Neil G. Giuliano

by Neil G. Giuliano

What most notably stands out about your leadership style or what is an example of leadership success you can share with our readers?

People support what they help create; it’s not about me, it’s about we. Our strategic plan, public policy and member engagement redesigns were all collaborative and inclusive efforts to advance the mission of the organization. As a result, we are more effective and impactful with our community betterment work as business leaders. 

We will continue to identify and work on the most pressing long-term challenges for our great state. From education, transportation and water to arts and culture, affordable housing and criminal justice innovation, we are organized, engaged and partnering to better our state.

What impact has COVID-19 or the disruptions of the past 18 months had on you as a leader?

We have learned to listen more; accept where people are; share, reflect, and adjust as necessary to ensure we keep moving forward even in challenging times. 

Personally, I have witnessed people slowing down, exercising patience and supporting each other as 90% of the staff experienced COVID-19 firsthand and we all learned to fill in as necessary to ensure the work gets done. 

Also, we need to acknowledge the workplace changes that will likely be permanent: flex time, some amount of remote work when feasible and accommodating employee’s needs.

What do you feel we can be doing as a business community to empower economic growth here?

We need to recognize that growth should occur at every level of the economy and that every level is important. We must prepare for the future more intently with workforce training, housing and societal support, all of which enable grater economic growth. 

This will mean greater policy advocacy related to employees and monitoring the further changes ahead for the workforce. 

We must remember our people are our greatest asset and it is their work product that will create the capacity for our economy to grow. Those will be important conversations to have as we look into 2022 and beyond.

What is new and notable for your company’s near future that will impact our economy?

Greater Phoenix Leadership, functioning as a CEO Business Roundtable, is committed to leading efforts for improving racial equity in Arizona. All initiatives related to greater Latino attainment in Arizona — in education, workforce development and across all metrics — must be heightened for the future strength of our economy and state. 

When we do more in a sustained way on these issues, we will impact all aspects of the community for the betterment of our state. This is an imperative for our future in Arizona.

Name of Leader: Neil G. Giuliano
Position of Leader: President & CEO
Company Name: Greater Phoenix Leadership
No. of Years with Company: 6
Main Local Office Address: 400 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: (602) 252-5667
Number of offices in Greater Phoenix: 1
Year Established Locally: 1974
City Nationally Headquartered: Phoenix

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