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Leadership Connection

June Sponsor

General Dynamics 


Are you looking for a new way to get involved?


Scottsdale Leadership has a new webpage called Community Opportunities!  The page is a place where local non-profits can post to find dedicated leaders to volunteer and/or serve on their board of directors.


Check it out at: 


If you are involved with non-profit that has a need, please email us at


Committee volunteers needed!


Scottsdale Leadership's eight committees are gearing up for the 2011-12 program year. Volunteers are needed to serve on year long committees to help the organization.   


Current committees include: Alumni Events; Alumni Engagement; Board & Volunteer Development; Community Events; Core Program; Marketing & P.R.; Outreach & Recruitment and Resource Development.  


Alumni interested in a board of directors position with Scottsdale Leadership are encouraged to first volunteer on a committee. For more information on each committee and contact information:  

In This Issue
Community Events
Updates and Brags

Calendar of Events

June 16 and 22  

Class XXVI Interviews
Location: Central Arizona Bank  

Save The Date

December 9 

Spirit of Community Leadership Awards Luncheon
Time: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Congratulations Class 25

  Class 25 x 2  

Top row (L to R): John Froelich, Robert DeLeon, John Thomas, Jeff Klefstad, Jim Grosso, Janice Marvin, Peg Mulloy, Ryan O'Daniel, Mike Ritter, Ken Brooks, Fran Watkins, Lisa Johnson Stone, Ruth Ingall

Middle row (L to R): Greg Cohen, Korey Boals, John Schloz, Cindy Hill, Paul W. Dwight, Katherine Yu, Dianne Fitzgerald-Verbonitz, Yvonne Murphy, Drew Vallorano, Cynthia Wenstrom, Kelly Tope,
Jessica Moreau, Pele Peacock, Stephanie Connelly, Jessica Zambo,  Core Program Vice Chair Mike Seiden, Executive Director Chris Irish

Seated (L to R): Kristina Luoma-Dyrr, Kathie May, Core Program Chair Suzanne Walden-Wells, Kristi Small, Karen Nowak, Dana Sherman, Greg Hand, Travis Yarlagadda, Scott Popp, Denise Lewandowski, Valarie Miceli, Kristi Staab

Not pictured: Kerri Callidora, Kelly Ries 

Class 25 Looks Ahead


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. 

Thank you to our 2010-11 Sponsors


  Arizona Lottery Bergdoll Insurance & Financial Services, Inc. Cactus Flower Florist  

Central Arizona Bank City of Scottsdale Community Celebrating Diversity 

DC Ranch Community Council  Desert Foothills YMCA  Fairmont Scottsdale Princess 

Hotel Valley Ho Hyatt Gainey Ranch Kathryn Simon Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C.  

Republic Services Rose Law Group Rose+Moser+Allyn Public Relations Salt River Materials Group Scottsdale Airpark News Scottsdale Healthcare Scottsdale League for the Arts Snell & Wilmer  

Taser International U of A Eller MBA College Wells Fargo

Community Events

Nominate a hero!

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Frances Young Community Heroes award sponsored by General Dynamics. Nominees must be ages 14 or older whose volunteer services directly benefit Scottsdale citizens and/or Scottsdale organizations. They must also have not previously received prior public recognition for their volunteer efforts. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 2. For more information visit Joanie Mead, Class 10; John Sentz, Class 11; Clif McKenzie, Class 13; Tim Massingale, Class 15 and Stefanie Lerner, Class 23 are all members of the committee. 


Come support Audubon Arizona with The Legend of Pale Male

Audubon Arizona will be holding the 9th annual nature film festival and silent auction on Wednesday, June 15, at 5:30 p.m. at Harkins Highland Ave. The Legend of Pale Male is the life story of the first Red-tailed Hawk to appear in the Big Apple in over a century. For more information call 602-468-6470 Ext 103. Sam Campana, co-founder of Scottsdale Leadership is the Founding Director of Audubon Arizona. 


Updates and Brags

Class 25 Alumnus To Serve   

Congratulations to Katherine Yu who was appointed to the board of directors of the Phoenix Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Scottsdale Leadership

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Scottsdale, AZ 85258

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