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2023 Arizona Women Leading Government Conference
October 19-20, 2023


AZ WLG is hosting our seventh annual conference on October 19-20 at Mesa Convention Center. Attendees include a diverse group of individuals all committed to the profession of local government and helping women succeed in public service. This one-of-a-kind conference provides an energetic forum to educate, inspire and connect the attendees in ways that are meaningful to their careers and professional development. Arizona Women Leading Government is a state chapter of the International City/County Management Association’s Women Leading Government initiative.

We look forward to seeing you in Mesa!

Mesa Convention Center

201 N. Center Street
Mesa, AZ 85201


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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19


7:30 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast | Lobby, Building C

Location: Main Hall, Building C

Speakers:
Nicole Lance, CEO, Lance Strategies and AZ WLG 2023 Conference Emcee
Kirsten Lennon, Financial Services Director, Cottonwood and President, AZ WLG Board of Directors

Location: Main Hall, Building C

This session will use creative storytelling as a framework to better understand how our past (both individually and collectively) can be embraced and utilized to empower us to a more connected and impactful future.

Speaker:
Brit Barron, Speaker, Teacher and Author

Brit Barron – Bio
Kevin Brown Brit Barron is a well-known speaker, published author, and advocate. Her work addresses the ways in which the stories we tell about ourselves, and others interact with our everyday lives. Brit has experience creating and facilitating interactive workshops, training, and writing on these topics through work in higher education, non-profit organizations, and corporate settings. Brit’s current works are being used all over the country to get people and organizations involved in better storytelling and transformation.



10:45 - 11:45 AMConcurrent Sessions

Location: Palo Verde III, Building B

The importance of mentoring for career satisfaction and progression is well documented. We spend significant time discussing the importance of mentoring but spend relatively little time discussing how to become a successful mentor. In this session we will focus on what the research tells us about mentoring over the career course and how we can develop practical skills to serve as mentor.

Speaker:
Shannon Portillo, Ph.D., Director and Professor, School of Public Affairs, Watts College of Public Service, Arizona State University

Presider:
Brandi Flores, Deputy Finance Director, Finance Department, Phoenix

Shannon Portillo – Bio
Kevin Brown Shannon Portillo serves as director and professor in the School of Public Affair at Arizona State University. Dr. Portillo’s scholarship explores how formal policies and rules and informal social norms shape the work of public organizations. She is specifically interested in how racism and sexism impact organizations and workers’ experiences both historically and currently. Her work helps scholars and practitioners understand how inequities have been institutionalized in public organizations, including courts, policing, city management, higher education, and the military. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Women’s Foundation, the Army Research Institute, and other entities. Her work has appeared in a broad array of academic and popular outlets. She has been recognized for her scholarship and service recently winning the Hobby Prize for Ethics, Leadership and Public Policy and the Steeples Service to Kansas Award. Her third book, The Myth of Bureaucratic Neutrality: An Examination of Merit and Representation (with co-authors Nicole Humphrey and Domonic Bearfield), was recently published with Routledge Press. Community service is core value. Dr. Portillo served as Co-Chair of Governor Laura Kelly’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice and was elected Chair of the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners.

Brandi Flores – Bio
Kevin Brown Brandi serves as a Deputy Finance Director with the City of Phoenix Finance Department where she oversees citywide account receivable activity including the receipt and analysis of over $1 billion in annual TPT revenue. She has demonstrated experience in budgeting, auditing, fiscal policy, & accounting. She holds a Bachelor degree & MBA both with an emphasis in finance. Brandi is actively engaged in industry associations that provide guidance in the area of governmental finance and leadership including the Government Finance Officers Association of Arizona (GFOAz), the Arizona State University School of Public Affairs MPA Advisory Board, and Arizona Women Leading Government (AZWLG). Notable roles include serving as the 2021 President of GFOAz, the 2021-2022 President of AZWLG, and the current Chair of the ASU MPA Advisory Board.


Presentation:
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Location: Conference Theatre, Building B

To advance connections, empowerment, and getting READY, we will focus readiness of women to be hired/promoted in government, with a focus on tools and tips. During this panel presentation, questions will be asked to our esteemed panel like: 1) How did you get your job? 2) What types of resumes and cover letters impress you? 3) What are five tips for phone screens and interviews? What 3 tips can you offer for promotions? Time permitting, this diverse panel will address paths to the top and their best job! Come with questions for the panel please!

Speakers:
Edith Baltierrez, Assistant Director, Neighborhood and Family Services Department, Avondale
Kelly Dixon, Recruitment Manager, Human Resources Department, Maricopa County
Susan Thorpe, Senior Advisor, Arizona City/County Management Association

Presider:
Dr. Annette Padilla, Teacher, Mesa Public Schools & Consultant, Interim Public Management, AZ

Edith Baltierrez – Bio
Kevin Brown Edith Baltierrez has 16 years of local government experience, currently serving as the Assistant Director with the City of Avondale Neighborhood and Family Services Department in Arizona.

Ms. Baltierrez helps oversee the Avondale Neighborhood Family Services Department which includes the divisions of Family Services, Homeless Services, Housing & Community Development, Senior Services and Youth & Community Engagement.

Prior to joining Avondale, Edith was the Human Services & Community Vitality Department Supervisor for the City of Surprise Resource Center. Prior to her work in Surprise, she held various managerial roles with the City of Phoenix Public Works Department.

Ms. Baltierrez holds two degrees from Arizona State University, a Bachelor’s in Global Business, and a Master’s in Public Administration.

Kelly Dixon – Bio
Kevin Brown Kelly Dixon is the Recruitment Manager for Maricopa County. She has worked in state and local government since 2014, touching every area of human resources from employee relations and operations to training and talent management.

Kelly joined Maricopa County in 2016 as a Human Resources Operations Manager supporting 12 public works departments. She has served the County Manager as a member of the Innovation Studio and the Board of Supervisors as the Assistant Director for Recruitment and Training with the Maricopa County Elections Department. Prior to joining the county, Kelly worked for the Arizona Department of Administration as a Talent Acquisition Manager.

Kelly is excited to graduate with her master’s degree in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M in December. She is a certified Associate Professional of Talent Development (APTD) and a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt.

