December Monthly Meeting

December Monthly Meeting

In “Conducting Business: Lessons from the Podium,” conductor Brett Mitchell—Music Director of the Colorado Symphony—shares his journey in music and the lessons in leadership he’s learned along the way. We will hear about his fascinating journey from growing up in Seattle in the ’90s—where the primary musical topic of conversation were “grunge” groups like Nirvana and Pearl Jam—to his appointment as Music Director of a major symphony orchestra at the age of 37. Brett’s approachable, informative, and entertaining presentation is one you do not want to miss.

Hailed for presenting engaging, in-depth explorations of thoughtfully curated programs, Brett Mitchell has served as Music Director of the Colorado Symphony since July 2017. Prior to this appointment, he served as the orchestra’s Music Director Designate during the 2016-17 season. Throughout his tenure, he has led the orchestra in the majority of its classical subscription programs each season, as well as a wide variety of special programs featuring such guest artists as Renée Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma, and Itzhak Perlman.

Mr. Mitchell is also in consistent demand as a guest conductor. His 2020-21 season will feature return engagements with The Cleveland Orchestra and debuts with the North Carolina, Fort Worth, and Pasadena symphonies. Other recent guest engagements include the Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, National, Oregon, San Antonio, San Francisco, and Vancouver symphonies; the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl; the Minnesota Orchestra; the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; the Grant Park Festival Orchestra; and a two-week tour with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Mitchell also regularly collaborates with the world’s leading soloists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Itzhak Perlman, Rudolf Buchbinder, Kirill Gerstein, James Ehnes, Augustin Hadelich, Leila Josefowicz, and Alisa Weilerstein.

From 2013 to 2017, Mr. Mitchell served on the conducting staff of The Cleveland Orchestra. He joined the orchestra as Assistant Conductor in 2013, and was promoted to Associate Conductor in 2015, becoming the first person to hold that title in over three decades and only the fifth in the orchestra’s hundred-year history. In these roles, he led the orchestra in several dozen concerts each season at Severance Hall, Blossom Music Center, and on tour.

From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Mitchell led over one hundred performances as Assistant Conductor of the Houston Symphony. He also held Assistant Conductor posts with the Orchestre National de France, where he worked under Kurt Masur from 2006 to 2009, and the Castleton Festival, where he worked under Lorin Maazel in 2009 and 2010. In 2015, Mr. Mitchell completed a highly successful five-year appointment as Music Director of the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, where an increased focus on locally relevant programming and community collaborations resulted in record attendance throughout his tenure.

As an opera conductor, Mr. Mitchell has served as music director of nearly a dozen productions, principally at his former post as Music Director of the Moores Opera Center in Houston, where he led eight productions from 2010 to 2013. His repertoire spans the core works of Mozart (The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute), Verdi (Rigoletto and Falstaff), and Stravinsky (The Rake’s Progress) to contemporary works by Mark Adamo (Little Women), Robert Aldridge (Elmer Gantry), Daniel Catán (Il Postino and Salsipuedes), and Daron Hagen (Amelia).

As a ballet conductor, Mr. Mitchell most recently led a production of The Nutcracker with the Pennsylvania Ballet in collaboration with The Cleveland Orchestra during the 2016-17 season. In addition to his work with professional orchestras, Mr. Mitchell is also well known for his affinity for working with and mentoring young musicians aspiring to be professional orchestral layers. His tenure as Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra from 2013 to 2017 was highly praised, and included a four-city tour of China in June 2015, marking the orchestra’s second international tour and its first to Asia. Mr. Mitchell is regularly invited to work with the highly talented musicians at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the orchestras at this country’s high-level training programs, such as the National Repertory Orchestra, Texas Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, and Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Born in Seattle in 1979, Mr. Mitchell holds degrees in conducting from the University of Texas at Austin and composition from Western Washington University, which selected him in as its Young Alumnus of the Year in 2014. He also studied at the National Conducting Institute, and was selected by Kurt Masur as a recipient of the inaugural American Friends of the Mendelssohn Foundation Scholarship. Mr. Mitchell was also one of five recipients of the League of American Orchestras’ American Conducting Fellowship from 2007 to 2010.

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November Members Only Meeting

Plan on attending our November meeting virtually!  Thanks to our very own Dean Isaacs and his committee, we have another great Member Engagement program planned!!

For many of us, 2020 has tested our resiliency and challenged many areas of our life.  During our November Member Engagement Program we will learn more about resiliency, discuss lessons learned and explore how we can move forward with more confidence in 2021.

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September Meeting

September Meeting

Lisa Steven has more than 25 years of experience working with teen moms.  In 2003, she co-founded Hope House of Colorado and has served as the Executive Director ever since.  Under Lisa’s leadership,  Hope House has reached new levels and growth that, with a budget of over $1.6 million, puts the organization in the top 10 percent of nonprofits in the United States. Under her leadership,  Hope House also received the Governor’s Service Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Organization in Colorado in 2015 and was named the Arvada Nonprofit Organization of the Year in 2018.  Lisa is also a co-founder of the Colorado Teen Parent Collaborative and is active with the Denver Women’s Leadership Forum.  In 2013, Lisa was named the Arvada Woman of the Year for her contributions to the community.  Lisa co-authored the Teen MOPS Handbook and worked with MOPS International on their strategic plan for expanding the ministry of Teen MOPS.  A former teen mom, Lisa is committed to empowering teen moms in her community and across the world.

