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.
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 thousand dollars 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.
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.
- Up Your Attitude: Create A Positive School Climate
- Soar Higher With Humor: Fun Teaching Tools That Stimulate Learning
- Creative Team Building: How To Build Total Team Unity
- Six Ways to Grow Great Kids: Put the Self-Esteem Puzzle Together
- Fun in the Family: A Family That Plays Together Stays Together
- Lighten Up With Laughter: Celebrate Life With Laughter And Fun
- Build a Positive Work Climate
Humor, Entertainment, Attitude, Team Building
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"Steve of course was wonderful. he knows how to motivate and interact with crowds. The staff had many compliments and a lot of “please bring him back.” - Community Action Partnership of Kern