To be certain, Nicole’s commitments to the community, both as an attorney at Quarles and as First Lady of Phoenix, are extensive. The following are some of the organizations in which she is currently most active.
Stop Bullying AZ and the Dion Initiative is a bullying prevention initiative that Nicole founded, in her role as Phoenix's First Lady. Its mission is to end bullying in all its forms by increasing awareness and promoting the tools needed by educators, care givers, and students. The fact that one in four students is being bullied right now should give us all pause. Bullying affects everyone, but few people know what to do about it. With the support of the community, Stop Bullying AZ addresses that information deficiency because every child deserves to be safe. For more information, see this article, written by The Arizona Republic, about Nicole’s efforts to stop senseless persecution of children by their peers.
Charter 100 AZ is a nonpartisan, nonprofit network organization for women leaders of outstanding accomplishments in diverse fields, including the arts, education, politics, government, business, finance, communications, science, fashion, law, medicine, the ministry, real estate, sports, philanthropy, and more. The organization provides a forum for interaction and for the exchange of ideas among members. Nicole is a member.
For three decades, Valley Leadership has brought leadership development programs to men, women, and youth who serve and strengthen our communities. Valley Leadership strives to provide people of diverse perspectives and backgrounds from both the public and private sectors with opportunities to connect, learn, and lead. Nicole is a graduate of Class XXIX.
The Women’s Metropolitan Arts Council (WoMAC) fosters interest in art and the Phoenix Art Museum through educational programs, opportunities for meaningful community involvement, and networking through fundraising and social events. Nicole is a founding member and past president.
The Phoenix Art Museum has grown to an institution with an international reputation for excellence. The Board of Trustees has provided solid leadership and economic stewardship. The membership is loyal, generous, and supportive, and the volunteers within its support organizations are a unique force in driving programming enrichment, and enthusiasm for the Museum. From all of these groups and more, donors have shared its vision and in turn, invested in the efforts of this institution to raise the quality of life in metropolitan Phoenix.
Arizona Women’s Employment & Education, Inc. (AWEE) has been transforming the lives of Arizonans into economic success stories for 32 years. Since its inception, AWEE has helped create successful beginnings and renewed hope for more than 160,000 women, men, and young adults. Gone are the days of simply moving people off welfare. Today, AWEE is Arizona’s preeminent workforce development organization, offering a diverse range of evidence-based training and support services throughout Maricopa and Yavapai counties. Nicole was the co-chair and co-founding member of the Special Projects Committee.
In 2011, Nicole was honored by the YWCA as a leading woman business leader. Click here to see a video about the award and her accomplishments.