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Economic Development… a Blood Sport?

Nick Molinari, Class 26
City of Scottsdale

The Class 26 Blog: This is a blog series about the experience and impact of Scottsdale Leadership’s core program. The program informs, inspires and empowers leaders to champion and strengthen the interests of the community.

I’m no expert, but I would guess that economic development is challenging work.  The economy is on shaky ground and there’s enormous competition from every direction for business and tax dollars.  Is economic development really a “blood sport”, as Dick Bowers, Scottsdale’s longest tenured former City Manager, recently told Scottsdale Leadership’s Class 26?  You might be surprised.  I sure was.  I mean, those economic vitality folks I’ve met working for the City of Scottsdale over the years didn’t wear gladiator outfits or look vicious in any way.

As I’ve talked to my fellow classmates over the last week, I think there’s general consensus that Economic Development Day put some things into perspective for us.  We’ve had some inspiring moments already, indeed.  Community stewardship, social services, education, youth issues, the arts… they’re all important – critical to the character of our city.  But when it comes right down to it, everything starts with economic development.  Schools, city services, streets, infrastructure, support for those in need… it all rests on our city’s ability to create sustained economic drivers to support the system.

So, what does it take to get the job done in the bloody arena of economic development?  A few things stood out!

  • Economic development demands risk
  • Economic development requires a “get it done attitude”
  • Economic development is not a set of rules, but instead an idea and a vision

Scottsdale has some distinct advantages over other communities.  It isn’t difficult to tout our quality of life to prospective industries.  Our proximity to ASU and world class healthcare systems like Mayo Clinic and Scottsdale Healthcare make us a prime destination for a multitude of businesses. But, Scottsdale is a premier city because we take risks.  The Indian Bend Wash could have been a concrete drainage system, but instead is considered “an engineering wonder of the world” that defines our great city. To remain a leading destination for investment, we must continue to take those calculated risks in areas like the McDowell Road Corridor.  We must continue to be proactive and not reactive.

So, here are a couple of New Year’s resolutions for 2012 that I’ll be working on.

  • INFECT OTHERS!  Be advocates for our community, on any level you can. An advocate for Scottsdale as a destination – a destination for tourism, investment and growth.
  • GET INVOLVED!  If you think bold ideas will help mold our community to be better positioned for the future, let your voice be heard.  We certainly know what many think about a broad range of issues.  More power to them!  They go to City Council meetings, write articles to the newspaper and ensure their opinions are heard.  If you have ideas about bold initiatives, don’t stand on the sidelines.
  • SHOP SCOTTSDALE!  Sound easy breezy?  It should be, but actually it takes just a bit of thought.  If you live in south Scottsdale or the Downtown area, it’s pretty easy to drift into the Pavillions or Tempe Marketplace to shop.  If you are more of a northern bird, Kierland can be enticing.  While some of these areas may have a Scottsdale mailing address, none are actually in our city.  Scottsdale depends on that revenue to maintain the unique character of our city.  This is one thing you can do today that will have an immediate impact on our community.

To sum up his presentation, Mr. Bowers fittingly quoted Mary Kay Ash.  “There are three kinds of organizations.  Those that make things happen, those that watch things happen and those who wonder what happened.”  Scottsdale must continue to be a community that makes things happen!

What are your New Year’s resolutions to make the City of Scottsdale a more sustained economic destination?


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Congratulations to Scottsdale Leadership for 25 Years of Nurturing Leaders!

Maire SimingtonMaire Simington, PhD, Class 12
Director, Care Management Services, Banner Health

I knew Scottsdale Leadership was a special organization right from the outset.  I had sent in my application at the suggestion of my friend Katherine Cecala who thought it would be interesting if we went through the program together.  We were both working at Mayo Clinic at the time and submitted our applications. I had to miss my in-person interview because my mother passed away.  Sherri Statt, then president, called me afterward and we had a pleasant conversation at the end of which she said that the board had decided to save a seat for me. It was a very difficult time in my life and I was so touched by this kindness.

Katherine and I became classmates, making new friends along the way. One of my friends then with whom I still have contact with is Judy Register.  Over the years, both Judy and Katherine have inspired me.

Katherine is the epitome of community service.  Even though she had a demanding job at Mayo Clinic, she managed to take on community leadership roles and be an advocate for blind children, people suffering with HIV/AIDS, girls who needed good role models and mentors, and much more.  While I had always been involved in the community – primarily with arts and civic organizations, Katherine’s stewardship was extraordinary. Katherine has since moved on to a new position that exemplifies service to the community.  She is the COO of Valley of the Sun United Way.

