Valley Leadership Institute


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Valley Leadership Institute will dive deeper into the most pressing issues facing Arizona and set you up to have meaningful impact. Comprised of a cross-sector mix of diverse leaders, the program will empower you to have a deeper impact on the issues via an expectation of “doing”, both short-term and long-term. The Institute will foster your commitment to tackling Arizona’s challenges and give you the know-how and network to get things done.

This program is for proven leaders ready to take their impact to the next level.

Each year, approximately 50 class members are selected for the nine-month program, and the 2018-19 class of the Valley Leadership Institute marks the 40th year of the program. Valley Leadership curates each Leadership Institute cohort through a robust selection and matching process that builds a diverse group primed to expand their reach in the community and who have the time commitment for meaningful and lasting impact.

Cost for the 2018 program is $3,200. Financial assistance is available.

We will be hosting two recruitment events for applicants that want more information about the program and process. The details for these events are below. Click on the event you want to attend and register through the form.

Program Schedule (Class 40)

Venues vary throughout the program

*Participation in the full program schedule is mandatory.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018: Orientation (half-day)
Friday and Saturday, September 14 and 15, 2018: Class 40 Retreat
Friday, October 5, 2018: Program Day 1
Friday, November 2, 2018: Program Day 2 Part 1
Friday, November 9, 2018: Program Day 2 Part 2
Friday, December 7, 2018: Program Day 3
Friday, January 11, 2019: Program Day 4
Friday, February 15, 2019: Program Day 5 Part 1
Friday, February 22, 2019: Program Day 5 Part 2
Friday, March 8, 2019: Program Day 6
Friday, April 12, 2019: Program Day 7
Saturday, May 4, 2019: Graduation (evening)

For additional information, or to sponsor or host VLI Class 40, please contact Program Manager Sophia Mayberry at