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Lisa Pedersen


“If you’re not uncomfortable in your work as a leader, it’s almost certain you’re not reaching your potential as a leader. “ - Seth Godin Lisa Pedersen founded Root Purpose Group specializing in executive coaching, leadership, and organizational development. Lisa is passionate about helping CEOs, leaders, and teams achieve their potential, resolve organizational challenges, and align their actions with their purpose.  Lisa has over 25 years of organizational leadership in for-profit and nonprofit industries. Most recently, she led the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare, for 12 years as CEO. She [...]

Lisa Pedersen2022-12-13T23:03:15+00:00

Clare J. Hefferren


Callosum is an outdoor industry branding agency that guides early and growth stage purpose-driven brands to $10M, through a Signature Growth Road Map to grow awareness, build community, and create content that converts in 3 steps to close the gap between the impact you want to make and the revenue you generate. Committed to the quadruple bottom line (profit, people, planet, purpose.) Clare Hefferren, Founder and President of Callosum, puts 30 years of marketing experience to work at Callosum. She began her career in graphic design and rose quickly to the position of creative director, working [...]

Clare J. Hefferren2022-12-13T22:42:42+00:00

Ascent Spotlights: Meet Elevation Beer Company


Ascent Spotlights: Meet Elevation Beer Company In our new blog series, Ascent Spotlights, we shine a light on the entrepreneurs and mentors in our Ascent accelerator. Today, we’re excited to introduce you to Elevation Beer Company, which participated in our 2022 Ascent Cohort. Established in 2012, Elevation is a craft brewery in the rural mountain town of Poncha Springs, Colorado, called the Crossroads of the Rockies. Founded on the principles of hard work, dedication, discipline—and of course playing hard—Elevation believes quality beer is the product of living a quality lifestyle. In this video, you'll discover how Elevation Beer Company founder Christian [...]

Ascent Spotlights: Meet Elevation Beer Company2022-10-05T00:28:00+00:00

Q3 Chaffee County Economic Data: Unemployment Rate, Job & Population Growth


Chaffee County - and its economy - is ever changing. That reality is being driven locally by a confluence of significant population, workforce, and employment trends.   To understand these trends, Chaffee County EDC - in partnership with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the Colorado Workforce Center, and EMSI - commissioned a far-reaching new Economic Overview Report. This report highlights population growth trends, labor force participation, demographics, inbound and outbound migration, industry growth, and educational pipeline.   In May of 2022, the unemployment rate in Chaffee County was 2.16 percent. In the five years preceding 2021, the region's population increased [...]

Q3 Chaffee County Economic Data: Unemployment Rate, Job & Population Growth2022-08-03T21:35:09+00:00

Nathan T. Lawrence


“One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.”― Jeff Bezos Nathan Lawrence provides solutions for innovative small businesses and startups. Nathan uses his years of experience as a business owner to help entrepreneurs use the law as a tool to realize their goals. Nathan’s practice focuses on helping his clients to form and organize their businesses, protect their intellectual property, draft and implement business to business and consumer sales agreements, and litigate disputes. After earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado, Nathan worked in  industry [...]

Nathan T. Lawrence2022-02-27T09:30:19+00:00

Oli Sanidas


“I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things.”― Amy Poehler Oli Sanidas, Executive Director Arapahoe Libraries, Co-Founder of The OAK Journal MethodOli is very experienced in supporting entrepreneurs, especially when working with local governments and the public sector. He has worked for over 18 years in public libraries, where he is currently the Executive Director of Arapahoe Libraries. He has worked with numerous initiatives to position libraries as [...]

Oli Sanidas2022-02-26T20:04:36+00:00

Drew Elder


“Life is best spent outside, experiencing healthy, connected, and fulfilling lives. Outside inspires people to discover why.” - Outside Inc. Drew Elder is the Chief Experience Officer at Outside, where he and his team focus on deeply understanding the client and driving memorable live, offline, and online experiences that create member loyalty, brand affinity, and measurable results. Over one million people a year take part in events and experiences that are owned, operated, or serviced by Outside.  Prior to joining Outside, Drew held sales, marketing, and product leadership roles at three of the leading asset managers in [...]

Drew Elder2022-02-26T20:05:10+00:00

John Vandewalle


“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” - Thomas Edison John Vandewalle MD MBA BSc (Hons) has held numerous executive positions and is currently a serial entrepreneur and investor. He has several companies including Lumen Touch, iNTouch Consulting, Living Arts Space and Blue Apple Trends. He also sits on the boards of several for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. John began his career as a high school teacher and biochemical research scientist and then worked as a physician in the hospitals in Johannesburg. He became Medical Director of Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals then was [...]

John Vandewalle2022-02-11T16:37:18+00:00


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