The Past Presidents’ Council of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce today announced the 2023 inductees for the 28th annual Scottsdale History Hall of Fame event to be held Thursday, May 18, 2023. The event honoring individuals, local companies, and non-profit organizations is presented by event sponsor, the Scottsdale Charros.
Quarles & Brady LLP has named Jason Wood as the managing partner of the firm’s Phoenix office. Wood, who takes over the job on Nov. 1, succeeds Leonardo Loo, who has been with the firm for just over 11 years and had been the managing partner in Phoenix since October 2018. A partner in the firm’s high-profile real estate practice group, Wood had served as group chair for five years until he handed over that responsibility to Erin Wanner this summer.
The Arizona Technology Council today announced Reetika Dhawan, vice president of Workforce Development and Career & Technical Education, Arizona Western College, has been added to its board of directors. Dhawan was elected unanimously to serve a three-year term at the Council’s quarterly board meeting held Oct. 27.
Business technology leader Moruga Inc. has named Kelly Brake as Chief Operating Officer. Previously serving as Moruga Inc.’s Vice President of Operations, Brake brings more than two decades of senior management experience to the role, also serving in senior executive roles at Venicom and NetFusion Services. Brake was the co-founder and vice president of a highly successful network consulting firm, InLynx, where she forged its strategic vision and operational goals, managed IT procurement, and maintained critical vendor relationships.
Certification Partners, which creates vendor-neutral curriculum and high-stakes certifications for building skills and careers, has announced that the company’s Owner/CEO, Barry Fingerhut, has appointed Erik Barrantes as the new President of Certification Partners. “I’m delighted to announce a significant philosophical change within Certification Partners, LLC towards company revenue generation and product growth in contrast to our historical emphasis primarily upon product development,” says Mr. Fingerhut.
For the eighth year in a row, Arizona State University is No. 1 in innovation in the newly released annual Best Colleges rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Over the past 20 years, ASU has grown from a regional desert university to a world-renowned public research institution of tremendous societal impact, an accomplishment reflected by its unchallenged designation as the most innovative university — ahead of MIT and Stanford — every year since the inception of the category.
Besides the AZTC resources, what is one way you can stay up to date with tech industry trends and innovations? To some, it seems like only yesterday that Apple launched its iPod Nano and Netflix only offered DVDs. The world marches ever onward, however, and no other industry feels like it’s going to leave you in the dust quite like the tech world. How is one supposed to keep pace with the latest demands and developments?
Organizations are increasingly seeking to diversify their workforce to tap into the many benefits of cultural diversity. A more diverse workforce can bring numerous advantages, including improved social awareness, creativity, and productivity.
Burned-out leaders leading burned-out employees. Sound familiar? It’s estimated that 66% to 72% of leaders feel burned out. That’s significant and may be no surprise to you. In the past 24 months, leaders have had to grapple with significant disruption in their personal and professional lives while often being expected to put the well-being of others – specifically their family and employees – first.
Employee morale is a common buzzword in the HR industry because of the significant role it plays in daily office operations. Employee morale refers to the overall attitude and satisfaction that workers have in the workplace. Are employees engaged and motivated? Are they satisfied with their work?