2020 Spring Newsletter Print

President's Report

Letter from the President: 

During the months of March and April we have pivoted away from our in-person meetings and shifted to all things virtual! Here we are as an educational organization, thriving with this shift and executing virtual events. It's exciting! I am so proud of our entire board for stepping up and giving so much time to make this happen. By the end of April, we will have executed 4 virtual events which weren’t even on our radar until mid-March. Thank you to each and every one of you who have participated, showing support to our Phoenix NACE community.

These past few weeks have been profoundly unique and it is clear that we are all experiencing the effects very differently. I can definitely say that I feel a ton of positivity and encouragement amongst us.  We each are figuring out how to move forward, while smiling and staying motivated at the same time. What keeps me going every single day is knowing that we are all in this together. We are an incredibly strong industry and we are all extremely passionate about what we do! 

Your entire Phoenix NACE Board is here for you! We want to support you in any way that we can. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of us, even if you just want to say hello and check in. Now is the time to reconnect! Stop by our virtual meetings! They are so much fun!

Update Your Contact Information: 

We want to stay connected with all of you! If your contact information has changed, please take a few moments to log in and update your NACE profile or fill out this form:   

You may also reach out to me at [email protected] and I will update your information for you. Thank you!

Upcoming Virtual Meetings:

Please do register on the Phoenix NACE website to attend any of our virtual meetings. You will be sent a link for the meeting in your confirmation email. 

 -Tuesday April 21, 2020 - 5 Essential Things You Can Do To Survive the Coronavirus with Speaker Abigail Olaya 

NACE Experience Conference:
Something to look forward to is the NACE National Experience Conference!! Things are still on track of being held in Las Vegas at the Bellagio Hotel August 2 – 5, 2020. Very exciting! Our Chapter has received Experience Scholarship applications in which other NACE Chapters evaluated and picked our 4 scholarship winners. 

Congratulations to our NACE Experience Scholarship Winners: 

Allison Chapin, CPCE

Aurora Baltierra

Cristina Depoy

JoAnn Grant, CPCE

The NACE One Awards 

The deadline has been extended to May 20th for all award submissions! How refreshingly nice to have a bit more time to write! This is certainly something to work on if you are looking for something to do! There are several new categories this year! Make sure to check them out at 

List of Resources: 

- The Arizona Office of Tourism has a list of immediate employment opportunities

- NACE National Board has a list of recourses

- Coronavirus Relief Options


Kellie Mendoza, CPCE
Phoenix NACE Chapter President

[email protected]

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Community Service

In January the Phoenix NACE Board voted & chose the Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) as our 2020-2021 Charity. We are very excited to partner with this amazing organization!

Due to current circumstances, the shelter is currently closed. AAWL was fortunate to have placed almost every animal that was not adopted into foster care, leaving only a small number of animals on site.  

Here is some information on AAWL if you are not familiar with this fantastic organization. Phoenix NACE is excited to pair with them on activities and events later on this year!

Our Mission:

To rescue, rehabilitate and rehome dogs, cats, puppies and kittens throughout the State of Arizona that have been surrendered, abandoned, abused and neglected. To help reduce shelter population and the relinquishment of animals by offering affordable veterinary care and dog training to the public. To educate the next generation of animal advocates while teaching compassion for all living things to people of all ages.

Our Vision: 

To be the community's leading source for pet adoptions, affordable veterinary services, volunteer opportunities, humane education and expertise in animal welfare.

The Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA (AAWL & SPCA) is the largest and oldest no-kill shelter in Arizona. A "no-kill" shelter is an animal shelter that does not kill healthy or treatable animals even when the shelter is full, reserving euthanasia for terminally ill animals or those considered dangerous to public safety. AAWL  is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization, tax ID 23-7149453. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

AAWL rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes more than 4,000 dogs and cats that are abandoned or that have been surrendered by their owners. We do this primarily by rescuing them from other shelters in Maricopa County where they are likely to be euthanized due to the lack of time and resources to care for them. At any one time our shelter will hold 140 cats and 190 dogs. We also have a foster parent network of approximately 90 families who provide care and shelter in their homes for puppies and kittens that are too young to be adopted, and those animals that are recovering from medical procedures or that need socialization before adoption.

