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 | Episode 8, Season 2

    According to a new study done by PRRI, more than one in five Generation Z (aged 18-29) identify as LGBTQ. As more of this generation enter the workforce companies are finding inclusivity is a top priority for Gen Z candidates. Angela Hughey, co-founder and president of ONE Community, discussed wh...

  • Community Collaborative | Episode 7, Season 2

    In America, one out of every three families with a pet doesn’t have access to veterinary care. PetSmart and PetSmart Charities are working to change that with a new community incubator program that aims to bring veterinary services to neighborhoods that don't typically have access to medical care...

  • Community Collaborative | Episode 5, Season 2

    Community Collaborative welcomed Monica Villalobos, president and CEO of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, to the stage along with Robin Reed, president of the Black Chamber of Arizona. The chamber presidents began the segment with a crucial discussion about Black History Month and an imp...

  • Community Collaborative | Episode 4, Season 2

    Robin Reed, President of the Black Chamber of Arizona, began episode four of Community Collaborative with a question posed to him by NPR. As the former child actor who voiced Franklin in "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving," Reed was asked, where Franklin would be today and what the 2023 Thanksgiving t...

  • OneAZ Credit Union’s journey of inclusivity | Episode 4, Season 2

    New STN partner, OneAZ Credit Union, joined the show to discuss their internal journey of inclusivity and how they utilized it to serve the diverse clients in Arizona.

  • Special Feature: USAA | Episode 3, Season 2

    In honor of Veterans Day, USAA, joins 'It Happens at STN' to discuss Veteran suicide prevention. The suicide rate for Veterans is 57% higher than the national average. Joining the show to examine the startling statistics and explore solutions are Patrick Fitzhugh, Regional Site Director for USAA,...

  • Community Collaborative | Episode 3, Season 2

    In Episode 3 of Community Collaborative, Robin Reed, CEO of the Black Chamber of Arizona, welcomes Carla Vargas Jasa, President and CEO of Valley of the Sun United Way, and Emma Garcia, Chief Community Development and Engagement Officer at Valley of the Sun United Way, the group breaks down the n...

  • Reviewing Mighty Change scorecard | Episode 3, Season 2

    Valley of the Sun United Way CEO, Carla Vargas Jasa, and Emma Garcia, Chief Community Development and Engagement Officer at Valley of The Sun United Way, join Robin Reed, CEO of the Black Chamber of Arizona, to discuss the latest data from their Mighty Change 2026 scorecard.

  • Why social capital is key to workforce success | Ep 10

    In Episode 10 of the Community Collaborative, Monica Villalobos, President and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber, and Robin Reed, President and CEO of the Black Chamber of Arizona, engage in a conversation with Chris Lynne, President of the University of Phoenix, and Lucy Fernandez, Program Manager at ...

  • How Arizona Financial Credit Union helped Jose's Sheet Metal expand | Ep 9

    Meet Jose Antonio Galvan for over 20 years he has owned and operated Jose’s Sheet Metal with his family.

    They started their business in a small warehouse on the West side of Phoenix. In 2016, Jose and his family approached Arizona Financial Credit Union with the vision of buying property for th...

  • Fostering growth for more diverse leaders in journalism | Ep 9

    Dr. Battino Batts, Dean of Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, discusses how the journalism school is placing an emphasis on building future leaders of the journalism world.

    Dean Batts is joined by Vanessa Ruiz, Vice President of Educational ...

  • Why Gov. Katie Hobbs made DEI a top priority for her administration | Ep 9

    Gov. Katie Hobbs joins Episode 9 of Community Collaborative to discuss why she is making diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) a top priority for her team and why it was important to create the first-ever DEI position in the governor’s office.

    When Gov. Hobbs was sworn in earlier this year she ...

  • How PetSmart purpose driven work to builds an inclusive company culture | Ep 8

    Five years ago PetSmart launched its “Week of Belonging” to build a more inclusive company culture.

    Joanne Dwyer, Vice President of Social Responsibility, at PetSmart, and Mark Dompier, The Head of Belonging Manager, join hosts, Robin Reed, CEO of The Black Chamber of Arizona, and Monica Villal...

  • Community Collaborative three years later | Ep 7

    Community Collaborative launched as a virtual show during the height of the pandemic. Three years later, hundreds of business and community leaders have been on the show to talk about DEI. Monica Villalobos, President of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Robin Reed, CEO of the Black C...

  • How small businesses can access capital | Ep 6

    Arizona Financial Credit Union joins episode 6 of Community Collaborative to talk about paths to capital for small businesses looking to get off the ground or take the next step in their growth.

  • First and only Black-owned business in Chandler Fashion Center | Ep 6

    Leticia Long is back on the show to give viewers an inside look at her health and beauty store inside the Chandler Fashion Center.
    She shares with the panel how Shawn Pearson and the rest of the team at Zion Institute helped her get the capital she needed to get her business off the ground and i...

  • How small businesses can access capital | Ep 6

    Jared Shintaku and Randall Gaston from Arizona Financial Credit Union join Arizona Black Chamber CEO Robin Reed and Hispanic Chamber of Arizona CEO Monica Villalobos to talk about when and how to look for capital and why it is important to work locally.

  • Creating an inclusive and diverse economy | Ep 5

    Shawn Pearson, founder of Zion Institute talks to STN about their mission to build a more inclusive economy in Phoenix. She is joined by one of Zion’s success stories Leticia Long who opened her own retail store in the Chandler mall called Purelistic Health & Beauty with the help of Pearson and Z...

  • Creating a stronger inclusive local economy | Community Collaborative | Ep 5

    Monica Villalobos shares her experience being part of Governor Hobbs’ transition team and founder of Zion Institute Shawn Pearson joins the show to talk about how they are working to create a more inclusive and diverse economy.

  • Executing Mighty Change | Community Collaborative | Ep 4

    Carla Vargas Jasa, President and CEO of Valley of the Sun United Way, joins the show, along with Robin Reed, CEO of Arizona Black Chamber. They discuss the release of Valley of the Sun United Way’s Mighty Change 2026 Scorecard. The score card is the organization's five-year community plan that ad...

  • Blind Institute and Neurodiversity Institute Action Panel | Ep 2

    In observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Lyn-Graves and Reed were joined on stage by Mike Hess from the Blind Institute of Technology and Kenneth Mims from the Neurodiversity Education & Research Center for a discussion about how disabled and differently-abled people must ...

  • Personal Home Care with Ability360 | Ep 1

  • 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...