Now in its third year, the program focused on providing some of the Valley’s most transformative leaders the opportunity to discuss the essence of a true transformation in our new economy.
The panel included:
For us, it was socially nice to hear from Don, who – as publisher of the Phoenix Business Journal – is traditionally the moderator at these types of events. With his retirement just days away, however, he was nice enough to step on the other side of stage and reflect back.
Among the lessons learned from our team during the event:
But my favorite nuggets from last night were stories (paraphrased):
Don: Think about it. We go to a computer and write a story. Then, we take it to this big printing press and put the words on paper. Then, we take those papers and put them in a car. Then, we take the car to people’s houses and drop those papers at doors. Then people come out of their homes, in their pajamas, and fetch them. Then they read the news. Doesn’t it make more sense to move online when you consider all of this? It is no wonder the move to digital didn’t happen a decade earlier! Having said that, traditional print newspapers just need to hold on with their great content long enough to find their niche online – many of them will succeed, but not all.
Mary: Next year, we have the Super Bowl, NFL Pro Bowl and Waste Management Open all in our backyard in the same week. This is our chance to showcase what Arizona is really about – leadership, innovation, collaboration, moving forward. And we can show all of that – just as long as the legislature doesn’t do anything stupid between now and then…and that is a big “if” considering recent years’ decisions and the negative impact on our state.
Gary: Be a mentor – and start with young kids. At the Be a Leader Foundation (which he founded), they work with 7th graders to write resumes…resumes! As they choose jobs and fill them out, many see for the first time the importance of education and community service. As a result, it is, for many, the first time any of the kids think about going to college.
David: My team really wanted me to understand every level of service we provide in our stores. They gave me the opportunity to do that in a unique way. From acting as a cashier to a manager to a janitor, I worked in a store – even during holiday months – for more than a year. It changed my life.
For those who attended, did I miss anything? Share below!