History of the Colorado Business Roundtable
Mr. Gayle Dendinger, Founder of Cap Logistics, convened business, civic, and nonprofit leaders after the events of 2001 including the NASDAQ crash and 9/11 to provide both hope and best practice exchange for economic recovery. Gayle is a strong believer in the quote, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Gayle’s best practice research revealed successes from the Vermont Business Roundtable and inspired the creation of the Colorado Business Roundtable (COBRT). COBRT became the state affiliate of the National Business Roundtable. Based in Washington, D.C., the Business Roundtable is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote sound public policy and a thriving U.S. economy.
Gayle created ICOSA magazine to highlight both the collaborative spirit and thought leaders who overcame tremendous obstacles to create solutions for the greater good. Examples included the Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Steve Wozniak and Peter Yarrow, just to name a few. Gayle developed ICOSA as an inspirational tool of shared knowledge, best practices, and convening diverse thought leaders to improve Colorado and the United States.
The Colorado Business Roundtable launched the first of thousands of radio interviews with business, civic, and nonprofit leaders to better understand the reasons for success and to emphasize the collaboration of diverse stakeholders to improve Colorado for the common good. Today, the Colorado Business Roundtable has conducted over 3,000 interviews about business leadership collaboration.
The COBRT hired Jeff Wasden as its first Executive Director and grew membership exponentially.
The Colorado Business Roundtable focused more on improving local, state, and federal government public policy, and creating a business-friendly regulatory environment. As a result, Colorado has ranked in the top five states on multiple research surveys for business friendliness and aptitude.
The Colorado Business Roundtable used its stature to highlight important public policy issues that impacted the business community, such as immigration, oil and gas, and trade. An emphasis on expanding the diversity of stakeholders, such as Honorary Consuls, were included in the dialogue.
Gayle served as a board member for the Biennial of the Americas – an international fusion of art, music, culture and thought-leadership built to unify North and South America that convenes and connects leaders from the business, academic, civic and cultural sectors who make solutions to shared challenges a reality.
2018 to Today
The COBRT updated its tax status and switched to a Not-for-Profit, 501 (c) 6 organization and created a governing Board of Directors.
The Colorado Business Roundtable continued to design and host a series of Signature Events to bring diverse thought leaders and stakeholders together to solve today’s most pressing challenges. Examples include:
State of the State: At the start of each legislative session, we host a moderated interview with Colorado’s Governor. This lively exchange gives the Governor an opportunity to share business priorities and answer top-of-mind questions from the business community.
View from the Top: CEOs from America’s largest companies discuss the unique challenges and opportunities they face in leading fortune companies. Former speakers include: John Hayes, CEO, Ball Corporation; Mike Fries, CEO, Liberty Global; Hikmet Ersek, CEO, Western Union; Steven Demetriou, CEO, Jacobs Engineering; and Adam Contos, CEO, RE/MAX Holding Group.
State of Workforce: COBRT hosts an annual event around issues such as higher ed and workforce to better understand and meet the challenges for the future of Colorado’s workforce readiness.
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