Arizona

Young Professionals Network - April 6 | Presented by ONE Community and SWAY Events

With a vision to develop a stronger community for Arizona’s emerging business and community leaders, the Young Professionals Network event is returning on April 6, 2015 at the Saguaro Scottsdale between 6-8PM in cooperation with ONE Community & SWAY Events. At our inaugural event last year, we brought over 200 young leaders, influencers, entrepreneurs, and businesses together to strengthen and make our community a better place!

So go ahead and loosen your tie, grab a martini, and get ready to empower and connect in a high energy networking session like never before!

JOIN US FOR AN EVENING OF:

•Complimentary on-site professional head shots•

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Location

Arizona Grand Resort
8000 Arizona Grand Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ 85044

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization,, is proud to announce the awardees for the 11th Annual HRC Arizona Gala Dinner – Aiken Schenk Law Firm and Lambda Legal as the Corporate Equality Award recipients, Bobbi Lancaster as the Individual Equality Award recipient, and the City of Tempe as the recipient of the Community Action Award.

Each will be honored at the 11th Annual HRC Arizona Gala Dinner at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa on Feb. 28 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets can be obtained at HRCArizona.org. Read more »

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Location

St. Mary's Food Bank
  • Meet in a safe space to discuss issues related to the changing landscape of Arizona.
  • Learn best practices to ensure your business or organization is providing opportunity for everyone.
  • Learn how we can continue making Arizona a competitive place to live, work, and play.

Everyone is welcome to attend who want to discuss how to provide opportunity for everyone in this changing landscape. 

  • Faith Based Leaders
  • Conservative Leaders
  • Evangelicals
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Networking Is Our Business at The Gladly

ONE Community is proud to launch a new series of networking events after listening to our business members!

"Networking Is Our Business" will be a premier networking lunch that features opportunities to connect with like-minded business professionals and entrepreneurs!

February's Featured Topic:  The State of LGBTQ Arizona

In partnership with Arizona State University, Univision, and the Raul H. Castro Institute, ONE Community proudly released the first annual State of LGBTQ in Arizona report in November 2014.  You won't want to miss this interactive overview which includes demographics, civic engagement, healthcare, purchasing power, buying power and media and entertainment.

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Location

AZ

WHAT: The 13th annual BALLE (Business Alliance of Local Living Economies) Conference is a three-day event that explores how locally rooted economic systems solve environmental, financial, and social problems. Approximately 700 local business leaders, social entrepreneurs, community funders, policymakers and local economy leaders of all kind from across North America and beyond are expected to attend this year’s BALLE Conference. 
The theme, “What’s Working Locally,” will inform this year’s conversation around practical solutions and wisdom that attendees can take back to their own communities to advance the emergence of a new economy that is just, fair, and healthy for people, place, and planet.  Read more »

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Arizona Opera Announces 45th Anniversary Season

Arizona Opera Announces 45th Anniversary Season

Season of "firsts" including a U.S. opera company premiere, three operas never before seen in Arizona, and twenty company debuts from leading talent
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Marriage equality heads into Arizona lawbooks, but voters still have last word (again)

Marriage equality heads into Arizona lawbooks, but voters still have last word (again)

A new law proposed by 13 co-sponsors will put marriage equality into Arizona lawbooks – provided voters repeal the unconstitutional 2008 voter-enacted amendment. House Bill 2117 repeals a 1996 statute banning same-sex marriage.

The legislative-passed language was bolstered by Proposition 102, which amended the state constitution to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

The conundrum is that voters changed the Arizona constitution and the constitution requires a people's vote to be changed.Kaine Fisher, partner and director of Family Law for the Rose Law Group, says that the state statute can't become effective unless voters reverse their position on marriage equality. Read more »

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Advocates hopeful Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey defends LGBT rights

Advocates hopeful Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey defends LGBT rights

Activists in Arizona are hopeful Gov. Doug Ducey will continue to move the state forward on social issues, particularly the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents.

One primary concern for groups such as Equality Arizona, an advocacy organization for LGBT rights, is whether Arizona might see a resurrection of legislation similar to SB 1062.

The bill -- vetoed by former Gov. Jan Brewer in February -- would have strengthened religious protections in the state and allowed businesses to refuse service based on a sincerely-held religious belief, leading to fierce outcry of violating gay rights. Read more »

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Mom's pie? It's no big deal

Mom's pie? It's no big deal

The strangest sermon I ever heard was about your mother's apple pie. The preacher said there was nothing special about it. I kept waiting for him to get to the punchline and say it's the love that makes it taste so good.

But he never got there. His premise – from start to finish – was that the specialness of Mom's pie is entirely an illusion.

My reaction was to go home, bake an apple pie and dare my family to suggest it wasn't the best one they'd ever eaten. They did, in fact, swoon over the pie. They know what's good for them.

The illusion of pie exceptionalism has a practical application to Arizona politics. Read more »

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Approximately 119,000 LGBT Workers in Arizona Lack Statewide Protections against Ongoing Employment Discrimination

LOS ANGELES — Approximately 119,000 LGBT workers in Arizona are vulnerable to employment discrimination absent explicit statewide legal protections, according to a new report co-authored by Christy Mallory, Senior Counsel, and Brad Sears, Executive Director, at the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute.  Currently, four cities in Arizona have ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public and private sector employment, but approximately 67% of Arizona’s workforce is not covered by these laws. Read more »

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