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Scottsdale Leadership Opportunity

Carol Damaso

Carol Damaso, Class 21
Library Director, Scottsdale Public Library

Are you looking for the next way to contribute to the community?  Do you want to volunteer in a leadership capacity?  When was the last time you were actively engaged with Scottsdale Leadership?  This could be the opportunity you are looking for!

We are currently recruiting for a Vice Chair for each of the committees listed below. The Chair and Vice Chair of each committee is a member of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is made up of a diverse group of classes. To qualify, you must be a Scottsdale Leadership dues-paid alumni. It is recommended that alumni interested in serving on the Board start by volunteering on a committee.

The Alumni Engagement Committee ensures alumni stay active, involved, and informed about Scottsdale Leadership. They organize the annual alumni dues drive.

The Alumni Events Committee organizes educational events to continually engage alumni in community issues. These events create opportunities for current class members and alumni to meet, interact, and learn.

The Community Events Committee creates opportunities to involve the community-at-large with the organization. They plan the Annual Spirit of Community Leadership Awards Luncheon in December and the Community Forum each spring.

The Marketing and P.R. Committee develops and implements marketing and communications strategies for Scottsdale Leadership. They write blogs, press releases and news articles.

The Outreach & Recruitment Committee identifies speaking opportunities in the community and recruits applicants for the next Scottsdale Leadership class. They attend community events to promote interest in Scottsdale Leadership.

The Resource Development Committee ensures the financial stability of Scottsdale Leadership. They identify, recruit and maintain relationships with corporate sponsors and community partners.

Please notify Carol Damaso, SL President Elect and Board Development Chair, at cdamaso@scottsdaleaz.gov if you would like to be considered for a position on the Scottsdale Leadership Board of Directors or serve on one of its committees.


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Scottsdale Leadership announces 2011-12 Board of Directors

Contact: Rachel Brockway, Marketing and Resource Development Manager
(480) 627-6710  rbrockway@scottsdaleleadership.org

Board President Brian Bednar

Scottsdale Leadership, a nonprofit community leadership development program has elected its 2011-12 board of directors.

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

The 2011-12 board members include the following Scottsdale Leadership alumni:

• President, Brian Bednar, Salt River Project
• Past-President, Doreen Reinke, Scottsdale Insurance Company
• President-Elect, Patti Counce, Chicago Title Insurance Co.
• Treasurer, Carol Damaso, Scottsdale Public Library
• Secretary, Suzanne Walden-Wells, DC Ranch Community Council

Board of Directors:
• Zack Barna, boompromo
• Jane Blacker, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty
• Marc Blonstein, Berens, Kozub, Kloberdanz & Blonstein
• Kimberly Crowther Miller, DC Ranch Community Council
• Patti Goodrich, Choice Hotels International
• Karolyn Kiburz, Meetings & Concierges Source
• Stefanie Lerner, Encore Creative Décor and Entertainment
• Mike Merucci, Foundation for Burns & Trauma
• David Nelson, Scottsdale Insurance Company
• Suzanne Paetzer, TriAra Consulting
• Scott Palmer, Salt River Materials Group
• Kevin Patrick, Charles Schwab
• Jennifer Rueb, Hotel Valley Ho
• Mike Seiden, retired president Western International University
• Jami Thompson, Shine Factory
• Susie Timm, SCM Timm Enterprises
• Cynthia Wenstrom, Realty Executives

Board president Brian Bednar is Senior Account Manager for SRP and a graduate of Scottsdale Leadership Class 20.  Bednar has developed leadership roles by participating in and promoting active volunteerism with the Fiesta Bowl committee for over 15 years. He has been supporting the communities’ youth through the Big Brothers/Sisters program for the past 25 years. Bednar is also an active member of the alumni team for his fraternity, Kappa Sigma, at ASU, that helps mentor and teach 60+ young men at the chapter about leadership.  His most recent awards include the SRP President’s Volunteer Spirit Award for Community Service and the Karl F. Abel Volunteer Recognition Award. Bednar shares Scottsdale Leadership’s core values and is looking forward to a dynamic year, positively impacting the civic, philanthropic, business and cultural climate of our community.

For more information about Scottsdale Leadership, call (480) 627-6710 or visit www.scottsdaleleadership.org.

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Leadership Spotlight – Kimberly Crowther, Class XXII

This blog is third in a series from alumni about their experience in Scottsdale Leadership. Kimberly Crowther is a graduate of Class XXII and the Communications Director for the DC Ranch Community Council. Scottsdale Leadership is currently recruiting participants for Class 26. Visit scottsdaleleadership.org for details.

Name and Class:  Kimberly Crowther Miller; Class 22
Current place of employment, title: DC Ranch Community Council, Communications Director
Community Involvement: Board Member: Workshops for Youth & Families; Scottsdale Leadership

What was your most memorable class day? Each Scottsdale Leadership class day was a new opportunity to become more educated on the real issues affecting our community. The discussion on population growth in Scottsdale during our Community Trusteeship day was particularly memorable to me. Prior to the class, I had never considered how many variables are at play when attempting to manage population growth in a city.

For example, many people support constructing taller residential buildings in Scottsdale to accommodate population growth. But another segment of the community opposes high-rise projects. Since Scottsdale is land-locked and one-third of the city is designated a preserve, new housing projects are limited if buildings can’t be built taller. Of course, the amount of available housing affects cost of living in Scottsdale. If housing in Scottsdale becomes limited and therefore more expensive, many people who want to live in the city are priced out of the market. This then leads one to consider what the socio-economic makeup of the population should be. It was thought-provoking discussions such as these that made my experience in Scottsdale Leadership so valuable.

What advice can you give to future Scottsdale Leadership participants? The best advice I can give to future Scottsdale Leadership participants is to come to each class with an open mind and the intention to participate. Embracing the activities and getting to know each of your classmates is what make the Scottsdale Leadership experience so rewarding.

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