Leadership West Class XXVIII Application

Personal Information

Program Description

Greater regional awareness, leader to leader relationships, leadership skills development opportunities…


The nine-month educational and relationship-building program brings together a diverse mix of emerging and established West Valley leaders who learn about critical issues facing our region and communities and further the develop leadership skills necessary to make a positive impact on the West Valley. Speakers of the highest caliber inform and interact with class members, and intriguing “Focus Tours” highlight key locations in the West Valley. Class members submit a Civic Impact Commitment by the end of the program year, ensuring the year of learning results in an improved West Valley going forward. Leadership West participants gain broadened community perspectives, exposure to key issues, access to valuable personal and professional contacts, and an opportunity to “give back” to the West Valley.


Eligibility and Selection

Men and women who live and/or work in the West Valley are encouraged to apply. A completed confidential application must be submitted online to be considered. Class size is limited to ensure program quality and standards. A committee of alumni will select program participants after interviewing qualified candidates. Interviews will be scheduled in June (actual interview dates will be determined by the selection committee). Invitations to participate in the Flagship program are sent out to selected applicants by June 30th. Applicants who are not selected are encouraged to apply for future classes.  Participation in the Leadership West Flagship Program requires a significant time commitment. Full attendance and participation is required for program completion. If you are unable to meet this commitment, please consider applying another year when your schedule will permit your full participation. Mandatory attendance includes the following: Two-day retreat in September, Eight Issue Days (October through May – the first Thursday of each month from 7:30am to 4:30pm, *January could be moved due to holiday scheudles), Applied Leadership Modules (8:00am to 9:30am at the beginning of each Issue Day),  Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership Workshop (TBD), and 5 Focus Tours (West Valley field trips) at various West Valley locations (various dates and lengths of time – you can choose those most interesting to you as you complete your five Focus Tours). 


Program Cost

Once the application submission time closes, you will be invoiced a non-refundable $50 processing fee. You can either mail your $50 non-refundable processing fee to PO Box 1843 Avondale, AZ 85323 or you can pay by credit card via the invoice emailed to you. If you wish to mail a check for your non-refundable processing fee, please email Allison Benninghoff at allison@leadershipwest.org to notify of your intentions to do so. Tuition for the Flagship Program is $1995. Limited scholarships are available, based on need, and will be considered only after a candidate has been selected. No full scholarships are provided. If you require financial assistance, please email Allison Benninghoff, Program Assistant at allison@leadershipwest.org for specifics on how to proceed. All scholarship requests will be kept confidential. Tuition is due no later than August 31st, 2021. Each participant is expected to coordinate his or her own transportation to each Issue Day and Focus Tour. Some Issue Days may require travel between venues as well, and participants should plan accordingly.

Dates (please mark your calendars)

Retreat-  September 9th, 2021 (7:30-4:30) and Friday, September 10th, 2021 (7:30-4:30). It is required that you attend the duration of retreat.  

Issue Days and LWI/Applied Leadership Modules - The first Thursday of each month from 7:30am-4:30pm, (Oct.- May) *January date may be moved due to holiday schedules.  The Leadership West Instisute Applied Leadership Modules are from 8:00am - 9:30 each issue day.

Leadership Workshop- (TBD)

Graduation- June 2021 (exact date TBD)

For additional information or for any questions, please contact Michelle Hess, Executive Director at 623-826-4813 or Allison@leadershipwest.org

Organizations and Activities:

Please list, in order of importance to you, up to five (5) community, civic, professional, business, religious, social, athletic, or other organizations of which you are or have been a member. (Item 1 would be most important to you)

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Tuition is required for participation in the Leadership West Flagship Program and is $1995.  All expenses are covered for Retreat and Issue Days.  Full payment or arrangements for payments must be made by August 31st, 2021.  Limited scholarship funds are available, based on need, and will be considered only after a candidate has been selected. If you require financial assistance, please email Allison Benninghoff, Program Assistant, at allison@leadershipwest.org for a specifics on how to proceed. 


Applicants to Leadership West must have the support and commitment of their businesses/organizations. The signature of the applicant's employer is necessary as an indication of his or her support of the applicant's participation in Leadership West.

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