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Leadership Experiences should be shared

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

In today’s Scottsdale Republic an article by Russell Helwig titled “Share Leadership Experiences” was very engaging. From time to time you may read articles by John Hersey or books like Stephen R. Covey’s, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, but how often do you share your experiences? We each have knowledge that could benefit others.  To make a difference in our community we need to not only listen to what others have to say but also contribute our knowledge so others can learn.

The article discusses how we should be taking the lead and share a story, tip or leadership lesson. Helwig says “Leadership is not about thinking you have all the answers” and I agree. He is asking you and I, as leaders, to voice our opinions so we can share are experience with all.

Now I want to know, what knowledge will you share today?

Inspirational speaker Russell Helwig writes a leadership column for the AZ Republic.  He can be reached at 623-334-1641 or russ@inspireandlead.com.

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‘Pay It Forward’ Project Inspires Scottsdale Citizens to Think Big

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

Suzanne Paetzer, a member of Scottsdale Leadership‘s class 24 (and soon-to-be graduate) wrote a great “Letter to the Editor” that was published in the Arizona Republic – Scottsdale Edition today about the Pay It Forward projects and the positive impact the projects had on Scottsdale citizens.

In the article, Suzanne says that she is “inspired to think big and deliver big results.” We hope that everyone who attended the presentations left with that same inspiration! Read the full article on AZCentral.com here.

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Interfaith Movement – Peace and Harmony as Everyday Thought

By PAIGE PERRY,Class 24
Major Gifts Officer, Mayo Clinic

While Arizona is known for our sunshine and golf, we are sadly not known as one of the first states to observe the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. As a longtime Arizona resident, I remember the arguments from both sides about whether we should observe this day in Rev. Dr. King’s honor, which is why it was an honor for me to attend the 25th Anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast on March 11th and hear from the advocates for this holiday.

The most enlightening portion of the morning was the “Prayers for God’s People.” This set the tone for a morning advocating understanding, peace and love through communication and education. Dr. Paul Eppinger called on different religious leaders to say a prayer. We heard a beautiful Muslim prayer that sounds more like a song, Hindu and Christian prayers, a spiritual song for the people of Haiti. It’s amazing to me that while all the prayers that were said were about love and honoring a higher power we have a few extremists whose actions have caused religious wars throughout the years and through the lands.

Rev. Warren Stewart, senior pastor at First Institutional Baptist Church, presented a powerful message focused on justice and righteousness, inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. In a world that seems determined to use violent force to make our opinions known, it is good to hear about impactful people, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., who centered their fight around love and non-violent resistance. He wanted the civil rights movement to be fought in the spiritual world and through prayer, as opposed to violence, anger and fear. Through his mission of “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” he proved himself to be a man who represents love and peace.

Dr. Stewart took us through Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Prayer and Action, which asks for prayer for God’s help and guidance, and racial and economic justice. Dr. Stewart asked that the members of the audience add to the list with a few more things that may be worthy of prayers and thoughts, such as praying for revolutionary love for all human beings, which has the greatest power to transform. He had us think about praying for peace and an end to violence. He assumed most of us would not shoot someone out of anger, but we do express or dwell on our hatred of that person, which also expels negativity into the universe. Lastly, he had us think about praying for just immigration reform, remembering that our ancestors were also immigrants.

While I’m not religious in a conventional way, I do consider myself spiritual. This may be why I think it is so wonderful we have Dr. Eppinger leading the Interfaith Movement. So much more can be accomplished by having a diverse group of people gather to create peace and understanding through education. This would be an event King Jr. would be proud to attach his name to.

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Teamwork, great projects make us want to dance

By ROBERT LEGER, Class 21
Opinions editor of the Scottsdale Republic and Phoenix Republic

The tune was current, one all the elementary school children recognized as they ate lunch. They started dancing. A few minutes later, the youngsters were joined by silver-haired women who quickly learned the shuffle.

It was one of those “aha moments.” No one had planned this. It just happened, giving the people who put together this day of sharing between young and old all the affirmation they needed. Two generations connected.

Feel-good movies tell us one person can make a difference. But what can happen when seven talented, motivated people get behind an idea? Scottsdale Leadership has an answer, and it is amazing.

To read the rest of Robert’s blog on the Arizona Republic’s website click here.

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Using Social Media to Speak Out

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

When you saw that Scottsdale Leadership started a blog, joined Facebook and started tweeting, did you ever stop to think why it was necessary? Perhaps your initial conclusion was that “everyone else is doing it” so we should, too.

Well, yes, everyone else is doing it, but importantly, Scottsdale Leadership is engaging through social media to speak out.

