Building Standout Brands: Learn the Musts for Establishing and Nurturing Your Brand

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09-14-17 | Building Standout Brands: Learn the Musts for Establishing and Nurturing Your Brand from a Local Leader

September 14 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Heard of Phoenix Children’s Hospital? Exactly, the facility was recently named Phoenix Magazine’s “people’s choice” for the most valuable brand in the Valley. Learn how the Phoenix Children’s marketing team clarified and amplified their brand under Debra Stevens’ leadership to become known as one of the country’s top children’s hospitals. Then learn about building up a brand with low recognition as she shares and compares her role at PCH to her current role at Arizona Care Network, an accountable care organization.

You’ll learn how to build an established brand while nurturing its growth. We’ll also discuss the essential alignment between marketing and operations to build brand value.

  • How to nurture an established brand
  • How to establish a brand for a new or growing organization
  • Why operational alignment is a must for successful brand growth
  • What works for your brand? Explore brand development and management versus building brand recognition approaches.

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Presented BDebra J. Stevensy:

Debra J. Stevens, MBA, APR

Executive Director, Marketing and Communication

Debra J. Stevens serves as ACN’s executive director of Marketing and Communication in 2017 to build the Arizona Care Network brand and drive growth. Her skills are a perfect match for the position — she is a leader in translating organizational strategy into breakthrough action plans.

She previously was at the helm of marketing and communications programs supporting Arizona’s most visible brands, including Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Phoenix Suns. In fact, her marketing career is a highlight reel of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

For more than10 years, Stevens served as director of Marketing and Communications for Phoenix Children’s, where she was instrumental in driving brand value and patient volume through multimedia marketing programs. Among her most memorable projects was communications for the hospital’s Valley-wide growth, including four urgent care centers, a new main tower and an expanded emergency and trauma center. She also presided over the marketing of PCH as a U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital.

Stevens’ impressive career also includes 13 years rising through the marketing leadership ranks at the Phoenix Suns, where she led marketing and communications for the opening of then-America West Arena and played a leading role in the legendary Phoenix Suns Western Conference Champions parade. During her tenure there, she served as executive director of Phoenix Suns Charities. Among her signature contributions was establishment of the foundation’s iconic $100,000 Playmaker Award and the Kevin Johnson Scholarship.

Stevens holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from Arizona State University and an MBA in Marketing from University of Phoenix. She is a Valley Leadership Alumnus and was honored in the inaugural class of the Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. Today, she serves as a board member at the Scottsdale/Paradise Valley YMCA and with a variety of health causes locally and nationally.

Company Description: 
People are asking for a better healthcare system. This means access to great doctors who deliver high quality care, better coordination among providers, and a way to manage the rising cost of care.

Arizona Care Network is a group of 5,000 interdependent clinicians who are so committed to these high standards they are willing to be reimbursed based on the quality of their outcomes and satisfaction of their patients. ACN offers the technology tools and clinical support that help them deliver this high level of quality and service. And because high quality care is cost efficient care, everyone wins.


September 14
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Professional Development Series


Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
6333 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85250 United States
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