Core Program

Video: Hear how participation in the Core Program has been life changing for alumni of Scottsdale Leadership

The Class 32 application process is now closed. Check back in December 2017 for Class 33 application information!


Scottsdale Leadership is a thriving non-profit 501(c) (3) community leadership development organization that directly strengthens Scottsdale and the Valley by:

  • Investing in people at many levels, who return to companies, organizations and our communities as enriched and inspired employees and leaders who also give back through relevant, hands-on community and civic service.
  • Offering its experiential eight-month Scottsdale Leadership Core Program. There are 14 class days addressing many relevant, timely, and comprehensive issues and interest areas.

Highlights of participation include: access to community decision-makers; opportunities to discuss current community issues; leadership development programming and opportunities; behind-the-scenes tours of community facilities; and connecting with Scottsdale Leadership’s alumni “brain trust” of more than 1,099 individuals from 31 previous classes.  The Core Program consists of the following: 

Orientation Evening – This is a mandatory meeting for all participants of Class 32 that will prepare you for your Core Program experience!

Welcome Class & Reception – This is a mandatory class day followed by a welcome reception where you will connect with fellow classmates, alumni, Board of Directors, stakeholders, and corporate partners.

Topics – learn about the many inter-related dimensions that make up a community (Education, Local Infrastructure, Sustainability, Social Services, Diversity & Inclusion, City & State Government, Public Safety, Arts, Technology and more).

Project Lead It Forward – in this signature component of Scottsdale Leadership, the Class is arranged into several project teams. Each team addresses an authentic need in the community and develops a high-impact project that addresses that need.  A project showcase and celebration is held in the spring.

The Commitment: 14 program days over eight months (approximately every other Friday, September-April). 40 – 60 additional hours will be invested outside of class on Project Lead It Forward. Participants must attend a total of 12 days in order to graduate.


Value & Benefits to Employees/ Class Participants:

Scottsdale Leadership is recognized for turning out stellar leaders. The benefits of going through Scottsdale Leadership’s Core Program include:

  • Gaining an understanding of “big picture” issues, becoming well-connected in the community and garnering leadership skills.
  • Stepping into a network of alumni and stakeholders who provide unrivaled opportunities for support, connections and partnerships from prominent city and business leaders.
  • Creating an elevated company profile in the community.
  • Meeting potential business prospects through Scottsdale Leadership connections.
  • Participating in a cost effective professional development program. This is a key selling point and investment for budget-conscious managers.

Employer Benefits:

Give us Someone Good. We’ll Give You Back Someone Better™  

  • National companies are seen as a local company which chooses to continue to invest and strengthen its communities.
  • Local companies gain a rich network of potential partners and future employees.
  • As participants graduate from Core Program, brand ambassadors grow within the community at a much deeper level.
  • Emergenetics provides individuals with increased confidence and a better understanding of self, team function and an individual’s unique value and natural behaviors and thought processes.
  • Investing in employees through the Scottsdale Leadership Core Program shows your value of them, with the potential of longer retention and commitment.
  • Investing in your employees through the Emergenetics™ Workshops at more than 60% off corporate rates is cost effective.