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Teen Leadership Conference 2018

Discover the Leader in You

Teens attending public or private high schools in Pima County are 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. The inaugural conference is hosted by Pima Association of Governments.

This one-day event will offer emerging teen leaders the inside track on how leaders advance in their career, 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 will be among the speakers. The program will include motivational speakers, a career resource fair, a student challenge and entertainment. See program schedule below for details.

Jan. 12, 2018
8-9 a.m. - Sign in and Entertainment
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Program Grand Ballroom
Student Union, University of Arizona

Registration deadline: Nov. 30, 2017

To register please click here.

Please note that an authorized school representative needs to register students from their respective schools.

Sign in and Entertainment

8-9 a.m.

Program Schedule

9 to 9:20 a.m. Welcome

Dustin Williams, Pima County Schools Superintendent - Emcee

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, STEMAZing Project
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 Participants

Name and Title Entity Topic
Mayor Tom Murphy Town of Sahuarita

Getting elected and running a town/city.

Mayor Satish Hiremath Town of Oro Valley Getting elected and running a town/city.
Kelly Udall, Town Manager ​Town of Sahuarita Operating a town/city government.
DaNel Hogan, Director 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  
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.
Steve Passement, Community Liaison ​U.S. Border Patrol Becoming a Border Patrol agent/law enforcement.
Dan Marries, TV anchor Tucson News Now (KOLD 13) Find a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life. That's exactly how I feel about my chosen career in journalism. I've been anchoring and reporting stories at KOLD News 13 since June 1999.
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.



2017 Teen Leadership Conference Sponsors

Investor Sponsor


Supporting Sponsors

Vantage West Credit Union
Jim Click Automotive
Images Enterprises LLC




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