Valley Leadership Institute


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Each year, approximately 55 members are selected for this nine-month program, which is in its 41st year.  Participants will experience a more expanded program than in previous years, with expectations of deeper short- and long-term commitment from each class member.

Valley Leadership Institute dives deep into the most pressing issues facing Arizona and sets participants up to have meaningful impact. A longer-term program, steeped in the issues, the program enhances your knowledge via leading experts, group discussions and leadership development that will allow leaders to leverage his/her skill set to do more. By drawing on the expertise of the state’s most respected and influential business, civic and community leaders, the program provides leadership development and issue-based impact making on the most critical issues shaping our community today, and in the future.

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

Cost for the 2019 program is $3,300. 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 (Class 41)

As noted above, a significant amount of time is required to participate in Valley Leadership Institute. Class members must commit to nine program days (as shown in the Program Schedule below), programmed tours, participation in the Impact Maker (and/or a group project) and other class-related activities. During program days, class members are expected to be present the entire time (there are breaks during the day). If you are unable to set aside this time, please consider applying another year, when your schedule permits.

Mandatory participation includes:

Wednesday, September 4, 2019: Orientation (half-day)
Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14, 2019: Retreat
Friday, October 4, 2019: Program Day 1
Friday, November 1, 2019: Program Day 2, Part 1
Friday, November 8, 2019: Program Day 2, Part 2
Friday, December 6, 2019: Program Day 3
Friday, January 10, 2020: Program Day 4
Thursday, February 13, 2020: Program Day 5, Part 1
Friday, February 21, 2020: Program Day 5, Part 2
Friday, March 6, 2020: Program Day 6
Friday, April 3, 2020: Program Day 7
Friday, May 1, 2020: Graduation (evening)

Program days are just the beginning of your commitment. Program alumni continue to come together regularly via the Impact Maker and its Impact Teams, both in-person and virtually, to coordinate the continued action required to make real, sustained change. Applying to VLI 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.

Institute program days are held at various locations across the Valley and are announced at least one week in advance.

For additional information, please contact Dave Brown at