Looking Good 2021 – September Standouts

  Achievements Trevor Wilde Accepted into Forbes Finance Council ZorroSign Keeps On Winning Phoenix Children’s One of ‘Best Children’s Hospitals’ Philanthropy Gust Rosenfeld Gives 100 to Soldier’s Best Friend … [More]

Leadership & Achievement: Celebrating 2021 Women of Achievement

by RaeAnne Marsh

Women are in more prominent leadership roles than ever before, with the first woman in the White House as an elected officer — Vice President of the United States. The strengths they bring to the business world are proven in studies of businesses’ success in all segments of the economy. With such women in our community often eschewing the spotlight for themselves to, rather, … [More]

Linda Hunt

Linda Hunt oversees Dignity Health’s Southwest Division, which is anchored by ten outstanding hospitals in Arizona and Nevada: St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Chandler Regional Medical Center, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center, Arizona General Hospital – Laveen, Arizona General Hospital – Mesa, Yavapai Regional Medical Center and St. … [More]

Heather Carter 

“I hope that my work will inspire the next generation of women leaders to be courageous in bridging divides to address the most important issues we face today, for a brighter future.”  Heather Carter, Ed.D., is executive vice president with Greater Phoenix Leadership, with a special focus on Arizona’s health and education sectors. Prior to this role, Dr. Carter served 10 … [More]

Lin Sue Cooney 

“This recognition is valuable because it lets younger women be inspired by those who have walked ahead of them. Once they become Women of Achievement, their experiences will be the impetus for women walking behind them.” Lin Sue Cooney’s path has been irrevocably shaped by two things: her strong faith and her love of writing. As it turns out, that was a perfect combination. … [More]

Roopali Desai

“Celebrating talented women inspires girls to be future community and business leaders, and shows us what’s possible when we support women in achieving their goals.” Partner and head of Phoenix law firm Coppersmith Brockelman’s Election and Political Law practice, Roopali Desai is a leading election lawyer in Arizona. She advises clients on all aspects of election law, … [More]

Kristin Atwell Ford

“It’s humbling to be recognized with so many creative, resourceful, tenacious women in our community. I’m grateful for the celebration of our work and our stories.”  Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker Kristin Atwell Ford has been trusted with our state’s most formative stories and tells them with the intent of making our community stronger. Water is a subject that flows through … [More]

Arjelia Gomez

“Driving change and innovation is a challenge and a gift. There is no better place to lead than in the nonprofit sector.” Arjelia “Argie” Gomez is an experienced and well-respected leader in the nonprofit sector and a champion for people and organizations to work together to take action on behalf of youth and other at-risk populations. She is the president and chief … [More]

Diana L. Gregory

“Leaders need followers, so this honor acknowledges not only me, but also volunteers, partners and donors who provide nutritious food to over 10,000 seniors and veterans annually.” No stranger to challenges, Diana Gregory was raised in the Pruitt-Igoe housing projects in St. Louis, Mo. Her parents taught her that it is not where you live but what lives in you that determines … [More]

Dr. Heidi Jannenga

“The Women of Achievement Award is inspiring because it recognizes the amazing women impacting Arizona and the meaningful work we do to shape our community and future.” Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, is the co-founder and chief clinical officer of WebPT, the leading software solution for physical, occupational, and speech therapists. As a member of the board and senior … [More]

Dr. Brenda LaTowsky 

“I am honored to stand as an example that, for young women, anything you aspire to is possible regardless of where you grew up or your economic background.” Brenda LaTowsky, M.D., grew up on a small family farm in Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska Medical College, graduating amongst the top in her class. During that time, she was selected for the prestigious … [More]

Cionne McCarthy

“I needed a career where my work mattered. The word ‘home’ is powerful. It conjures unique images and emotions in all of us. Matching people with the homes of their dreams that stir those magnificent images and feelings has been and continues to be a work of love for me every day.” Cionne McCarthy is a consummate real estate professional, leader and humanitarian who has … [More]

Julia Meyerson

“Moments in time like this allow for a brief pause – celebrate successes, step back, and reflect on what our entire team has accomplished.” Julia Meyerson solidified her commitment to education as a Teach For America corps member in the South Bronx, where she taught first grade for two years. Realizing the tremendous impact of state and local policy on transforming … [More]

Julia C. Patrick

"All women are working women and unfortunately not as privileged as I have been.  Great female leaders, such as Linda M. Herold, have been standing beside me and behind me — pushing me forward. They have prodded me when I didn’t think I could do it and they tempered me when I was far too boastful. While I may be honored with the In Business Woman of Acheivement, it is all the … [More]

Paige Rothermel

“I am honored to be recognized as one of this year’s Women of Achievement. This past year and a half has been challenging for us all, and I’m proud to contribute to and make a difference in the overall health of our state, alongside many of my Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona colleagues.” As the chief operating officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Paige Rothermel … [More]

Trish Stark 

“This award is important to me because it reminds me how many amazing women have inspired and helped me along the way. I am eternally grateful to them.” Trish Stark is managing director for First Western Trust, Scottsdale, a boutique financial services company whose clients are high net worth, entrepreneurial and, in many cases, self-made. She is responsible for developing, … [More]

Kelly Zitlow

“Being recognized is truly an honor because it serves as an important reminder that women leaders can positively impact their communities and even the world.” For more than 25 years, Kelly Zitlow has built her award-winning, highly respected career as a vice president and Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist® on earning the trust of her clients and partners by providing … [More]

Labor Shortage? Could Be a Job for Our Military Veterans

by Rose Tring

As the economy continues to surge in a post-pandemic recovery, veterans are among those seeking opportunities for employment in a labor market desperate for experienced and dedicated workers. Labor experts say it’s a job-seekers market now with more opportunities available than people to fill the positions. Although the country is not at full employment, part of that is a … [More]

In Company Protocols, What about the 2.7 Billion Deskless Workers?

by Joe Ross 

So much has changed in the last year, and the way businesses operate is no exception. The pandemic accelerated the pace of change for many companies as they were forced to abandon old ways of communicating with their workforces, especially the 2.7 billion deskless workers. Corporations had no choice but to say goodbye to notices on bulletin boards hanging by the time clock and … [More]

Collaboration between Education and Industry Forges a Stronger Workforce

by Zac Dunn

While Arizona’s fourth-place ranking for GDP growth per year in the U.S. has attracted an influx of industries looking for a home in the Valley, it also highlights the lack of a “talent-ready pipeline for Arizona’s growing economy,” according to the Education Leadership Group, a collective of more than 50 education leaders from across the state. That gap can only be filled … [More]

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