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Superwoman, WEB

How to Have It All — Happiness, Success and Health



Welcome to Scottsdale Living’s monthly series with Platform Scottsdale, a nonprofit organization that creates a platform for like-minded women to meet, mentor and build networking relationships with one another. This month’s feature is by Dorothy Wolden.

Let’s face it, ladies; there are more demands on us now than any other time in history. Working. Going to school. Running a business. Being mom of the year. Having a relationship. Looking good. Staying healthy. How do we have it all, be the greatest we can be and simultaneously remain grounded and happy in the midst of all of the striving?

The truth is that being a superwoman is not about being a super star but about being special to the people who matter to you – your spouse, your children, your family, your friends and your community.

There is a superwoman within all of us, so how do you uncover yours? What do you need to do in order to make a difference in your own life and the lives of the people that matter to you?

Below are five tips to help nurture your superwoman.

  1. Define Who/What Matters to You. The first step to stepping into your superwoman suit is to identify the people and things that matter to you. Knowing who is important to you is one thing but taking actions that will show your love for them is another. Sometimes we forget the people that are closest to us by taking them for granted.
  2. Take time to be by yourself everyday. Quietly, silently, peacefully. Continue to develop your relationship with yourself, as it is the most important relationship of all. Try five minutes of meditation to stay connected to “you.”
  3. Get Organized. Getting organized is all about setting goals and following them. Goals will help you stay focused as well as keep track of progress. The simplest way of setting goals is to consider what you want to achieve, break it into smaller short-term goals, which you will achieve by doing small things on a daily or weekly, monthly or annual basis.
  4. Keep your mind clear. Empty out the trash of your mind. Observe and understand your current beliefs and motivations behind them. If they are not serving your highest good, question why you’re holding onto them. Don’t be afraid to do a sprint cleaning on those toxic thoughts. You’ll be amazed at the good you will attract by getting rid of them.
  5. Give back. Keep the flow of energy moving. Giving back can be simple, like smiling at a stranger, helping someone in need, or volunteer with a local organization. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed.

Remember that being a superwoman is about being cherished and appreciated by those you hold dear to your heart. As a woman, you are already designed to love and care for others. With just a little targeting and planning, the superwoman in you will soar to heights you have never dreamed and bring you peace beyond what money and fame can bring you; the peace that comes from knowing that someone is better off because of you.



Platform Scottsdale is a newly formed organization dedicated to giving women a platform to meet, promote and connect with like-minded women. Founded in 2012 by Christine Espinoza, Julie Kern, Pearl Woodring and Dorothy Wolden, Platform Scottsdale reaches everyone from the woman in business, stay-at-home mom, domestic engineer, and the single lady on the go with their tri-annual events and online community which foster an environment allowing women to come together, contribute and support each other in a meaningful way. For more information visit www.PlatformScottsdale.com.

Donna Witherwax

Donna Witherwax, CPA – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Donna Witherwax, CPA – Partner, Grant Thornton

With more than two decades of experience, most recently as a partner at KPMG in Phoenix, Witherwax, CPA, joined Grant Thornton in 2012 as a tax partner and the overall tax practice leader for the firm. She is responsible for implementing the strategic direction of the practice, strengthening existing client relationships, identifying new opportunities and managing day-to-day oversight of the growing Phoenix office.

Surprising fact: “I was on the Villa Montessori board for over 15 years. I acquired land for them until we could put a bond financing in place for them.”

Biggest challenge: “Balancing work and children. I got up early, came home for dinner and then went back to the office after I put them to bed.”

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue Arizona Business Magazine features 50 women who make an impact on Arizona business. To see the full list, read the digital issue >>

Patty White

Patty White – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Patty White – President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Hospital

White has been with Dignity Health Arizona for 30 years. During that time, she has had progressive management positions throughout the organization, including her most current role as president and CEO.

Surprising fact: “I grew up 9 miles outside of a rural town in Missouri, a farmer’s daughter. We depended on the land for everything. I was even born at home before it was popular.”

Biggest challenge: “Work/life balance is really difficult in a fast-paced environment. I love to exercise, so I made a commitment to take the time to make that happen. Every morning, I get up at 4:30 to fit exercise into my schedule. I have been running with the same group of friends for 20 years.”

