Flinn-Brown: For High-Potential Civic Leaders Aiming to Serve Arizona
Flinn-Brown, which begins with participation in a 12-session seminar series, helps high-potential leaders from all perspectives and walks of life to succeed as leaders in Arizona state government as policymakers, staff experts, decision makers, and advisors. Drawn from the diversity of Arizona in all its forms, and from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, these leaders are anticipated to become state-level:
- elected officials;
- agency executives;
- members of boards and commissions; and
- policy advisors.
Together, they ensure that we, the residents of Arizona, have state-level leaders to guide us through complex challenges. The honorific “Fellow” acknowledges the significant experience and expertise that participants have, the commitment they make to public service, and membership in a special group of Arizonans.
Learn more below about Flinn-Brown and the application process for the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy.
Flinn-Brown at a Glance
- Unique in Arizona: An ambitious mission with statewide scope.
- For high-potential civic leaders: Expectation of every participant achieving state-level public service in three years.
- Powerful network: The Flinn-Brown Network, already 260 strong, supporting Fellows in continuous growth over long term.
- All points of view welcome: Participants from across the political spectrum and nearly every sector—very conservative, very liberal; from business, education, academia, nonprofit, and government.
- Intense non-partisan seminars: Built on recognition that solutions require deep knowledge of policy, politics, and networks; 12 Fridays and Saturdays from September through November, with 100 percent attendance expectation. (No cost to participate; all sessions at Flinn Foundation in Phoenix; travel/accommodations provided for participants from outside metro Phoenix);
- Civic leadership assessment tool: Distinctive tool to gauge civic-leadership strengths and weaknesses, building personalized roadmap toward state-level service.
- Long-term support: Beyond Academy seminar series: connections, learning events, and support, including communication about state entities’ demand for leadership talent and Fellows’ availability.
The Flinn-Brown Experience
State Government is Big and a Bridge between Local and Federal
Learn and grow from hearing many perspectives and rigorous study of facts and figures
Conservative, liberal, or independent, Fellows often say how much they learn from the seminars and other events, and that they benefited most from hearing numerous perspectives on issues, particularly from those they didn’t agree with. Discussion of different opinions catalyzes reflection, deeper understanding and, sometimes, new opinions. The experience is rigorous, challenging, and rewarding—all in preparation for engagement quickly as a decision maker, policymaker, board and commission member, or staff expert.
Gain from connection to 260 Arizonans who share the Flinn-Brown experience and commitment to public service
Effective leaders have strong, multi-faceted networks. Fellows turn to Flinn-Brown colleagues for information, advice, positions, collaboration, teamwork, careers, and more. Substantial emphasis is placed on each Fellow strengthening the statewide Network. The Flinn-Brown Convention will be held in September 2017, implemented by the Fellows Council, and will integrate 2017 Fellows into the Network at the beginning of their experience.
Seminars, support, events, and a robust statewide Network
The Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy prepares Fellows to help govern and contribute to public policy. It provides information, connections, and support with a focus on the intersection of policy, politics, and networks. The seminars present facts and figures about Arizona’s people and issues and the realities of governing today through presentations from the state’s foremost leaders and experts representing many points of view; discussions; readings; and projects.
Presenters include highly experienced elected and appointed officials, judges, executives, scholars, and other experts. Meet our past presenters.
The attendance expectation is 100 percent. If circumstances make missing one day unavoidable, a Fellow may make up a seminar session in the next series.
Expand your public service with state-level achievement in three years
Flinn-Brown prepares Fellows and calls on them to achieve state-level civic leadership within the next three years as elected officials or as agency executives, advisory board or commission members, or policy advisors. In addition to executing personal plans for achieving this challenging goal, Fellows are asked to contribute to the Network, complete an annual survey, and recommend competitive applicants, among other activities.
Selected Flinn-Brown Topics
2017 Flinn-Brown Activities
|Application Deadline||May 15|
|Candidate Interviews (Flinn Foundation)||July 18-20 (NOTE: newly revised dates)|
|Notification of Selection||Early August|
|Cohort Meet and Greet||Thursday, September 14|
|Session 1: Arizona Economy and Jobs/Flinn-Brown Convention Opening||Friday, September 15|
|Session 2: Flinn-Brown Convention||Saturday, September 16|
|Convention Closing||Sunday, September 17 (AM)|
|Session 3: Arizona Budget and the First of the Big Three of Spending||Saturday, September 23|
|Session 4: Higher Education||Friday, October 6|
|Session 5: K-12 Education, Dollars, and Ways Ahead||Saturday, October 7|
|Session 6: Corrections||Friday, October 13|
|Session 7: Arizona Management System/Media, Policy, and Politics||Saturday, October 14|
|Session 8: Water, Land, Nature, and People||Friday, October 27|
|Session 9: Moving People, Power, and Economies||Saturday, October 28|
|Session 10: Justice System and Courts||Friday, November 3|
|Session 11: Human Services and the Relationship to Public Health||Saturday, November 4|
|Session 12: Projects/Reports and Recognition Reception||Friday, November 17|
2018 Flinn-Brown Activities
If 2017 doesn’t work for your schedule, applications for a Spring 2018 Flinn-Brown cohort will open in September. Plus, CivEx, an introduction to state policy and politics, will be presented in February 2018, with registration likewise opening in September.
