Join An Elite Fellowship Program of Latino Leaders

The Latino Leadership Institute is excited to announce that recruitment season has arrived for our next class of Fellows. 

If you or someone in your network is interested in our nine-month Fellowship Program beginning in January, here are the initial requirements:
•    Applicants must have a minimum of 7-10 years of professional experience
•    Demonstrated career success and a commitment to continue developing as a leader
Each cohort is designed to have a blend of industries, affording Fellows a profound opportunity to learn and expand their networks. Fellows receive executive-level training in personal and professional development, board service, corporate finance, economics, non-profit management, and public policy. 

The application process requires an online application with several short essay questions, one letter of recommendation, and a resume. A Selection Committee will then interview applicants in late November or early December. 

The application window will open on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 and close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. 

For more details, click here.

Coffman and Ganahl Join JCN in Bringing Small Businesses Back

This week kicked off in a grand way, thanks to the Job Creators Network (JCN) and supporters of small business. As part of the "Bring Small Businesses Back" nationwide tour, several Coloradoans including U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman and entrepreneur Heidi Ganahl joined JCN's Alfredo Ortiz and Elaine Parker in Denver on Monday, August 29, 2016 to raise awareness of small business challenges and opportunities.

The multi-faceted Bring Small Businesses Back (#BSBB) program tackles three key areas that are hurting growth in the biggest section of the American economy: burdensome taxation, overregulation, and lack of access to capital is holding back job creation. To combat these problems on a national level, the BSBB is running an educational bus tour around the country and working with pro-growth legislators.

The tour also connects citizens to state-specific issues. JCN notes, "These issues are of particular concern for Colorado because proposals for a single-payer healthcare system—funded by massive tax hikes on employers—and an increase in the minimum wage will be on the ballot in November."

Elaine Parker, Chief Communications Officer of Job Creators Network introduced speaker Heidi Ganahl, Founder of Camp Bow Wow. Next, a panel of small business representatives discussed challenges of being an entrepreneur in the current regulatory environment. Salem Media's Lee Habeeb moderated the panel with Kristen Muzzy of Leading2Lean and Curt Henderson of Henderson Insurance Agency. Mike Coffman, U.S. Representative, 6th Congressional District of Colorado addressed the crowd next. The final speaker was Alfredo Ortiz, President and CEO of Job Creators Network.

“Coloradoans and all other American citizens approach a crossroads when it comes to state and federal policies that affect small business,” argued Rep. Coffman. “Groups like JCN and legislators like myself will continue to work to knock down burdensome federal regulations and promote policies that allow small businesses to thrive.” Ortiz agreed: “Perhaps nowhere in the country do small businesses face greater threats than in Colorado, which is currently considering a major tax increase on businesses to fund state-run healthcare as well as a dramatic minimum wage increase. I am proud to stand beside Rep. Coffman and local small business owners to identify solutions to protect the state’s small businesses and vibrant economy.”

The event was held at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center including time outside with the can't-miss #BSBB RV, pictured below.  Learn more at, and check out this recent podcast about it all on COBRT's Connect and Collaborate radio.

Lockheed Martin, University of Colorado Boulder Create Multi-Million-Dollar Partnership

$3 Million Sponsorship Will Launch Careers in Communications Technologies

BOULDER, Colo., Aug. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) are establishing new academic programs through a multi-million-dollar agreement that will develop the next generation of space engineers. The Lockheed Martin Radio Frequency (RF) Space Systems Research Center will boost engineering expertise at the school and create new curriculum to fill in-demand skills in the space sector.

The $3 million sponsorship by Lockheed Martin, spread over four years, will establish new academic programs focused on radio frequency (RF) systems. RF fields address commercial, civil and military needs for communications, radar and photonics. Engineers in this field will develop innovative approaches for tracking, navigation and control of spacecraft as well as next-generation global navigation technologies.

"Each person depends on RF technology in one way or another, from television and radio, to phone communications, to GPS navigation," said Keoki Jackson, Lockheed Martin's chief technology officer. "As the complexity of our satellite systems and national security solutions grows, so does our demand for world-class talent. This partnership ensures that University of Colorado graduates have the skills they need to build the systems of the future while also advancing Lockheed Martin's ability to develop revolutionary and relevant innovation."

"We greatly value our partnership with Lockheed Martin to propel our students, the aerospace industry and the state ofColorado to even greater heights," said CU Boulder Chancellor Philip DiStefano. "This partnership is particularly gratifying because of our long and productive relationship with one of the titans of the industry."

The industry-academic partnership will benefit students and faculty by creating:

  • A new master of science in electrical engineering with an RF focus.
  • A new, established path for bachelor's degree students in Aerospace Engineering Sciences to obtain a master's degree in Electrical Engineering. Similarly, those pursuing an Electrical Engineering bachelor's degree will have a path to obtain a master's degree in Aerospace Engineering Sciences.
  • A Lockheed Martin Chair of RF Engineering, a faculty position dedicated to RF teaching and research.
  • A Lockheed Martin Faculty Fellow, a professor supporting research and academic activities of a key faculty member in the new educational programs.
  • Lockheed Martin Graduate Fellowships, consisting of graduate students working at Lockheed Martin or projects relevant to the company.

Students and graduates will be able to take advantage of the RF Payload Center of Excellence at Lockheed Martin's Waterton Canyon site, which is the company's hub for RF space technology development.

