Nancy Shenker, founder, and CEO, theONswitch
Name a Scottsdale resident you admire and why.
Jim Thompson, Scottsdale City Manager. I met Jim via LinkedIn when I first moved here and he was so welcoming and helpful in educating me about the area, advising me about various business groups to join, and reinforcing my decision to move here. I had worked in government at various stages of my career and found Jim to be a refreshing change from the norm — the polar opposite of a bureaucrat! Pragmatic, caring, and fun!
I also had the opportunity to hear Jim speak on a panel about the future of Scottsdale. He addressed issues head-on and conveyed the right balance between respect for history and the imperative of change in order to sustain economic health. This type of balance between “old and new” is ultimately what enables a community to thrive without losing its character and soul.
What is Scottsdale doing right?
In a word, everything I’ve experienced so far. The combination of a vibrant business community and a wonderful year-round lifestyle community is rare to find. I love the blend and accessibility of nature, culture, retail, great food, technology start-ups, sports, tourism, and more.
What would you do to improve Scottsdale?
I’d love to see more professional women having a voice in the future of Scottsdale. I’ve met some terrific women since I’ve been here, but have also attended events where no women were represented on stage. I’m determined to help change that by getting more involved in a wide range of business and social activities!