Sentari Minor on about his Phoenix roots, life at a small liberal arts college, Arby’s Jamocha shakes and his perfect gig

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Sentari Minor believes in the power of doing good. No, not doing “well” — doing good, as in changing the world. He also believes in the power of relationships. Sentari leverages those two beliefs to lead his mission as a social-impact advocate and passionate relationship builder.  He’s the Regional Director for Arizona and San Francisco at Gen Next, an exclusive …

Brad Farris of Anchor Advisors on being a nerd, working remotely, the joys of working for a small business, and knowing your worth

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Brad Farris believes business founders are control freaks who need to learn to let go. His purpose is to help the founders and owners of various firms do just that — let go so their businesses can grow and their people can thrive.  As the founder and principal advisor of Anchor Advisors, Brad has served as a small business advisor …

Pearl Chang Esau talks about her immigrant family’s history, why education is so important to her, and why diversity, and getting involved, matters.

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Pearl Chang Esau believes that access to an excellent education is transformational for individuals, families and communities. Deeply committed to improving life prospects for all, regardless of socioeconomic status, ethnicity or disability, she champions educators, students and disadvantaged populations so that they can reach their full potential. Pearl is a BIG DEAL. She’s received tons of community recognition, including the …

Tom LaMantia, Technology Mogul/Co-Founder of Magenium Solutions, Believes in Making Things Happen — and His Accomplishments Prove It

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Tom LaMantia believes in making things happen. He’s the managing director and co-founder of Magenium Solutions, where he helps clients implement technology in order to grow their businesses, be more productive and stay competitive. With over 30 years of experience in global, high-tech digital transformation, Tom truly is a strategic thinker and innovator. And he’s one hell of a leader. …

Black Chamber of Arizona President/CEO Robin Reed Believes in Learning From the Past to Change the Future

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Robin Reed believes in learning from the past to change the future. And instead of dwelling on inevitable challenges in business, Robin believes those obstacles are invaluable opportunities to grow, gain insight and refine problem-solving skills. He’s the President and CEO of the Black Chamber of Arizona, a nonprofit founded in 1998 that exists to improve the economic development of …

Author/Small-Business Strategist Pamela Slim Believes People Have the Power to Shape the World Through Their Work

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Pamela Slim believes that people have the power to shape the world through their work. So much so, that she traded in her job as a corporate training manager for a solo career in the late ‘90s … and she’s been changing the world ever since. With her newfound sense of purpose and excitement out on her own, her life …

Iconico Founding President Luis Avila Believes in Fighting for Those Whose Voices Are Often Silenced, Such as Immigrants and Low-Income Communities

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Luis Avila is a man who believes deeply in the power of collaboration to create platforms, spaces and opportunities for empowerment — he’s got a passion for working with people to get big things done. And he’s got quite the résumé. After migrating from Mexico almost two decades ago, Luis stayed in the United States to attend college, where he …

Table XI CEO Mark Rickmeier Believes in Power of Failure, Values Learning Through Playing Games, Lives by ‘Busy Is the New Stupid’

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Mark Rickmeier believes it’s better to fail at something extremely difficult than ace something that isn’t challenging. That mindset led him to be the CEO of Table XI, a UX research, design, and software development company based in Chicago. Table XI has helped clients such as Tyson Foods, AccuWeather, Northwestern University, Jimmy Dean, the YMCA and the Journal of the …