Community Collaborative

Community Collaborative

Prominent leaders from the Greater Phoenix area join forces to bring awareness to our community's most pressing issues and present actionable solutions. There is an increased demand for educational resources, focusing on opportunities for individuals and organizations to get involved in diversity and inclusion initiatives on a local level. In that vein, STN launched a new web series to highlight diversity and inclusion initiatives happening in Arizona. Featuring Arizona Chamber CEOs and member organizations, the ongoing series, titled ”The Community Collaborative,” highlights actions in motion to cultivate diversity and inclusion throughout state and local communities.

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Community Collaborative
  • How a credit union is building a community-engaged workforce | Ep 1

    During the September episode of It Happens at STN, leadership from the recently rebranded Arizona Financial Credit Union (formerly known as Arizona Federal Credit Union) joined an action panel to discuss how to grow employees into leadership positions with Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and how ...

  • Paths to Leadership | Community Collaborative | Ep 1

    Black Chamber of Arizona President Robin S. Reed and Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO Monica Villalobos, joined on stage to chat about the momentum they are building with the Community Collaborative series and how they hope to increase involvement and impact with the new show. Specificall...

  • Episode 43: Supplier Diversity

    In this episode we will examine the importance and business case for “Supplier Diversity.” We’ll be joined in studio by Courtney Moore, Director of D, E, I and Supplier Diversity from Southwest Gas and Conrad Smith CEO of Graphite Systems. We’ll also go inside “360 in the Kitchen” with Chef Ste...

  • Episode 42: A New Approach to Mental Health

    In the last couple of years, we have watched the pandemic and social unrest take a toll on our community’s mental health. However, we’ve also seen a new willingness to speak up and out about mental wellness. Now, there is a new organization in the Valley taking a fresh approach to the mission o...

  • Episode 41: Elevating Future Leaders

    In this episode of The Community Collaborative, leaders from the Black Chamber, Hispanic Chamber, GPEC, Valley of the Sun United Way and Ability 360 come together to detail the collaborations required to create a more inclusive economy and elevate future leaders.

  • Episode 40: Building the Inclusion Index

    We have worked to become a rallying point for community and business leaders in the space of diversity, equity and inclusion. But we also want to construct a way to measure the mission by building the first-of-its-kind “Inclusion Index.” How can Arizona set the bar in these efforts? We peel ba...

  • Episode 39: Creating Job Pathways For Our Youth

    For this episode of the Community Collaborative, we’ll focus on workforce development and how to create job advancement for our youth. We’ll also be joined live in studio by Shawn Pearson, founder and CEO of the Zion Institute, for a discussion on the correlation between strengthening pathways a...

  • Episode 38: Driving Change Together

    Many Valley companies and leadership teams strive to drive change in the space of diversity, equity and inclusion. But how can influential organizations align to solve community issues together? We’ll welcome Xavier Gutierrez, President and CEO of the Arizona Coyotes and Laura Kaiser, Chief Cor...

  • Episode 37: The Year Of Accountability

    How can you ensure that your team stays accountable for its diversity and inclusion this year? Our new episode of the Community Collaborative explores ways to ensure that cultural diversity remains a top priority for organizations throughout 2022. We also discuss how improving access to capital c...

  • Episode 36: The Business Case for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    In this episode, we break down the numbers when it comes to the financial case for diversity. Recent studies show that diversity equals profitability and can strengthen a business’ bottom line. Plus, the push to create ‘mighty change’ in our community; we’ll be joined live in studio by Carla Va...

  • Episode 35: Building the Workforce of the Future

    Building the workforce of the future: what can and should it look like? We’ll sit down with two Valley leaders who are paving the way with solutions and systems to set up the next generation for success. Plus, from trauma to triumph: meet the Valley filmmaker behind the new documentary, “Thre...

  • Episode 34: Flipping The Script On Female Entrepreneurship After 40

    Ready, set, launch! Meet the leaders of Recreate Now LLC, a Valley company that is flipping the script on female entrepreneurship after 40.
    And Christopher Rodriguez, President and CEO of Ability360, joins us live in studio. We will take you inside the powerful conversations that are changing t...

  • Episode 33: The Power of Pronouns & Progress

    “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” is a time-honored television tradition, and a program that’s also been the center of diversity and inclusion conversations. In this episode, you will hear the close personal connection our Robin Reed has with the iconic character known as Franklin.

    Also, we exam...

  • Episode 32: The Importance of Minority Hiring in Healthcare

    In this episode, we examine the importance of minority hiring in healthcare. We will be joined in studio by Dr. Ricardo Correa with the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine and Michael Lewis with NurseCore.
    We will also look at “race-norming;” on the heels of a history-making NFL agreem...

  • Episode 31: Electric Vehicles, Equity & Action

    In this episode, we are talking electric vehicles, equity and action. By 2030, rideshare giant Lyft is aiming to have 100% of electric vehicles on its platform. And right now, the company estimates that 48% percent of its drivers identify as a member of a minority group. So how do you advocate...

  • Episode 30: A Mission of Empowerment & Education

    Close to a million people in the Valley are living with a permanent disability. In this episode, we go inside Ability360, an organization that helps empower and educate people every day. This episode is a reminder that inclusion is not limited to just race, gender or sexual orientation. Presid...

  • Episode 29: Corporate Social Responsibility

    In this episode, we dive into the power of ‘Corporate Social Responsibility.’ Dr. Velma Trayham, CEO of THINKZILLA Consulting, joins us live in studio for a discussion on corporations doing more than just checking a “diversity box.” Also, we go inside Arizona’s only Black-owned brewery, Kitsune ...

  • Episode 28: In the Room

    How can leaders in communities of color help create paths and provide opportunities for our younger generations?
    Judge Cody Williams, Essen Otu and Ramses Ja join STN’s Lloyd Hopkins for an open and honest conversation about the power and importance of these transitions.

  • Episode 27: The Reality of Financial Inequity

    In this episode, we explore why so many people are hesitant to head back into the office. There’s a new study focusing on Black professionals navigating traditionally white work spaces and the challenges that poses.
    Also, our Solutions Panel will look at the reality of financial inequity when ...

  • Episode 26: Access to Health Care

    In this episode, we take a closer look at the obstacles and solutions when it comes to accessing health care. We will examine ways to bridge the divide and eliminate the disparities that exist for communities of color.

    Plus, what does resilience look like to you? Our Collaborative roundtable...

  • Episode 25: Access to Capital

    In this episode, we examine access to capital as it relates to our communities of color. Past studies, including one from the U.S. Department of Commerce, have shown that minority-owned firms are less likely to apply for loans due to fear of rejection, and that they typically pay higher interest ...

  • Episode 24: Creating an "Inclusion Index"

    There’s been a lot of momentum and movement in the space of diversity, equity and inclusion inside Arizona businesses. So what’s next? Chris Camacho, CEO and President of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, will join us live in studio to answer the question: What will it take to get a first-o...

  • Episode 23: The Importance of Disability Inclusion

    Fighting for diversity, equity and inclusion goes beyond race and gender. This week, we will look at how business owners can build inclusion for people with disabilities. We’ll ask leaders from three powerhouse organizations what empowerment looks like for our community members with differing a...

  • Episode 22 Best Of: The Community Collaborative

    We take a look back at some of our most memorable interviews.