Leadership Connection 

September 2011
September Sponsor


In This Issue
Scottsdale Leadership News & Events
Leadership in Action
Alumni Spotlight
Leadership & Community Opportunities
Save the Date
September 9
Class 26 Welcome Reception
Location: Hotel Valley Ho
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
$25; Free for dues-paid alumni 

September 14
Restaurant Week Sneak Peek
Location: Cafe ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho
Time: 5:30 p.m.
$55; $45 dues-paid

November 3
Alumni Event-Reception and Artists' Studio Tour
Location: Scottsdale Artists' School
Time: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Tickets on sale September 30

December 9
Spirit of Community Leadership Awards Luncheon
Location: Doubletree by Hilton Paradise Valley - Scottsdale
Time: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Tickets on sale September 15
Message from the President
Dear Scottsdale Leadership AlumniBrian Bednar 2011

I'd like to welcome Class XXVI as they begin what we alumni know is an incredible learning experience. I also want to thank the more than 125 alumni who volunteer their time, talent and passion to get Scottsdale Leadership to the finish line each year. We could not do what we do at Scottsdale Leadership if it wasn't for our committed alums!

For 2011-12, Scottsdale Leadership has identified three focus areas. We are working to build effective committees; engage our alumni in mission-focused ways; and enhance the sustainability of the organization by implementing a planned giving program. 

In addition, Scottsdale Leadership is lending a hand to help start Keep Scottsdale Beautiful, and has adopted "Principles for Civil Dialouge" with the goal of having the initiative embraced community- wide.

I am honored to serve as your President. I will make sure that Scottsdale Leadership continues to grow and be the best it can be. Let's have a great year!   
Brian Bednar, Class XX
President of the Board
Committee Updates
Scottsdale Leadership committees now forming

Scottsdale Leadership has a number of working committees that contribute to our mission of developing community leaders.  If you've been looking to get more involved with Scottsdale Leadership, this is your chance. Typically, committees meet once a month and require a commitment of just a few hours each month. | Committee List & Contacts


Writers & Photographers Needed
The Marketing & PR Committee is in need of a few good writers and photographers. If you have one of these talents, or would like to develop your talent, please contact Kimberly Crowther Miller, Class 22 at 480-538-3545. 

Scottsdale Leadership News & Events
Friday, Sept. 9 - Class 26 Welcome Reception
Come join Scottsdale Leadership as the participants of Class 26 officially begin their Scottsdale Leadership program. All alumni are invited to meet the new class from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hotel Valley Ho, sponsored by Bergdoll Insurance & Financial Services. The event is $25; free for dues-paid alumni. Click to Register

Wednesday, Sept. 14 - Leadership Out Loud:  Eat, Drink & Sleep
The State of the Restaurant and Travel Industry in Scottsdale

Join Scottsdale Leadership as we gather for an exclusive preview of the hottest food week in the Valley. Award Winning Chef Chuck Wiley of Cafe Zuzu has agreed to taste us through his Restaurant Week menu a week before the general public sinks their teeth into his delectable eats. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes a historical overview of the Hotel Valley Ho and its impact on tourism in Scottsdale. Representatives from the SCVB will also share the currrent state of the restaurant and tourism industry in our city. Tickets are $55; $45 for dues-paid alumni. Register by Sept. 9.


Alumni dues drive is underway 

A special thank you to the alumni who continue to support the mission of Scottsdale Leadership and have paid their dues since our last Leadership Connection - add your name next month!  

Class 17: Patti Counce; Class 19: Jane Blacker; Class 22: Kimberly Crowther Miller; Class 23: Stefanie Lerner, Jan Ziff; Class 24: Zack Barna, Marc Blonstein, Cynthia Wenstrom  

Class 10: Jolynn Clarke; Class 11: Stephen Clarke; Class 23: Karolyn Kiburz; Class 24: Sylvia McDowell; Class 25: Cynthia Hill  

Class 13: Judy Dworkin; Class 23: Jami Reagan; Class 24: David Valencia; Class 25: Janice Marvin, Scott Popp  

Class 3: Diana Smith; Class 10: Steve Davidson; Class 13: Dean Hermanson; Class 14: Kimberly Edwards; Class 17: Mary Alice Daenzer, Sammy Glassman, Camille Schmidt; Class 18: Katherine Weaver; Class 20: Dana Braccia; Class 21: Jeanne Alspaugh, Joy Borum, David Dorward; Class 22: Kelley LaBarbera; Class 23: Fran Brennan, Harry Schlegelmilch; Class 24: Mary Holman; Class 25: Denise Lewandowski, Yvonne Murphy, Dana Sherman   


Your alumni dues can be paid online at or by contacting the Scottsdale Leadership office at 480-627-6710. 

Leadership in Action
Never too busy

Katy Reeve, Class 22, shares her reflections about a STARS volunteer who inspires her. | Read More  

Alumni Spotlight
Brian Bednar, Scottsdale Leadership Board President

He's the guy with the gavel -- the head cheese, if you will. He serves a number of leadership roles and was recently honored by Kappa Sigma fraternity as "Outstanding Alumnus Advisor." Here's two minutes with Brian Bednar on Scottsdale Leadership and life. | Read More

Leadership and Community Opportunities
Advertising Club Accepting Applications from Non-Profits
Ad 2 Phoenix is offering to develop and produce a full advertising campaign pro bono for a needy charity in the local community. For more information:

Local Non-Profit looking for Marketing Committee Members

STARS is looking to enhance its marketing committee. The committee will be advisory in nature and will assist with key agency messaging; identifying public relations opportunities; promotion of STARS' programs and services; and coordination of advocacy efforts. For more information: