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. 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.

*This year's application window has been extended through July 24, 2020.

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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 impacting experience. Learning Day focuses include:

  • Team Building
  • Leadership and Personal Development
  • History of Gilbert
  • Government
  • Education
  • Economic Development
  • Public Safety
  • Health & Wellness
  • Social Engagement
  • Reflect & Connect/Graduation


Leadercast is your all-in-one source to being a leader worth following. Leadercast Live is the world’s largest one-day leadership event, delivering transformative leadership lessons from top experts to nearly 100,000 people across the globe. The Gilbert Chamber Foundation is proud to host a simulcast of this event each year - right here in Gilbert!

Monte Carlo Night

Here's the deal! Attendees join in the celebration of the program's current year graduates and then participate in an evening of fun and fundraising to benefit the Gilbert Chamber Foundation, in support of programs including Gilbert Leadership.


Thomas Arbaugh - Dignity Health
Allyna Bay - Gilbert Fire and Rescue
Gina Bennett - Conway Real Estate
Lee Ann Benson - Phoenix Children's Hospital
Donna Black - Grand Canyon University
Randy Brice - Gilbert Police Department
Rachel Caballero - TruWest Credit Union
Allen Cain - Gilbert Public Schools
Phillip Christensen - EPS Group Inc.
Madisen Curtis - The Well Chiropractic Clinic
Stuart Dougherty - FirstBank
Robert Elder - Wallick & Volk
Jason France- Suffer City
Brenda Griesemer- Ernst & Young (EY)
Nancy Hurst - Willow Massage + Spa
Jeff Keffler – Windward Way Recovery
Denise Lopez - HD SOUTH-Home of the Gilbert Historical Museum
Mum Martens - Higley Unified School District
Larry Melton - AZ Water Systems
Diana Orquiola - Salt River Project (SRP)
Javier Rodriguez - Salt River Project (SRP)
Kurt Sabel- Self-employed
Valerie Shaffer - The Town of Gilbert
Braelyn Smith - Thrive Coworking for Women
Cindy Vega-Nelson - Realty One Group

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