Shaping the future of pediatric medicine

Innovation is essential to accelerating advancements in pediatric medicine—and at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Leadership Circle funding is essential to driving innovation. Together Leadership Circle members invest in cutting-edge, high-impact projects through grant awards to Phoenix Children’s top innovators.

Since 2004, Leadership Circle has awarded nearly $5.6 million in grant funding, including four grants totaling more than $523,000 in spring 2020.

Their vision. Your vote.

Introducing the 2021 Finalists

Meet the Phoenix Children’s innovators who are shaping the future of pediatric medicine. These physicians and researchers are competing for Leadership Circle grant funding to advance their groundbreaking work in fields ranging from neuroscience to cardiology. They will present their project proposals to Leadership Circle members at the annual luncheon on September 22 at Paradise Valley Country Club.

An Investment That Makes An Impact

Leadership Circle funding fuels first-of-kind projects that have the potential to make a profound impact on children’s health. As a Leadership Circle member, not only do you make a difference for children and families, but you also have access to exclusive benefits, including opportunities to meet physicians and researchers, get an in-depth look at leading innovators’ work, and participate in members-only events and experiences.

Projects with impact
Networking with innovators
Behind-the-scenes access

Choose Your Investment Level

Leadership Circle offers several levels of investment, starting at $1,000 per year. As your commitment increases, so do your opportunities for involvement.

$1K Pioneer 1 Vote
$1.5K Partner 2 Votes
$5K Trailblazer 2 Votes
$10K Innovator 2 Votes

Please note that the Pioneer level is an individual membership and the Partner, Trailblazer and Innovator levels are joint memberships.

Your investment in action

No more general anesthesia for endoscopies

Pediatric gastroenterologist Shauna Schroeder, MD, used a Leadership Circle grant to bring a state-of-the-art, minimally invasive endoscopic procedure to Phoenix Children’s. With transnasal endoscopy, she can perform endoscopies more quickly and at a lower cost than with traditional endoscopy—and her patients no longer need general anesthesia to undergo the procedure.

2020–2021 DIRECTORS

  • Clarissa and Brian Robinson, co-chairs
  • Charli Marrow and Jerry Schwalbach, co-chairs
  • Julia and Taylor Burke
  • Carol and Dr. Charles P. Dries, Jr.
  • Gail and Ed Ober
  • DeeDee and Ken Vecchione

Contact Leadership Circle

For information about becoming a member of Leadership Circle, please contact Dana Jirauch at