Telling stories of success. This is the esteemed purpose of this September edition of In Business Magazine in concert with our Women of Achievement luncheon next month. It’s an annual celebration shining a special spotlight on women using their leadership positions to make a difference in our community.
While I look forward to a time when it will be not only unnecessary but actually senseless to single out women to recognize their success, I was eager to put this edition together and introduce our readers to some exceptional ways women are changing our community and increasing opportunity for others.
The cover story of this September edition shares the stories of the 2023 Women of Achievement honorees — 14 accomplished women whose leadership inspires others — representing a solid cross-section of business and community organizations. Plus our inaugural Arizona Leadership Award to Governor Katie Hobbs.
At another point on the continuum of success are people like Ashlee Liberty, who avail themselves of the remarkable opportunity offered by Televerde. And another woman is the force behind the program enabling this success. I had the pleasure of interviewing both women and hope I’m able to convey their passion for it in the feature “Building Workforce – Reducing Recidivism and Strengthening the Economy.”
In stark contrast to In Business Magazine’s Women of Achievement are those who denigrate excellence and, instead, criticize and cut down successful people or businesses that stand out in their respective fields. This phenomenon and its toxic effect on the workplace is what Barbara Morris-Blake examines in feature article “Workplace Culture & ‘Tall Poppy Syndrome.’”
The importance of CEOs paying attention to the coaching culture of their companies, to foster an environment for their employees’ success, Wendy Leshgold and Lisa McCarthy researched for their book Fast Forward, and they provide an excerpt: “Saying Is Believing, and Other Reasons to Share.”
Other topics range from healthcare to technology and include important financial and legal concerns. In this edition are “Unlocking Opportunities with Hard Money” by Elizabeth Hale and “A Business Owner’s Primer to Lawsuit Settlement” in which Emily Ward explains why going to trial is not always the right thing for a client.
I hope you enjoy this opportunity to learn about so many of our community leaders — and more.
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RaeAnne Marsh became editorial director of Phoenix-based InMedia Company in 2010 and helped launch Valley-wide business resource In Business Magazine. Her journalism career began more than 20 years ago, when she left California and 12 years of teaching to transplant in Phoenix’s vibrant entrepreneurial environment.
Holding the magazine to strong editorial standards, she says, “New businesses are founded, out-of-staters bring new strengths, established businesses evolve and expand — all of which contributes to the dynamic vitality that I see as the mission of In Business Magazine to be the voice of and vehicle to nurture, in each monthly edition.”