Susan Thorpe – Bio
Kevin Brown Susan K Thorpe Bio 2023 Prior to becoming a Senior Advisor for ACMA, Susan K. Thorpe served for 38 years in local governments including serving as County Manager in Arizona, City Manager for two Texas cities and Assistant/Deputy City Manager for cities in Texas, California and Arizona.

In January 2023, Susan received the John J. “Jack” DeBolske Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Arizona City/County Management Association. This award recognizes City/County Managers who demonstrate the highest level of professional excellence in local government and who have made life contributions in serving the profession.

Previously, Susan was named MPA Alumni of the Year in 1998 by the University of North Texas for her contribution to local government. In 2011, she received the Catherine Connolly Outstanding Assistant City/County Manager Award from ACMA.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Economics and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Texas (UNT). She is a graduate of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. Susan has been an ICMA Credentialed Manager since 2004.

Dr. Annette Padilla – Bio
Kevin Brown Dr. Annette Padilla, PhD Associated Consultant, Interim Public Management & Teacher, Mesa Public Schools 8/30/23

Dr. Padilla is a consultant with Interim Public Management (IPM), having served on several boards of directors, planning conferences, and evaluating education to advance women and girls, her 20 years of public service includes local government, non-profits serving cities, as well as consulting with counties state-wide in California. She is affiliated with 13 US Federal Departments (Justice, Education, Substance and Mental Health Services Administration, Indian Health Service, Administration for Native Americans, etc.) where she serves as a panel facilitator, grant reviewer, and consultant in strategic planning. With a PhD in Public Policy and Administration, focused on Leadership and Management from Walden University, Annette’s research furthered California County Strategic Planning for Substance Abuse Departments. By training MBAs in Vietnam and teaching business at Jiangnan University in China she advanced learning globally and assisted the City of Wuxi’s Police Transportation Dept. with technical English language. Annette holds a Master Degree in Public Health and a Bachelor Degree in Community Health Education from San Diego State University. Her work in Arizona includes serving as a Department Head in the Town of Guadalupe where she strengthened contracts with United Food Bank, Maricopa County Human Services, Community Bridges, Inc. and Chicanos Por la Causa serving low income and homeless families. Annette is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA), and Arizona Municipal Clerks Association (AMCA), Government Finance Officers Association of Arizona (GFO AZ), National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA)-Central Arizona Chapter, Phoenix Area ASU Alumnae Chapter, Delta Xi of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, and coordinates Quarterly Happy Hours and is one of the Sponsorship Co-Chairs for AZ WLG Board. She enjoys networking to support her career growth and other colleagues advancing as leaders in Arizona. Her free time is spent hiking on Arizona trails and lap swimming in city pools.


Presentation:
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Location: Palo Verde I, Building B

Have you ever sought a network within your organization that you could turn to for support and inspiration as you navigate your career? Have you ever envisioned that you could be just the right person to create a WLG chapter within your own organization? It's achievable! In this session you will hear from a group of women who have done just that. Join this energetic panel as they share how they built an affinity group from the ground up. They will share tips, tricks, and more importantly, prove how you too have the power to create a network within your own organization.

Speakers:
Sarah Demory, Assistant Director, Aviation Department, Phoenix
Kelsey Lamphier, Director, Arts, Culture & Library Department, Surprise
Mary Ling, Deputy Director, Water Services Department, Phoenix
Kara Riley, Chief of Police, Police Department, Oro Valley

Presider:
Andrea Alicoate, Assistant to the City Manager, Mesa

Sarah Demory – Bio
Kevin Brown Sarah Demory, A.A.E., ACE is the Assistant Aviation Director/Chief Operating Officer for the City of Phoenix Aviation Department. Sarah leads the Aviation Facilities & Services, Operations, Public Safety and Security Divisions, Aviation Fire and Police Operations as well as the Phoenix Deer Valley & Goodyear Airports.

Sarah has more than 25 years of extensive experience. Previously, she was the Airport Deputy Director of Operations and Security at the Boise Airport. Prior to her role in Boise, Sarah held leadership positions in airport operations and emergency management with Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Sarah also has held positions at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. She is currently president of Arizona Airports Association. In addition Sarah is the co-lead for the City of Phoenix Women in Leadership employee resource group, she has held a leadership role in Women in Leadership since 2018.

Sarah has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Creighton University as well as a Master of Science (MS) in Aviation and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Aviation Management from the University of North Dakota. Sarah also has a commercial pilot license with instrument and multi engine ratings and is an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). She is also an AAAE Certified Airport Security Coordinator (ASC) and Airport Certified Employee (ACE) – Operations.



Kelsey Lamphier – Bio
Kevin Brown Kelsey is the Director of the Arts, Culture & Library Department in Surprise, Arizona. Her current responsibilities include developing, managing and leading one of the city's newest department. Prior to this role, Kelsey served as the Assistant to the City Manager where she designed and implemented the City's Performance Management Dashboard which tie performance metric indicators to key city services and the City Council's Strategic Priorities. She has also served in the Economic Development Department where she provided data analytics, economic modeling and marketing support.

Kelsey is an ASU Certified Public Manager and graduate of the ICMA High Performance Leadership Academy. She holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in government and policy from Grand Canyon University and a Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning and Development from Ball State University.

Mary Ling – Bio
Kevin Brown Mary Ling, Deputy Water Services Director

Mary started with the City of Phoenix as a Caseworker I in the Housing Department in 2004. As she was completing her Master’s Program, she moved into the HR field as a recruiter and then as an HR Analyst. During the 9 years Mary worked in the HR field with the City, she supported the Parks and Recreation, Transit, and Fire Departments with employee relations, hiring, training, and policy interpretations. Mary then moved in to the Administration field as a Management Assistant II in the Water Services Department and City Manager’s Office where she supported senior level executives with City Council documentation, research and program implementations. Mary then promoted to Deputy Water Services Director in 2016 where she leads Procurement, Inventory Management, Fleet Coordination, as well Business Innovation for the department. Currently Mary is the co-lead for the City of Phoenix Women in Leadership Group as well as the Program Lead for the MentorPHX program.

Mary has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising as well as a Master’s in Business Administration. She is also a Certified Human Resources Professional and Lean Six Sigma Certified. In her spare time, Mary enjoys camping, reading, bicycling, traveling and spending time with her husband, daughter and Mini Schnauzer.

