The mission of the Arizona Women’s Leadership Forum is to advance women in senior leadership positions through superior educational, peer interaction and networking opportunities, and to empower all women leaders to lead with passion, act as mentors to others and make a difference in their businesses, their communities and their lives. 


The Forum brings world-caliber leaders and leadership experts together with executives and professionals from the corporate, professional, entrepreneurial, nonprofit and governmental sectors in a series of dynamic, interactive, year-round programs.  These programs challenge individuals to view leadership in powerful new ways and enrich their own sense of possibility. 

Annual Fall Leadership Symposium

The Fall Symposium is one of the premier women's leadership conferences in the U.S. It is a highly-interactive full-day conference bringing together a diverse group of distinguished leaders and leadership experts with influential executives and professionals. It enables participants to focus on their leadership roles in the business world and beyond, share insights and inspiration, and build valuable relationships with peers.

Conversation Series

These quarterly "invitation only" events provide a more intimate atmosphere for a small group of senior leaders to participate in frank discussions on specific leadership issues. Each session features a prominent leader or roundtable of leaders in a moderated question-and-answer format followed by an open conversation with the audience.  The Conversation events are held in a comfortable living-room type setting.

Leadership Connection

The Leadership Connection event provides a vehicle for partner and sponsor organizations to share information on their in-house leadership programs and women’s leadership initiatives, enabling them to strengthen their own programs and to develop joint initiatives.  It consists of a survey completed by each organization, followed by a half-day executive roundtable discussion to discuss strategies and successes. 

Emerging Leaders Workshop

A new offering in 2013, the Emerging Leaders Workshop will focus on helping younger and mid-level leaders to reach their full leadership potential.  The event will feature participatory, hands-on sessions.  Anticipated topics include executive presence, negotiation skills, conflict management and work-life balance, among others. 

Executive Development

The Forum provides executive development programs to help senior leaders to hone their skills and emerging leaders to develop their skills.  Offerings include:  Strategic Leadership Communication, Persuasive Public Speaking, Gender Communications in the Workplace, Mastering the Art of Negotiation and Networking: The Power of Personal Contacts.

Networking Resources

The Leaders Directory contains contact information for attendees at Forum events, enabling participants to continue their relationship-building throughout the year (available to participants only).  The Business Directory contains business listings, enabling participants to support one another’s endeavors.