Arizona’s future is tied to the strength of its leadership. The Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy, a nonpartisan program sponsored by the Flinn Foundation and the Thomas R. Brown Foundations is helping to train tomorrow’s civic leaders and now is the time to apply for the Fall program.
The following letter is shared with our community on behalf of Jack Jewett of the Flinn Foundation.
I think many in the private sector would agree that Arizona cannot reach its economic potential without a positive business climate and high quality of life. As a result, business and industry leaders, like you, have an obvious stake in civic leadership and ensuring that Arizonans from private enterprises—large and small—are among those with the knowledge, skills, and commitment to address the state’s long-term issues.
Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2012 Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy, a nonpartisan program sponsored by the Flinn Foundation and the Thomas R. Brown Foundations. This statewide program helps to expand the cadre of future state-level civic leaders who can truly make a difference. The Academy brings knowledge of public policy and the political process together to enhance civic leadership and promote decision-making for the good of the state. It is designed for Arizonans from all walks of life and perspectives who want to step up to serve as members of a state board, commission, or advisory council, an elected official, a state government executive, or a policy advisor.
The Academy’s components include:
- 12 day-long seminars held on Fridays and Saturdays over about three-months.
- A statewide network for long-term connections among leaders.
- Formal advising with a current state-level civic leader.
- Development of a personal plan for civic leadership.
There is no charge for the program. The Academy covers the travel and lodging costs for anyone from outside metro Phoenix.
Approximately 25 Arizonans are selected through a rigorous competitive process for each of two sessions a year. The application deadline for Fall 2012 is May 10, 2012. See http://azcivicleadership.org for details.
I hope you will encourage the best and brightest in your organization to apply and, if selected, to participate fully. The time put in is likely to generate a substantial return. Please forward this email to anyone you think should be one of Arizona’s future state-level civic leaders.
I would be happy to talk further with you about the Fall 2012 Academy and why the Flinn Foundation has invested significantly in civic leadership.
Sincerely,Jack B. Jewett President and CEO Flinn Foundation