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Scottsdale Leadership does make a difference!

Karolyn KiburzKarolyn Kiburz, CMP, Class XXIII
President, Meetings & Concierges Source, LLC

This blog is part of a series from alumni about their experience in Scottsdale Leadership. Scottsdale Leadership is currently recruiting participants for Class 26. Visit scottsdaleleadership.org for details.

I graduated from Scottsdale Leadership in May 2009. It was such a fantastic experience that I chose to stay involved with the organization. I’ve have served on a couple of committees and will serve on the Board of Directors in 2011-12.

This year Scottsdale Leadership celebrates their 25th anniversary.  The celebration was held on April 14 with Kurt Warner as the keynote speaker and a joint $25,000 gift to the community by Scottsdale Leadership and the Kurt Warner’s First Things First Foundation. The gift was shared by STARS and The Best Buddies program. The event was one of the organization’s highlights. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for Leadership and the community in the next 25 years!

Kim Conway-Edwards was the alum that inspired me to be a part of Scottsdale Leadership. I have worked with Kim on a professional level since 2000 and we became fast friends. Since I the first time I met her, she encouraged me to apply for Scottsdale Leadership but the timing was never right.  However, she never gave up!

Kim is a true example of the type of leader the community needs. She possesses incredible ethics, has high standards and makes a difference in the activities she’s involved in.  She also encourages others to do the same and give back to the community.

I’m thrilled to be a part of Scottsdale Leadership and cherish the experiences and friendships I have made since becoming involved.

I’ve grown as a community steward too!

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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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Calling all Scottsdale Leadership alumni, supporters and friends!

Melissa RzeppaBy MELISSA RZEPPA, Class 23
Partner & PR Director – Serendipit Consulting

Hopefully by now you are well aware that this year is a BIG year for Scottsdale Leadership – 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of developing community leaders in Scottsdale. Scottsdale Leadership and its passionate graduates have worked for 25 years to help make Scottsdale and the surrounding Phoenix metropolitan area better every day. In true Scottsdale Leadership spirit in conjunction with the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation, the organization plans to give a $25,000 community gift back to the community to commence the organization’s 25th year.

This sizable gift will be presented at the 25th Anniversary Celebration on April 14, 2011 at the Hyatt Gainey Ranch, and will also feature a keynote from Kurt Warner.

In part, the $25,000 donation will support the Best Buddies program through the Scottsdale Unified School District, and Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS). The Best Buddies program  creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS) provides opportunities for individuals with developmental and cognitive disabilities to achieve their highest levels of personal, social and economic independence.

We hope that you will come and support Scottsdale Leadership at the 25th Anniversary Celebration! The event sponsors are Hyatt Gainey Ranch and APS and starts at 6 p.m. on April 14, features a delicious dinner, wine from ONEHOPE Wines, raffle and featured keynote from Kurt Warner. Tickets are $150; $125 for dues-paid alumni. VIP tickets are available for $500 each and include a special reception with Kurt Warner and preferred seating. Purchase your tickets online at scottsdaleleadership.org or by calling 480-627-6710.

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