Lockheed Martin employees will also benefit from the new relationship. For example, the new RF-focused degree programs will offer unique skills training for employees who want to take advantage of opportunities in the RF Payload Center of Excellence, which has added over 60 jobs in the past six months.

The CU research center continues a strong partnership between the university and Lockheed Martin, a relationship that funds joint research programs, supports student design projects and facilitated a cubesat mission. Lockheed Martin has sponsored nearly $7 million in research at CU and is working to start new projects totaling $650,000 by the end of the year. In 2015 Lockheed Martin hired graduates from 15 CU majors, and the corporation employs more than 500 alumni working in its Space Systems division alone.

About the University of Colorado
The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) is the flagship university of the four-campus CU system. Founded in 1876, CU Boulder is a comprehensive research university with more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. CU Boulder is the Rocky Mountain region's only AAU Tier-1 research university, and its world-renowned faculty maintain a reputation for excellence in research, creative work and teaching across 150 academic fields. Five CU Boulder faculty have received the Nobel Prize since 1989.

About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 98,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

For additional information, visit our website:

Media Contact:
Lockheed Martin: Mark E. Lewis, +1 408-203-8093;
CU Boulder: Julie Poppen, +1 303-492-4007;

Under Development, Smart Digital Textbooks Should Increase Student Learning

Students who annotate digital textbooks could have the chance to use new software that can assess how they learn and suggest more effective study techniques, thanks to a project created at the University of Colorado Boulder, Rice University and the University of California San Diego (UCSD).

Funded by a four-year, $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the effort will allow for the development of “smart” annotated online textbooks to gain a better understanding of a particular learner’s state of mind and grasp of subject matter. The study participants will use online textbooks provided by the nonprofit, open-source textbook publisher OpenStax that is based at Rice.

“While traditional textbooks are designed to transmit information from the printed page to the learner, contemporary digital textbooks offer the opportunity to unobtrusively gather information from learners as they read,” said CU Boulder Professor Michael Mozer, the principal investigator on the project. “With a better understanding of a learner’s state of mind, textbooks can make personalized recommendations for further study and review.”

The project is funded by a grant from the NSF’s Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies program. The researchers are creating software that will predict how well students will perform on tests based on what they highlight in the digital textbooks.

The researchers also will create tools that use a student’s highlights to create customized quizzes and reviews for that student, said Mozer, a professor in CU Boulder’s Department of Computer Science and the Institute of Cognitive Science.

“Highlighting is something students naturally do on their own, and we want to create software that can use those highlights to improve both their comprehension and knowledge retention,” said Phillip Grimaldi, a co-investigator on the project and research scientist at OpenStax.

Mozer said the research team has adopted a “big-data” approach that involves collecting annotations from a group of learners to draw inferences about individual users. The project leaders will use the data to infer a student’s depth of understanding of facts and concepts, predict test performances and perform scholastic interventions that improve learning outcomes, he said.

OpenStax uses philanthropic grants to produce high-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks that are free online and are used by roughly 680,000 college students at more than 2,000 colleges and universities. The team will be asking OpenStax student users to volunteer their digital textbook highlights for a database that can be mined for clues about their understanding of the text. 

Data from highlights supplied by OpenStax users will enable the research team to create tools that are sensitive to each student’s interests and highlighting choices, said Rice Professor Richard Baraniuk, a project co-investigator and the director of OpenStax.

“The idea is to reformulate selected passages into review questions that encourage the active re-construction and elaboration of knowledge,” said Baraniuk.

The research team also includes co-principal investigator Professor Hal Pashler, who will lead the activities at UCSD.


Michael Mozer, 303-492-4103
Jim Scott, CU Boulder media relations, 303-492-3114

Colorado Succeeds Launches the Colorado Readiness Report

Colorado Succeeds is thrilled to announce the launch of the Colorado Readiness Report, an interactive and easy-to-understand dashboard of key performance indicators for Colorado’s education system.

The Readiness Report cuts through the clutter to focus on the 12 most important predictors of student success, from kindergarten through career entry. 

At Colorado Succeeds, we believe in using data to identify best practices, scale successful innovations, and ensure that our state’s limited resources are invested wisely. The Readiness Report puts this information right at our fingertips and helps business, education, and government leaders focus on continuously improving our education system. 

I encourage you to peruse the dashboard, share it with your networks, and use it as your go-to resource for education and workforce information: And I welcome your thoughts, questions, and feedback on the dashboard. Thank you for your continued partnership.

Scott Laband
President | Colorado Succeeds
303-893-0707 ext. 25
1390 Lawrence St. | Suite 200 | Denver, CO 80204


Sustainable Careers: Work for the Long Run

By Karen Newman

Ron arrived for his last day of work as usual, before anyone else was in the office. He tried to ignore the knot in his stomach as he turned on his computer and prepared for his first conference call of the day. Ron had risen through the ranks of his international consumer products company, stayed current in his field, become a manager, and participated in many projects that had been very profitable for the company.

It made Ron physically ill to think about this being his last day at work. True, he was past retirement age and was fully vested in his retirement program. True, he was no longer striving for promotions. Yet he still had plenty to offer. Unfortunately, the company didn’t see it that way. Ron wanted to keep working, but dial back his hours. But the company’s philosophy was ‘‘all or nothing’’ — you are either fully engaged or you are not employed here. The truth was, Ron was being pushed out and he didn’t like it. ‘‘I’ll show them,’’ he thought to himself. ‘‘I’ll take my knowhow and my business relationships with me tonight when I leave. To heck with them.’’ Yet no matter how much indignation Ron tried to muster, he still had that knot in his stomach. He didn’t want to leave.

