We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelly Isley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelly, what’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned from a friend, sibling or significant other?
My parents taught me the importance of taking initiative. They were great role models and were always thinking about what they could do to move to the next level. For me, initiative is the drive to do just that – to take the first step, and then the next step forward. The best thing about initiative, Is that it is free and available to everyone.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My career as a technical leader for Corcoran Associates, a firm of business advisors, remains exciting and on my best days, you can catch me taking photos. Has it been a smooth road? For me, the path to success has been a fantastic journey along a winding road. A journey that has found me setting goals, adapting to new environments and moving out of my comfort zone on a regular basis. Two strategies that have helped me so far: building a personal board of directors for mentorship and joining a mastermind group when I decided to write my first book.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
From breathtaking views at dinner to searching for wild horses, the greater Phoenix area is the destination for adventurous souls. When friends visit and we have a reason to celebrate, The Sanctuary Resort is the place to be. Arriving in the late afternoon to catch the sunset from The Sanctuary’s vantage point within the spectacular terrain of Camelback Mountain is the beginning of a memorable evening. Other favorite establishments for catching breakfast and lunch in between tours of the city and outlying areas include; Bobby-Q (my vote for the best brisket in Arizona), Original Burrito Company (excellent breakfast burritos), and Perfect Pear Bistro (amazing mac and cheese). On the move The sun rises early and sets the stage for adventure when you travel 35 minutes away from Sky Harbor International Airport and downtown Phoenix to a riparian desert. Yes, a desert where wild horses of the lower Salt River roam. Since they are wild, it helps to know that these beautiful families of horses travel in the area between the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Reservation, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, and into Tonto National Forest. Noteworthy for any first time explorers – a Tonto National Forest day use pass ($8 in 2020) is required to park at any of the developed areas along the Salt River and needs to be picked up before heading to the park. With all that the greater Phoenix area has to offer, our friends strongly recommend researching these and more memorable getaways at the Visit Arizona website.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are many acknowledgments due when you set down to review a few decades of your experiences, efforts and the occasional triumphs that life delivers. Even with a long list of contributors, I would begin at the top with these family members: my husband who believes in me; Mitch, Vivian, Natalie, Katie, Addison Victoria, Mom, Dad, Norma, Ryburn, Jana, Bud, Diane, and certainly my Cousin Bill who told me I could become an author, or anything I wanted to be. The top of the extended family members list includes: Melissa, Mary Ann, Kristin, Christina, Julie, WJD, Todd, Mark, Andrew, David, and Terry who have all helped me bring ideas to life.
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