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  1. 1. Flinn-BrownCivic LeadershipAcademySpring 2013an initiative to develop futurestate-level leaders for arizonaProgram and Application Information
  2. 2. Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy T he flinn-brown civic leadership academy is the flagship program of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership. The Academy was created to help prepare and support Arizona’s future state-level civic leaders who wish to serve – whether full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid – as a member of a state board, commission, or advisory council; an elected official; a state government executive; or a policy advisor. Throughout the Academy, participants develop a better understanding of Arizona’s most pressing public-policy issues, as well as the skills required to take the next steps into state-level civic leadership. Now recruiting for its fifth session, the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy is seeking a cohort of approximately 25 Arizonans that will continue to represent an array of perspectives, life experiences, leadership roles, employment backgrounds, and geographic locations. Previous Academy Fellows have converged for the Academy from Kykotsmovi, Flagstaff, Jerome, Cottonwood, Goodyear, Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, Vail, Tucson, Safford, and other cities and towns in between. Fellows are also current and up and coming leaders in Arizona’s business, There is no better industry, nonprofit, education, and public comprehensive statewide sectors. For many, the Academy provides leadership training thanCivic leadership, as used in the support critical to pursuing civic the Flinn-Brown Academy.this statewide program, is the leadership in tandem with established, Not only does it make youcapacity to identify, analyze, demanding careers. For others, the Academyand address issues through a better leader, but you is an introduction to state-level service asthe collaborative efforts of exchange ideas with the a full-time occupation or encore career.citizens, private, public, and The program is not intended for those who most significant currentnonprofit organizations. are already state-level elected officials or and future policy makers paid staff members of a political party. impacting Arizona’s future. It teaches proactive leader- There is no charge for participation in the Academy. Events take ship, using substance and place at the Flinn Foundation in Phoenix. Standard transportation policy know how to advance and lodging expenses are covered for Fellows who live outside of the cause we call Arizona.” Maricopa County. brad vynalek fall 2011 fellow partner, quarles & brady llp 2
  3. 3. The Academy’s components include:l A series of 12 day-long seminars over approximately a three- As issues become month period. Timely topics, pertinent policy and political increasingly complicated, analysis, a range of perspectives, and learning from leaders are it is critical to make a hallmarks of the Flinn-Brown seminars. Upon completion of the concerted effort to educate seminars, Fellows have a significantly greater understanding and enable our future of Arizona’s major public-policy issues; an appreciation of the state leaders on the multi- complexity state policymakers face; and greater resources for dimensional challenges political analysis and other critical skills. The Academy includes they will surely need to a small-team project to analyze a public-policy issue and provide face and overcome.” recommendations that consider real-world implications.l Development of a personal plan for state-level civic leadership. sarah brown smallhouse Fellows are expected to pursue activities which will support thomas r. brown achievement of their goals for state-level involvement. foundationsl Formal advising over a period of about six months. Fellows are matched with a public or private-sector advisor to develop, and begin to implement, their individual civic-leadership plan.l Follow-up support for state-level civic leadership. From further learning about public policy to networking and special events with state and national leaders, Fellows have ongoing support from the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership.Throughout the Academy, the focus is continually on developing as a state-level civic leader.The Flinn Foundation, the Thomas R. Brown Foundations, and the Fellows of the Flinn-BrownCivic Leadership Academy all make substantial investments in the experience and in the future.The Academy’s success will be measured by the efforts and accomplishments of its Fellows overtime and by the support provided to individuals through learning, connections, and convening.Academy Seminar ContentThe seminars bring public-policy knowledge and real-world experience together. The 12 day-long seminars cover timely, critical Arizona issues. The seminar series starts with an overviewof public-policy development, state government, and the influences shaping politics and policy.The series concludes with the Fellows presenting their policy projects and considering their nextsteps in civic leadership. The topic areas have included: state government; Arizona’s fiscalsystem and budget; the economy, growth, and jobs; higher education; K-12 education; water; media and ethics; health systems; human services; transportation and infrastructure; and migration, immigration, and the border. Elected and appointed officials, agency heads, scholars, and practitioners who have dealt directly with public-policy issues provide most of the content. Seminars include facts and figures, different perspectives about the problems and solutions, and consideration of how solutions are developed and implemented. Fellows participate in numerous discussions and group activities. Supplementing the face-to-face learning, Fellows are asked to read materials before each seminar. 3
