Arizona Foundation for Women graduates 1st SHE Leads! class

Posted 6/16/21

Arizona Foundation for Women, a not-for-profit agency advocating for women’s causes in Arizona, graduated 29 Arizona women from SHE Leads!, a women’s-centric leadership program for advancing women in the workplace.

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Arizona Foundation for Women graduates 1st SHE Leads! class

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Arizona Foundation for Women, a not-for-profit agency advocating for women’s causes in Arizona, graduated 29 Arizona women from SHE Leads!, a women’s-centric leadership program for advancing women in the workplace.

During the past six months, SHE Leads! participants raised over $68,000 for non-profits for helping Arizona women, according to a press release.

The cohort funds the following organizations as grantees: Alice’s Place, Coalition of Blacks Against Breast Cancer, Impact One Breast Cancer Foundation, Live & Learn and Women’s Health Coalition of Arizona.

Additionally, a portion of the funds raised will support the SHE Leads! program moving forward, the release said.

“We are delighted to usher in 29 new graduates of the SHE Leads! women’s leadership program. During a pandemic, these women demonstrated resiliency and fortitude to attend class and work with their mentors to learn and grow,” said Barbara Schifano, senior director, Learning and Development, University of Phoenix, AFW board of directors member and SHE Leads! program chair, in a prepared statement.

“While learning, they also worked tirelessly to fundraise on behalf of five incredible non-profit organizations. Many women do not have access to formal leadership development and this program was made possible through the generous donations from our corporate sponsors.”

The program included a curriculum with topics covering growth mindset, diversity and inclusion, building strategic partnerships and more, noted the release.

Graduates worked one-on-one with personal mentors, completed personal strength assessments, built strong relationships through after- hours networking and workshop sessions and developed a toolkit to advance themselves personally and professionally, the release said.

“We are proud to recognize the accomplishments of these leaders and to welcome them to the AFW family,” said Mesha Davis, AFW CEO, in a prepared statement. “We hope that the skills learned through SHE Leads! propel these women into roles where they carry forward our mission of safety, health and economic empowerment for all women in our state.”

Announcing the SHE Leads! Class of 2021 graduates:

  • Alexa Diaz, Dietitian Manager, Mountain Park Health Center
  • Allie Laureanti, Licensing Manager, Carvana
  • Amanda Reddie, Client Success Manager, SmartRent
  • Amy Marshall, Project Manager Team Lead, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Angela Lowery, AVP SR Sales Manager, Pure Insurance
  • Cynthia Bryan, Educational Technology Manager, Content, University of Phoenix
  • Denise Jauregui, Contract Therapist, Strive Counseling & Consulting Service
    Jennifer Bunger, Program Coordinator, University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center
  • Kimberly Elder, Care Coordinator for the Area Agency on Aging, Northern Arizona Council of Governments
  • Kristen Saetrum, Communications Director, Support My Club
  • Kristi Longstreet, Policy Analyst/Communications Director & Unified ERG Strategist, University of Phoenix
  • Krystal Keilholtz, Business Development Manager, Rosendin
  • Krystal Garcia, Client Coordinator, CPLC Prestamos, CFDI
  • Kyra Loehnis, Registered Dietician Manager, Mountain Park Health Center
  • Lauren Tomlin, Crop Scheduling Supervisor, Duncan Family Farms
  • Leah Eskinazi, Manager of Sales Enablement, First Solar
  • Linda Kennedy, Director, People Operations, Duncan Family Farms
  • Lynn Umphres, Lead Philanthropic Advisor, Noncompetitive, Arizona Community Foundation
  • Olivia O’Hagan, International Export Manager, Savage Universal/Superior Paper Specialties
  • Patti Stapleton, Office Manager, Rosendin
  • Rachel Heisler, Project Manager/Estimator, Casa Technology Systems, LLC
  • Sandra Searle, Chief Development Officer, UMOM New Day Center
  • Sarah Hanchett, Director of Clinical Services, evolvedMD
  • Saray Vera, Diabetes Educator, Dignity Health Medical Group - St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
  • Shantae Smith, Improvement Advisor, Community Solutions, Inc.
  • Tiffani Motley, Market Development Manager, Creative Channel Services
  • Tonya Gray, Director of Signature Events, ASU Alumni Association
  • Vania Vasquez, Student Account Analyst, University of Phoenix
  • Zarinah Tavares, Associate Broker, Amwins Brokerage
  • This program would not be possible without the support of the following sponsors – PURE Insurance, University of Phoenix, AT&T, Rosendin and BOK Financial.

To learn more about SHE Leads!, visit azfw.org/she-leads. Applications for the next cohort will open in late summer.

Information about AFW: azfw.org.

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