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How our city will, and should, look in the near and distant future

Baird_Lindsey Headshot 2By Lindsey Baird
Brown & Brown Insurance

Class 29 Blog: This is a blog series about the experience and impact of Scottsdale Leadership’s Core Program. The views expressed here represent those of class members and not those of Scottsdale Leadership.

A transportation hub connecting our unique city to the expanse of the state and the world, the Scottsdale Airport seemed to me a fitting location to host Economic Development Day. Watching planes take-off and land, surrounded by hundreds of local businesses, drove home the idea that progress in our thriving city is ever-present.

IMG_5738Councilman-elect David Smith opened the day with his views of progress in our city. To some members of the community, progress means moving forward while essentially staying the same, not losing the essence of the city they have grown with and loved. As the day progressed, we were exposed to differing perspectives from the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, Scottsdale’s Economic Development Department, and others in public and private enterprise. We heard from multiple panels that discussed what current demographics look like in our city compared to other areas of the state, what is being done to attract business to the area and whom they look to attract, and what development looks like from each of these unique perspectives.

Throughout the course of the day it was clear the amount of pride and passion that exists within the citizens of this city. There certainly are various ideas and visions that exist about how our city will, and should, look in the near and distant future.

IMG_5739A great example of a unique perspective came from Dr. Dennis Hoffman, Director of L. William Seidman Research Institute at Arizona State University’s Department of Economics. He shared with us facts and figures in a way that had us laughing and beginning to think differently about the numbers before us. While he had us laughing, our afternoon group exercise had us tackling issues associated with the Scottsdale Tourism Advisory Task Force. My group specifically looked at issues related to attracting young, well-educated and well-compensated professionals to our city and how to keep them here long term. We discussed transportation development as a key feature of this movement, as well as housing and ways to create a more urban downtown district while maintaining a unique identity that belongs solely to Scottsdale.

The information shared by our extremely knowledgeable lineup of presenters was bar none. I would also like to thank APS and CAP on behalf of the entire class for their sponsorship of this class day and for contributing to the wealth of information that was presented via their representatives who joined us!

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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.
Panelists:
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 www.alumni.asu.edu/getonboard

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Scottsdale Leadership deserving of party

Scottsdale Leadership 25 yearsThank you to the Scottsdale Republic for this great article printed today about the Scottsdale Leadership 25th Anniversary Celebration. Thank you for your support of Scottsdale Leadership and developing community leaders.

The article begins:

Scottsdale Leadership celebrates its 25th anniversary tonight. It’s a milestone worthy of a big party.

Since its founding by Don Ruff, Art DeCabooter, Gary Shapiro and Sam Campana, the group has had one key mission: To nurture passion and understanding for city issues, with the aim of developing leaders through a nine-month program that’s been described as a graduate degree in Scottsdale.

The full article can be viewed here: http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/SREditorials/125217

The Scottsdale Republic is a supporting sponsor of tonight’s banquet at the Hyatt Gainey Ranch with keynote speaker Kurt Warner. General Manager Mike Ryan serves on the organization’s advisory board. Opinions Editor Robert Leger is an alumnus.

Thank you to our other sponsors which include two event sponsors Hyatt Gainey Ranch and APS and supporting sponsors  Scottsdale Insurance Company, Nussbaum, Gillis & Dinner, SRP and Scottsdale Republic.

The event will also feature a $25,000 gift to the community from Scottsdale Leadership and the Kurt Warner’s First Things First Foundation.

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Taking pride in Community Leadership

Cindy SlickCindy Slick, Class 4
Retired, APS

Scottsdale certainly had a different feel in 1990, the year of my participation in Scottsdale Leadership Class IV.  But having lived in this beautiful city since the late 50’s, I have seen every decade bring more residents, business challenges, expanded government, school district growth, environmental concerns, increased needs for health and human services and an ever blossoming arts and cultural awareness.

What better forum to dig deeper and learn more about all of these issues, than Scottsdale Leadership?  I still remember the excitement I felt when I found that I had been chosen to be a class member.  I had read an article about the organization in the Scottsdale Daily Progress (our long gone hometown newspaper) and filled out the application.  At the time, my job at APS had nothing to do with being community minded and I feared that if I was selected that I would not be able to get the time off to participate as Scottsdale Leadership held class every other Friday.  But, as they say, all of that is history.

