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Steering Committee

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Sharon Lechter, Chair
Deborah Bateman, Vice Chair
Kathleen Duffy, Vice Chair
Elaine Ralls, Vice Chair
Carrie Young, Vice Chair
Tracy Bame
Sara Begley
Sarah Benken
Ginger Clayton
Kara Festa
Lorraine Field
Sally Gnirk
Sue Klug
Tere Le Barron
MaryAnn G. Miller
Karie Montague
Carol Poore
Terry Roman
Adrienne Sanford
Sissie Shank
Susan Shultz
Nicole Stanton
Molly Stockley
Jean Tkachyk
Lisa Urias
Jen Vasin
Shirley Weis
Dr. Pamela Williamson

Founder & CEO, Pay Your Family First

As an entrepreneur, best-selling author, philanthropist, international speaker, mentor, licensed CPA and a Chartered Global Management Accountant, Sharon Lechter is the premier expert for financial literacy and seeker of success. She is the co-author of the international bestseller Rich Dad Poor Dad, and has written 14 other books in the Rich Dad series and built the empire into the world’s leading personal finance brand. Starting in 2008, she began working with the Napoleon Hill Foundation to help re-energize the brand and has released three bestselling books in cooperation with the Foundation, including Think and Grow Rich-Three Feet from Gold, Outwitting the Devil, and Think and Grow Rich for Women. Sharon has also released Save Wisely, Spend Happily, in cooperation with the American Institute of CPAs.

Sharon is a highly sought-after mentor and has worked with major brands like Disney and Time Warner and served on the first President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy. As CEO of Pay Your Family First, she has dedicated entrepreneurial efforts to the creation and distribution of financial education books, games, curriculums, and other experiential learning projects. Everything about Sharon’s career centers around impacting others to improve their financial IQ, access untapped potential personally and in business, and be the best.

But everything changed in 2012 when Sharon’s son unexpectedly died. All of Sharon’s successes seemed to fade into the background. She kept working, but on autopilot. She stopped playing at the level she always had and just started coasting.

Until now.

Now, Sharon is back and playing big again, and she wants you to as well with the Play Big Movement. Don’t let whatever kept you playing small continue to dictate what you can achieve. It’s time to play big and master your money and time and create a legacy.

Sharon continues to be a committed philanthropist by giving back to world communities both as a benefactor and a volunteer and has honored with numerous awards.

Sharon lives in Paradise Valley, AZ with her husband and business partner, Michael Lechter, a powerhouse in the area of Intellectual Property, Organizational Architecture, and Publishing.  Together, they love spending time with each other and especially like to get away to their dude ranch, Cherry Creek Lodge, where they can get “off the grid” (literally) and get recharged for their next big play.

Vice Chairman, National Bank of Arizona

Deborah Bateman serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for National Bank of Arizona. Deborah is involved with the ongoing development of the bank, with a focus on the bank’s impact and engagement in our Arizona communities.

A veteran banker, with more than forty years of banking experience, Deborah’s career has spanned leadership capacities in Wealth Strategies, Retail Banking, Operations & Technology, Treasury Management, Program Management, Service Excellence, Community Bank Consulting, and Merger/Acquisition Integration. Deborah is a graduate of Mesa Community College, Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington, and Darden’s Leadership Development Program at the University of Virginia. 

President & CEO, Duffy Group, Inc.

Becoming one of the most respected recruiting firms in the country did not just happen. It was Kathleen Duffy’s single-minded dedication to helping individuals find joy in their work that became her life mission. She, in fact, embodies her fundamental value: that people deserve to be enriched by the activity they focus at least 500,000 hours of their lives on.

She imparts the same strength of purpose to her entire staff, and the result is one of the strongest recruitment teams, from top to bottom, in the business. Her commitment to serving candidates and clients alike motivated Kathleen to develop the Recruitment Research model which enables the Duffy Group to harness marketplace intelligence, work as a discrete (and transparent) partner and deliver quality candidates with up to 50 percent savings over traditional recruitment fees. The ability to scale and customize processes to deliver an optimal outcome benefits both employers and job seekers.

