Group 91.Five ~ KJZZ's Young Professionals

Image 14Group 91.Five connects young professionals to each other, to the local community and to KJZZ through a shared interest in meaningful civic engagement and public service. Group 91.Five members recognize the value of public radio and its impact. Group 91.Five engages its members through in-person and online activities including volunteer opportunities, networking events and community awareness initiatives.  

 Why should you get involved with Group 91.Five?

  • Make a positive impact on your community.
  • Connect with like-minded young professionals.
  • Support public radio in the Valley.
  • Enjoy a variety of social and educational opportunities. 
  • Improve your resume and expand your professional network


Blue check boxJoin Group 91.Five 


Upcoming Events
Join Group 91.Five using the link above to get email notification of upcoming Group 91.Five events and activities. 

January 12
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Group 91Five Community Service Opportunity
Rio Vista Center - Casa De Amor
819 South MacDonald, Mesa, AZ 85210
Google Map

Connect to the community in a meaninful way. Join Group 91Five Tuesday, January 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for a group volunteer opportunity at Rio Vista Center - Casa De Amor in Mesa. Get to know other KJZZ young professionals, help a great local organization to feed the hungry and end your day feeling good. 

April 20, 2016

5:30-9 p.m.
Night At The Desert Botanical Garden

Networking event co-hosted with Botanical Garden Young Professionals. Check back for event details. 


Past Events


October 20, 2015

Image 22Image 21

Image 23

Macabre Masquerade
5:30-7 P.M. 
Paz Cantina
3rd street at Roosevelt in Downtown Phoenix
Google Map

Group 91Five, KJZZ's Young Professionals, are getting together at Paz Cantina (3rd and Roosevelt) to celebrate Fall with a little food and a lot of fun.
View more photos on Facebook.

October 1, 2015

What I Wish I Knew...
Cutting Through The Rhetoric
An In-Depth Discussion of Political Participation and Civic Engagement

Cutting Through the Rhetoric is the next topic in Group 91Five's “What I Wish I Knew…” discussion series. Moderated by KJZZ Host Mark Brodie, the conversation will focus on political activism, civic engagement and the nature of public discourse during a presidential election year.

Image 20

Panelists include (L-R):

Darcy Renfro, Senior Director of The Arizona We Want.  Previously served as founding director of the Arizona STEM Network at Science Foundation Arizona.  Darcy has also worked as the policy advisor to Governor Janet Napolitano for economic development and higher education.  

Jaime A. Molera, Co-Founder and Partner at Molera Alvarez.  Mr. Molera also served as Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction and Arizona State Board of Education President for two terms. He was also the leading advisor on policy and legislative affairs to Arizona Governor Jane Dee Hull, senior consultant and spokesperson for U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, he is hosting a new political talk show on Sunday evenings, “Politics in the Yard” for the CW Network, chairman of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Committee and is on board of directors for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce.

Sarah Suggs, President and CEO of Sandra Day O’Connor Institute. A community volunteer since the age of 12, Ms. Suggs has held several leadership positions including Phoenix Heart Ball Chairman, Arizona Science Center Gala Chairman, Women’s Board of the Barrow Neurological Foundation, Founder of Phoenix Children’s Hospital Leadership Circle and Past President of Charter 100, an organization dedicated to recognizing and providing a forum for outstanding women in the community.

Alberto Olivas, Director of the MCCCD Center For Civic Participation. Previously served on the cabinet of Arizona Governor Jane Dee Hull and as State Voter Education and Outreach Director in the Elections division for Arizona Secretary of State Betsey Bayless. Alberto has served on the Secretary of State’s Election Procedures Review Committee since 2009. He also serves on the board of directors for the National Civic League, and is Vice Chair of the Arizona Town Hall board of directors. He is past board chairman for Kids Voting Arizona, and was a gubernatorial appointee to the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited. Email or call 480-774-8400 to RSVP


August 11, 2015
Women in Media Panel Discussion and Networking Event
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Rio Salado College Conference Center
Google Map

Presented by Group 91.Five and Arizona Foundation For Women, this networking event will feature a moderated panel discussion covering topics of interest to women pursuing a career in media. 


