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Dr. Anne Arvizu, Appointed Chairperson of the Board of Directors, South Florida YMCA, Pembroke Pines

The YMCA of South Florida, at Pembroke Pines (YMCA) announces its appointment of Anne Arvizu, PharmD, FASCP, PCC, CEO of RxER Communications Corp, as Chairperson of its Board of Directors. Anne was supported by the Board in a unanimous vote on Sept 3, promoting her in office from Vice Chair to Chair.

The YMCA is an organization that promises to strengthen the community. The Y is a leading nonprofit organization for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children committed to bringing about lasting personal and social change. With a focus on nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nations’ health and well-being and providing opportunities to give back and support neighbors, the Y enables youth, adults, families and communities to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.

“We are very excited to have Anne commit to lead the Board. Anne is respected globally as an organizational design and optimization expert. Her service over the past two years as board member and Vice Chair have been exemplary. During her tenure, she pioneered the creation and standardization of our Board Governance materials, which have now been used as an example for other mission Y’s across our South Florida association. She also helped lead the Board through multiple times of transition and has most recently laid a foundation with her new board by working with me to craft approved charts of work for each of our revamped committees.” Says Mr. Gilbert Garcia, Executive Director of the YMCA of South Florida, Pembroke Pines.

Dr. Arvizu has served on multiple board of directors and notable national and international charitable organizations volunteering her time, talent and treasure to strengthen her local and professional communities. She spent a 2-year term as Secretary/Treasurer for the American Medical Writers Association, and currently also serves with the DIA as a Program Committee Member, Track Chair and speaker for their major events.

“We believe Anne will help expand the mission of the Y to greater heights and I look forward to partnering with her in our area”, says Mr. Ryan Smith, AVP, YMCA South Florida. Within her first 30 days as Chair, Anne appointed her new executive committee and the committee also received a unanimous vote.

“I’m grateful for our executive team and all our esteemed board members.” Says Anne. “We have key leaders from multiple industries at the table and have plans to expand our board membership demographic to reach areas of untapped potential, so that we become known as a training center for leadership, advocates for drowning prevention, and a unifying force for positive change in the member communities we serve, of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Southwest Ranches, Cooper City, Miami Lakes, Miami Gardens, Hialeah, and beyond.”

From left to right: Gilbert Garcia (Executive Director), Anne Arvizu (Chair), Ryan Smith (Vice President Ops) and Jake Steger (Chief Operating Officer)

Work Hard – Rest Hard

In this blog post we’ll tell you how you can begin to think about work-life balance in a new way. 

We all work

Work is inherent in what we do as humans. You can't get away from it. But old worn out theories on work life balance just aren't working. In fact, they never have. 

But, you can manage your life, the way you manage a business. You just need the right tools.

Ask yourselves a few questions:

1. Do you feel that life is chaotic and you can never get your to-do list done?

2. Are you ever self-admittedly overwhelmed or overworked?

3. Do you have time to cook dinner for yourself or family?

4. Have you given up something you love to do? i.e., hobbies, painting, self expression?

5. Are you waking up already tired?

If you are answering these few questions with a yes, then take heart.

Corecentryx, Inc. has created a new framework for executive leaders. For the first time ever, life-work balance is possible because now there's a visual framework for the proper compartmentalization of both. Our first official roll-out will be coming this fall in our fist live event, Dec 1-2, in our inagural From the C.O.R.E. Leadership treat for executive women. For more information visit and join other leaders to emerge centered, open, resilient and energized.


3 Reasons Why You Need To Go Somewhere Different

Each year, millions of Americans forgo vacation time or opt for the #staycation concept. That's great, if you can truly disconnect, forgo cooking and laundry and feel like you leave both work and life behind, but that is rarely the case. Because the lines between work and life have been so badly blurred in our society, American workers, especially executive management, defined as Director level and above, are susceptible to burnout. A total reset is just what the HR heads ordered.

1. Stretching your comfort zone less to resilience, both personally and professionally, making you healthier and happier after the initial stress is over that it takes to travel and get settled in.

