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Carol A. Poore, Ph.D., MBA, ABC - IABC Phoenix Member Spotlight

October 11, 2021

Carol A. Poore is president of Poore and Associates Strategic Planning and author of Strategic Impact: A Leader’s Three-Step Framework for the Customized Vital Strategic Plan, published by Fast Company Press in 2021.

Carol provides strategic planning expertise for corporate, nonprofit and social sector executive teams, expanding organizational capacity and strategic impact. Her vital strategic planning framework has assisted client organizations with innovative growth and turnaround, strategic fundraising, venture capital development, storytelling, branding, identity building, and civic engagement.

Dr. Poore’s executive background includes serving as a marketing and business start-up executive at one of the nation’s largest private water and public power utility companies – Salt River Project, serving as vice provost at Arizona State University at the West Campus, and serving as CEO at Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, raising more than $23 million in donor and grant funding to grow the agency and establish a community health center in downtown Phoenix.

Carol received a Ph.D. in public administration, an MBA and bachelor of science degree in journalism and broadcasting from Arizona State University.

Carol has served on a number of nonprofit and community-based boards spanning social services, healthcare, arts and culture, community development, and higher education.

An IABC member since 1989, Carol served as president of IABC Phoenix from 1993 to 1994. She also served on the international Research Foundation Board of Trustees from approximately 1997 through 2004. “IABC has played a huge role in my professional life as well as created many professional friendships,” Carol said.

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Three Questions

What is the best professional development book you’ve ever read?

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t by Jim Collins is at the top of the list.

Have you ever been told you look like someone famous, who was it?

Cindy on the Brady Bunch.

What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever been given?

This is a favorite saying that I’ve embellished and now use in my workshops about the Art of Personal Reinvention: You are the youngest you’ll ever be! Fall in LOVE with your life!

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