About Our Flagship Leadership Class

Since 1980, GTL has graduated over 1,000 participants and expanded their leadership pursuits. The goals for the class are to help participants step more strongly into leadership roles and become change agents in our community. The way we accomplish our goals is to offer a breadth of knowledge on topics of importance to our region and cultivate identifiable leadership competencies. One Thursday of each month, the class meets for an issue day which focuses on one specific topic.

Applications Open February 2021.

Issue Days

Each issue day is designed to engage participants in relevant community and regional issues; connect them with political, community and business leaders; and encourage them to implement a community and individual leadership practice. Our curriculum is comprised of expert presentations, group discussions, location tours, field immersion experiences and a class project. The leadership competencies cultivated through GTL are: visionary thinking, responsiveness, courage, accountability, innovation, motivation, collaboration, ethics, and influential communication. The ten month program is held once a month during work hours from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. Issue day topics include: Government, Education, Economic Development, Arts & Culture, Justice & Public Safety, Healthcare, Border & Immigration, Environment, and Community Issues. We wrap up in June with Call to Action Day, where class members synthesize what they have learned and commit to their personal leaderships plans.

Civic and Political Leadership Program

In January 2020, Greater Tucson Leadership, in partnership with Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, launched the inaugural Civic and Political Leadership Program. This 8-month-long, non-partisan program will benefit people who want to run for local office; be a valued campaign staffer for a candidate; run a successful ballot initiative; or learn about good governance from a variety of perspectives.

The program is looking for individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who want to stay in southern Arizona, and embody responsible leadership. Program participants will learn how local governments are structured and relate with one another; how to best run and win a campaign from start to finish; and best practices on governing and leading after taking office.



Class Leadership Award

The Ronald L. Kurth Award for Leadership was established in 1995. The late Brigadier General Kurth was a former Commander of the Arizona Air National Guard 162nd Fighter Wing stationed at Tucson International Airport. The award is presented to an individual from the GTL Adult Leadership class and is based on the recipient’s past service to the Tucson community and dedication to effecting positive changes in Tucson and Southern Arizona in the future. The award is in keeping with the philosophy of General Kurth who believed, “It’s not how far you go in life that counts, it’s what you leave behind.”

Click here for a list of past Kurth Award honorees!