Monthly Meeting

February Meeting Topic – Soles of a Survivor

Nhi Aronheim stands at only four feet, nine inches tall, but her story is immense.

Several anthologies including KENTUCKY WOMEN: TWO CENTURIES OF INDOMITABLE SPIRIT AND VISION, and the PBS documentary, VIETNAM 101, have profiled my harrowing journey as a child refugee who escaped war-torn Vietnam in search of the American dream.

Speaking very little English when Nhi arrived in Kentucky, she excelled in school and became valedictorian her senior year. She later earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Centre College in Danville, and a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Nhi worked for four years as a telecommunications consultant for Lucent Technologies, during which time she met and married a Jewish man, and converted to Judaism in 2004. She has two beautiful children who she has raised to embrace Vietnamese and Jewish cultures.

After transitioning to sales and marketing in the mortgage industry—where she worked for over sixteen years—she retired from Citywide Home Loans as a marketing specialist, at the age of forty-one.

Next to her family, Nhi’s passion is to make a positive difference in people’s lives. She volunteers as a mediator for courts and the Better Business Bureau in Colorado, in addition to being an interpreter.

In 2013, Nhi earned a Black Belt in Taekwondo, fulfilling a promise she made to her birth mom—who wanted Nhi to learn karate before she left Vietnam—in the event she came under attack during her escape, she could protect herself.

Having come full circle from prosperity to poverty and back, Nhi hopes to encourage others to believe that in spite of overwhelming odds, they can survive any situation with a desire for improvement and the willingness to grasp opportunities in front of them.

NARRATIVE OVERVIEW

The soles of my feet still bear the scars of my horrific escape from Vietnam—where I trudged through the jungles of Cambodia at the age of twelve with a group of strangers. No experience, however, has influenced or enriched my life more than being adopted into a Christian family and later becoming a Jew.

In SOLES OF A SURVIVOR, I share my story of survival, resilience, hope, and faith in my quest to achieve the American dream.

Various articles, academic papers, and literary anthologies have focused on the experiences of Vietnam Boat People, but many of the one million refugees who fled my country’s oppressive communist regime find it too painful to share their stories in depth. I too refused to relive my traumatic experiences for almost three decades—until now.

Through SOLES OF A SURVIVOR, I fill an essential gap for understanding the adversity Vietnam refugees endured from the perspective of a young child; the experience of being adopted into a household of a different culture; and the joys of interfaith marriage.

September Speaker: Jeff Weist, Lobbyist

Jeff Weist is a professional lobbyist who has spent 20 years assisting his clients in all aspects of government relations, including strategic planning, lobbying, political fundraising, coalition building, grassroots and communications.

Jeff believes he has the best job in the world, turning his passion for crafting public policy into a lifetime profession helping his clients navigate the often byzantine maze of government.   

Jeff has been interested in public policy since high school. He continued those pursuits in college at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he majored in Political Science, and acted as Managing Editor of the Georgetown Guardian newspaper.

During his tenure in Washington, DC, Jeff served as Legislative Director for U.S. Representative Dan Schaefer (R-CO).  He advised the Congressman on economic, telecommunications, budget, utility, tax and banking issues and had the privilege of playing a leading role in the first major re-write of the nation’s telecommunications laws in 60 years, as well as crafting groundbreaking utility regulation and tax reform legislation.

After coming home to his native Colorado, Jeff was Director of State Government Affairs for AT&T Broadband, the nation’s largest cable television company, as well as its predecessor company, Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI). In that role, he oversaw legislative affairs and coordinated lobbying efforts region and nationwide.

From AT&T, he graduated to contract lobbying in 2002, and is proud to have cultivated more than decade-long relationships with many of his clients. From major corporations, medium and small businesses, trade associations to nonprofits, Jeff understands the needs of business owners and membership driven organizations alike.

Despite his passion for his work, Jeff tries hard to lead a balanced life that centers on his two teenage boys. Together, they enjoy a wide range of very fun hobbies, including: fly-fishing, shooting, skiing and high-powered rocketry.  Jeff is a Boy Scout Assistant Scoutmaster, and former Cub Scout Cubmaster.  Jeff has also volunteered on numerous boards including the Denver Art Museum Asian Art Association and the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry.

May Speaker – Andrew Wien, The Dynamic Leadership Center

INTRO TO MINDFULNESS
Modern science has shown that the brain is malleable. What we think, do, and pay attention to changes the structure and function of our brains. Mindfulness is a way to change the wiring of our brains for the better. With training, you can improve focus and productivity, strengthen communication and relationships, better manage difficult experiences, and increase resilience. Come learn what mindfulness is and how it can help you do just that!

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
What mindfulness is and the latest neuroscience supporting it  How your brain typically performs at work, and whether or not that is effective  Quick, simple exercises to start incorporating mindfulness into your routines

ABOUT ANDREW
Andrew founded the Dynamic Leadership Center to help his generation be more productive at work. He believes that small tweaks in how we use our brain can fundamentally change our work performance, effectiveness of relationships, and overall fulfilment. (Oh, and make companies more profitable too).

