Valley Leadership Accelerate


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Valley Leadership Accelerate (VLA) will give you the lay of the land on the most pressing issues facing Arizona and connect you with others already working on solutions. A shorter-term program, we’ll get you up-to-speed with short, burst-style programming, interaction with the people making a difference and the opportunities to get involved.  Valley Leadership Accelerate helps you find your purpose and mobilizes you to have impact on the community in Arizona.

This program is for high potential leaders regardless of background.  Past participants have included individuals newer to Arizona, those just beginning their community work and still exploring their leadership style, and recently retired leaders.  All were ready to build the context and community they needed to excel and thrive as a community leader in Arizona.

The cost for the 2019 program is $950 per participant. Financial assistance is available.

This application is due by 5:00 p.m. (AZ) on Friday, May 31, 2019. There are no extensions. 

Valley Leadership will be hosting three recruitment events for applicants that want more information about the program and process.

4/3/2019 – 11:30am-1pm at SRP: 1500 N Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281

4/16/2019 – 7:30am-9am at CopperPoint Insurance Company: 3030 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85012

5/9/2019 – 4:30pm-6pm at CopperPoint Insurance Company: 3030 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85012


Program Schedule and Commitment VLA 2019:

The type of impact we’re looking to have requires commitment.

In the short-term, Class members must commit to being fully present for seven program days (held on Wednesday evenings as shown in the Program Schedule below), the half-day orientation, and participation in a group project (note: group project format is TBD). During program days, class members are expected to be present the entire time (with the exception of scheduled breaks). This level of participation is necessary for both individual and community development. If you are unable to set aside this time, please consider applying another year, when your schedule permits.

In the long-term, as a Valley Leadership alumni, you have the opportunity to be a part of the Impact Maker and its Impact Teams, to coordinate the continued action required to make real, sustained change.  Applying to VLA isn’t just an application to a program, it’s expressing an interest to join our community and be a life-long advocate for Arizona.

Participation in the full program schedule is mandatory. Most program days will take place from 4:30pm-8:30pm.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019: Orientation (half-day)
Wednesday, September 18, 2019: Day 1
Wednesday, September 25, 2019: Day 2
Wednesday, October 9, 2019: Day 3
Wednesday, October 16, 2019: Day 4
Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Day 5
Wednesday, November 13, 2019: Day 6
Wednesday, November 20, 2019: Day 7
Friday, November 22, 2019: Celebration

All program days will be held at centrally-located venues.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Dave Brown at