University of Phoenix Leadership Appointed to Arizona Foundation for Women Board of Directors | Business

University of Phoenix Leadership Appointed to Arizona Foundation for Women Board of Directors | Business
University of Phoenix Leadership Appointed to Arizona Foundation for Women Board of Directors | Business

PHOENIX – (BUSINESS WIRE) – December 01, 2021–

The University of Phoenix is ​​pleased to announce that Tracy DeSoto, director of Student Financial Services, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Arizona Foundation for Women (AFW).

DeSoto’s tenure is from October 2021 through October 2024. During her tenure, she will be the Program Chairperson of SHE Leads! TM program, a professional development program for AZ women seeking leadership positions or leadership roles with limited access to training. She leads! TM is also fundraising through the program to support nonprofits across AZ that support women in safety, health, and economic empowerment. Last year, the program raised $ 34,000 to five local organizations.

DeSoto previously led the University of Phoenix’s Women Rising employee resource group from 2017-2019, working with local community organizations to attract speakers. In this role she first heard about the Arizona Foundation for Women. DeSoto was nominated for the board position by University of Phoenix colleague Barbara Shifano, Senior Director of Learning Development, who has a current tenure on the AFW board and with which DeSoto will take over the chairmanship of SHE Leads! TM.

Outside of her position at the University of Phoenix, DeSoto runs a small business offering personal improvement and life coaching seminars, an endeavor she began after overcoming breast cancer in 2014. “SHE in SHE leads! TM stands for Safety, Health and Economic Empowerment, and I have been personally influenced in each of these areas in my life, ”shares DeSoto. “I love the foundation’s program and work to empower women and mothers who are working to overcome great challenges.”

She leads! The TM program is a six month leadership program designed to help participants acquire the skills required for their roles or career, including hiring a mentor and completing a fundraising component. There are 37 participants and 37 mentors – each participant has their own mentor “champion” who is recruited through a separate application process. The University of Phoenix is ​​a sponsor of the program.

Arizona Foundation for Women (AFW) is a supportive organization of the Arizona Community Foundation that is focused on creating better lives for Arizona’s women and children. Their programs include the SHE Counts! ® mission to identify unmet needs and develop the initiatives and methodologies to address them, and the SHE Leads! ™ women’s leadership development program

Learn more about the Arizona Foundation for Women at

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