Business United for Scottsdale Schools to host keynote speakers

Business United for Scottsdale Schools will host Business Keynote Speaker and Plaza Companies President and CEO Sharon Harper and Educational Keynote Speaker Christina Haines, M.Ed., interim president of Scottsdale Community College, at its November breakfast.

The event is slated for 7:30-9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at SkySong in Scottsdale, 1301 N Scottsdale Road, and is complimentary to attendees, according to a press release.

“At its core, BUSS is about ensuring that we continue to flood the local workforce pipeline with prepared, educated students,” Chris Casalena, BUSS board president, said in a prepared statement.

“It’s about establishing that critical connection between education and economic development, and we’re honored to have some of the brightest names and organizations from the community leading the charge.”

Sharon Harper

Scottsdale Charros, the Scottsdale Unified School District, the city of Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce and Scottsdale Community College are all part of the nonprofit BUSS initiative.

The initiative aims to provide a range of opportunities for students from pre-kindergarten through higher education who wish to learn more about appealing to employers, post-graduation, a release states.

“Our objective with BUSS is two-fold,” Kim Hartmann, BUSS board member and SUSD governing board member.

“First, we want to help local students get a leg up once they enter the job market, and second, we want to serve as a resource for employers and business owners who are looking for well-qualified, well-trained workers.”

Both objectives will undergo discussion at November’s BUSS Breakfast, which is open to the public and will also cover other topics relating to education, business and how they go hand-in-hand. To register to attend November’s upcoming BUSS Breakfast, visit

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