Blog 2017-03-18T04:40:23+00:00


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Leadership Foundation Impact Denver class partners with 10 community organizations

Putting their focus on community issues into action, young professionals in the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation’s Impact Denver 2018 spring class will help 10 organizations with community impact projects. Impact Denver is one of the Leadership Foundation’s seven programs aimed at building strong community-minded leaders. Participants get an introduction to civic and business issues, learn from local leaders and [...]

Mentoring the Next Generation

Everyone needs outside eyes to solve problems and I love having the opportunity to be that person,” said Dan Kobler, partner at Campfire Digital and a current member of the Leadership Denver (LD) 2018 class. Dan had the opportunity to be that person for Paul Hunter, a student leader at Regis University, this past fall through the Colorado Leadership Alliance [...]

Learnings from LEX: The Apprenticeship Model

For the first time in 27 years, the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation went intercontinental to Munich, Germany, for Leadership Exchange (LEX), taking 130-plus Denver metro area business leaders to explore innovations happening in another community and bring those best practices home. On this trip, delegates focused in on workforce readiness and Germany’s apprenticeship model. “The apprenticeship model, while not [...]

LEX From A Student Leader’s Eyes

When the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation invited me to be the student participant on the Munich Leadership Exchange (LEX), I was surprised and overwhelmed with excitement, yet nervous. I was going to spend nearly a week with a select group of Colorado’s most exceptional business and civic leaders. Just a month before LEX, I met with my mentors to [...]

LEX Inspiring Colorado Leaders

Over the past few years I’ve grown familiar with the benefits of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation’s (DMCLF) programs: an expanded network of high-powered professionals; exposure not only to civic problems, but also to potential solutions for those problems; a deepened sense of community and possibility. And my first Leadership Exchange (LEX) trip to Munich provided all of those [...]

LEX: A Culture of Fostering Innovation

Jeff Dolan and Cindy Parsons. In the weeks following the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation’s Leadership Exchange (LEX), I’ve been reflecting more on what I brought back with me. I think of LEX as a “pop-up incubator,” where great ideas and talented people come together to exercise their civic leadership and create community impact.  While the careful curation [...]

What’s Amazon’s leadership style?

You may have heard that a small e-tailer named Amazon is looking for a second headquarters in North America. And, some folks put us at the top of their list of prospective homes for Jeff Bezos’ company. We know the impact it could lead to in Colorado: 50,000 jobs over the next 10 to 15 years, $5 billion in investment [...]

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 [...]

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