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Valley Leadership's "57th Annual Man & Woman of the Year Luncheon"

What:  Annual recognition awarded to one man and one woman celebrating their outstanding accomplishments and significant contributions to the community.
Where:  Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa
When:  April 19, 2006
Time:  11:30 AM
Ticket Prices:  $65
Beneficiary:  Valley Leadership
Master of Ceremonies:  Scott Jacobson, Valley Leadership Executive Director
Honoree(s):  Betsey Bayless (2005 Woman of the Year); Dr. Lattie Coor (2005 Man of the Year)
Co-Chair(s):  Laura Capello (Event Chair); Nancy Grace (Vice Chair); Andrea Tyler Evans (Past Chair)
Executive Director:  Scott Jacobson
Committee Members:  Selection Committee Diana Yazzie Devine, Martha Hunter, Sara Bresnahan, Sue Glawe, Dave Howell, Cassandra Mason-Motz, Laura McBride, Angela Melczer, Dennis Mitchem, Gordon Murphy, William Shover, Cindy Slick
Staff:  Scott Jacobson, Executive Director; Eileen Brill Wagner, Program Director; Beth Thomson Gorman, Business Manager; Dan Malinski, Program Coordinator; Lindsay Moore, Administrative Assistant
Invocation:  Rev. Ken Buckwald, PhD., President-Emeritus, Church of the Beatitudes
Welcome:  Scott Jacobson
Speaker:  Brian Spicker, Chair, Valley Leadership Board of Directors "A Valley Leadership Update"
Of note:  Marshall Trimble, Official Arizona State Historian gave the "Invocation to History"
Sponsors:  Premier APS, Arizona Republic; Video CBS 5; Corporate Wells Fargo, BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona
Quote of the evening:  "Being with Betsey and Lattie is like a gathering of comfort food. There isn't a person around who isn't comfortable in their presence," said Scott Jacobson, Valley Leadership Executive Director
Attendance:  840 (the largest attendance ever)
Special Thanks:  Ad Design: Dorothy Wolden/Creative Intuition; Advertising: The Arizona Republic; Bindery: Binderymark; Invitation Mailing: APS; Program Printing: SRP; Table Centerpieces: Events by Andrea; Video Production: Sharon Kelley & Tony Escobar; Video Script Writing: Tom Evans; Raffle contributors: Us Airways/Julie Coleman and Cruise One/Cathy Gleason; Art Othon/APS; Gene D'Adamo/The Arizona Republic; Steve Hammel/SBS 5; Sue Glawe/BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona; Dave Howell/Wells Fargo & Company, Arizona; Donna Andrews/Maricopa Integrated Health Systems; Lin Phillips/Center for the Future of Arizona
Information:  Scott Jacobson - 602-952-6760
Blacktie Photos by:  Richard Belcastro

  Scott Jacobson Executive Director Valley Leadership, Cassandra Mason-Motz


Valley Leadership Honors Two of Arizona's Best

By Myra Richman

The 57th Annual Man & Woman of the Year Luncheon honored two of the Valley's most deserving notables for 2005: Betsey Bayless and Dr. Lattie Coor. The annual luncheon took place April 19th at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa.

Betsey Bayless, a third generation Arizonan, has spent her life in Phoenix. She served as Director of the Arizona Department of Administration, Acting Director of the Arizona Department of Revenue and Assistant Director of the Arizona Board of Regents. She was appointed to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in 1989, elected for two terms. She served as Arizona Secretary of State from 1997 through 2002. Returning to state government for a second time, she became Director of the Arizona Department of Administration.

Bayless was hired as the first Chief Executive Officer for the Maricopa Integrated Health System in 2005. She has shown exemplary leadership on numerous boards and commissions.

Dr. Lattie F. Coor is currently serving as President-Emeritus, Professor and Ernest W. McFarland Chair in Leadership and Public Policy in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. When Dr. Coor left the ASU Presidency, he founded the Center for the Future of Arizona, which he calls a 'do tank' committed to advancing issues of significance to Arizona's future. He serves as their Chairman and CEO.

As the 15th President of ASU from 1990 to 2002, Dr. Coor helped grow the University to multiple campuses with his strong commitment to diversity, research and economic development. His administration launched a major capital campaign raising more than $560 million--the largest in its history.

Coor, a strong family man (married to his longtime friend and fellow hiker Elva), was born in Phoenix and raised in Avondale. He graduated with high honors from Northern Arizona University in 1958, pursued graduate studies in Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, earned a master's degree in Political Science and then a Ph.D. He served as University Vice Chancellor at Washington Unviersity and President of the University of Vermont.

"It's hard to imagine two more remarkable and deserving community servant leaders than Dr. Lattie Coor and Betsey Bayless," said Scott Jacobson, Executive Director of Valley Leadership. "Their generosities of spirit, unflappable, quiet styles and steadfast determination have left an indelible imprint on the course of Arizona's history."

Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit Valley Leadership programs and scholarships for the Leadership Institute and Valley Teen Leadership.

Founded in 1979, Valley Leadership's mission is "to enhance the abilities of individuals to serve and strengthen our communities."

For more information, visit or call 602-952-6760.

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