March/April 2015
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Applicants Reception
5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Phoenician 
Register here

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
AZ Gives Day
Save the date to give your time or resources to your favorite nonprofit or civic organization!

Sunday, April 12, 2015
Class XXX Application
Early Bird Deadline 

Friday, April 24, 2015
2nd Annual Lead It Forward 
Showcase & Reception
5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Sands @ Hotel Valley Ho
Register here

Friday, May 1, 2015
Alumni LEAD-Reboot 
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Happy hour to follow
Appaloosa Library
More info coming soon!

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Class XXX Application
Final Deadline
Application available here 


For more information:
480-627-6710 or


Read Class 29's blog about the experience and impact of Scottsdale Leadership's Core Program.  What do you think? Comments are encouraged.

Let's Celebrate

By Wendy Macfarland

An Awe-Inspiring Journey
By Lindsey Baird

Getting the Vitals on Health Care
By Adam Mamerow

Scottsdale Treasures and Leadership Stories

By Madison Prince



Katherine Cecala, Class 12

Recognized as one of Phoenix Business Journal's Outstanding Women in Business 


Abbie Fink, Class 17

Named Chair at Public Relations Society of America Counselors Academy


Alison Goodman, Class 28

Named WM Glimcher's Marketing Director of the Year

Melinda Gulick, Class 14
Recognized as one of Phoenix Business Journal's Outstanding Women in Business

John Liffiton, Class 29
Awarded a blessing and commendation from Armenian Archbishop Hovan Derderian, in recognition of his expertise and invaluable contributions towards the recognition of the Armenian Genocide 

Bill Heckman, Class 8
Will be an honoree at the 2015 Scottsdale's History Hall of Fame Dinner on April 15

Mary Holman, Class 24
Recognized as one of Phoenix Business Journal's Outstanding Women in Business

Hope Ozer, Class 3
Recognized as one of Phoenix Business Journal's Outstanding Women in Business

Scott Popp, Class 25
Named Scottsdale's Assistant Chief of Police

Laura Rogal, Class 23
Awarded Generation Next 40 Under 40 by Arizona Business Magazine

Darin Shebesta, Class 28
Became President of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) of Greater Phoenix. 

Siena Sydnor, Class 27

Will marry Greg Honig this month

Linda Walton, Class 26
Recognized as one of Phoenix Business Journal's Outstanding Women in Business


Please submit your achievements for inclusion in future newsletters to:


Scottsdale Leadership needs: 

- Class 29 breakfasts and/or lunches

- Volunteers to phone alumni for which we no longer have email and/or address information 

Please contact 480-627-6710 or info@scottsdaleleadership.org

to assist with these needs.
We invite you to include Scottsdale Leadership in your estate plans (such as wills and trusts). We have a new team of experts to help!  
For more info, contact Margaret Leichtfuss at 480-627-6717 or margaret@scottsdaleleadership.org

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Did you know you can support Scottsdale Leadership just by shopping at Fry's?  

It's easy when you enroll in Fry's Community Rewards®! 


Click here for instructions to enroll your Fry's V.I.P. Card

Once enrolled, you'll earn rewards for Scottsdale Leadership Core Program scholarships every time you shop! 


If you enrolled last year, you must re-enroll for the 2014-15 giving cycle.



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Click here to enroll todayOnce enrolled, you'll earn rewards for Scottsdale Leadership Core Program scholarships every time you shop! 



POSA is continuing to partner with Walmart and Cintas to shred documents. Donations are requested at $3 per box to help with POSA OUTREACH children's programs like Shop with a Cop, Book'em and Kid Care ID pictures and fingerprinting for parents.

Drop off your shredding on any of the following Saturdays:

Mar. 28, 2015

Apr. 25, 2015

May 30, 2015


Walmart - 15355 N. Northsight 

7:30 - 10:00 a.m.



Please join us as we recruit
Class XXX and introduce
new Executive Director
Margaret Leichtfuss


Wednesday, March 18, 2015 
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

 The Phoenician

6000 E. Camelback Rd.

Scottsdale, AZ 85251 

This event is generously 

sponsored by 

The Phoenician


Please remind friends and colleagues to consider applying for Class XXX, a unique opportunity to learn, network and strengthen our community through Scottsdale Leadership's Core Program.


Please encourage your nominee(s) to attend with you! We hope you will mix and mingle, while sharing your personal Core Program experience with applicants.


This event is free for potential applicants, dues-paid alumni and all class members/alumni who bring a potential applicant; click here to RSVP by March 9.



Friday, April 24, 2015
5:30-7:30 p.m.

A Showcase of Service, Served Up with Some Fun!

The Sands at Hotel Valley Ho

6850 E. Main Street - Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Join us as we celebrate the impact, efforts and achievements of Class 29 as they showcase their work for all guests. 

