Gilbert Leadership

Founded in 1991, Gilbert Leadership brings together individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to develop their leadership potential and to expose participants to the issues impacting our community.

Participants will experience personal growth and gain a unique look into our community. By understanding the needs and concerns in a wide variety of areas, these individuals will be better able to contribute their resources to making a difference in many ways.

Class applications are accepted between March 1st and July 5th of each year.

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Program Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of a variety of community processes and programs;
  • See first-hand the challenges and demands facing our town, including economic, social and political forces impacting the community;
  • Engage in dialogue and other leadership exercises to expand opinions and remain objective while demonstrating respect for various points of view;
  • Learn about the many opportunities to serve the community through civic engagement and volunteerism;
  • Become inspired to serve or lead initiatives and projects to benefit our community; and
  • Foster strong and lasting connections with a network of leaders.

Participants are eligible for graduation upon earning a predetermined number of program points through participation in a combination of learning days, individual community tours, curriculum participation, and the mandatory class project. Additionally, program graduates are asked to help facilitate one learning day during the following fiscal year.

Gilbert Leadership provided me with an in depth look into Gilbert’s infrastructure, issues, and leadership opportunities. The blend of professional development, leadership training, networking, and team building dynamics make it the best leadership program in the Valley. I highly recommend it! Candy Body, Class XXV

Program Requirements

Gilbert Leadership candidates are required to live or work in Gilbert or be employed by a business holding an active membership with the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce for at least one year. Candidates should possess a commitment to community involvement and personal growth, and have a desire to improve the local community.

Interested candidates must submit a written application and will then be invited to an in-person interview. Final selection is made by the Gilbert Leadership Board of Directors.

Class applications are accepted March 1st - July 5th each year.

I would highly recommend Gilbert Leadership to anyone who works or lives in Gilbert. It’s an awesome way to get to know the community and obtain such a great appreciation for the Town and the people. The monthly learning days are amazing, organized and FUN! I wish I could go through the program all over again! Vicki Kettner, Class XXVI

Learning Days

Each learning day offers a unique exploration of the community. These days are organized by current Gilbert Leadership Board Members and past class members with careful consideration for providing a robust and impactful experience. Learning Day focuses include:

  • Team Building
  • Leadership and Personal Development
  • History of Gilbert
  • Government
  • Education
  • Economic Development
  • Public Safety
  • Healthcare
  • Community Culture
  • Reflect & Connect/Graduation

Meet The Current Class

+ Class XXVII

Bob Badgett – Town of Gilbert
Maryann Bowersox – Dignity Health
Mary Cobb – Ravenswood Realty
Chris Curley – Triple Helix LLC
James DoBrunz – MidFirst Bank
Jeff Ehrlich – Park University
Amy Ellsworth – Community Impact Newspaper
Sharon Fallon – Edward Jones
Robin Hall – Relay For Life of Gilbert - American Cancer Society
Jenna Kahl – Arizona State University
Dani Kahn – Studio Fortis
Constance Lemere – Employee Benefit Exchange Corp.
Shane McCord – Gilbert Public Schools
Kari Sleezer – Board Developer
Ginger Smith – Biblical Counseling of Arizona and Eternal Perspective
Michael Soelberg – Town of Gilbert
Steve Tannenbaum – Higley Unified School District
Stacey Taylor – Salt River Project
Amy Temes – Town of Gilbert
Katie Thomas – Diamond J Accounting
Kerri Ann Ronquist – Options for Senior Living
Angela Walker - Higley Unified School District
Trevor Watters – Denali Medical Group
Tiffany Werner – Banner Health
Jennifer Yang – Salt River Project

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Programs of the Gilbert Chamber Foundation are made possible by: