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Leadership: Women In Business Doris Helmich Ed.D. President, Central Arizona College D or i s He l m i c h E d.D., s e r v e d as interim president and CEO of Central Arizona College for less than a year before being selected from a nationwide pool of applicants as the college’s president in November 2012. As president, Helmich is responsible for effective operation of the college through development of its st r ateg ic goa ls. She a lso i nst it utes long-r a nge pla n n i ng and development of instructional pro g r a m s, f i s c a l m a n agement, student services, human resources, community relations and resource development for the college’s future. Helmich directs the development of the annual budget and serves as

an advisor to the Governing Board on educational matters and college operations. Helmich joined Central Arizona College in 2001 as the director of student success, and also taught as an adjunct faculty member. In 2004 she became dean of students and chief student affairs officer, and held the title of vice president of student services prior to becoming interim president. Before joining CAC, Helmich spent nearly a decade at Bryant College in Smithfield, R.I., where she served as assistant to the vice president of student affairs, an adjunct faculty member and the institution's first health educator.

Paula Leslie Mankel Mechanical

THE THELEADERSHIP LEADERSHIP EDITION EDITION

I was twelve when I started my first business. I had to pass a class to get my “license” to conduct business on Bolling AFB. You may be chuckling right now, but as a babysitter, I set my own schedule and agreed upon payment for my service. Based upon my experience, I could choose not to retain a client. To advertise for my business, I added my name to a list of licensed babysitters kept by the base, and relied on word of mouth. I gotta say, I didn’t like my first business venture. But I liked making money, and I liked that strangers trusted me with possibly the most important thing in their life. I c a n’t s a y I a l w a y s h a d t he e nt r epr e n e u r i a l b u g. Fo r M r s. Tanner’s third grade class “I want to be when I grow up” assignment, I made a shadow box of lonely stick figure me sitting at a desk, pen in hand. I wanted to be a poet. That qu ic k l y c h a nge d to ne w sp ap e r reporter somewhere around fifth grade. My first real job was being a deejay for a local radio station. After

the station was sold and reformatted. I went to work for TG&Y. I loved retail. I worked as cashier, floor clerk, cash room attendant, and accounts receivable and payroll clerk. This job sparked my entrepreneurial spirit. I knew one day I wanted to be my own boss. I still majored in jour nalism/ public relations at ASU because w riting w ill alw ays be my fi rst love, but I minored in marketing management. I deplored business school. And I wasn’t very good at it which made me second guess my dream of owning my own business. After college, I went to work as office manager for a plumbing company, then an accounting firm, then a dental office. It was then I realized that most of those professors who were teaching me business had never owned their own. But, I knew I could. A friend recently told me, “Life is not lived without some level of risk.” Business owners are some of the biggest risk takers out there. FAFA L FA L L20 1520GOLDEN CORRID OROR LI V ING 57 L L2015 15GOLDEN GOLDEN CORRID CORRID OR LI LI VVING ING

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Golden Corridor Living Magazine  

Fall 2015

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Fall 2015