The excitement started building for the guests of the 9th Annual Positively Powerful Woman Awards with the Gala reception’s live music, periscope, video interviews, photos at the Step & Repeat, wine and horderves as they met old friends and made new ones. Then the doors opened to the main room, and you could hear the audible “oohs and ahhs” as they entered into one of the most beautiful settings Halle Heart Children’s Museums has ever had.
Susan Casper, the emcee for the gala, took the mic and was as she always is — professional, entertaining and engaging in moving the Awards Ceremonies along from beginning to program conclusion…or so she thought…if her script was to be believed. This was not to be the case for one of the hardest working media professionals that command the stage. Instead, she was to have her own unexpected and shining moment. The second script, the one she was never to see was written by Joel Martin, Founder, and went like this…
“Our First Lady Michelle Obama said, ‘We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.’ Those words are very true for our final Positively Powerful Woman Award 2016 Honoree. She is a community leader, the ultimate professional in all that she says or does, a wife, mother, and friend to many. She plays by the tough rules of media and is simply put one of the hardest working women in broadcast… (Pause)… Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in acknowledging the 2016 Positively Powerful Woman MEDIA LEADERSHIP Award Recipient, Susan Casper.”
To say that Susan was surprised would be an understatement. The guests were overjoyed to see this woman who has always had “control of the room” being honored for her good works. And so…Media Leader Susan Casper became the fifth Positively Powerful Woman honoree of 2016. Known for using her incredible talents and time to make a difference through the media, she has a passion for helping others. When she is not hosting, you will find her supporting the community as a motivational speaker, volunteer, and advocate for women and girls. She joined ABC15 News in 2008 as an anchor and reporter before moving to Sonoran Living, the longest running television lifestyle show in Phoenix.
This proud military brat enjoyed spending much of her childhood growing up at Spangdahlem Air Force Base in Germany where her creative imagination began to flourish. After reporting and producing a video for her elementary school at Eglin, Susan knew that this was the career for her. In time she was to become the first African-American woman to anchor a primetime newscast in Tampa, Florida. Included among her many honors, is the UWF’s first ever Society of Professional Journalism national award, a William Randolph Hearst award, and numerous regional and state journalism titles. From sports to weather, Susan has a more than 20-year broadcast news career.
With a few tears and the applause and accolades from the audience, Susan Casper joined the other 2016 Positively Powerful recipients, From left to right in the photo above are the 2016 Positively Powerful Woman Award honorees Tyler Butler, GoDaddy Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Technology Leadership; Charlene Tarver, Esq., The Tarver Law Group, PLLC, Inaugural Human Rights Leadership; Dr. Joel P. Martin, President Triad West Inc. and Founder of the Awards Program; Susan Casper, Host ABC15, Sonoran Living and Awards Mistress of Ceremonies, Media Leadership; Anna Maria Maldonado, Director of Sales & Marketing, Care1st Health Plan-AZ, Health Advocacy Leadership; and Carrie S. Young, SRP Senior Director, Corporate Operations Services, The Global Leadership Award.
Born from a passion for honoring exemplary culturally diverse women who are the very best in their fields, the Positively Powerful Awards are held every year to celebrate women leaders from the greater Phoenix, AZ region and beyond. The mission of the Awards program is to celebrate the accomplishments of women in ways that empower all people to live their dreams. The spirit and criteria of selection is in keeping with these words “On Giving” from The Prophet written by Kahlil Gibran (Knopf, 1923).
Through the hands of such as these God speaks, and from behind their eyes He smiles upon the earth. It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding; And to the open-handed the search for one who shall receive is joy greater than giving.
Don’t miss this opportunity to be inspired, motivated and challenged. This year, the 8th Annual Positively Powerful Women Awards Luncheon celebration will be a part of the Positively Powerful Leadership Conference, a day filled with outstanding local and national speakers who will empower and inform you in an exciting, dynamic and uplifting environment.
June 5th is just a few days away. You will get the chance to meet with this year’s six amazing honorees and learn how it is that they have been able to create awe-inspiring success. You will make new friends and create collaborations as part of the upbeat conference program featuring speakers will invigorate and inspire you to take action on your goals and purpose.
When you attend this conference, you will leave with business, personal, professional strategies and transformational tools to use immediately as well as new friends and business connections. Collaboration is the theme of June 5! Register online for the day.
The June 5th program is designed to flow with the June 19 “Bust Loose Your Leadership” transformational workshop facilitated by Dr. Joel Martin. Next bring your products and services to the “Branding, Marketing, PR & $ales” with the dream team guest speakers from AZ and NY. “Transformation is a journey, not a destination” and this journey will get you and your business where you want to be faster.