We all know a “Ron.” The 78 million Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1964 in the U.S. have challenged us as a society for over sixty years. We built new schools to educate them, new suburbs to house them, and new industries and jobs to challenge them. Women’s widespread entry into professional positions is a Baby Boomer phenomenon, as are 401(k) retirement accounts, credit card debt, dissolution of the nuclear family, and increasing reliance on science and technology for a better and longer life.

Baby Boomers in the U.S. are currently between the ages of 47 and 65. The sheer size of the generation is going to place tremendous strains on Social Security and Medicare, and the reliability of 401(k) accounts for retirement is questionable, at best. In addition, with life expectancies in the 80s, it is unreasonable to assume that any pension plan could affordably support this large population for 20-30 years of retirement. Finally, Boomers are not very good savers. They cannot afford to retire. Baby Boomers have changed many things about life in the U.S. since their births, and they are not finished.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 10 percent of the labor force was age 55 or older in 2000. By 2015, 20 percent will be 55 or older. And a recent survey by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies found that 39 percent of respondents plan to retire after age 70 or not at all. How do we productively engage the aging workforce in work now, and how do we craft careers for younger employees that will serve them well through all stages of their adult lives?

The Aging Advantage

Contrary to common beliefs, older employees are not stubborn, rigid, low performing liabilities. Numerous researchers find older workers to be more engaged, more loyal, less likely to quit, less likely to be absent voluntarily, more willing to work hard, and just as adaptable when given the opportunity, compared to their younger colleagues.

This is especially true for jobs in which the physical requirements of work are not a limiting factor. Older employees are better qualified, more interested in accomplishment, more interested in doing meaningful work, more motivated by autonomy and flexibility and less interested in promotions than their younger co-workers. Older employees hunger for an opportunity to make a difference, to bring their years of experience to bear and help others. They want to make a contribution and be respected for their wisdom and expertise.

Sustainable Careers

It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin

Sustainability implies preserving and enhancing human capital rather than depleting it. It implies restoring and maintaining balance. To be sustainable throughout life, careers must have three features. They must include renewal opportunities, times when employees paus briefly to reinvigorate themselves. They must be flexible and adaptable. Half of what we think we know now will be obsolete in a few years. Individuals and firms need to be continuous and flexible learners, ready to travel new roads as conditions dictate. Finally, sustainable careers must include opportunities for integration across life spheres and experiences that lead to wholeness, completeness, and meaning. Let’s look at each of these in more depth.


Renewability implies replenishment in a reasonable amount of time. It implies the ability refresh, to extend, and to be available indefinitely. The renewability feature of careers prevents burnout, akin to allowing time for muscles to recover after a rigorous workout. Renewable career practices provide periods of time for consolidation, reflection, rethinking and retooling. The case of Nancy Tuor of CH2MHill is an example.

Nancy was the project executive for CH2MHill charged with cleaning up a highly complex hazardous waste site that was littered with radioactive waste. She and her team completed the estimated 60-year job in less than 10 years at a cost of one-fifth the original estimate. The project was a quintessential high visibility, high stakes, fast moving and extremely successful experience in her career.

After completing the project, her career trajectory took her to a less visible, less turbulent assignment as vice-chair in which she developed future revenue streams through project proposals. She was not stagnated or plateaued, as might happen in another firm. She was investing in the future. After her time as vice-chair she went back into another high visibility job as the company’s project executive for building a carbon neutral city in the Middle East.

Nancy’s story is not unique in engineering firms, yet it is also not common. Too often we move ourselves (or our employees) rapidly from place to place, assignment to assignment. A lull in the action is an indication of a problem, not an opportunity. Not so at CH2MHILL. While the firm certainly keeps its billable hours at a reasonable level, it also has a practice of asking people to contribute from time to time in a different, less turbulent, less visible role, as Nancy did. The company benefits, as do its employees.


Flexibility means being easily shaped and reshaped, adaptable, agile and capable of change. Flexibility implies range of movement, elasticity, and the ability to bend without breaking. Flexibility produces resiliency and confidence, two key components of positive psychology. Careers of the future must be flexible and adaptable, characterized by continuous learning both in response to change and in anticipation of change. We know things will not be the same next year as they were previously, but we do not know how they will be different. At Intel and many other technology-based companies, the majority of profits in any one year are from products that did not exist two years previously. Continuous learning is akin to tennis players always keeping their feet moving. The best players may not know where the ball will be, but being in motion helps them get to the ball more quickly.

Daniel started his career in the financial services industry, working in operations – the backroom activities that keep the system working. It was not a job that led to trading or investment banking or wealth management, yet these were the types of jobs Daniel wanted. He continued his education, learned the fundamentals of investing, and achieved professional certifications necessary for advancement in investment analysis and wealth management. He made himself available for task forces and special projects that gave him visibility among investment professionals; he learned everything he could about the business on the job; and he found a mentor who straddles his world (operations) and the other functions in the firm to which Daniel aspired.

After several years in operations, Daniel was asked to lead a project team that gave him great visibility among investment associates. When the project was completed, he was asked to manage the new activity – located in the investment management part of the firm. He is now a managing director in a prestigious investment bank.

