Inspiring Individuals to Action
We create environments supporting individuals for the betterment of our communities, our families, and ourselves. We understand leadership is a practice. We adhere to the standards set forth by our guiding principles. We challenge individuals to realize their potential.
Verde Valley Leadership, Inc., a non-profit corporation, provides personal and professional growth opportunities through development of leadership skills, community awareness and diverse, influential networks.
We seek individuals who demonstrate the skills and interest to work toward the best possible environment for families, businesses, nonprofit organizations, government and other systems that nurture strength within communities. VVL remains adaptive in providing the most effective organizational support possible in these pursuits.
Service - Service is embedded in all the actions we take. Service is at the core of our practice.
Integrity - We never compromise our integrity. Having integrity means more than simply the absence of deception. We tell the truth, honor our commitments, adhere to ethical standards, treat others with respect and are accountable for our actions. We do the right thing because it is the right thing to do.
Courage - We face challenges, make difficult choices, take risks, rise above circumstances and seek ways to improve.
Teamwork - We practice teamwork through such actions as assisting each other, providing each other open and honest feedback, exchanging information, and executing our tasks in a timely and integrated manner. We recognize we make better decisions and produce better results together than working alone.
Leadership - We lead by example. We foster an environment that empowers and motivates others to successfully accomplish their objectives. We mentor and develop each other and our peers. We serve.
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Verde Valley Leadership, Class XIII had a full day in Jerome, Arizona this past Friday, engaging with local and state leaders and touring some of Jerome’s best studios as part of their Arts and Culture Leadership Day. The day kicked off with some historical perspective from Marybeth Barr, a board member of the Jerome Historical Society and community advocate, who led the group on a tour through the Jerome Mine Museum. This was followed up with presentations from Jay Kinsella, former Mayor of Jerome, and Donna Chesler, Co-Founder of the Jerome Art Walk and Vice President of the Jerome Chamber of Commerce. Both spoke to their leadership experience and the impact of Arts and Culture on the community.
The day also included a visit from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Brad DeBiase who serves the Commission as the Programs and Grants Coordinator was accompanied by Ricky Araiza, Senior Coordinator for the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University and who works with the AZ Creative Communities Institute. They shared more about the work of the Commission and the importance of arts and culture to thriving places. They also led Class XIII in a focus group exercise, a tool they use across the state, to emphasize the importance of diversity and collaborative problem solving.
Arts and Culture Leadership Development Day ended with a round of studio tours and demonstrations with some of Jerome’s nationally and internationally known artists. The group visited with ceramicist and glass blower Tracy Weisel, who has been in Jerome for 40 years. Weisel gave an inside look of his glass blowing studio, La Victoria, and his process of creating colorful and functional glass pieces made with equipment that he mostly made himself. He uses plain wet newspaper cupped in his hand to shape the glass. As a result you may see little dark spots in each piece.
Class XIII then shuttled to the Old Jerome High School to meet and tour the studios of two sculpture and installation artists. Novie Trump works in ceramic, mixed media and sound and shared her love of reliquaries and porcelain. Trump resonated with many in Class XIII, emphasizing the need for patience in leadership. Trump commented, “As we throw pebbles into the stream, sometimes the ripples are not seen for a long time.”
In a neighboring studio, Alan Bur Johnson creates sculptures, installations and two-dimensional pieces which often create shadows on the surfaces to which they are bound. Johnson works with transparent photographic imagery and intricately cut metal forms in addition to other materials from nature. Both artists regularly participate in Jerome Art Walk, each first Saturday of the month.
A common message throughout the day from both leaders and artists is the need to include young voices in decision making and in community development. “Youth have an incredible amount to share with us,” said Ricky Araiza. “They just struggle sometimes to articulate themselves, and we need to do a better job of giving them the space to participate and to encourage their involvement.”
As part of Verde Valley Leadership, Class XIII will be gathering every third Friday through July 2019 engaging around leadership and becoming more informed about the challenging issues of the Verde Valley.
Class XIII of Verde Valley Leadership held the third of nine Leadership Development Days on Friday, January 18, 2019 at the Cottonwood Recreation Center. With presentations and discussion from five different guest speakers comprised of leaders from prominent organizations in our community such as the City of Cottonwood, Cottonwood Oak Creek School District, Manzanita Outreach and the State Farm office of Jennifer Griffin. With a focus on Community Leadership the group got to explore the “Then, Now, and Future” of where our community has been and where it is going through the eyes of leaders who have played an integral role in the direction of our community. Throughout the discussion and field trips, ideas and questions were generated to address what they as leaders can do to ensure that our community continues to move forward with one cohesive vison and a team of leaders who believe in making a positive impact.
Class XIII of Verde Valley Leaderships meets monthly and will be presenting their next Leadership Development Day on Friday, February 15, 2019