2. Overcoming obstacles, like getting along in a new culture, driving on the other side of the road (as we did this summer!) and learning a new language expand your heart and empathy towards others.

3. Your productivity soars after periods of rest and recovery. It is the same with taking time off off work, and out of life, as it is with muscle recovery in a gym.

Add An Element of Imagination To Your Work

When fully disconnected, on vacation, you can:

  • Solve Problems at Work. Ideas can flow when a person is rested.

  • Gain perspective on mountains and turn them back into molehills.

  • Create deeper connections with family and friends, leading to more fulfillment in work.

  • Reconnect to your spiritual side. In our culture of 24/7/365 bombardment, we can lose that deeper connection to God that inspires and centers us from within.

  • Bring back stories, photos and metaphors that can be used to motivate your teams!

Make It Last Longer

Bring back the top learnings from vacation and incorporate them back into your life.

i.e., Keep up a spiritual practice, keep journaling, keep smiling, take time to read books and magazines and order new dishes. The key people in your life, at home and at work, will thank you for it. 🙂

From The C-O-R-E™

With a live well lived, you’re not only sharing your voice with the world, you can also grow an active work and home communities, build a business and leave a legacy. That’s why I chose to create the one thing that I had searched for. An executive women's retreat. The statistics are staggering about burnout. And I've experienced it. 

What can you do to avoid burnout and lead from your C-O-R-E™? 

First, let's understand the C-O-R-E™ principles.

C-O-R-E™ is my trademarked acronym & it stands for: Centered. Open. Resilient. Energized.™


If you are ever feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, overworked, chaotic or potentially even like a fraud. You put on the good strong face at work, but inside your crumbling. You started off so strong in your career, or more than likely, your most recent role, but now feel like you are losing control, your out-of-balance is a train wreck waiting to happen. 

Here’s how stop the madness and overcome:

  1. Head to the home page

  2. Take the Got C-O-R-E™? simple quiz

  3. Decide and chose to take action on at least one area where you are not happy with the answer.

  4. Put on your calendar when you will execute the action you chose.

  5. Be willing to ask for help - an accountability coach, consultant or partner will be more than willing to step in and augment your greatness.


Welcome to my blog, Anne's Oasis.

Its focus is to bring a few minutes of calm, connectivity and balance to your day. Notice the graphic. Admittedly, she is 100% me! Well heeled, yet running full speed from busy industry to an ideal place of rest and reflection: a sandy beach, clear coastal waters and shady palms. The word Oasis evokes images of a dry desert offering up a place to quench a deep thirst with life giving waters. When I started this blog back in 2006, the graphic artists that rendered the first version of the banner captured the vision perfectly. Recently I discovered hundreds of posts have been lost to cyberspace due to a malware attack on the old hosting platform. And so, I welcome my own forced revamp with open arms. The past is gone and the new is here. Now Anne's Oasis has a new secure corner of internet real estate, and I begin blogging again...We all need a safe haven to rest, reflect, recharge, replenish, rejuvenate and reignite the fire that stir us to passion and daily action. I write for busy executive women and entrepreneurs. All posts have a one-word verb title supportive of leadership and life-balance are no more than a paragraph at most. My hope is to blog weekly, serving as forced respite of my own and a gift to you. Enjoy. 


Businesswoman sitting in busy waiting area

Wiki defines revamp as transitive verb meaning, "to renovate, revise, improve or renew; to patch." Synonyms include buff, improve, rennovate. Now I don't know about you, but I'm all for a revamp. In the Pharmaceutical industry and biotech worlds, there's a whole lot of revamping going on all the time. Quarterly, we must prove that innovation is taking place, budgets are being cut, new systems are being put forth. Metrics reported need to show that they are getting better, KPIs are being tracked and achieved and NPS scores are going up. For any of us that worked or work in such environments, the strict to-dos, endless presentations and forced ShowTime and constant GoTime can be a dampener to the creative process and a vision and moral squashed. Innovations, which are deemed as valued, are trumped (absolutely pun intended) by process, procedures and reports. And, for the free flowing creative renaissance thinker, guess what, they are all important. But, they are not all that is important. Quench the flame of passion in your leaders and teams, and innovation will slow down because a sense of meaning, which every human being needs, is lost. Innovation slows down and morale lowers. People become quiet, complacent and reactive. Teams distance themselves and soon, eyes wander to the next best company to marry. The one where vision is strong and people and ideas are valued. So how do we fix this issue in the midst of constant industry change? The Beatles sang it best,"Get back to where you once belonged."

