Arizona Leadership Forum Promotes Power of Like-Minded Leaders

On Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 nearly 1,000 leaders representing the private, public and nonprofit sectors gathered to learn and discuss the great progress being made all across Arizona addressing the critical issues outlined in the Citizen’s Agenda published by The Arizona We Want Institute.

The 2014 Arizona Leadership Forum featured renowned leadership authority Seth Godin as the keynote speaker. Godin spoke at length, as did many other statewide authorities, on the power of like-minded people coming together and leading real, sustainable change. Creating meaningful change for Arizona’s residents takes a concerted effort on the part of all three sectors mentioned above.

The recently announced Starbucks College Achievement Plan in partnership with Arizona State University was another highlight of the day. This partnership between Starbucks and ASU provides a unique opportunity and a case study in partnership as a way to advance other ideas in Arizona.

Dervala Hanley, VP of Strategy at Starbucks, explained that if you work at Starbucks in the U.S., you can now get a bachelor’s degree in any field: psychology, business, engineering. There’s no obligation for an employee student to stay at Starbucks after they finish their degree.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild highlighted their unique relationship as leaders who are thinking about partnerships differently and working together to elevate the state.

For more examples of how Arizona is leading, information and videos from the forum  and to learn how you can get involved, visit

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