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International Femtor® Award Recognizes Top Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists

Posted By Susan F. Moody, Starshine Associates, Monday, January 9, 2017

The eWomenNetwork Foundation today announced its 17th annual International Femtor® Awards Gala will take place on Saturday, August 5th in Dallas, Texas during the eWomenNetwork’s International Conference and Business Expo- the largest four day women’s business conference in North America.

Nominations are now being accepted for Emerging Leader of the Year Award.  This award recognizes our female leaders of tomorrow across the United States and Canada and helps them realize the promise of a vibrant future. Nominees must have demonstrated significant accomplishments in the areas of academics, business or community service.  The nomination deadline is March 31, 2017.

“We’re thrilled to offer such an exciting and unique opportunity to the emerging female leaders of our community,” says Susan F. Moody, Managing Director for the Phoenix chapter of eWomenNetwork. “We hope our chapter will sponsor this year’s Emerging Leader winner!”

One finalist will be chosen from each participating eWomenNetwork Chapter. Each finalist will receive an all-expense paid experience which includes flight, hotel accommodations, meals and full access eWomenNetwork conference registration-- a prize package valued at more than $5,000.  The Emerging Leader of the Year receives a total awards package of more than $16,000!

Emerging Leader finalists participate in a program especially designed for them, and are featured on our main stage during the Foundation’s International Femtor® Awards Gala.  The women selected will receive four days of skill development, relationship building and networking with established “Femtors®” in the only program of its kind in North America. (The word Femtor®, a registered trademark of eWomenNetwork, is defined as "a wise and trusted woman providing knowledge, inspiration and practical information to other women."  Femtor® acknowledges the mentoring work done from a female experience and knowledge base).

To nominate an Emerging Leader in your community or learn more about other International Femtor® Awards contact SusanMoody@eWomenNetworkcom.

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Posted By Jeanne Quinn Lowing, TeamTatman, Tuesday, October 4, 2016


(Tucson, AZ)       World renowned leadership expert John Maxwell heads a line-up of leadership and professional development experts who will appear in “Live2Lead”, an international simulcast event scheduled for Friday, October 7th at the Tucson Convention Center. 

Maxwell will be joined by Dan Cathy, Chairman, President and CEO of Chick-fil-A; Simon Sinek, optimist and best-selling author; and Liz Wiseman, researcher, executive advisor and President of the Wiseman Group. 

Maxwell has authored more than 75 books and is regarded as the world’s most influential leadership expert by Inc.   Sinek’s book “Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action”, became a global best-seller. His talk on the subject of “know your why” became the second most watched presentation of all time on  Dan Cathy has established Chick-fil-A’s as a leader in employee culture and customer service through his servant-based approach to leading his 77,000 employees nationwide.  Liz Wiseman is the author of three best-selling books, has been listed on the Thinkers50 ranking and has been named as one of the Top 10 Leadership thinkers in the world. 

Live2Lead is a leadership development experience designed to better equip everyone who has leadership responsibilities, whether in business, government, community service, education, or the family.  The program will provide practical tools and immediately applicable strategies for maximizing leadership and influence. 

Doors open for registration and complimentary breakfast at 7am.  The program begins at 8am and will conclude by 12:30pm.  Advanced purchase tickets are $99.  A table of eight is $640.  Students with valid ID are $49.  Event day admission is $129.  Tickets are available at

Live2Lead Tucson is a presentation of TeamTatman Leadership Group, consisting of certified John Maxwell coaches  Donovan Tatman, Dana Cooper, Curtis Kaufman, Jeanne Quinn Lowing and Monica Castillo. TeamTatman is committed to the development of great leadership for the Tucson community.


Contact:               Dana Cooper:    (520) 275-3637

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Finalists Announced – 2015 SWAE Leadership Award

Posted By Laura Bassett, Arizona Small Business Association, Monday, December 22, 2014

Finalists Announced – 2015 SWAE Leadership Award

PHOENIX, AZ (December 18, 2014) - The Southwest Alliance for Excellence (SWAE) is proud to announce the 3 finalists for the 2015 Leadership Award: David Dexter of Sonora Quest Laboratories, Bill Hoddy of Intel Corporation and Jacob Snow of the City of Henderson, NV.

