You have the power to make a difference in our community. Tempe Leadership values and welcomes all individuals who want to be actively involved in making a difference in Tempe.
Information About the Program
The Tempe Leadership program began in 1983 with a mission to attract, develop, educate, and empower individuals who live and/or work in Tempe through its leadership program. Over the years, more than 800 people have graduated from the program and have gone on to participate in many civic and community programs, including public office, city boards and commissions, non-profits, as well as volunteering in a multitude of ways.
We are seeking potential leaders who want the opportunity to serve and need to learn about the organizations and leaders to make that service possible.
The program runs from September to May and requires attendance at 18-20 issue days (mostly on Fridays) as well as the development and implementation of a class project which benefits residents or organizations in Tempe. Examples of issue days include learning about public safety, arts and culture, education, business, health and wellness, transportation, human services, and more. A requirement is to attend an overnight orientation at the beginning of the program. Participation in the program is tracked using a point system; points are accrued based on attendance at issue days and additional activities/events. A complete packet with additional details is provided once you have been accepted into the program.
Why Join Tempe Leadership?
By participating, you are investing in your community as well as your personal and professional growth. Plus, you have the opportunity to develop friendships that will last a lifetime. If you would like to connect with other active community members, positively influence your community, and enhance your leadership capacity, Tempe Leadership is for you.
What it means to you:
- Gain an understanding of issues confronting Tempe (and often the surrounding community) and be exposed to a broad range or viewpoints.
- Connect to people and organizations in the community
- Develop ties to a network of alumni and stakeholders who provide opportunities for support and partnership
- Participate in a highly regarded professional development leadership program
- Get connected, make lasting relationships, and have fun!
- Meet and work with other people who are enthusiastic about making positive contributions to our community
Graduates of the Tempe Leadership program become lifelong members of a unique alumni group devoted to community service.
Application and Selection
Thank you for your submissions. Applications to Class XXXV for 2019-20 are being accepted and must be submitted online (or sent by mail to the Tempe Chamber of Commerce).
Tuition for 2019-2020 is $800. This fee contributes towards meals, materials, retreat and class expenses.
Financial assistance up to 50% of the tuition fee may be available. Awards are based on financial need. If you are interested in financial assistance, please fill out a Financial Aid Form online on this page, and submit it with your online Tempe Leadership Application.
Class members are expected to participate fully in the entire program in order to qualify for graduation. Generally, participation requires two weekdays per month.
Participants are encouraged to secure their employer’s support.
Interview dates will be scheduled for mid-May.
Tentative Dates for 2019-2020 Issue Days (Class XXXV)
13-Sep 2019; 20-Sep 2019; 4-Oct 2019; 18-Oct 2019; 1-Nov 2019; 8-Nov 2019; 15-Nov 2019; 6-Dec 2019; 3-Jan 2020; 17-Jan 2020; 31-Jan 2020; 14-Feb 2020; 28-Feb 2020; 13-Mar 2020; 27-Mar 2020; 3-Apr 2020; 24-Apr 2020; 1-May 2020
Examples of past Class Issue Days for Fall 2018
Friday, Sept 14 and Sat Sept 15 – Orientation
Friday, Sept 21 Project Walk
Friday, Oct 5 Human Services Issue Day
Friday, Oct 19 Public Safety Issue Day
Friday, Nov 2 Governance Issue Day
Friday, Nov 16 ASU Issue Day
Friday, Nov 30 Arts and Culture Issue Day
Friday, Dec 14 Fire Issue Day
Examples of past Class Issue Dates for Spring 2019
Friday, Jan 4 Neighborhoods & Historic Preservation Issue Day
Friday, Jan 18 Journalism and Media Issue Day
Friday, Feb 2 Education Issue Day
Friday, Feb 16 Business Issue Day
Friday, Mar 1 Health and Wellness Issue Day
Saturday, Mar 2 Tempe Cares community service
Friday, Mar 15 Transportation and Tourism Issue Day
Friday, Mar 29 Sports and Recreation Issue Day
Friday, Apr 12 Tempe Water Issue Day
Friday, Apr 26 Personal Leadership Issue Day
Friday, May 3 – The Alumni Experience