  4. 4. Application and Selection ProcessThe Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy is seeking Fellows from all parts of the state,walks of life, perspectives, and employment sectors, including business, industry,education, nonprofit, and government. The ideal candidate combines a strong employmentrecord, notable experience in business, community, civic,or church activities, and a firm commitment to state-levelactions to increase quality of life throughout Arizona.The strongest applicant…l Possesses a keen desire to be a state-level civic leader in Arizona, such as a member of a state board, commission, or advisory council; a state elected official; a state government leader; or a policy advisor. Service in these capacities may be full-time or part- time, paid or unpaid.l Is committed to civic involvement personally and to encouraging civic engagement among Arizonans.l Has a significant interest in state-level public-policy issues, analysis, and solutions. It would have taken mel Shows interest in and has the capacity to consider years to learn what was different perspectives and make fact-driven decisions presented in such a for the common good. concentrated time frame.l Exhibits the ability to be an effective leader, as seen I wholeheartedly recommend in a combination of current or past work experience, this program to anyone business, volunteer, school, or church activities, civic who is considering a activities, issue advocacy, or local elected office. position at the state level.l Has taken other preparatory steps to becoming a civic I also urge our current leader, such as participation in a local or regional policy makers in Arizona leadership-training program. to utilize the talent, network, and knowledge of theThe deadline for applications is November 16, 2012. Fellows who were immersedApplications are available at in this unique offering from the Flinn and Brown foundations.” bonnie sneed spring 2012 fellow president, scottsdale unified school district governing board 4
  5. 5. academy application requirementsTo be considered for the Academy, you must complete an online application, provide acurrent resume, and supply letters of endorsement from two Arizonans. The applicationasks for examples of your leadership experience and community involvement. It alsoincludes three essay questions. The essays explore leadership experience and Arizonapublic-policy decisions and issues.Letters of endorsement may be submitted via email to Nancy Welchat or sent through the mail to the address below. Arizona will face starkThey should be submitted separately from your application. You will constraints as it emergesreceive an electronic confirmation at the email address you provide from the Great Recession,in your application once we receive your letters of endorsement. but within these limits resides a unique chanceThe endorsement letters should each cover: to make a Great Restart.l how long the endorser has known the applicant; This is Arizona’s chancel why the applicant meets the ideal candidate profile; and to decide what kind of state it will be.”l any other information that will help the Selection Committee to consider the applicant. jack b. jewett flinn foundationPlease address endorsement letters to:Nancy Welch, Vice President, Arizona Center for Civic Leadership,Flinn Foundation, 1802 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004critical application informationPlease note that you should complete the application in one sitting. The information may not“save” if you leave and come back to the site. Applicants are urged to prepare the essays ina word-processing program and then “cut” and “paste” the text into the Flinn-Brown CivicLeadership Academy application.The online application process is not complete until you have finished the application,uploaded your resume, and clicked “Submit” at the end of the form. Once you click “Submit,”you will not be able to change any responses. We will send you a confirmation email within 24 hours during the business week confirming we received your application. If you do not receive a confirmation email within that time, or if any other technical issues or concerns arise, please contact Emily Rajakovich at 602-744-6828 or We will also send you a confirmation email when we receive your letters of endorsement, as they are submitted separately from your online application. Applicants are responsible for ensuring they have provided all of the information required. The selection process is highly competitive with more applications from well-qualified applicants than the approximately 25 Academy positions available. Those not selected for one class are encouraged to apply for future sessions. Some current Fellows were repeat applicants. 5