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue Arizona Business Magazine features 50 women who make an impact on Arizona business. To see the full list, read the digital issue >>

Vickie Wessel

Vickie Wessel – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Vickie Wessel – Owner, Spirit Electronics

Wessel founded Spirit in 1979 and her innovative leadership has helped Spirit receive Raytheon’s coveted 3-Star Supplier Excellence Award for four consecutive years of, Boeing’s Performance Excellence Award, Distributor of the Year by Arizona’s Minority Business Development Agency, Distributor of the Year by the Grand Canyon Minority Supplier Development Council, and Region IX Subcontractor of the Year by the Small Business Administration.

Surprising fact: “I am an avid road bicyclist. I love to bicycle anywhere from 15-50 miles in a day.”

Biggest challenge: “Balancing work and my personal life as a single mother. Being involved in my children’s lives has been my No. 1 priority … Sometimes I was extremely tired from days with no down time, but I attended every function I could attend. I am happy that I did.”

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue Arizona Business Magazine features 50 women who make an impact on Arizona business. To see the full list, read the digital issue >>

Valerie Spicer

Valerie Spicer – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Valerie Spicer – Executive director, Arizona Indian Gaming Association

Spicer brings 26 years of gaming experience to AIGA, which represents 19 Tribes. Most recently she was CEO of Gaming Strategies Group, where she promoted business development with tribal enterprises, governments and consulted tribal and individually owned businesses. Spicer has been named as a Great Woman of Gaming, a Proven Leader by Casino Enterprise Management magazine, and as one of the “Top 25 People To Watch” by Global Gaming Magazine.

Surprising fact: “I spent three years as an 18-wheel truck driver, cross-country hauling computers and fine art, including a Diego Rivera painting.”

Biggest challenge: “As single mom, my biggest challenge was balancing a strong commitment to my family and my career, which requires working twice as hard at both.”

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue Arizona Business Magazine features 50 women who make an impact on Arizona business. To see the full list, read the digital issue >>

Michelle Lind

Michelle Lind – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Michelle Lind – CEO, Arizona Association of Realtors

Lind oversees the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the largest trade association in Arizona. Prior to becoming CEO, Lind served as the primary legal advisor to the association and was integral in the development of AAR’s contract forms. Lind began her legal career at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon and later joined two other lawyers and became a partner in Combs, Mack & Lind, a law firm focusing on real estate litigation and transactions.

Surprising fact: “Prior to attending law school, I was a registered nurse working in obstetrics and out-patient surgery.”

Biggest challenge: “My biggest challenge has been balancing my professional life and personal life. I try to overcome the challenge by setting priorities both at home and at the office.”

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue Arizona Business Magazine features 50 women who make an impact on Arizona business. To see the full list, read the digital issue >>

Nicole France Stanton - 50 Most Influential Women in AZ Business

Nicole France Stanton – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Nicole France StantonPartner, Quarles & Brady   

The primary focus of France Stanton’s practice is defending professionals such as lawyers, accountants, insurance brokers and others in malpractice actions, earning a spot in The Best Lawyers in America in 2011 and 2013. In 2012, she created the award-winning Stop Bullying AZ to bring awareness of the issue of bullying.

Surprising fact: “I have three tiaras from pageants I was in during high school. I am a firm believer that every women should have at least one tiara.”

Biggest challenge: “Trying to balance the competing interests in my life … I have overcome this by knowing what my highest priority is — my kids … I’ve become much more organized and intensely selective in what I choose to participate in both professionally and personally.”

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue Arizona Business Magazine features 50 women who make an impact on Arizona business. To see the full list, read the digital issue >>

Jan Brewer - 50 Most Influential Womenin AZ Business

Jan Brewer – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Jan BrewerGovernor, State of Arizona

Brewer became Arizona’s 22nd governor in 2009, inheriting the worst budget deficit in the country. Through her support of free-market principles, competitive taxes, lean regulations and a ready workforce, she has transformed Arizona into one of the most business-friendly states in the nation.

Surprising fact: “I’m a gardener at heart. You need the right seeds, plus water and sunshine. And you have to run off the rabbits. Sounds a little like the Legislature, right?”

Biggest challenge: “Balancing my family and home life with a career in public service. While this issue can never be truly ‘overcome,’ it’s one I manage day-by-day, guided by my love of family and the people I serve.”

