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Southwest Leadership Program Invests in Public Sector Professionals

Public service leaders participate in the "Meet the Challenge" event
Public service leaders participate in outdoor
experimental education expert Tim Kidd's "Meet the
Challenge" event at the Southwest Leadership

Photo by Thomas Veneklasen.

By Brittany Smythe
BSBA Business Management '10

In October, the Eller College hosted 50 participants at the 18th annual Southwest Leadership Program, a five-day program designed to help nonprofit, government, and other public service leaders enhance skills through a series of guest lectures, case studies, and hands-on activities. 

EthicsPoint Distinguished Lecturer in Business Ethics and Eller College Ethics Program director Paul Melendez managed the event, compiling an agenda that inspired many leaders to utilize the information provided at the conference in their careers and day-to-day responsibilities. 

“All local government and nonprofit executives state-wide have had to deal with deep and debilitating budget cuts over the past couple of years,” said Melendez. “Unfortunately, one of the first victims of budget cuts are training and development programs. Thanks to our exceptional corporate sponsorship from organizations including Arizona Public Service, the Southwest Leadership Program has been able to continually offer a cutting-edge, time-tested leadership program during a time when our public and third sector leaders need it most.”

Southwest Leadership Program participants
Participants in the 2010 Southwest Leadership
Program, one of several Eller College non-degree
executive programs.

Photo by Thomas Veneklasen.

Fernando Shipley, mayor of Globe, Arizona, attended thanks to the sponsorship of APS. “The conference surpassed my expectations, and exceeded other leadership events I have attended in terms of quality, organization, and overall value,” said Shipley. “The presentation by John King, who covered topics including core values, cultural map, and structures, was especially valuable. He approached the discussion of how leaders make decisions in a very scientific, concrete way.” 

Participants in the program, held each fall, earned a certificate in management and organizations from the Eller College.

Learn more about the Southwest Leadership Program and other Eller Non-Degree Executive Programs.

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