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Have You Met Deborah Bateman? 

As a champion of the community and an advocate for women, Deborah Bateman serves as a leader for a number of important nonprofits in Phoenix.

“I became involved with the Arizona Arthritis Foundation when they approached me to chair their annual fundraising gala – Oscar Night America.  After researching the organization, meeting the local leaders and team, and understanding the incredible contribution that our local Arthritis Foundation chapter makes to our community to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases, I knew that this was something I had to do. I believe that I’ve developed a reputation as a leader who can accomplish things, and while there is work and time and commitment involved in the leadership of a fundraiser like this, I received so much back, including, but not limited to knowing that we have made a difference. I feel honored to have been asked to serve with them!”    


Deborah is a member of the board for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This organization’s mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Their annual Walk to Cure Diabetes is the largest family friendly walk in America.

“I’m also involved with the Board of the Phoenix ATHENAPowerLink, which is hosted by the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. Since 1999, ATHENAPowerlink  has been an advisory and mentoring program designed to increase the growth and profitability of women-owned businesses. For one year, we serve as an advisory board to a woman-owned business and advise and help them to effectively network, access capital, and implement the best practices with which we are familiar. The results can be amazingly satisfying.”

On the board for the Arizona Foundation for Women, Bateman says this group identifies issues that affect all Arizona women. “Our mission is to promote innovative solutions to fulfill the unmet needs of Arizona’s Women and Children.  AFW has been instrumental in providing resources and solutions to the problems of domestic violence and child abuse.  This year, The Arizona Foundation for Women sponsored the Sandra Day O’Connor Award Luncheon , which honored Dr. Madeline Albright, former Secretary of State. “The luncheon was an incredible inspiration, having the opportunity to meet and hear Madeline Albright was just awesome!”

Deborah Bateman is a second generation Arizona native. “My  grandparents migrated to the desert in the 1920’s for their health, as many people did in that era.  It must have worked--they all lived into their 80s and 90s!  I love the Arizona climate and the natural diversity of our state. I especially appreciate our history, and am proud of the fact that we are a state of growth and change.”  The Batemans have traveled the globe--from Europe, to China and all over the North American continent.  “I’ve tried to become a golfer because my husband and daughter are great golfers, and it seems that most destinations involve a golf course! Even though I’m just a little 'ol gal from Phoenix, Arizona, I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel, see the world, and recognize how truly fortunate we are to live in the United States of America.”

As Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at National Bank of Arizona, Deborah is able to use her position as an agent of change. “We are a fabulous bank, in step with modern technology and initiatives, but totally focused on relationships and helping our communities thrive. I LOVE my job, and am excited that I can help effect positive change in our community.”  Deborah was elected to the Bank’s Board of Directors in April, 2009. 

Thus revealing one secret to her success, Deborah admits, “I’m a change agent. I embrace change, and try to begin to adapt and evolve even before a new opportunity presents itself. I embrace the new technologies, and believe that keeping up with everything new enables me to think young! In fact, I believe that I come by this genetically. For example, I needed to get a Facebook account when I joined the Arizona Foundation for Women.  After working the first evening on my site, I got up the next morning and already had four friend requests, one of which was my 78 year old mother! She was ahead of me, already an established patron of the site, using it to keep up with her friends and grandkids.”

The Phoenix community is richer for having Deborah Bateman's advocacy and leadership!


What are your volunteer activities? The Arthritis Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Athena Power Link, Arizona Foundation for Women, and events supported and sponsored by National Bank of Arizona

Which social event is your favorite? The Arthritis Foundation's "Oscar Night America"

Favorite restaurant?  Houstons

Who is your hero and why?  My husband and partner, Tim Bateman.  He has the most amazing capacity for patience, tolerance, faith, love, and forgiveness.

Who is the most interesting celebrity you have ever met?  Margaret Thatcher

If your life were a movie, whom would you want to play your part?  The strong, feminine, and funny, Jamie Lee Curtis

What gives a woman/man style?  Confidence

Do you have any Pets?  Gracie - a black Labrador Retriever, Calli  and Oscar - miniature longhaired dachshunds and Felix the cat.

When you move, what will your home tell its next owner, about you?  That the house was always full of love. 

What's the best lesson you're learned through the years?   Happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something you don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what you do have.

What words would you like others to use to describe you?  Generous and caring

What was your first job?  Bank Teller

What is the trait you most deplore in others?  Laziness

What is your greatest indulgence? Travel

What is the greatest gift you have ever given and received?  It would have to my daughter, Tara.

