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IN THIS ISSUE 2 A Winning Session Legislature, governor support tech community through actions

4 National Interest

Chief Science Officers program gets attention all the way to White House

5 Seeing the Light The move is on to protect Arizona’s dark skies

6 New Dimension

Committee to advocate manufacturing advancement

WHO WE ARE The Arizona Technology Council is Arizona’s premier trade association for science and technology companies.

Phoenix Office 2800 N. Central Ave., Suite 1920 Phoenix, AZ 85004 Phone: 602-343-8324 • Fax: 602-343-8330

Tucson Office

The University of Arizona Science and Technology Park 9040 S. Rita Rd., Ste. 1150 (near I-10 & Rita Rd.) Tucson, AZ 85747 Phone: 520-382-3281 • Fax: 520-382-3299

MANAGEMENT AND STAFF Steven G. Zylstra  President + CEO

Leigh Goldstein  Vice President,

Anne Rody Director,

Operations + Events Finance + Administration

Merry Lake Merrell  Director,

Marketing + Communication

Deborah Zack  Senior Director,

Brian Krupski  Director of Membership

Membership Services Services

Melissa Craven  Executive Assistant to

Alex Rodriguez  Vice President, Southern

Don Rodriguez Editor

President + CEO

Arizona Regional Office, Tucson

Ron Schott  Executive Emeritus, Phoenix

Don Ruedy  Executive Emeritus, Tucson

Justin Williams Executive Emeritus, Tucson

Jeremy Babendure,  Executive Director, Ph.D.  Arizona SciTech Festival

Arizona Technology Report

Arizona Technology Council: The Voice of the Technology Industry

President’s Message Who are the leaders to follow? As Arizona and the rest of the nation enter the home stretch leading to the November elections, this is a question that comes up again and again. When it arises in the state’s technology Steven G. Zylstra, community, the answer is easier to President and CEO, Arizona Technology Council reach: They walk among members of the Arizona Technology Council. Several council initiatives are preparing rising stars for the corner office and helping keep the fire burning in their bellies once they’ve arrived. The Council does this through programs created as part of its mission to empower Arizona’s technology community. We work to identify and support those people who just need the right connections with the right coaching to continue their climb. As happens many times in business, the best opportunities can occur over a game of golf. That was the case in 2008 when the first foursome teed off in Sedona at our first CEO Retreat, which brought together CEOs, presidents and business owners for workshops, keynote presentations and, most importantly, networking. We’ve demonstrated that sometimes you only can learn something new from someone who has been there, too. If that sounds like something for you, the annual event returns to Sedona Aug. 8–9, opening with golf at Seven Canyons – Sedona followed by the rest of the program at Enchantment Resort. The success of the retreat also helped trigger the idea that C-level executives need support year-round. With that in mind, the Council launched the Executive Roundtable in Phoenix. With the assistance of professional facilitators, business leaders accepted into the group address in a peer-to-peer setting the issues they and their companies face. Each group provides a confidential, non-competitive environment for sharing experience-based knowledge. On the heels of the Roundtable’s success, the Council later launched the similar CEO Network in Tucson. Most recently, we turned our attention to helping leaders reach that next level. The Council partnered with ImpaQ Solutions to create the Transformational Leadership Program. For the past six months, the first cohort has attended sessions where they received one-on-one executive coaching, and gained invaluable insight through assessments and feedback. These observations from Matthew Forkner, deputy general counsel at GoDaddy, might best capture what to expect: “Having participated in other programs that were light on substance and little more than organized pep rallies, I was extremely skeptical at the outset. But I’ve been blown away and very impressed with the program. It created a greater awareness in me of my strengths and weaknesses, and gave me very clear guidance on what I can do as a leader moving forward.” Incidentally, applications are now being accepted for the second cohort. In fact, if you would like more details on any of the three programs, I encourage you to visit the Council’s website at There is some level of leadership in all of us. Sometimes, all it takes is finding the right avenue to help it grow. And we at the Council are here to help leaders find their pathways to success.



July 2016 issue of In Business Magazine  
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