My other friend, Judy, suggested that I become part of the board for Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library, a role which I enjoyed. Judy also suggested the Arizona Humanities Council which she had chaired.  I was interviewed and selected for the board and have happily served with this organization since 2005.

During my year in Scottsdale Leadership, I learned much about the community’s needs. From social services and education to law enforcement and the needs of the elderly, I examined my own leadership style and thought about how I could best continue to make a difference.

It was during that time that I worked with a physician at Mayo Clinic to nurture the development of the Transplant House at Brusally Ranch.  We recruited volunteers, cleaned the house and worked at getting donations.  The house filled a significant need for transplant patients and the house north of Shea Blvd. grew and thrived.  Today it has evolved to become the casitas at Mayo Clinic Hospital.  It was thrilling to be able to mobilize people behind a vision.

Scottsdale Leadership really focused my thinking on the enduring value of volunteering and the significant difference volunteer leaders make in the community.

It was a tremendous experience!

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How Healthy is Our Community?

Katherine Yu

Katherine Yu, Class 25 Class Blogger
Sr. Scientist – Henkel Consumer Goods Inc.

The Class 25 Blog: This is a blog series about the experience and impact of Scottsdale Leadership’s seventeen core program days.  The program informs, inspires and empowers leaders to champion and strengthen the interests of the community.

For me, the best part of going through the Scottsdale Leadership program is the exposure to so many different perspectives and realities. Each class day allows me to remove myself from my everyday life to see how others experience their jobs and the community we share. As I progress, it becomes more apparent how diverse and complex the issues that Scottsdale faces. However, it also reinforces how uniquely beautiful and intriguing Scottsdale remains.

On this Scottsdale Leadership program day we focused on building a healthy community. The healthcare industry is particularly interesting because it is unlike any other. It directly affects every person, truly regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, background, and any other differences. I came away from this day with a reinforced awareness to stay engaged, a sense of pride for the level of quality healthcare our community enjoys, and a greater appreciation for healthcare professionals.

Healthcare finance and reform are daunting topics to explain. However, I appreciated both Brian Steines and Michelle Pabis from Scottsdale Healthcare in how they presented the topics. Both were articulate and knowledgeable and clearly communicated many of the issues and complexities. It is evident that the landscape of healthcare finance is changing and individuals have a responsibility to stay engaged in those developments.

I was also surprised and reassured to see the quality of healthcare in Scottsdale. Clearly the primary objective is patient and employee satisfaction. Scottsdale Healthcare and Mayo Clinic serve as role models for other communities, and focus on individual holistic care. I appreciate the sense of community and collaboration in improving the health of Scottsdale as a common goal.

Finally, this day made me think back to all the times when a nurse or doctor has touched my life. Nurses, doctors, hospital administrators, and other healthcare professionals are extraordinary individuals whose careers are based on taking care of others. These are special people that thrive on the human experience, and specialize in maintaining dignity in the most vulnerable of times. Every person in the room could testify to an experience where a doctor or nurse made a difference in their life. My mother has been a NICU nurse for over 35 years. She is a remarkable woman who not only worked night shifts just so she could pick me up from school each day, but I think of all the miracles she helped facilitate as parents were able to bring their babies home. I am extremely grateful and humbled by this astonishing group of people.

When has a healthcare professional touched your life?

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2010 Spirit of Community Leadership Award Recipients

Scottsdale Leadership, Inc., a nonprofit organization serving Scottsdale and the surrounding community, recently announced the recipients of the 2010 Spirit of Community Leadership Awards.

The recipients and the awards for which they are being honored are:

Award recipients will be honored at the Scottsdale Leadership 11th Annual Spirit of Community Leadership Awards Luncheon, sponsored by APS and Scottsdale Insurance Company, on Friday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and will be held at Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, located at 7700 E. McCormick Pkwy.

Tickets are available at www.scottsdaleleadership.org.

Please contact Rachel Brockway at (480) 627-6710 or rbrockway@scottsdaleleadership.org if you would like more information.

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Interfaith Movement – Peace and Harmony as Everyday Thought

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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Healthcare: Rushed to the ER!

2009 Scottsdale Leadership Class Reporter

The Scottsdale Leadership Experience
This is the fifth 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.

It hurts…it might be broken …someone, please help.” Although these are the words of someone being rushed into the emergency room, this is actually our healthcare system crying out for life support!

On November 6th Scottsdale Leadership Class 24 ventured into a lively discussion on healthcare co-sponsored by Scottsdale Healthcare and the Mayo Clinic.

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

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