Kathleen is a founding member of the Arizona Human Resource Executive Forum, a professional organization and vital force in addressing and providing current perspectives on complex and challenging human resource and business issues. She is a highly-regarded keynote speaker on recruiting techniques, processes and entrepreneurship. Kathleen was recognized by AZ Society of Human Resource Management with the Al O’Connor Lifetime Achievement Award.

Kathleen has served as the National District Coordinator for National Charity League and President of the NCL Moon Valley chapter, supporting many Phoenix area non-profit organizations including the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Desert Mission Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She serves on the Board of Directors for the International Search Management Association (

Kathleen earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Arizona State University. An avid Sun Devil, she served as Chair of the ASU Alumni Association National Board of Directors and Council, is a member of the Board of Trustees and the ASU President’s Club. She is also a member of the Chapter Advisory Board for Kappa Delta Sorority.

CEO, Commit Agency

Elaine’s passion for “finding the gap” has led to many challenging and successful business opportunities and ultimately is what led her to advertising. She has been dubbed a “serial entrepreneur” by Biz AZ Magazine and is a sought-after speaker on leadership and business success strategies.

Elaine’s personal philosophy of “One Big Life” keeps her challenged to be her best every day, which includes a desire to give back to the community and stay involved in organizations that value women's leadership and business ethics. She is a founding member of Women Presidents’ Organization and serves on the board of the Better Business Bureau, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix and Bank 34. Elaine is also active in Vistage, an international organization of CEOs.

Her professional experience crosses several industries and has always focused on finding a competitive niche and then implementing growth strategies. Elaine holds certifications in case management and rehabilitation counseling, and previously built one of America’s first comprehensive return-to-work programs, which she sold to NovaCare, a national leader in rehabilitation.

In the advertising business, the gap is making a commitment to their clients to measure and report their return on investment of their marketing dollars. Elaine’s agency has evolved into digital and social channels and she has the privilege of being part of strategic planning as well as leading their research initiatives as appropriate. They serve many industries, with a sweet spot of working with companies that have aggressive growth goals and an appetite for creating customer experiences that are shareable and that ultimately grow their specific brand. The intersection of social, digital and traditional opens a multitude of opportunities for our clients.

Senior Director of Corporate Operations Services, Salt River Project

Carrie Young has more than thirty years of direct experience across a range of military and utility activities. As Senior Director of Corporate Operations Services for Salt River Project, Carrie is responsible for developing strategies, setting policies and leading a shared services organization that includes Supply Chain, Facilities and Transportation functions.

Carrie is an Air Force veteran, serving as an appointed Commissioner for the City of Phoenix Veteran Commission. Carrie serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for Better Business Bureau of Central, Northern & Western Arizona, and Western Energy Institute (WEI) Corporate Services Board. She is also executive sponsor of SRP’s Veterans employee interest group (SRPVETS).

President, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation

Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Co.

Founder & CEO, Metro’s Other Woman

President & CEO, Elontec

Vice President - Operations/BD, Westland Resources

Chief People Officer, Sonora Quest

Regional Sales Manager, Wells Fargo Bank

Executive Vice President & CEO, Republic Services

Senior Director, Alvarez & Marsal

Chief Human Resources Officer & Head of Global Marketing and Communications, Avnet

Chair for CEO & Key Executive Groups, Vistage International

President, Poore and Associates

Phoenix Partner, Snell & Wilmer

Director of People Operations, Carvana

President & CEO, Chas Roberts

Founder & CEO, The Board Institute

Partner - Phoenix Office Managing Partner, Quarles & Brady

VP of Hospital Growth, Cancer Treatment Center of Americas

Managing Director, Alvarez and Marsal

Partner, CoNecs North America

Vice President of Human Resources, Insight

President, Weis and Associates

President & CEO, Women Business Enterprise Council


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Jean Birch
Glynis Bryan
Sara Dial
Kenda Gonzales
Alicia Harrison
Kathy Munro
Susan Shultz

Independent Public Company Director

Global Chief Financial Officer, Insight

Director, Mobile Mini, Inc. and Grand Canyon Education, Inc.

Director, Career Education Corporation

Board Director, Ryan Companies US Inc.

Keynote Speaker
Principal, Bridge West, LLC; Board Director

Founder, SSA Executive Search International

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