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Eureka! There’s Help in Them Thar Libraries!

LloydBy Stacy Lloyd, Class 28
Lloyd Media Group

Class 28 Blog: This is a blog series about the experience and impact of Scottsdale Leadership’s Core Program.   The views expressed here represent those of class members and not those of Scottsdale Leadership. 

I wasn’t expecting to evoke the California Gold Rush when writing my blog about Scottsdale Leadership’s Economic Development Day.

After all, economic development is the process of building strong, adaptive economies not searching for gold. In fact, Danielle Casey, Economic Development Director for the City of Scottsdale, defines it as, “the process of creating wealth through the mobilization of human, financial, capital, physical and natural resources to generate marketable goods and services.”


Class 28 was exposed to many economic concepts that day – from an economic update to economic trends shaping our community; all things you would expect during a crash course on Economic Development. But I was surprised when Casey had a spot in her presentation for Carol Damaso, Scottsdale’s Public Library Director, to talk about the Eureka Loft.

The Eureka Loft, located at the Civic Center Library, is a co-working space. It’s part of a new initiative between the Scottsdale Public Library and ASU Venture Catalyst, the startup unit of Arizona State University. This joint effort is designed to help entrepreneurs, inventors and small businesses.

(Full disclosure: the Eureka Loft is actually named after the famous “Eureka” moment of Greek astronomer, inventor, mathematician and physicist Archimedes. It has nothing to do with finding gold. But hey, I understand the concept of panning for gold much more than I do Archimedes’ principle.)

The Eureka Loft combines elements of collaboration spaces with expert library fact-finding services and ASU startup resources all in one place. On top of that, they can get advice and access to some pracademic classes both online and in the library. (Pracademic is the mixture of academic and practitioner.)

Michael Beck, Class 28 classmate and Adult Services Coordinator at Scottsdale Public Library, runs the Eureka Loft program and says its benefits are numerous.

“Anybody can come into the library and get free one-on-one assistance with mentorship, access to library databases, business databases, mentorship with ASU and business community leaders”, said Beck. “They can also receive help with their filings for limited liability corporations.”

Members of the Scottsdale library staff have become champions of the program. Each library champion has gone through ASU’s Rapid Startup School which is an introduction to entrepreneurship.

The long term goal of Eureka Loft is to support Scottsdale’s entrepreneurs, inventors, small businesses and the like that need help to advance their ideas. The collaboration spaces allow these people to gather to connect, network and share ideas. They are free and open to the public during normal library hours.

Here’s what I like best about the Eureka Loft… economic vitality shouldn’t just be on the backs of Scottsdale’s high powered movers and shakers. Thanks to the Eureka Loft, we can all take part.


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If Children Are the Future, What Will the Future Bring?

ValenciaBy Ruth Valencia, Class 28
Salt River Project

Class 28 Blog: This is a blog series about the experience and impact of Scottsdale Leadership’s Core Program.   The views expressed here represent those of class members and not those of Scottsdale Leadership. 

A week has passed since we all attended the Youth Services Day, a day that was filled with a great deal of information about the state of our youth in Arizona and in our Scottsdale community.  We heard some alarming statistics, acknowledged the challenging and stressful environment that children are faced with today and were introduced to a number of innovative programs that are trying to address the issues.

Eric Alfrey from the Arizona Children’s Association gave a compelling talk about addressing behavioral health in children who face abuse, neglect, abandonment and mental health issues. He spoke about the importance of early intervention with both the child and the family. In fact, this, along with helping children build resilience, self-esteem, self-confidence, self-value, finding a sense of belonging and building social connections, represents the theme we heard throughout the day. Eric mentioned the 2012 Arizona Youth Survey, conducted by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, so I thought I’d take a look at what it showed. I encourage you to do the same if you are interested in this issue. It primarily assesses risk factors in children, grades 8 through 12. There were a few things that were rather surprising, such as 5% of respondents admitted to bringing a gun to school, and 40% of 8th graders said they were victims of bullying. But there was one statement in the report that kept coming back to me and I wanted to share it here. I would love to hear your thoughts and responses to it, especially when one considers the heavy focus on testing, testing and more testing in our schools. It said:

“Beginning in the late elementary grades (grades 4-6) academic failure increases the risk of both drug abuse and delinquency. It appears that the experience of failure itself, for whatever reasons, increases the risk of problem behaviors.”

