GFOA Leadership Academy in Phoenix

Offered at Arizona State University, March 24–29, 2024

From the opening reception and dinner to the closing lunch, the week features a mix of sessions designed to spur individual learning, develop organizational insights, and nurture development of leadership skills. Sessions are intended to balance the role of the financial professional in state and local government with key trends in leadership for the public sector. Representative sessions include:

  • Self-assessments and other behavioral insights designed to help participants understand how they work—and how they can best contribute to their organizations
  • Leadership skills for the 21st century
  • Characteristics of great organizations
  • You and your organization
  • Values of public service
  • Case study preparation and presentations
  • Leadership discussions and reflections


Leadership Academy speakers will share their perspectives on the roles and responsibilities of state and local government officials in a complex and rapidly changing world. They will share career insights gleaned from research and hands-on leadership experience. The faculty roster includes:

Robert O'Neill

Robert O'Neill

Executive in Residence, Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Center for Livable Communities

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Chris Morrill

GFOA Executive Director

John Nalbandian

John Nalbandian

Professor Emeritus, University of Kansas School of Public Affairs & Administration

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Ed Zuercher

Executive Director, Maricopa Association of Governments.

Scholarship Availability

If you are interested in applying for the next Leadership Academy, but are concerned about the costs for travel or lodging, you can also apply for a scholarship through the GFOA’s Leadership Development Scholarship program. GLDS is a brand new program focused on providing scholarship funding to working professionals for in-person training provided by GFOA and our partners.

Funds are limited, but we encourage you to apply for a GLDS scholarship if the travel costs for the Leadership Academy keep you from participating. Click here to view the application requirements.

Questions? Please contact GFOA's Randall Towns.