71st Man & Woman of the Year

Plus the first-ever “Person of the Decade” and NEW Impact Expo
April 2, 2020

Valley Leadership is pleased to announce Kenneth J. Schutz and Karrin Taylor Robson as our 71st Annual Man & Woman of the Year honorees. The pair will be honored for their long-term contributions and commitment to our community at the Annual Man & Woman of the Year event on April 2, 2020.

Each year an outstanding Valley man and woman are selected based on their vision, innovation, measurable impact on the lives of others, and their extraordinary service to our community.

Taylor Robson and Schutz join a prestigious list of past Man & Woman of the Year award recipients including last year’s honorees: John Graham and Colleen Jennings-Roggensack.

Inaugural “Person of the Decade” Honoree: Senator John McCain

The April 2, 2020 Annual Man & Woman of the Year event will also include our first-ever “Person of The Decade” award honoring the late Senator John Sidney McCain III for his impact on Arizona.

This once-in-a-decade award will go on to recognize other leaders and ‘doers’ whose grit and determination in taking on and solving Arizona’s most pressing issues mirror Valley Leadership’s five Principles of Doing and commitment to cultivating leaders who work to get things done civilly.

NEW Impact Expo

The 71st Annual Man & Woman of the Year gathering and Person of the Decade celebration will also feature our first-ever Impact Expo, highlighting the formation and progress of our first Impact Teams: Education, Health, Child Well-Being, and Jobs & the Economy. The Impact Expo will gather Arizona’s diverse leadership to highlight progress and create meaningful interactions with the Teams tackling these first four issues.


Who: Honorees Karrin Taylor Robson and Kenneth Schutz, Senator McCain’s family, Valley Leadership alumni, partners, supporters and friends

When: Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Where: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Past Honorees:

Honorees for this prestigious award are accepted each fall from the public at large. A committee of past honorees and community leaders then selects a single man and woman to be honored at the spring luncheon. These demonstrated long-term, leaders are actively involved in our community and have made a significant difference in the Valley through their efforts and accomplishments. In addition, they have contributed to Valley Leadership’s mission to enhance the abilities of leaders to serve and strengthen our community.

Review the list of Past Honorees.

Tickets and Sponsorship:

Individual tickets, Impact Expo tickets, and sponsorship sales open Monday, January 6, 2020. Email Dave Brown for more information.