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Just Breathe | Mindfulness First

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We hosted our annual staff retreat and we hired Mindfulness First to teach us some mindfulness practices. After hearing Sunny Wight, founder and CEO, make her pitch during the Fast Pitch semi-finals earlier this year, we felt our team could benefit from her insight and innovation. According to the American Psychological Association, chronic stress is […] Read More »

Partner Spotlight: Marissa Theisen

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In 2015, Marissa joined the Partnership, coming with a wealth of knowledge and familiarity to SVPAZ, thanks to her role as President and CEO of the Arizona Grantmakers Forum. After her work with AGF, she launched Win-Win Creations, providing conflict resolution and philanthropic consulting to a number of government and for-profit organizations. Marissa’s philanthropic journey […] Read More »

A Busy Summer for Investee Spot 127

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SVPAZ Investee SPOT 127 has been busy this summer! Recently, both locations are embarked on a joint Freedom Podcasting workshop in partnership with Dr. Wanda Tucker, Rio Salado College’s faculty chair for Psychology, Philosophy and Religious Studies. The workshop is supported by a grant from the MAXIMUS Foundation. Students explored topics related to the freedom […] Read More »

Partners and Their Pets

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Group of pets together in front of white background

When a pet “incident” caused a member of SVPAZ’s marketing committee to call in from home for a meeting, a discussion about keeping Partners engaged during the summer months turned into a series of stories about our beloved pets. All the members present had a pet of some sort – and had at least one […] Read More »

Introducing Our New Staff

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I am thrilled to share the addition of new staff to our team. After the seventh Fast Pitch season, we realized the demand for someone devoted to the success and growth of the program. Lesley Factor Miller, a lifelong Phoenician and seasoned events and communications specialist, joins us as the Fast Pitch Program Manager. Lesley […] Read More »

Catching Up with Leslie and Scott Turner

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Native Phoenicians Leslie and Scott Turner have been Partners with SVPAZ for seven years. Scott spent most of his professional career in start-ups and Leslie has a career in teaching children violin. The Turners learned of SVPAZ in 1997, during its inception, but Scott was absorbed with start-ups, and their family. They joined in 2010 […] Read More »

Happy July 4th!

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At SVP, we are united in our journey to effect positive social change in our communities.  Jennie Arbogash from SVP Boulder County said it best, “Each of us believes in hope, possibility and a just society. Each of us wants our citizens to do well. Each of us feels it is our responsibility to participate […] Read More »