WHERE PEOPLE WORK TOGETHER COURAGEOUSLY, THEIR POTENTIAL IS UNLIMITED.
Matt Lehrman is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Social Prosperity Partners - an Arizona-based consulting firm dedicated to the proposition that “Where people work together courageously, their potential is unlimited.” Matt’s passion and expertise is facilitating the strategic deliberations of boards of directors, governance councils, and management teams while gathering input and consensus from their various constituencies (i.e., customers, members, residents, audiences, donors, alumni, and the general public).
Matt was the founder and long-time Executive Director of the pioneering audience development collaboration of Arizona's arts & cultural sector known as Alliance for Audience & ShowUp.com. And he subsequently served as Interim Managing Director of Arizona Theatre Company. His career started as a lobbyist for the real estate industry in Washington, DC before he pulled up stakes and moved to Arizona as a newlywed in 1988 and served as director of sales and marketing for a community bank.
When not facilitating other peoples' conversations, Matt delivers inspiring keynotes and teaches substantive workshops nationally on topics of consensus building, public dialogue, fundraising, and loyalty & customer engagement. His podcast, Tell Me More…, is a forum for “courageous conversations” among people who disagree on political topics and social issues - and is available on Apple, Spotify, and all other podcast platforms.
A co-founder of Social Prosperity Partners, John’s enduring passion for community building is rooted in 35 years of service and leadership in local and regional government plus seven years providing strategic planning services and executive coaching to clients in the for-profit, not-for-profit and public sectors.
Before being named City Manager, John served in increasingly responsible roles within the City of Scottsdale - heading departments of Human Resources, Organizational Effectiveness and Transportation as well as being appointed Executive Director for Downtown Development where he facilitated an estimated $6 billion in public and private investment over a 4-year period.
John is the City's only two-time honoree of the Bill Donaldson Award recognizing excellence in leadership, innovation, risk-taking, team work, creative problem-solving and community service. As well, he was honored by the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors as "Citizen of the Year" for his important contributions to community building.