2022 Leadership Speaker Series

by David Key

In January and February of 2022, the Tempe Chamber hosted the 2022 Leadership Speaker Series, presented by BD – Becton Dickinson. This year’s theme was “Let Your Brilliant Light Shine.” The virtual series consisted of four dynamic sessions, each led by a leader in their industry who shared leadership best practices and personal stories that helped shape their career. 

The series began with Lorraine Tallman, founder of Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels. She spoke about how the loss of her daughter Amanda to childhood cancer transformed into a source of hope for others. She advised attendees, “Know your mission in your heart. Know your passion. Know the difference that you truly want to make and stay with it.” 

The series continued with Norris Thomas, owner of Norris Thomas Seminars, who spoke about how to refocus after facing hardship and the importance of creating processes and measurable results. Norris advised attendees that the two most important questions to ask oneself are, “Who am I?” and “What was I born to do?”

The third session of the series featured Stephanie Klocke, VP of Research at BD. Stephanie spoke about how servant leaders can remove barriers to help people develop, perform and thrive while meeting their goals. Attendees learned powerful strategies for serving their company’s purpose by serving others first. 

Karen Nowicki, owner and president of Phoenix Business RadioX, led the final session of the Leadership Speaker Series. She shared strategies and personal stories to help our attendees steer away from negative thinking, break through the limitations we place on ourselves and truly connect with others. She creatively used props to display the varying outcomes: living in a cloak of safety or being confined to a box.

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