Daniels’s case illustrates on person’s tenacity and flexibility. Even better are examples of employers who have flexible, on-demand talent management strategies so that many “Daniels” can develop simultaneously. These firms are likely to be young and doing business in rapidly changing fields, firms such as Google, Zappos, and Apple. Their flexibility and adaptability are part of the reason for their success- being able to deploy the right talent at the right time on the right task. And these firms attract talent that is excited about flexibility and not worried about a lack of fixed career paths.


Integration implies completeness, wholeness, consistency between values and actions, and connectedness. From integration comes meaning. Older adults seek meaning in their lives. They are asking the question, “Have I lived a meaningful life?” and “How can I make a positive difference in the time I have left?”

Older adults have perspective, see connections and draw conclusions from the disparate bits of information more readily than younger adults. They see patterns and networks younger workers often do not see.

Imagine engaging experiences employees as one company did.

Sam, a long time employee at a mid-sized international engineering firm, had become marginally productive and difficult to work with. He was isolated at work, both physically and interpersonally. At 65 years old, he was as sharp as ever mentally, showed no signs of wanting to retire, but had lost his ability and willingness to work effectively with others. As a result, he was given tasks that reinforced his isolation and that were not at the cutting edge of the business. His new supervisor, Tony, realized that Sam’s talents were wasted in his current job. Taking advantage of Sam’s years of experience and solid customer relationships, Tony created a Customer Quality Assurance role for Sam, representing projects holistically to the customer rather than contributing as one of the project engineers.

Because of his years of experience, Sam is able to evaluate project quality and integration as a whole and able to be the go-between with customers. Tony also moved Sam to the front of the office area in a prominent and visible space. He paid attention to him. He honored Sam’s experience. He supported Sam’s job activities. Sam completely turned around his performance. Where previously Sam was a troubled, even dysfunctional employee, he is now highly valued and respected by his peers and contributing to his company’s bottom line.

This is an example of adding integration opportunities to talent management practices. Not everyone can be a “Sam,” but how many “Sams” are pushed prematurely out the door with a gold watch, or relegated to trivial work at the margin of the company? Sustainable careers engage the “Sams” of the world in ways that are appropriate to their stage in life, building on and using their need for integration.

The Business Case for Sustainable Careers

The aging Baby Boomer Generation presents an opportunity to reinvent personal and organization career strategies. For 40 years, society has made only incremental changes around the edges of traditional career practices in response to more women in the workplace, advances in information technology, and the rise of knowledge-based work. Vestiges of old assumptions remain – employment policies that punish or prohibit flexible work; promotion patterns that punish child-bearing and child-rearing; job descriptions that require face-to- face work when not necessary; and retirement plans that push people out the door based on age rather than engagement and value.

The time for change is long overdue. As has happened so often in the last 40 years, it may be the large Baby Boomer Generation that triggers significant and lasting change in the way society engages people in work throughout life. Sustainable careers can help companies in at least five ways.

Knowledge Management

Knowledge retention and knowledge transfer, huge issues now for companies, can be enhanced with continued engagement of more experienced people who have stayed current, who have not burned out, and who possess unique knowledge. As work in the U.S. becomes more knowledge-based, the need to manage knowledge will increase.

Business Roundtable’s Gov. Engler Issues Literacy Challenge to Inaugural Colorado Governors Fellows

The call to public service comes in several forms. Some people seem to be born leaders, the kids who declare in kindergarten that they want to be president. Some find it through a passion for community service or political issue that elevates to a leadership level. Others might not see themselves as potential officials until a mentor gives encouragement. Quarterly Forum (QF) and The Leaders Initiative (TLI) have joined forces to ensure that Colorado cultivates top candidates to serve in public sector leadership roles with the Colorado Governors Fellowship Program.

The program kicked off with enthusiasm at the Governor’s Mansion on June 29, 2016, and Colorado Business Roundtable was pleased to be a sponsor. It presented us with an excellent opportunity to bring Business Roundtable CEO and former governor of Michigan John Engler back to our state to serve as a guest speaker. Two Business Roundtable Executive Committee members were in attendance: John A. Hayes, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boulder's Ball Corporation; and Jacqueline Hinman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CH2M, headquartered in Englewood, CO. Business Roundtable member R.A.Walker, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation flew in from Houston, and Colorado President Roberta Robinette represented for AT&T, another member of Business Roundtable.

Dr. Geoff Smart, Chairman & Founder of ghSMART & Company, Inc. and author of the book Leadocracy was also a guest speaker. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, QF President Meegan Moszynski, and QF co-chairmen Erik Mitisek and Ryan Heckman also gave remarks. Other featured attendees were Former Colorado Governors Bill Owens and Bill Ritter.

Colorado Governors Fellowship Program works across all sectors including government and non-profit, but it has a specific lean toward identifying potential public servants currently working in private industry. The inaugural fellowship has 22 of the state’s best and brightest from a variety of top companies such as Anadarko Petroluem Corporation, Arrow Electronics, Inc. and DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc. For a complete list, see here.

Gov. Engler posed a challenge to the new Fellows to make this program so renowned that it would become a model for others states and for Washington, D.C. He commended the work of the CH2M Foundation promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

In the vein of Colorado’s commitment to education and workforce, Engler posed an even greater challenge: achieve reading proficiency by third grade for all students. He mentioned that only about one-third of students in the United States meet that level of proficiency, and he is still looking for the state which can change it.

