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Peyton: Consider applying for Scottsdale Leadership


What’s the secret to growing, thriving, healthy community? A pipeline of forward-looking leaders who are motivated to unite our community, preserve what makes us unique and innovate to keep us interesting! 

When I look around some of the most impactful organizations in our community, I see Scottsdale Leadership graduates everywhere I turn. Our alumni are running powerful non-profits, sit as elected officials in our city government and are critical leaders in hospitals, schools, churches and companies all over the Valley. When I went through the program over a decade ago, I had no idea the impact Scottsdale Leadership would leave on me – and here I am, still very involved with the organization and serving on the volunteer Board of Directors for the fourth year, this next year as president. So, why should Scottsdale Leadership be on your radar for your own development? – “What’s in it for me?”

Scottsdale Leadership provides a dynamic platform for individuals to expand their leadership capabilities, engage with influential community figures and gain a profound understanding of the unique dynamics and needs of Scottsdale. Through this program, participants have the chance to elevate their leadership skills, enhance their communication and decision-making abilities, and develop a strategic vision for impactful change within the community.

And then of course there’s the people. Participants have the privilege of connecting with established community leaders, influential stakeholders and likeminded individuals who share a passion for driving positive change in Scottsdale. These connections can lead to mentorship, collaboration and the establishment of lifelong relationships that further support personal and professional development.

It's a commitment, no doubt. In eight months, you’ll dedicate every other Friday to learning about our community and understanding the necessary leadership skills in that space and in our city. But the reward – of growing your leadership expertise and finding your passion within our special community – is certainly priceless and a decision you won’t regret.

I encourage you to visit ScottsdaleLeadership.org to learn more about the opportunity to join Class 39. Applications are accepted through May 15.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." – Margaret Mead.

Joanna Peyton is the Chief Ops and HR officer at ACCUMEN, and president-elect for Scottsdale Leadership. Reader reactions, pro or con, are welcomed at AzOpinions@iniusa.org.