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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 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.


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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Scottsdale Leadership 25th Anniversary Ticket Giveaway

Kurt WarnerHave you always wanted to hear Kurt Warner speak on Leadership? Then we have the perfect event for you! The Scottsdale Leadership celebration, which starts at 6 p.m. on April 14, features a delicious dinner at Hyatt Gainey Ranch, wine from ONEHOPE Wine, raffle and featured keynote from Kurt Warner.

Here’s how to enter Scottsdale Leadership 25th Anniversary Ticket Giveaway:

1. Send your full name, e-mail address, phone # and photo to contests@scottsdaleleadership.org.
2.  Email a photo of you that showcases one thing that you love about Scottsdale, or love doing in Scottsdale. We’ll post the photo in our contest album and send you the link.
3. Have your Facebook friends “Like” or comment on your photo

Contest Rules:

  • Contest will be open on Wednesday, March 23 and ends at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, April 5. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 6! The person with the MOST LIKES and COMMENTS COMBINED will be the winner!
  • Photo will be posted within 24-48 hours to the photo album. As soon as it is posted we will email the entrant a link to their photo so they can start getting “likes” and comments.
  • If winner has already purchased a ticket to the event, they will not be reimbursed for the ticket, but they will be a given a second ticket to use for a guest.

Official Campaign Rules

  • No purchase necessary to enter.
  • Online email method of entry only.
  • You must send your full name, e-mail address, phone # and photo to contests@scottsdaleleadership.org to enter.
  • Email a photo of you that showcases one thing that you love about Scottsdale, or love doing in Scottsdale
    Submit an email entry with photo between 9:00 a.m. (MST) on March 23, 2011 and 11:59 p.m. (MST) on April 5, 2011.
  • One entry per person. Multiple entries will not be accepted.
  • Limit of one winner per household.
  • All photos must be the original work of the Entrant produced for this Contest; it may not have been entered in or won previous contests or awards; it may not have been published previously in any medium.
  • Entry must comply with the Terms of Service of Facebook.
  • Entry must not infringe any party’s intellectual property or other rights.
  • Entry must be suitable for display and publication on the Internet (i.e., may not be obscene or indecent, including but not limited to nudity or profanity); it must not contain obscene or pornographic material, it must not contain defamatory statements (including but not limited to words or symbols that are widely considered offensive to individuals of a certain race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic group), it must not include threats to any person, place, business, group or world peace, it must not invade privacy or other rights of any person, firm or entity, and it must not in any other way violate applicable laws and regulations.
  • The Entry may not contain any viruses or other computer programming routines that are intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, date or personal information.

This submission period will begin at approximately 9 a.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) on March 23, 2011 and end at 11:59 p.m. April 5, 2011. Public voting will take place through 11:59 p.m. MST on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

Guidelines are as follows:

All Submissions will be reviewed for content before being published by Scottsdale Leadership or being judged; however, such review does not relieve Entrant from responsibility for compliance with all of the Terms of Service and these Official Rules. Submissions that do not comply in all material respects with the Terms of Services or these Official Rules or that otherwise contain prohibited, or inappropriate content as determined by Scottsdale Leadership, in its sole discretion, will be disqualified and will not be published by Scottsdale Leadership or considered for prizes. Scottsdale Leadership makes the final determination as to which Submissions are eligible to take part in this Contest and be considered for the Grand Prize.

Winners will be announced on or about April 6, 2011 after totaling all “Likes” and comments from each photo under the supervision of “Scottsdale Leadership” (www.scottsdaleleadership.org). Limit of one winner per household. Winners will be notified via a blog post on https://thescottsdaleleader.wordpress.com/ and notified by email or phone. No substitution for prize. Prize is non transferable or redeemable for cash. Taxes are the winner’s responsibility unless otherwise stated. Prize acceptance constitutes permission (except where prohibited) to use winner’s name, photographs, and likeness for advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation.

The prize includes a ticket for April 14, 2011 to the Scottsdale Leadership 25th Anniversary Celebration with Kurt Warner, approximately a $150 value

The contest is open to legal United States residents EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER at the time of entry. The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. The contest is sponsored by Scottsdale Leadership (“Scottsdale Leadership Inc”). Scottsdale Leadership is not responsible for verifying that all contest entries submitted comply with these Official Rules. Employees of “Scottsdale Leadership” (“Scottsdale Leadership Inc”) or participating sponsors their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and production agencies, electronic media firms, and members of their immediate families and those living in the same household are not eligible to participate. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Odds of winning depend upon the number of entries received. Sponsor and its agents are not responsible for any liability associated with the acceptance or use of or inability to use a prize. Sponsor and its agents are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, incomplete, or illegible entries or Internet technical, hardware, software, telephone, or transmission failures of any kind, which may limit a person’s ability to enter the sweepstakes. Sponsor and its agents are not responsible for any injury or damage to entrants’ or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from entering or downloading any materials in the sweepstakes. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or suspend advertising the sweepstakes on the Internet should a computer virus, unauthorized intervention, or other cause corrupt the integrity or proper conduct of the promotion. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant found to be disrupting the operation of the sweepstakes or its website. No transfer or assignment of entries is permitted.

“Scottsdale Leadership” (“Scottsdale Leadership Inc”) retains the right to alter the above rules at any time without notice.

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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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