  6. 6. academy selection process A multi-step, confidential process ensures careful, objective consideration of applicants. Each stage of the process is important. l A five-member Selection Committee, comprised of high-profile Arizona leaders, is developed for each process. They are mindful of the composition of Arizona’s population along with the similarities and differences among the state’s communities and institutions. Emphasis is put on selecting not just strong individuals, but also a significant cohort of Arizonans so that each person learns from others and the group. l Initial review yields a group of candidates who are invited for interviews with the Selection Committee. class of spring 2011 l The Selection Committee makes recommenda- tions to the Leadership Council for the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership. l The Leadership Council reviews the Selection Committee’s recommendations and makes the final selection decisions. class of fall 2011From a tribal perspective,the Academy has providedme with valuable insightinto how important it is forthe public, tribal and stategovernments to proactivelywork together on resolvingissues affecting us all.”norman honiefall 2011 fellow class of spring 2012director, office of miningand mineral resourcesthe hopi tribe 6
  7. 7. Spring 2013 Academy ScheduleThe anticipated dates for the Spring 2013 Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy are notedbelow. Dates are subject to minor changes. Final dates will be shared at the interview stage. SESSION 1 FRIDAY, MARCH 8 SESSION 2 SATURDAY, MARCH 9 SESSION 3 FRIDAY, MARCH 22 SESSION 4 SATURDAY, MARCH 23 SESSION 5 FRIDAY, APRIL 5 SESSION 6 SATURDAY, APRIL 6 SESSION 7 FRIDAY, APRIL 12 SESSION 8 SATURDAY, APRIL 13 SESSION 9 FRIDAY, APRIL 19 SESSION 10 FRIDAY, MAY 3 SESSION 11 SATURDAY, MAY 4 SESSION 12 FRIDAY, MAY 10 The entirety of my involvement with theMeetings will be held from about 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Breakfast and Academy – the sessions,lunch are provided. Special evening events are held at the beginning the content, the guidanceand end of the seminars and may include Fellows’ guests and others. and advising, the wealthThe Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy is designed for Fellows of information, and ofto expand their knowledge and leadership skills session by session. course the Fellows –Each seminar builds on the others from first to last. Thus, attendance proved to be incrediblyat each day is vital to gaining the program’s benefits. The expectation elucidating and in many waysof 100% attendance is an essential part of Fellows’ commitment. At the personally transformative.same time, the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership understands that I feel as though thisFellows occasionally may have important professional commitments experience has prepared methat simply cannot be moved. Although rare, one absence may be for my next civic leadershipexcused depending on the circumstances. If excused, Fellows will be role and instilled in merequired to make up the session during the following Academy. additional key tools andSpring Application Deadline: November 16, 2012 knowledge as I continue forward on my path through public service.”Fall 2013 AcademyThe Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy is an david longoriaongoing initiative, with two sessions held annually. spring 2012 fellowThe application process for the Fall 2013 cohort will executive assistant to theopen in March 2013. See pima county administrator;for updates about the Fall class and subscribe governing board member,to the free e-newsletter. pima county community college district 7
  8. 8. The Flinn Foundation and The Thomas R. Brown Foundations created the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership in 2010 to strengthen civic leadership in Arizona, particularly at the state level. arizona center for civic leadership supporting future collaborating promoting civic state- level leaders for impact engagement FLINN-BROWN CIVIC LEADERSHIP ARIZONA CIVIC LEADERSHIP OUTREACH AND COMMUNICATION ACADEMY An intensive program COLLABORATIVE A statewide An effort to help build civic to help expand the cadre of future resource and convener for leadership, engagement, and state-level leaders with the skills, organizations interested and strong communities. knowledge, and commitment to involved in strengthening address Arizona’s long-term issues. civic leadership.See for more information and to sign up for Civic Leadership News, the Center’s e-newsletter. The Flinn Foundation was established by Dr. and Mrs. Robert S. Flinn in 1965 with the mission of improving the quality of life in Arizona. The Phoenix-based nonprofit philanthropic endowment supports the advancement of Arizona’s bioscience sector, the Flinn Scholars Program, and arts and culture, in addition to an emerging initiative to strengthen civic leadership in Arizona. The Thomas R. Brown Foundations are dedicated to raising the quality of life for present and future generations through expanded understanding and application of economic principles in private and public decision making. The foundations, based in Tucson, are also dedicated to advancing solutions to community problems through strategic grants, research, and policy analysis. direct inquiries to: Emily Rajakovich Arizona Center for Civic Leadership Program Manager 1802 North Central Avenue 602-744-6828 Phoenix, AZ 85004 8