Women of Maricopa

Now that everyone has spent the last week reading articles about the new overtime regulations that were proposed by the Department of Labor, I thought I would highlight a recent event in the valley. A couple of weeks ago I co-hosted the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation (MCCF) Women of Maricopa event at the Wells Fargo Museum with a fellow MCCF board member and friend, Misha Patel Terrazas.

It was a small group gathering and networking event to highlight some of the many success stories of the Maricopa Community Colleges, and to provide an opportunity for the attendees to network and develop new relationships.

I thought I would post about the Colleges here because many people don’t realize the true reach of the community colleges in Maricopa County as the 10 colleges, 2 skill centers, numerous education centers, and the Corporate College are all linked together as one. That means if you go to one community college, you can seamlessly transfer to another. You can apply to all colleges at once and take advantage of the 950 degree and certificate programs, and you can apply for numerous scholarships all at once.

The Maricopa Community College District is a significant investment in our region because it is an investment in the people.

IMG_2646That evening, we heard from Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, and also Autumn Barber, a recipient of the Women’s Philanthropy Circle Scholarship. We also talked about various scholarships available, including thirty endowed scholarships dedicated solely to women. These range from the Women’s Philanthropy Circle Scholarship, to the Linda B. Rosenthal Scholarship for re-entry students, to scholarships for single moms, to scholarships for women who are in the U.S. to escape persecution, or scholarships for women pursuing degrees in a certain field. My law firm created and endowed the Snell & Wilmer Leader Scholarship–which is named after the firm’s first female partner, Mary Leader, and is in its second year of being awarded to a minority woman who has demonstrated strong leadership skills and a commitment to serving her community. For those who are interested in supporting MCCF scholarships that are dedicated directly to women, you can check out the link here.

And here’s a short highlight reel from the night.

IMG_2525Special thanks to our amazing sponsors: Snell & Wilmer, Wells Fargo*, Kendra Scott Jewelers, Sumits Yoga, Verde’ Maison Organic Beauty House, Esthetica, and Drybar.

*The Wells Fargo Museum is an absolute gem in downtown Phoenix. Despite being a native Arizonan, I had never gone there. It has an authentic 19th Century stagecoach and some great exhibits.

About Ashley Kasarjian

Attorney at Snell and Wilmer in Phoenix, Arizona, and publisher of the blog, Employment and the Law.
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