Kara Riley – Bio
Kevin Brown Kara M. Riley has been a police officer since February 1992. Prior to being a police officer, she worked in the corrections field for five years, both at adult and juvenile jails. From 1993 to 2004, she was a police officer and sergeant with the Tucson Airport Authority. In 2004, she started her career with the Oro Valley Police Department. She held responsibilities in all aspects of the department before being appointed Chief of Police in February 2020. Kara holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in Sociology and a master’s degree in Education. In 2012, she graduated from Northwestern University Police Staff and Command School. In September 2015, she graduated from class 261 at the FBI National Academy. Kara had the fortunate opportunity to grow up overseas in Taiwan, Abu Dhabi and Sudan, Africa. Her father is a retired professor from the University of Arizona in the field of environmental studies. She is a mother to a University of Arizona student and aunt to six nieces and nephews. She enjoys fishing, watching any sport the University of Arizona is playing, CrossFit and spending time with her husband, Joseph Shelley.

Andrea Alicoate – Bio
Kevin Brown Andrea Alicoate has been with the City of Mesa, AZ for nearly fifteen years, currently serving as Assistant to the City Manager. In this role, Andrea has been able to lead Citywide efforts such as the Mesa Climate Action Plan and designation as an All-America City. Andrea also serves as City’s Director of Diversity & Engagement, an ombudsman between the City and the community on sensitive diversity-related issues, as well as oversees internal employee engagement initiatives. A strong believer in the power of collaboration, Andrea has a passion for developing platforms that empower staff, incorporate diverse perspectives, and listen to the community's voice to elevate the greater organization. Andrea has been part of ICMA’s Equity Officer Institute, an active member of the Local Government Hispanic Network where she was the 2021 Emerging Leader Award recipient, board member for the Arizona Chapter of Women Leading Government, and co-founder of the Mesa Hispanic Network and Women Leading Mesa. She holds a BA from Arizona State University, an MPA from California State University Northridge, and more recently completed a certification program through Yale University.


Location: Palo Verde II, Building B

Gain a deeper understanding of the impact you are having on the people around you and your leadership style. Learn to make decisions focused on the desired outcome and the difference between impact and intention. Understand the science of the human brain and how that influences behavior. Build skills of empathy and communication critical to developing strong emotional connections with your team, customers, and understanding generations in the workplace. Give individuals an opportunity to increase self-awareness and manage setbacks. Learn EI tools and how to coach others more effectively.

Speaker:
Bobi Seredich, Founder & President, SWIEI

Presider:
Rachelle Kuzyk, Library Manager, Chandler

Bobi Seredich – Bio
Kevin Brown Bobi Seredich is a recognized speaker, author, trainer, and successful entrepreneur specializing in leadership development. She is the founder Equanimity, Inc. (also known as EQ Speakers), co-founder of the Southwest Institute for Emotional Intelligence (SWIEI), and President of EQ Inspirations. She has over 25 years of experience in career development and delivers impactful leadership programs for top companies around the world. Her focus is to help clients attain measurable improvements and skills in the following areas: leadership, team productivity, high-performance coaching, collaboration, communication, self-awareness, and resiliency. As a certified speaker and trainer in emotional intelligence (EI), Bobi has trained several large and fast-growing organizations on how to drive business success and strengthen leadership through the power of EI. In 2020, SWIEI launched a new online training program centered around EI. The program utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) and is transforming and improving the way EI leadership training is being delivered, learned, demonstrated, and applied. Bobi has worked with both large and small companies, non-profit organizations, and Fortune 500 clients, including McCain Foods, PayPal, American Express, Make A Wish Foundation, Bayhealth Medical, Sonora Quest, American Retirement Association, Achievers, Florida Dental Association, The Village Health Clubs, and STORE Capital. Her book, Courage Does Not Always Roar Ordinary Women with Extraordinary Courage, was published by Simple Truths in the spring of 2010. The book is a collection of her experiences and stories of women who have had the courage to overcome very difficult life events. Bobi lives in Phoenix, AZ and is a wife, volunteer and mother of twins.

Rachelle Kuzyk – Bio
Kevin Brown Rachelle Kuzyk is the Library Senior Manager for the City of Chandler. The Chandler Public Library offers four branches throughout the community, and in her role as its Manager, Rachelle works closely with many departments in municipal government. She earned her Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University in 2014, and has worked in public service for nearly 25 years, joining the City of Chandler in 2020. Rachelle relocated from Alberta, Canada, leaving the snow and chilly weather behind for the opportunity in Chandler. Together, she and her husband have four grown sons, three Golden Retrievers and two Shih Tzu guard dogs.


Presentation:
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Location: Mesa Room, Building C

Rosio Robison shares her inspiring journey as a first-generation American woman who navigated the complex challenges of teen motherhood and poverty. Using resilience as her guiding light, Rosio managed to carve out a successful career in real estate and is giving back to her community. Her presentation will dive into the practical tools and mindset shifts that enabled her to rise above adversity. Rosio will discuss her The Rising Rose Fund Scholarship, a nonprofit aimed at empowering young teen mothers to reach their full potential. Prepare to be inspired and empowered by a woman who turned life's obstacles into her life mission to giving back..

Speaker:
Rosio Robison, Founder, Rising Rose Fund Scholarship

Presider:
Nicole Lance, CEO, Lance Strategies and AZ WLG 2023 Conference Emcee

Rosio Robison – Bio
Kevin Brown With a genuine passion for helping others, Rosio Robison has become a trusted and respected figure in the real estate industry. With a career spanning over 16 years, she has established herself as a Top Sales Residential Agent, earning recognition from the West Maricopa Association of Realtors, consistently achieving outstanding results with Realty One Group and, most recently, Top 100 Latino Agent Southwest Region by The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals®.

Born and raised in Arizona, Rosio's deep connection to the community fuels her commitment to serving the needs of buyers and sellers. Her journey into real estate was inspired by a desire to make a difference in people's lives during one of their most significant milestones. Rosio firmly believes that every buyer and seller deserves a compassionate and dedicated partner who will go above and beyond to help them achieve their real estate goals.

