Desert Foothills Leadership Academy

Energize, Engage, and Educate Our Future Leaders

The 2024 Class is now full.

Information for 2025 will be posted in April. 


The Desert Foothills Leadership (DFL) Academy is driven by a strong community desire to be a part of the creation of our future leaders. The partnerships mission is to educate, energize, and engage emerging leaders with a goal of enriching community life while responsibly mapping our future and sustaining our natural resources for generations to come. All of this is done through a focus on strengthening participants understanding of the Past, Current, and Future potential of the Sonoran Desert Foothills.


The Desert Foothills Leadership (DFL) Academy was founded in 2018 through an exclusive partnership between The Carefree-Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce and The Holland Center.

“The Academy was created after an unmet need was identified through focus groups and discussions with our members and community stakeholders,” said Patty Villeneuve, President/CEO of the Carefree – Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce.  “Our hope is to fill this need and become an important component in the development of future leaders.”

“There is so much to know about the Desert Foothills Community and our partnership with the Chamber will allow us to tap the necessary resources and knowledge base. Our graduates will gain the insight needed to best serve our community,” said Jennifer Rosvall, Executive Director of the Holland Center.”


  • Enhance your personal leadership and professional skills
  • Build the confidence and skills required to take on leadership roles in the Desert Foothills Region
  • Broaden your breadth and scope of knowledge about the Desert Foothills Region  
  • Create relationships with region stake holders
  • Develop valuable professional networks 
  • Gain insight as to where your talents and goals will best serve the Desert Foothills Region

Contact Information

Desert Foothills Leadership