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Collaborative Connections E30

On Collaborative Connections E30, host Kelly Lorenzen had the pleasure of interviewing some amazing leaders in our community.

  • Ania Kubicki, CEO & Founder of ANGLES Communications and President-Elect of NAWBO Phoenix
  • Laura Bode, Director of Community Engagement of A New Leaf
  • Shana Duffy, Principle Consultant, Blue Ocean Advisory and owner of Yellow Day Marketing

If you want to be inspired, get more involved in the Arizona community, or learn something new about PR, non-profits, business ownership, or women in business, this episode is for you.

Did you know there is a media collaborative in Phoenix that focuses on Positivity? The Center for Positive Media just opened and Ania was excited to share about it.

Did you know that NAWBO advocates for women in business? They are a great resource in our community.

Did you know that A New Leaf helps sexual and domestic violence victims? They are opening a Rap Crisis Center next month. Check out all of their services at

Did you know there is a consulting firm that helps brands connect with financial institutions for co-branded credit cards and loyalty programs? Shana Duffy is a principal consultant with them and a great resource for small and large businesses needing help with customer loyalty.

These ladies shared some GREAT resources, stories, and quotes during the show about everything above and more. It is worth the hour to listen to this episode of Collaborative Connections. Listen below on Spotify.

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Laura Bode, A New Leaf


A New Leaf mission is “Helping Families…Changing Lives.” They provide meaningful opportunities to empower disadvantaged individuals and families and to create a stronger and healthier community. A New Leaf’s 30+ programs in the Phoenix Metro area address households’ immediate and longer-term needs. A New Leaf provides a continuum of care that promotes social and economic health and stability.

Services include:

  • emergency shelter
  • supportive housing
  • domestic and sexual violence support
  • financial empowerment
  • behavioral and primary health care
  • foster care
  • early childhood education
  • family preservation
  • and more.

A New Leaf has over 50 years of experience providing social services to local communities. It anticipates improving more than 30,000 lives this year through culturally responsive programming that cultivates equity in the community.


Laura Bode serves as A New Leaf’s Director of Community Engagement and has been with the organization for 10 years. She is passionate about advancing the critical services the organization provides for the community.

Laura engages community corporations, foundations, civic leaders, and service groups to build awareness, funding, in-kind donations, and volunteer service.

Follow A New Leaf on LinkedInFacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Ania Kubicki, Angles Communications


ANGLES is a communications agency with a mission to connect ideas and the people behind them to those who benefit from them. ANGLES works with visionaries who challenge the status quo and disrupt industries that need change.

We help our clients bring positive change to industries, communities and the world through highly curated communications strategies and programs.


Ania Kubicki started her career in public relations in New York City, working on high-profile campaigns for destinations and political organizations. She moved to Phoenix in 2002 and started her agency, ANGLES Communications in 2006.

Ania is passionate about her clients and works with growth-oriented companies, powerful organizations and meaningful non-profits. She firmly believes that if you are not telling your story, someone will tell it for you.

Ania is an active member of our community serving on multiple committees. She also supports and volunteers for causes in education, arts, entertainment, and for women and children. She is the President-Elect of the Phoenix Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Ania is passionate about helping people overcome adversity and own their stories!

Connect with Ania on LinkedInFacebook and Instagram.

Shana Duffy, Blue Ocean Advisory


Blue Ocean is a multi-faceted advisory firm that excels in brand loyalty and payment solutions. The company has a strong emphasis in the co-brand credit card space. Blue Ocean uses their vast experience and industry knowledge to successfully align brand partners and merchants with issuing banks and payment providers.

The Blue Ocean team has spent many years effectively negotiating co-branded programs nationally and internationally for travel, auto, retail, and financial institution brands. Additionally they manage RFP’s and contracts with Issuers and all three Card Networks; Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.


Shana Duffy is a Principal Consultant with over 25 years of experience in the credit card and co-brand industry. Her experience runs deep across Operations, Marketing, and Business Development.

Shana spent over 20 years at Bank of America where she managed Credit Underwriting, Fraud, and Risk teams and strategies. She then transitioned to co-brand marketing where she spent 10 years managing a suite of successful programs such as America West, Alaska Airlines, and Hawaiian Airlines.

Prior to joining Blue Ocean Advisory in June 2020, Shana spent 7 years managing Retail, Airline, and Financial Institution co-branded programs at U.S. Bank.

Shana’s skills span across executive leadership, program management, product development and innovation, contract renewals and negotiation, revenue generation, and relationship management.

Follow Blue Ocean on LinkedIn.

About Collaborative Connections E30

Kelly Lorenzen started the “Collaborative Connections” show to bring her clients and favorite charities together to meet each other, connect and collaborate in life and business.  She hopes to build a stronger community one show at a time. 

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