Valley Leadership (VL) has hired Denise King from the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation and Pearl Chang Esau from Shan Strategies to assist in the implementation of the newly adopted two-year strategic plan. The plan is designed to develop and build Valley Leadership for the future by aligning the organization’s programming, alumni and partner engagement, operations and governance systems for intentional impact on issues facing Arizona.

“Retaining and learning from top talent innovating in leadership was a strategic goal of the board,” says David Brown, VL CEO. “These two women bring long-standing, invaluable experience from top-performing organizations. Their unique perspectives are in line with the future of our organization. We are thrilled to have them as a part of the team.”

King will assist with the evolution of VL’s signature programs, Valley Leadership Institute and Valley Leadership Accelerate. Her charge is to leverage the organization’s rich programmatic history and reputation while advancing current curriculum to be more timely, innovative and intentional about impact. As program director for Leadership Denver, King has more than 30 years of experience creating and restructuring leadership programs, in the corporate and nonprofit sectors.

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Esau will support the development of VL’s new Valley Impact Maker model, which will mobilize VL alumni and partners to address Arizona’s most pressing issues in a collaborative way via a leadership culture of “doing”. Working with the business community, philanthropy, government, and non-profit groups, Valley Leadership will form strategic partnerships, fueled by its alumni, to leverage strengths and amplify impact. As a former nonprofit executive, educator and public-policy expert, Esau has a statewide network and a history of leading cross-sector efforts to tackle community issues.  

“We are extremely humbled to tap into the knowledge of these two stellar professionals,” says Sarah Krahenbuhl, VL board chair. “In order to move the needle toward impact, we are committed to expanding our point of view on what is possible for Valley Leadership. We look forward to leveraging best practices and top trends to continue to cultivate a community of leadership and impact in the Valley.”