Each year in June, Leadership West alumni and other West Valley leaders, friends and supporters gather to celebrate leadership in the West Valley and to conclude our program year.

This event is one of three Leadership West signature events that are open to the public. The other two are the Conversation on Leadership dinner and the West-X Leadership Summit.

The event is a festive celebration that recognizes four leaders: Civic Leader of the Year, Non-Profit Leaders of the Year, Business Leader of the Year and Leadership West Alumnus of the Year.

Any graduate of Leadership West can nominate an individual for any of the four awards. The Leadership West board then narrows the nominees to three finalists. And finally, the Leadership West Alumni Association members vote to determine the winner of each award, which is announced at the event.

ADDITIONALLY, during the Awards Banquet, we recognize our most recent graduating class and induct them into the Alumni Association.

Thank you to our 2017 Event Sponsors:

Gold: West Valley Mavericks Foundation

Silver: Visit Glendale

Bronze: My Office Business Suites

Other Sponsors: Arizona Broadway Theatre, West Valley Arts Council and Wigwam Resort

Congratulations to the 2017 finalists:

Business Leader of the Year:
Myra Curtis, owner of Roman’s Oasis, Roman’s County Line and part owner of The Shoppe on Monroe.
Patrick McDermott, relationship manager at APS. WINNER
Mickey Ollson, owner of Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium.

Nonprofit Leader of the Year:
Dr. Randy Blazik, president of the West Valley Mavericks men’s organization.
Dr. Lily DeBlieux, superintendent of the Pendergast School District. WINNER
Kathy Saunders, director of senior programs for the YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix.

Civic Leader of the Year:
Lisa Atkins, Arizona State Land Department commissioner. WINNER
Cindi Nannetti, Maricopa County Superior Court.
Lorraine Zomok, manager of Visit Glendale.

Leadership West Alumnus of the Year:
Dr. Todd Aakhus, director of community partnerships at Rio Salado College.
Shelby Duplessis, vice president of land development, the Empire Group LLC. WINNER
(Collective nomination) Dr. Lily DeBlieux(Pendergast School District), Gina Godbehere-Thomas (Maricopa County Attorney’s Office) and Jennifer Rogers (GCON). 

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