Gilbert Leadership

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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.

2022-2023 Program Dates

Tentative program dates are as follows (subject to change):

  • July 5 - Applications Due
  • August 1- Applicant Interviews (Evening)
  • August 3 - Applicant Interviews (Evening)
  • August 16-20 - Applicants Notified of Selection Status


  • Thursday, September 29 - Orientation (Evening)
  • Friday, September 30 - Learning Day (5:45 AM to 5:30 PM) - This day is mandatory
  • Thursday, October 20 - Learning Day (7:00 AM to 5:30 PM)
  • Friday, November 18 - Learning Day (7:00 AM to 5:30 PM)
  • Thursday, December 15 - Learning Day (7:00 AM to 5:30 PM)
  • Friday, January 20 - Learning Day (7:00 AM to 5:30 PM)
  • Friday, February 24 - Learning Day (7:00 AM to 5:30 PM)
  • Thursday, March 30 - Learning Day (7:00 AM to 5:30 PM)
  • Thursday, April 20 - Learning Day (7:00 AM to 5:30 PM)
  • Friday, May 19 - Learning Day (7:00 AM to 5:30 PM)
  • Friday, June 9 - Learning Day (7:00 AM to Noon) and Graduation (Evening)
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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 community 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
  • Leadercast (a simulcast event)
  • History of Gilbert
  • Government
  • Education
  • Economic Development
  • Public Safety
  • Health & Wellness
  • Community & 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 broadcast of this event each year - right here in Gilbert!

Monte Carlo Night

Here's the deal! Attendees join an evening of fun and fundraising to benefit the Gilbert Chamber Foundation, in support of programs including Gilbert Leadership.

Class 30

Jeff Armstrong - Higley Unified School District-HUSD
Sandra Ballester - Schooley Mitchell-Why Not Optimize
Eric Barkyoumb - Dignity Health
Brendan Barrett - Skynetwest, LLC
Joe Barrientes - Senergy Petroleum
Mark Bergerson - The Arizona Group
Jen Dille - Devscale Software
Danielle Dodge - Town of Gilbert
James Dragonette - Gilbert Christian Schools
Kerri Gideon - Katy Companies (Katy Building & Design)
Jason Gillette - Guild Health Group
Tameka Hartman - Town of Gilbert
Faith Heinrich - Banner|Aetna
Pam Johnson - Pam Johnson INS ACY INC dba State Farm Insurance
Mindy Jones - Amy Jones Group, Keller Williams Integrity First
Teresa Joseph - Higley Unified School District
Reginald Mason - Hill International
Chris Melson - FirstBank
Jessica Nelson - Salt River Project
Barbara Newman - Gilbert Public Schools
Ashley O'Brion - Phoenix Children's Hospital
Lisa Potter - Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
Sanketh Sangam - Wells Fargo
Nikki Schaal - Farm Bureau Financial Services
Emily Staples - FASTSIGNS of Gilbert
Tim Troy - Enjoyment realty
Jane Vela - Landings Credit Union
Tanya Wright Town of Gilbert
Benjamin Zibers - Park University

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