Dr. Joel Martin, the Founder of the Positively Powerful has been called a “genuine genius in her approach to personal transformation.” She is a training designer, a facilitator and an executive coach, speaker and author. Joel has worked with hundreds of individuals in Fortune 500 companies, non-profit and entrepreneurial organizations. Her company Triad West specializes in diversity and inclusion, leadership, and breakthrough performance.
Susan Casper Sonoran Living ABC15 Arizona honored me today as an Extraordinary Woman of Color. Thank you Susan. I appreciate the recognition and your vision for this Black History Month Celebration.
Leading up to today, I thought about the friends that would be in the audience and those that wanted to be there but were not able to and was reminded of the African expression, “I am because we are.” And I add to that “I do because we are called.” I am extraordinary because of the family I come from for as far back and even farther than I can remember. I am because of the family I go to today with faith and pride in them for never giving up. They inspire me. It is because of the companies that said, ” Yes come do your work and training here (wherever in the world “here” is). We believe in our people and we want them to have an experience of what their lives might be on the other side of change.” It is because of the people who believe that by working together we can make something magical, memorable, life-defining and yes, extraordinary occur.
I welcome those who see this video and say, “If you have a vision or big dream, let’s be extraordinary and create something positively powerful together. We can because we are – choosing to be extraordinary.”
Marquetta Glass, President & CEO, MGS Innovations Group
There was a point at which there was no Dr. Maya Angelou Mosaic line for Hallmark. Imagine that. Then Marquetta Glass, business innovator and visionary marketing professional at Hallmark introduced an exclusive business opportunity for the company with Dr. Angelou, the renowned international poet laureate. As a friend of Dr. Angelou she guided this innovative and creative partnership producing the marketing, communication, and commercially successful Life Mosaic Brand, an eight digit million-dollar performance for happy card senders the world over.
Dr. Maya Angelou
“If I’m America’s poet, or one of them, then I want to be in people’s hands. All people’s hands, people who would never buy a book.” Dr. Maya Angelou
During Marquetta’s career at Hallmark, she’s impacted 5000 Hallmark shops, the Minority Retailer MBA Entrepreneur Program, the Retail Multi-Cultural Marketing Program, the Diversity Council, the Retail Multi-Cultural Customer Guide, the careers of the men and women she’s mentored and her friend’s brand.
Marquetta Glass is President & CEO, MGS Innovations Group today specializing in developing innovative branding concepts and strategies, licensing partnerships, business development and expansion, multicultural marketing, executive coaching, talent identification, and business management. She is also a co-producer of Dr. Maya Angelou’s documentary.[Tweet “”If I’m America’s poet, or one of them, then I want to be in people’s hands. All people’s hands, people who would never buy a book.” Dr. Maya Angelou “]
Meet Marquetta Glass September 25, 2014, at 6 p.m. Arizona/PST time when Dr. Joel Martin will be interviewing her during the Positively Powerful Transformational Coaching Call. The transformational tip for the call is C.O.M.I.T. with Commitment. Operational excellence. Making a difference. Inclusion. & Telling your story. You must register for this special event in advance CLICK HERE. Limited registrations are available. To submit your QUESTIONS, CLICK HERE.
Of course your new hires will be qualified for the needs of your business, but they don’t necessarily have to look or behave the same to be a good fit. We can no longer assume that recruiting those with similar looks or beliefs is the only way to achieve harmony in the workplace.
What Diversity Looks Like
Inclusion of those from different races, religions, etc. can create an alive, balanced place to work. The world around us has become more people varied, so it would only make sense that a place of business should mirror the same variety by matching the local demographic as much as possible. Once hired, the new employee should be integrated easily into the company culture and with talented personnel, daily operations will flow regardless.
A mix of workers can generate the energy, loyalty and longevity that is needed to compete in the marketplace. Often new ideas evolve from workers that are well past the “new” stage and are comfortable in their work world. Energy is given to creativity and enhancement of products as they become more comfortable. Feeling valued and listened to, employees work harder, feel connected and responsible.
Why narrow the field when looking for new employees? Excluding workers due to gender, creed or ethnicity, narrows the possibility of recruiting the top candidates from the local worker pool. Spread a wide net. Ask for referrals from current employees. Reach out to organizations to let them know that your business wants to support the community by employing qualified people in the area. A little effort can mean big results.
A diverse, connected workforce wins.