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue Arizona Business Magazine features 50 women who make an impact on Arizona business. To see the full list, read the digital issue >>

Work-Life Programs, Balancing Work and Family

Work-Life Programs, Balancing Work And Family

I spent several hours this week reviewing nomination forms for the Top Workplaces for Women in the Valley. It was refreshing to read that numerous Valley employers offer work-life programs to help workers (both men and women) minimize work-life conflict.

The programs include standard practices such as flexible work schedules, job sharing, telework, backup childcare, etc. Several programs are innovative and uncommon enough to mention, including a sick child-care service where the employer provides a nanny for the day and one where new mothers are given the opportunity to bring their babies to work until he/she is six months old. Sounds great, yes, but I couldn’t help but wonder how many employees actually take advantage of these programs?

Earlier this year, WorldatWork collaborated (with WFD Consulting) on a global survey  that revealed a growing imbalance between what employers say about work-life balance and what they actually do. We uncovered workplace trends showing employees suffer a variety of job repercussions for participating in work-life programs, even when their employers insist they support them.

“This conundrum can be so oppressive that some employees go underground, resorting to ‘stealth maneuvers’ for managing their personal responsibilities,” says Kathie Lingle, executive director of WorldatWork’s Alliance for Work-Life Progress.

“The good news is that 80 percent of employers avow support for family-friendly workplaces,” says Lingle, a WorldatWork work-life certified professional (WLCP). “The bad news is they are simultaneously penalizing those who actively strive to integrate work with their lives.”

Employee respondents reported repercussions that included:

  • Overtly or subtly discouraged from using flexible work and other work-life programs
  • Received unfavorable job assignments
  • Received negative performance reviews
  • Received negative comments from supervisor
  • Denied a promotion

Many managers still think the ideal employee is one that is available to meet business needs regardless of business hours and don’t have a lot of personal commitments. Clearly, closing the gap between what managers believe and how they behave will make every workplace a better place to work.

I welcome comments from readers who have experienced employer support or encouragement for balancing work and family.

For more information about work-life programs or WorldatWork visit, www.worldatwork.org.


Customized HR: Employees Want A “New Deal” At Work - AZ Business Magazine June 2010

Customized HR: Employees Want A “New Deal” At Work

I’d like the pie heated and I don’t want the ice cream on top, I want it on the side, and I’d like strawberry instead of vanilla, if you have it; if not, then no ice cream, just whipped cream, but only if it’s real; if it’s out of the can then nothing.”
~ Sally Albright, When Harry Met Sally

If consumers can customize everything from their food and beverage orders to their kitchens and closets, why can’t employees customize their needs at work? Typically, if an employee wants a different “deal” at work — perhaps more time with their families and less responsibility and compensation — they have two options: try to negotiate a special arrangement or look for a different employer.

Or do they? Smart managers are waking up to the fact that when it comes to compensating employees, cookie-cutter pay packages are no longer the norm. But the majority of executives and managers resist the idea of customized rewards packages because it’s easier to treat all employees the same. Making “special deals” requires time, positive intention, creative thinking and discussions that many managers and HR practitioners have little experience or comfort with. But that’s exactly what is needed in order to effectively attract, motivate and retain the talent needed for business success, according to a new WorldatWork research report, “Beyond Compensation: How Employees Prioritize Total Rewards at Various Life Stages.” Nearly 700 workers participated in the survey conducted by Next Generation Consulting (NGC) and Dieringer Research through a research grant from WorldatWork.

The survey found that employees value different things at different stages of life. These rewards go beyond their pay check and include benefits, work-life, career development and recognition. The research concludes that:

Work-life balance is significantly more important for women with young children.

Benefits are significantly more important for breadwinners, particularly female breadwinners who are further along in their careers.

Professional development (ex: training) is significantly more important for young employees (under 40) who are not yet supervisors.

Older employees value benefits more; younger employees value work-life balance and career development more.

Men favor money over work-life balance (though recent studies show men experience almost as much work-life conflict as women do).

What does this mean for talent managers? Given the increasing diversity of today’s work force, a one-size-fits-all approach to managing employees no longer works. Smart managers invest the time and energy to understand and create a “new deal” consisting of both cash and non-cash rewards if they want to attract and retain the best and the brightest.

Arizona Business Magazine June 2010