This awards showcase recognizes exemplary community service that reflects Scottsdale citizens' needs, wishes and dreams. Class 29 has taken on that challenge through five innovative Lead it Forward service projects. 

  • Reunite with classmates and other Scottsdale Leadership alumni while meeting new friends, dignitaries and community supporters
  • Enjoy fine food and beverages in a historic Scottsdale atmosphere
  • Celebrate the winning group, selected just hours earlier by a panel of distinguished judges

Tickets: $20 dues-paid alumni; $25 all others

This event is generously sponsored by 

Scottsdale Insurance (stacked)
Mayo Clinic Logo



Youth Fitness & Lifestyle Program
Team TRUForce has partnered with TRUSport and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale to implement a fitness program that focuses on improving the lives of youth by developing physical and social literacy, encouraging leadership and promoting an active lifestyle. 

Multi-Sensory Environment Room
Team Possibilities 5.0 is developing and implementing a sensory room in the City of Scottsdale's Adapted Recreation Center for youth and adults affected by autism and other neurological disorders.

Forensic Nursing Awareness & Support

The Victim Next Door is an awareness and fundraising effort to provide critical support services that help the Forensic Nurse Examiners Unit to collect the evidence needed to help a sexual assault or domestic violence victim keep their voice strong.  

Supai Middle School Garden

Team Green Jardin is revitalizing the garden at Supai Middle School to be Healthy, Accessible, Rejuvenated, Vibrant, Educational, Sustainable and Thriving (HARVEST) in order to unite and empower the school and community.

Lost Dog Wash Trailhead Awareness 
Team Trail Blazers is bringing awareness of the new accessible trail at McDowell Sonoran Preserve's Lost Dog Wash Trailhead, as well as promoting use of the Preserve to citizens of south Scottsdale.  

If you want additional information about any of these projects, please contact emily@scottsdaleleadership.org.


Alumni from 2-3 different class years will be invited to join Class 29 members at day-end networking receptions throughout the year! Each reception will start at 5:00 p.m. We're keeping it simple and informal; no RSVPs, no entry fees, and no program - just a chance to reconnect with friends, meet the new class and start the weekend with some fun. Why are we doing this?  Recent alumni survey results indicate a desire to reconnect with classmates as well as the Core Program. Locations for receptions will be determined and communicated via email about one week in advance.


Upcoming dates: 

Friday, Mar. 13, 2015 - Class 6, Class 11 and Class 18

Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015 - Class 12 and Class 17

Friday, Apr. 10, 2015 - Class 13, Class 16 and Class 23


Please stay engaged through paid alumni dues! Your renewal helps provide the educational and networking experiences that you benefited from, extending the unique impact of Scottsdale Leadership to many more friends.


Sincere thanks to alumni who have already supported the
2014-15 dues campaign!

Pay Now

Arizona SciTech Festival

Through March


Cactus League Baseball Spring Training

March 3 - April 4, 2015


Canine Companions for Independence DogFest Walk 'n Roll  

March 7, 2015  


Family Promise Gala

March 7, 2015 


"Hélène Berr, A Stolen Life" Genocide Exhibit Reception, Scottsdale Community College

March 9, 2015 


Scottsdale Forward 2015, Scottsdale Area Chamber or Commerce

March 27, 2015 


Golf Tips & Sips, Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce

March 31, 2015 


Ultimate Play Date, Scottsdale Public Library

April 4, 2015 


Genocide Awareness Week, Scottsdale Community College

April 13-18, 2015


History Hall of Fame Dinner, Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce 

April 15, 2015


Partners for Paiute Annual Fundraising Breakfast

April 23, 2015 


More details on upcoming community events



These organizations are currently recruiting Board Members:


HOBY Arizona (Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership) inspires and develops our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. For more information or to apply, contact Darin Shebesta, Class 28, at darin.shebesta@gmail.com or 480-213-3430.


Partners for Paiute supports the Paiute Neighborhood Center through promoting, funding and facilitating social services and educational, cultural and recreational activities for the Paiute neighborhood and surrounding communities. For more information or to apply, contact Lisa Randall, Class 28, at chokletlady@cox.net or 480-980-2516.


Miracle League of AZ provides a safe, successful and enjoyable baseball experience for children, teens and adults with disabilities or special health care needs.For more information or to apply, contact John Little, Class 6, at johnlittleaz@aol.com or 480-720-4777.  


Keep Scottsdale Beautiful promotes individual responsibility and encourages volunteers, together with local civic organizations, government officials, corporations and individuals, to address local quality of life issues. For more information or to apply, contact Chris Irish at christine.irish@dcranchinc.com or 480-710-9584.

For a full list of opportunities, visit our website


Please submit volunteer & board member opportunities for inclusion in future newsletters to: info@scottsdaleleadership.org

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