January/February 2016
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 
Emergenetics Workshop for Leaders
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
DC Ranch Homestead

Friday, March 18, 2016 
Alumni LEADReboot
Beyond Scottsdale City Limits 
7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community - Council Chambers

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Class 31 Applicants Reception
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
The Phoenician

Friday, March 25, 2016
Class 30 and Alumni Tour
Salt River Materials Group - Clarkdale Cement Plant 
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Save the date!

Friday, April 15, 2016
Lead It Forward Showcase & Reception
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Venue 8600
Save the date!

Friday, May 6, 2016
Class 30 Graduation
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
DC Ranch Homestead
Save the date! 

For more information:
480-627-6710 or


Have you lost your Scottsdale Leadership name badge over the years?  If so, we will be placing an order at the end of February.  

Please contact 480-627-6710 or info@scottsdaleleadership.org if you would like order a replacement for $12.



Jennifer Bare, Class 26

Honored as one of Phoenix Business Journal's 40 under 40 in 2015
Dominic Bartola, Class 29
Got engaged to Melanie McPeak

Ron Bayne, Class 29

Graduated from the FBI National Academy as 1 of 6 distinguished students out of 220. Additionally, he earned a "yellow brick" for running the infamous 6.2 mile Yellow Brick Road obstacle course, and a "blue brick" for completing the swim challenge of swimming 34 miles during an 8 week period.

Pam Betz, Class 6
Appointed board secretary of ONE Arizona

Garilyn Bourgeois, Class 23
Elected 2016 Chairman of the Board of the Care Fund

Joan Fudala, Class 9
2016 History Hall of Fame Honoree

Emily Gress, Class 27
Got engaged to Dennis Park

Amanda Sue Piltz, Class 30
Married Dane Briggs on December 20

Sam Chang, Class 26
Honored as one of Phoenix Business Journal's 40 under 40 in 2015

Kevin Classen, Class 24
Honored as one of Phoenix Business Journal's 40 under 40 in 2015

Rachel Sacco, Drinkwater Leadership Award Recipient
2016 History Hall of Fame Honoree

Melissa Schubert, Class 29
Got engaged to JP Larrabee


Inga Varney, Class 29

Welcomed baby boy Owen Alexander on December 11


Women in Leadership - Chamber
February 11, 2016
Fresh Start Fashion Gala
March 12, 2016
Spring Training
March 1 - April 2, 2016

Scottsdale Forward - Chamber
March 10, 2016
Family Promise Gala
March 19, 2016

Emotions: New Works by Douglas Sydnor at Cattle Track 
Artist Reception: April 16, 2016 
12:00 - 4:00 PM
Gallery Talk: April 23, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 PM

History Hall of Fame - Chamber
May 12, 2016


POSA is continuing their monthly shred event. Donations are requested at $3 per box to help with POSA OUTREACH children's programs.

Drop off your items to be shred on any of the following Saturdays:

Feb. 27, 2016
Mar. 26, 2016
Apr. 23, 2016
May 28, 2016
Walmart - 15355 N. Northsight 
7:30 - 10:00 a.m.

City of Scottsdale

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
Electronics recycling 
7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016
Hazardous materials turn in
7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
9191 E. San Salvador Drive 

More details on accepted items

An exclusive full-day workshop for building self-awareness, understanding people and advancing collaboration

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
DC Ranch Homestead
18600 N 98th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

The Emergenetics™ Meeting of the Minds workshop, sponsored by Scottsdale Leadership, is a highly interactive and experiential learning experience for professional and personal development. Led by a certified facilitator, Emergenetics reveals individual thinking and behavioral preferences through experiential and interactive learning.  Meeting of the Minds is a results-driven and engaging workshop focused on communication--and how to use Emergenetics for increasing self-awareness and working more effectively on work teams and boards. 

