Build A Positive Work Climate
Lighten Up & Grow Professionally
Steve Saffron has been a national trainer and motivational speaker since 1989. Steve’s educational skills along with his keynotes and workshops have earned him the “Phoenix Choice” award for community service. Steve also received the “Leadership Inspiration” award from the Arizona Future Business Leaders of America. Recently, the Salt River Pima/Maricopa Indian Community honored him with the “Devoted and Distinguished Service” award for over twenty years of educational service with the Indian community.
Scottsdale Community College
Steve started working at Scottsdale Community College in 1975 when the college enrolled only 28 Native American students. As Director of the American Indian program he was instrumental in developing a staff of five people, and in 1980 raised $199,000 to create and launch the Tribal Management Program.
In 1985 as a full-time professor at SCC, Steve created – and for ten years taught – the first Laughter, Humor, Play Class and the first Friendship Class in the nation for college credit.
Humor Expert & Faculty Emeritus
In 1996, the Maricopa Community College District honored Steve as “Humor Expert in Residence” for his innovative and creative teaching tools in the area of laughter, humor, and play. Steve was the Wellness Motivational Speaker for the Maricopa District, and for eight years he taught five different topics on personal and professional development. The District has ten colleges throughout the greater Phoenix area, and is the largest college district in the country with over 275,000 thousand students. During this time Steve also worked with Native Americans whereby he learned and developed some of his most innovative and creative teaching tools.
On November 2003, Dr. Arthur W. Decabooter, President of Scottsdale Community College, honored Steve with the “Faculty Emeritus” distinction for his professionalism and outstanding contributions to the college. At the ceremony, Dr. Rufus Glasper, District chancellor recognized Steve’s exemplary legacy with the following statement: “On behalf of the Governing Board and the entire Maricopa District, I wish to congratulate and honor you for your dedication and outstanding accomplishments in teaching and learning, during your long and distinguished career as a full-time faculty member with the Maricopa District.”
In January 2005, Steve retired from the Maricopa District and now works full-time as a professional speaker. Steve now does over 100 professional speaking engagements annually throughout the country, and around the world.
To use humor and friendship to help people lighten up and grow personally and professionally.
Life & Work Experience
High School counselor at Alchesay High School with 380 Apache students in White River, Arizona. Full-time professor and counselor at Scottsdale Community College.
Army Finance in Vietnam, 1968 & 1969. Entrepreneur and President of Saffron Perspective, Inc, since 1989. Farmer & Fisherman – you can take the boy out of Ohio, but you can’t take Ohio out of the boy. Raised three kids, and now have eight beautiful grandchildren. I refer to them as my eight university professors.
Graduated Phoenix Union High School in 1961. Graduated in the first graduating class at Mesa Community College. Received Bachelors and Master’s degrees from Arizona State University, majoring in Sociology and Counseling.
Advanced Areas of Study
Values Realization, Laughter, Humor and Play, Friendship, Wellness, Self-Esteem, Empowerment and Customer Service.
Distinguished and Devoted Service Award-Salt River Indian Community. Phoenix Choice Award. Leadership Inspiration Award-Business Leaders of America. Humor Expert in Residence with the Maricopa Community College District. Faculty Emeritus – Maricopa College District, and the Arizona School Counselors Award from the Arizona Counselors Academy. Soldier of the Month, 129th Assault Helicopter Company, Vietnam, October 1968.