Beyond her professional achievements, Rosio's compassion and empathy have driven her to support causes close to her heart. As a young single mother herself, Rosio intimately understands the challenges and pressures faced by these incredible women. Motivated by her own experiences, she established The Rising Rose Fund Scholarship, a scholarship that provides tuition scholarships to single, young mothers attending local community colleges. By empowering these mothers through education, Rosio aims to break the cycle of adversity and provide them with the support they need to create a brighter future for themselves and their children.

Rosio's dedication to her clients goes beyond the transactional aspect of real estate. She strives to create lasting relationships built on trust, transparency, and understanding. Whether guiding first-time homebuyers through the intricacies of the market or assisting seasoned sellers with their property listings, Rosio's unwavering commitment to her clients' success is evident in every step of the process.

Nicole Lance – Bio
Kevin Brown Nicole Lance specializes in reforming team dysfunction and creating programs to support women leaders. After almost 13 years in the trenches of local government, she now spends her time coaching, training, and facilitating. Nicole recently released her first book, Awesome on Your Own Terms: Stop Shoulding and Start Succeeding, which hit #1 in multiple categories on Amazon. She spends her free time trying not to step on the Legos her daughter leaves dangerously hidden in the carpet.


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12:00 PMLunch and Annual Business Meeting | Main Hall, Building C

Location: Main Hall, Building C

This discussion brings together city, county and state female leaders in Arizona to share their own journeys to success.

Speaker:
Kate Gallego, Mayor, Phoenix
Susan Thorpe, Former County Administrator, Yuma County
Kimberly Yee, State Treasurer, Arizona

Presider:
Brandie Ishcomer Barrett, Deputy Director, Public Works Department, Phoenix

Kate Gallego – Bio
Kevin Brown Mayor Kate Gallego has a vision for Phoenix: she sees it as a place that is vibrant and growing, and one where every person is treated with dignity and respect.

Mayor Gallego is a strong advocate for smart business growth and investment – she recently helped land the city’s largest-ever business development deal, a $40 billion semiconductor manufacturing plant that will bring significant economic development for decades to come. She is leading the city to global status as a leader in bioscience, technology, research, and advanced manufacturing.

The mayor is also leading Phoenix to meet its goal to become the most sustainable desert city in the United States. She has fostered investments in cool solutions, including the nation’s first, publicly funded Office of Heat Response and Mitigation; launched the city’s successful cool pavement pilot; and led the charge toward building the necessary EV infrastructure to support a sustainable future.

Mayor Gallego is the second elected female mayor in Phoenix history and one of the youngest big city mayors in the United States. In November 2020, she was returned to office with the highest number of votes ever cast for a mayoral candidate in Phoenix.

A graduate of Harvard University, she earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She was elected to the Phoenix City Council in 2013, representing south Phoenix and the city’s downtown core. Prior professional pursuits include strategic planning and economic development for one of Arizona’s largest utility companies and service in state government, as part of the governor’s team.

Mayor Kate Gallego enjoys a desert hike and a good read. She is mom to six-year-old Michael.



Kimberly Yee – Bio
Kevin Brown Kimberly Yee is the State Treasurer of Arizona. She is Arizona's chief banking and investment officer and oversees the cash management of Arizona's $64.7 billion state budget and payments to agencies, local governments and schools. Upon taking office in January 2019, assets under management were at$15.4 billion. Today, assets under management stand at nearly$30 billion, an increase of 94% percent in 53 months.

The Arizona Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund has also hit historic record highs increasing by over $2.3 billion in value under Treasurer Yee's administration as of August 31, 2023. Voluntary deposits into the Local Government Investment Pool have also increased by 91.5 percent under Treasurer Yee's leadership, reaching a balance of $5.84 billion in total assets as of August 31, 2023.

Treasurer Yee led the effort to pass a state law requiring students to have financial education in high school before graduation, and was the first State Treasurer to have visited all 15 counties in Arizona during the first year of her administration.

Treasurer Yee is the Chairman of the Arizona Board of Investment and State Loan Commission and is a member of the State Land Selection Board.  She also serves as Chairman of the Financial Literacy Task Force, Arizona's first-ever statewide body dedicated to advancing personal money management and financial awareness for students, senior citizens, military families and vulnerable populations.

Treasurer Yee is the Administrator of the AZ529 Education Savings Plan. Since the Fall of 2020, Kimberly has grown assets to over $1.98 billion with 31,935 new accounts opened to help families save for higher education and workforce development.

Born and raised in Arizona, Treasurer Kimberly Yee is the first Asian American elected to a statewide office in Arizona’s history. She is also the first Chinese American Republican woman to win a major statewide office in the history of the United States.  In 2010, she became the first Asian American woman elected to the Arizona Legislature and served for eight years, both in the House and the Senate.

Kimberly served as Senate Majority Leader and became the second woman elected to this position in Arizona’s history, following U.S. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor who served the position in 1973, forty-four years earlier.

Prior to elected office, she worked in the administrations of two past governors and in the administration of former State Treasurer Dean Martin.  Kimberly comes from a family line of small business owners.

Treasurer Yee is a graduate of Pepperdine University where she earned degrees in English and Political Science and she holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University.

Susan Thorpe – Bio
Kevin Brown Susan K Thorpe Bio 2023 Prior to becoming a Senior Advisor for ACMA, Susan K. Thorpe served for 38 years in local governments including serving as County Manager in Arizona, City Manager for two Texas cities and Assistant/Deputy City Manager for cities in Texas, California and Arizona.

In January 2023, Susan received the John J. “Jack” DeBolske Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Arizona City/County Management Association. This award recognizes City/County Managers who demonstrate the highest level of professional excellence in local government and who have made life contributions in serving the profession.

Previously, Susan was named MPA Alumni of the Year in 1998 by the University of North Texas for her contribution to local government. In 2011, she received the Catherine Connolly Outstanding Assistant City/County Manager Award from ACMA.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Economics and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Texas (UNT). She is a graduate of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. Susan has been an ICMA Credentialed Manager since 2004.

Brandie Ishcomer Barrett – Bio
Kevin Brown Brandie Ishcomer Barrett currently serves as a Deputy Public Works Director for the City of Phoenix. In this role, Brandie manages the Administrative Services Division consisting of the department’s fiscal, procurement, information technology, communications, environmental quality, badging and alarm services, and field invoice management services, with management responsibility for a $315 million operating budget, a $172 million five-year capital improvement program and for $427M in procurement administration. In her prior role, she established the Community and Government Relations Division for the city’s Solid Waste Services division, and was responsible for providing cross-disciplinary leadership, and implementing circular economy and economic development initiatives in support of the city’s Reimagine Phoenix Initiative to improve diversion from landfill and achieve zero waste by 2050.

