Declarations Part 2: Birthing a future.

Declarations Part 2: Birthing a future.

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On June 25, 2016, sixty-nine women and men attendees of the 9th Annual Positively Powerful Woman Awards bet that there was. Each one of them took advantage of the opportunity to write a letter to their future selves, a letter that would be mailed back to them on June 1, 2017 – 9 days before the 10th Annual Awards – and nearly one year later. The letters were blessed by the Pastor Rev. Sheriolyn Curry Lasley of Greater Bethel AME Church. What did they write? Only they know. Perhaps we will find out but that is not the important part. What was important was that they declared.

Fatimah Halim is another person who declared what she wished would happen some day. Fatimah wanted to take the Blueprint for Womanhood participants to a STEAM & Global Citizenship Trip to Ghana. Well, she is the president/CEO of Life Paradigms, Inc. and now in partnership with Strong TIES Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, Mathematics (STEAM) Program her wish is going to be reality on July 3-18, 2017

A declaration is a formal public statement about a goal that once spoken changes reality.

The 10th Annual Positively Powerful Woman Awards will be honoring Life Paradigms Blueprint for Womanhood as the 2017 nonprofit organization of the year. We will also be raising funds to support their STEAM trip to Ghana as part of our program. Join us.

Is there an unforeseen power in declaring for a future? In the words of Russell Redenbaugh, “Declarations precede leaps.” Russell Redenbaugh did this as a young boy. Learn more from this extraordinary man who became blind at 16 and overcame adversities in his TEDxBend video “Post-Traumatic Gifted: Moving from Scarcity to Abundance.” 

 

Declarations, a powerful opportunity to create change

Declarations, a powerful opportunity to create change

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Last year, just before the 2016 Positively Powerful Woman Awards Dinner, a group of us got together to discuss what was the one thing we wanted people who attended to leave with. We wanted people to be inspired, excited and knowing that they had a big role in the process of effecting change in the world. It was important that our guests believe that evening was the start of something and not a singular event. That when they went home that evening, they were ready to move the world forward in a Powerful and Positive way. What finally took hold for us was the thought of individual declarations.

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Why declarations? Because they are often life altering. A declaration unlike a new year’s resolution, changes our relationship with others, our friends, family, and community. It impacts how we view the past and creates a future we were not aware of until just that moment. A true declaration has commitment attached to its hip. Our declarations matter to us.

And so we invited our guest to write a note to themselves, that evening, right there at the dinner, that would contain their own personal declaration about their future. Place the note in a self-addressed envelope and that we would mail the notes back to them on June 1st, 2017. No, we did not read the notes.

The Power of Declarations is that it is the point at which the world begins to changes.

The remarkable journey and lessons of Lisa Loo, ASU General Counsel

The remarkable journey and lessons of Lisa Loo, ASU General Counsel

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Arizona State University is a public institution that has a total undergrad enrollment of 41,828, exists in the urban setting of Tempe, Arizona on a campus of 661 acres. U.S. News & World Report named ASU the #1 university for innovation in the country, ahead of both MIT and Stanford. Arizona State University is ranked #507 in ethnic diversity nationwide with a student body composition that is above the national average. (Source). Lisa Loo is its Vice President of Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel. On June 10, she will receive the Social Justice Award at the Positively Powerful Woman Awards.

Given the size, diversity, business interests and complexity of Arizona State University, the legal responsibilities that Lisa Loo must manage as Vice President of Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel would be daunting if she had not already faced significant trials and tribulations in her journey to the corporate offices of this great American university.

Public institutions of higher education manifest legal and operational characteristics that make them different from private institutions….Given the size and complexity of the typical college and the litigious environment in which they operate, virtually every college in the United States regularly uses the services of a lawyer.  (Source).

Persisting despite adversity, Lisa immigrated to the United States with her family as a young child where they lived in New York City. She faced the educational trauma of being told not to speak Chinese in school and overcame this to advance from the remedial to the advanced level in grade school. When her father died, she helped her widowed mother raise her fellow siblings. After putting herself through college, she attended law school and became a leader in a profession where women and people of color are woefully underrepresented. On the way, she acquired a NYC journalism background which was to shape her commitment to social justice and commitment to social causes. 

