Feedback: May 2022

by Cathy Carlat, Jason Morris, James Murphy

Q: We've seen a recent record boom in industrial property starts and leases throughout Metropolitan Phoenix. Based on the projects you are involved in, what is your view on what is fueling this? How much is being built for anticipated tenancy versus for a specific user (such as TSMC over in Phoenix)?  Cathy Carlat Mayor City of Peoria, Arizona Sector: Government The City … [More]

Feedback: April 2022

by Christopher Cano, Stacy Cline, Jim Gmelich, Lyn Hart, Amy Rushall

Q: Please share some of the benefits your mentoring program brings to your company. Christopher Cano Director of Artistic Operations and the Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio Arizona Opera Sector: Arts  The Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio of Arizona Opera is currently celebrating its 15th season.  Over the past 15 years, Arizona Opera has auditioned thousands of … [More]

Feedback: March 2022

by Becky Bell Ballard, Paula Carvalho, Christopher Rodriguez 

Question: Beyond the focused impact of your organization’s mission and its impact on the population you serve, what is the economic impact of its ripple effect in our community?  Becky Bell Ballard CEO Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children Sector: Nonprofit Improving educational outcomes for underserved students in Arizona is critical to the well-being and … [More]

Feedback: February 2022

by Scott Gruwell, Percy Kirk, Lauri Leadley

Question: “Over this past year, what has been the most significant or successful action your company has taken in regard to DEI?”  Scott Gruwell  President and CEO Courtesy Automotive Group Sector: Retail Since 1955, Courtesy Automotive Group has grown as a family-owned business, digging deep into the communities we serve, hiring and promoting employees from nearby … [More]

Feedback: January 2022

by Jodi Amendola, Henri’ Dawes, Guido de Koning, Vicki Etherton, Veronica Franco

Q: In retaining your employees, what have you found they value most about your company? Is this the same or different for attracting new employees? Jodi Amendola CEO and Co-Founder Amendola Communications Sector: Media Employees tell me they enjoy working with innovative, smart health tech visionaries who have MDs, MBAs, PhDs. They find it stimulating to constantly learn … [More]

Feedback: December 2021

by Simon Beltran, Lorry Bottrill, Charles Eckert, Emil J. Molin, Jennifer Reynolds

Question: What economic trends do you expect will impact your business in 2022?  Simon Beltran President and Chief Revenue Officer O’Neil Printing Sector: Business Services Supply chain challenges will continue to impact our business and the clients we serve. From raw material availability and associated inflation to the impact on timing from logistics providers, we will … [More]

Feedback: November 2021

by Dayna Ciarfalia, Heather Jones, Alana Millstein 

Q: How have you used technology to revolutionize your business? Dayna Ciarfalia Principal Dayna Ciarfalia, LLC Sector: Business Coaching In 2019, I began using Instagram more intentionally to share with mamas on topics such as respectful parenting, healing childhood wounds and honest motherhood topics. As Instagram has released more unique (and free!) features such as … [More]

Feedback: October 2021

by Angelina Flores, Jennifer Sellers, Stephanie Waldrop

Question: As you prepare to offer healthcare benefits packages to your employees for 2022, what elements of coverage are you finding are most important? Angelina Flores Chief Human Resources Officer Gila River Hotels & Casinos Sector: Hospitality At Gila River Hotels & Casinos — Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte, and Vee Quiva — the health and wellness of our nearly … [More]

Feedback: September 2021

by Sherri L. Collins, M.Ed., Rachel Frazier Johnson, Esq., Eileen Rogers

Q: As a former Women of Achievement honoree, you’ve been recognized for outstanding leadership. What do you feel are the most important leadership qualities for the times we are in now? Sherri L. Collins, M.Ed. Executive Director Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing Sector: Government As the executive director of the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and … [More]

Feedback: August 2021

by Larry Hofer, Barbara Kennedy, Brad Schenck, Mary Vesely

Q: How have you gotten the word out about, or marketed, your DEI policies and achievements?  Larry Hofer VP of People Services Cox Communications’ Southwest Region Sector: Communication At Cox, we champion inclusion, reflect our diverse communities and empower our great people to build a better future together. This is our vision for Cox’s diversity, equity and … [More]

