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 …

Charter School Co-Founder Ivette Rodriguez: On Why Education Must Change, the Power of Project-Based Learning, Being Bold

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Ivette Rodriguez is the co-founder and Executive Director of Phoenix International Academy, a charter school in Phoenix. Talk about standing for something — Ivette and the other founding members built the school on a foundation of strong, well-codified core beliefs. For example, they believe in partnering with families and communities to provide learning experiences that develop innovation, collaboration and social …

CO+HOOTS Founder/CEO Jenny Poon Talks Benefits of Coworking Communities, What Entrepreneurs Need, Finding the Right Partnerships

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Jenny Poon is a highly diverse entrepreneur and the founder/CEO of CO+HOOTS, the largest coworking community in the state of Arizona. CO+HOOTS was ranked the No. 4 coworking space in the nation by Inc.com, and it currently serves as the home to more than 280 entrepreneurs and small businesses. Because of her tremendous success and the rapid growth of CO+HOOTS …

TTI Success Insights’ SVP of Operations Candice Frazer: On Storytelling, How Gratitude Saved Her Life, Honoring People With Feedback

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Candice Frazer is the Senior Vice President of Operations at TTI Success Insights, a local Scottsdale firm that provides assessment-based talent management solutions to organizations on a global scale. As the SVP of Operations, Candice acts as the central hub of communications for all projects, initiatives and results for the organization. Her self-described superpower is “organizing the chaos and embracing …

Appstem Co-Founder/CEO Robert Armstrong: On Relationship with Tesla, Virtual and Augmented Reality, the Future of Technology in Healthcare

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Robert Armstrong is a co-founder and the CEO of Appstem, a leading digital product agency based in San Francisco. Appstem is all about creating informed, human-centered innovations that transform complex business problems into elegant digital solutions. But Appstem hasn’t always been at the top of the digital food chain, so to speak — Robert and the team come from humble …