Coaches Corner.

Where do you really belong?

Answer that and set yourself free. Ignite your soul to do what it came here for. Now what is that, exactly? Only you can answer. 


There are times in life when you need to wipe the slate clean. For me, 2016 has been such a year. A proverbial tabla-rasa. I was able to leave a position of executive leadership in the biotech world to reconnect with myself as an entrepreneur. To "Know thyself" fully, it's necessary to sometimes down-shift, pause, then finally roll to a stop. When you're a chronic do-a-haulic, it's hard and uncomfortable to 'be still and know' much of anything. As the voices quiet (all of them yours!), you realize sitting down with a cup of coffee and a blank journal are the ticket out. This is my first visit to the Oasis in over a year. This blog, Anne's Oasis, is in its 3rd iteration. The image you see on the home page is an image from times past. I have always loved the cartoon me because it was so truly accurate! The harried woman leader rushing from the city grind, papers flying from her designer briefcase, headed full throttle to the Oasis, a place of rest, reflection, rejuvenation and renewal. That's what this blog has always been about. My cities, Miami or Fort Lauderdale, Chicago or San Francisco, Philadelphia or Los Angeles, all have their place in my heart, but whenever possible, I run to my home away from home in the laid-back, worlds-apart Florida Keys. We all need a place of flip flops, hammocks and sunsets to contemplate the next big deal. Stop the madness. Take a breath. Rest and reset.

Coaches Corner:

Take a journal, open a page and do a little soul searching to answer the following questions: What aspect of your life needs a little revamping? What could you press the reset button on today? Why does it matter? What will it make better?


Think about the couple that decides to renew their wedding vows for a moment. They decide, after all these years, "I still do". Even after life has taken its toll with its unexpected twists and turns that we all face. Somehow, they reconnect to the greater "why" of getting together in the first place. Maybe the why has shifted over time and that needs to be formally stated, almost like drawing a new map or writing a new business plan. Long past external attraction, stay-ability requires a common understanding of the goals moving forward. This is not a post on relationships, but rather a metaphor for making the decision to do the same process in our own lives. Our day-to-day, non-stop, go-time requires us to wear a heavy mask of be-all-things-to-all-people and eventually this leads to being master of none of the trades that used to come so effortlessly. That's when it's time to renew some vows with yourself.

Coaches Corner: What boundary did you say to yourself would never be crossed? What dreams have you let go of? What hobbies used to fulfill you? When I ask myself these questions, I recall, remember, redefine and decide to...renew. What vision, i.e., the perfect couple, the slim body, the successful business, do you need to renew? Open a journal and write some new vows. 


There are some days you just wonder why. And all the wondering and overthinking make your head hurt. So on those days, I constantly need to remind myself to rest. I have no idea why I lost 6 websites to malware. I have no idea why I was stolen from in the form of identity theft. I have no idea why so-and-so doesn't like me. I have no idea why bad things happen to good people, but I know I have a choice. Recently on linked in, I posted a wonderful quote from Maya Angelou. It reads as follows: "If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it change your attitude. Take deliberate steps toward resting in the moment, cultivating forgiveness and developing a new attitude. Let go...Breathe deep, and choose to let it all go. Rest in the fact that, it all works together for your good. As I consider the above, the opposition, the loss, the forced rebrand make me stronger, smarter and better positioned for success. To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This is Newton's 3rd law of motion. It's a timeless scientific principle, intelligently designed to create order and restore balance.

Coaches Corner:

Today take some time to rest and ask yourself this question, what has been keeping you up at night or anxious through the day? What is the seemingly out of control situation that may be working for your good? Recall a time in the past when something didn't go your way, but it provided a new path to open that you were grateful for. Then, decide how can you be grateful in the present undesirable circumstance.