One of the presentations that really surprised and impressed me was given by Marie Raymond, Early Literacy Coordinator at the Scottsdale Public Library. I mistakenly was hanging on to an old-fashioned image of the library as a quiet place where you only spoke in hushed tones for fear of being chastised by the librarian. Was I ever wrong! Our library system’s outreach program is quite impressive. They are even focused on making sure every baby becomes a reader, with programs that are targeted at infants and their parents to ensure that baby’s neurological pathways are fully developed. Their performance in developing partnerships and leveraging grant money to expand their programs to schools (pre-, charter and public), other libraries, and to the Fort McDowell community is laudable. Community based parent education programs, parent networking groups and family read aloud nights are examples of the library system’s ability to leverage funding. The next time you begin to think that you never see anything from your taxes, visit your local librarian. These are your tax dollars hard at work.


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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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The Power of Seven

Sandy Adler, Class 26
Realtor, Arizona Best Real Estate

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.

What an exciting and proud day it was for Class XXVI as we presented our five projects to a panel of judges and visitors at Scottsdale Public Library. As I reflect on the day, I realize that the creation, execution and presentation of the projects embody all that Scottsdale Leadership strives to be. The projects are designed to be sustainable, long and evolving non-profit programs to strengthen our community.

The projects all started with this question: Where is there a need in our community that is not being addressed adequately? The teams researched the benefits of their projects to confirm that a need was really there and then divided responsibilities to complete their projects based on talents, experience and sharing. Team management was part of the learning experience for the participants. Working on the team created stronger bonds between team members and we got to know each other better and appreciate each other as individuals more.

The projects showed us that we could start with an idea and make something happen, even in a short span of time, that makes a difference in the lives of people.

They showed the community stakeholders a valuable side of Scottsdale Leadership. Scottsdale Leadership and its mission were at the forefront of the projects. The mission is to inform, inspire, and empower leaders to champion and strengthen the interests of the community. The projects were an opportunity for the class members to put into practice some of the things we were learning from our inspirational classes and speakers each week. They were a natural segue from listening to doing.

The presentations forced us to evaluate what we had done and make it understandable to others. I think we also all enjoyed seeing what each team had done. There was a feeling of pride in all of our accomplishments .

What do you think was a positive impact of your involvement in Project Pay It Forward?

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A Panel Discussion on Resources for Small Business Owners

City of Scottsdale Economic Vitality Specialist

The City of Scottsdale Economic Vitality Division and the Scottsdale Public Library in partnership with the Maricopa Community Colleges Small Business Development Centers is sponsoring a panel discussion on resources for small business owners. The panel represents a broad spectrum of organizations devoted to entrepreneurs and small business who will talk about who they are, why they have targeted the Arizona entrepreneur and what products and services they have to offer.

Doreen Reinke, Scottsdale Leadership Class 17 and President of the Board will be on the panel. Other panel members include representatives from Maricopa Community Colleges Small Business Development Center; Scottsdale Public Library; SCORE; the APS Academy for the Advancement of Small, Minority- and Women-Owned Enterprises; and the Small Business Association.

Date: June 9; 5 – 7 p.m.
Location: Mustang LibraryNo pre-registration required

For more information please contact:
Ilene Ringler, Maricopa County SBDC at Ilene.ringler@maricopa.edu or
Rachel Busch, City of Scottsdale Economic Vitality at rbusch@scottsdaleaz.gov or 480-312-7321

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Class 24 Helps Scottsdale Public Library Set the Green Standard

Partner & PR Director – Serendipit Consulting

Scottsdale Leadership Class 25 is certainly going to have a LOT to live up to with all of the buzz that Class 24 has been getting for their Pay it Forward projects! Most recently, this article was published on the American Libraries website, recognizing the Scottsdale Public Libraries for its “Meet Green” program that was instituted earlier this year.

With the help of Class 24, the Scottsdale Public Library system now asks patrons who want to use the library’s meeting rooms to follow a simple, eco-friendly set of guidelines, including:

– refrain from handing out paper unless absolutely necessary
– use refillable water bottles instead of plastic water bottles
– use recycled materials when serving food
– use appropriate recycling containers
– turn off all lights and equipment used at the end of the meeting

How great would it be if all public meeting spaces asked these same rules of all patrons?

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