PHX Achieving the Mayor's Goal of New Direct International Flights

Date: January 13, 2020
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location:  Show map
Japanese Friendship Garden
1125 N 3rd Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Contact: Doug Bruhnke

Achieving the Mayor's Goal of New Direct International Flights

In our last meeting with Mayor Gallego. At that time she emphasized the importance of direct international flights to the region, and she laid out the goal of having at least one direct international flight between Phoenix and Asia. There are none today!

We're pleased to present Christine Mackay, Director of Community and Economic Development, City of Phoenix, and Deborah Ostreicher, Assistant Aviation Director, City of Phoenix to speak at a special business event in the Japanese Friendship Garden. The event is focused on reviewing progress in support of Mayor Gallego's goal and creating a city and community collaboration to achieve success.

We'll also hear from Sanjeev Khagram, Director-General and Dean of Thunderbird School of Global Management. Thank you to Thunderbird for sponsoring the drinks.

Mexico's Phoenix Consul General will also be attending.. the Honorable Jorge Mendoza Yescas, along with business leaders from a variety of industries.

During the summer we hosted Mayor Gallego at Spencer Fane for the annual Welcome to Phoenix event, and one of the deliverables was to discuss how we can work together to achieve the goal. Business leaders can do their part in the effort. The purpose of this discussion is to rally the global tribe with the leaders at the city to align and get this done.

Special thanks to the Japanese Friendship Garden for hosting this event at Winship House, located to the right/south of the main gate. Join us after the talks to continue the discussion over Japanese food and beverages.

Members are free! Thank you for your support and collaboration! Let's grow in 2020!

Non-members... join us for US$25. Register above.

Title Sponsor:

Drink Sponsor:


  • Christine Mackay - Director of Community and Economic Development at City of Phoenix
  • Deborah Ostreicher - Assistant Aviation Director at City of Phoenix
  • Sanjeev Khagram - Director-General and Dean at Thunderbird School of Global Management 

Get to Know Mayor Kate Gallego

Mayor Kate Gallego has spent her career working to find solutions to complex problems. Prior to being elected as Mayor, she served for five years as the City Councilwoman for District 8, a large district covering much of South Phoenix. Her record of proven results includes leading the campaign to pass Phoenix's citywide transportation plan through 2050 and working to ensure equal pay for equal work. 

While on the council, Mayor Gallego helped make Phoenix a leader in job creation and worked with police and firefighters to improve public safety and make neighborhoods more secure.

In March 2019, Mayor Gallego became the second elected female Mayor in Phoenix history and the youngest big-city Mayor in the United States. Mayor Gallego is passionate about building a Phoenix that works for everyone, including her two-year-old son, Michael, and she led the effort to partner with AARP to make Phoenix a city where seniors can thrive. She believes everyone should have access to cutting edge medical care and has led on expanding Phoenix's biomedical campus. Mayor Gallego is working to grow the city's economy, create jobs, and stand up for the city's core values.

Prior to being elected Mayor to the city that she loves, Mayor Gallego worked on Strategic Planning and Economic Development for the utility company, Salt River Project. She worked to attract new companies and jobs to Phoenix. Mayor Gallego graduated from Harvard University and earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. 


Christine Mackay - Director of Community and Economic Development at City of Phoenix. Christine Mackay joined the City of Phoenix as Community and Economic Development Director in August, 2014.  She was recruited to lead the Community & Economic Development Department which includes the Business Development Team, Business Retention and Expansion, Small Business and Entrepreneurial efforts, Downtown Development, International, Retail and Workforce Development.  

During Christine’s first year, once a struggling office employment core, Midtown Phoenix experienced over 2 million square feet absorption which included Banner Health’s relocation of its headquarters in 320,000 square feet.

During the past five years, she has helped locate or expand more than 180 companies into the Region, brought more than 63,000 jobs, added nearly 8 million square feet to the industrial/office base and brought more than $7 billion in capital investment in to the community.  Some of the companies Christine has assisted and recruited include American Express, Uber, Bank of America, PayPal, Facility Source, Wells Fargo, Intel, Aligned Energy, General Motors, Galvanize, WebPT, Orbital Sciences, Honeywell, Famer’s Insurance, Avnet, and Banner Health.

In 2016, Christine was named the Economic Developer of the Year, by the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) and received the Landmark Leaders Government Liaison Award from the Phoenix Business Journal.  

Christine is a member of the Economic Development Director's Team for Greater Phoenix, which focuses on enhancing the region. She participates in committees that include Maricopa Association of Government's "Building a Quality Regional Community", the Biosciences Roadmap committee through the Flinn Foundation, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), Commercial Office Real Estate Executives (CoreNet) the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED), and the Arizona Business Incubator Association. Prior to coming to Phoenix, she was with the City of Chandler for 16 years as a member of the Economic Development Team. 


Deborah Ostreicher - Assistant Aviation Director at City of Phoenix. Deborah Ostreicher has been with Sky Harbor since 1996 and is the Assistant Aviation Director.  In this role, she oversees the Air Service Development, Government Relations, Technology, and Public Relations and Customer Service departments.

Deborah serves on a variety of community and industry boards and is an Emeritus board member of New Pathways for Youth, supporting career development for homeless children in this community.  In 2016, she was recognized as one of Arizona’s Most Outstanding Women, and in 2017 as one of Arizona’s Most Influential Women. Prior to that she won the highly-coveted Athena Award for excellence in business, mentoring and community outreach.  She also received the National Child Labor Committee’s Lewis Hine Award for her work with children.

In addition to aviation, she is passionate about the arts, travel and effective communication.  Before joining the airport, Deborah spent a decade working in Europe and the Middle East, holding positions that included Marketing Director for MicroAge Computers Central Europe and Marketing Manager for Prince Charles in London.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Maryland and her MBA in International Business from the American University in Washington, D.C.


Sanjeev Khagram - Director-General and Dean at Thunderbird School of Global Management. Sanjeev Khagram is a world-renowned scholar and practitioner in the areas of globalization, transnationalism, leadership, strategic management, entrepreneurship, social enterprise, cross-sector innovation, public-private partnerships, inter-organizational networks, good governance, transparency, the global political economy, sustainable development, human security, and the data revolution. He holds a bachelor's in development studies and engineering, a master's degree and doctoral degree minor in economics and doctorate in political economy, all from Stanford University. Read more.


Moderator: Doug Bruhnke - Founder/CEO of Global Chamber®Doug is an international entrepreneur, speaker and investor dedicated to helping members of Global Chamber® reach new markets across metros and borders more successfully. He is a two-time expat with Dupont in Tokyo and Singapore with over 30 years of global business experience in nearly all countries and segments. Doug is a regional advisor for U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and a member of collaborating international groups including the Arizona District Export Council. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Utah and an EMBA from Michigan State University.


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