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David Lenhardt, President & Chief Operating Officer, PetSmart

Rhoda Olsen, Chief Executive Officer, Great Clips

Robert Meyer, President & Chief Executive Officer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Dean Kamen, Founder of DEKA Research International, Founder of FIRST

Rick Smith, Cofounder, CEO and Director, Taser International

Barry J. Giarraputo, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller, Apollo Global Management, LLC

Doug Parker, Chairman & CEO, US Airways

Scott Davis, Senior Vice President & Chief Concept Officer, Panera Bread Company

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  • Leading With A Declaration of Independence

    We have just celebrated one of the most important events in our history – the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  The document itself is still revered by people and cultures from every part of our planet because of the simple, clear message that we all have inalienable individual rights.  While we sometimes debate the… Read more

  • The Way Of The Domestique: 5 Thoughts For Your Company

    The culture of the domestique in professional cycling is a strong one.  The very best champions and their teams know that their ultimate success depends on having a cadre of riders who can support their lead rider to cross the finish line first.  What domestiques provide may be instructive to each of us in our… Read more

  • Building A Company One Tire At A Time: 7 Principles

    When Tom Engler, CEO of Discount Tire, told us the story of his AzBL Leadership Award-winning company it was impressive:  nearly 17,000 employees, 900 plus stores in 28 states in the US, almost $5 billion revenue and a turnover rate of less than 10% of their full-time employees. The last statistic was the one he… Read more


Leslie Bloom Leslie Bloom CEO / DrugFreeAZKids.org

I am proud to be part of an extraordinary organization, DrugFreeAZKids.org (formerly Partnership for a Drug-Free America, AZ Affiliate dba DrugFreeAz.org), where I have been CEO since 2008.  We just re-branded ourselves so that the public will more clearly understand our goal of preventing and reducing drug use by our children.  One of the most… Read more