Women’s advocacy nonprofit names Gilbert chamber CEO its East Valley Woman of the Year

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An Arizona nonprofit that helps women achieve self-sustainability will honor the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce chief executive officer as its East Valley Woman of the Year next month.

Kathy Tilque has served more than 22 years as president and CEO of the chamber and was a founding member of Positive Paths, the nonprofit that will honor her.

Positive Paths, which provides mentoring and education for women on the path to self-sustainability, also honored Michael Pollack, president and founder of Pollack Investments, as its East Valley Man of the Year. Pollack has development holdings in Gilbert, including the Cooper Plaza at the northwest corner of Cooper and Ray roads and the Gilbert & Ray Plaza on the southeast corner of those roads.

Positive Paths cited Tilque as “well-known for her mentoring young women in business,” according to its release.

Tilque contributed to the development of Gilbert’s Heritage Center, where nonprofit organizations are housed to give access to health care and other resources for people in need.

She serves on the Dignity Health East Valley Community Board, which advocates for the expansion of women’s and children’s services lines.

At Positive Paths, she has formerly been the president and treasurer of the board of directors, as well as a committee chairperson and mentor to young women.

Pollack’s contributions have come through the Save the Family Foundation, Goodwill Employment Centers, Chandler Education Foundation, East Valley Assistance League, and hospitals and police departments.

The pair will be honored at Positive Paths’ March 21 gala at the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa, 1011 W. Holmes Ave. in Mesa. More information: https://positivepaths.org/annual-gala.

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Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.
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