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Girls Rule! Teams Up with Phoenix Mercury and YWCA

It’s inspirational, it’s entertaining and it’s the thing to do for you and the teen girl in your life. The second annual Shine Brightly Teens and Women Summit, sponsored by Financial Life Planners, LLC will be taking place at the U.S. Airways Arena in Phoenix on Saturday, September 21, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Hosted by the Girls Rule! Foundation in partnership with the YWCA and Phoenix Mercury, the annual summit will host a day of inspirational and life-changing workshops for girls to help them build bright futures.
“This is the Girls Rule! Foundation’s big event of the year and we’ve made exciting changes to up the ante in every way from our first summit,” said Girls Rule! co-founder Dena Patton. “There are many ways to support young women in seeking out their own healthy, successful futures. The summit not only kick-starts an ongoing conversation about common issues facing adolescent girls, but it gives expert tools to help tackle them.”

Beginning with a light breakfast and photo booth fun, Arizona teens and women are then invited to hear experts share and provide hands-on tools for building and maintaining self-esteem, making healthy life choices, financial planning, and achieving their goals and dreams. At lunch, there will be entertainment by the Phoenix Mercury Hip Hop Squad, unique raffle baskets, and four Arizona teens will be awarded the Brilliant, Beautiful and Bold Role Model Award.

“The Phoenix Mercury is passionate about empowering young girls to dream big and accomplish their goals in all stages of life,” said Amber Cox, Phoenix Mercury COO. “Programs offered through the Girls Rule! Foundation lay the foundation for young women around the Valley to learn the tools to do just that. They are teaching girls how to make their voices heard, to be strong and to never back away from something they are passionate about.”

“Although Girls Rule! is not a sports-focused organization, aligning with the Mercury made perfect sense,” said Girls Rule! co-founder Stephanie Millner. “Our missions are parallel. We both want to empower the younger generations in our community to be leaders, to know their value, and to offer an inspired path for success.”

The second annual Shine Brightly Teens and Women Summit will be held at the U.S. Airways Arena, located at 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ, 85004, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, September 21. For more information, or to become a sponsor or to purchase tickets, visit www.girlsrulefoundation.org.

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NB|AZ names Lechter 2013 Woman of the Year

National Bank of Arizona (NB|AZ) announced Sharon Lechter as the winner of its fourth annual Women’s Financial Group (WFG) Woman of the Year Award. The award, designed to honor outstanding professional women throughout metropolitan Phoenix, was presented to Lechter during a ceremony last week.

Lechter is a local businesswoman, investor and financial literary activist whose philanthropic work has helped establish, educate and train professional women in the Valley. Lechter is the founder and CEO of “Pay Your Family First,” a money management program aimed to increase financial literacy among youth. She also is the co-author of “Rich Dad Poor Dad,” a financial self-help book that has sold more than 26 million copies worldwide.

“As host to the Women’s Financial Group, National Bank of Arizona continues to demonstrate its dedication to building a stronger community for us all,” Lechter said. “I am deeply honored and humbled to be chosen as the 2013 Woman of the Year and pledge my continued support of the bank’s efforts to encourage and ignite results driven collaboration among the fabulous women of Arizona.”

Woman of the Year Award finalists included Dena Patton and Stella Shanovich. Patton is the co-founder and president of “The Girls Rule Foundation,” has sat on the board of NAWBO and regularly coaches women on entrepreneurship, confidence and building business. Shanovich is a partner at Grant Thornton where she spearheaded “Women at Grant Thornton,” an in-house networking and leadership organization for professional women.

“At NB|AZ we take great pride in supporting local professional women who are making a positive impact in their communities,” said Deborah Bateman, executive vice president, director of wealth strategies of National Bank of Arizona. “We received many nominations for women qualified for this prestigious award and are honored to recognize Sharon Lechter as our 2013 Woman of the Year.”

All nominations for the Woman of the Year Award were reviewed by a selection committee comprised of industry leaders and the National Bank of Arizona Women’s Financial Group Advisory Council.

For more information about NB|AZ and the Woman of the Year award, please visit www.nbarizona.com.

Sharon Lechter - headshot

NB|AZ names Lechter 2013 Woman of the Year

National Bank of Arizona (NB|AZ) announced Sharon Lechter as the winner of its fourth annual Women’s Financial Group (WFG) Woman of the Year Award. The award, designed to honor outstanding professional women throughout metropolitan Phoenix, was presented to Lechter during a ceremony last week.

Lechter is a local businesswoman, investor and financial literary activist whose philanthropic work has helped establish, educate and train professional women in the Valley. Lechter is the founder and CEO of “Pay Your Family First,” a money management program aimed to increase financial literacy among youth. She also is the co-author of “Rich Dad Poor Dad,” a financial self-help book that has sold more than 26 million copies worldwide.

“As host to the Women’s Financial Group, National Bank of Arizona continues to demonstrate its dedication to building a stronger community for us all,” Lechter said. “I am deeply honored and humbled to be chosen as the 2013 Woman of the Year and pledge my continued support of the bank’s efforts to encourage and ignite results driven collaboration among the fabulous women of Arizona.”

Woman of the Year Award finalists included Dena Patton and Stella Shanovich. Patton is the co-founder and president of “The Girls Rule Foundation,” has sat on the board of NAWBO and regularly coaches women on entrepreneurship, confidence and building business. Shanovich is a partner at Grant Thornton where she spearheaded “Women at Grant Thornton,” an in-house networking and leadership organization for professional women.

“At NB|AZ we take great pride in supporting local professional women who are making a positive impact in their communities,” said Deborah Bateman, executive vice president, director of wealth strategies of National Bank of Arizona. “We received many nominations for women qualified for this prestigious award and are honored to recognize Sharon Lechter as our 2013 Woman of the Year.”

All nominations for the Woman of the Year Award were reviewed by a selection committee comprised of industry leaders and the National Bank of Arizona Women’s Financial Group Advisory Council.

For more information about NB|AZ and the Woman of the Year award, please visit www.nbarizona.com.