Image 17

Retha Hill - Former BET Vice President of content,  former executive producer for special projects at, currently serving as executive director of the New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.

Amanda June - Owner, SmokeFire media and editor of The Visionary Business Magazine, a national publication dedicated to cross-cultural business relations and economic development. 

Paola Boivin, Arizona Republic sports columnist also published in New York Times, USA today and on 12 News Phoenix.  

Mary Jo Pitzl - Arizona Republic government reporter covering Arizona legislature, state policy and politics.


Image 18

Sarah Ventre is senior producer for KJZZ's Original Productions, including The Show and Here and Now. Prior to coming to KJZZ, Ventre worked as a producer and editor at NPR. As a reporter, Ventre has been featured on NPR, WAMU, Washington City Paper, Phoenix New Times, SF Weeekly and xoJane. 

This event is free and open to the public. More information is available on the AFW Facebook Page.

March 2015

Image 16

Group 91.Five STEM Networking Mixer 
March 12, 6-8 p.m.
The Newton Phx
300 West Camelback, Phoenix

Special Guests:
KJZZ Science and Technology Reporter Andrew Bernier
Intel Cloud Automation Engineer Eshe Picket
Salt River Project Master Data Management, Sr. Analyst Jennifer Petorella
ASML Sr. Communication Specialist Michael Pullen
ASML Global Support Center, North America Group Lead Rick Wahl
TGen Marketing Coordinator Stacy Bertinelli
Nextiva Culture Lead Kristen Bradley
Nextiva Culture Lead Yoel Lustgarten
Nextiva Corporate Recruiter Amanda Dzuik
Avnet IT Project Manager T.J. Wey
Arizona SciTech Festival Street Team Lead Shiena Amigo
State Farm IT Analyst Leann Steidinger
State Farm Data Specialist Wally Taylor

The Group 91.Five STEM Networking Mixer offered the opportunity to explore STEM careers and the work being done by innovative companies right here in the Valley. 

If you are a member of the Group 91.Five Facebook group you can find more photos from the event on Facebook.  


Image 13

February 2015

Group 91.Five, KJZZ's young professionals will host "What I Wish I Knew About The Challenges Of Home Ownership" February 20, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Conference Center at Rio Salado College. 

The event is the next installment in the group's recurring What I Wish I Knew...discussion series.

What I Wish I Knew About The Challenges Of Home Ownership brings together experts in real estate, urban living and community planning to explore home ownership and a variety of home buying decisions. 

Potential topics include financial and lifestyle considerations, current trends in urban and suburban living and changing attitudes toward homeownership. 

What I Wish I Knew...

About The Challenges of Homeownership

Friday, February 20, 6-7:30 p.m. 

Conference Center at Rio Salado College

2323 W. 14th Street

Tempe, AZ 85281


KJZZ's Mark Brodie


Mike Orr, ASU Director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice 

Suzanne Walden-Wells, Eastmark Director of Community Life

Mike Davis, CEO, The DAVIS Experience



Tricia Moore

KJZZ Communication Coordinator


About What I Wish I Knew...

The What I Wish I Knew...discussion series strives to offer a well rounded conversation that takes our chosen topic a little deeper than what one might find in a Google search. The discussions offer expert advice with the benefit of hindsight to an actively engaged audience of young professionals.

What I Wish I Knew...Video Archives

What I Wish I Knew About Guaranteeing My Career Success

What I Wish I Knew About Getting Out of Debt and Staying Out

What I Wish I Knew About Starting a Business


If you are interested in getting involved or learning more about Group 91.Five, please contact:

Philanthropic Gifts Office - KJZZ Group 91.Five
Phone: 480-774-8257