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Mercury go for Western title tonight

If you want to see the best sports show in town, check out the Phoenix Mercury tonight.

The Phoenix Mercury will return home looking to close out the best-of-three WNBA Western Conference Finals in a decisive Game 3 on tonight at 7 p.m. at US Airways Center against the Minnesota Lynx. Tickets for today’s Game 3 are on sale now, starting at $25.

The Mercury—looking for their third WNBA Championship in franchise history—advanced to the Conference Finals for the second consecutive year and the sixth time in the last eight years. The Mercury clinched homecourt advantage throughout the WNBA Playoffs thanks to a WNBA-record 29 regular season wins. That homecourt advantage is thanks in part to the X-Factor who helped the Mercury to a franchise-best 16-1 (.941) record at US Airways Center this regular season and a current 17-game home winning streak.

Mercury welcome Brittney Griner

Mercury’s Griner leads WNBA in jersey sales

Phoenix Mercury rookie center and 2013 All-Star starter Brittney Griner is the WNBA’s top-selling jersey, based on national merchandise sales including WNBAStore.com since the start of the 2013 regular season.  Griner and the “3 to See”—rookies Skylar Diggins of the Tulsa Shock and Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky—claimed the top three spots. Maya Moore, who’s held the No. 1 spot for the past two seasons, placed fourth, while the Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker ranked fifth.  Mercury guard Diana Taurasi, also a 2013 All-Star starter, ranked sixth on the list.

Diggins’ popularity helped the Shock claim the No. 1 position for the first time for team merchandise sales while the teams of first-time All-Stars Delle Donne (Sky) and Griner placed second and third, respectively. Rounding out the top five teams are the Washington Mystics (No. 4) and the 2012 top-selling Indiana Fever (No. 5).

In its 17th season, the WNBA remains the most successful women’s professional sports league. This year’s All-Star Team includes seven players from the most popular jerseys list: Griner (No. 1), Delle Donne (No. 3), Moore (No. 4), Parker (No. 5), Taurasi (No. 6), Seimone Augustus of the Lynx (No. 7), and Tamika Catchings (No. 8) of the Fever.

TOP 10 MOST POPULAR PLAYER JERSEYS:

1. Brittney Griner – Phoenix Mercury

2. Skylar Diggins – Tulsa Shock

3. Elena Delle Donne – Chicago Sky

4. Maya Moore – Minnesota Lynx

5. Candace Parker – Los Angeles Sparks

6. Diana Taurasi – Phoenix Mercury

7. Seimone Augustus – Minnesota Lynx

8. Tamika Catchings – Indiana Fever

9. Nneka Ogwumlke – Los Angeles Sparks

10. Becky Hammon – San Antonio Silver Stars

Mercury welcome Brittney Griner

Mercury's Griner leads WNBA in jersey sales

Phoenix Mercury rookie center and 2013 All-Star starter Brittney Griner is the WNBA’s top-selling jersey, based on national merchandise sales including WNBAStore.com since the start of the 2013 regular season.  Griner and the “3 to See”—rookies Skylar Diggins of the Tulsa Shock and Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky—claimed the top three spots. Maya Moore, who’s held the No. 1 spot for the past two seasons, placed fourth, while the Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker ranked fifth.  Mercury guard Diana Taurasi, also a 2013 All-Star starter, ranked sixth on the list.

Diggins’ popularity helped the Shock claim the No. 1 position for the first time for team merchandise sales while the teams of first-time All-Stars Delle Donne (Sky) and Griner placed second and third, respectively. Rounding out the top five teams are the Washington Mystics (No. 4) and the 2012 top-selling Indiana Fever (No. 5).

In its 17th season, the WNBA remains the most successful women’s professional sports league. This year’s All-Star Team includes seven players from the most popular jerseys list: Griner (No. 1), Delle Donne (No. 3), Moore (No. 4), Parker (No. 5), Taurasi (No. 6), Seimone Augustus of the Lynx (No. 7), and Tamika Catchings (No. 8) of the Fever.

