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ADVANTAGE Winter 2O17 •

Women in Business Speaker Series – “Be the Change! Learn, Lead, Grow” The Tempe Chamber’s Women in Business Council presents a four-part speaker series that will guide participants on how to be a more effective professional and confident individual by developing as a leader and growing into a position of greater value and happiness. The sessions will train attendees on Communication, Leadership, Goal Setting and Taking Action. Powerful expert speakers will inspire, educate and motivate participants to grow and succeed in their personal life and professional career. Each session takes place from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Western International University, 1601 W. Fountainhead Parkway in Tempe. To attend, visit or call 480-967-7891.



What Is “Positive Change” and How Do We Use Communications to Effect It?

How to Set Goals that Deliver Results

Speaker: Joanna Allhands, Arizona Republic Editor

Speaker: Susan Brooks High Performance Coach

You’ve heard the phrase “talk is cheap,” but is that really true? Or are we just talking to each other in the wrong ways? The reality is, talk is valuable — if speakers can use it to break impasses, find consensus and effect positive change. Join Arizona Republic digital opinions editor Joanna Allhands as she offers tips to speaking effectively in a busy, polarized world. Joanna Allhands is The Arizona Republic’s digital opinions editor, which means she oversees opinion content on the web, in video and through social media. Allhands joined The Republic in 2004 as an editorial writer focusing on Mesa and Tempe. She covered the Southeast Valley in various opinion writing and editing roles until 2012, when she moved into her current job. Allhands is an Indiana native, Purdue fan and cold-weather wimp who sees truth in the movie “Office Space.” More importantly, she’s a new mom and proud member of Generation X.

What is the difference between goals and dreams? How can you be more than “interested” in achieving your goals? What will change when your goal is achieved? Addressing these questions with specific tools and information will be the focus of this engaging and highly interactive Goal Setting session. According to Forbes, only 8 percent of people actually achieve their goals. This program will help you be one of them! Susan Brooks is a high-performance coach for women business owners who works to create innovative and customized strategies and systems that work. She was the co-founder of Cookies From Home, a multi-million-dollar, award-winning business that she built and ran with her husband for more than 30 years. Today, she uses her years of business experience and expertise to coach women business owners to greater profitability by creating a financially sustainable company that will thrive in a competitive marketplace.


Learning to Lead, Inspiring Others to Follow Speaker: Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Whether it’s leading a team or reshaping a large organization, there are best practices that ensure success. How do you lead your most valuable asset through change in order to significantly reshape an organization? How can you, as an employee, lead from where you are and be a champion for change? Dr. Harper-Marinick is chancellor of one of the largest community college systems in the nation. She oversees operations for the system, which serves 200,000 students and nearly 10,000 faculty and staff members across 10 colleges. She sets the vision for the strategic plan, guides policy development, and oversees initiatives and outcomes related to workforce, economic and community development; civic and global engagement; and increasing student success.

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Use Your Experience to Get Results Speaker: Jodi Low Leadership Development Jodi Low is an accomplished corporate trainer, inspirational speaker, and the founder and CEO of U & Improved. She has trained thousands of entrepreneurs and executives on how to take action to build a booming business, master a mindset for success and achieve the lifestyle they desire. In 2015, she was honored by the Phoenix Business Journal as an “Outstanding Women in Business” and by the Phoenix Suns and National Bank of Arizona with the “Amazing Women” award.



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