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Fireside Chat

  • April 09, 2024
  • 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows, 6114 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85253


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Fireside Chat with F. Francis Najafi

Moderated by Mark Stapp, Director, ASU W.P. Cary School of Business

Francis Najafi is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pivotal Group, a forty-year-old investment firm with focus on private equity, real estate, and growth ventures.

Serving as a Board member of the Quincy Institute, and as a regular participant in the Aspen Institute, Mr. Najafi is active in the global dialogue for social good and a better world.  In addition, Francis is also active in the World Presidents’ Organization and Chief Executives Organization.

Locally, Mr. Najafi shares his collaborative skills by currently serving as a member of the Board of Trustees at Arizona State University, on the National Advisory Board of Sandra Day O’Connor Institute, as a Board Member Emeritus of Arizona Science Center, as a Board Member of Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and previously served as a Board Member of the Heard Museum and the Phoenix Art Museum. In addition, Francis is a member of ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business Dean’s Council.

Mr. Najafi has received several honors including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the NCCJ Humanitarian Award, Thunderbird Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement as an Entrepreneur, and was honored as a Thunderbird Global Leader with the unveiling of the Najafi Global Mindset Institute at Thunderbird School of Global Management.

In 2005, Mr. Najafi established the Pivotal Foundation, as a charitable vehicle to give back to the community and provide patronage for numerous charitable, cultural, and civic organizations.

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