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LEX 2016 Alums Work to Bring TOSA to Denver

The Other Side Academy (TOSA) is a social enterprise nonprofit where repeat criminals and chronic substance abusers, many of whom experience homelessness, can change their lives. Delegates of the 2016 Leadership Exchange in Salt Lake City experienced TOSA, which functions as a school where students learn vocational, pro-social and life skills so they can succeed on “the other side” of addiction and [...]

Impact Denver Project Teams: Stepping Up to the Challenge

Leadership isn’t just a state of being; it’s an activity – that’s the mantra of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation. And, that’s why its participants get out into the community to put their leadership skills to the test. The spring 2017 Impact Denver class partnered with 10 nonprofits: Bluff Lake Nature Center, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Denver Preschool [...]

Lending a Hand to Social Enterprise

Social enterprise is growing in Denver, and in the spring, an Impact Denver project team and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce partnered to launch a training program for social enterprises – Sprout Tank: Growing Social Enterprise. Sprout Tank is a pitch-focused event (think “Shark Tank”) with a twist: all the businesses are social enterprises. The program launched in April with 10 [...]

College Students Connect with Leaders

Editor’s note: An important part of leadership is bringing in others to learn and grow their leadership skills. With that in mind, the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation provides opportunities for college students in its Colorado Leadership Alliance of university leadership programs to attend other programs with more seasoned leaders. One student explains his experience on Access Denver (the next [...]

Inaugural Impact Denver Outstanding Alumni Award Given – Meet the First Winner

Kelly Underell, executive director of the Colorado Technology Foundation, got a surprise while attending the Impact Denver 2017 spring class’s continuation: we recognized her for her involvement with the Leadership Foundation and the community as a whole with our first Impact Denver Outstanding Alumni Award. Underell, an alum of the 2011 Impact Denver class, has worked more than a decade [...]

Access Denver: Making a New Town Feel Like Home

After 19 years of living in Colorado Springs, Laraine Saldivar moved to Denver in January to build Bryan Construction’s Denver brand as its business development manager. Before the big move, Saldivar attended Access Denver, which gave her the starting point to connect with Denver metro area business leaders and get to know her new hometown. “I fell in love with [...]

Alumni Get to Know Colorado Springs on Colorado Experience

Alan Alda once said, “Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in while, or the light won't come in.” The Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation challenges leaders’ assumptions about statewide issues – and how other communities are combating them – each year on Colorado Experience. Last week, the Leadership [...]