August Meeting: Hilary Blair, Executive/Leadership Presence

Join us as we host Hilary Blair presenting on Executive/Leadership Presence:

  • Discover what Leadership Presence is and what it looks like, to make you and your team work better, boost retention and reduce recruiting costs.
  • Insights and strategies to cultivate an active presence that exudes confidence and authority.
  • Gain tools to shift communication patterns that may sabotage Leadership Presence and Influence.
  • Voice your ideas with confidence and conviction, to be heard above the noise and have influence, to help facilitate reaching the objectives of the company.

Recent Presentations Delivered:

  • Unlocking Success through Interpersonal Communication: The Power of Authentic Presence.
  • Increasing Leadership Presence and Influence through Heart-Based Communication.

Hilary Blair, CEO, CSP, Speaker, Leadership Coach, and Group Facilitator, weaves her professional acting experience into programs for corporate teams and individuals to elevate presence, communication, and connection. She’s certified in Conversational Intelligence™ (CIQ) and CultureTalk and trained in ORSC (Organizational Relationship Systems Coach) and approaches coaching from a wholistic systems perspective.

She holds a BA from Yale University in Psychology and an MFA in Acting from the National Theatre Conservatory.

June Meeting: Impacting Today’s Generational Workforce

In June we welcome Brooke Chesnut who will share the most recent data from Fortune 100 CEO’s, Top Business Periodicals and Personal Success Stories describing why this next decade is so important for Corporate Culture. He will discuss 3 fundamental trends for Leadership to share immediately with your current workforce, so they can make an impact upon what drives Culture, How to apply a Culture Shift and how to build Culture that will Retain Today’s Top Talent in a Remote Workforce Environment.

Brooke Chesnut has invested 38 years building successful corporate teams in Sales and Leadership. Drawing from these experiences, Brooke inspires CEOs, Senior Leaders, Business Owners, HR Professionals and Directors / Managers to improve their Leadership skills. Brooke is passionate about disrupting the status quo in Corporate America by impacting Leaders to think differently about their Culture while leveraging Generational Diversity and Communication to create a foundation of trust and success for the future.

April Meeting: Nancy Gedeon, Colorado State Demographer

We look forward to hearing from Nancy Gedeon, a Colorado demographer, about the state of affairs in Colorado as well as specifics on our economy. Profile photo of Nancy GedeonNancy Gedeon joined the State Demography Office in 2020 as the estimates demographer. The State Demography Office is the primary state agency for population and demographic information which is used by state agencies, local governments, and non-profit organizations. Nancy has experience with local government and community development, and is certified with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). She has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, and a master’s degree in urban planning and development from Cleveland State University.

March Meeting: Porter-Billups Leadership Academy at Regis University

“Giving Denver Kids a Hand Up, Not a Handout”

The Lonnie Porter Leadership Academy was founded in 1996 by Lonnie “Coach” Porter.  In 2006, Chauncey Billups partnered with Coach Porter and the program was renamed the Porter-Billups Leadership Academy (“PBLA”).  PBLA helps youth from at-risk communities who have demonstrated academic and leadership potential to successfully graduate from high school and pursue higher education.  Students enroll in a three-week summer program during the summer before their fourth grade year and continue to attend the academy every summer through their junior year of high school.  Upon completion of the program, graduates who qualify for admission to Regis University are eligible to receive a scholarship to Regis University that covers tuition and fees.  Please join us to learn more about PBLA and how we are inspiring Denver’s young leaders.

Jennifer Clark is a former Denver Public School teacher who found her passion for educating young people was greater than the confines of a standard curriculum.  As a result, she started teaching at PBLA in 2015 and then became the Assistant Director of PBLA in 2017.  Jennifer’s contributions to PBLA have included recruiting students, assembling and leading a diverse faculty, developing a relevant curriculum that focused on overcoming barriers faced by the students, as well as establishing authentic relationships with the students that both support them while they navigate the world we live and while they hone their leadership skills for the future.

December Meeting – Catherine Peters, From Burnout to Badass

How to Beat Burnout and Love Your Life Again

Stress and burnout in the workplace are at all-time record highs.  Overall rates of burnout in the U.S. are believed to be as high as two-thirds of all full-time workers.  Chances are, either you, your colleagues or your clients are in burnout.  And that can be bad news.  If left unaddressed, stress and burnout can derail your momentum and hijack your dreams.  In this value-packed program, you’ll learn how to recognize the signs and often surprising causes of stress and burnout, as well as some surprisingly simple, life-changing tools to help leave stress and burnout in the dust.

Catherine Peters is a Certified Professional Coach and Energy Leadership Master Practitioner, International Award-Winning Speaker and Author on the subjects of stress and burnout.  After a successful career creating multiple businesses and traveling the world, Cat faced burnout on an epic level.  A breast cancer diagnosis changed the trajectory of her life and led her to discover the keys to managing stress and healing burnout.  Now she uses her expertise to help burnt crispy professionals beat stress, heal burnout, crush their goals and love their lives.  Cat lives in Denver, Colorado with her amazing husband, two wayward mutts and a cat that drools.  When she’s not creating amazing results for her clients, you can find her beating back the pet hair that threatens to overtake her home and her sanity.

November Meeting – Interactive Members Only Activities/Please Bring a Toy to Donate

November Meeting – Interactive Members Only Activities/Please Bring a Toy to Donate

Hello members!  The Member Engagement Committee is planning our November breakfast meeting and I have been told that we can expect a fun-filled, interactive meeting.  Keep your guest invites on pause until our December meeting … this meeting is about YOU.  Oh, and we are doing our Toy Drive at this meeting, so please bring a toy.  More details on that are included in this event post.  See you all then!

October Meeting – Colorado Gives Foundation, Kelly Dunkin

Kelly Dunkin joined Colorado Gives Foundation as President and CEO in February 2019. Previously she worked for a variety of nonprofit, business and social impact organizations. These include 11 years at The Colorado Health Foundation in Denver, where she grew into the role of Vice President of Philanthropy, and 10.10.10, where she served as National Director. 10.10.10 is a project of Colorado Nonprofit Development Center and inspires entrepreneurs to solve 10 “wicked” social problems.

Kelly also served as a consultant for businesses, nonprofits and social impact startups as well as projects in Lima, Peru, where she developed her Spanish-language skills.

Kelly’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts in English from Miami University, an Elementary Education Licensure from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Community Participation:

  • Anchor Advisory Council Member, Jan 2023 – Present
  • Jeffco Connections Board of Directors, 2021 – Present
  • Jeffco EDC Board of Directors, 2020-present
  • Denver Metro Leadership Foundation Board of Directors, 2020 – present
  • SCL Health Regional Board of Directors, 2020-present
  • Yes on Initiative 301 (Caring for Denver), Volunteer, Oct. – Nov., 2018
  • Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care’s Inspiration Award, Community Champion, 2015