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 Leader 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 Awards Nominating Committee then narrows the nominees to three finalists per category. 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 will honor those graduating from Class XXIV and recognize the third group of individuals who will complete the Leadership West Institute professional development program sponsored by SRP.

Congratulations to the 2018 FINALISTS (listed in alphabetical order in each category):

Business Leader of the Year:
Shawn Bradford, EPCOR
Mike Godbehere, GCON
Thom Gyder, Wilhelm Automotive

Non-Profit Leader of the Year:
Elizabeth Canchola, LizMoon Photography
Sintra Hoffman, WESTMARC
Tom Loegering, Golf Program in Schools

Civic Leader of the Year:
Diego Espinoza, Arizona House of Representatives
Georgia Lord, Mayor of Goodyear
Dr. Kristi Sandvik, Superintendent of the Buckeye Elementary School District

Leadership West Alumnus of the Year:
Gina Godbehere, Class XXII
Janice Simpson, Class XX
Cheryl Street, Class XVII


Portraits of Leadership: A Night at the Museum

Date: June 8, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Wigwam Resort
300 East Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, Arizona 85340

Tickets:  $65/ Non- LWAA per person   |  Comp – $45 LWAA (based on membership level)
Deadline: May 31, 2018
Attire: Business or Cocktail

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Call 623.498.0828 with questions or to register by phone. 

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