I credit Scottsdale Leadership with the beginning of my career change; APS certainly did support my membership (and many other employees thereafter) and I went on to become the Community Relations Manager.  I just retired after a 31 year career with APS.  Scottsdale Leadership was the perfect training ground for my new job and for getting involved in the community.  I soaked up as much information as I could from each class day but more importantly, I learned so much from my fellow class members.

After graduating from Scottsdale Leadership I served two terms on its Board of Directors and was privileged to attend many National Leadership conferences.  I was so proud to note that Scottsdale Leadership was always one of the best examples of what a leadership organization should be.  In the early 90’s we were one of the first nationally to move away from training a hierarchical style of leadership and began to model servant leadership.  This approach, which includes self discovery and a desire to serve others, certainly enhanced my growth as a leader.

It enabled me give back to many organizations over the years – Scottsdale/Paradise Valley YMCA, ASU Sun Angel Foundation, Fiesta Bowl committee and the Paradise Valley Hospital.

Servant leadership was also alive and well on the board of Community Celebrating Diversity (CCD), where I had the pleasure of serving from 1998 – 2008. We took what started as a breakfast attended by about 35 people to what is now one of the premier events in Scottsdale honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Nearly all of the board members of this organization are Scottsdale Leadership graduates and I always list this as a proud community leadership accomplishment.

Congratulations to all of my fellow graduates and to a remarkable organization on this 25th anniversary.  I will be forever grateful for the difference Scottsdale Leadership made in my life and the lives of so many others.

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Scottsdale Leadership is celebrating 25 years of developing community leaders. NFL all-star Kurt Warner will serve as keynote speaker at its 25th Anniversary celebration event on April 14. A $25,000 Gift to the Community will be split between Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS) and Best Buddies Program in Scottsdale. Tickets and information available by calling 480-627-6710 or online at scottsdaleleadership.org.

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2010 Spirit of Community Leadership Award Recipients

Scottsdale Leadership, Inc., a nonprofit organization serving Scottsdale and the surrounding community, recently announced the recipients of the 2010 Spirit of Community Leadership Awards.

The recipients and the awards for which they are being honored are:

Award recipients will be honored at the Scottsdale Leadership 11th Annual Spirit of Community Leadership Awards Luncheon, sponsored by APS and Scottsdale Insurance Company, on Friday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and will be held at Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, located at 7700 E. McCormick Pkwy.

Tickets are available at www.scottsdaleleadership.org.

Please contact Rachel Brockway at (480) 627-6710 or rbrockway@scottsdaleleadership.org if you would like more information.

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20/20 Perfect Vision: It’s Possible!

By SUZANNE PAETZER, Class 24
President- TriAra Consulting, LLC

20/20 Vision: Our Citizen’s Prescription for the Future – Scottsdale Leadership’s annual community forum sponsored by Scottsdale Republic/The Arizona Republic, APS and Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors.

Your vision is a primary sensory source – taking in your surroundings and making key decisions.  Quickly your eyes note the meaning of facial expressions in a conversation.  Colors and textures in nature are discerned. Vast publications of knowledge are absorbed. BlackBerry’s and TV’s send us countless images that influence our lives.

Your vision is not something to take for granted. It creates wholeness in your world and isn’t seeing 20/20 the ultimate goal?

On Thursday, April 29th a distinguished group of community leaders challenged the audience at Scottsdale Leadership’s  7th Annual Community Forum to create a vision for Scottsdale.  Scottsdale hasn’t set sight on defining a citizen-driven vision for more than 20 years. What do our citizens want for the future?

The panel, facilitated by Dick Bowers, former Scottsdale city manager, consisted of: Jane Rau, co-founder of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, sharing an activist’s vision; Charlie Smith, former Scottsdale council member, providing a hindsight perspective; Peter Kasperski, owner of Cowboy Ciao and Kazimierz, lending a future perspective; and Trevor Barger, founder Espiritu Loci, highlighting the key components of vision.

What is Vision?
I view the path of vision like a tree.  At the very root of vision is just one idea.  Then vision takes on an element of natural growth developing one branch.  As ideas are nurtured, more branches of new ideas stem from conversations that feed the knowledge tree.  Eventually, one idea has grown and taken shape and now becomes a solid foundation upon which more growth occurs.  Sometimes the final vision is very different than the very first idea that planted the seed of thought for growth.  Vision grows naturally and can’t be forced.

