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AZ leaders offer advice at Alumni Association forum

June 02, 2010

Three prominent area leaders with connections to Arizona State University will participate in a panel discussion related to career success and community service at "Live to Give," 7:30-9 a.m., June 22, at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, 340 N. Third St., Phoenix. The event, co-sponsored by the ASU Alumni Association and az magazine, will feature three women who have made a major impact on Arizona:

The Honorable Barbara Barrett '72 B.S., '75 M.P.A., '78 J.D., a former U.S. Ambassador to Finland and President/CEO of Triple Creek Guest Ranch. Barrett was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 2000 from ASU. Barbara and husband Craig made a $10 million gift to the university's honors college for special programs; Barrett, The Honors College was named in recognition of the gift, which, at the time, was the largest personal gift ever given to ASU.

Linda Hunt, president/CEO of St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center and service area president of Catholic Healthcare West Arizona. Hunt, a long-time ASU supporter, has served on several state and national commissions working to shape the future of healthcare and medical education, including the the Arizona Commission on Medical Education and Research and the Arizona Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee. Hunt is also active in several community organizations, including Greater Phoenix Leadership and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

Luz Sarmina '76 M.S.W., president and CEO, Valle del Sol. Sarmina has led Valle del Sol, Inc., a community organization that provides a variety of behavioral health, social services and Latino leadership development to the community, since 1995. Sarmina was named Woman of the Year by Valley Leadership in 2006. In 2004, she received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Living the Dream Award from the Phoenix Human Relations Commission; that same year, she was named a Piper Fellow by the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

Karina Bland '87 B.S., '97 M.M.C., a columnist for the Arizona Republic, and az magazine, will moderate the discussion. The panelists will discuss their experiences in the business world and offer advice on how to make a difference by donating one's time, talent and financial resources to strengthen the community at large.

The event also includes a nonprofit showcase featuring agencies such as the Arizona Humane Society, Audubon Arizona and St. Mary’s Food Bank for people to learn how they can get involved. The showcase will be open from 7-7:30 a.m. and 8:30-9 a.m.

Tickets to the event are $40 for Alumni Association members and $45 for non-members. Corporate/VIP tables of 10 are available for $450. To RSVP, call 480-965-2586 or visit Reservations must be made by June 20.