While meeting that specific challenge is not necessarily the goal of this inaugural class of Colorado Governors Fellows, it is clear that these are the people, the groups, the mentors and the experiences to make major progress even more achievable. Best wishes to the 2016-2017 Colorado Governors Fellowship! We can hardly wait to see what you make of it.

Check out the event with a few of our favorite photos, courtesy of ICOSA Media:

More Than 350 EMBA Graduates Gather in Downtown Denver

It was an evening of conversations and connecting as more than 350 Executive MBA graduates gathered at the program’s first reunion June 25 at the History ColoradoCenter. Members from 66 of the 67 cohorts were represented at the event. The Daniels Executive MBA program was initiated in 1973 and was one of the first EMBA programs in the United States.

Tia Furcht (Executive MBA 2015) flew in from Las Vegas to attend the reunion.

“I came to catch up with people in my cohort and the faculty,” Furcht said. “I flew on a plane each week to come here for school. It was a big commitment. I was really searching for a good program, not just a degree. I met incredible people and faculty; they are like a second family to me.”

The attendees mingled, enjoying food, drink and music before the program. In attendance were doctors, business and community leaders, entrepreneurs, lawyers and educators, all of whom graduated from the Daniels EMBA program.

“I’m thrilled to be with you this evening as we celebrate the success of the EMBA program and the impact of its alumni on the regional, national and international community,” said University of Denver Chancellor Rebecca Chopp. “The program’s emphasis on social impact through its capstone projects aligns with the University’s mission to serve the public good. Many nonprofit organizations in our community have benefited from these student projects and through the projects we continue Bill Daniels’ philanthropic legacy.”

Dean Emeritus Bruce Hutton and Associate Dean Barb Kreisman reminded attendees about the Daniels College of Business’ namesake—cable industry founder Bill Daniels—who  introduced ethics in business education to the College with a gift of $11 million in 1999.

“Bill believed people should use their business capabilities to give back to those less fortunate,” Kreisman said. “Our program is not just about business. It’s about life.”

Kreisman recognized five people who reflect the values of Bill Daniels and are great representatives and ambassadors of the EMBA program. The honorees were:

  • Kent Bradley (Executive MBA 2011), physician, former U.S. Army Colonel, founder of BTN Advisors and the Downtown Artery, recognized for his outstanding contributions as an alum
  • Lowell Miller (Executive MBA 2011), assistant teaching professor at Daniels, recognized for his outstanding contributions as an alum and faculty member
  • Members of Team “Helmet Heads” for their ongoing commitment to community service and for their life saving measures to provide helmets for children engaged in sports activities
  • Maclyn Clouse, professor of finance at Daniels, recognized for ongoing commitment to student learning over the past 38 years
  • Bruce Hutton, dean emeritus, in recognition for 40 years of service to DU and Daniels

Daniels Dean Brent Chrite also presented Kreisman with an award for her years of service to Daniels and the EMBA program.

“Barb brings such an energy and quality to her work,” Chrite said. “It is truly special. We rely on her abilities and are privileged that she’s allowed us to be recipients of her energy and commitment for so many years.”

The audience gave Kreisman a standing ovation, as they did for many of the award recipients. Following the program, attendees continued to connect with their fellow graduates.

“It’s great to be part of something so impressive,” said Jayson Gitt, who is expected to graduate in August 2017. “This is so different from other programs, where they focus just on academics; here they are concerned with the whole package. It’s unique.”

This article was originally published at

Education Needs CEO Activism

Op-ed by Scott Laband, President, Colorado Succeeds

Remember when political and social activists targeted CEOs and their companies for various alleged sins? Nowadays, it’s big business and big-name executives carrying the protest signs.

Top corporate executives, such as Apple’s Tim Cook, PayPal’s Dan Schulman and Salesforce’s Marc Benioff, among others, have admonished politicians, and, in some cases, threatened economic reprisals against several Southern and Midwest states because of legislative action on hot-button social issues.

CEOs are using their wealth as well as the bully pulpit, too. For instance, not long ago, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg donated $100 million to Newark, N.J., school system; EBay founder Pierre Omidyar has used his wealth to back public interest journalism; and PayPal co-creator Peter Thiel, in the recent Gawker case, has spent some of his billions, controversially, to fight salaciousness-seeking journalists who invade the privacy of public figures.

Regardless of what you think of these issues, it shouldn’t surprise us that a CEO’s voice can lead to major changes in a state or nationally. CEOs have the ability to direct conversation and wield significant influence. At their best, they are leaders who think strategically, can persuade through direct discussion, networking, and exert political influence.

And certainly enough needy causes exist for their concern, everything from cancer cures to gay rights. But doesn’t one area in particular – education – have the biggest direct impact on businesses?

What would happen if we replicated the CEO activism we are seeing on social issues and injected it into the issue of educational equity? After all, it’s been over 62 years since Brown v Board of Education, and our country is still facing pernicious achievement gaps and a majority of students leave high school ill-equipped for higher education or the workforce.

I recently spoke with Zack Neumeyer, chairman of Sage Hospitality in Denver, which he co-founded and served as the chief executive officer of for nearly 20 years. Sage is one of the nation’s largest hotel companies with over 7000 employees in 35 states.  He is an advocate for both CEO activism and school reform. Neumeyer believes the time is ripe to speak loudly and boldly, which he often does.