What is your current state of mind? Enthusiastically optimistic

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
  Living a wonderful, happy, and blessed life.

What is your most treasured possession?
An old black and white photograph of my Grandfather and me.

What is the quality you most like in people?
  Respectful and caring of others.

Favorite books / Writers?
    Biographies and autobiographies, especially of strong women ---a spectrum that ranges from Marilyn Monroe to Georgia O'Keefe to Indira Gandhi.

What is the best advice you have ever received?
  "Always do more than what is expected."

Deborah, you have the gift to inspire others. Thank you for being you.
Michele Grier

Deborah, I am honored to know you! You are a truly amazing woman! With Great Respect, Joan
Joan Bolzan

Deborah, You are a visionary woman that inspires so many people. Thank you for sharing yourself and your experience with others. In the short time that I've known you, your example has inspired me to to grow both personally and professionally. Thank you for all that you are. Sincerely, Nikki Savoy
Nikki Savoy

Congratulations! You should be very proud of all of your accomplishments. I am certainly proud to work with you and I appreciate all you do to inspire and support professional women.
Suzy Powell

You are an inspiration!!
Debbie Waitkus

BFF, I am truly privileged to have you in my life. You are the most beautiful, stylish, upbeat, women I know. I am always so happy when I am around you. You keep me on my toes at all times. I wish you all that life has to offer in the future, and I know that you will achieve it. No matter what it is. I L Y T T M. Rae.
Rae Mitchell

Deborah, words can not define your attributes. You are a tireless, energized, example of what ever woman desires to be. As I have watched you over the years you do nothing that isn't brilliant and live out of the box with unbelievable goals; which you have been able to reach for co-workers and the community. I salute you for your dedication.
Joann Stone

One of the greatest days of my life--was the day I met you!
Jean Powers

Congratulations Deborah! I am so proud of you. You are an inspiration to me and to so many others.
Erin Graham

You will not find a more dynamic, strategic, energetic, and compassionate leader than Deborah Bateman. Ms. Bateman has contributed tirelessly to the Bank and to our community if far-reaching, insightful ways. I am proud to associate with her!
Barbara McDugald

Deborah...Congratulations! Your list of accomplishments is truly amzing and inspirational!
Beverly Nelson

Deborah - you have a wonderful and successful career giving so much of yourself to others! Your work mentoring young women to be strong and self-confident isawesome. It is a privilege to have you for my sister-in-law!

Deborah, You are an engaging, sophisticated and beautiful maverick. I hope you realize how much you are appreciated and valued, professionally and personally. We look forward to what you will "yet" accomplish. You enable us to walk the trail and not just watch others walk by. With sincerest gratitude, Lauren.
Lauren K. Abramowitz

Your enthusiastic optimism is a joy to witness and inspires me to also be a champion of the community and an advocate for women. Thank you for being a true mentor by your example!
Yvonne Vranes

Of course we've met! Glad to sign your guestbook.
Lesli Pintor

Congrats! You are amazing, LYTTM

Deborah is an inspiration to all women striving to achieve their goals.
Toni White

You are absolutely incrediable!!! Such accomplishments, and what an inspiration to others. It is thrilling to witness your enthusiasm and energy. It is truly a pleasure to work with you. Congratulations!!!
Dar-Lynn Beard

Deborah, you embrace connections, collaborations and community to the maximum. You are fabulous. I am honored to be working with you. Thank you for all you do.
Maryann Richardson

Deborah, Thank you for all you do for our fabulous bank, for our community, and for me. You are the best!
Mary Collum

Deborah, Congratulations!!!! You are an amazing woman!!!! It is truly an honor to work with you. Thank you for all you do!! My Best, Rosie
Rosie Holewinski

WOW! What an Awesome accomplished list you have. Congratulations, I am so grateful to have been coached and mentored by such a dynamic individual. Thank you for inspiring me every day! I am grateful to be working on the same team as you!
Diana Wacker

Deborah, You truly are an inspiration to those you touch - directly and indirectly. We all benefit from your amazing spirit and 'can-do' attutide. I'm proud to work side by side with a woman of such character! Warmly, Dianne
Dianne James

Deborah, I'm thrilled to see you feautred on Blacktie-Arizona! Your many contributions to our community, both personally and on behalf of NBAZ, make a difference to so many in the Valley. Thank you! Linda
Linda M. Herold

Deborah, Thank you for all you do for our community. Congratulations on being featured on Blacktie's Have You Met page. Warmly, Lisa Platt
Lisa Platt