Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy Applications Open Until April 13th


“The Flinn-Brown Leadership Academy is an opportunity to learn from the best program in the state about issues facing Arizona from water to prisons to education,” shared AZBio Chairman, Russ Yelton who is also CEO of Pinnacle Transplant Technologies. “This academy brings together those with diverse opinions, allows them to hear multiple sides and then work to reach a compromise in what actions are best for the overall population of our state. Although extremely competitive, the Flinn-Brown Leadership Academy gives everyone the opportunity to fully analyze issues and reach their own conclusions. As a graduate of this program, I can tell you firsthand that this is a life changing experience that every leader in Arizona should aspire to.”


The Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy is a long-term initiative that aims to expand the cadre of Arizonans who are dedicated to state-level public service and have the knowledge, skills, commitment and networks to help address Arizona’s long-term issues.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 cohort. About 35 Arizonans from across the state, all walks of life and perspectives will be selected this year in a highly competitive process to join a prestigious network of nearly 200 Flinn-Brown Fellows committed to state-level civic leadership.

“The Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy is anxious to identify and involve more committed leaders from throughout the state to help ensure Arizona has the future state-level leaders it needs,” said Nancy Welch, vice president of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation. “We have fellows from Safford, Globe, Yuma, Kykotsmovi and Flagstaff to name just a few of the communities represented, and it is vital for the network and the state’s future to have more leaders from outside metro Phoenix and Tucson.”

Visit azcivicleadership.org for additional information and to apply. The deadline is April 13. There is no charge for the program. Travel and lodging costs are covered for participants who live outside Maricopa County.

Flinn-Brown includes an intensive seminar series, executive coaching for leadership, a statewide network and long-term support. Residents with a commitment to state-level leadership, whether elected or appointed, full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid, are encouraged to apply.

The competitive applicant in 2015:

· Is an ambitious leader with an eye on intensive state-level service

· Has achievements as a civic leader

· Is comfortable with complexity and uncertainty

· Seeks out many perspectives

· Is invested in collaboration and fact-driven decision making

· Appreciates the historical, cultural, social, and political context for leadership

· Enhances public service through high ethical standards, civility, and achievement

Those chosen to be Flinn-Brown Fellows participate in:

· 12 intensive day-long seminars and a Leadership Master Class from early September through mid-November;

· Executive coaching for state-level civic leadership; and

· Long-term support to build individual capacity and strengthen the Fellows’ network.

The academy is sponsored by the Flinn Foundation and the Thomas R. Brown Foundations, private, nonprofit statewide philanthropies based in Phoenix and Tucson, respectively

Civic leadership is one of the Flinn Foundation’s four major program areas, along with advancing the biosciences, arts and culture, and Flinn Scholars. The foundation is a privately endowed, philanthropic grantmaking organization established in 1965 by Dr. Robert S. and Irene P. Flinn to improve the quality of life in Arizona to benefit future generations.

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