This piece originally appeared in Fox Business. To read the entire piece, click here. It's posted at the Colorado Succeeds blog.

Global Leaders in Education Convene in Downtown Denver

Colorado Business Roundtable and ICOSA Media were pleased to be part of the GlobalMindED conference on Access, Equity and Opportunity as panelists and media service sponsors, respectively. The event was held on June 9-10, 2016 in downtown Denver. Educational leaders from 20+countries, eight national foundations, ten college presidents, and thirty five non-profit/government partners were featured. The theme of the conference was Collective Impact: Who Will Magnify Your Work and Results? 

Featured speakers were from industry-leading companies including Intel Corporation, Google, Microsoft and Gallup as well is innovators like Uncharted Play and University Ventures and educational organizations like Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education at University of Oregon and American Indian College Fund.

COBRT Founder Gayle Dendinger was a panelist for "Policies that Promote Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Examples from Colorado that Can Scale Nationally, Internationally" on June 10. Speaking on this topic is a natural fit for Dendinger whose work in leadership and best practices has led to several companies starting with transportation and logistics (CAP Logistics in Denver 34 years ago) to media services including a radio show and weekly news subscription service. 

COBRT President Jeff Wasden was a panelist at "Higher Education's Role in Promoting Workforce Skills: Producing Capable, Practical, Professional Graduates" on June 9, continuing to speak on behalf of Education and Workforce as one of COBRT's Key Issues. COBRT radio host Stephanie Veck of Colorado Workforce Development Council and COBRT contributor Scott Laband of Colorado Succeeds were also among the distinguished speakers.

Colorado First to Launch New Career Pathway Tool for Students and Working Adults

Coloradans are pioneers at heart. Some of us not only grew up here but have families who were among its early settlers. It is no surprise then but always still a coup when our state achieves a number one ranking or is selected to pilot a program. Being the first state in the nation to utilize a unique career pathway tool is not only a testament to our current robust education and business climate but also to our commitment to future generations. Launch My Career Colorado will help students, working adults and businesses connect in novel ways for a sustainably-thriving workforce and economy.

Launch My Career Colorado,, is a project of U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Center for Education and Workforce; Gallup, Inc.; and the American Institutes of Research College Measures partnership. Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (CACI) is leading the charge in Colorado. CACI hosted the launch event held June 9, 2016 at History Colorado.

Carol D'Amico, Executive Vice President of National Engagement & Philanthropy, USA Funds, made opening remarks about helping consumers make good decisions about investment in higher education. Keith Pearson, Chair-Elect on CACI’s Board of Directors & President of McLane Western, discussed the demonstration of value from said investment in higher education in its variety of formats from a traditional Bachelor’s degree to an Associate’s degree to certificates and industry certifications.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper then took to the podium and noted how this tool aligns the wide variety of interests represented among the crowd of more than 125, from businesses to policy advocacy organizations to education administrators to workforce development specialists. This kind of alignment across the board focusing on a strong workforce can get Colorado through the turbulence that other states may face. Furthermore, the Launch My Career Colorado webtool itself will reveal to its users the economic reality of our decisions over the course of entire careers.

The webtool’s lead researcher, Mark Schneider, President of College Measures division of American Institutes of Research, then gave an overview of the tool and how it will cultivate more successful graduates through three main components: connecting to “hot jobs” as tailored to our state, emphasizing “hot skills” that companies around here want in its employees, and illustrating the return on investment (ROI) that can be expected in relation to the lives that users want, respectively. The system, which has components for students as well as currently-working adults, asks some specific and thought-provoking questions about lifestyle expectations and compares those expectations to career pathway projections. Schneider will speak about the tool in depth on Connect and Collaborate Radio at 1690 AM on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 from 4-5 p.m.

There was then a roundtable discussion moderated by Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Education & Workforce Development, Gallup, Inc. Participants on the roundtable included Scott Laband, President, Colorado Succeeds; Matthew Gianneschi, Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff, Colorado Mountain College; Ray Johnson, Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Manager, IBM; and Jennifer Sobanet, Acting Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Robin Wise, President and CEO of Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc., concluded the webtool launch luncheon by sharing powerful stories of some of their 136,000 students who have already tried Launch My Career Colorado. It provides inspiration and “practical hope” so that students and their families can make the most advantageous investments in higher education.

Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance and Colorado Business Roundtable (COBRT) applied for and were chosen as grant recipients to ensure that our members and more utilize this valuable tool. COBRT is invested in education and workforce development as a Key Issue in our commitment to a business-friendly Colorado. Our vision for implementing a feasible, COBRT-led communications strategy to educate Coloradans on the need for better career pathways to in-demand jobs through the use of College Measures webtool is a vision which unites our existing initiatives as well as future strategic goals. 

The webtool is available right now, and we encourage all of our members to check it out whether from the perspective of employers, parents, job-seekers or life-long learners. Please remember that being pioneers in this effort also means that we will be the first to discover if certain improvements need to be made. If you have any specific feedback, be sure to use this form to inform the developers. 

Be sure to tune in on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 from 4-5 p.m. at 1690 AM for COBRT’s Connect and Collaborate Radio, with Launch My Career Colorado’s lead researcher Mark Schneider as our special guest.


