Recruitment begins for Tempe Leadership Class XXX

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Tempe, AZ – Tempe Leadership is seeking applicants for their 2014-2015 program, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Tempe Leadership and welcoming prospective members for Class XXX at a March recruitment reception. Anyone interested in applying can get more information and talk with current class members and alumni at the reception planned for Tuesday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m. at The Handlebar, located at 680 South Mill Avenue in Tempe. (For information on nearby parking, visit Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by The Handlebar and no-host drinks will also be available. Space is limited and registration is required by contacting Courtney McIntyre at the Tempe Chamber of Commerce at or by calling (480) 967-7891.


The Tempe Leadership program runs for nine months, from September to May, and exposes class members to a wide variety of business, cultural, social and civic experiences that enrich their knowledge of Tempe, grow their social network and build their leadership capacity.  “Tempe Leadership had a huge impact on my life,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. “It gave me the skill and the confidence that I needed to get more involved in my community and run for office.  One of the reasons of where I am today is because I was involved in Tempe Leadership and Class 15.”


Approximately 20 class members are chosen through a competitive process. Applicants must live or work in Tempe and must be a registered voter. Class members are expected to participate fully in the program, which generally requires two days per month, and any additional time needed to complete the class project.  Applications for Class XXX must be submitted by April 25, 2014.


Since 1985, more than 700 diverse, dedicated individuals have participated in the Tempe Leadership program.  Our focus is to bring together like-minded individuals in the community to engage and challenge one another, learn more about the ins and outs of Tempe and, most importantly, make a real difference in our community. For more information about the application process, visit

About Tempe Leadership

Tempe Leadership, a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is a program of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce.  For nearly three decades, Tempe Leadership has played a key role in bringing active, engaged community members together to effect positive and lasting change in the Tempe community.

c/o Tempe Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 28500, Tempe, AZ 85285

Tempe’s Past and Future Mayors come together for a Conversation in Leadership

Tempe, AZ – See history in the making at the 5th Annual Conversations in Leadership as, for the first time in eight years, the incoming and outgoing Mayor of Tempe will come together to talk about the City of Tempe—past, present and future—and their roles in leadership. 

Tempe Leadership sponsors this one-time event, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 22 at the Tempe Mission Palms. The night will feature both Hugh Hallman, Tempe Mayor for the past eight years, and the new Mayor-elect—Mark Mitchell or Michael Monti—one week after the May 15 Mayoral election. Attendees will hear first-hand accounts of life in leadership, while enjoying drinks, appetizers and networking amongst attendees and presenters.

Conversations in Leadership will allow our mayoral panelists to honestly discuss leadership lessons learned, while providing insight into the future of Tempe.  Each panelist provides a unique perspective, from Michael Monti’s role as a business leader in Tempe, to Mark Mitchell’s time on the City Council, and including Hugh Hallman’s evaluation of his past eight years as the Mayor of the City of Tempe.

Reserve your seat today for Conversations in Leadership, a once-in-a-lifetime event. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the evening. Ticket prices are $50 per person.   All event proceeds support Tempe Leadership –a 501(c)(3) organization. This includes Tempe Cares and scholarship support for both Tempe Leadership and Tempe Youth Leadership programs.

For more information on the 5th Annual Conversations in Leadership event or to RSVP, call (480) 967-7891 or visit

Fast Facts:

5th Annual Conversations in Leadership

5:30 to 8 p.m.

May 22

Tempe Mission Palms


Past Conversations in Leadership speakers include: Neil Giuliano, former Mayor of Tempe; Rep. Harry Mitchell, former Arizona Congressman; Frank Kush, former Arizona State University head football coach; and many more.

Tempe Cares – Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Since 1991, Tempe Cares has given citizens a chance to help their neighbors. Hundreds of volunteers gather for an annual workday to improve the appearance of Tempe neighborhoods, schools and community spaces.

Tempe Leadership Alumni and our sponsors are “tooling up” for the 2012 annual Tempe Cares Project to be held on March 3rd 2012 and are seeking project ideas that will further improve our wonderful city and continue the ongoing legacy that is Tempe Cares.

Tempe Cares volunteers have painted, repaired and landscaped hundreds of homes; painted school buildings, non-profit buildings, arterial walls; and cleaned up parks and open spaces in Tempe. The work is a result of volunteers and sponsors pooling their resources – skilled and unskilled labor, tools and building materials – to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Tempe.

The Tempe Cares Committee, Tempe Leadership and the Tempe Chamber of Commerce coordinate the program, working in collaboration with the city, local school districts, non-profit organizations, service clubs, and neighborhood associations.

Tempe Cares owes its success to many people who dedicate their time, energy and hard work. This one-day event is a wonderful opportunity for families, social and service groups, neighbors, and individuals to come together as teams to improve our community. You’ll be well fed, thanks to our restaurant partners, make new friends, and have the satisfaction of knowing you’ve made a difference.

If you are aware of any homes or neighborhoods that can be considered for this year’s project or would like to become a sponsor, volunteer, or learn about Tempe Cares, contact David Felix at or visit the Tempe Leadership website at