Feedback: July 2021

by Barbara Hagen, Brandon Sammut, Uwe Voss

Question: What were your top reasons for locating here in Greater Phoenix? Barbara Hagen VP, Sales and Marketing ThriftBooks Sector: e-Commerce Thrift Books Global LLC has been operating in Greater Phoenix since 2011. Over the years, we have found the market conditions to be very advantageous, with its geographic positioning, strong labor market and favorable business … [More]

Feedback: June 2021

by Shawn Ellis, Elizabeth Hart, Meagan Jackman

Question: Stress and mental health are hot topics in the best of times. Since the pandemic started raising people’s stress levels, the issue has gotten increased attention. How does your company help employees deal with mental health issues? Shawn Ellis VP, Human Resources Lovitt & Touché, A Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company Sector: Insurance and … [More]

Feedback: May 2021

by David Berg, Lauri Leadley, Melynn K. Wakeman

Question: What were the most significant moves you made to strengthen and grow your business over this past year? David Berg  President and Co-Founder Redirect Health Sector: Healthcare In the face of the global pandemic, it was harder than ever for people across the U.S. to access the healthcare they needed. Medical clinics were closed, non-essential services were … [More]

Feedback: April 2021

by Linda Luman, Sean Reeves, Christa Robinson, Joel Winant

Q: Continuing to engage employees at home is more important than ever as many workforces approach one year out of the office. What are some team-building programs or events you’ve organized to help ensure individuals remain productive and successful at work and home?    Linda Luman  SVP of Human Resources Freedom Financial Network Sector: Financial Freedom Financial … [More]

Feedback: March 2021

by Dana Bailey, Becky Bell Ballard, Kate Thoene

Question: For many nonprofits, the pandemic’s economic impact squeezed them in between increased demand for their services and decrease in income coupled with physical operational limitations. How has your organization responded to these challenges in order to continue to serve its mission? Dana Bailey Chief Operations Officer Homeless Youth Connection Sector: … [More]

Feedback: February 2021

by Matthew Clyde, Brett Farmiloe, Ben Kalkman, Dizzie Ramsey, Angela Sticca Snyder

Q: Guidelines and mandates were in flux much of last year as we all struggled to learn about the coronavirus.  To protect your business, what  strategy or strategies have you employed or what  "temporary" changes did you put into place that you see becoming standard policy going forward?        Matthew Clyde President and Founder Ideas Collide Sector: Media … [More]

Feedback: January 2021

by Patricia Pace Anderson, Essen Otu, Chrystal Richardson

Question: What were some critical first steps in incorporating diversity, equity and inclusion policies and practices into your business? Patricia Pace Anderson  Manager of Donor Program Development Donor Network of Arizona Sector: Healthcare Recent events in our community and nation over the past year have brought the issue of diversity, equity and inclusion front and … [More]

Feedback: December 2020

by Sandra Bassett, Diane Day, Scott Roelofs 

Question: Given the events of this past year, what would you say are the most important leadership attributes (skills, experience, philosophy) for growing and strengthening your company? Sandra Bassett President and CEO West Valley Arts Sector: Arts & Culture When I became West Valley Arts president and CEO in April, COVID was just rearing its ugly head. Soon after, … [More]

Feedback: November 2020

by Matthew Fehling, Stephen Jordan, Doug Leventhal

Question: What is the top health & wellness benefit concern of your employees, and how are you addressing their needs? Matthew Fehling President and CEO Better Business Bureau Pacific Southwest Sector: Nonprofit   This year has been tough. We can’t control much of anything right now, but we can do our best to help our employees feel supported at work. We pivoted … [More]

Feedback: October 2020

by Lauren Bailey, Katherine Kemmeries Cecala, JP Martin, Ph.D., M.A. 

Question: As a former Women of Achievement honoree, you’ve been recognized for outstanding leadership. What do you feel are the most important leadership qualities for the times we are in now? Lauren Bailey  CEO and Co-Founder Upward Projects Sector: Restaurants Right now, it is more important than ever to have positivity, creativity and flexibility, but also grit. … [More]

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