The finalists were selected by a committee of individuals with a high level of experience in organizational excellence, and understanding of the SWAE core values. The SWAE Leadership Award recognizes an individual who exemplifies outstanding leadership in the pursuit of performance excellence and has furthered performance improvement beyond the boundaries of their organization. This is the inaugural year of the award and will be given out annually.

David Dexter joined Sonora Quest Laboratories / Laboratory Sciences of Arizona in 1999 as President & CEO and quickly helped lead the organization through a business turnaround by re-establishing and embedding a commitment to Quality throughout SQL/LSA. David’s help and leadership in introducing a companywide Quality Management System allowed SQL/LSA to grow into one of the largest integrated laboratory networks in the nation. David has also expanded his breadth of leadership by being highly involved in multiple health related boards, councils, societies and initiatives throughout the state of Arizona.

Bill Hoddy, a 26 year veteran of Intel Corporation, is a Business Process Quality Engineer and a Lean Bronze Sensei who has a long term passion for Continuous Quality Improvement. For over a decade, Bill has enhanced Arizona communities by sharing his knowledge of quality improvement through volunteerism with numerous organizations including local non-profits, educational institutions and government agencies. Through the Intel Mentoring and Planning Services (MAPS) initiative Bill has also helped coach many organizations in improving their business processes to more efficiently meet the needs of their clients, learners and tax payers.

Jacob Snow is a native to Southern Nevada who strongly believes in giving back in order to make his community a better place and has spent his entire career serving in various positions throughout Clark County Nevada. He has served as the City of Henderson City Manager since 2012. Jacob acted with integrity and transparency by reaching out to the community for assistance in addressing the City’s budget and cost containment efforts.  As City Manager, Jacob demonstrated his dedication for continuous improvement by establishing the Henderson Quality Initiative (HQI), a quality approach which is modeled after a national quality model; which has now been successfully implemented for two years running and is continuing to mature and improve the quality of life in the City of Henderson.

The recipient of the inaugural SWAE Leadership Award will be announced at the annual SWAE Performance Excellence Program Award Banquet on January, 27, 2015 at the Chaparral Suites Resorts in Scottsdale, AZ.  For more information visit  
Established in 1990, The Southwest Alliance for Excellence is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that advances improvement and excellence in organizations, communities and individuals throughout Arizona, Nevada and Utah by using the Baldrige Criteria.

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SWAE 2015 Leadership Award- Open for Nominations

Posted By Karen Shepard, The Southwest Alliance for Excellence /Arizona Quality Alliance, Thursday, November 13, 2014



PHOENIX, AZ (October 3, 2014) – The Southwest Alliance for Excellence (SWAE)

 announced its inaugural Leadership Award and they are now accepting nominations for the 2015 SWAE Leadership Award.


The Southwest Alliance for Excellence Leadership Award is an annual award recognizing an individual who exemplifies outstanding leadership in the pursuit of performance excellence and has furthered performance improvement beyond the boundaries of their organization.

Nomination Process – Candidates may be nominated by anyone; no self-nominations permitted. 

Eligibility Requirements

Nominees will:

·         Represent any industry and any type or size organization in Arizona, Nevada or Utah, or a division of a corporation operating in said states, residing in that state for 5 or more years

·         Demonstrate leadership behaviors and results consistent with the SWAE Core Values, community involvement, corporate citizenship and economic development

·         Be willing to share their leadership practices as they relate to the SWAE Core Values and Leadership Behaviors and

·         Be able to attend and receive the award during the annual SWAE Performance Excellence Program Award Banquet

A nomination submission includes a cover page, a nominee’s biography or curriculum vitae and a nomination essay of 1,000 words or less. Additional information about the Award, including a nomination form is available at or by calling (480)874-5815.

Key Dates for the 2015 Award Cycle

·         2015 Award Nominations Submitted by November 23, 2014

·         2015 top Nominees Announced December 2014

The Award will be presented at the Annual Southwest Alliance for Excellence (SWAE) Performance Excellence Program Awards Banquet on January 27, 2015 at the Chaparral Suites Resort, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road. All nominees are requested to attend the Banquet.


The Southwest Alliance for Excellence is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that advances

improvement and excellence in organizations, communities and individuals throughout

Arizona, Nevada and Utah.


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