Like never before, people are using social media to have their voices heard. Millions of brands, organizations and municipalities are devoting full-time staff to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and many other outlets.  Thousands of groups right here in Scottsdale are engaging in social media every day. Whether it’s the Chamber, the City, a non-profit, a multi-million dollar business or a mom-and-pop shop; you have instant access to each of them and they are listening to you.

So, how can you use social media to affect change in Scottsdale?

1.    Be a grassroots activist.
Share your opinions about local issues, whether they are pertaining to education, development, tourism, politics… you name it. If you have an opinion, let it be heard! You could also support someone else’s opinion. Spread your message and share the facts so that others can educate themselves about the issue (you can do this by sharing links to websites or blogs with key information).

2.    Promote events and meet people.
Social media is a perfect opportunity to share community events that you’re planning or attending. It might help you sell tickets, raise funds, or meet attendance goals. You may also generate media attention by promoting your events creatively through social media. Plus, when you share the events that are happening in Scottsdale, you’re helping to promote our amazing city to the world!

3.    Say “thanks” to leaders who rock.
In Scottsdale Leadership, we learned the value of a simple thank you note (and of course, we shouldn’t forget that). But, you can also say “thanks” to leaders that you believe are doing a great job through social media. This is great because it’s not private and personal, it’s a public acknowledgment that you think someone has stepped up to lead our community.

Do you already use social media to speak out in Scottsdale? If so, how?

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Scottsdale Leadership Pays it Forward

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

As part of their nine-month community leadership program, members of Scottsdale Leadership’s Class XXIV have been challenged to Pay It Forward. Class members formed six teams each with the purpose of developing a community service project that provided them hands-on experience giving back to the community.

The public is invited to attend Project Pay It Forward Day, sponsored by Discount Tire, on April 9 at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library auditorium. A panel of judges will select the winning project and a $2000 donation will be made to their charity.

The presentations are as follows:

8:30 a.m. OlymPALooza! ConnectinGenerations created bridges of communication, appreciation and mutual respect between seniors and youth. Team members: Marc Blonstein, Johnny Cervantes, Jennifer Clark, Ken Levine, Laurie McCammon, Suzanne Paetzer and Craig Whitten

9:15 a.m. Project Scottsdale STARS focused on raising awareness and funds for Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services. Team members: Zack Barna, Nicole Corning, Patrick Eichen, Suzette Gibson, Jeff Jameson, Sylvia McDowell and Paige Perry

10:15 a.m. The mission of Check the Box project was to raise awareness and funding for the Scottsdale Cares program. Team members: Jacky Burke, John Damiris, Mia Darling, Mary Holman, Branch Johnson, David Valencia and Julius Williams

11 a.m. The Meet Green project focused on how community and/or business groups can conduct “green” meetings.  Team members: Kathy Coster, Michelle Evard, Kathleen Glenn, J.E. Pizarro, Charlie Popeck, Sheri Rayes and John Zicarelli

1:00 p.m. Project It’s Your Turn’s mission was to increase awareness of prostate cancer, fundraise, and encourage men to be responsible about their health. Team members: Kevin Classen, Chauna Cox, Stacey D’Abate, Brent Mekosh, Juliana Norvell, Jose Penalosa and Elizabeth Teitel

1:45 p.m. Providing the necessary tools to maximize the educational experiences of local K-5 students was the goal for project Classroom WishesTeam members: Deanne Boynton Grupp, Theodore Collins, Sona Koltookian, Joe Laux, David Nelson, Bridget Schwartz-Manock and Mike Seiden

2:45 p.m. Recognition of Winning Project

Photos can be seen at www.flickr.com and we hope you can join us to see all the amazing projects!

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Keeping Our Community Safe

By SUZANNE PAETZER
2009 Scottsdale Leadership Class Reporter

The Scottsdale Leadership Experience
This is the 12th of a 17 article series recapping Scottsdale Leadership’s nine-month Core Program. The program educates, connects and empowers citizens who are interested in community leadership.

How Safe is Scottsdale?
Forget the statistics in the paper (they don’t tell the whole story). Come on the journey in the life of a police officer and fire fighter. With over 200,000 residents covering 185 square miles, keeping our community safe is a high priority for Scottsdale! Class 24 learned that you may be 2 feet away from a criminal or 102 feet atop a ladder fighting a blazing building but the reality of danger is still the same. Courageous men and women put their life on the line for you and me every time they respond to an emergency. They willingly serve to make our community safer each and every day.

WHAT BACKS UP THESE BRAVE SOULS?
We have 750 Police in Scottsdale, armed with about 25 pounds around their waist -a gun, handcuffs, baton, and OC (pepper spray). We learned that since 1993 another device that aids in subduing a person is a Taser. Steve Tuttle, TASER International, explained 1.8 million Tasers are used at 15,000 law enforcements agencies – many equipped with video capability.

To read the rest of Suzanne’s blog click here.

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