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Meet Market: More business leaders seeking atypical event solutions

Competitors always seek an edge over an opponent.

That’s especially true in business where corporate meetings and team-building events are taking competition to a whole new level.

“We will do more than 1,000 corporate events this year,” says Scott Sanders, founder and president of Octane Raceway, which offers high-speed kart racing on an indoor-outdoor track in Scottsdale.

Octane is part of a growing trend that has seen a growing number of companies move away from staging their corporate events at the nearest airport hotel meeting room and evolving their events into more unique, fun and fresh environments.

“Companies are looking for different ways to engage their employees,” Sanders says. “One of the things we pride ourselves on is creating a memorable event. It’s not like people leave and say, ‘We went to a meeting and accomplished our business objective.’ When they come to Octane, they get to go off site, experience something together and get their competitive juices flowing. Companies are starting to recognize that team building not just as a line item on their budget, but something that has a true return on investment when it comes to having productive teams and having employees who feel appreciated.”

Octane Raceway isn’t the only place in the Valley where business leaders can effectively mix business with pleasure and team building. Here are just a few options:

casino-del-solCasino del Sol
In addition to its 18,000-square-foot ballroom that divides into five smaller rooms to allow meeting planners to hold multiple events side-by-side throughout their stay, Casino Del Sol Resort offers its corporate visitors world-class gaming, a Ty Butler- and Notah Begay-designed golf course, scenic hiking trails, mountain bike trails and horseback riding. casinodelsolresort.com

tontoClubhouse at Tonto Verde
The Clubhouse at Tonto Verde offers companies a unique way to recharge after a half-day or full day executive meeting on its 18-hole natural grass putting course, offering a fun alternative event for golfers and non-golfers alike. The Clubhouse at Tonto Verde has customized programs to meet your business needs that include a variety of food and beverage packages. tontoverdeweddings.com

dave-and-bustersDave and Busters
With all the amenities of a hotel plus customized team building options, D&B guests attend an experience, not just a meeting. By-products of a D&B event result in building team cohesion, melting strong personality types and re-energizing your strongest asset – your employees. Now that’s a way to justify your meeting dollars. daveandbusters.com

hardrockHard Rock Cafe Phoenix
The Hard Rock is the perfect venue for parties and special events, large and small. Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, Hard Rock can host a variety of events, from corporate meetings to elegant galas, each with a custom design to fit clients’ specific needs. The venue provides guests with a legendary culinary experience, along with a one-of-a-kind memorabilia collection, giving each event its own built-in vibe. hardrock.com

Hot-AirHot Air Expeditions
Hot air balloon flights and tethered rides are fun and unique activities for meetings and events. Tethered rides are a great addition to an event and balloon flights are perfect for bonding outside of the office and showcasing the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Post-flight gourmet cuisine and optional teambuilding events and activities are available. hotairexpeditions.com

MastroMastro’s
Mastro’s private dining space offers corporate clients an exclusive, fine dining experience in a business-minded atmosphere complete with audio-visual capabilities and high-level service. Options include Mastro’s Steak House, Mastro’s Ocean Club and Mastro’s City Hall. mastrosrestaurants.com

mimMusical Instrument Museum
MIM offers a stunning and unique setting for events, with world-class service, sumptuous cuisine, magical entertainment, and incomparable musical and cultural exhibits. Displaying more than 5,000 musical instruments and artifacts from around the world, MIM provides a one-of-a-kind event experience for seated dinners, cocktail receptions, corporate meetings, weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, fundraising galas and other special events. mim.org

octaneOctane Raceway
Companies can do a couple races per person with a catered breakfast, lunch or dinner. Off-track activities that can supplement the experience include a rock wall, Phoenix International Raceway Pit Crew Challenge, Segway course and other games. Expect to pay just $30-$60 per person or go all out and do the Octane Olympics for $100 per person. octaneraceway.com

rawhideRawhide Western Town and Steakhouse
at Wild Horse Pass

Rawhide offers companies an opportunity to enjoy a unique memorable experience with a true taste of the Old West. Rawhide can accommodate groups from 20 to 7,500 and has more than 14 different private Western-themed venues so corporate groups can enjoy a unique journey back in time. rawhide.com

stratumStratum Laser Tag & Event Headquarters
Stratum specializes in “meetings with a mission;” out-of-the-box programs with an out-of-the-ordinary and affordable setting. Teams will incorporate their meeting message, team-building effectiveness, entertainment, camaraderie and fun along with upscale food and bar packages, all at a lower cost than a hotel and within a unique setting. stratumhq.com

tpcTPC Scottsdale
TPC offers word-class golf accommodations for all corporate groups. Besides golf, TPC offers post0event function spaces, private meeting spaces and banquet areas that allow for corporate groups to enjoy a round of golf while including business activities. This can include a power point presentation before teeing off or a large post-event function area to entertain clients before or after their round. pgatourtpc.com

wild-horse-passWild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
With 12,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, Wild Horse Pass offers a great option for memorable meetings, epic events and special celebrations. Its showroom features amazing production possibilities for a general session for up to 1,400 people or a meal for up to 300. The venue also boasts five unique spaces from swanky lounges – including the popular AiRIA Unplugged — to a sports bar. wingilariver.com