Andrew’s background makes him uniquely suited to have an impact. He …
* is a millennial — he grew up during 9/11, does not carry cash, and is dependent on a charged cell phone
* has a depth of business experience — he excelled at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he saw a stark contrast between how BCG and their clients motivated and engaged their workforce
* is active in shaping the mindfulness community — he collaborates with leading experts to create content, facilitates sessions in companies and his community, and has a dedicated practice of his own.

In his free time, Andrew seeks out endurance/adrenaline sports (i.e. setting hard goals for no apparent reason) and meditation (i.e. sitting in excruciatingly uncomfortable positions for mind numbing lengths of time).

TESTIMONIALS
“It so easy to lose perspective in the workplace, like these deadlines or emails…. And it was a good way to regain perspective.” 

“It helps you make better decisions, and those decisions led to better outcomes.”

“It has made me more patient, more empathetic, more able to see things through other’s eyes.”

March Speaker: Rosalie Chamberlain, Dimensions of Diversity

Rosalie Chamberlain is the Director of Rosalie Chamberlain Consulting & Coaching. She is skilled leadership and executive coach and consultant, having worked with a broad range of corporate, government, and private industries, both national and international. Additionally, she is a nationally recognized speaker and program facilitator. Rosalie has more than 18 years of coaching experience working with individuals and groups on leadership development, team building, talent management, career transitions, and helping organizations become successful and inclusive environments.

She specializes in helping leaders obtain leadership mastery and enhance or develop critical skills that maximize the talent of the workforce of their organization, as well as identify and understand any potential blocks and beliefs that hinder progress.

Rosalie specializes in leadership assessment and effectiveness, multicultural competencies, leadership influence, talent management, organizational culture and managing and leveraging diverse talent. She has unique experience with respect to organizational culture, having worked with multicultural organizations with complex diversity and inclusion challenges to develop and implement strategies, behaviors and best practices for building inclusive organizations.

She is the author of Conscious Leadership in the Workplace: A Guidebook to Making a Difference One Person at a Time (2016). Rosalie is a contributor to The New York Times, HR News Magazine (International Public Management Association for Human Resources), Strategic HR Review, Talent Executive, Chief Learning Officer, ABCNews.com, Onward Nation, Strategy Driven, Recalculating: 97 Experts on Driving Small Business Growth, Center Valley Business Times, American Diversity Report, as well as multiple national and international blogs.

October Meeting Topic: Climbing Mt. Everest

Darren Rogers is a mountaineer who started climbing trees at a young age. When his family moved to southern Colorado his climbing interests changed to mountains where he has climbed  many of the 14er’s.  Locally, Darren enjoys hiking and snowshoeing the trails in the Big Horn mountains outside Sheridan, Wyoming always chasing his favorite  part of the day, sunrise.

Darren has traveled  to remote  parts of the world experiencing cultures and testing his mental  fortitude at high altitude to reach mountain tops in Africa, Bolivia, Ecuador, Tibet and Nepal.  In Tibet while climbing Cho Oyu, he was one of the last people out of high camp on summit day but passed over 75 people with his Sherpa reaching the summit at sunrise.  

In 2015, he set his sights on Mount Everest and Lhotse and was at Camp 1 during a 7.8 magnitude earthquake which ended the expedition.  In 2016, Darren returned to Nepal and had a successful climb of Mount Everest.  When not climbing, Darren is a Chemical Engineer and enjoys providing practical solutions  to the Oil & Gas industry.

See the pictures, hear the stories of training, life in Base Camp and experience of climbing the World’s  highest mountain.

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Monthly Meeting – Open Sector for October: Residential Construction

Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017, 7:00 AM

48 Members Went

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September Meeting Topic: Two Games of Leadership

Tom Athenour, CEO/Principal at StarQuest Group, has been in the professional development business for nearly 25 years, and has worked with Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial start-ups to help them achieve profitable growth objectives, develop leadership talent, and create healthy organizations.

Prior to co-founding StarQuest in 1998, he was VP of marketing for International Learning Systems, a consulting firm that worked with Fortune 500 companies across North America. Before entering the consulting business, he worked nearly 15 years in the financial services industry and held leadership positions in marketing, operations and sales with Bank of America, California Bancshares, and Piper Jaffray.

His passion (and purpose) is to work with executives, mid-level leaders, and sales professionals to help them elevate their game; increase their effectiveness; and lead more creative and fulfilling lives.

August Meeting Speakers: Zach & Joel Appel, Childhood Addiction

Zach Appel is a junior at Metro State. Zach grew up in Denver and attended several high schools in Denver and a boarding school in Maine. Zach has been sober for 3.5 years and now helps teens and adults get and stay sober. Zach’s interests are music, reading, psychology, and anything outdoors.
 

