The Olympics certainly could be one of the coolest ways to learn event planning skills. That’s where Betsy Mordecai got her start, first in Los Angeles and then at 14 Games around the world. “I fell in love with the Olympics and the excitement of events.”Read More
If you’re reading this, you probably know you have a story to tell. That said, all kinds of things get in our way when we go to actually craft and share that story. Time is a major barrier; a lot of us feel like imposters (why would anyone want to listen to me?); then there’s that nefarious writers or creators block (I have no idea what to say!). So here are a few nudges to remind you why you SHOULD share your story.Read More
Small business ownership. Student discipline. Peace officers. These are a few of the issues that Colorado Representative James Coleman advocated for in his freshman year at the state legislature. James is a longtime purpose-driven advocate who is “a voice for the community, a voice for people for people that don't always feel like they're being heard.” When he’s not at the Capitol, he is a husband, dad to twins, and Vice President for Community Engagement at ACE Scholarships. He says that he drives change by listening to his community: “If you want to be in a position to make a difference and make an impact, how can you make a difference by assuming you know what someone else needs? You can only know that if you ask them.”
Where do you get your inspiration?
I am a man of faith, first and foremost. I got my ministers’ license when I was thirteen. I was raised in a church. So, from a faith-based perspective, I look at how people should be treated. What I'm going to do is treat people as I would want to be treated. A lot of it has to do with my upbringing, but a lot of it also has to do with the experiences I've had, where I just didn't feel like I was being heard.Read More
Having a short, descriptive pitch at-the-ready can mean the difference between a forgettable networking event and one that leads to making connections that further your mission. Here's the 101 on the elements of an elevator pitch - plus a freebie to amplify your pitch once it's perfected.Read More
Nigeria is a high school senior, a board member at GripTape, and one of the organization’s first “challengers,” meaning she was given $500 and a coach to pursue a passion project. With those resources, Nigeria pulled off a photo shoot, learned about creative direction, and is now a successful young entrepreneur while finishing up her last year of high school. “I am here to spread agency and inspire the youth, to enlighten them on their possibilities in the world,” she says.
Pamela Norton-Shelpuk is founder and CEO of Liberti, a company that’s changing the way jewelry is made. Among other things, Liberti sells American-made, “grown” diamonds, creating a market to combat the negative impacts of diamond mining on people and the environment in other parts of the world. Liberti, which was named for the Statue of Liberty and all she represents, also trains and employs refugees, giving them the skills needed to work and live in the United States. Pam calls herself a social entrepreneur because, “It’s looking deeper and saying, not only how can we make a great product and resonate with people, but all of the elements that go into the product or service have a focus on the environment, on people, on bettering life in general.”
How would you describe social entrepreneurship?
It’s in the introduction of sharing who we are as a company. We make beautiful jewelry, and we’re committed to manufacturing and producing and creating products here in this country. But whatever vendor we work with, we want to ensure they have that like-minded thinking.Read More
After her tenure as the visionary leader of the Colorado Children’s Campaign, Chris Watney moved to counseling and coaching full-time with People and Possibilities. It’s clear from Chris’s career that she lives by her values, and in this Q+A, she shares how she coaches others to do the same. Besides offering a couple practical tips on how to develop your own roadmap, Chris shares stories of her early professional life when she, among other things, witnessed the execution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Simply put, Chris is an inspiration.
What is your philosophy of coaching and counseling?
What has worked well for my clients is to identify your values and use them as your life’s compass. Then, it’s addressing the things that get in your way.Read More
Denver-based Flor Blake is a photographer and multimedia artist who has made striking portraits of Misty Copeland, Gloria Steinem, Cornel West, and many more beautiful faces. Each image tells a vibrant story, and in this Q+A, Flor shares her passion for photography and how her mom's career has helped inspire her purpose.
I saw that you got an advertising degree. When you were in school, what did you think you were going to do with it?
I thought I was going to start as an entry-level employee in an advertising agency, and in five years I was going to be an account manager and be the bomb. Or, I was going to be a copywriter and be the brains behind an advertising company. But neither of those two things happened because, well, life.Read More
The daughter of a high school art teacher and librarian, Jeani Frickey Saito grew up in Lakewood and attended Jefferson County Public Schools. After more than 15 years as a successful contract lobbyist, Jeani left a diverse client base to lead Stand for Children Colorado and focus her full-time attention to issues impacting education.
When you were in school, studying journalism, what did you expect to do for your career?
I grew up admiring investigative reporters. I really saw journalism as a way to advocate and change the world. But, when I was in college, Metro still had The Capitol Reporter, a weekly paper that covered the state legislature. We were all responsible for a beat and somehow mine ended up being the Joint Budget Committee and Appropriations. I remember sitting through JBC Hearings as a sophomore in college, trying to get a handle on everything. That is where I fell in love with the Capitol.Read More
Im’Unique is a young nonprofit led by the inspirational Tyrone Beverly. He built his organization from the ground-up, centered on the idea that integrating yoga, wellness, and dialogue can change the world for the better. Tyrone and Im’Unique bring the community together to talk about some of today’s most important and challenging topics, including police and race relations as well as mental illness.
In 2016, Tyrone was one of six nonprofit leaders chosen to be a part of the Innovators Society, sponsored by the Community First Foundation of Colorado. For nearly a year, Tyrone worked with coaches, including Kristina from Partner + Purpose, building toward a Shark Tank-style pitch in September.
In partnership, Kristina helped Tyrone build a business plan, develop his fundraising pitch, get attention from major media outlets, and ultimately earn more than $110,000 at the Innovators Society Pitch Session.
Earned Media Highlights:
5280 Magazine: Man Bringing Free Yoga to Underserved Communities