Lead Tucson Class of 2022 Application

Tucsonans! Are you looking for a way to get more involved in the community around you? Do you look at the issues facing Tucson and Southern Arizona and wonder how you can start making a difference? Greater Tucson Leadership (GTL) seeks dynamic and engaged members to be a part of their Flagship Leadership program “Lead Tucson” for the class of 2022. GTL isn’t another seminar or workshop where you sit in a conference room for a few hours and get a certificate at the end. This is a once-a-year opportunity to meet the change agents in our community and to join a network of over a thousand alumni who reach into every facet of Tucson’s business, government, non-profit and public service sectors. For over 40 years, GTL has offered impactful programming to develop leaders, create social force, and strengthen our community and seeks a diverse group to participate in a year-long program of professional development, personal growth, and connection. GTL’s hope is that you will join us as we continue to create strong leaders in our community because we “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead


The mission of Greater Tucson Leadership is to inspire, develop and promote leadership.


Approximately 40 participants will be selected for the class, based upon criteria to include:

  1. Potential for community leadership
  2. Diversity of background and experience
  3. Interest in developing and offering leadership skills
  4. Commitment to civic involvement
  5. Quality of application and interview


Tuition for the program is $2,000, due September 1, 2021.  Many employers are willing to fund all or part of the tuition.


GTL has a limited amount of financial assistance available. Those requesting assistance must complete the Scholarship Request form included and return it with their program application. Applications for assistance are confidential and have no bearing on the candidate screening or selection decisions.

Application Instructions

Complete the application and submit along with the following:

  1. Current resume
  2. Fill Out Application Questions
  3. Two Essays
  4. Commitment for Participation form
  5. Two References – provide contact information
  6. Publicity Authorization form
  7. $45 application processing fee (waived before April 16th)

*If the application and all materials are submitted by Friday, April 16th GTL will waive the application fee.

Application Deadline

All application materials are due no later than Friday, April 30, 2021, including the application fee.

Candidate interviews will be held in May.  Applicants will be notified by May 31, 2021 if they have been accepted. 

Program Start Date

September 2021


As a matter of policy, Greater Tucson Leadership does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender identity or expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or any other class protected by law. All applications are managed with strict confidence.

In an effort to diversify our class participants we encourage BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) to apply for the program.






All applicants to the Greater Tucson Leadership Program are asked to submit, with their program application, two essays of 250 words each that address Leadership and Community Development.
Essay 1: Please identify one major issue occurring in the Tucson community which need to be addressed through positive change.  Please detail the issue and how it affects the community at large, and steps you individually could take to make a difference in this area.
Essay 2: Please describe your personal leadership style, and how you think the experience with the GTL Class will help you better serve as a leader in the future.



Please view the following forms and Agree to the below statements to complete your application.

Commitment of Participation Form

Publicity Authorization Form

  I Agree
  I Agree


Two recommendations are required.  Please provide below the information for the two people who we can contact as a reference for your application. 


Please complete this form only if requesting a scholarship for the GTL 2021-2022 program. Tuition is $2,000 and due by September 1, 2021.


Goals of the GTL Scholarship Program

To be an organization that supports inclusion, diversity, equity, and access we work with sponsors and alumni to develop funds to be utilized the pay for tuition for applicants needing assistance.  It is our belief that a class featuring multiple identities across multiple spectrums contribute to the experience had by all members, and creates a stronger future for the Tucson Community.


We encourage participants that have the means to pay the program tuition, or have access to assistance from employers, to utilize those methods of funding the class tuition.


We are continually fundraising and looking for new ways to raise funds to utilize in our scholarship fund for future students.  Tuition scholarships will be given out based on what is available.



Scholarship Form