Joel Appel has been an entrepreneur and business manager most of his life. After graduating from Claremont McKenna College and Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Joel worked at the Quaker Oats Company for 8 years. He then founded Orange Glo International with his parents, which they sold to Church & Dwight/Arm & Hammer in 2006. A year later Joel founded Launch Pad Ventures which partners with inventors and entrepreneurs who have created such cool companies as Tortle, Brainetics, FullBar, Base Education, and Sleep For Life. Joel sits on the boards of First Descents and the Hoffman Institute. Joel is married to Tiffany Glucksman Appel, has two kids, Zachary and Danielle, and also loves everything outdoors.

Next Meeting is May 9th – Jeff Weist, Professional Lobbyist

Jeff Weist is a professional lobbyist who has spent 20 years assisting his clients in all aspects of government relations, including strategic planning, lobbying, political fundraising, coalition building, grassroots and communications. He will be giving us an Update of the 2017 Colorado Legislature accomplishments when he speaks to our group in May.

Jeff believes he has the best job in the world, turning his passion for crafting public policy into a lifetime profession helping his clients navigate the often byzantine maze of government. 

Jeff has been interested in public policy since high school where, in addition to being valedictorian and captain of the swim team, he was student council Vice President and editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. He continued those pursuits in college at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he majored in Political Science, and acted as Managing Editor of the Georgetown Guardian newspaper.

During his tenure in Washington, DC, Jeff served as Legislative Director for U.S. Representative Dan Schaefer (R-CO).  He advised the Congressman on economic, telecommunications, budget, utility, tax and banking issues and had the privilege of playing a leading role in the first major re-write of the nation’s telecommunications laws in 60 years, as well as crafting groundbreaking utility regulation and tax reform legislation.

After coming home to his native Colorado, Jeff was Director of State Government Affairs for AT&T Broadband, the nation’s largest cable television company, as well as its predecessor company, Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI). In that role, he oversaw legislative affairs and coordinated lobbying efforts region and nationwide.

From AT&T, he graduated to contract lobbying in 2002, and is proud to have cultivated a more than decade-long relationships with many of his clients. From major corporations, medium and small businesses, trade associations to non-profits, Jeff understands the needs of business owners and membership driven organizations alike.

Jeff is known for his ability to grasp complex issues quickly, diving deeply into the bills he is working on, knowing his issues better than anyone else in the room, and crafting creative, win-win solutions to difficult policy problems.

Despite his passion for his work, Jeff tries hard to lead a balanced life that centers on his two teenage boys. Together, they enjoy a wide range of very fun (if expensive) hobbies, including: fly-fishing, shooting, skiing and high-powered rocketry.  Jeff is a Boy Scout Assistant Scoutmaster, and former Cub Scout Cubmaster.  Jeff has also volunteered on numerous boards including the Denver Art Museum Asian Art Association and the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry.

April Meeting Speaker: Julie Rasmussen, on Russia Today

Julie Rasmussen has led international business startups, turn arounds and high growth companies for over 25 years. Recently, she served as interim COO for the 8 portfolio companies of a publicly traded holding company based in Dallas, TX. She also sits on the board of the holding company. She lived and worked in Russia and the UK for over 15 years before returning to the US and relocating permanently to Colorado. She has extensive CEO and private, public and nonprofit board experience in industries such as real estate development, fast moving consumer goods, franchising, car leasing and rental and direct selling.

As a child, she spent her summers at her grandparents’ log cabin near Florissant, CO. After college, she moved to Aspen to wait tables and be a ski bum, only to get a job helping produce a whitewater river rafting documentary in Siberia for ABC TV. After spending most of her adult life abroad, Julie’s goal has always been to get back to Colorado where her heart and home are.

Here’s what Julie’s colleagues say about her:
“I can say without reservation that Julie Rasmussen is one of the finest corporate executives I’ve ever worked with in the last 25 years of my career in corporate communications. She is exceptionally bright, uniquely talented, passionate about her work, forthright and fair in the management of her team, engaged in the world outside her balance sheet, and, in the end, a kind person you can trust completely.”

January Meeting Speaker: Carla Johnson, The Art of Storytelling in Marketing

As the Chief Experience Officer, Carla Johnson helps marketers unlock, nurture and strengthen their storytelling muscle so they can create delightful experiences for audiences. She works as a trusted advisor at the highest level of blue-chip brands to establish open conversations, instill creative confidence and inspire an environment of receptivity that develops highly prized teams and stellar business results. Carla has worked with companies that include American Express, Dell, Emerson, Motorola Solutions, VMware, Western Union and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on how to tap into a wellspring of ideas and unveil new ways to bring their brand stories alive in fun and captivating ways.

Consistently recognized as one of the top influencers in content marketing, Carla’s latest book, Experiences: The 7th Era of Marketing, teaches marketers how to develop, manage and lead the creation of valuable experiences in their organizations. Carla serves as the Vice Chair on the Executive Board of the Business Marketing Association (a division of the ANA) and previously was the Vice President of Thought Leadership. She’s an instructor for Rutgers University mini-MBA program, the Content Marketing Institute, the ANA and the Online Marketing Institute. A frequent speaker, Carla also contributes to industry wide news outlets, forums and conferences on the future of the marketing profession, leading through innovation and the power of storytelling.