Time Commitment


Class days are approximately every other Friday between September and May from 8 AM – 4:00 PM.  Informal networking opportunities are planned by class members following each class day and allow for great relationship building within the class! Candidates should carefully consider the significance and importance of the time commitment as class members are expected to attend all mandatory program days and must attend a total of 12 days in order to graduate.  Additional time is required for project work, special events, and attendance at a city council meeting.

Accepted candidates will be invited to special events and gatherings to put an emphasis on alumni engagement and connectivity. This is a great way to meet our incredible alumni and community leaders! Our class members range in age (mid-20’s to retired), experience, industry, involvement and so much more.  Leaders are always learning and we will be sharing many tools to put in your leadership toolbox!

The Welcome Reception which is held on the evening of the first day of class and this is our way of presenting our newest class members to the community.  The Project Lead It Forward (PLIF) Showcase is a culmination presentation of small group projects that benefit our community along with graduation from Scottsdale Leadership. These combined events occur on the last day of class.

Class Topics 

  • Human Services

  • Sustainability & Stewardship

  • Diversity & Inclusion

  • Healthcare Advancements

  • Scottsdale History

  • Community Safety

  • Art & Culture

  • City Government

  • State Government

  • Education

  • Economic Vitality

  • Leadership Emerging


Scottsdale Leadership reserves the right to change this schedule

We will begin accepting applications for the next Scottsdale Leadership class in January 2023.

Tuition & Scholarships

The tuition for Scottsdale Leadership Core Program is $3,000 and is non-refundable.  If selected to participate in the program, a non-refundable deposit of $500 is due within 30 days of acceptance, in order to secure your placement in the class. The remaining $2500 will be split into two payments; $1250 on August 31, 2023, and $1,250 on September 30, 2023. We offer scholarships and monthly payments to accommodate all class member's financial needs.      Applying for a scholarship does not impact an applicant's chances of being accepted. Tuition covers only a portion of the Core Program’s actual cost.  Scottsdale Leadership depends on contributions from businesses and community organizations to fund its program.