Wrigley-MansionWrigley Mansion
The Wrigley Mansion is a breathtaking landmark built in 1932 by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. as a 50th anniversary gift to his wife. Now celebrating its 20th year under the Hormel family’s ownership, the Wrigley Mansion offer a historical venue that specializes in meetings, conferences and every milestone celebration from a sit-down event for 20 to 300 to a reception-style event for up to 1,500. wrigleymansionclub.com

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Ryan Companies: "Building Lasting Relationships"

For 75 years, Ryan Companies U.S., Inc. has been “building lasting relationships,” as the company motto proclaims.
The Phoenix office, a year shy of celebrating two decades in Arizona, has made its own footprint on the state’s development landscape, building its own lasting relationships.
Ryan opened shop in Phoenix in 1994 to coordinate the construction of Target stores throughout the state. It is now a diverse company with approximately 80 employees in Arizona and services that include construction, development and property management. The Phoenix office is led by President/Southwest John Strittmatter, and Vice President of Development Molly Ryan Carson, whose great-grandfather, James Henry Ryan, founded the company in 1938 in Minneapolis.
“Providing great customer service to our clients is the key to Ryan Companies,” says Todd Holzer, a Ryan vice president. “Everyone in the company, no matter what level you might be, lives by the company motto and puts a priority on maintaining relationships. By being a fully integrated company that can develop, build and manage commercial real estate for both ourselves and our clients, we have the flexibility and expertise to touch real estate in many ways.
“We also give back to the community in many ways,” Holzer adds. “I have made it a core principal in my work at Ryan and in my personal life to commit my time and money to charitable and trade organizations.”
Screen Shot 2013-07-26 at 11.51.16 AMRyan Companies has completed more than 18 MSF of development and construction projects over the past 19 years for customers such as Del Webb, KayBee Toys, NCS, Target, Honeywell, DMB, Dial Corp., Motorola, Edwards Jones, Maricopa County, the General Services Administration/FBI, Northern Arizona University, Avnet and UniSource.
“We have been doing business with Ryan Companies for about 10 years now and the relationship we have with them is exceptional,” says Robert Gracz, Vice President of Corporate Real Estate for Avnet. “John Strittmatter is one of the most professional men of integrity I know in our industry. Most impressive about his team is how they exemplify John himself, everyone in Ryan I meet.
“They truly live and work by their tag line of building relationships,” Gracz adds. “It’s not about now, but more about the long-term relationship on how they operate. I can tell you that John has stood by every commitment and then some he or his team has ever committed to me, and I assure they were some difficult ones. Yet he stood there honorably honoring his commitments. There is no better way to build relationships than that … people you can trust.”
The Phoenix office also supports professional and industry organizations such as Valley Partnership, Arizona Builders’ Alliance, NAIOP, CoreNet, ULI and BOMA. Charitable work includes supporting local nonprofits such as the Arizona Science Center, Childhelp, Brophy College Prep, St. Francis Prep, Junior Achievement of Arizona, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Central Arizona, the Phoenix Symphony and Valley of the Sun United Way.

Construction

While Ryan is unique in the diversity of services it provides, its construction group provides services on a diverse range of product types as well. The group can be characterized by versatility, flexibility and high performance. Ryan’s construction group provides preconstruction and construction services on product types including office, industrial, tenant improvements, mission critical, education, healthcare, hospitality, recreation/sports facilities and even roads/infrastructure.
“We have our core business sectors, but based on relationships, our clients take us into new areas,” says Steve Jordan, Director of Construction Services. “We have a versatile group of construction professionals with well-rounded talent to assist with design and to build fantastic projects. We enjoy having involvement from the early stages of the projects, to provide value and expertise through the process to achieve our clients’ objectives.
“Our construction professionals look forward to the challenges and diversity that different product types can bring,” Jordan adds. “Those challenges are multifaceted — whether it’s the complex engineering and detailed nature of a data center or the weather variations that can impact a tight schedule at NAU, our team always rises to the occasion to successful completion for our clients.”
Building lasting relationships also extends to the subcontractors with whom Ryan works. Otis Elevator Co. has been doing business with Ryan Companies in Arizona since it first entered the market. More notably, Otis Elevator and Ryan Companies together built the Phelps Dodge Tower (One North Central) and the UniSource Headquarters in Tucson.
“Ryan Companies is one of the most professional and long standing developers/property managers in this market,” says Brian Skoczylas, Territory Manager for Otis. “We share that kindred attitude and look forward to many more years of sharing the role of building Arizona.”

