For December, we will start by hearing our Presidential candidates’ short speeches, then our much-anticipated members only engagement exercises will begin! Each table will be competing for the most points by guessing which clues belong to which members. Festive mimosas will be available, because, well, Tanner wanted it that way. We look forward to seeing you all there and continuing the holiday cheer!
August Meeting – John Garrett, Attracting and Retaining Engaged Talent
What’s Your “And”?: Create Unique Cultures that Attract and Retain Engaged Talent
Talent is at a premium, so organizations need to differentiate themselves more than ever before. The future professional doesn’t define expertise simply in college degrees and certifications. They have passions outside of work that enhance their ability to develop stronger levels of trust with colleagues and customers. Through hilarious stories and extensive research, this keynote encourages organizations to uncover their people’s passions in order to increase the lifetime value of every employee.
John Garrett — thought provoker, catalyst for change, and award-winning author — is on a mission to create better workplaces. What the two-time Emmy nominee may do best is champion the human side of professionals, consulting with organizations to develop more productive cultures while shining a light on their people’s rich lives outside of work. Delivering inspiring keynotes about his research and recording over 500 podcast episodes of What’s Your “And”? landed him on Accounting Today’s list of the top 100 most influential people in the profession.
John received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a letterman jacket as a trombone player in the marching band. He went on to pass the CPA exam and received his certified public accountant certificate while working at PwC and performing stand-up comedy as a hobby.
Since then, he’s been on stage over 2,000 times and tracks from his debut album, Outside the Box, can be heard on several channels on SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Pandora. He’s also been on The Bob & Tom Show, featured in the New York Times, opened for Louie Anderson at resort casinos, opened for the band Train, and has been invited to perform at several comedy festivals.
John currently lives in Denver and enjoys watching college football, going to concerts, and eating cookie dough ice cream — especially at the same time.
Cindy Skerjanec, 5280 Accelerator
June 2022 Member Spotlight
Cindy Skerjanec, 5280 Accelerator
February Meeting – The Leader’s Secret Weapon in a Future of Uncertainty
In 2022 and beyond, leaders are faced with the growing dilemma of how to “go with the flow” in an ever-changing market. With staffing, technology, and innovation challenges looming, it feels impossible. Join Gail and Bruce for an energizing and experiential presentation on how leaders can and should think, speak, and behave differently to find success in the future of business. Their “Secret Weapon” has been proven to create high-performing teams, increase emotional intelligence, cultivate mind-blowing innovation, and help leaders navigate the rough currents of the market.
Gail Montgomery, CEO and Co-Founder of ExperienceYes
Gail is an unapologetic optimist and idealist who believes in the power of putting people first. She is Co-Founder and CEO of ExperienceYes, a women-owned, NOT boring consulting business that teaches companies how to embrace and practice “The Improv Mindset.”
With a unique background in Human Resources, Change Management, and Training, Gail believes in “smashing” the box, loving the deep-end and ensuring fun comes first. She has worked in Corporate Human Resources as a recruiter for a Fortune 50 Global insurance company, as an Executive Director for a Non-profit Arts organization, and as a Director for several SAAS tech start-ups developing Change Management and Training and Onboarding programs. Her data-supported and proven approach helps businesses get to solutions faster, leaders and teams to work more efficiently and effectively together, and positively strengthens culture. Unique and impactful, Gail’s human-centric strategies produce increased trust, belonging and productivity.
Bruce Montgomery, President and Co-Founder of ExperienceYes
He has broad business leadership experience, ranging from leading the IT organization for one of the country’s largest non-profit theatres, to driving value through strong relationships as the leader of Key Accounts for a sports and entertainment analytics company (delighting top-tier clients such as: NHL, NFL, NASCAR, and The Shubert Organization). Prior experience includes over 15 years in IT and Management consulting, where he focused on driving adoption through structured change management and training & development.
A “creativist” at heart, Bruce is passionate about business-driven creativity and innovation, focusing on improving outcomes by through experiential and immersive engagements. He places great importance on partnering with organizations to help develop healthy cultures that lead to measurable success.
