Thunderbird School of Global Management and Valley Leadership extend partnership with five-year agreement to train Arizona business leaders

March 4, 2013

(GLENDALE, Ariz.) Thunderbird School of Global Management and Valley Leadership have agreed to a five-year extension of their partnership that began last year with Valley Leadership Class 34.

Valley Leadership provides selected community members with an in-depth education on the issues facing Arizona’s community ranging from education to the local economy. They also gain access to Valley Leadership’s broad network of personal and professional relationships. As a leader in graduate business degrees and executive education, Thunderbird is a natural partner.

“For nearly 70 years Thunderbird’s mission has been about preparing talented people to lead in the world,” said Senior Vice President of Executive Education at Thunderbird School of Global Management, Dennis Baltzley Ph.D. “As this community and our state, become increasingly globally connected, we are excited, and proud, to be helping create more capable leaders who will have greater impact.”

The executive education, created by Dr. Baltzley and Leadership Institute Program Chair Dr. Dave Bolman, is designed to help graduates lead at the highest level of their chosen career path - be it business, non-profit, or government. 

“The unique partnership between Valley Leadership and Thunderbird enhances participants’ ability to strengthen and transform their communities by teaching valuable leadership skills. We are excited to provide this curriculum to future Classes, including Class 35 which is currently accepting applications.” said Mike Crusa, Valley Leadership Board Chair.

Dr. Baltzley has taught an interactive class on values aligned with leadership, and he will return to complete a session on “converting insight to action” for leaders. Thunderbird Professor Dr. Caren Siehl is a graduate of Valley Leadership Institute Class 19 and has taught a class on avoiding leadership derailers. The feedback from the first class to benefit from this partnership has been very positive.

“The partnership between Valley Leadership and Thunderbird School of Global Management has been a great benefit not only organizationally, but is has provided me and my classmates vital resources to enhance our leadership within our organizations and community service work,” said Israel Barajas who is a member of Valley Leadership Class 34 and the Senior Hispanic Marketing Coordinator at Cox Communications. “Personally, I have found their presentations relevant, useful and in engaging. Specifically, they speak to all levels of leaders from a variety of sectors. Their applicable presentations fit to what is going on in our community, our state and most importantly our nation. We are better equipped to take action!”

Interviews with Dr. Batlzley and Bolman are available upon request.

For a list of the community leaders that are in Valley Leadership Institute Class 34, visit

Media can contact Christy Moore at or (602)952-6760, ext. 1 for more information about Valley Leadership’s involvement in this program.

Media can contact Virginia Mungovan at or (602) 978-7081 for more information about Thunderbird’s involvement in this program.