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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  • 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 Ability 360 | 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...

  • 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...