During her 18+ years of local government experience, Brandie has managed a multitude of high-profile activities, including the city’s fleet of 7,500 pieces of equipment, which was recognized with a Government Green Fleet award. She has presented policy alternatives to the City Council on a diverse range of citywide programs and issues. Brandie holds a Master of Arts from the University of Arizona and a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College.



2:15 – 3:15 PMConcurrent Sessions

Location: Palo Verde III, Building B

The importance of mentoring for career satisfaction and progression is well documented. We spend significant time discussing the importance of mentoring but spend relatively little time discussing how to become a successful mentor. In this session we will focus on what the research tells us about mentoring over the career course and how we can develop practical skills to serve as mentor.

Speaker:
Shannon Portillo, Ph.D., Director and Professor, School of Public Affairs, Watts College of Public Service, Arizona State University

Presider:
Brandi Flores, Deputy Finance Director, Finance Department, Phoenix

Shannon Portillo – Bio
Kevin Brown Shannon Portillo serves as director and professor in the School of Public Affair at Arizona State University. Dr. Portillo’s scholarship explores how formal policies and rules and informal social norms shape the work of public organizations. She is specifically interested in how racism and sexism impact organizations and workers’ experiences both historically and currently. Her work helps scholars and practitioners understand how inequities have been institutionalized in public organizations, including courts, policing, city management, higher education, and the military. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Women’s Foundation, the Army Research Institute, and other entities. Her work has appeared in a broad array of academic and popular outlets. She has been recognized for her scholarship and service recently winning the Hobby Prize for Ethics, Leadership and Public Policy and the Steeples Service to Kansas Award. Her third book, The Myth of Bureaucratic Neutrality: An Examination of Merit and Representation (with co-authors Nicole Humphrey and Domonic Bearfield), was recently published with Routledge Press. Community service is core value. Dr. Portillo served as Co-Chair of Governor Laura Kelly’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice and was elected Chair of the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners.

Brandi Flores – Bio
Kevin Brown Brandi serves as a Deputy Finance Director with the City of Phoenix Finance Department where she oversees citywide account receivable activity including the receipt and analysis of over $1 billion in annual TPT revenue. She has demonstrated experience in budgeting, auditing, fiscal policy, & accounting. She holds a Bachelor degree & MBA both with an emphasis in finance. Brandi is actively engaged in industry associations that provide guidance in the area of governmental finance and leadership including the Government Finance Officers Association of Arizona (GFOAz), the Arizona State University School of Public Affairs MPA Advisory Board, and Arizona Women Leading Government (AZWLG). Notable roles include serving as the 2021 President of GFOAz, the 2021-2022 President of AZWLG, and the current Chair of the ASU MPA Advisory Board.


Presentation:
Presentation

Location: Conference Theatre, Building B

o To advance connections, empowerment, and getting READY, we will focus readiness of women to be hired/promoted in government, with a focus on tools and tips. During this panel presentation, questions will be asked to our esteemed panel like: 1) How did you get your job? 2) What types of resumes and cover letters impress you? 3) What are five tips for phone screens and interviews? What 3 tips can you offer for promotions? Time permitting, this diverse panel will address paths to the top and their best job! Come with questions for the panel please!

Speakers:
Edith Baltierrez, Assistant Director, Neighborhood and Family Services Department, Avondale
Kelly Dixon, Recruitment Manager, Human Resources Department, Maricopa County
Susan Thorpe, Senior Advisor, Arizona City/County Management Association

Presider:
Dr. Annette Padilla, Teacher, Mesa Public Schools & Consultant, Interim Public Management, AZ

Edith Baltierrez – Bio
Kevin Brown Edith Baltierrez has 16 years of local government experience, currently serving as the Assistant Director with the City of Avondale Neighborhood and Family Services Department in Arizona.

Ms. Baltierrez helps oversee the Avondale Neighborhood Family Services Department which includes the divisions of Family Services, Homeless Services, Housing & Community Development, Senior Services and Youth & Community Engagement.

Prior to joining Avondale, Edith was the Human Services & Community Vitality Department Supervisor for the City of Surprise Resource Center. Prior to her work in Surprise, she held various managerial roles with the City of Phoenix Public Works Department.

Ms. Baltierrez holds two degrees from Arizona State University, a Bachelor’s in Global Business, and a Master’s in Public Administration.

Kelly Dixon – Bio
Kevin Brown Kelly Dixon is the Recruitment Manager for Maricopa County. She has worked in state and local government since 2014, touching every area of human resources from employee relations and operations to training and talent management.

Kelly joined Maricopa County in 2016 as a Human Resources Operations Manager supporting 12 public works departments. She has served the County Manager as a member of the Innovation Studio and the Board of Supervisors as the Assistant Director for Recruitment and Training with the Maricopa County Elections Department. Prior to joining the county, Kelly worked for the Arizona Department of Administration as a Talent Acquisition Manager.

Kelly is excited to graduate with her master’s degree in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M in December. She is a certified Associate Professional of Talent Development (APTD) and a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt.

Susan Thorpe – Bio
Kevin Brown Susan K Thorpe Bio 2023 Prior to becoming a Senior Advisor for ACMA, Susan K. Thorpe served for 38 years in local governments including serving as County Manager in Arizona, City Manager for two Texas cities and Assistant/Deputy City Manager for cities in Texas, California and Arizona.

In January 2023, Susan received the John J. “Jack” DeBolske Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Arizona City/County Management Association. This award recognizes City/County Managers who demonstrate the highest level of professional excellence in local government and who have made life contributions in serving the profession.

Previously, Susan was named MPA Alumni of the Year in 1998 by the University of North Texas for her contribution to local government. In 2011, she received the Catherine Connolly Outstanding Assistant City/County Manager Award from ACMA.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Economics and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Texas (UNT). She is a graduate of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. Susan has been an ICMA Credentialed Manager since 2004.

