On Friday, December 6th Arizona Forward hosted its 44th Annual Luncheon at the beautiful and historic Arizona Biltmore. The luncheon featured an awards ceremony to celebrate the efforts of several members who made a big impact in 2013 through their service, including Lynette Pollari and Stephen Thompson of Thompson + Pollari studio, William Auberle of Pinyon Environmental and Steve Krum of First Solar.

Arizona Forward President and CEO Diane Brossart also presented Steve Krum with the Chairman plaque to recognize him for the amazing job he did helping her guide the organization through its first year as a statewide agency. Following the awards presentation, Marine Ecologist and Environmental Policy Analyst Dr. Rafe Sagarin gave an entertaining and enlightening talk on the very timely topic of adaptability and regaled the audience with anecdotes from his fascinating book: Learning from the Octopus: How Secrets from Nature Can Help Us Fight Terrorist Attacks, Natural Disasters and Disease.

In addition to the award presentation and keynote address, event attendees attended a book signing with Dr. Sagarin and participated in a drawing for a brand new Lenovo IdeaPad laptop and a weekend night stay with brunch for two at the Arizona Biltmore.

Arizona Forward staff is deeply grateful to the members who are at the heart of the organization – the luncheon was truly a celebration of the diverse and dedicated people who advance the Arizona Forward mission on a daily basis.


Applying the lessons of nature to business principles and human interaction, Dr. Sagarin helps organizations around the world unleash the natural power of adaptability to survive and thrive in an unpredictable world.