Trevor Barger resonated with my tree vision when he talked about a community vision and its premise of starting with a believable idea created by looking in the present with passion to the future.  We must see the potential of an idea but not merely change an existing issue.  We need to be bold about the vision of future potential of an idea.  You know when a vision has taken hold when it culminates by influencing and inspiring people to take action because the vision touches their soul.  Just like the deep roots of a magnificent tree firmly planted, vision inspires and takes hold on solid footing and branches out and grows naturally.

It’s Time Scottsdale
There is no citizens-driven vision for Scottsdale.  We need to know where we want to go or we will never get there. A small group of seven, who in the past decided to increase the size of Scottsdale’s original one square mile, made a difference!

There are countless examples of people from the past who said, “Why not _______?” Fill the blank in with build a stadium, create an Old Towne, preserve the desert, etc.  You can make a difference.  We must gather as citizens of Scottsdale and explore the vision we want.

The Challenge to Scottsdale Leadership, Class 24
As a member of the soon-to-graduate Class 24, I propose a challenge to my esteemed classmates.

We talked about the need for a vision in Scottsdale during one of our classes.  It was even proposed by Mike Seiden, Core Program Vice-Chair for Class 25, we abandon our six community projects and all focus on creating the groundswell for Scottsdale’s vision.  Well, we all participated in six amazing and impactful projects that touched the community in so many ways.  Thank you Scottsdale Leadership for having the foresight to not heed our plea, for our projects changed our lives and impacted many others.

So, now that we are a united force of 42 with community presence, I challenge my classmates to join in the offer from Dr. Jan L. Gehler, President of Scottsdale Community College, to meet at her college and start the dialogue and groundswell for our community vision.

We can make a difference even if it is only a small group of seven.  We may not know “how” it will turn out or even “what” the vision is but isn’t that exciting?  What we do know is that it will be revealed to us as we share ideas and perspectives, conduct difficult conversations and envelope it in courageous leadership.  The time is now.  And, it’s up to us.  What better way to serve our community than to help create its future!

If you’re in, let me know.  I’m willing to take the first step to get it started with you.  Let us take our time, talents, passion, pride and leadership and create a legacy for Scottsdale.  If we don’t, who will?

“Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.”
Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Statesman and Secretary-General of the United Nations).

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Scottsdale Leadership to Start Dialoge for a Citzen’s Vision

WHAT CAN VISION DO FOR A COMMUNITY?

HOW CAN CITIZENS ENGAGE?

By RACHEL BROCKWAY, Class 23
Scottsdale Leadership Marketing & Resource Development Manager

On Thursday, April 29, Scottsdale Leadership will host its 7th Annual Community Forum, 20/20 Vision: Our Citizen’s Prescription for the Future.

The forum, sponsored by The Arizona Republic, APS and the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors, will be held from 7:15 – 9 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch, 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd.

More than two decades have passed since Scottsdale participated in a citizen-driven visioning process. Scottsdale Leadership wants to start the conversation. “Communities that have vision achieve amazing results and perhaps it is time for this community to engage in a discussion of its future,” said Dick Bowers, former Scottsdale city manager and panel moderator for the forum. “It is the citizens’ responsibility to say they want to create a shared vision and participate in its formation.”

During the forum, panelists will share their insights on and experience with vision. The panelists include:

20/20 Foresight – Restaurateur Peter Kasperski will discuss how he created a vision for his business which has cumulated into several successful establishments in Scottsdale that attract people from all over the country.

20/20 Hindsight – Former city councilman Charlie Smith will provide a historical perspective on Scottsdale successes that originated with a citizen-driven vision plan.

An Activist’s VisionJane Rau, conservation activist and cofounder of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, will share how she brought her vision for the City’s preserve to fruition through her grassroots effort and community dialogue.

3-D ViewTrevor Barger, founder of Espiritu Loci Inc., a land planning and development assistance company, will provide insight on creating a citizen-driven vision for a community.

For some, vision may be difficult to define. Put simply, Barger says vision is about “what we want to see, not what can we fix.”

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Scottsdale Leadership at (480) 627-6710, or visit www.scottsdaleleadership.org. Tickets are $40, $30 for dues-paid alumni and $350 for corporate table of eight.

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