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 …

Hitting the High Notes: American Medical Association’s Todd Unger on Building a Brand in the Digital Age, Theatrical Storytelling in Business, ‘Tagline Todd’

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Todd Unger is the Chief Experience Officer and Senior Vice President of Physician Engagement at the American Medical Association. He’s known as a transformational leader for the digital age, with the classic profile of a “productive disruptor” — and man, he has the résumé to back it up. Before his time at AMA, Todd was the CMO and Chief Digital …

Vokal Founder/CEO Reid Lappin: On Organic Farming, Digital Design and Innovation, Using Technology to Improve Lives

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Reid Lappin is the founder and CEO of Vokal, one of Chicago’s leading digital design and innovation firms. Thanks to Reid, his company’s client roster will certainly get your attention — Vokal has worked with Whole Foods, Bosch, Groupon and the San Francisco 49ers, to name a few. So yes, Reid is a technological prodigy, a genius by any measure …

Food Retail Guru Michael Sansolo: On Working with Passion, Life Lessons from NYC, Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council

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A respected senior executive in the world of food retailing, Michael Sansolo is now a consultant, speaker and author. In his first book, “The Big Picture: Essential Business Lessons from the Movies,” Michael takes all kinds of cool leadership, marketing and workplace dynamic lessons learned from awesome movies like “The Godfather,” for example. His second book, “Business Rules! 52 ways …

Joe Tortorich Talks About the Power of Passion, Compassion and Empathy, Family Legacy and Smiling More

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Joe Tortorich is perhaps the most passionate person you’ll ever meet — and his passion for everything he does is undeniably contagious. As the Vice President of Operations and Sales at Torch Trailer Repair — his family’s business — Joe jumps into every day on the job headfirst. And while he’s proud of his work and his family’s success in …