Property management

While Ryan’s more visible reputation centers around development/construction, its Real Estate Management group has quietly developed a solid niche in the marketplace. More than 83% of Ryan’s REM business is non-Ryan owned that it manages for third party clients such as Mitsubishi Estate of New York, ASB Capital Management, Artis REIT, Fort Properties, UniSource and Behringer-Harvard.
“Our client relationships are long term, many in excess of 10 to 15 years, which have consistently resulted in expanded opportunities across the country for all of the Ryan disciplines,” says Anna Riley, Regional Director of Management. “Our approach to real estate management is organizationally and culturally comprehensive. Our managers are influenced by our internal areas of expertise through their involvement in development, design and construction processes, thereby allowing them a broader perspective as REM takes on the responsibilities of operations, lease up and financial management.
“We oversee the typical industry day-to-day operations. However, our expanded approach is to assess and identify opportunities and to drive the enhancement of asset value. Ryan REM has developed effective strategies for providing asset level intelligence at the pre-acquisition and through the ownership phases with operational due-diligence inspections, transition planning, repositioning, rebranding and lease up coordination. Our management teams align closely with our clients in understanding their investment objectives and we truly partner in achieving them.”
Ryan is culturally committed to building lasting relationships — it isn’t just a tagline, Riley says.
“It is demonstrated in our focus on the development of our people, our overt outreach into our communities and our loyalty to our clients, brokers and service providers,” she says. “When I joined Ryan more than 7 years ago, my role was to run a management business. As I began to experience the Ryan culture, my increased sensitivity to the relationship role and its responsibilities have shaped me both personally and professionally.
“I value the opportunities that I have to mentor my group, to effect results for our clients and to conduct business in a fashion that is responsible to our communities. Ryan’s culture has been a great fit.”
The same holds true for the property management subcontractors.
“Our relationship with Ryan Companies is built on mutual respect with a common goal,” says Mischelle Arreca, Director of Business Development for Caretaker Landscape. “We share in our commitment to create sustainable environments that are both cost effective and aesthetically pleasing.
“We partner to insure they have efficient outdoor water use, healthy and vibrant plants, properly maintained plant material and a budget-conscious future landscape plan. We value our relationship with Ryan Companies because they value their partners.”

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Experience France at the Musical Instrument Museum

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is celebrating French music and culture with a two-day event. Experience France takes place July 13-14 and features music, activities and a special menu in the museum café that will have visitors feeling like they left the country.

Last year MIM had enormous success with their Bastille Day, which fueled the inspiration to make it a two-day event. “Experience France” is part of MIM’s “Unity Through Diversity” partnership with Phoenix-based Petsmart and Alliance François of Greater Phoenix. The leading message behind the partnership it that music is the language of the soul and the celebration of all the cultural diversities that music portrays.

There will be live performances on both days that are free with general admission. Cécile Hortensia, the Phoenix based singer and songwriter who combines bilingual poetry with music, will be performing songs that celebrate both her French and American heritages. Hortensia will also be performing songs that were made famous by Edith Pief in honor of the 50th anniversary of her passing.

ZAZU, a gypsy-jazz Arizona band, which performs improvisational songs in the spirit of guitarist Django Reinhart. Also performing will be Dr. James Gerber, music associate for All Saints Episcopal Church in Phoenix, who will play French masterpieces from the 16th to 20th century on MIM’s Rathke “visible” organ.

Guests can take a tour of MIM’s French exhibit and a showcase of French instruments in the Mechanical Music Gallery, by MIM Europe Curator Dr. Kathleen Wiens. The tour is free with admission and will educate guests on music, history and the instruments of France.

Guests can also learn French marching rhythms with a a special installment of MIM’s “Get the Beat! World Drumming Series.” The class is $12 a person and will highlight French drumming traditions in a fun, family-friendly way. To register for the drumming series, email grouptours@mim.org.

Complete your French experience with French entrees and wine specials at Café Allegro. On the menu are items like Coq au vin, goat cheese quiche, macarpone -and-date filled crepe, ham and cheese on a French baguette and macarons. Café Allegro will also have specials on Pillsbury wine Viognier and 2012 Chenin Blanc.

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Experience France at the Musical Instrument Museum

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is celebrating French music and culture with a two-day event. Experience France takes place July 13-14 and features music, activities and a special menu in the museum café that will have visitors feeling like they left the country.

