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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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Alumni Spotlight- Brian Bednar, Class XX

Brian Bednar, Scottsdale Leadership Board President
Senior Account Manager, SRP

He’s the guy with the gavel — the head cheese, if you will. He serves a number of leadership roles and was recently honored by Kappa Sigma fraternity as “Outstanding Alumnus Advisor.” Here’s two minutes with Brian Bednar on Scottsdale Leadership and life.

Focus for Scottsdale Leadership:  To create a sustainable organization for another 25 years, grow upon the organization’s great success, build effective working committees, and bring a new planned giving program to the organization.

Favorite Scottsdale Leadership memory: Meeting and escorting Kurt Warner during the our 25th Anniversary Celebration this past year.  I was able to spend some quality time with Kurt and was surprised by his humbleness. He has shown great leadership both on the field and off.

Favorite Scottsdale restaurant/place: Frank & Lupe’s Mexican in Old Town

Leader you’d most like to meet:  Robert Gates, the recent Secretary of Defense. He was previously the President of Texas A&M University, Director of the CIA, Deputy National Security Advisor, and was born and raised in Kansas, my home state. I admire his proven track record of leadership and community service (also being an eagle scout).

Favorite ways to give back: Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Fiesta Bowl, SRP and Kappa Sigma Fraternity Advisor.

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Scottsdale Leadership announces 2011-12 Board of Directors

Contact: Rachel Brockway, Marketing and Resource Development Manager
(480) 627-6710  rbrockway@scottsdaleleadership.org

Board President Brian Bednar

Scottsdale Leadership, a nonprofit community leadership development program has elected its 2011-12 board of directors.

Scottsdale Leadership’s mission is to inform, inspire and empower leaders to champion and strengthen the interests of the community.

The 2011-12 board members include the following Scottsdale Leadership alumni:

• President, Brian Bednar, Salt River Project
• Past-President, Doreen Reinke, Scottsdale Insurance Company
• President-Elect, Patti Counce, Chicago Title Insurance Co.
• Treasurer, Carol Damaso, Scottsdale Public Library
• Secretary, Suzanne Walden-Wells, DC Ranch Community Council

Board of Directors:
• Zack Barna, boompromo
• Jane Blacker, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty
• Marc Blonstein, Berens, Kozub, Kloberdanz & Blonstein
• Kimberly Crowther Miller, DC Ranch Community Council
• Patti Goodrich, Choice Hotels International
• Karolyn Kiburz, Meetings & Concierges Source
• Stefanie Lerner, Encore Creative Décor and Entertainment
• Mike Merucci, Foundation for Burns & Trauma
• David Nelson, Scottsdale Insurance Company
• Suzanne Paetzer, TriAra Consulting
• Scott Palmer, Salt River Materials Group
• Kevin Patrick, Charles Schwab
• Jennifer Rueb, Hotel Valley Ho
• Mike Seiden, retired president Western International University
• Jami Thompson, Shine Factory
• Susie Timm, SCM Timm Enterprises
• Cynthia Wenstrom, Realty Executives

Board president Brian Bednar is Senior Account Manager for SRP and a graduate of Scottsdale Leadership Class 20.  Bednar has developed leadership roles by participating in and promoting active volunteerism with the Fiesta Bowl committee for over 15 years. He has been supporting the communities’ youth through the Big Brothers/Sisters program for the past 25 years. Bednar is also an active member of the alumni team for his fraternity, Kappa Sigma, at ASU, that helps mentor and teach 60+ young men at the chapter about leadership.  His most recent awards include the SRP President’s Volunteer Spirit Award for Community Service and the Karl F. Abel Volunteer Recognition Award. Bednar shares Scottsdale Leadership’s core values and is looking forward to a dynamic year, positively impacting the civic, philanthropic, business and cultural climate of our community.

For more information about Scottsdale Leadership, call (480) 627-6710 or visit www.scottsdaleleadership.org.

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