Born in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A., 30 November 1929. Educated at the University of Arizona, B.A. 1951. Cooney had an early interest in education, earning a B.A. degree in education from the University of Arizona in 1951, but she gravitated toward the mass media in part as a result of the influence of The Christophers, a religious group who emphasize utilizing communication technologies for humanitarian goals. Although she began her career as a reporter for the Arizona Republic in 1952, she moved into television in 1954, joining the NBC publicity department in New York.
Barrett will serve a six-year term as a citizen regent on the board that is the governing body of the renowned institution that consists of 19 museums and nine research centers. In addition, the Smithsonian has numerous relationships with other cultural and research institutions.
In 2008 and 2009, Barrett was U.S. Ambassador to Finland. Prior to Finland she served on the corporate boards of Raytheon, Exponent and The Mayo Clinic, and was a Trustee of Aerospace Corporation and Thunderbird School of Global Management. She was Chairman of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy and a member of the Smithsonian National Board, Space Foundation Board, Horatio Alger Association Board, Defense Business Board and Senior Advisory Board at Harvard’s Institute of Politics.
Earlier Ambassador Barrett was Senior Advisor to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and President and CEO of the American Management Association, both in New York City. She was Valley Bank of Arizona’s founding Chairman and taught leadership as a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She served as Deputy Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, Partner in a large Phoenix law firm, Vice Chairman of the United States Civil Aeronautics Board and executive/officer of two Fortune 500 corporations.
Barrett was President of the International Women’s Forum and national Chairman of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s Export Conference in Washington, DC. She served in leadership roles with the Advisory Committee on Trade Negotiations, Center for International Private Enterprise, Freedom House and Global Center for Dispute Resolution Research, among others. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has been a frequent participant with Club of Madrid and the World Economic Forum. In her community, Barrett was Chairman of the Arizona District Export Council, World Affairs Council, Economic Club of Phoenix and Thunderbird. She was a candidate for Governor of Arizona.
An instrument-rated pilot, Barrett was the first civilian woman to land in an F/A-18 Hornet on an aircraft carrier. She climbed Tanzania's Mt. Kilimanjaro in August 2007 and bicycled 900 kilometers around Finland while Ambassador. She has trained as an astronaut, and was the backup spaceflight participant for the Soyuz TMA-16 flight to the International Space Station.
Chief Presiding Judge of the Phoenix Municipal Court. She grew up here in Phoenix and leads a court that is widely viewed as a model for municipal court management across the United States, in terms of both innovation and efficiency. She is actively engaged in the community and was recently recognized during the Arizona Centennial. You may want to look at over the other awardees from the Centennial "48 Women" project for additional suggestions. http://www.48women.org/home/
Inspired to become a writer by a prophetic dream of her father in 1995, Stella Pope Duarte believes that writing, like love, begins within, or it doesn't start at all. Hailed by critics as a "major, new literary voice in America," Duarte is described by Jacquelyn Mitchard as a "magical weaver with a sure hand and a pure heart," and praised by Ursula K. Leguin as an author who "will enlarge humanity." Her works include: Fragile Night, (Bilingual Review Press, 1997), Let Their Spirits Dance, (HarperCollins, 2002), If I Die in Juárez, (University of Az Press, 2008), Women Who Live in Coffee Shops and Other Stories, (Arte Publico Press, 2010), and her most current work, (2012) Writing Through Revelations, Visions and Dreams: The memoir of a writer's soul. Duarte has won honors and awards nationwide, including a 2009 American Book Award, a Pulitzer Prize nomination, Southwest Book of the Year Award, Women in American History Award and a nomination to Oprah's Book Sense list. Born and raised in the Sonorita Barrio in South Phoenix, she is second to the last in a family of eight children. As a child, she was voted the shyest girl in school, and since then she says she has learned to "speak her mind," and encourages others to do the same. In spite of national awards and recognition, Ms. Duarte has never forgotten her humble beginnings, and believes that her faith and love of family have formed the foundation for her success.
Community activist and Owner of Stinkweeds Records
Community activist and Owner of Stinkweeds Records, an entrepreneur, arts advocate and community activist who works to cultivate strong, vibrant communities and inspire a higher quality of life in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Lanning is actively involved in fostering cultural diversity, economic self-reliance and responsible growth for the Phoenix metropolitan area. In 2003, Lanning founded Local First Arizona, a grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to raising public awareness of the economic and cultural benefits provided by locally owned businesses. In late 2005, Local First secured 501(c) 6 non-profit status, and proceeded with Lanning as the executive director. The organization has since mushroomed to over 1,500 members, and Lanning works extensively with city and state policymakers to create a supportive environment for entrepreneurs of all sizes. Along with an advisory board of dedicated, local business owners and civic leaders, Kimber pursues the dual goal of establishing vibrant and culturally unique businesses at the forefront of the valley's identity, as well as creating a sustainable and healthy region through the implementation of diverse local economies. She works to inform, educate, and motivate consumers to support local enterprises, and encourages public policy that enables locally owned and operated businesses to thrive. Lanning was most recently appointed as a director for the City of Phoenix Development Advisory Board.
Diana Taurasi is a professional basketball player who plays for the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA and UMMC Ekaterinburg of Russia. In 2011, she was voted one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history by fans.