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Navigating Change in a New Economy

Contact:  Rachel Brockway, Marketing Manager
(480) 627-6716, rbrockway@scottsdaleleadership.org

Diverse panel to provide insight on the new economy and its effect on employment and education in Scottsdale

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – On Wednesday, April 18, Scottsdale Leadership will host its 8th Annual Community Forum, Navigating Change in a New Economy. The forum, sponsored by The Arizona Republic and the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors, will be held from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center, located at 7700 E. McCormick Pkwy.

In an ever-changing economic climate, empowered leadership is imperative to strong communities. Scottsdale Leadership wants to start the conversation about what the new economy means for the future of employment and education in this community.

“Scottsdale has evolved from the west’s most western town to one of the most dynamic and youthful cities in America,” said Jason Rose, president, Rose+Moser+Allyn Public Relations, and panel moderator for the forum. “The forum panelists will shed light on how people can carve out their niche in this amazing community. Who couldn’t benefit from participating in this type of discussion?”

During the forum, Rose will lead panelists to share their personal stories of success and provide insight on what the future holds for employment and education in Scottsdale and Arizona. The panelists include:

Derek Neighbors, Co-founder, Gangplank, discussing innovators –The next generation may look different and speak somewhat differently, but they are fearless in taking the business world by storm…their terms, their rules.

Sherman A. Jennings – Human Resources Site Leader, Rotorcraft Systems, The Boeing Company and Chair, Governor’s Council on Workforce Policy, discussing the corporate sector – How are  large conventional corporations recruiting and hiring? What opportunities and obstacles are they facing?

Susie Timm, Head Cheese, Girl Meets Fork Marketing and Media, discussing the new entrepreneurs – Many professionals  are leaving (forced or by choice) their conventional jobs and making a career by applying their skills/experience as an outsource resource.

Len Jessup, Ph.D. – Dean of University of Arizona Eller College of Management, discussing the education perspective – How are educational institutions preparing students for the new economy? What has changed or is different?

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Scottsdale Leadership at (480) 627-6710, or visit www.scottsdaleleadership.org. Individual tickets are $40; $30 for dues-paid alumni. Corporate tables are $500 for a table of eight.

Since 1987, Scottsdale Leadership has graduated more than 850 individuals who are prepared to take on leadership roles in an ever-changing world. Scottsdale Leadership alumni have had a significant impact on the Scottsdale community, spearheading preservation of open space; improving the education system; championing public art; mentoring at-risk youth; and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities. For more information, call the Scottsdale Leadership office at 480-627-6710, or visit, http://www.ScottsdaleLeadership.org.


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Scottsdale Leadership Class XXVI Application Deadline

Contact: Rachel Brockway, Class XXIII
Marketing and Resource Development Manager
(480) 627-6716  rbrockway@scottsdaleleadership.org

Scottsdale Leadership, Inc., a nonprofit leadership development program serving Scottsdale and the surrounding community for more than 25 years is now accepting applications for Class XXVI. Interested applicants must apply by Friday, May 13, 2011 at 5 p.m.

Each year, forty diverse and talented individuals graduate from the nine-month program with the knowledge, connections, skills and confidence take on leadership roles in the community. The interactive, nine-month, community leadership Core Program will run from September 2011 through May 2012. Applications are available at www.scottsdaleleadership.org or by calling the Scottsdale Leadership office at (480) 627-6710.

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

Candidates do not need to live or work in Scottsdale, but should have an interest in:

  • Issues facing the local community
  • Providing future leadership to community, business, or civic organizations
  • Improving the Scottsdale community through their time, talents and resources

The Core Program consists of 17 topic-oriented days, along with special tours, events and a community service project. Tuition is $2,200. Partial scholarships are available and should be requested with application.

The application fee is $100. For more information about Scottsdale Leadership, visit www.scottsdaleleadership.org.

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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Class 25 to Pay It Forward

Scottsdale Leadership Marketing & Resource Development Manager

As part of their nine-month community leadership program, members of Scottsdale Leadership’s Class XXV 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 on April 15 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 six projects are as follows:

11 – 11:35 a.m. P.E.T. Pantry (Pets Eat Too) by team Reigning Cats & Dogs, keeps pets with their owners during times of financial crisis through a collaborative effort between Vista del Camino Food Bank, Animal Guardian Network and Scottsdale Community College. This project embraces public awareness, direct donations and practicality for food banks.
Team members: Ken Brooks, Ruth Ingall, Valarie Miceli, Scott Popp, Kelly Ries, Lisa Johnson Stone and Cynthia Wenstrom

