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September 2023 

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Executive Director's Corner

Overnight Success!  

Class 38 came together for the first time August 24-25th at our first overnight class retreat.  Forty-five members arrived with simple instructions:  first names only;  no last names; no employment; and no titles.  Admittedly, they were a bit anxious and curious at first, but as they truly got to know one another for themselves, and not for what they do, all agreed it was a rewarding experience. 


A facilitator can make or break a retreat.  We were blessed to have an outstanding facilitator, Kristi Staab, Class 25 and known as the “Chief Rock Star”.  Kristi travels the world working with high-end executives and organizations to assist leaders transform themselves, their businesses, and their communities.  It was a personal reflection time of “getting your own house in order” to become an effective and purposeful leader. Get to know Kristi much better as she is featured in this newsletter. 


Small group discussions were facilitated by 10 outstanding alumni chosen to lead brave and sometimes uncomfortable conversations. They were trained prior to the retreat - and like the class members, remained incognito with only first names too.  Class 38 and sponsors were entertained by comedian Bob Howard of Class 1 at our sponsor dinner Thursday evening where class members got to know one another, along with alumni and sponsors.  Fellowship over food was a great segway to our small groups the next morning.  I would like to personally thank our facilitators for taking two full days out of their busy lives to help lead Class 38 through our retreat.  (See photo below!)


Through a series of exercises and activities, each layered upon one another, to discover their leadership purpose, Class 38 members revealed themselves on Friday afternoon, amidst crazy, outlandish guesses.  The truth was amazing, and all agreed that getting to know each other FIRST was a wonderful way to let work go and concentrate on themselves for two days.  


Scottsdale Leadership officially introduced Class 38 to our alumni and community that Friday evening. The energy was high, the vibe was exhilarating, and our new class is off to a tremendous start of friendships, connections, and an exciting journey.  I ask you now to consider becoming a mentor to these class members.  You can find a list of Class 38 members in this newsletter and on our website. 


As one class member shared, “I'd definitely do it again!  It speeds up the relationship building process, which I suspect will be incredibly important for the success of the class as a whole. I believe it will be much better to go through the next nine months as a group rather than a collective of individuals…the retreat gave us a significant shared experience to build upon.” 


Now that Class 38 has begun networking amongst themselves, we offer an incredible opportunity for all alumni. Networking is key and some have said “your network is your net worth!”  Please join us for discussion and some speed networking to make connections in SL.  September 27th is the night… sign up now!


We have a host of opportunities to re-engage with Scottsdale Leadership with many exciting events this year. I look forward to seeing you there!

Lee Ann Witt

Class 38 Overnight Retreat Facilitators

Our amazing facilitators were [left to right]: Jenn Stockhill (Class 37), Colleen Katz (Class 34), Jenna Kohl (Class 34), Brian Joseph (Class 37), Sue Oh (Class 36), Dr. Franny Mills-Yerger (Class 16), Lyric Naquin (Class 35),  Cindi Eberhardt (Class 23),  Jason Glenn (Class 37),  and Mike Vreeland (Class 37).  Thank you all for “Rockin’ It”!

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Meet Your
Board Members

Larry Hewitt, Class 36 - Program Committee Chair
Colleen Katz, Class 34 - Program Committee Vice Chair 

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I am Larry Hewitt of Class 36 (Notorious 36), Director of Leadership Giving for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. I am honored to be this year’s Chair for the Leadership Program Committee on our Board of Directors, and thrilled to serve alongside Colleen Katz, Vice Chair of the Leadership Program Committee, and owner of Pictures in Pixels Photography.


As you have heard, Class 38 has recently completed their first ever weekend retreat.  Word on the street is that it was an amazing experience.  Highlights this year we are looking forward to include bringing back a Technology Day, chaired by Kevin Maxwell of Class 29. With as fast as technology is changing all around us, this will be an amazing and interesting day. We also expanded City Government Day(s) this year by devoting two class days to this subject. From meeting the Mayor and Council to to learning about Boards and Commissions, we’re covering it all!


The Leadership Program Committee, working along with Lee Ann and Dana, are developing something a little different for this year’s Project Lead It Forward community service projects. We look forward to sharing more about that in the near future.


All that being said, Class 38 has an amazing and exciting nine-month road ahead of them!

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for an evening of great networking along with great conversation with Mike Baer, Class 35. Mike will discuss his own journey as an entrepreneur, and the pivital role that networking and mentorship played in his life. 

Wednesday, September 27th, 5:00-7:00 pm

$10 for Active Alumni Donors

      [Use Code "NETWORK"]

Free for Champion & Visionary Donors ($500+)

      [Use Code "CHAMPVISION"]

Food & Drinks provided

Shepherd of the Desert-Mountain View Campus

9400 E. Mountain View Road,Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Be sure to renew your alumni dues before registering to get your discount!

We offer installment plans.

Kristi Staab, Class 25
Written by: Craig Miller, Class 7 and Dr. Frances Mills-Yerger, Class 16

Blast from the Past

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The outstanding facilitator of our successful Class 38 Overnight Retreat, Kristi uses life experiences to help people overcome their inner fears and bring out the best in them.  Find out the ways she has taught herself these very same lessons and the twists and turns in her life that sent Kristi on her fascinating life journey so that she might follow her own dreams

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