|Application Open||September 2018 (deadline TBA)|
|Candidate Interviews (Flinn Foundation)||January 2017|
|Notification of Selection||Early February|
|Cohort Meet and Greet||Thursday, March 15|
|Session 1||Friday, March 16|
|Session 2||Saturday, March 17|
|Session 3||Friday, March 23|
|Session 4||Friday, April 13|
|Session 5||Saturday, April 14|
|Session 6||Friday, April 20|
|Session 7||Saturday, April 21|
|Session 8||Friday, May 4|
|Session 9||Saturday, May 5|
|Session 10||Friday, May 11|
|Session 11||Saturday, May 12|
|Session 12||Friday, May 18|
Sample Seminar Agenda
Arizona’s Leadership and Budget Landscape
Who’s Who in State Government?—Chris Herstam, Principal, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie
Picture Arizona—Table talk and cohort discussion to explore population, race/ethnicity, prosperity, migration, education attainment, etc.
Civic Insights Interview with The Honorable Senator Kimberly Yee, Chairperson. Arizona Senate Committee on Education, with Chris Herstam
Arizona’s Budget—John Arnold, Chief Financial Officer, Arizona Board of Regents and former Director, Office of Strategic Planning and Budget
Room for Debate F-B Style—John Arnold, Steve Voeller, Partner, Summit Policy Group, Eric Figueroa, F-B Fellow and Policy Analyst, Arizona House of Representatives, and Fellows
R & R (Respond and Reflect)—Chris Herstam and Stan Barnes with moderator Nancy Welch
|5:00-6:00||Terrace Happy Hour and “Advance Team” organizing—Fellows|
How to Apply for Flinn-Brown
Open to all, but focused on Arizonans dedicated to starting now on years of public service
Flinn-Brown involves Arizonans who represent the state in all its diversity and recruits Arizonans from all walks of life and perspectives from throughout the state. Selection for the approximately 35 seats is highly competitive. Intensive screening ensures that every Fellow has the capacity and motivation to contribute to seminar discussions and the Network. The small cohort allows participants to get to know peers and truly engage with presenters and Fellows from all cohorts.
Competitive Flinn-Brown Applicants
Flinn-Brown is looking for Arizonans willing to strive, risk, and cooperate to lead in Arizona’s state government. The ideal applicant is a savvy, self-aware Arizonan deeply interested in:
- politics, policy, and service;
- being active in a robust network; and
- mastering participation in the singular field of state service.
The program application asks you about your leadership experience, statewide issues of interest, how you would solve a particular public problem, and state-government leadership goals. Flinn-Brown is not intended for those who are already state-level elected officials or paid staff members of a political party.
Flinn-Brown looks for Arizonans who have:
- A passion to be a player in state government and leadership circles;
- Made broad contributions to a career field or interest area;
- Sustained community involvement and a public profile;
- An established career path;
- A deep curiosity about people and topics;
- The personal and professional capacity to take on a new challenge now;
- High ethical standards, commitment to civility, and a keen interest in working with people from different perspectives;
- The desire to work to attain or advance to an executive state-government position in the next three years.
There is no charge to apply or participate. Tuition, program materials, and meals during events are provided by the Flinn and Thomas R. Brown foundations. Travel costs and accommodations are also covered for Fellows from outside metro Phoenix.
Complete the Online Application at the Flinn Foundation Portal
- □ Online Application
- □ Resume
- □ Two recommendation letters
Established by the Flinn Foundation in 2010, the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership strives to continually increase the pool of civic leaders in state-level service who can analyze issues; craft long-term, common-good solutions; help get the state’s work done; and nurture Arizonans’ participation in public affairs. The Flinn Foundation administers all programs of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership, with support from the Thomas R. Brown Foundations of Tucson.
Applications for the 2017 cohort were due Monday, May 15.
Contact Emily Rajakovich (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or to learn more about the Spring 2018 seminar series.
Please note the program is not intended for those who are already state-level elected officials or paid staff members of a political party.
The work and views of individual Flinn-Brown Fellows (Fellows) are independent of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership (Center) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Center, the statewide network of Fellows, or the Flinn and Brown foundations.
The exchange of many perspectives, and direct engagement with complex public-policy issues, is a core aspect of the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy (Flinn-Brown). Another Flinn-Brown hallmark is the expectation for respect, civility, and the development of relationships with those holding different perspectives. Participants in the Flinn-Brown experience are not asked to abandon their outlooks, but they are challenged to see issues through others’ eyes. There is no single “Flinn-Brown position” on any public-policy issue.
In forums public and private, Fellows are welcome to present their experiences and perspectives, and should take care to avoid the appearance of speaking for all Fellows.