Last year MIM had enormous success with their Bastille Day, which fueled the inspiration to make it a two-day event. “Experience France” is part of MIM’s “Unity Through Diversity” partnership with Phoenix-based Petsmart and Alliance François of Greater Phoenix. The leading message behind the partnership it that music is the language of the soul and the celebration of all the cultural diversities that music portrays.

There will be live performances on both days that are free with general admission. Cécile Hortensia, the Phoenix based singer and songwriter who combines bilingual poetry with music, will be performing songs that celebrate both her French and American heritages. Hortensia will also be performing songs that were made famous by Edith Pief in honor of the 50th anniversary of her passing.

ZAZU, a gypsy-jazz Arizona band, which performs improvisational songs in the spirit of guitarist Django Reinhart. Also performing will be Dr. James Gerber, music associate for All Saints Episcopal Church in Phoenix, who will play French masterpieces from the 16th to 20th century on MIM’s Rathke “visible” organ.

Guests can take a tour of MIM’s French exhibit and a showcase of French instruments in the Mechanical Music Gallery, by MIM Europe Curator Dr. Kathleen Wiens. The tour is free with admission and will educate guests on music, history and the instruments of France.

Guests can also learn French marching rhythms with a a special installment of MIM’s “Get the Beat! World Drumming Series.” The class is $12 a person and will highlight French drumming traditions in a fun, family-friendly way. To register for the drumming series, email grouptours@mim.org.

Complete your French experience with French entrees and wine specials at Café Allegro. On the menu are items like Coq au vin, goat cheese quiche, macarpone -and-date filled crepe, ham and cheese on a French baguette and macarons. Café Allegro will also have specials on Pillsbury wine Viognier and 2012 Chenin Blanc.

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On Our Radar: "Women Who Rock" Exhibition Coming to MIM This Fall

Fans from Wanda Jackson to Taylor Swift (and every awesome female songstress, artist and rock star in between), take notice.

 

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is bringing “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power” to Phoenix October 19, 2013 through April 20, 2014. Created by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, this is the world’s first museum exhibition to honor nearly a century of iconic female musicians, and MIM will be the only location in the southwest to host the exhibition. Highlighting more than 70 artists, the exhibition demonstrates how women have been the engines of creation and change in popular music. Guests will see instruments, original handwritten lyrics, stage outfits, concert posters and videos from artists ranging from Wanda Jackson, Janis Joplin and Madonna to Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood and more! Admission is $10 for the exhibition only, or $7 when purchased with general museum admission.

 

Detailed pictures coming soon!

 

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Summer Happenings at the MIM

Save the date (s)! Phoenix’s Musical Instrument Museum has quite a repertoire of special events this summer, including Teacher Appreciation Month in July and the Recycled Orchestra CONCERT in August! Head over to our calendar to see more.

Educator Appreciation Month at MIM: Monday, July 1 – Wednesday, July 31

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) invites Arizona K‒12 educators to explore nearly 6,000 instruments and artifacts from every country in the world for free during the entire month of July. Current Arizona when all AZ teachers, teachers, school and district administrators, registered student teachers, teacher’s aides and homeschool educators will be granted complimentary admission with a school- or district-issued ID, fingerprint clearance card or (for homeschool educators) an affidavit of intent.

Curator’s Choice Lecture Series: 7 p.m. every Thursday in July

MIM is pleased to announce the Curator’s Choice Lecture Series beginning in July. Enjoy engaging, intelligent topics focused on the world of musical instruments and culture that provide opportunities for deeper learning and compelling conversation. Each lecture examines a different topic presented by a MIM curator. Additional information regarding topics and presenters is coming soon. Tickets: Free with museum admission or $7; free for Circle of Friends donors.

Desert Rose Band: 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 5

Chris Hilman, John Jorgenson and Herb Pedersen of the original Desert Rose Band perform in a rare “unplugged” reunion show. Their trademark blend of country-rock, bluegrass and honky-tonk produced numerous top 10 and number-one hits, not to mention two nominations for Best Vocal Group of the Year by the Academy of Country Music. Tickets: $42.50–$47.50.

Experience France: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., July 14 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 14

Celebrate French music and culture in honor of Bastille Day! Enjoy live music performances and hands-on activities, shop for French merchandise at the Museum Store and indulge in a French-inspired menu at Café Allegro. This program is sponsored by PetSmart® and supported by Alliance Française of Greater Phoenix. Free with museum admission.

