Robin Wise, President & CEO of Junior Achievement – Rocky Mountain

Inner Circle Q&A


What book have you given or recommended the most?
The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise by Arthur Brooks
Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand

What are some industry trends that have an impact on your role as a leader?
It’s vital to engage senior-level executives and business leaders in the community through service on the JA-Rocky Mountain Board of Directors, which is comprised of 70 men and women who represent diverse facets of our local economy. In the quest to position JA as a vital educational force for children, these local leaders are willing and able to deliver their own organizations’ resources (human and/or financial) and influence others to do the same.

In 2016, we launched JA Engage, a community of young professionals in the Denver metro area who are actively engaged with JA. Members of JA Engage attend various educational, networking, and social events hosted by the group throughout the year. They also directly support JA by volunteering and fundraising. By engaging young professionals in the Denver area, we are tapping into the knowledge base & tools of the up and coming generation of business professionals.


Robin Wise serves as President & CEO of Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain. Since taking the helm in 1992, the organization has grown from reaching just 8,000 students during 1990/1991, to reaching nearly 135,000 this past school year.  Robin recently received the 2017 William Funk Award for Building Stronger Communities from the Colorado Nonprofit Association. She was selected as one of the 2015 Top 25 Most Powerful Women by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and has received a number of local and national awards for her leadership and business savvy, including the Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business Award.  

Robin also is involved in the broader community. She serves on the board of the   Public Education and Business Coalition, is an active member of the American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network, and is the former Vice Chair of the Colorado Lottery Commission. Robin received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

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