TOP 10 MOST POPULAR PLAYER JERSEYS:

1. Brittney Griner – Phoenix Mercury

2. Skylar Diggins – Tulsa Shock

3. Elena Delle Donne – Chicago Sky

4. Maya Moore – Minnesota Lynx

5. Candace Parker – Los Angeles Sparks

6. Diana Taurasi – Phoenix Mercury

7. Seimone Augustus – Minnesota Lynx

8. Tamika Catchings – Indiana Fever

9. Nneka Ogwumlke – Los Angeles Sparks

10. Becky Hammon – San Antonio Silver Stars

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YWCA Hosts 2013 Tribute To Leadership Gala

YWCA Maricopa County will Host its 20th annual Tribute To Leadership Gala on February 23, 2013, at the Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix at 6:00pm. Guests will be provided an elegant setting to dine and dance to the wonderful Upper East Side Big Band.

Tribute To Leadership, our largest event of the year, will honor those who have made substantial contributions to eliminating discrimination, empowering women, and serving as champions to our community. The gala provides funding to support YWCA programs throughout the year; including financial education, advocacy and awareness programs, and essential services for seniors. Please join us on February 23rd to celebrate these amazing honorees. For more information, visit www.ywcaaz.org or call 602-258-0990.

2013 Tribute to Leadership Honorees:

Jaye Perricone, PetSmart, Advocacy Leader

Pamela Overton Risoleo, Greenberg Traurig, Community Service Corporate Leader

Andy Kramer, Banner Health Foundation, Community Service Nonprofit Leader

Michael Barnard, Phoenix Theatre, Creative Arts Leader

Paul Luna, Helios Education Foundation, Education Leader

Dean Victor Coonrod, MD-MPH, Maricopa Medical Center, Health & Science Leader

Patricia Little-Upah, retired, US Army Reserve, Military or Armed Service Leader

Angela Hughey, ONE Community Media, Public Service Leader

Karen Churchard, Arizona Centennial 2012 Foundation, Centennial Leader

Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury, Sports Leader

Julie Sullivan, International Foundation for Education & Self-Help, Racial Justice Leader

Amber Cox, President and COO Phoenix Mercury

First Job: Amber Cox, President And COO Phoenix Mercury

Amber Cox, President and COO Phoenix Mercury, discusses her first job at a wholesale greenhouse and the things that helped her get to where she is today in the sports industry.


What was your first job?

My mom and stepdad owned a wholesale greenhouse that was practically connected to our house with thousands of plants of every shape and size. I helped with all phases of the business, including washing pots, planting, mixing dirt, loading trucks and taking orders. the best part was our “dirt room,” which was a giant space with concrete floors and high ceilings. It included a basketball hoop. I spent more than half of my childhood and teenage years in that place, working on my game and chasing my basketball down before it disappeared in the dirt wagon.

What did you learn from that first job?

Hard work. By the time I was in middle school, I was working 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day in the summer. And when your mom is the boss, there is no slacking.

What was your first job in your current industry and what were your duties?

I was the first sports information director at my alma mater (William Woods University) in Missouri. I compiled stats, wrote press releases and assisted in weekly nominations for player of the week in our various sports.

What were your salaries in your first job and first industry job?

Working for my parents, I made $5 or $6 an hour. And they let me back in the house every night! When I worked as a SID, I was a graduate assistant. I was able to complete my MBA and continue living and eating for free a bit longer. That was the life!

Who is your biggest mentor?

Jay Parry, the senior vice president of the Suns brand and business development. Jay hired me eight years ago when she was the president of the Mercury. Next to my mom and grandmother, Jay has had more influence on me than any other person. Jay works harder than anyone I’ve ever met and is a leader everyone wants to follow. She’s taught me to demand the best from myself and those around me without losing sight of the fact that we work in an incredible industry. Don’t compromise your work (“The devil is in the details”), but don’t lose sight that the real fun is in the journey.

How is being president of a sports team different from being president of a more traditional business?

Being a part of two championship runs is like nothing I could have dreamed as a kid. And a journey no other job can replicate. And as a basketball fan, watching Diana Taurasi play night in and night out for seven seasons — that’s a dream come true. But the WNBA means more than wins and losses to me. Growing our fan base and bringing in more sponsors means this league will be around for years to come and give girls an opportunity to play professional basketball for a living or even do my job. I’m very passionate about making sure that’s always a dream that’s available to boys and girls.

What advice would you give someone entering your industry today?

Do what you love and love what you do. And as my grandma always says, “Don’t let anyone outwork you.”

If you weren’t doing what you’re doing today, what would you be doing instead?

I’d be the lead singer in a southern rock band, touring the country doing covers of Lynard Skynard and the Steve Miller Band.

For more information on the Phoenix Mercury, visit www.wnba.com/mercury.

Arizona Business Magazine July/August 2012