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President Lisa Loo, center, and the other State Bar of Arizona officers, 2016-17. L to R: President-Elect Alex Vakula, Second Vice President Steve Hirsch, President Lisa Loo, First Vice President Jeff Willis, and Secretary-Treasurer Brian Furuya.

She served as Vice President of Victory Together, the coalition that primarily and successfully advocated for the Arizona statewide MLK Jr./Civil Rights Day.  She also served on the board of Harmony, Inc., a coalition of business, civic, and political leaders working to remove barriers to advancement in businesses and governmental institutions, and on the State Advisory Council to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  She has also served on numerous advisory councils to various Arizona governors and attorney generals and on numerous governmental and law-related committees. She has been recognized by the State Bar of Arizona for advancing equal opportunity in the legal profession and also as the 1993 Outstanding Young Lawyer. In 2016, Lisa was elected the President of the Bar Association that regulates Arizona’s more than 24,000 attorneys.  She is a founding board member of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association and a founding planning member of the Arizona Minority Bar Conference. 

Lisa Loo is a mentor to others and a support to the students of Arizona State University. She is a proud mother and has received her black belt in tae kwon do. 

Lessons from Lisa Loo:

  • What is social justice?  Everyone has a right to justice. Everyone should have the right to full opportunity. A person can make an impact when they are part of the conversation when laws and policies were made.
  • Things aren’t challenges, things are what you have in front of you.
  • Coming to America meant hope and opportunity. Some opportunities are easy to accomplish, some are harder. When you have an opportunity, say “yes” and the decide what to do with that choice.
  • You must be disciplined and that takes energy

Powerful Woman Awards (PPWA) to be held at the Desert Botanical Garden beginning with the reception at 5 p.m., followed by the 2017 awards presentations. The mission of the Awards is to “celebrate the accomplishments of women in ways that empower all people to live their dreams”. Register now and prepare to be informed and inspired.

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Dr. Joel P. Martin

The Positively Powerful Awards and Programs are hosted by Founder and Executive Producer, Dr. Joel P. Martin, President of Triad West, Inc. which provides corporations with specialist support in executive coaching, leadership development, diversity, inclusion and cultural competency.

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Why this tech marketing leader’s response to change is educational.

Why this tech marketing leader’s response to change is educational.

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She’s a seasoned marketing and sales executive with over 25 years’ vice presidential level experience. She has led teams of over 300, managed marketing and sales budgets of over $150 million in B2B and B2C, and has been held accountable for more than $2 billion in revenue in the technology, telecommunications, and media industries. When you talk to her about marketing, sales, technology and branding she lights up with a passion about the positive impacts they can have on communities and the world.

She is Janet West-Bagley, a sales and marketing executive with a proven history of driving revenue gains by identifying lucrative market opportunities, launching innovative products, and breathing new life into existing brands. 

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela.

janet west marketing leadership Janet’s most recent accomplishment was educational. She got on the fast-track and earned the Master of Global Business Management degree from Thunderbird School of Management at Arizona State University because it is a program that promised to “increase the ability to adapt to ever-changing business environments, tolerance for ambiguity and multicultural awareness.” Why else? Because she is a global marketing and sales leader who gets it about the lightning speed of change and embraces it. Janet is currently consulting with Invictus International Holding for holistic go-to-market strategies.

Janet is the woman who led the team responsible for the $10B strategic initiative that launched Cox Communication’s 1 Gigabit Internet Speeds. This was an award-winning effort. As the Cox VP of Marketing her passion for connecting people and advancing causes also improved Cox’s position in Hispanic and African-American communities. She increased the company’s support of multi-cultural organizations and has been highly recognized by the community for her efforts.

