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Teen Leadership Conference 2018

Discover the Leader in You

Teens attending public or private high schools in Pima County were invited to attend the "Discover the Leader in You" Teen Leadership Conference on Jan. 12, 2018, at the University of Arizona Student Union Grand Ballroom. Hosted by Pima Association of Governments, thie one-day conference offered to emerging teen leaders the inside track on how leaders advance in their careers, why leadership is important in the success of our communities and region, and what it takes to be a future leader. Civic, business and education professionals were among the speakers, and the event included a career resource fair, a student challenge and entertainment. 




Program Schedule

9 to 9:20 a.m. Students welcomed to the conference

Dustin Williams, Pima County Schools Superintendent - Emcee

Chloe Noll, Basis Oro Valley/President of Oro Valley Youth Advisory Council, Pledge of Allegiance

Kimberlee Anglen, Sahuarita Teen Advisory Council, National Anthem

Mayor Satish Hiremath, Town of Oro Valley, PAG Chair

Mayor Tom Murphy, Town of Sahuarita, RTA Chair

9:20 to 9:30 a.m.

Speaker: DaNel Hogan, Director, The STEMAZing Project

  Topic: Tactical Serendipity - Leaders are Connectors and Collaborators
9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Motivational Speaker: Julia Garcia



Founder, CEO of TRUality, a Phoenix-based motivational speaking group that infuses empowering messages with the creative arts to help others learn how to make their truths a reality.

TRUality's mission is to inspire the world to believe in themselves and fullfil their TRU potential.

Topic: Value of Investment

You will learn how to increase your interpersonal skills, enhance positive culture on campus, enhance leadership and personal development skills, improve personal growth, improve your decision-making and emphathy skills, and improve student and faculty relations.

10:15 to 11 a.m. Student Challenge
11 to 11:45 a.m. Box Lunch - Career Resource Fair - Entertainment
11:45 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Career Roundtable Discussion
12:40 to 1 p.m. Closing Remarks
  Live Entertainment: provided by Dj Dre (Andre Haymore)


Career Roundtable Speakers

Name and Title Entity Topic/Background
Mayor Tom Murphy Town of Sahuarita

Getting elected and running a town/city.

Kelly Udall, Town Manager ​Town of Sahuarita Operating a town/city government.
DaNel Hogan, Director The STEMAZing Project STEM careers and opportunities, and women seeking engineering careers.
Manuel Valenzuela, Ph.D., Superintendent Sahuarita Unified School District The value of education and how you become a school district superintendent.
Kristy Diaz-Trahan, Director Oro Valley Parks and Rec Learn what it takes to manage a town's parks and recreational areas.
Ted Maxwell, President Southern Arizona Leadership Council Central to SALC's operations is the belief that a successful community relies and builds upon all its resources including civic leaders, government officials, engaged citizens and business leaders.
Jim Critchley, Chief Tucson Fire Department Fire department members play a vital role in our community. Tucson firefighters respond to emergencies as part of a team trained to protect lives and property of citizens.
Kristen Bagley, Assistant Director ​ASU Public Servicde Academy The Public Service Academy answers our nation's call for a new type of leader, a character-driven leader armed with courage to cross sectors, connect networks and ignite action for the greater good.
Agent Ashley Coronado, Community Liaison ​Law Enforcement Becoming a Border Patrol agent/law enforcement.
Wendi Redman, TV Anchor Tucson News Now (KOLD 13) Wendi began her career in broadcast journalism in Baltimore. She started running cameras as a production assistant and worked her way up to being in front of the camera.
Joi Stirrup, Admissions Manager Pima Community College Being part of a community college as an admissions manager. PCC is an open-admissions institution providing affordable, comprehensive educational opportunities that support student success and meet the diverse needs of its students and community.
David Ifflander, Ret. U.S. Army Colonel Military Advising students on working their way up in the Army, living the life of a soldier. As a soldier in the U.S. Army, you're tasked with upholding the Constitution and protecting America's freedoms.
Ricardo Pargas, Project Manager HDR Engineering Albert Einstein once said that "scientists investigate that which already is; engineers create that which has never been." Our multidisciplinary engineering experts embrace the opportunities to push boundaries and create new frameworks that can transform communities at many scales. For more than 100 years, we've created water, sewer, road and electricity systems that modernize communities. Today, we design integrated systems, sustainable infrastructure and intelligent buildings that optimize operations, maximize cost savings, and reduce incidence of failure. 
David Danielson, Police Officer Marana Police Department These dedicated men and women work together as a team to ensure residents and visitors receive unparalleled police services. Becoming a police officer.
Blue Chip Students University of Arizona The Blue Chip Leadership Experience is a nationally renowned foundational engagement program at the University of Arizona. What was once a dream to inspire student leaders has evolved into one of the UA's finest campus programs. The program is designed to help you engage on campus, and connect with like-minded Wildcats, and help you develop as leaders at the UA.
Chuck Zaepfel, Southern District Director Junior Achievement Junior Achievement was founded in 1919 by New England visionaries Theodore Vale, President of American Telephone and Telegraph; Horace Moses, president of Strathmore Paper Co.; and Sen. Murray Crane of Massachussetts. They wanted to teach kids about business and how the U.S. economy functioned.
Matthew Einsohn, Consultant Education Empower students to use their purpose and story to obtain specific scholarships and grants.
Lewis Harris Tucson Fire Department Fire department members play a vital role in our community. Tucson firefighters respond to emergencies as part of a team trained to protect the lives and property of citizens.
Anthony Delio Orthodontist

Dr. Delio has been in the private practice of orthodontics since 1994. Be a leader: Active member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association and all of their constituent societies.

Heath Vescovi-Chiordi, Economic Specialist Town of Marana Graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor's degree in political science and Spanish, as well as a master's degree in public administration with an emphasis in local government. Heath focuses his efforts on sustainable growth within the community related to business attraction, job creation, and business retention and expansion, as well as downtown development. Applying your degree to leadership.
Kurtis Dawson, President and CEO YMCA of Southern Arizona The YMCA of Southern Arizona is dedicated to improving the quality of human life and to helping all people realize their fullest potential through the development of spirit, mind and body. Your leadership is important.
Keith Boesen, PharmD, CSPI University of Arizona College of Pharmacy Mr. Boesen holds a PharmD degree from the college and became director in 2009. As a leader he will empower you to continue your leadership throughout the community.
Libby Shelton, Sr. Attorney Town of Marana The Marana Legal Department gives legal advice to Town officials and departments, and prosecutes misdemeanor offenses commited in the Town.
Michael Dyckman, Budget Analyst Accountant Town of Marana Analysts try to find the most efficient way to distribute funds and other resources among various departments and programs.
Andy Townsend, Principal Elvira Elementary School Teachers set the tone of their classrooms, build a warm environment, mentor and nurture students. They become role models.
Michael Torres, Detective Marana Police Department Investigate criminal acts, such as homicides, sexual assaults, armed robberies, home invasions, and property crimes such as burglaries.
Steve Malangone, Nurse Practitioner Arizona Cancer Center Healthcare professionals provide health promotion and maintenance through the diagnosis and treatment of acute illness and chronic conditions.
Jantzen Gomez, Real Estate Agent Tierra Antigua Bilingual and has been in real estate since 2002. Knowledge, professionalism, effective communication, building and maintaining relationships have all become the core to a successful career serving clients as they buy or sell real estate.
Raul Munoz, Community Leader Pima County Health Department Student leadership in promoting healthy lifestyles and youth violence prevention is very important to our communities
Holly Bryant, MPH RD-Registered Dietitian El Rio Community Health Center A healthly lifestyle is important to long-term health.




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