11:35 – 12:05 p.m. Come Take a Stand by team LEADR7, implemented an awareness campaign educating youth in understanding effective bystander strategies to apply when witnessing cyber-bullying. School curriculum was developed to support Scottsdale’s eighth grade students.
Team members: Kerri Callidora, Greg Cohen, Bob DeLeon, Kristina Dyrr, Jeff Klefstad, Dana Sherman and Kristi Staab

1:05 – 1:40 a.m. Seeing Is Believing by Seeing Is Believing team, provided under-represented children with the gift of vision. Striving for all children to have eye-exams and glasses, the team raised funds and created community collaboration between individuals, businesses and schools.
Team members: Stephanie Connelly, Greg Hand, Cynthia Hill, Pele Peacock, John Thomas, Fran Watkins and Jessica Zambo

1:40 – 2:10 p.m. Growing Greatness at Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship, by Enchanted
Garden team, transformed an unused plot into a special spot for children and adults who face physical challenges and obstacles. The project team recruited contributors and constructed a wheelchair accessible, raised bed garden.
Team members: Paul Dwight, Jan Marvin, Peg Mulloy, Yvonne Murphy, Ryan O’Daniel, Kelly Tope, Drew Vallorano and Katherine Yu

2:25 – 3 p.m.  Foundation for Sustainable Senior Centers by team Sanctuary, created a nonprofit foundation serving Scottsdale’s seniors and senior centers and bridging the gap between city services and community needs, including health, safety and medical.
Team members: Denise Lewandowski, Kathie May, Michael Ritter, John Schloz, Kristi Small and Travis Yarlagadda

3 – 3:30 p.m. Bridging Generations by the Bridging Generations team, created a platform for sharing, learning and interaction between seniors and elementary school students. The project was designed to enhance the curriculum for children and quality of life for seniors through interviews related to history.
Team members: Korey Boals, Dianne Fitzgerald-Verbonitz, John Froelich, Jim Grosso and
Jessica Moreau

3:55 p.m. Recognition of Winning Project

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Scottsdale Leadership celebrates milestone and announces Class XXV

Contact: Rachel Brockway
(480) 627-6710

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Scottsdale Leadership, Inc., a nonprofit community leadership organization serving Scottsdale and the surrounding community, is pleased to announce the newest class members for its 25th anniversary year. This year, 43 participants were selected for Class 25 and represent a varied cross-section of the community in terms of professional and cultural backgrounds.

“This is a special group because they represent the 25th class our organization has hosted in its leadership core program,” said Doreen Reinke, Scottsdale Leadership president and graduate of Class 17.

The nine-month program begins Sept. 3 and features curriculum that includes economic development, community stewardship, education, health care and public safety. The program enhances the success of community leaders by providing a knowledge base and support network from which members can contribute to their communities through awareness, involvement and trusteeship.

“Class 25 will follow in the footsteps of more than 800 Scottsdale Leadership alumni who have gone on to make significant contributions in Scottsdale and our state,” said Reinke. “We look forward to a rewarding and transformative future with these individuals as we celebrate our past.”

Scottsdale Leadership will commemorate its 25th anniversary throughout the year including a celebratory event in the spring.

Scottsdale Leadership Class 25 members are:

Korey Boals, Aviles & Alan;
Ken Brooks, Valley of the Sun United Way;
Gregory Cohen, Law Offices of Gregory Cohen;
Stephanie Connelly, Scottsdale Insurance Company;
Robert DeLeon, Scottsdale Fire Department;
Paul Dwight, Scottsdale Insurance Company;
Diane Fitzgerald-Verbonitz, Arizona Psychological Association;
John Froelich, FocalPoint Coaching;
Jim Grosso, YMCA Scottsdale/PV Branch;
Greg Hand, SRP;
Cynthia Hill, POSA Outreach Foundation;
Ruth Ingall, Mayo Clinic;
Lisa Johnson Stone, Law Offices of Stone & Davis;
Anne Jones, Workshops for Youth & Families;
Jeffrey Klefstad, SRP;
Denise Lewandowski, APS;
Kristina Luoma-Dyrr, Cactus Flower Florists;
Janice Marvin, HOTWIRE Development;
Magaly Masci, Masci-Vargas Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors;
Kathie May, faculty emeritus w/ Maricopa Community Colleges;
Valarie Miceli, Hilton Hotels – Embassy Suite Phx. Biltmore;
Jessica Moreau, Est Est;
Peg Mulloy, Republic Services;
Yvonne Murphy, Scottsdale Public Library;
Karen Nowak, Navigator Management Partners;
Ryan O’Daniel, Kyle Moyer & Company;
Pele Peacock, Alvarez & Gilbert;
Scott Popp, Scottsdale Police Department;
Kelly Ries, SRP;
Michael Ritter, City of Scottsdale;
John Schloz, Home Smart Real Estate;
Kerri Shearer, Ventana Fine Properties;
Dana Sherman, Scottsdale Prevention Institute;
Kristi Small, Republic Services;
Kristi Staab, Kristi Staab Enterprises;
John Thomas, Desert Pacific Commercial Real Estate;
Kelly Tope, Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau;
Drew Vallorano, SRP;
Francesca Watkins, Scottsdale Community College;
Cynthia Wenstrom, Realty Executives;
Travis Yarlagadda, Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc.;
Katherine Yu, Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc.;
Jessica Zambo, Empire West Title Agency