January Meeting – Panel Discussion
Please join us for a panel discussion of expert DAB members as we discuss how you can refocus and get clear in your business in 2022. Many businesses are experiencing excellent post-COVID demand and sales but are struggling with key operational issues such as higher input costs, labor shortages, and raising prices while remaining competitive. We’ll discuss how you can get clear on your ideal projects and ideal clients, focus on the culture on you want to build to attract and retain employees, and deal with your operational challenges.
Our panelists will be:
– Anthony Lambatos, CEO of Footers Catering
– Dean Isaacs, Founder & CEO of Vantage Group
Eric Walters, Managing Partner of Summit Hill Wealth Management will facilitate. We invite DAB members to share their questions or issues for the panel ahead of time. Please email Eric Walters at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
September Monthly Meeting: Estate Planning Attorney … Guests Welcome!
Mom Always Loved You Best – Join estate planning attorney, David Cook, JD, LLM, as he explores family relationships when death, possessions and money matters are involved. David explores the human side of family affairs when death, dying and money matters are involved. Legal documents have little value without understanding the dynamics of families in times of change.
In this interactive and humorous presentation you will walk away with:
- Why it is as important to get your personal affairs in order as your possessions.
- Why documents are not a replacement for conversation and honesty.
- How to create strong family ties, and avoid conflict, during and after your life.
- The five great family truths.
David Cook has practiced law for over 30 years and has worked with thousands of clients. In his presentation David will share with you the wisdom he has gathered over his many years of helping families create a closer bond during the most challenging of times.
June Monthly Meeting: Boss or Babysitter? Guests Welcome!
Our very own Peter Melby will be presenting:
Boss or Babysitter?
Building a sustainable culture of success
Leaders shouldn’t have to babysit team members, but we all end up doing just that at some point. Teams encounter a conundrum: When we trust employees to act on their own, they often don’t do what we need them to do. When we micro-manage them, they don’t perform to their potential and everyone is miserable. We get burned either way. The ticket out of “The Babysitter’s Club” is surprisingly simple, yet nearly always overlooked. Peter Melby, CEO of Greystone Technology, shares stories and experiences outlining the journey to deeply successful culture in an IT company with over 100 team members. He’ll share a simple, proven methodology for organizations at any stage to communicate effectively with team members and avoid the people problems that all successful IT teams must overcome. Peter has shared these insights across the US, Europe, Australia, and Asia in an effort to redefine our global approach to company culture.
Peter Melby is the CEO of Denver-based IT service provider, Greystone Technology, a six-time Inc. 5000 honoree and a seven-time Top Workplace winner. Peter has been named one of Colorado’s Top 25 CEOs, 40 Under 40, Titan 100, and a ChannelPro 20/20 visionary. His leadership at Greystone has led to 17 consecutive years of growth and consistent recognition for market innovation. Peter speaks globally on topics related to scaling successful culture, disrupting traditional IT ineffectiveness, and common-sense cyber security.
January Monthly Meeting
Colorado is in the midst of a global pandemic that immediately impacted every facet of the state. At the same time Colorado is in the midst of a “demographic transition”. Colorado is maturing economically and demographically and many of its characteristics are becoming closer to US averages. Due to desirable living/working conditions, the Front Range has landed at the top of many lists for net migrants within the US. However, population growth (decline) patterns across the state continue to be driven by both demographic and economic factors. Most people migrate to Colorado for jobs. Due to the aging of Colorado and its labor force, will Colorado continue to be able to attract and retain its workers with escalating home prices? This presentation will cover where we were, where we thought we were going and how COVID could impact the population and economy in Colorado and the US.
Elizabeth is the State Demographer with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, an agency focused on strengthening the capacity of Colorado’s communities. She leads the State Demography Office, which produces population and economic estimates and forecasts for the state’s program planning. Elizabeth has over 25 years of experience researching and discussing Colorado’s population trends and their impacts. Her current areas of research include aging in Colorado, characteristics of migration, and everything Census 2020. Elizabeth is an economist and received her B.A. in Business at the University of San Diego and her masters in Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University. Elizabeth was born and raised in Colorado, something only 43% of the state’s population can claim.
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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.
For more information, please visit brettmitchellconductor.com.
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