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Scottsdale Leadership Class 26 Pays It Forward

Scottsdale Leadership Class 26 Pays if Forward
Graduating class of Scottsdale Leadership poised to leave a lasting legacy in Scottsdale

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – As part of the nine-month community leadership program, members of Scottsdale Leadership’s Class 26 were assigned to teams and challenged to plan and implement five community service projects. The goal was to identify a community need and develop a project that positively affected that need, while gaining hands-on experience as community leaders.

“The teams had to quickly organize and create a project that will pay it forward for years to come,” said Brian Bednar, board president of Scottsdale Leadership. “We are beyond impressed and proud of class 26.  Their accomplishments are a reflection of what Scottsdale Leadership stands for. It proves that, even with limited time and resources, a few passionate people can make a tremendous impact on a community.”

The projects underway include:

Play it Forward
Play it Forward is dedicated to getting musical instruments out of retirement and into the hands of students, particularly to those in low-income areas who might not otherwise have access to musical education.  The team, in partnership with Ear Candy Charity and Arcadia High School Contemporary Music and Sound, is conducting an instrument drive benefiting schools in the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD).  Project Play it Forward Group was featured on Channel 12 news at:
How to get involved: Donate musical instruments at the front desk at Arcadia High until April 15. To make a donation to help repair and place the instruments with those in need, visit and click on CMAS drive.

Everybody Dance Now! Scottsdale
Everybody Dance Now! Is dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth through dance, leadership and community involvement by starting a chapter of Everybody Dance Now! in Scottsdale. The project team is partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale to provide weekly dance programming to middle and high school youth who would otherwise not have access to such opportunities.  Everybody Dance Now! is a youth-run nonprofit dedicated to inspiring students through positive opportunities that promote healthy and active lives. The first class begins on Wednesday, March 28 at the Rose Lane Branch of The Boys & Girls Club.
How to get involved: Participate in two upcoming golf tournaments which will raise money for Everybody Dance Now!. A Good Friday Golf Tournament will take place at Stonecreek Golf Club on Friday, April 6 and a NFL Alumni Golf Tournament will take place at Whirlwind Golf Club on Friday, May 4. Golfers may contact Tim Jorden at to reserve a golf foursome. Also, volunteers will be needed to teach dance classes, particularly teens and college students with hip-hop experience. Interested volunteers can contact the local Everybody Dance Now! program at

Paiute Community Garden
This team partnered with the Paiute Neighborhood Center to create a multifaceted edible garden with raised planting beds and an art-inspired seated reading area. The Paiute Community Garden will be a beautiful place for children and adults to grow an edible garden while layering an educational curriculum to inspire healthy food choices. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10 at 10 a.m.
How to get involved: The program is happy to accept gardening materials and cash donations to assist the program. Make your donations at the Paiute Neighborhood Center located at 6535 E. Osborn Road in Scottsdale.

Healthy Packs Program
The mission of Healthy Packs program is to aid children in Title 1 schools experiencing weekend hunger by sending them home from school with food on Friday afternoons. Good weekend nutrition ensures the children arrive to school on Monday well-nourished and ready to learn. Project partners include Vista Del Camino Food Bank, Scottsdale Leadership, SUSD, Police Officers of Scottsdale Association, Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club, Bethany Lutheran Church, and Concerned Citizens for Community Health. Healthy Packs kicked off on Friday, March 23.
How to get involved: The project will continue to need volunteers and donations. You can volunteer with the Vista Del Camino Food Bank to help pack bags, deliver bags or collect funds for the program. You can also donate online at for the Healthy Packs Program. Non-perishable food donation can be made directly to Healthy Packs at Vista Del Camino or to the Healthy Pack food donation boxes located at all SUSD elementary schools. Donations boxes will also be available at select middle schools and Desert Mountain High School.

Dream Fair
The goal for the Dream Fair was to inspire Coronado High School students entering 9th and 10th grade and their parents to be more involved in school to help them realize their dreams for graduation and beyond. Increased student and parental involvement are key contributors for better educational performance and decreased dropout rates. The Dream Fair on March 24 featured former White House Doctor Connie Mariano and Craig Jackson of Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction and a former Coronado High School graduate. Both shared how school helped them reach their dreams. The event included free food, prizes and activity booths from the school and community.
How to get involved: This year’s events is complete, but stay tuned  for chances to donate your time and resources to next year’s  Dream Fair.

Teams will present their projects the community during formal presentations on Friday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library Auditorium. Project Pay It Forward Presentation Day is sponsored by the Scottsdale Charros. A panel of judges will evaluate the projects and the winning team will receive $2,000 from Scottsdale Leadership to be donated to the team’s benefiting organization.


