Arizona Achievers

Arizona Achievers

Arizona is rich in success. Our business community is filled with hard-working, progressive leaders striving for a better tomorrow. If you are looking to get to know the faces behind the biggest organizations in AZ, this is the show for you. In every episode, key decision makers in our community share their success stories, failures and visions, so you get insight into their thought process and get inspired.

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Arizona Achievers
  • Tim O'Neal, CEO, Goodwill of Central & Northern AZ & Thrive

    Thrive is a new sister organization to Goodwill thrift stores. Its focus is on offering holistic social services that address all of the needs of people who are working to overcome poverty.

  • Shane Doan, Former Arizona Coyotes Captain

    If people trust you they’ll follow you, if they don’t they won’t. . .

    Shane Doan is the former Captain for the Arizona Coyotes for two decades, is the franchise's all-time leading goal scorer and was the longest-serving captain in the NHL until his retirement.

    He joins us for a conversation abo...

  • Bridget Pettis, WNBA Player/ Coach, Co-Founder, Project Roots AZ

    Pettis describes her team as a “village of empowerment and sisterhood” that became integral in her growth. It challenged her, enabled her to push forward in life and taught her the importance of creating space for yourself, and for others. ⁠

  • Kiana Maria Sears, President, East Valley NAACP

    Before you go to sleep tonight, Kiana Sears wants you to ask yourself if you’ve been, honest, forthright and courageous today.

  • Eric Sperling, Managing Director, STN

    Our founder explains how the "if it bleeds it leads" philosophy of local news pushed him to start a mission-driven media organization that tells stories that have an impact instead of pushing fear.

  • Quita Jackson, Co-Founder, Greendesert.org

    Learn how Quita Jackson, Co-Founder of Greendesert.org, went from being the person who killed every plant to running her own gardening business in the new episode of Arizona Achievers. ⁠

  • Dan Stellar, AZ State Director, The Nature Conservancy

    As an active outdoorsman and marathon runner, Stellar started to notice stark similarities in principle between successfully moving forward in his nonprofit career and evolving as an endurance athlete. Watch our interview with him in the new episode of Arizona Achievers!

  • Shante Saulsberry-Janice's Women's Center

    Shante Saulsberry moved to Arizona last year and decided to continue her long-standing tradition of breakfast at Chick-fil-A. Unknowingly, this habit would introduce her to a homeless woman named Janice, who would uncover Saulsberry’s secret gift, and change the course of her life.⁠

  • Teniqua Broughton, Executive Director, The State of Black AZ

    Teniqua Broughton is using data, art and business to change lives and policies in Arizona.

  • Drew Shaw, CEO, Voyce Threads

    What if everything you wore gave back to your community?⁠

    Drew Shaw thinks our society would look “transformatively different.”⁠

    Making generosity easy to create more equitable and thriving communities is the concept behind his “socially conscious lifestyle brand,” Voyce Threads. ⁠

  • Amy Robinson, Founder, Tiny Fox Creative

    In this episode of Arizona Achievers, Amy Robinson tells how she started out as a "secret" employee in the corporate world for the Arizona Cardinal. Then, went on to (eventually) start and own a creative agency. ⁠

  • Kathy Hoffman, Superintendent of Public Instruction

    Kathy Hoffman is the first educator to hold the position of Superintendent of Public Instruction in 20 years and is the youngest woman in elected office in the country. But, getting there wasn’t easy. She's bringing changes to Arizona public schools.⁠

  • Dr. Velma Treyham, CEO, Thinkzilla Consulting Group

    How do you define achievement?⁠

    CEO and motivational speaker Dr. Velma Trayham believes that your greatest achievements are defined by the degree of impact you make on others for the greater good. ⁠

    Trayham is a newcomer to the Phoenix-area. But, within the first 10 months of her residency sh...

  • Devin Del Palacio, President of the Tolleson Union High School District

    Devin Del Palacio is a native Phonecian, community advocate, public servant, community leader, NBA Jam champion and most importantly… a Dad. He’s on a mission to make all kids reach their full potential by providing access to education and resources to achieve whatever they’re willing to work for.

  • Adam Goodman, CEO, Goodman Interior Structures

    In this episode of Arizona Achievers Goodman explains how Goodman Interior Structures, as a registered B.Corp, helps improve the environment, community and people it serves.

  • Danny Hoefelmann, CEO & Founder, The Good in Media

    At 25 years old he had checked all the boxes for what a successful life should look like (wife, kids, corporate job, etc.).⁠

    But, he was miserable. ⁠

    Like so many men, he was taught at a young age that being a “man” was not synonymous with emotional vulnerability. At his breaking point, his e...

  • Natasha Castles, On-Air Personality

    “Creative control is very important to me, even if it’s down to what color hair I want. . . I have tunnel vision in that sense -- where I know what I want this to look like. So, I don’t want any room for people to say that’s not what’s allowed to happen.”

  • Cynthia Sassi, Founder, Fabulous Media Group

    “If you’re going to go into business for something make sure it’s something you’re really passionate about. Otherwise, it’s really hard to stick with it and not give up.”

  • Corey Woods, Mayor of Tempe

    “At some point, someone who looks like me is going to win a council seat in this city. So, if someone who looks like me is going to win, then why not me?”

  • Devin Ray Butler, Founder & CEO, Arizona Entrepreneurs

    "Having friends and people around you who are helping you and giving you ideas, helping support you along that journey. . . It's very difficult. There are going to be trials and tribulations, and if you don't have that support network it can be very hard to stay committed to your vision and what ...

  • Erin Moran, American Heart Association, Senior Director

    "You have to advocate for yourself. We've lived in our bodies longer than anybody has. You know how you feel inside. If something is wrong, something is wrong. . ."

    Erin Moran

  • Risa Kostis, Style Expert & Entrepreneur

    "It took me a long time to realize that I can't completely give myself as an entrepreneur and as a service-based provider if I'm not starting with myself. . . It is really hard to sort of put yourself first and be reminded that self-care is the ultimate form of confidence-building, self-respect a...

  • Joanna de'Shay, Executive Director, Diversity Leadership Alliance

    "We need to start training these fashion students earlier before they get into the industry. They need to be looking at fashion through a very diverse lens. They need to understand that there is racism in fashion... there's sexism ...disablism... ageism... When they start to kind of broaden their...

  • Jenny Poon, Founder & CEO, CO+HOOTS

    "When you're riding a wave, great, but know that wave is going to fall, and you better be prepared to swim. When times are really great, you should be preparing and getting ready for what the next thing is."

    Guest: Jenny Poon, Co+Hoots
    Host: Ashley LaRae, StylePHX, The Herberger Institute Scho...