Dr. Annette Padilla – Bio
Kevin Brown Dr. Annette Padilla, PhD Associated Consultant, Interim Public Management & Teacher, Mesa Public Schools 8/30/23

Dr. Padilla is a consultant with Interim Public Management (IPM), having served on several boards of directors, planning conferences, and evaluating education to advance women and girls, her 20 years of public service includes local government, non-profits serving cities, as well as consulting with counties state-wide in California. She is affiliated with 13 US Federal Departments (Justice, Education, Substance and Mental Health Services Administration, Indian Health Service, Administration for Native Americans, etc.) where she serves as a panel facilitator, grant reviewer, and consultant in strategic planning. With a PhD in Public Policy and Administration, focused on Leadership and Management from Walden University, Annette’s research furthered California County Strategic Planning for Substance Abuse Departments. By training MBAs in Vietnam and teaching business at Jiangnan University in China she advanced learning globally and assisted the City of Wuxi’s Police Transportation Dept. with technical English language. Annette holds a Master Degree in Public Health and a Bachelor Degree in Community Health Education from San Diego State University. Her work in Arizona includes serving as a Department Head in the Town of Guadalupe where she strengthened contracts with United Food Bank, Maricopa County Human Services, Community Bridges, Inc. and Chicanos Por la Causa serving low income and homeless families. Annette is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA), and Arizona Municipal Clerks Association (AMCA), Government Finance Officers Association of Arizona (GFO AZ), National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA)-Central Arizona Chapter, Phoenix Area ASU Alumnae Chapter, Delta Xi of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, and coordinates Quarterly Happy Hours and is one of the Sponsorship Co-Chairs for AZ WLG Board. She enjoys networking to support her career growth and other colleagues advancing as leaders in Arizona. Her free time is spent hiking on Arizona trails and lap swimming in city pools.


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Location: Palo Verde I, Building B

Have you ever sought a network within your organization that you could turn to for support and inspiration as you navigate your career? Have you ever envisioned that you could be just the right person to create a WLG chapter within your own organization? It's achievable! In this session you will hear from a group of women who have done just that. Join this energetic panel as they share how they built an affinity group from the ground up. They will share tips, tricks, and more importantly, prove how you too have the power to create a network within your own organization.

Speakers:
Sarah Demory, Assistant Director, Aviation Department, Phoenix
Kelsey Lamphier, Director, Arts, Culture & Library Department, Surprise
Mary Ling, Deputy Director, Water Services Department, Phoenix
Kara Riley, Chief of Police, Police Department, Oro Valley

Presider:
Andrea Alicoate, Assistant to the City Manager, Mesa

Sarah Demory – Bio
Kevin Brown Sarah Demory, A.A.E., ACE is the Assistant Aviation Director/Chief Operating Officer for the City of Phoenix Aviation Department. Sarah leads the Aviation Facilities & Services, Operations, Public Safety and Security Divisions, Aviation Fire and Police Operations as well as the Phoenix Deer Valley & Goodyear Airports.

Sarah has more than 25 years of extensive experience. Previously, she was the Airport Deputy Director of Operations and Security at the Boise Airport. Prior to her role in Boise, Sarah held leadership positions in airport operations and emergency management with Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Sarah also has held positions at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. She is currently president of Arizona Airports Association. In addition Sarah is the co-lead for the City of Phoenix Women in Leadership employee resource group, she has held a leadership role in Women in Leadership since 2018.

Sarah has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Creighton University as well as a Master of Science (MS) in Aviation and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Aviation Management from the University of North Dakota. Sarah also has a commercial pilot license with instrument and multi engine ratings and is an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). She is also an AAAE Certified Airport Security Coordinator (ASC) and Airport Certified Employee (ACE) – Operations.



Kelsey Lamphier – Bio
Kevin Brown Kelsey is the Director of the Arts, Culture & Library Department in Surprise, Arizona. Her current responsibilities include developing, managing and leading one of the city's newest department. Prior to this role, Kelsey served as the Assistant to the City Manager where she designed and implemented the City's Performance Management Dashboard which tie performance metric indicators to key city services and the City Council's Strategic Priorities. She has also served in the Economic Development Department where she provided data analytics, economic modeling and marketing support.

Kelsey is an ASU Certified Public Manager and graduate of the ICMA High Performance Leadership Academy. She holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in government and policy from Grand Canyon University and a Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning and Development from Ball State University.

Mary Ling – Bio
Kevin Brown Mary Ling, Deputy Water Services Director

Mary started with the City of Phoenix as a Caseworker I in the Housing Department in 2004. As she was completing her Master’s Program, she moved into the HR field as a recruiter and then as an HR Analyst. During the 9 years Mary worked in the HR field with the City, she supported the Parks and Recreation, Transit, and Fire Departments with employee relations, hiring, training, and policy interpretations. Mary then moved in to the Administration field as a Management Assistant II in the Water Services Department and City Manager’s Office where she supported senior level executives with City Council documentation, research and program implementations. Mary then promoted to Deputy Water Services Director in 2016 where she leads Procurement, Inventory Management, Fleet Coordination, as well Business Innovation for the department. Currently Mary is the co-lead for the City of Phoenix Women in Leadership Group as well as the Program Lead for the MentorPHX program.

Mary has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising as well as a Master’s in Business Administration. She is also a Certified Human Resources Professional and Lean Six Sigma Certified. In her spare time, Mary enjoys camping, reading, bicycling, traveling and spending time with her husband, daughter and Mini Schnauzer.

Kara Riley – Bio
Kevin Brown Kara M. Riley has been a police officer since February 1992. Prior to being a police officer, she worked in the corrections field for five years, both at adult and juvenile jails. From 1993 to 2004, she was a police officer and sergeant with the Tucson Airport Authority. In 2004, she started her career with the Oro Valley Police Department. She held responsibilities in all aspects of the department before being appointed Chief of Police in February 2020. Kara holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in Sociology and a master’s degree in Education. In 2012, she graduated from Northwestern University Police Staff and Command School. In September 2015, she graduated from class 261 at the FBI National Academy. Kara had the fortunate opportunity to grow up overseas in Taiwan, Abu Dhabi and Sudan, Africa. Her father is a retired professor from the University of Arizona in the field of environmental studies. She is a mother to a University of Arizona student and aunt to six nieces and nephews. She enjoys fishing, watching any sport the University of Arizona is playing, CrossFit and spending time with her husband, Joseph Shelley.

