Industry Leadership Councils

Phoenix Forward >> assists local businesses in four targeted industry sectors. The sectors – Advanced Business & Financial Services, Bioscience, Health Care and Transportation & Logistics – were selected for their importance to the overall economic development of the region and their potential for sustained growth and expansion.

Each sector is spearheaded by a council featuring industry leaders who identify the industry’s key needs and determine the appropriate courses of action in meeting those needs. Each industry-led council serves as a catalyst for facilitating industry connections and collaborations that drive existing business growth and prosperity for the sector and the region.

ADVANCED BUSINESS & FINANCIAL SERVICES LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
The Greater Phoenix region possesses high potential to become a national leader in this sector, given its geographic, climate and real estate advantages, critical mass of businesses in this sector, emerging expertise in high-growth areas such as cyber security, data analytics and data centers, and comparatively favorable regulatory environment.

Many businesses in this sector share common workforce needs. Building on analysis of regional workforce growth trends and competitor regions, the council actively works to strengthen and expand the regional talent pool of cyber security, compliance & risk management and financial services professionals.

Council Leadership Co-Chairs:
Kevin P. Cummings, Executive Vice President, Lockton Companies
Dave Ralston, CEO, Bank of Arizona

BIOSCIENCE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
Harnessing the region’s unique strengths in personalized medicine, the council is developing a strategy to better connect research and talent assets in an effort to attract more capital and translate research into commercial products and services. The Council works to foster the growth of early stage companies through strengthening business-to-business connectivity and engagement, improving the talent pipeline, improving commercialization and tech-transfer processes and increasing access to capital.

Council Leadership Co-Chairs:
Thomas J. Sadvary, Chief Executive Officer, HonorHealth
Robert Bowser, Ph.D. Chairman, Division of Neurobiology, Barrow Neurological Institute

HEALTH CARE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
Fosters sector collaboration by brokering connections between health-related organizations and efforts in the region and building action-oriented teams to address specific priorities. The Council is aligned with the Phoenix Health Care Sector Partnership, which shares the goal of improving health outcomes of Phoenix residents while spurring economic growth.

The Council works to achieve its goals through creating a stronger talent pipeline, fostering innovation through care coordination and promoting the region as a healthy community, championing its healthy, active life style and quality of life. Click here to see the presentation from the October 2016 Phoenix Health Care Sector Partnership meeting at University of Arizona’s College of Medicine.

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Council Leadership Chair:
Linda S. Hunt, Senior Vice President of Operations & President/CEO Arizona, Dignity Health

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
Recognizing a range of regional geographic and infrastructure assets and growth opportunities for this sector, the council is developing an overarching strategy to achieve its goals of strengthening the image of transportation and logistics in the Greater Phoenix region and strategically enhancing infrastructure.

Council Leadership Co-Chairs:
Mary E. Peters, President & CEO, Mary E. Peters Consulting Group
Karrin Kunasek Taylor, Founder & President, Arizona Strategies