Editor’s Note: July 2017

By Mike Saucier In October, Saint Mary’s Catholic High School will commemorate 100 years of education in Arizona. Its proud past will meet its present during a much-anticipated centennial gala at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix. Not many institutions in Arizona can claim a century of existence. This central Phoenix school, the oldest Catholic high school […]


Now that I’m married, people have been asking when I’ll have kids. I would prefer to enjoy other of life’s greatest joys first! However, a recent conversation with Shannon Goldwater of Feeding Matters has me thinking about it means to be a mother. For the first eight years of her triplet’s lives, there was not […]

Good Fortune

Whenever I am “having a moment,” I remind myself that my frustration are really blessings, because I do not need – I want. As a woman about to be married this has been an especially important reminder. One of Arizona’s wealthiest people, Renee Parsons sits down with Frontdoors to talk about the powerful work her […]

No Snobbery Required

I love art and wine, and cheese. But, I will be the first to tell you that I am far from being an expert on any of these topics. The truth is, I just enjoy them. Sitting at the table of Sam Pillsbury of Pillsbury Wines, surrounded by walls covered in art, I learned that […]

Good Times

What does it mean to be a philanthropist? Is it someone who donates large sums of money? Dr. Ashcraft of ASU Lodestar Center challenges us to think about the meaning of this word a little differently, because we can all give of ourselves without the exchange of dollars.  (Read the February issue featuring Dr. Ashcraft). The […]

Challenge Accepted

Have you poured cold water on your head lately? The social buzz is ALS’s Ice Bucket Challenge and National Bank of Arizona’s entire administrative team accepted it. Even NB|AZ President Keith Maio helped pour water. As a man with 30 years of banking experience, leading one of Arizona’s largest banks, he knows the importance of […]

Living on Purpose

Education was always the answer for me. I was the first to graduate college in my family and I credit Mesa Community College for allowing me to afford it. Combined with a bit of travel, I rerouted my education from business to journalism. Travel always seems to introduce me to a part of myself that […]

Front Lines

Earlier this year, I attended Take the Lead Challenge at ASU Auditorium where Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and No Excuses author Gloria Feldt spoke to women about finding their seat at the leadership table. The moment Gloria spoke, we needed to know how that little girl from Texas who went on to become a public […]

Igniting Change

My favorite part of my job is meeting the people shaping our community. I take away sound advice that will stick with me for the rest of my life. The Clintons were in town for the CGI U. It was a huge leadership event that brought students from around the world up close with sound […]

Taking Chances

I used to believe that not everything can possibly happen for a reason. As I get older, I am starting to believe it. For Ruben and Kate Gallego maybe it was pure chance she bid on the man that would become her husband.  If you’re looking for love, maybe do it in the name of […]