Andrea Alicoate – Bio
Kevin Brown Andrea Alicoate has been with the City of Mesa, AZ for nearly fifteen years, currently serving as Assistant to the City Manager. In this role, Andrea has been able to lead Citywide efforts such as the Mesa Climate Action Plan and designation as an All-America City. Andrea also serves as City’s Director of Diversity & Engagement, an ombudsman between the City and the community on sensitive diversity-related issues, as well as oversees internal employee engagement initiatives. A strong believer in the power of collaboration, Andrea has a passion for developing platforms that empower staff, incorporate diverse perspectives, and listen to the community's voice to elevate the greater organization. Andrea has been part of ICMA’s Equity Officer Institute, an active member of the Local Government Hispanic Network where she was the 2021 Emerging Leader Award recipient, board member for the Arizona Chapter of Women Leading Government, and co-founder of the Mesa Hispanic Network and Women Leading Mesa. She holds a BA from Arizona State University, an MPA from California State University Northridge, and more recently completed a certification program through Yale University.


Location: Palo Verde II, Building B

Gain a deeper understanding of the impact you are having on the people around you and your leadership style. Learn to make decisions focused on the desired outcome and the difference between impact and intention. Understand the science of the human brain and how that influences behavior. Build skills of empathy and communication critical to developing strong emotional connections with your team, customers, and understanding generations in the workplace. Give individuals an opportunity to increase self-awareness and manage setbacks. Learn EI tools and how to coach others more effectively.

Speaker:
Bobi Seredich, Founder & President, SWIEI

Presider:
Rachelle Kuzyk, Library Manager, Chandler

Bobi Seredich – Bio
Kevin Brown Bobi Seredich is a recognized speaker, author, trainer, and successful entrepreneur specializing in leadership development. She is the founder Equanimity, Inc. (also known as EQ Speakers), co-founder of the Southwest Institute for Emotional Intelligence (SWIEI), and President of EQ Inspirations. She has over 25 years of experience in career development and delivers impactful leadership programs for top companies around the world. Her focus is to help clients attain measurable improvements and skills in the following areas: leadership, team productivity, high-performance coaching, collaboration, communication, self-awareness, and resiliency. As a certified speaker and trainer in emotional intelligence (EI), Bobi has trained several large and fast-growing organizations on how to drive business success and strengthen leadership through the power of EI. In 2020, SWIEI launched a new online training program centered around EI. The program utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) and is transforming and improving the way EI leadership training is being delivered, learned, demonstrated, and applied. Bobi has worked with both large and small companies, non-profit organizations, and Fortune 500 clients, including McCain Foods, PayPal, American Express, Make A Wish Foundation, Bayhealth Medical, Sonora Quest, American Retirement Association, Achievers, Florida Dental Association, The Village Health Clubs, and STORE Capital. Her book, Courage Does Not Always Roar Ordinary Women with Extraordinary Courage, was published by Simple Truths in the spring of 2010. The book is a collection of her experiences and stories of women who have had the courage to overcome very difficult life events. Bobi lives in Phoenix, AZ and is a wife, volunteer and mother of twins.

Rachelle Kuzyk – Bio
Kevin Brown Rachelle Kuzyk is the Library Senior Manager for the City of Chandler. The Chandler Public Library offers four branches throughout the community, and in her role as its Manager, Rachelle works closely with many departments in municipal government. She earned her Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University in 2014, and has worked in public service for nearly 25 years, joining the City of Chandler in 2020. Rachelle relocated from Alberta, Canada, leaving the snow and chilly weather behind for the opportunity in Chandler. Together, she and her husband have four grown sons, three Golden Retrievers and two Shih Tzu guard dogs.


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Location: Mesa Room, Building C

Rosio Robison shares her inspiring journey as a first-generation American woman who navigated the complex challenges of teen motherhood and poverty. Using resilience as her guiding light, Rosio managed to carve out a successful career in real estate and is giving back to her community. Her presentation will dive into the practical tools and mindset shifts that enabled her to rise above adversity. Rosio will discuss her The Rising Rose Fund Scholarship, a nonprofit aimed at empowering young teen mothers to reach their full potential. Prepare to be inspired and empowered by a woman who turned life's obstacles into her life mission to giving back..

Speaker:
Rosio Robison, Founder, Rising Rose Fund Scholarship

Presider:
Nicole Lance, CEO, Lance Strategies and AZ WLG 2023 Conference Emcee

Rosio Robison – Bio
Kevin Brown With a genuine passion for helping others, Rosio Robison has become a trusted and respected figure in the real estate industry. With a career spanning over 16 years, she has established herself as a Top Sales Residential Agent, earning recognition from the West Maricopa Association of Realtors, consistently achieving outstanding results with Realty One Group and, most recently, Top 100 Latino Agent Southwest Region by The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals®.

Born and raised in Arizona, Rosio's deep connection to the community fuels her commitment to serving the needs of buyers and sellers. Her journey into real estate was inspired by a desire to make a difference in people's lives during one of their most significant milestones. Rosio firmly believes that every buyer and seller deserves a compassionate and dedicated partner who will go above and beyond to help them achieve their real estate goals.

Beyond her professional achievements, Rosio's compassion and empathy have driven her to support causes close to her heart. As a young single mother herself, Rosio intimately understands the challenges and pressures faced by these incredible women. Motivated by her own experiences, she established The Rising Rose Fund Scholarship, a scholarship that provides tuition scholarships to single, young mothers attending local community colleges. By empowering these mothers through education, Rosio aims to break the cycle of adversity and provide them with the support they need to create a brighter future for themselves and their children.

Rosio's dedication to her clients goes beyond the transactional aspect of real estate. She strives to create lasting relationships built on trust, transparency, and understanding. Whether guiding first-time homebuyers through the intricacies of the market or assisting seasoned sellers with their property listings, Rosio's unwavering commitment to her clients' success is evident in every step of the process.

Nicole Lance – Bio
Kevin Brown Nicole Lance specializes in reforming team dysfunction and creating programs to support women leaders. After almost 13 years in the trenches of local government, she now spends her time coaching, training, and facilitating. Nicole recently released her first book, Awesome on Your Own Terms: Stop Shoulding and Start Succeeding, which hit #1 in multiple categories on Amazon. She spends her free time trying not to step on the Legos her daughter leaves dangerously hidden in the carpet.