Registration Fees:
$150 - Champion and Visionary Alumni Donors ($500-$1000+)
$175 - Ambassador & Steward Alumni Donors ($100 - $499)
$250 - Alumni, Guests, Scottsdale Leadership Partners & Community Members

Fees include light breakfast, lunch, profile assessment, Emergenetics+ mobile app and personalized profile assessment workbook

Do you know individuals who have the an interest in engaging with other leaders? Be sure to nominate them for Scottsdale Leadership Class XXXI. We will mail your nominee(s) information about the 2016-17 Core Program and Applicants Reception. 
Please plan to join your nominee(s) at our
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 
The Phoenician
5:30-7:30 PM

The event is free for potential applicants, annual alumni donors, 
and all class members/alumni who bring a potential candidate.


From the President
David Nelson, Class 24
Did you move? Get married? Get a new job? We need your updated or new information now.

One of the best values derived from being one of the 1010 alumni who have graduated from Scottsdale Leadership over the last 30 years is the CONNECTIONS. Picking up the phone, sending emails and asking advice is easier because the words, "Hi, this is David, and I'm a Scottsdale Leadership Alumnus from Class 24" will get you a response and open many doors.

To this end, we are diligently working towards creating a brand-new online Alumni Directory coming in late spring 2016! And, that's where you come in. Did you move? Get married? Get a new job? We need your updated or new information now.

To do this, we are embarking on an alumni-driven massive calling and email alumni engagement campaign to ensure we have the most up-to-date information for all of our alumni in our new database...and to make sure our alumni get the most up-to-date information on upcoming alumni events, educational programs, and volunteer opportunities with Scottsdale Leadership.

We hope you'll pick up the phone when our dedicated alumni volunteers call or respond to our emails for information so that we can make sure you are able to access all of your Scottsdale Leadership connections. All alumni who make an annual gift of $100 or more will have access to this incredible alumni directory.  Please consider making a donation today! You can make your gift in monthly installments if that is convenient for you.


Throughout our 30th anniversary year, we will highlight some special stories of the impact Scottsdale Leadership has had on our alumni.

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we hope you enjoy this unique love story of Kim Edwards, Class 14, and the love of her life who she met on a Police ride-along during her Scottsdale Leadership experience. Read the full story, "Scottsdale Leadership is in the Top 10 Best Decisions of My Life."

Randy Nussbaum, Class 4, is like the Energizer Bunny.  Not only does he exude energy and excitement when you meet him in person, he is also passionate about a number of causes in the Valley. Luckily, Scottsdale Leadership is one of his passions. Why does he stay involved after all these years? Read the full story, "Staying Connected by Giving Back."


Are you looking for the next opportunity 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!

Our 2016-2017 Scottsdale Leadership Board member recruitment process is underway and we invite you to consider applying, or nominate another Scottsdale Leadership alumnus, for an important leadership role.  

Learn more here

Don Ruff, Art DeCabooter, Sam Campana, Gary Shapiro
We owe a great deal of thanks to our founders for creating such an amazing organization 30 years ago! 

We celebrated the legacy of our past Hodges Alumni Achievement Award and Drinkwater Leadership Award Recipients with an inaugural "Toast to Leaders" at our 16th Annual Spirit of Community Leadership Awards Luncheon, held at The Phoenician on December 11, 2015.

The Honorable Mary Manross
Drinkwater Leadership Award

Dr. Frances Mills-Yerger, Class 16
Hodges Alumni Achievement Award

Grace Taskinsoy
Jenkins Youth Leadership Award

Cactus Flower Florists
Business Leadership Award

Mayor Jim Lane, Sam Campana, Art DeCabooter, 2015 Drinkwater Leadership Award Recipient Mary Manross

David Nelson, 2015 Hodges Alumni Achievement Award Recipient Dr. Frances Mills-Yerger (Class 16), Donn Frye (Prestige Cleaners), Margaret Leichtfuss

2015 Jenkins Youth Leadership Award Recipient Grace Taskinsoy, Margaret Leichtfuss, Suzee Smith-Everhard (Cox)

2015 Business Leadership Award Recipient Cactus Flower Florists - Kristina Luoma-Dyrr (Class 25), Fred Luoma, Sharron Luoma, Eric Luoma (Class 9), Stephen Toronto (Henkel)

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