Fanfare Ciocărlia: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18

anfare Ciocărlia is one of the world’s greatest live bands, whose energy and ingenuity have won them fans around the globe. Fanfare’s members proudly approach every concert as a challenge to both entertain audiences and keep the true spirit of gypsy music alive. Fanfare’s musicians take pride in their ability to play as an extremely fast and tight unit, utilizing timpani, trumpets, horns and clarinets. Tickets: $34.50–$42.50.

John Scofield’s Überjam Band: 7 and 9 p.m. Sat., July 20

The eclectic electric guitarist John Scofield left Berklee College of Music about 40 years ago to perform with Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan. Since then, he has found wide success throughout the jazz community. Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk-edged jazz and R&B. Tickets: $29.50–$42.50.

Teachers’ Preview Day: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sat., July 20 and 12 – 3 p.m. Sunday, July 21

Educators can take an in-depth look at MIM’s educational offerings for the 2013‒2014 school year during the museum’s Teachers’ Preview Days on Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21. Programming will include information about field trips (both docent-led and self-guided tour options), pre- and post-visit curricula and Artist Residency Programs. The preview days will also feature a performance by the Kawambe-Omowale African Drum and Dance Theatre, one of the 2013‒2014 Artists in Residence; light refreshments; the opportunity to tour MIM’s galleries; and a preview of MIM’s two new school-tour options. To register, visit zoomerang.com. Seating for the Teachers’ Preview Days is limited, so register early. Free for Arizona K‒12 educators, administrators, principals, registered student teachers and homeschool educators.

RUNA: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25

This vocal and instrumental ensemble draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of its members and offers a refreshing approach to traditional and contemporary Celtic music. Tickets: $18.50-$24.50

Save the Date: The Recycled Orchestra Visits MIM: Thursday, August 8 – Saturday, August 10

Members of the Recycled Orchestra, a remarkable youth group from Paraguay that plays instruments made from trash, will visit MIM in August. MIM currently features eight of the group’s unique instruments in an exhibit in the Latin America gallery. While at MIM, the group will perform in two concerts in MIM Music Theater and participate in workshops with local students. The final schedule for the orchestra’s visit will be available in the coming weeks.

Click here to purchase tickets or for more information.

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MIM’s Recycled Orchestra Exhibit Highlights How Music Can Generate Hope

If you haven’t visited North Phoenix recently, this exhibit at the MIM may bring you to do so.  The Musical Instrument Museum has opened a Recycled Orchestra exhibit in its Latin America Gallery. Inspired by a remarkable youth group from Paraguay, the exhibit features eight of the ensemble’s innovative instruments made from trash, along with video and photography shot in their hometown.

The instruments in MIM’s Recycled Orchestra exhibit come from a shantytown built on a landfill in Cateura, Paraguay, where families survive by collecting and reselling garbage. In this small town on the outskirts of the country’s capital Asunción, a violin can cost more than a house. There, visionary music teacher Favio Chávez gathered a team to search the landfill for usable materials and create instruments from recycled trash. In just a few years, their program has led to a thriving music school and a youth orchestra that performs internationally. That orchestra is the subject of a documentary, Landfill Harmonic, which is currently in production and is slated to be released in 2014. The film team includes Alejandra Amarilla Nash (founder and executive producer), Rodolfo Madero (executive producer), Juliana Peñaranda-Loftus (producer) and Emmy-nominated director Graham Townsley.

Made with items such as metal oil barrels, tin paint cans, old x-ray films, coins, bottle caps, spoons and plastic buttons, these instruments prove that poverty doesn’t preclude a life rich with music. The recycled instruments on display at MIM include:

A viola made from a tin paint container, recycled wood and a fork as a tailpiece
A violin whose body was cut from a metal commercial glue canister covered with Portuguese writing and symbols warning of toxic fumes
A flute made from a tin water pipe, lock pieces and a spoon handle
A rotary valve trumpet made from recycled metals, including worthless coins serving as valve caps
A soprano saxophone made from a tin water pipe, metal bottle caps, plastic buttons, a metal spoon and fork handles
A drum with chest x-ray films as drumheads, instead of animal skins
A cello made from a PetroBras automotive oil container from Brazil, with used strings held in place by a spatula
A double bass made from a metal calcium carbide container and bolts, with a fingerboard and scroll salvaged from a bass smashed in a car wreck.

Dr. Daniel Piper, MIM’s curator for Latin America and the Caribbean, has been working with the film team for more than a year and sees strong parallels between the Recycled Orchestra and other stories of hope and resilience told in MIM’s galleries. “Their story represents the intrinsic need by people around the world to make music,” said Piper. “For thousands of years, this need has driven musical innovation and creativity, leading to the incredible variety of instruments.”

The Recycled Orchestra will be performing at the MIM Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10. Click here for more details or to purchase tickets.