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Location: Main Hall, Building C

Heidi Busche is a speaker and author who loves nothing more than sharing her experience with finding her voice and embodied empowerment via mentorship; despite the fact that she found her best mentorship in the unlikeliest spots. With refreshing candor and a knack for storytelling, Heidi will take you on the journey from hitting her rock bottom to becoming the embodiment of her most powerful self. You’ll laugh, you might cry, and you’ll definitely walk away with a fresh perspective on mentorship and more than a few tools to find your voice.

Speaker:
Heidi Busche, Speaker, Author and Business Coach

Heidi Busche – Bio
Kevin Brown Heidi Busche is a speaker, author, and business coach.. Her first book, Relationship Ready, is available now on Amazon and Audible. Heidi spent years in the love, dating and relationship space.Using her expertise and lived experience to help women identify and change painful patterns in their relationships. But in 2020 she made a BIG pivot, and now she helps entrepreneurial women use mirco-strategy to gain clarity and momentum in their businesses all while taking cash to the bank.eves that every buyer and seller deserves a compassionate and dedicated partner


4:45 - 5:45 PMReception | Main Hall, Building C

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20


8:00 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast | Lobby, Building C

As leaders, we want to make a difference. And we know that building relationships is one of the fastest ways to do that so that we can leverage our collective influence for impact. But how exactly does that work? Women leaders have more opportunities than ever to leverage connections to create massive change in their work, communities and lives - but we’re falling short of realizing the power that we have. This conversation will help you discover how to challenge the status quo, tap into your unique gifts and leverage a level of influence that you didn’t know you had. Some of the topics we will tackle include: redefining the “know, like, and trust” factor so that you can make deeper and more meaningful connections; what “Country Club Chad” is doing to leverage community that you’re not; and unlocking your hidden superpower for massive impact.

Location: Main Hall, Building C

Speaker:
Jennifer Battle, Online Business Strategist, Consultant and Connector

Jennifer Battle – Bio
Kevin Brown Jennifer Battle is the CEO of Jennifer Battle Brands which helps leaders create impact through connection, strategy and personal growth.

In her 20+ year professional career in higher education administration and entrepreneurship, she has mastered creatively connecting leaders and ideas. Her signature framework guides professionals to build genuine, profitable and strategic collaborations so that they can create impact in their work and lives.

Her matter-of-fact and relatable style delivers bold truths with humor and care. Her audiences step away feeling seen, heard, and inspired to take meaningful action.

Jennifer has an MBA from The University of Michigan and has been featured in several publications including MSN, Yahoo, and is listed as a featured expert in Well + Good.

She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada enjoying the mountains with her two spoiled dogs, Ginger + Stella.


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Location: Main Hall, Building C

Learn how to network your way to the job of your dreams by making meaningful connections. Discover how to network for success, best tips and how to overcome your fears about networking.

Speaker:
Kristie Riester, Customer Service and Billing Administrator, Queen Creek

Kristie Riester – Bio
Kevin Brown Kristie founded KR Dynamic Solutions in 2018 because she's passionate about helping others succeed. Her drive is to inspire, educate, and motivate organizations and individuals to reach their goals. Prior to launching KR Dynamic Solutions, she spent over 20 years in public service working her way up from seasonal lifeguard to Director. In addition to being CEO of KR Dynamic Solutions, Kristie is serving as Executive Director for the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code and Customer Service and billing Administrator for the Town of Queen Creek.

Kristie discovered her passion for public service would lead to a career while at the University of Arizona, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in physiology. She also has a Master of Administration Degree with an emphasis in Public Management from Northern Arizona University.

Kristie is actively involved with her State and National Associations, currently serving on the Arizona Women Leading Government Board and as Past President of the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association. She has had the privilege to be an educational presenter at the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association conference as well as the National Recreation and Parks Association conference and National Aquatics Management School. She has been a guest lecturer at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for the Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Tourism Administration program and spoke at the Arizona State University SPARK conference. She has presented at the Arizona Women Leading Government Conference and the Blooming Your Business Conference for entrepreneurs. She is passionate about public service and helping women achieve their career goals.

Kristie is an avid reader and loves being in and around water. She lives in Maricopa, Arizona with her husband Troy and their daughter Jillian where you can find them enjoying a hot Arizona day in their backyard pool oasis.


Location: Main Hall, Building C

Women in leadership are some of the most impressive people in the world but also some of the most self-critical and overworked. Lyndsey knows from experience how easy it is to fall into the trap of endlessly serving others and trying to prove her abilities without taking the time to reflect and actually take care of herself. Lyndsey’s framework for empowering people to build a life of happiness with purpose, on purpose is the perfect guide for working women looking to find more balance in their daily lives.

Speaker:
Lyndsey Fry, Speaker, Olympic Medalist, Hockey Coach, Founder and Entrepreneur

Lyndsey Fry – Bio
Kevin Brown Olympic Silver Medalist and Chandler, AZ native Lyndsey Fry is the first person, male or female, from Arizona to represent Team USA in ice hockey at the Olympics and the first athlete from the state of Arizona to win a medal in the Winter Olympic Games. Prior to competing in the Olympics in 2014 in Sochi, Russia, she competed on two under 18 national teams and one senior national team in the World Championships where she won two gold medals and a silver. Her hockey career also led her to her education when she had the opportunity to play NCAA Division 1 ice hockey at Harvard University. She continued on after her playing career to get her MBA from Arizona State University. Her love of hockey and business led her to start her own ice hockey camp business, Lyndsey Fry Hockey, which allows her to travel to other non-traditional hockey markets around the Western United States and run camps for young girls. In 2018, she began her journey with the Arizona Coyotes and now serves as the President of the Arizona Kachinas girls hockey association which she cofounded for the organization. As of 2021, Fry has served as the Coyotes’ Radio Color Analyst as well as a TV Color Analyst for Bally’s Sports and the Professional Hockey Federation. Fry has been a motivational speaker and mental performance coach since 2016 and is passionate about helping people find happiness with purpose, on purpose. Lyndsey and her wife currently reside in Phoenix, Arizona.


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2023 Arizona

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Government Conference