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Meet Wendy Anderton, CEO of Global Ties Arizona and the new Membership Chair for AzSAE.

Global Ties Arizona is a nonprofit organization that brings international visitors to the United States through the International Visitor Leadership Program. Wendy was a member and volunteer for the organization for about eight years before assuming the role of CEO. Her extensive travels outside of the United States ignited a passion that drives her desire to convey the message of Global Ties Arizona and its programs.

Wendy became a member of AzSAE in 2017. She wanted to connect with other association executives to exchange best practices and to cultivate new ideas. She finds the luncheon programs to always be “on point” and very informative…she tries never to miss one. And the interaction with other association executives is extremely helpful. She was also very attracted by the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential, which she will be pursuing in the near future. 

So why did she volunteer to become the Membership Chair? “When I became a member, I felt a little lost,” she said, “and I thought that by serving on the Membership Committee, I could help others get the most out of their membership.” She is working with her committee on revamping the membership brochure and will be scheduling a new member orientation later this year.

An advocate of continuing education opportunities, Wendy recently completed the Small Business Leadership Academy through ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Phoenix Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and Arizona’s Piggie Poo Rescue (guinea pig rescue) and is involved with EmpoweredPHXX, the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, and the Global Chamber Phoenix.

Fun Facts:
Wendy is a Fiber Artist - knit and crochet, macramé, yarns and fibers
She loves naturally dying homespun alpaca yarns
Wendy and her partner, Heather, have lots of pets - 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 birds, and 15 guinea pigs (in addition to those they rescue)
She was a freelance art director and graphic designer for 11 years

Contact Wendy: Global Ties Arizona, (480) 945-7750,

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