Colorado Governor Signs Career and Technical Training Bill

(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) –- Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed on May 27, 2016 HB 1289 into law establishing incentives for high schools to offer career and technical education opportunities to students in high-demand fields. Schools will be rewarded for each student who earns an industry-recognized credential. If funds allow, schools will also be rewarded if a student successfully completes an internship, residency, construction pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship program or earns a qualifying score on an Advanced Placement Computer Science exam. HB 1289 was sponsored by House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran, Representative Daneya Esgar, Senator Leroy Garcia and Senator Larry Crowder.
“Colorado has thousands of good, high-paying jobs that require applicants who are well educated and trained. By rewarding schools for students who earn an industry-recognized credential, and possibly for completing internships and apprenticeships as well, Colorado is creating opportunities for its students while laying the groundwork for a more competitive workforce in the future,” said Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) CEO Patricia Levesque.


Learn more about HB 1289:

  • The bill establishes a $1 million annual appropriation that begins in fiscal year 2017-2018.
  • The pilot will operate for 2 years and will be evaluated upon the conclusion for continuance.
  • The participating school district or charter school will receive $1,000 per student in the program.
  • Funding provided to schools is tiered and tied to performance. The first funding tier will be students who earn industry certifications in high-demand fields. The second funding tier, if there is remaining funding, will be for students who complete a qualified internship, residency, or construction pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship program tied to high-demand fields. The third and final tier, if there is funding remaining, will be for students who earn a qualifying score on AP computer science.
  • The Department of Education will be required to submit an annual report on program participation and performance.
  • The Workforce Development Council, in collaboration with education and workforce agencies, will determine qualifying industry certifications, internships, residency programs, and construction apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs based on job market demand.

The Foundation for Excellence in Education is transforming education for the 21st century economy by working with lawmakers, policymakers, educators and parents to advance education reform across America. Learn more at


Latino Leadership Institute Announces 2016 Fellows

It is an honor and privilege to announce the 20 extraordinary leaders who have been selected for the Latino Leadership Institute Fellowship. The Summer 2016 Cohort, who average 14 years of professional experience, represents an accomplished group of professionals across the private, public, non-profit, and education sectors in Colorado.





Jeb Bush to Serve as Chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education

(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) announced on May 24, 2016 the election of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush as Chairman and President of its Board of Directors. Governor Bush replaces Dr. Condoleezza Rice, who has served as Chair since January 2015 and remains a member of the Board of Directors. 

“One of the greatest challenges and opportunities we have in America today is to create a 21st century education system that ensures all students have the skills, teachers and educational options they need to succeed in life,” said Governor Bush. “Too many children right now are failed by a deeply flawed bureaucratic system, but I’m optimistic about the future because I’ve seen the great results produced by states across the country. It is an honor to rejoin ExcelinEd as we continue to support states in bringing choice, innovation and accountability to the classroom. I am thankful to Dr. Rice and this exceptional board for their leadership over the past year.” 

Since 2008, ExcelinEd has worked in 48 states across the country to champion state-driven, proven transformational education reform policies that lead to rising student achievement. Because of these reforms and hard work by state leaders and educators, students have achieved remarkable academic success. Last year, as a result of active engagement by ExcelinEd and ExcelinEd in Action, 43 education laws were adopted in 15 states to improve or enact new reform policies.  

Governor Bush also has been elected to the Board of Directors of Excellence in Educationin Action (ExcelinEd in Action). The sister 501(c)(4) organization to the Foundation for Excellence in Education, ExcelinEd in Action helps advance legislation at the state level to improve the quality of education for every child. Governor Bush launched ExcelinEd in Action in 2014 and will serve as the organization’s Chairman and President.

For more on the ExcelinEd Board of Directors, visit For more on ExcelinEd in Action, visit


BIOGRAPHY: Governor Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush was elected the 43rd governor of the state of Florida on November 3, 1998, and was re-elected by a wide margin in 2002. His second term as governor ended in January 2007.

Jeb earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and moved to Florida in 1981. With partner Armando Codina, he started a small real estate development company, which grew to become the largest, full-service commercial real estate company in South Florida.

Jeb served as Florida’s Secretary of Commerce under Bob Martinez, Florida’s 40th governor. As Secretary of Commerce, he promoted Florida's business climate worldwide. Following an unsuccessful bid for governor in 1994, Jeb founded the nonprofit Foundation for Florida’s Future, which joined forces with the Urban League of Greater Miami to establish one of the state’s first charter schools. He also co-authored Profiles in Character, a book profiling 14 of Florida’s civic heroes–people making a difference without claiming a single news headline.

After his election in 1998, Governor Bush focused on reforming education. Florida students have made the greatest gains in achievement, and Florida is one of a handful of states that have narrowed the achievement gap. In addition, he cut taxes every year during his tenure as governor, and Florida led the nation in job growth seven out of eight years. Governor Bush put Florida on the forefront of consumer healthcare advances by signing Medicaid reform legislation “Empowered Care” in June 2006.

Before launching a run for the Republican presidential nomination in June of 2015, Governor Bush led his own successful consulting business, Jeb Bush and Associates, whose clients ranged from small technology start-ups to well-known Fortune 500 companies. He also served as the chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education; co-chairman of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy; and chair of the National Constitution Center. 

He is the co-author of Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution (2013) and author of Reply All (2015).

Governor Bush is the son of former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush. He lives in Miami with his wife, Columba. They have three children and four grandchildren.


