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.

QUESTIONS? [email protected] or [email protected]
Phone: Tempe Chamber of Commerce (480) 967-7891


Tuition for 2019-2020 is $800. This fee contributes towards meals, materials, retreat and class expenses.

Financial Assistance

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 Commitment

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.

Dates for 2019-2020 Issue Days (Class XXXV) and Events

Sep 13 and 14, 2019: Class Retreat

Sep 20, 2019

Sep 27, 2019: 35th Anniversary Celebration, 7 pm – 10 pm, Rolling Hills Golf Club, Tempe

Oct 4, 2019

Oct 25, 2019

Nov 1, 2019

Nov 15, 2019

Dec 6, 2019

Jan 10, 2020

Jan 24, 2020

Feb 7, 2020

Feb 21, 2020

Mar 6, 2020

Mar 7, 2020: Tempe Cares

Mar 20, 2020

Apr 3, 2020

May 1, 2020: Alumni Experience and Graduation

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