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Navigating Change in a New Economy

Contact:  Rachel Brockway, Marketing Manager
(480) 627-6716,

Diverse panel to provide insight on the new economy and its effect on employment and education in Scottsdale

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – On Wednesday, April 18, Scottsdale Leadership will host its 8th Annual Community Forum, Navigating Change in a New Economy. The forum, sponsored by The Arizona Republic and the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors, will be held from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center, located at 7700 E. McCormick Pkwy.

In an ever-changing economic climate, empowered leadership is imperative to strong communities. Scottsdale Leadership wants to start the conversation about what the new economy means for the future of employment and education in this community.

“Scottsdale has evolved from the west’s most western town to one of the most dynamic and youthful cities in America,” said Jason Rose, president, Rose+Moser+Allyn Public Relations, and panel moderator for the forum. “The forum panelists will shed light on how people can carve out their niche in this amazing community. Who couldn’t benefit from participating in this type of discussion?”

During the forum, Rose will lead panelists to share their personal stories of success and provide insight on what the future holds for employment and education in Scottsdale and Arizona. The panelists include:

Derek Neighbors, Co-founder, Gangplank, discussing innovators –The next generation may look different and speak somewhat differently, but they are fearless in taking the business world by storm…their terms, their rules.

Sherman A. Jennings – Human Resources Site Leader, Rotorcraft Systems, The Boeing Company and Chair, Governor’s Council on Workforce Policy, discussing the corporate sector – How are  large conventional corporations recruiting and hiring? What opportunities and obstacles are they facing?

Susie Timm, Head Cheese, Girl Meets Fork Marketing and Media, discussing the new entrepreneurs – Many professionals  are leaving (forced or by choice) their conventional jobs and making a career by applying their skills/experience as an outsource resource.

Len Jessup, Ph.D. – Dean of University of Arizona Eller College of Management, discussing the education perspective – How are educational institutions preparing students for the new economy? What has changed or is different?

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Scottsdale Leadership at (480) 627-6710, or visit Individual tickets are $40; $30 for dues-paid alumni. Corporate tables are $500 for a table of eight.

Since 1987, Scottsdale Leadership has graduated more than 850 individuals who are prepared to take on leadership roles in an ever-changing world. Scottsdale Leadership alumni have had a significant impact on the Scottsdale community, spearheading preservation of open space; improving the education system; championing public art; mentoring at-risk youth; and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities. For more information, call the Scottsdale Leadership office at 480-627-6710, or visit,

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Help Recruit Scottsdale’s Future Leaders and Win a Prize!

Scottsdale Leadership in now accepting applications for Class XXVII! We know alumni are the best resource for recruiting and that alumni love to win contests!

Do you know individuals who have the drive to become great community leaders? If so, please talk to them about Scottsdale Leadership and email their name, address, email and phone number to

Contest: If you refer a potential applicant to Scottsdale Leadership Class XXVII and they apply to the program you will be entered into a contest to win a two night stay that includes breakfast at the Embassy Suites Biltmore.

The Applicant’s Reception will be held March 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Phoenician. Tickets are $25; dues-paid alumni are free. Please register by March 15 online or by calling 480-627-6710.

Applications post online February 1:

Give back. Make a difference. Leave a legacy.

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Russo and Steele Preview Charity Gala

Jeff Miller, Class 26
Senior Vice President Marketing and Development, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale

Russo and Steele has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale for its annual Preview Charity Gala. The event will be held on Jan 18 to raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s “Angels for Kids, Mentors for Life” program and will feature live entertainment, a hosted bar, and appetizers from some of the valley’s top chefs and a silent auction.

Date: Wednesday, January 18
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location:  Russo and Steele Event Site Main Tent, Mayo Blvd & Scottsdale Road
Tickets: $100

Only 750 spots are available for this exclusive event, which is open to corporate sponsors, registered bidders, and invited guests.  This extravaganza has been SOLD OUT each year. For more information or to purchase tickets visit:

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Leadership Out Loud: Medical Military Simulation

Would you like a glimpse into medical care on the battlefield and simulations with state of the art technology used by medical personal to care for our wounded warriors?

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Scottsdale Healthcare Military Partnership Trauma Simulation Center! Not offered to the general public, this opportunity is limited to Scottsdale Leadership Alumni and guests only and space is very limited. Register now to assure your spot!

Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Time: 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Location: Scottsdale Healthcare, 7301 E. 4th Street
Tickets:  $25; $20 for dues-paid alumni

Purchase tickets by calling 480-627-6710 or online at

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12th Annual Spirit of Community Leadership Awards Luncheon

On December 9, over 300 attendees gathered to celebrate the spirit of community leadership. The event included inspirational acceptance speeches about the difference we can all make in our community!

Scottsdale Leadership honored:
Mark Eberle, Class 6, Hodges Alumni Achievement Award, presented by Prestige Cleaners
Rachel Sacco, Drinkwater Leadership Award, presented by Merrill Lynch
Merrill Lynch, Corporate Leadership Award, presented by Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc.
Melissa Conrad, Youth Leadership Award, presented by Scottsdale Active 20/30 Foundation

Pictured left to right: David Hunt, Melissa Conrad, Rachel Sacco and Mark Eberle

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Principles of Civil Dialogue

By Jami Reagan
Principal, Shine Factory

Today, Scottsdale Leadership, Inc., a nonprofit community leadership organization serving Scottsdale and the surrounding community, announces the kick-off of a community-wide initiative to adopt Principles for Civil Dialogue.

In short, the Principles of Civil Dialogue state, “as a member of the Scottsdale community, I will genuinely listen; speak respectfully; and be accountable for my words and actions.”

The principles, originally discussed by Class 25, were adopted by the Scottsdale Leadership Board of Directors earlier this year with the goal of carrying the Principles into the community in order to positively impact public dialogue. Scottsdale Leadership is asking other community organizations and businesses to adopt or endorse the Principles for Civil Dialogue, and further announce publicly their support of this initiative.

“We believe a healthy community engages in robust public dialogue on important issues.  The best decisions require that many points of view be heard and considered.  A healthy and thriving community results from active public dialogue in which all community members feel safe expressing their views,” says Brian Bednar, board president, Scottsdale Leadership.

Pictured left to right: Brian Bednar, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, Cynthia Wenstrom

At the Nov. 1, 2011 city council meeting, Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane issued a proclamation in support of the Principles of Civic Dialogue.

“Scottsdale Leadership teaches us that anyone can make a difference, and to create change a grass root effort often works best. We envision a legacy that supports and enriches the future of our community through the Principles for Civil Dialogue,” states Cynthia Wenström, board member and civil dialogue chair, Scottsdale Leadership.

For more information call Chris Irish at 480-627-6716 or click here.

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Keep Scottsdale Beautiful

By Chris Irish
Scottsdale Leadership Executive Director

Several months ago, Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp asked Scottsdale Leadership to help form Keep Scottsdale Beautiful (KSB), a new 501 (c)3 organization.  Keep Scottsdale Beautiful, an organization dedicated to engaging individuals to take greater responsibility for preserving and enhancing Scottsdale’s community environment, is seeking citizens interested in becoming founding board members.  The goal is to become an organization that enhances community revitalization, conservation and economic vitality.

“Keep Scottsdale Beautiful aims to uphold the same ideals as Scottsdale Pride and expand upon its legacy,” says board member, John Day. “We’re looking for a dynamic group of Board Members interested in growing the tradition of education and collective action to sustain a better quality of life for all.”

A public meeting to seek community input on programs and to recruit founding board members will be held on November 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the Mustang Library.

For more information click here or contact John Day at (480) 264-2570

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Leadership Out Loud: Artists’ Reception and Behind the Scenes Tour

Please join us for an exclusive evening at the Scottsdale Artists’ School. We begin with a wine and cheese reception with students from around the world and the talented artists that teach them. Then we will take a private tour of the school and enjoy a talk from sculpture artist Ben Hammond in his studio.

Date: Thursday, November 3
Time: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Scottsdale Artists’ School, 3720 N. Marshall Way
Tickets:  $30; $25 for dues-paid alumni
Purchase tickets by calling 480-627-6710 or online at

Optional: The Scottsdale Artwalk will take place immediately following the event.

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“Get on Board” Tools for the Nonprofit Board Member

Scottsdale Leadership has partnered with Valley Leadership, ASU and the Scottsdale Charros for an educational seminar to Explore, Discover and Chart Out being an effective nonprofit board member. This workshop includes three breakout sessions and a panel discussion.
Jim Bruner, Board of Directors, Fiesta Bowl
Tammy McLeod, Chief Customer Officer, APS
Nora Hannah, Chief Consortium Officer, Experience Matters

Date: Wednesday, November 2
Time: 3 – 6 p.m.
Location: ASU Skysong, 1475 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Tickets:  $50

Purchase tickets by calling 480-965-5207 or online at

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