Janet West‘s “award winning efforts consistently exceeded expectations. Gigabit launch attained 200% of penetration target, improved Hispanic Market performance by 150% year over year, Wi-Fi launched attained 150% to plan, video re-launch resulted in a 800% performance gain and improved average revenue per customer by 80%.”

Throughout her career, Janet has leveraged her unusual blend of creativity and business acumen to break into new markets, turn around under-performing businesses, inspire her employees and make meaningful community connections. While at Earthlink Networks, she built and led a new sales and marketing organization to launch the company’s Wi-Fi business unit and attain double-digit annual revenue growth by developing go-to-market strategies for multiple distribution channels. Her team won multiple marketing awards and the company significantly grew its market share during her tenure. At MCI, where she began her career after college, she held a number of sales and marketing positions. She quickly rose to senior manager roles with global business experience.

Janet’s philanthropic activities and the boards she has served on have always had a keen focus on enhancing education, improving health, eliminating hunger and advancing equality. She understands the power of strong networks and utilizes them to make a difference. 

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On June 10th, Janet West will receive the Positively Powerful Woman Award for her Marketing Leadership at the 10th Annual Positively Powerful Woman Awards (PPWA) to be held at the Desert Botanical Garden beginning with the reception at 5 p.m., followed by the 2017 awards presentations. The mission of the Awards is to “celebrate the accomplishments of women in ways that empower all people to live their dreams”. Register now and prepare to be informed and inspired.

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Dr. Joel P. Martin

The Positively Powerful Awards and Programs are hosted by Founder and Executive Producer, Dr. Joel P. Martin, President of Triad West, Inc. which provides corporations with specialist support in executive coaching, leadership development, diversity, inclusion and cultural competency.

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How this technology leader is increasing ethnic graduate degrees in STEM.

How this technology leader is increasing ethnic graduate degrees in STEM.

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technology leader rhonda peters jamesMeet Rhonda Peters James, Senior Program Manager in the Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and External Partnerships Group at Intel Corporation. Join us on June 10th, at the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden when Rhonda will receive the 2017 Positively Powerful Woman Award for STEAM Leadership.

Rhonda is fiercely committed to her work and to creating more graduates in technology.

She’s been with the company for 16 years, has held positions in engineering, marketing research and competitive intelligence, community management, and product marketing at the company. As an integral figure at Intel, Rhonda collaborates with external organizations and support programs that deliver results that increase the number of underrepresented minorities graduating with technology and engineering degrees in the United States.She serves as a mentor to several high school girls and women in business and engineering at Intel and other companies.

“Don’t limit your thinking by what you see. If you want something even though you may not see it today, that is an opportunity for YOU to create it! YOU have the opportunity to create your future! Go after it!” Rhonda Peters James

STEAM Leadership, rhonda peters jamesRhonda knows what it takes to be challenged and not give up. That drive is what is behind the “Why You Should Stay With It™ ” video series she created, directed, and produced providing college engineering students and summer interns with relatable stories from Intel employees with engineering and computer science backgrounds. More than 20 episodes were filmed with over 800,000 views. she manages the overall strategic direction and tactical execution of the Stay With It™ Inspired by Intel Program. Stay With It is also an online community that delivers engaging content about engineering in the workplace, academic resources, internship information, and encouragement to engineering students so that they will stay enrolled in their engineering majors and graduate. Rhonda is one of the individuals at Intel who is “expanding the pathway for more underrepresented technical talent.”

She is an active volunteer in local organizations as well as a member of the National Society of Black Engineers Professional Member, National Action Council of Minorities in Engineering Board Liaison, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., National Association of Professional Women and Dillard University Alumni Member.

She earned her MBA from Arizona State University, Master of Science – Electrical Engineering: Semiconductor Devices from the University of Missouri and Bachelor of Science in Physics from Dillard University.

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Susan Casper shocked to receive Positively Powerful Woman Award.

Susan Casper shocked to receive Positively Powerful Woman Award.

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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 doePositively Powerful Woman's Awards eventsn’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.” 

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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.

Positively Powerful Woman's Awards eventThis 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.

 

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