Overcoming obstacles to create a better tomorrow for her, her family and her community.

Connections to a supportive community that offers essential caring, nurturing and advocacy for long-term career success.

Applications for the 2018 class are open!
Class Member
Class Advisor

Priority: October 9
Regular: November 9

Please save the dates for the SheLEADS training sessions if you plan to apply:

Thursday, January 4th: 2018 Class Kick Off Happy Hour
Saturday, January 6th: Training 1
Saturday, February 3rd: Training 2
Saturday, March 3rd: Training 3
Saturday, April 7th: Training 4
Saturday, May 5th: Training 5
Saturday, June 2nd: Training 6
Saturday, June 23rd: 2018 Class Graduation

Please direct questions to Paloma Ibanez at paloma@javelina.co.

SheLEADS is a professional development and skills training workshop series for women invested in career success, community and each other. When a woman is connected to a better job by generous people in our community, her life is transformed.

SheLEADS is open to professional women in all sectors and industries who are launching, or have launched their career and want to advance in management and leadership roles.

Classes are comprised of women from a wide range of backgrounds and professions who want to make an impact in their workplace and community while supporting the advancement of women around them.

The program runs for 6-months and consists of one, four-hour session each month. Led by a group of expert women advisors from the local community, each session covers essential areas of professional and personal growth, from personal branding to making a successful ask setting/meeting strategic goals.

Thanks to our Class of 2017 Sponsors:


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For opportunities to support SheLEADS or for information on how to be involved in class presentations, contact Paloma Ibañez at paloma@javelina.co.

The inaugural SheLEADS class launched in 2016. To view the members of our first class, click here.

View our 2017 SheLEADS Advisors:

Jacque Ahrenberg – Consultant, CFRE

Jacque has 14 years of experience and excellent training in all areas of fundraising and nonprofit organization management.  Her main focus of continued professional development and deepest personal passion has been building and sustaining donor relations. Consulting allows her the joy of more quality family time with her husband of 12 years, 8-year-old son, Ricky, and 4-year-old daughter Grace.

Rebecca Clyde – Co-Founder, Ideas Collide

Rebecca Clyde is the CXO of Ideas Collide and founder of technology startup Botco.ai, a chatbot platform for marketing automation. Prior to founding Ideas Collide, Rebecca was responsible for managing Intel’s embedded brand. She was recently recognized as the 2016 ATHENA Businesswoman of the Year in the private sector by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.

JanuaryJanuary Contreras – CEO/Managing Attorney, Arizona Legal Women and Youth Services (ALWAYS)

January Contreras is the founding CEO of Arizona Legal Women and Youth Services (ALWAYS) which provides free legal services to children and young adults impacted by homelessness, abuse or trafficking. She previously served in Washington, DC as the U.S. Ombudsman for Citizenship and Immigration Services and as a designee to the White House Council on Women and Girls.

Meghan Cox – Partner, Lincoln Strategy

Meghan Cox is a partner with Lincoln Strategy Group, where she oversees the firm’s large scale grassroots projects for both political and corporate clients that require intense logistical support. She has worked on 4 presidential campaigns, and multiple US Senate and House races. Meghan was honored as Woman of the Year for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s AZ’s Finest campaign.

Tracee Crockett –Assistant Director, City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation

Tracee Crockett is the Assistant Director for the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, having begun her career with the city of Phoenix began over 20 years ago. A Phoenix native, Tracee attended Arizona State University, for her undergraduate and master degrees. She is also a graduate of Valley Leadership’s Leadership Institute. Tracee is the creator of everchangingowoman.com, an electronic platform to capture experiences and best practices of women in various stages of life.

Cindy Dach – Co-Owner, Changing Hands

Cindy Dach is the co-owner of Changing Hands Bookstore and First Draft Bookbar. Dach is also the co-owner of MADE art boutique which specializes in hand made crafts by artists  She is the co-founder and board member of Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation. She was the co-founder of Local First AZ.

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Lisa is an experienced political professional who has earned her reputation for excellence through nearly a decade of political campaigning, fundraising, and strategic communications, in Arizona and across the country.  Lisa joined the team at Resolute Consulting in September of 2016.  

Gina Flores –Communication Specialist,Gina-IMG_3860crop Phoenix IDA

Gina Flores manages communications and marketing at the Phoenix IDA, an entrepreneurial nonprofit providing access to capital to support community and economic development. Gina has dedicated her career to serving the public and improving the community.  For the past 16 years, she has held various leadership positions in city, state, and federal government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and political campaigns.

Renee Levin –Community Affairs and Education Manager, Public Affairs, Intel

Renee joined Intel Corporation in 1995 and serves as the Education and Community Affairs Manager in Chandler. Her responsibilities include managing Intel’s grants and strategic relationships as well as K-20 education and neighbor relations in Arizona. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kansas and is a proud graduate of Valley Leadership Class 31.

Loretta Love Huff – Coach, Emerald HarvLorettaFaceOnClearCroppedcropest Consulting LLC

Loretta Love Huff helps people and teams EXCEED their dreams!  An award-winning marketing strategist, business coach and professional speaker, Loretta trains and mentors business owners and sales professionals in closing more sales, landing bigger clients and effectively leading their organizations toward higher profit levels.

Holly Pendleton – Director, EnvisionHolly Pendletoncrop

Holly Pendleton partners with leaders to realize their transformation goals. With nearly 20 years’ experience helping clients achieve individual and organizational results as an organization effectiveness, change management and leadership development consultant, leader / team coach, and strategic facilitator.

Cameron Robb –Assistant Director ofCam HeadShotcrop Employer Relations, Graduate Career Center, W. P. Carey School of Business, ASU

Cameron Robb has been in Higher Ed for nearly 15 years and currently serves as the Assistant Director for Employer Relations at ASU. She engages in research, development, identification and cultivation of potential employers for students and graduates of the W. P. Carey School of Business, and helps facilitate employer recruitment efforts through the Graduate Career Center.

Wendy Villa –Government Affairs Wendy VillacropRepresentative, APS

Wendy Villa currently serves as Government Affairs Representative for Arizona Public Service, the largest electric utility provider in Arizona. Villa has her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Santa Clara University and a Master of Public Administration from Arizona State University.  

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Christina Worden is the Political Action Committee Administrator for Salt River Project and has more than a decade of experience working in public affairs. Christina oversees a nearly 40-year-old program focused on fundraising for SRP’s corporate PAC and directing educational programming for PAC members.