Hope House is metro-Denver’s only resource providing free self-sufficiency programs to parenting teen moms, including Residential, High School & GED and College & Career Programs. Additional supportive services include parenting and healthy relationships classes, an Early Learning Program, health and wellness, financial literacy and personal growth classes as well as certified counseling, all designed to prepare them for long-term independence. Hope House relies on numerous volunteers and local business partnerships to accomplish its mission.

October Meeting

October Meeting

Jamie Giellis, 2019 Denver mayoral candidate and career urban planner, talks about the decision to jump into local politics, how the experience changed her (for the better), her work in cities, and the critical importance of being able to pivot in how we help our communities.

Jamie Giellis is the founder and president of Centro, a consulting firm that works to bridge differences between the public sector and community, developing partnerships and policies that uniquely address localized needs and issues. Until launching her mayoral campaign in 2019, Jamie also served as the president of the RiNo Art District, Denver’s mold-breaking River North neighborhood. As president, Jamie oversaw district vision, advocacy policy, programs, and projects. In particular, she led on projects to advance affordability and mobility, green infrastructure, support for the homeless community, support for the creative community and much more. Her work with RiNo, Centro—and her contribution to professional outlets and platforms—pushes the boundaries of how neighborhoods, districts, and communities operate to serve their residents and the cities of which they are a part. 

Member Events Offered

How To Use Business Stories To Boost Your Bottom Line (webinar)

Submitted By: Karen Susman and Associates

Start Date: 8/12/20 11:00am

End Date: 8/12/20 12:00pm

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Is RSVP required: No

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Creating Predictable Revenue: How to Consistently Convert Leads into Paying Clients

Submitted By: Dean Isaacs (Vantage Group) & Ian Campbell (Mission Suite)

Start Date: 8/19/20 2:00pm

End Date: 8/19/20 3:00pm

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Is RSVP required: No

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If you have ever struggled with consistently converting enough leads into paying customers, join Dean Isaacs and Ian Campbell on August 19th for this webinar.

So any business owners feel like their time spent on generating leads is wasted. Why?

They don’t know how to convert those leads into sales and create a predictable method to turn those leads into PAYING clients.

So pull up a chair with Dean and Ian as they discuss how to bring your buyers into the final stages of their journey and turn them into paying clients predictably.

August Meeting … Motivational Speaker Brad Montgomery

We are thrilled to have motivational speaker, Brad Montgomery, as our in-person speaker for our August meeting at the Aquarium!  The Zoom option will still be available and will be of our in-person meeting.  If you decide to stay home and Zoom for this meeting, you will not miss out on anything other than seeing Mike live!  More about our speaker …

Brad teaches people how to use happiness to boost productivity, creativity, innovation & profits.  He turns typical meetings into transformational events using, the power of happiness.  Oh, and he’s pretty funny.

Brad has transformed audiences in all 50 states and on four continents.  His clients include Microsoft, Verizon, the FBI (yes, that FBI) the CIA (yes, that CIA) and the IRS (where he withheld 30% of his best strategies.)

Brad specializes in using humor, interactivity, sound, music and visuals to ignite audiences so that they can use happiness as a tool to improve their lives and their jobs.

Audiences and meeting planners describe Brad as “authentic.”  He’s a real guy on stage and off.  Thinking of a canned & over-polished motivational speaker?  Brad is the polar opposite.

Other speakers TALK about happiness.  But Brad SHOWS them how to harness the power of happiness in hands-on experiences that they’ll remember and implement.  It’s the difference between a “speech” and an “event.”

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June Zoom Meeting – COVID’s Impacts on Denver’s Business Community

June Zoom Meeting – COVID’s Impacts on Denver’s Business Community

J. J. Ament is the Chief Executive Officer of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, the largest privately funded and governed economic development organization in Colorado. With experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, J. J. brings a unique combination of expertise to the role. An investment banker for most of his career, he participated in more than $15 billion of transactions for governments and public-private partnerships throughout the U.S. before leaving the industry in 2016.  J. J. has been a member and Chairman of the Colorado Economic Development Commission, where he considered state economic development incentives, grants, and tax credits for business and tourism projects statewide.  As CEO, J. J. is responsible for leading the Metro Denver EDC’s mission to grow and retain primary jobs and promote capital investment in Colorado.  In the last two years, the Metro Denver EDC has helped facilitate the creation of nearly 14,000 new jobs and nearly $800 million of capital investment in the nine-county Metro Denver and Northern Colorado region.

May Zoom Meeting – Dr. Jane Goodall

May Zoom Meeting – Dr. Jane Goodall

The Denver Advisory Board is hosting Dr. Jane Goodall on May 12th.

Goodall will speak to our members – Denver business leaders – via Zoom from her childhood home in England.

Dr. Goodall will present “Gombe & Beyond” which chronicles her experiences while researching chimpanzees in Gombe and the extent and success of her protection of the animals and environment through her foundation Roots & Shoots, a global youth program that operates in nearly 100 countries. Through Roots & Shoots, participants identify and address problems in their communities, while becoming compassionate citizens of our planet.

Members and non-members are welcome to join.

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