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Executives look to broaden knowledge base

The economic downturn created new levels of pressure that businesses never experienced.
Costs had to be contained. Operations had to be streamlined. The workforce had to be as lean and as efficient as possible.

It created pressure and questions for employees, too, as they questioned whether or not they had the skill sets necessary to survive and thrive during any economic crisis.

“We have seen a number of people enter our Ken Blanchard Executive MBA and MBA program as a response to the most recent (economic) downturn,” says Kevin Barksdale, dean of the Ken Blanchard College of Business at Grand Canyon University. “Some have done so because they had become unexpectedly unemployed.  Others as a hedge against that possibility.”

One thing educators say you can bank on, though, is that in the wake of the recession, fewer firms are paying for school.

“The current economic conditions have created more of a ‘hirers’ market and firms are looking for more educated people for their talent pool,” says Bill Berry, dean of the University of Phoenix School of Business. “These firms are paying less for education, but still want a well-educated workforce.”

As a result, Valley educators who cater to executives who aspire to prepare themselves for new levels of leadership have had to learn to become more nimble and adaptable with their curriculum and methods.

“The environment has been so unstable and change has become so constant,” Barksdale says, “that we have had to be willing to move quickly to support our executive students.”

One new program that is catering to the changing demands of the workforce and need for immediacy in the business community is the Master’s in Management (MiM) program at Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business. The program launches this semester.

(MiM) degrees are shortened programs that cost less, don’t require years of work experience, and provide recent graduates with the business fundamentals they will need to launch themselves into the workforce faster than MBA programs. A survey by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) reports a 69 percent spike in applications for MiM programs in the United States.

“GMAT takers and MBA applicants are getting younger and have less experience, signaling an increased demand for graduate business training without the work experience typically associated with an MBA,” says Dawn Feldman, executive director of the Center for Executive and Professional Development at the W. P. Carey School of Business. “In addition, employers have been indicating they need employees with strong problem-solving skills and fundamental business knowledge. Our MiM program is just nine months long and helps new grads to complement their existing knowledge from other fields with a basic business foundation. MiM programs already have a long record of success with students and employers in other areas of the world, such as Europe. We’re enthusiastic about the diversity of our incoming class.”

ASU’s MiM program is designed to take aspiring entrepreneurs and students from non-business backgrounds and teach them real-world skills that can immediately be translated and applied to a professional work environment and give them an edge in the competitive job market.

The University of Phoenix also offers its own Master of Management degree.
“Because University of Phoenix adapts our course curriculum based on changing industry trends and skills employers are looking for in their workforce,” Berry says, “the Master of Management degree is best fitting with the stated needs of today’s employers focusing on the skills required to work in a highly collaborative and culturally diverse organization.”

While those entering the workplace are looking for an edge on the competition, developing talent already working in the trenches was something that was a luxury during the economic downturn.

But as the economy transitions from recession to recovery mode, businesses are starting to focus on positioning themselves for future growth and developing internal talent.

“In the last six months we’ve seen a real increase in the number of organizations inquiring about leadership development opportunities for their employees,” Feldman says. “They know that their internal efforts alone aren’t enough. They’re seeking opportunities to develop people by exposing them to the business perspectives and practical knowledge that faculty at the W. P. Carey School of Business are uniquely positioned to share.”

With that in mind, the Center for Executive and Professional Development created the Leadership Development Workshops, a series of five standalone courses on topics that range from driving employee engagement to leading effective team processes. The workshops are designed for managers, project or team leaders, and those looking to advance into management roles. They can also provide a strong foundation for seasoned professionals who have little formal management education.

“W. P. Carey faculty are recognized worldwide for their research and thought leadership,” according to Gerry Keim, chairman of the department of management. “Yet it’s their skill at bringing new trends and best practice discussions into the classroom, focusing on the practical application of concepts in the current business environment, that makes the W. P. Carey School an incredible resource for managers and executives.”

The 2012 workshop topics include Driving Employee Engagement, Effective Negotiations, Inspiration and Motivation as Leadership Tools, Harvesting Knowledge From Frontline Employees, Leading Effective Team Processes. Topics for the 2013 workshops are being developed.

“Whether individuals attend all five or just one workshop, they will come away with new skills and approaches to business practices that will ultimately positively affect their employees and their organization’s bottom line,” Feldman says.

Regardless of what route business executives take to get there — whether it’s a workshop or going back to school to get and MBA — educators say the current focus of executive education is on the practical application of knowledge.

“Executives want learning opportunities that build capabilities and immediately allow participants to do their jobs better,” Feldman says. “Second, technology has given us the opportunity to build engaging learning experiences that connect people regardless of location, so online programs mirror the way work is done in today’s global business environment.”

The availability on online education has made it easier than ever for executives to expand their knowledge base.

