"I am already engaging in so many ways that I never have before and look forward to being part of good works moving forward." - Michele Murphy

What is GTL?

Developing Leaders  -  Strengthening Community  -  Engaging Programs


Greater Tucson Leadership believes in creating a better community through leadership and skill development.  We have numerous programs that teach adult learners how to be leaders and to engage in their community in more meaningful and impactful ways.  Our programs are based in national leadership curriculums and the GALLUP CliftonStrengths Assessment as tools to create the visionary leaders of tomorrow!

Our Programs

Lead Tucson

Our Flagship Program, Lead Tucson, has been a staple in the Tucson Community for the past 41 years. The program offers an impactful and nationally recognized leadership training curriculum providing participants with immersive field experiences on a breadth of local issues. The class meets once a month, emphasizing a particular community issue. The class may visit Flandrau Science Center and a water treatment plant on Environment Day, tour the downtown Tucson theaters on Arts and Culture Day, or spend time at the city courts during Justice and Public Safety Day. Each Issue Day is designed to engage participants with local political, community, and business leaders, empowering participants take their training and lessons to good work, making our community stronger, more vibrant, and innovative.

The Lead Tucson Program is currently accepting applications:

Application Deadline: Friday, April 30, 2021

Candidate interviews: May 2021 

Acceptance Notification: May 31, 2021 

Program Start Date: September 2021


Civic and Political Leadership Academy

Our newest program the Civic and Policital Leadership Academy or CPLA is an 8 month program teaching a comprehensive approach to good governance and politics at the local level. GTL in partnership with the Rothschild Foundation will take participants on a deep dive into the different levels of government and how elected officials have an impact on our everyday lives. Strategies on how to run and win candidate and initiative campaigns will be taught, with a focus on personal leadership development along the way. For those who have a desire to work in local government, either with or for elected officials to shape public policy, a hard look at what good governance looks like after winning an election will be explored. Whether a participant wants to run for office themselves, learn how to be a valued campaign staffer, or work in local government with elected officials to shape policy, this program will provide best practices for all of those paths.

Thank you for attending the 2020 Tucson Man Woman of the Year Gala!  Please view the tributes and honoree acceptance speeches from the event.

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