AZ Business magazine and BestCompaniesAZ present the Most Admired Companies program each year with the goal of recognizing organizations that excel in these six key areas: Customer opinion; diversity, equity, and inclusion; innovation; leadership excellence; social responsibility; and workplace culture. One of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies for 2021 is Spear Education.

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With hundreds of nominations representing the most innovative, impactful and successful companies in Arizona, being one of Most Admired Companies of 2021 shows that these companies truly represent the best in Arizona business. The Most Admired Companies for 2021 will be honored at an awards dinner Oct. 7, 2021, at Pointe Hilton Resort Tapatio Cliffs in Phoenix. Title sponsors for the Most Admired Companies awards are WaFd Bank and Taylor Morrison. For sponsorship information, email For information about the event honoring the Most Admired Companies, email or click here. will be spotlighting one of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies each day leading up to the awards dinner.

Spear Education

Most Admired Company: 2019-2021

Top Arizona executive: Kaleim Manji, CEO

What it does: Provider of multi-platform continuing education and practice growth resources for dental professionals.

Company profile: Spear’s mission is to help dentists and their teams pursue and achieve “Great Dentistry.” Spear drives dental practice growth by advancing its clients clinical skills, improving their practice management capabilities and enhancing the patient experience by leveraging its dental expertise and technology solutions. Spear believes every member of the team is essential to success for both the client and the company. Spear serves its  community, embraces diversity and inclusion and is committed to an engaged, healthy culture.

Admirable trait: Spear has a deep commitment to DEI and the cornerstone of that commitment is The Spear Collective. This is the Spear version of an employee resource group and includes The Alliance for Cultural Diversity and LGBTQ+. They promote a positive, diverse, and inclusive work environment and welcome membership and contributions from all Spear employees. 25% of Spear’s employee population is an active member in one or more of its groups.