On this episode of 3C Amplified with host Jacqueline Destremps, listeners were introduced to a panel of community leaders to hear their take on why the City of Tempe is a leading example for communities around the country on the importance of collaboration between city, business, and human services leaders to create a community of inclusive, compassion and diversity.
Founded in 1972, Tempe Community Council (TCC) is a community-based nonprofit focused on encouraging resident interaction and enhancing human services in Tempe.
TCC brings together the community – including government, nonprofits, faith groups and residents – to support Tempeans in need, plan for present and future needs, and build an enduring foundation.
Octavia Harris is the Executive Director of Tempe Community Council (TCC). She joined TCC January 2017 as the Community Impact Manager and became the Executive Director in July 2018.
Octavia has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past 10 years and her experience includes leadership, program management, fundraising, grant management, volunteer coordination and community engagement at non-profits in Alaska, Washington State and Hawaii.
Octavia is a proud AmeriCorps VISTA and AmeriCorps Alumni. She holds both Masters in Public Administration and Political Science and is a Certified Non-profit Professional. Octavia is delighted to join the Tempe Community Council in a role that engages and supports the Tempe community.
Julie Armstrong is currently a resident of Tempe and serves as the Treasurer for the Tempe Community Council Board of Directors. Julie has served in various roles in the past three years with TCC. Her passion is her community and connecting people.
After dedicating 25 yrs of her career in community relations, HR management, thought leadership, biz development, and volunteer arenas, Julie decided to branch out and work with others to develop their skills and to bring their business goals to life when she founded Paradigm Promoters.
Currently, Julie shares her creative touch on the brand management and digital footprint scene by building unique campaigns for her clients. Focusing on their passion, story, digital stamp, and vision she ensures they understand the importance of creating their legacy. Most importantly she teams up with them to identify their connections and current trends to explore new business opportunities.
Julie proudly served as the 2013 AZSHRM State Conference Director, and was the 2012 AZSHRM State Conference co-Chair. She is a past board member of the AZSHRM State Council and a current Nat’l SHRM member. In 2012, she was the Judith Krebs, PHR Memorial Volunteer Leader of the Year Award recipient. She is past Chair of the Women in Business Council with the Tempe Chamber, past co-Chair on the Phoenix Workforce Connection Full/Executive Boards and past President of Staffing Management Assn. of Greater Phx.
She enjoys community service as evident in her past role on the BOD with Gabriel’s Angels and her role with Young Buckeyes of Phx and Buck Breast Cancer. Other community initiatives include PWC Youth Council, Fresh Start for Women, and the Junior Achievement Women’s Golf Classic committee, JA ‘You’re Hired’ board and as a volunteer/sponsor.
In 2011, she was a featured chapter in the book, Shattering Barriers: Amazing Women’s Journeys to Personal Empowerment written by Dolores Seright. She received her BA in Org Comm from Wright State University, and she is a Master Graduate of Rapport Leadership International.
Professional Accountant, Author, Entrepreneur, Speaker and Management Consultant- Raveen Arora is the Chief Liaison Officer with Kiwanis
International Southwest District. He was born and raised in Calcutta (India) and currently operates the largest India Cultural Center based out of Tempe.
Raveen lives in Arizona and is a professional member of several organizations and associations. Despite his humble childhood (a refugee Child), Raveen achieved international recognition as consultant and author.
In Calcutta he was blessed to work with Mother Teresa on several projects. This developed his core values of humility, compassion, and respect.
Connect with Raveen on LinkedIn.