Flinn-Brown FAQs

  • What is the Flinn-Brown Fellowship 2020 Seminar Timeline?
    The 2020 Flinn-Brown Fellowship seminars will take place approximately every other week, August through November, including the annual Flinn-Brown Convention. The 12 full-day seminars will be held on Fridays and Saturdays at the Flinn Foundation in Phoenix. (Schedule subject to change due to COVID-19)          

    August 2020
    Friday, August 21: Economy and Demographics
    Saturday, August 22: Government and Budget

    September 2020
    Friday, September 11: PreK-12 Education
    Saturday, September 12: Higher Education
    Friday, September 18: Public Health and Health Care
    Saturday, September 19: Human Services

    October 2020
    Friday, October 2: Environment
    Saturday, October 3: Infrastructure
    Friday, October 16: Criminal Justice
    Saturday, October 17: Communications and Media Relations
    Friday, October 30: Civic Participation/Recognition Reception

    November 2020
    Saturday, November 14: Annual Convention

  • Who is selected to be a Flinn-Brown Fellow?
    Flinn-Brown Fellows are emerging civic leaders from across Arizona with broadly diverse perspectives, politics, and policy interests. Fellows have expertise in their fields and are leaders in Arizona’s urban, rural, and tribal communities. They represent sectors of Arizona’s economy from business and industry to nonprofit and government. The Flinn-Brown Fellowship targets individuals working to address Arizona’s most challenging issues who want deeper knowledge and experience, a connected, diverse network, enhanced leadership skills, and a collaborative atmosphere.
  • What are the benefits of joining the Flinn-Brown Fellowship?
    The Flinn-Brown Fellowship provides opportunities for civic leaders from throughout Arizona to expand their knowledge, skills and networks to help address Arizona’s long-term issues. The Flinn-Brown Fellowship offers unparalleled learning through intensive seminar sessions with a cohort, skill-building workshops, and an annual convention. Fellows are connected with top state leaders and policy experts.
  • What are the application requirements?
    Individuals interested in the 2020 Flinn-Brown Fellowship submitted an application and two letters of endorsement. The application included three essay prompts regarding the applicant’s civic-leadership experience, approach to a policy issue, and civic-leadership goals. Applicants also submitted a current resume and a 20-second introductory video regarding their interest in the Flinn-Brown Fellowship. 
  • Is there an interview process?
    A limited number of applicants were selected for an interview with the 2020 Flinn-Brown Selection Committee. Interviews took place over two days in June.
  • Who should write letters of endorsement?
    Applicants should seek letters of endorsement from individuals who can provide deep insight on the applicant’s background, past leadership experience, potential for state-level leadership, and readiness to participate in the Flinn-Brown Fellowship. These letters are a vital element of the selection process, and we encourage candor and depth from endorsers. 
  • Is there a cost for the Fellowship?
    There is no cost to participate in the Flinn-Brown Fellowship. The Flinn Foundation, with support from the Thomas R. Brown Foundations, covers the cost of participation and supplies for Fellows in the current cohort.
  • What if I live outside of Maricopa County?
    Hotel accommodations for those attending seminars from outside Maricopa County are provided. Mileage is reimbursed for travelers and carpooling from across the state is encouraged.
  • Are there time commitments outside of the seminar sessions?
    Yes. Fellows should plan for prep time before each seminar. Pre-reading the material provided ahead of each seminar weekend is extremely important. Fellows are also expected to prepare to engage in thoughtful discussions and deep dialogue. Additionally, teams will have opportunities during the seminars to collaborate on projects but may need to meet at other times to complete the projects.
  • What if I have to miss a seminar session or weekend?
    Fellows are expected to attend all seminar sessions as participation is a key component of the program. However, we understand that Fellows may have unavoidable conflicts and commitments. If you believe you will miss more than one seminar weekend, we highly encourage you to apply for a future cohort. If excused, Fellows are asked to make up the missed session during a future seminar series.