I’ve heard it said that leaders are born and I’ve heard it said that leadership is learned. It’s probably a little of both.Continue reading
Washington’s support is critical in protecting the only sector that demonstrated job gains, in Arizona and in Tucson in 2010.”
Last week I had the opportunity to share my opinion on some of the key decisions that the Super Committee is grappling with that could have a lasting impact on our community and our state. Southern Arizona and especially Tucson is leading in bringing life changing innovation to the world. This is what I shared as seen in Inside Tucson Business
“Next Wednesday, Nov. 23, is the deadline when the Congressional “super committee” is supposed to present its cohesive cost-savings plan. This 12-member panel, among them Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., has been grappling with the monumental task of slashing $1.5 trillion from the federal budget for months.
At times like these, when the need for innovation, is greater than ever, the SBIR and STTR Programs hold the keys to the growth of new and innovative products in the U.S. small business sector. Funding through SBIR and STTR awards provides critical support for new discoveries in both the small business and university research communities across 11 key Federal Agencies and unlocks the vault to bring out new innovations right here at home.
I spend a quite a bit of my time with with innovators and entrepreneurs these days. As CEO of the Arizona BioIndustry Association or AZBio as we say, I get to connect with teams that are researching and developing products for a better world… Sustainable Health (and health care) , more plentiful food, greener energy… pretty heady stuff. My job’s not nearly as sexy. Here at AZBio our job is ground support, providing opportunities for them to connect and engage with each other, pulling together educational and support resources and sharing their stories. Our job is not to change the world. Our job at AZBIO is to support them so that they can.
If you are working on growing your business, you can expect to hear talk about the importance of building a brand. There are branding companies, branding consultants, branding experts, branding strategists, and so on and so on. All of them want to help you grow your business by creating a brand presence in the mind of your current and future customers.
Whether you are a beginner or a pro, when it comes to winning in the innovation game, sometimes you need that extra edge.Continue reading
Leaders wear many hats. Good ones are visionaries, coaches, cheerleaders and trailblazers. Yet when times get tough or change happens, the chief role of a leader becomes that of a trouble shooter with the responsibility for preparing the team for immediate action. As they say in the movies…It’s time to lock and load.
As I go about my day, I wear a hat or two or three. I’m a Mom, a wife, a non-profit executive, a CEO, a board member, an investor and a few other things. Across them all, it it all ties back to one thing. I need the help and support of others to get the job done. This week, at one of my many meetings, a fellow board member shared a thought that has really stayed with me. “We need to provide value BEFORE we ask for support.” As I have continued through my week, that message kept coming back to me. Continue reading
This week, Tuesday in fact, I have my first BIG meeting as the President and CEO of AZBIO, the Arizona BioIndustry Association. It’s probably the most important meeting we will have all year – the first phase of our strategic planning process.
There will be other important events and meetings through out the year, but this one lays the foundation for what we will do and who we will do it for.Continue reading
We’ve all been there. Those times when we have so much to do that we’re just not sure how it will all get done. Emails are pouring in. Reports are due. The phone won’t stop ringing. New social media communication tools are pinging you from all sides. A new crisis has just popped up and you have not finished dealing with the old one! Each forms a link in a chain that has you attached to your desk. Continue reading