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A Profile: Joan Fudala

Marita Ralston, Class 21
Advertising & Marketing Manager, Arizona Lottery

This profile of Joan Fudala is the first of a series exploring how and why history is important to contemporary leadership. Fudula is a class 9 graduate and a recipient of the 2002 Frank W. Hodges Alumni Achievement Award.

Joan Fudala, author and Scottsdale historian, has lived in many places. She enjoyed her youth in Ohio, but her interest in the world led her to eventually live in 10 different locales including South Korea.  In 1976, Joan accepted a position as Public Affairs Officer with the U.S. Army at Luke Air Force base, met her husband, Gene, a fighter pilot, and the rest is what we’d call history.

Joan grew up with World War II Depression-era parents who stoked her interest in history with family trips to Smithsonian museums and pre-historic ruins of Native American villages. As for her parents’ community involvement which ranged from theater production to pro bono legal service, “my brother and I got involved in almost all of their community activities, and they got involved in ours” said Fudula.

Later, as Joan traveled and moved around the country she felt like something was missing in her life. Her migratory lifestyle, while stimulating, was proving to be problematic in developing the civic foundation she’d experienced as a child.

Upon settling permanently in Arizona in 1991, Joan immediately felt Scottsdale to be an open and welcoming community in which she could finally put down roots and invest herself. Her exploration of Scottsdale’s history became more than a passion; she has been a full-time historian for 10 years and has written five books.

When asked why history is so important to leadership and the community’s future, Joan stated something that may sound obvious, but that we probably don’t remember often enough: “You’re missing an important perspective if you’re not looking at history. When you study history, you get to know past leaders and it inspires current leadership.”  She went on to clarify, “I’m not advocating that people live in the past; where we’ve been is fascinating, but where we’re going is even more fascinating.”

Do you feel like the past hampers or helps Scottsdale?


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Nominate the Leaders Who Inspire You!

Contact: Rachel Brockway
Marketing and Resource Development Manager
(480) 627-6710

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Scottsdale Leadership, Inc., a nonprofit organization serving Scottsdale and the surrounding community, is now accepting nominations for the 2010 Spirit of Community Leadership Awards.  The awards are the Drinkwater Community Leadership Award, Frank W. Hodges Alumni Achievement Award, Corporate Leadership Award, and Youth Leadership Award.

The Drinkwater Leadership Award, presented by Merrill Lynch, commemorates former Mayor Herb Drinkwater’s commitment to Scottsdale by honoring a member of the community who has made a significant and notable contribution to the greater Scottsdale community. Scottsdale Leadership alumni are not eligible to receive this award. Previous recipients include Marc Miller, Bill Soderquist, Paul Messinger and Sam Campana, among others.  Nominations for the Drinkwater Leadership award are due September 3, 2010.

The Hodges Alumni Achievement Award, presented by Prestige Cleaners, commemorates Frank W. Hodges, a graduate of Scottsdale Leadership Class I, by honoring a Scottsdale Leadership alumnus who illustrates exemplary community service and humanitarian values. Previous recipients of this award include Kurt M. Brueckner, Linda Milhaven, Virginia Korte, and Cindy Slick, among others.  Nominations for the Hodges Alumni award are due September 3, 2010.

The Corporate Leadership Award, presented by Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc., honors a company that supports leadership as a key organizational philosophy. Companies eligible for this award have in place a process for encouraging employees to become involved in community service, honor humanitarian values, and positively impact the community through leadership and financial support Previous recipients of this award include Scottsdale Insurance Company and APS. Nominations for the Corporate Leadership award are due September 3, 2010.

The Youth Leadership Award, presented by Scottsdale 20-30 Foundation, recognizes a teenager who exhibits leadership skills within their school, community and extracurricular activities. Nominees must be a high school junior or senior. Nominations for the Youth Leadership award are due September 10, 2010.

Award recipients will be honored at Scottsdale Leadership’s 11th Annual Spirit of Community Leadership Awards Luncheon, on Dec. 10, 2010 at The Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center. To download an award nomination form or for more information, visit www.scottsdaleleadership.org, or call (480) 627-6710.

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Scottsdale Leadership is proud to celebrate 25 years of serving the community through its leadership development and alumni programs. Scottsdale Leadership prepares citizens to take on leadership roles in an ever-changing world.  To date more than 800 graduates have been empowered to lead youth, civic, and philanthropic organizations in Scottsdale and throughout Arizona.

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