“Our eMBA is an accelerated and blended model with face-to-face interaction during three distinct residencies and online learning in between,” Barksdale says. “Our MBA programs are offered face to face — traditional style — and online.”

In addition to the online options available, Barksdale says he has observed another change in executive education.

“I think the biggest shift has been the increased desire on the part of the student to learn more about themselves, their personal styles, and subsequently their leadership skills,” Barksdale acknowledges. “We have found executive learners to be more open than ever to receiving critical feedback with respect to how they lead and what might need to change.”
While executives may see furthering their education as a solo endeavor, educators urge them to seek out the guidance of others before embarking on their journey.

“Seek advice from your personal board of directors,” Barksdale says. “Discuss the reasons you want to go back to school. What would you do with the new knowledge?  Talk to students in the programs you are considering. Ask them questions around the curriculum, the learning environment, and the learning culture. Consider whether the programs you are looking at devote significant time to leadership development or not. This to me is critical in the life of an executive.  Finally, some people might suggest to choose a program that fits your lifestyle.  While this is not bad advice, I might add that if you are looking for the MBA or graduate degree to be a transformational journey, perhaps you might consider a program that intentionally alters your lifestyle. The disruption can be a good thing if you use it to re-focus and re-center your career and life trajectory.”

The W. P. Carey School of Business contributed to this story. To learn more, visit knowwpcarey.com.

Taylor Swift, Photo: Flickr, avrilllllla

Special Artist Exhibit At MIM To Honor Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift Exhibit: Banjo“We, are never ever, ever, getting back together!” sings Taylor Swift on her newest smash hit. With its fun, bubblegum-pop feel and easy-to-memorize lyrics, it is no wonder why Miss Swift has hit another homerun on the pop charts and radio waves. It would seem these days that fans just can’t get enough of the doe-eyed, blonde beauty as they await the impending release of her fourth studio album “Red.”

However, fans everywhere can rejoice as the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix has a special surprise for people who love all things Swift-related. MIM is proud to announce the opening of a Taylor Swift exhibit in its artist gallery. The gallery will open on October 20, two days before the release of her new album, and will honor the artist’s achievements in the music industry.Taylor Swift Exhibit

The exhibit is divided into two sections, with the first detailing the beginning of Swift’s career. This section will showcase various milestones, such as when Swift began playing guitar and writing songs, to when she released her very first single, “Tim McGraw,” off her self-titled debut album. Some of the objects that will be on display include her handwritten lyrics for the song “Tim McGraw” and her signature, six-string acoustic guitar and cowboy boots that were featured in the single’s music video.Taylor Swift Exhibit

The second section will tell the story of Swift’s rise to super-stardom, demonstrated through the use of instruments, stage wear and set pieces from her “Speak Now” World Tour. The artifacts that will be on display for this part of the exhibit include various instruments used during the world tour, such as a Deering banjo, a Leilani ukulele and her sparkling-red Gibson Les Paul electric guitar that she played during performances of her hit-single “Mine.” The centerpiece of the exhibit is a large prop bell and interactive set piece that was used during performances of her song “Haunted.”

MIM President and Director, Dr. Bill DeWalt, is excited for the new artist gallery and hopes that fans see the extent of Swift’s talents when viewing each part section of Swift’s career.

Taylor Swift Exhibit“Not only is Taylor Swift one of the most successful musical artists in the world,” DeWalt said in a press release, “she is also a multi-instrumentalist and an extraordinarily talented songwriter. We are honored to showcase some of the important artifacts from Swift’s career, and we hope this exhibit inspires our guests of all ages to play an instrument and make their own music.”

To celebrate the addition to MIM’s artist gallery, the museum will host fun activities for visitors during the gallery’s opening weekend (October 20-21). Guests can participate in a songwriting workshop with the Arizona Songwriters Association, watch Taylor Swift music videos in the MIM Music Theater and listen to students from Rock ‘n’ Roll High School sing songs from the singer’s music catalog — just to name a few exciting events.

For more information regarding the Musical Instrument Museum’s Taylor Swift exhibit and a complete list of activities, please visit mim.org.

If You Go: Taylor Swift Exhibit Opening Weekend

When: Saturday, October 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, October 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050
Tickets: Free with museum admission
Contact: (480) 478-6000
Online: mim.org
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The Musical Instrument Museum: The Museum You Hear

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) located in North Phoenix has quickly become one of the must-see attractions in the Valley. Robert Ulrich, former CEO of Target Corporation and founder of MIM, was inspired to build the museum after his trip to a musical instrument museum in Brussels, Belgium.

