Class XXV Project

Congratulations to Gilbert Leadership Class XXV on the completion of their class project at Crossroads Dog Park!
Class XXV was inspired by the K-9 units with the Town of Gilbert’s fire and public safety departments.
They unveiled their project on April 22nd, Earth Day, which included planting trees, building a concrete bench with a colorful mural, and installing and painting two decorative fire hydrants.
Click here to view video clips from the class building their project.

Welcome Class XXVI

David Baldwin, Via Circuits Inc.
Blake Bentley, Ready Logistics
Irma Bressler, CertaPro Painters
Mike Burkhart, Gilbert Fire Dept
Judy Cato, Arizona State University/Victory AME Church
Kristen Drew, Town of Gilbert
Kellen Escoto, Gilbert Historical Museum
Traci Frederickson, Fountain of Life
Robert Gardner, Banner Health
Erik Gray, Leading Edge Academy
Vicki Kettner, Town of Gilbert
Randy Mahlerwein, Higley Unified School District
Caryn Mannheimer, Orbital ATK
Justin Martz, Wells Fargo
Bryanna McHenry, Salt River Project
Brendan O’Connor, Salt River Project
Cris Parisot, Town of Gilbert
Shannon Powell, TotSpot Preschool
Jonathan V. Reece, Geneva Financial LLC
Brian Sexton, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority
Vincent Thomas, Dignity Health-MGMC
Mike Thomason, Higley Unified School District
James Walker, Higley Unified School District
Nicole Washington, Dignity Health – MGMC

Serving for 25 years

“I couldn’t be more proud of this program and the more than 470 Gilbert Leadership graduates giving back to our community.  Congratulations to all of the Board members and classmates on a magnificent program that continues to surpass the test of time and relevance for our community.”
Kathy Tilque, CEO/President – Gilbert Chamber of Commerce – GL Class 1

Who We Are

Organization: Gilbert Leadership a program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce Foundation

History: Program has been in continuous operation since 1991.

Purpose: To expose promising leaders to those issues that affect our communities, businesses and the public. With understanding of the needs and concerns in a wide variety of issues, these individuals will be better able to contribute their resources to making a difference in many ways.


Goals and Objectives: The program’s goal is to prepare future community leaders for positions of responsibility by:

  • Acquainting them with significant community processes, programs and problems.
  • Teaching them about involvement opportunities, special challenges and demands using forums with current leaders.
  • Improving understanding of various economic, social and political forces impacting the community.
  • Providing a network of new community talent for service on public and private commissions, agencies, organizations and associations.

  • Educating and counseling leaders on skills necessary to become more objective.
  • Encouraging placement of graduates in key leadership positions in the community


  • A sincere concern about the future of our state and commitment to help shape its future.
  • Commitment through past and present community involvement.
  • A demonstrated capacity for leadership within the individual’s own organization.
  • A willingness to commit the energy necessary to complete the program, including monthly attendance at all sessions.
  • Live and/or Work in Gilbert

Our Donors

Your financial contribution to the program assists in ensuring the program’s continued success. Help us support citizens with an interest in transforming and strengthening the Gilbert community. We urge you to join us in our mission.

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Alumni Classes

Alumni Class 25

Alumni Class 24

Alumni Class 23

Why Gilbert Leadership

Gilbert Leadership increases citizen participation in the community by creating awareness of leadership opportunities and developing individual leadership skills which support the goals of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.


The Difference We Make

Each Leadership class is also required to complete a group service project that benefits the community. The type, cost, and scope of the project is determined by the talents, resources, and creativity of the class members in discussion with one another. The one-day project should involve all of the class members and is determined by members outside of scheduled class time. This requirement is designed with the goal of leaving a lasting legacy of the class within the community.