The Foundation for Excellence in Education is transforming education for the 21st century economy by working with lawmakers, policymakers, educators and parents to advance education reform across America. Learn more at

CSU-Global Campus Partners with Skillful

On March 17, 2016, Colorado State University-Global Campus joined hundreds of local students, government officials, community leaders, and education providers at the national launch of Skillful held at the Emily Griffith Technical College in Denver, Colorado.  Skillful, a new career platform, creates collaboration between educational providers, job seekers, and companies. The platform’s purpose is to aggregate resources, and ultimately broaden the employment discussion to include skills, rather than degrees-only. As part of the pilot program, CSU-Global joined forces with founding partners LinkedIn and the Markle Foundation on this groundbreaking initiative.  

One of the Skillful kickoff event’s attendees was Jeff Wasden, president of the Colorado Business Roundtable, a local business advocacy organization. “This new platform will transform the job search,” said Wasden. “From a business perspective, we are excited to have a tool that will assist local businesses in finding the right talent, with the right skills, to help businesses continue to grow the economy.” 

The most innovative aspect of this partnership is the LinkedIn training finder, which creates a direct link between jobs, skills, and employers. This tool allows job seekers to view current openings, skills required, and educational programs for the required skills. CSU-Global’s certificate programs are listed there. For each course listed, the site indicates which companies have direct relationships with the program. This includes being on an advisory board, informing curriculum, providing internships, or directly hiring from the program. 

“Our Skillful and LinkedIn partnership fits with CSU-Global’s skill-based learning focus,” said Takeda-Tinker. “Our coursework teaches students industry-identified skillsets, which we track using endorsements and awards. This makes it easy for students to add these valuable skills to their resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and demonstrate value to their current employers.”  

Similar to the training finder, CSU-Global works with affiliates to complement its programs. The university utilizes programmatic advisory boards comprised of industry experts and hiring managers to obtain industry insight from the field, and uses this feedback to refine and assess courses biannually. Importantly, these boards identify key skills that industries require. These skills have been identified and integrated into the LinkedIn training finder, allowing job seekers to view CSU-Global programs and specific outcomes. 

At CSU-Global, students can pursue Certificates of Completion, in addition to bachelor and master’s degrees. These short programs, typically consisting of five courses, are also aligned with Skillful’s initiative by focusing on short-term, skill-based learning, rather than traditional bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.  

“Our Certificate of Completion program allows students to gain new skills and qualifications without committing to a full degree program,” said Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker, CSU-Global Campus president. 

An additional functionality of the Skillful platform is the ability to search for training programs and potential careers by sector, view career earning potential, and see local in-demand jobs and employment rates. Other resources include interview tutorials, free career coaching, and a skill-mapping tool that connects your abilities to potential careers. The site also hosts a job personality quiz, and a list of local career-oriented events. 

For more information about CSU-Global’s online certificate programs, click here. For more information about Skillful, click here

CBCA Announces the 2016 Cultural Leadership Award Recipients

For Immediate Release

DENVER – Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) announces the recipients of the 2016 Cultural Leadership Award. The Cultural Leadership Award recognizes outstanding alumni of CBCA’s Leadership Arts program who have made a significant impact on arts & culture in Colorado through a personal commitment to the arts. The initiative was led by the Leadership Arts Alumni Network and a committee of Leadership Arts alumni.

2016 Cultural Leadership Award Recipients
Christin Crampton Day (Leadership Arts 1997-1998)
Christin participated in one of the earliest Leadership Arts classes and has been serving the arts community ever since. She served on the Board of the Colorado Ballet for 13 years, stewarding growth for the organization during her tenure. In 2011, she was recruited to be Executive Director of Ballet Nouveau Colorado before their transition to Wonderbound.  Her philanthropy and volunteer leadership expands to Denver School for the Arts, Denver Art Museum’s Salon D’Arts/Salon du Musee, Metro Denver Sports Commission, and Denver Metro Chamber Foundation.  Professionally, Christin is Senior Director of Public Relations at Barnhart Communications.

Carol Wolf (Leadership Arts 2007-2008)
Carol served on the Board of Curious Theater Company for a decade (2005-2015). She has been instrumental in several milestones for Curious, including making “lead gifts” for the purchase of their building in the Golden Triangle and recent capital improvements. She is a model board member, inspiring others to support the organization and serving in a variety of leadership positons. Carol is currently on the Board of Trustees for the Academy of Chinese Culture and Martial Arts and the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. Carol retired from OppenheimerFunds three years ago.

The recipients will be honored at the annual CBCA Leadership Arts Board Fair and Graduation Luncheon onWednesday, May 4 at the Lakewood Cultural Center. The luncheon is an invite-only event.
For two decades, CBCA’s Leadership Arts program has trained professionals to serve on nonprofit Boards of Directors and increase their civic engagement in the arts.  This unique nine-month program equips individuals to be effective leaders in serving their community. Leadership Arts is the only program of its kind in the region that focuses on arts & culture. Applications for Leadership Arts 2016-2017 will be available in early June and due byAugust 12, 2016.
The Leadership Arts Alumni Network offers regular social gatherings, networking with community leaders, and ongoing board education. There are 700 graduates who have served in almost 650 volunteer leadership positions, including governing and advisory boards, committees, and pro bono work. 

Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) advances Colorado’s creative economy by connecting business and the arts through advocacy, research, training, volunteerism and arts engagement.  CBCA is a nonprofit member organization of leading companies from all sectors choosing to be at the exciting intersection of arts and business in Colorado. Learn more at

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Meredith Badler
Program Manager, CBCA