Getting to the MIM is quite easy if you know where you’re going. But for first time visitors, it’s oddly easy to miss the 190,000-square-foot building. Right off the 101 near the Desert Ridge Marketplace, this museum’s modern architecture compliments the desert surroundings.

Upon entering MIM, the quiet stillness of a typical museum makes you feel like you may be in the wrong spot. That is, until the grand piano in the lobby and the over-sized guitars hanging from the ceiling give away that this isn’t an ordinary museum.

And the minute you’re handed the audio headset to guide your journey, you know you’re in the right spot.

Broken up into geographical exhibits, the museum takes you on a tour of instruments from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America, to Africa and more —  but in no particular order. The audio headsets do not lead you, but instead assist your experience at the museum.

As you walk up to instruments and exhibits, the headset immediately switches over to playing music of the exhibit you are facing. Some exhibits include flat-screen televisions that display the way these instruments are played.

But the MIM isn’t all “look but don’t touch.” Heading downstairs, you will find the Experience Gallery that gives guests the opportunity to play some of the most unique and bizarre instruments in the world. Whether I was banging on a 10-foot gong or picking at a European harp, the hands-on gallery was one of the most popular galleries in the museum.

And right next to the Experience Gallery is the other most popular gallery in the museum. The Artist Gallery hosts instruments from famous musicians; whether it’s John Lennon’s “Imagine” piano or Eric Clapton’s guitar “brownie,” the gallery had me in complete awe.

Make sure to bring some extra cash, too! The cafe on the first floor of the museum features meals from nearly every part of the world.

From field trips to tourists to musicians to Arizona residents, the Musical Instrument Museum is an attraction I will continue to recommend to visit while in the city.

For more information about the Musical Instrument Museum, visit themim.org.

Check out our video about the Musical Instrument Museum.

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Experience The Musical Instrument Museum [VIDEO]

Music aficionados and enthusiasts, the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix is the place for you. From the musical roots of Africa to the current-day music legends, such as John Lennon and Carlos Santana, the Musical Instrument Museum covers everything, from nearly every corner of the world — educating you on the history of musical instruments.

With just your headset, explore different parts of the world, including Africa/Middle East, Asia/Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean, United States/Canada and Europe. As you approach each display, music plays on your headset, and you’re instantly in a different land, experiencing the cultures of the past and present — hearing and witnessing the music in action at wireless “hot spots” looping streamed music.

MIM even educates you on the purpose behind the music in each, respective country. While some used music to connect with nature, help calm sheep and ward off predators, others used it to acquire weapons, for storytelling, ceremonies, religion, to determine and highlight social status, rebellion, create identity and so much more.

You can even create a musical experience for yourself in the Experience Gallery. Strike the marimbas, hit the gong and have fun!


Check out videographer Sterling Grey‘s interpretation of the Musical Instrument Museum:

 


Upcoming MIM Events:

 

MIM Musical Interludes, featuring ASU School of Music: ASU African Drum Ensemble

Enjoy drumming an folklore from Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Ghana, and Nigeria.

The event is free with no museum admission required. Seating is limited and offered on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012
10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Celebrate the Chinese New Year at MIM. MIM and the American Chinese Arts & Culture Exchange Association present special performances with traditional Chinese instruments, folk songs and dance, martial arts, original artwork on display, and a craft activity for all ages.

The event is free with museum admission.

Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

MIM Musical Interludes, featuring UA School of Music: The Rosewood Marimba Band

The Rosewood Marimba band with perform classic ragtime arrangements of George Hamilton Green, Harry Breuer, and Scott Joplin.

The event is free with no museum admission required.

Monday, February 13, 2012
1 p.m.

Romancing Arizona

This Valentine’s Day, spend your evening with local food, wine, entertainment (by The Sugar Thieves and Savoy Hop Cats in the courtyard) and more at MIM. And Arizona will be celebrating 100 years as a state, so this is an event you don’t want miss.

Tickets are $50 each until Jan. 31, 2012. Tickets after are $60 each, and they will be sold at the door for the same price. Ages 21+.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

For more information, visit themim.org or contact events@theMIM.org.

 

If You Go: Musical Instrument Museum

4725 E. Mayo Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85050
(480) 478-6000
themim.org

 

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MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM

Developer: Musical Instrument Museum
General contractor: Ryan Companies US Inc
Architect: RSP Architects
Location:
 SWC Tatum & Mayo Blvd., Phoenix
Size: 190,000 SF on 20 acres

The $135M, 2-story development will house more than 5,000 musical instruments from around the world. Construction began in Feb. 2008 and finishes this February. Subcontractors include Arizona State Utilities, ISS Grounds Control, Riggs Contracting, Progressive Concrete, Sun Valley Masonry, Walters & Wolf, Torrent Resources and WD Manor Mechanical Contractors.

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