Feedback: December 2017

by Mesha Davis, Akshai J. Patel, Frankie Jo Rios

Question: Diversity and inclusion efforts have become a focus in the workplace. What are some key measures you’ve found to be effective in promoting diversity and inclusion?  Mesha Davis Chief Executive Officer Arizona Foundation for Women  Sector: Nonprofit Performance, productivity and profits (3 P’s) is what I remember. From the boardroom to management to the direct… [More]

Feedback: November 2017

by Anthony Austin | Darren T. Case

Question: What are some potential regulatory changes affecting lending institutions that businesses should be aware of?  Anthony Austin Director Fennemore Craig Sector: Law Regulatory changes typically have a direct impact on the ability of banks to service their customer base. This is particularly true of community/regional banks for whom servicing privately owned and local businesses is… [More]

Feedback: October 2017

by Jonathan Frutkin, Chuck McLane, Alexi Venneri

What programs or aspects of your healthcare benefits are you finding to be most important to your employees?  Jonathan Frutkin Principal Radix Law Sector: Law In the modern workplace, providing a generous healthcare benefits package is essential for recruiting and maintaining top talent. Studies show that healthcare benefits are consistently a top priority for employees… [More]

Feedback: September 2017

by Shawn Linam | Edgar R. Olivo

Question: As the owner of an identified woman- or minority-owned business, what does “diversity and inclusion” mean for you and for your business? Shawn Linam CEO and Co-Founder Qwaltec, Inc. Sector: Aerospace As a female business owner and as a woman in a male-dominated field, I initially believed we should be gender blind and hire the… [More]

Feedback: August 2017

by Grant W. Johnson | Spencer Pierce | Michele Shuey

Question: What training programs do you have in place for your employees – whether new hires who may be lacking in certain skills or employees moving to new positions within the company? Grant W. Johnson North America Delivery Team Manager – Phoenix Contact Center Direct Energy Sector: Utilities The Direct Energy Learning and Development Team… [More]

Feedback: July 2017

by Cindy Dach, Jacob Meltzer, Anthony Spinato

Question: After establishing your business successfully in its first location, what were some key concerns when you began planning to expand to additional locations? Cindy Dach Co-Owner and General Manager Changing Hands Bookstore Sector: Retail For years, our community had been asking us to open a bookstore in Phoenix. Our search for a location was met… [More]

Feedback: June 2017

by Dick Bates | Geoffrey Gray | Craig Jackson | Munira Smith

Question: What are you doing now to attract business among tourists that is different from what you were doing 10 years ago, and why? Dick Bates General Manager Arizona Biltmore Golf Club Sector: Golf The golf business continues to evolve, and marketing to visitors has changed as well. Ten years ago, we were dependent on… [More]

Feedback: May 2017

by Mallory Dyer | Jeremy Vetch | Tighe Wilhelmy

Question: What are the top two or three things you enjoy about being in a co-working space? (Include one aspect that was unexpected, if applicable.) Mallory Dyer CEO GraphLock, Inc.  Sector: Education Technology We chose Galvanize because of the amazing people! I came on a hard-hat tour before it opened, and I could already feel the… [More]

Feedback: April 2017

by Bernie Clark | Joaquin Gamboa | Gay Meyer

How important is healthcare as an employee benefit in attracting and retaining talent for your business? Bernie Clark Executive Vice President, Advisor Services Charles Schwab & Co. Sector: Financial Services Schwab is committed to the well-being of our employees and their families. Part of that commitment means listening to employees about what is important to… [More]

Feedback: March 2017

by Melanie Isaacs | Jason Moore | Nicola M. Winkel, MPA

What difference has mentoring made for you in building your business? Melanie Isaacs Founder and Chief Inclusion Officer PAL Experiences Sector: Social Enterprise Nonprofit I left a job of relative stability for the life of an entrepreneur — and have never looked back. Not that it is easy. It’s not. In fact, it is an… [More]