Contact Information:

Thank you for your interest in AAWL. For more information and to learn more about our adoptable animals please call: 602-273-6852.

Arizona Animal Welfare League
Sonia Breslow Adoption Center

25 N. 40th ST
Phoenix, Arizona 85034



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Welcome New Members

Please Welcome our Spring 2020 New Members to Phoenix NACE!


Jaime Figueroa - Divinity Event Productions
Eric Friedman - Corporate Presentation Network
Ben Glass - Curate BIZ PARTNER
Michael Tabaka - SRP PERA
Abigail Olaya - Olaya Events and Company



                                Adam Hoffman - Freshbooks (partner)                                 

Natasha Zapanta - Freshbooks (partner)
Stephanie Cloutier - Merestone
Klaas DeWaal - Catering Magazine
Lisa Naik - University of Arizona Student Union
Alexandra Ortega - University of Arizona Student Union
Raymie Grimm - University of Arizona Student Union



Bryce Kulzer - NAU

Lindsey Bragg - NAU

Sarina Sommers - NAU

Kaitlyn Staley - NAU

Jasmin Zuniga - NAU

Angelique Leon - University of Arizona (Student)

Johnique Woods - University of Arizona Student Union (Student)

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From NACE National

Interested in some Professional Development in your downtime?

NACE and the Foundation of NACE, along with NACE Business Partner, Wedding Industry Speakers, is bringing a webinar series to you the week of April 20th.

You have or will soon receive an email from NACE National with the details, but we are also writing to make sure you don’t miss this opportunity. 

Best of all, all four of the webinars are FREE to all NACE members, and non-members alike!

There is a great line-up of both topics and speakers. Meghan Ely will be the facilitator of the series. 

Monday, April 20th will focus on Productivity and will feature Elizabeth Sheils on Mastering Email Once and For All, Jen Taylor on Setting Client Boundaries + Expectations during COVID, Renee Dalo on Connecting on Camera and Kevin Dennis, CPCE on Tech Apps – Managing from Home.  Register here.

Tuesday, April 21st will focus on Building Skills and will feature Michele Loretta on Cash Flow During Crisis, Brittny Drye on Getting Published, Leah Weinberg on The Psychological Impact of COVID on our Clients and Emily Sullivan on Finding Your Niche. Register here

Wednesday, April 22nd will focus on Recovery and will feature Lisa Anhaiser on Goal Setting for Event Pros, Christie Osborne on Preparing Your Marketing for Recovery, Kinsey Roberts on Managing Your Business Reputation During and After COVID-19 and Aleya Harris on Future Proofing your Business with Email Marketing. Register here

Thursday, April 23rd will focus on Recharging and will feature Eddie Zaratsian on Seeing/Finding Inspiration during COVID, Bron Hansboro on Self Discovery during COVID, Jose Rolon on Wellness During (and After) COVID, and Meryl Snow on Getting Ready for the New Normal. Register here

AND – in true NACE fashion, there will be an afterparty on Thursday afternoon following the last webinar – unfortunately it will be limited to 100 attendees, but everyone registered for a webinar will get an invitation. Woo hoo!!

More details will be available in the NACE email and on social media. Registration is separate for each and the links are above. An email with access details will be sent to you. 

Pass this on to your friends and colleagues. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Next Meeting...

Just because we have to #stayhome doesn't mean we still can't get together virtually!
Invite your industry friends to our Virtual April 21st Meeting and join industry pro and speaker Abigail Olaya of Olaya Events & Company as she shares 5 practical and essential tips for surviving these tough times.
AND, you know it wouldn't be a NACE meeting without HAPPY hour so yes, we built in some time for us all to catch up over cocktails too! Tuesday, April 21st at 3pm.
Mark your calendars, dress your best (or don't, because pajamas are totally welcome too) and join us for a fun and educational virtual meeting!
Link to RSVP for FREE here: 

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