Kerri Callidora, Ventana Fine Properties
Community Involvement: Fix The Hurt
I have lived here for 18 years and an important part of the experience I provide my clients is information on our city, how to get involved, the history, where we are headed as a community, etc. Scottsdale Leadership has provided me with a deeper sense of pride, greater knowledge and a committed stake in the future and success of Scottsdale. All of which brings greater value to my clients, and your new neighbors.
There is a small, powerful and local non-profit called Fix The Hurt whose mission is to increase awareness of domestic and dating violence through education, training and performing arts in order to significantly reduce the number of abused. The introduction was made through a fellow Scottsdale Leadership class member over a happy hour and a perfect match for both the organization and myself.
The advice I give to the next Scottsdale Leadership class is to be ready to have fun and to be amazed by what you learn about this wonderful city and to go to happy hour!!
Gregory Cohen, Mollen Immunization Clinics
Community Involvement: Board Member, Arizona Chapter of the Anti-Defamation League
The work we did on leadership style in Scottsdale Leadership will help me tremendously in leading groups, teams and committees both professionally and in my community involvement.
My "Ah Ha" moment was when I truly realized the caliber of the individuals in my class and the breadth and depth of the knowledge, skills and experience they brought to our class discussions.
If I can wave a magic wand and solve a single issue it would be poverty - by solving poverty we solve, hunger, homelessness, educational opportunity, job training and opportunity and so many other pressing issues that are all symptoms of poverty.
Kristi Staab, Kristi Staab Enterprises
Community Involvement: President, University of Arizona MBA Alumni Club; Board Member, University of Arizona - Phoenix Chapter (3 potential boards pending within next 8 weeks)
The Scottsdale Leadership experience has impacted my life by serving as a conduit to the people in my community that will allow me to serve and contribute to their needs while helping me growing by serving and contributing to me in my time of need as well. Additionally, the Scottsdale Leadership experience has shown me the areas where my professional expertise will make difference in our community and in the lives of our citizens.
Because of my involvement in Scottsdale Leadership I am currently exploring and applying for one of the following: the Governor's Council on Small Business, Economic Security Advisory Council or the Governor's Council on Workforce Policy.
The advice I give to the next Scottsdale Leadership class is be involved from the first day forward as the time goes by so fast; enter each session with an open mind, actively participate and listen, and to ask the tough and critical questions and connect with as many people as you can during the course - colleagues, instructors, staff, and class leaders, and continue connecting with them in individual 1:1s even after the year has ended.