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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 [...]

How A Student’s Passion Has Driven Her Community Impact

When it comes to leadership, Nadeen Ibrahim’s advice is simple: find your passion. The University of Colorado Denver senior was named the 2017 Student Leader of the Year by the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation and the Boettcher Foundation at the Colorado Leadership Alliance (CLA) summit in January. With her involvement in the Denver Immigrant and Refugee Commission, the Colorado [...]

LEX Opens Door To New Career

Lorii Rabinowitz is unabashed in saying that some of the best things in her life have been because of her involvement with the Leadership Foundation. We can’t take credit for everything; Rabinowitz has been a standout volunteer, champion and board member of the Leadership Foundation since she was part of the 2011 Leadership Denver class. But, it was visiting Pittsburgh [...]