and opportunities, and the value of connections, Bateman has served on more than 30 not-for-profit boards, and chaired countless fundraising luncheons, galas, and other events since completing the Valley Leadership program. “My community involvement is a way of life for me now,” she says, crediting VL with having “empowered me to fully live my life and leverage my professional standing to support and help our community.” Indeed, actions at the individual and community level can intersect. And Stanton explains that they should. “The best business leaders do not operate in isolation from their community at large. As a business leader, it is critical to invest time in the community, to give back, and to create a connectedness for your organization. Not only is this the right thing to do as a leader, but the benefits to your organization will return to you ten-fold.” But it takes more than a willingness to go beyond one’s own business or even industry. Citing her profession as example, Stanton says, “As lawyers, we often get comfortable circulating within the legal community and don’t spend enough time in the non-legal world. The Valley Leadership experience provides such an excellent opportunity to learn about the needs in the community — particularly with nonprofits — that the legal industry may be able to help with. “Most recently, on behalf of Quarles & Brady, I signed the UNITY Pledge from One Community in support of fully inclusive non-discrimination policies
in the workplace, housing and public accommodations for all Arizonans, including gay and transgender people. When I signed the pledge, Quarles & Brady became the first large law firm in Arizona to do so because it was the right thing to do — a charge we and I wanted to lead. Not only was signing on to the pledge the right thing to do, it is consistent with the position of many of our clients who had already signed the pledge, demonstrating our shared commitment to diversity in the Valley.” And Tyler Butler, CEO of 11Eleven Consulting LLC, describes with pride the project her group brought to fruition as part of their VL training, ensuring that youth who would otherwise lack access to arts programming have the opportunity to learn and grow through a mobile program. “Art4All lives on today and continues to help countless kids through introductions to the arts,” she says, noting, “The most impactful component of how VL impacts the overall community can be seen through the “pay it forward” projects that groups create in order to improve our community.“
Understanding Issues: Awareness and Connectedness
Part of Valley Leadership’s legacy is due to the type of participant it attracts: individuals who are interested in learning about their community and how they could step up and serve. But another element is purposely
VALLEY LEADERSHIP GRADS LEAD TO CHANGE THE COMMUNITY
For the Collective Good
The knowledge I gained through VL allowed me to navigate the Valley on another level, enabling me to launch my own consulting firm. Through my affiliation with VL, I was able to
connect with other corporate responsibility professionals. We have shared best practices,
contacts, innovative program ideas and created a community of allies. Working together, we
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have all experienced greater success at each of our businesses because of the open sharing and
opportunity to learn from one another. Through VL, I deepened my knowledge regarding ways
to approach corporate citizenship, such as employing the power of engaging stakeholders from
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all parts of the business - from the CEO and C suite to the sales teams and facilities managers in order to craft a well-rounded outreach program that represents the totality of the org. I have utilized my leadership training to aid countless nonprofits and to expand corporate philanthropy efforts for several socially conscientious companies. I helped launch a new program through AWEE called SheLEADS, a program that helps professionals — selected through a competitive application — to develop business plans and professional skills, and expand their networks. By developing strong leaders locally, we are facilitating economic growth and supporting entrepreneurs as well.
Collaboration Moves the Needle John DeWulf
On the community level, I have helped groups that have supported the arts, urban renewal and
at-risk youth. I have also served in leadership roles, including now with Social Venture Partners
Arizona, where I oversee the Education Affinity Committee. I continue to reach out to members
of Class X and utilize what I learned at Valley Leadership.
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For the last few years, I have headed up SVPAZ’s efforts to help public education in Phoenix. In that role, I have used collaboration and networking skills that Valley Leadership helped develop to involve other organizations and individuals, including Valley Leadership members, to help. During the program, you learn how collaboration can move a city, organization or charitable effort forward. As a business litigator with Coppersmith Brockelman, I see my main job as helping others solve problems. I continue to use connections I made and knowledge I gained at Valley Leadership to creatively do that. For instance, diversity is an important component of each program. Operating in a diverse team enables you to better see issues from different viewpoints. That’s a critical skill set in the legal world.