other people are present holds an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. By attending this event, you agree to voluntarily assume all risk related to exposure and agree to not hold Valley Leadership or any of their affiliates including partners, sponsors, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, volunteers, or sponsored venues liable for illness. Valley Leadership may ask guests to take necessary precautions while at the event including, but not limited to, engaging in appropriate social distancing, wearing a mask in public areas according to the organization’s and venue’s protocols, minimizing face touching, frequently washing hands and avoiding risky environments such as overcrowded bars or restaurants. You agree to not attend any Valley Leadership event if you feel ill or have had recent exposure to a COVID-19 case.

Meet Our Honorees

Kimber Lanning is founder of Local First Arizona, the statewide organization working to strengthen Arizona’s economy. Lanning is an entrepreneur, business leader and community development specialist who works to cultivate strong self-reliant communities and inspire a higher quality of life for people across Arizona. Lanning’s passions, which are seen throughout her work, include fostering cultural diversity and inclusion, economic resilience and responsible growth for Arizona. Lanning has grown Local First Arizona into a widely respected organization that is leading the nation in implementing systems and policies to ensure a level playing field for entrepreneurial endeavors of all sizes.  With nearly 3,500 business members and four statewide offices, Lanning leads a team of 30 who work on a diverse array of programs ranging from healthy local food access, entrepreneurial development in underserved communities, and rural community development, each of which plays a part in building sustainable and resilient local economies.

Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr. has been senior pastor of the First Institutional Baptist Church of Phoenix, Arizona, since 1977. His ministry is characterized by an unwavering commitment and spirit-filled zeal to engage in evangelism and emancipation, meeting the needs of the whole person. He is also recognized by others as “a man of conscience, commitment and dedication to the cause of moral leadership, human rights and a soldier of justice and equality.” Stewart has been cited as one of the most influential religious leaders in Arizona and the nation, and his ministry extends internationally. Dr. Stewart organized and led two broad-based coalitions  ARIZONANS FOR A MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. STATE HOLIDAY and VICTORY TOGETHER, Inc.  that campaigned for a Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights Day in Arizona, which was won by a historic vote of the people in the general election on Nov. 3, 1992, after a decades-long fight.  

Celebrate Our Honorees All Year Long!

Save the Date: April 21

Join us for a special alumni reunion event and reception on April 21 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, where our Man & Woman of the Year will be on hand to connect with VL alums and discuss community impact – add to your calendar now on Outlook, Google Calendar or Apple Calendar.

With Gratitude to Our Sponsors:

Interested in sponsoring? Email Valley Leadership CEO Dave Brown at dave@valleyleadership.org.