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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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Are you ready to save my life?

By Rachel Brockway, Class 23
Scottsdale Leadership Marketing and Resource Development Manager

As leaders in our community, we continually attend events and activities where many people are in attendance. Would you know how to respond if one of these people goes into cardiac arrest? Could you save them? New CRP methods have a much higher success rate and are hands only which means it is  not mouth to mouth. The Scottsdale Fire department, celebrating its fifth anniversary on July 1st will be offering 13 free hands only CPR presentations delivering rapid chest compressions.

When I attended Public Safety day as part of Scottsdale Leadership the main thing I remember is not to worry about hurting a person when you do CPR; because you can’t hurt someone who is dead! A person in cardiac arrest is already clinically dead. ..but you can change that!

Advance registration for these classes will be required, as space is limited. To view the dates and times for the CPR classes and to sign up, visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov/fire/HandsOnlyCPR or call (480) 312-8000.

Remember you can save a life!

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Looking for a Muddy Place to Volunteer?

Scottsdale Leadership Marketing and Resource Development Manager

We all spend time volunteering and recognize the importance of doing it. But how many of us have a chance to get really dirty when we volunteer? Are you looking for a new way to get involved in Scottsdale? You can volunteer for the 35th annual Mighty Mud Mania event sponsored by Henkel!!

The City of Scottsdale is looking for 200 volunteers for the Mighty Mud Mania on Saturday, June 19th.  Also, if you don’t want to get really dirty, there are some clean jobs available! The Magnificently Muddy sponsors include: Clifkid, Arizona’s Tooth Doctor for Kids, Cricket Communications and Universal Fog Outdoor Misting Systems and Henkel.

To volunteer, contact Terry Erickson, Class 11, by Friday, June 4 at terickson@scottsdaleaz.gov.

To learn more, visit http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/mightymudmania.

Mark your calendar, SATURDAY, JUNE 19th!!

Don’t miss this great opportunity to volunteer with fellow alumni and community leaders at a fun community program for kids!

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Get out and Vote Tomorrow!

Scottsdale Leadership Marketing and Resource Development Manager

In today’s article published by the Scottsdale Republic, Arizona residents are prompted to be decision makers. Do you have an opinion on Proposition 100? Then don’t forget to vote tomorrow.

Proposition 100 is an Arizona Sales Tax Increase on the May 18 special election ballot. It is a temporary, three year increase in the Arizona sales tax from 5.6 to 6.6 cents. Two-thirds of the money is reserved for education and one-third is reserved for health care and public safety.

To read the Pros and Cons of the bill click here.

Whether you support or oppose Proposition 100, get out and vote. You need to be a decision maker!

Note: The comments made to this blog do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Scottsdale Leadership.


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Help the Hungry Tomorrow!

Scottsdale Leadership Marketing and Resource Development Manager

According to the USDA, over 49 million Americans are at risk of hunger. Saturday, May 8th is Stamp Out Hunger Day 2010!

All you need to do is place non-perishable food products in a bag and leave them by your mailbox tomorrow! That is all! Your letter carrier will pick up and deliver the food to local food banks! The three valley food banks benefiting will be St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, St. Vincent de Paul and the United Food Bank.

If you don’t have time to put together a few cans of food for tomorrow morning, Scottsdale has a local food bank, Vista del Camino in south Scottsdale that will always accept food items. Vista del Camino provides a variety of services to Scottsdale residents to prevent homelessness, meet the basic needs of individuals and families in crisis, relieve economic and emotional stress and assist individuals to maintain self-sufficiency.

For more information on Stamp out hunger visit: http://bit.ly/aoS4ks

For more information on Vista del Camino you can visit: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/

What will you do tomorrow to help?

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Leadership Experiences should be shared

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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