‘Make a difference, have fun, and oh by the way, make some money.’ -Mark Eagle Mr. Eagle is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur with over 30 years of management and leadership experience with a track record growing companies utilizing technology. His startup was 23rd on Inc magazines fastest growing companies list and had 2 public exits during his tenure. He is a life-long-learning catalyst who has blended his passion for education and enriching people’s lives throughout his professional and personal journey. He is currently CTO of Helping Habit PBC, that provides a platform allowing non-profits [...]
Our mission is to create opportunity for Coloradoans to reach their fullest potential for self-sufficiency through access to entrepreneurship, meaningful employment, basic needs and an improved quality of life. - Kenneth King Foundation Janice Fritsch is an accomplished professional with a proven track record in the world of philanthropy and impact investing. With twenty-plus years of experience involved in leading a Colorado-based private foundation, the Kenneth King Foundation, Janice has successfully grown the foundation's program related investment portfolio and oversees its current and potential direct charitable impact investments. In addition to her role as the leader [...]
"Only the paranoid survive." -Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel Marah is a certified agile project manager and coach with Fortune 500 experience. Work projects have spanned a variety of vertical markets, including Health Care, Retail, Hospitality, Education and Personal Finance. They are also the treasurer of the Salida Council for the Arts, and on the board of TRex Arts (across from the library) Marah is currently a coach at Harvard Business Publishing, the parent company of HBR and Harvard Manage Mentor, building and improving business leadership and acumen within the organization. Projects include: building and [...]
"In business, you're going to hear the word "no' a lot. The importance of trusting yourself and your own rear end is what's going to keep you going. Recognize that failure or the word "no' is not the end." -- Sara Blakely Laura Rodriguez serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), Laura brings years of prior experience within the State of Colorado and OEDIT to her role. In her capacity as Chief Strategy Officer at OEDIT, Laura leads the development of strategic planning and program initiatives [...]
"Music is one of the most powerful things in the world because it's one of the only things that will bring people together regardless of race, religion, or politics." - Jed Selby Jed is co-founder of South Main. He brings passion to his study of traditional building design and construction patterns, continually raising the bar through his involvement in the South Main Building Company. Jed graduated magna cum laude from Fort Lewis College with a degree in business administration. He is a three-time US Freestyle Kayak team member and an avid rock climber and a pilot. [...]
“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” - Bill Gates Nim Patel is Chief Strategy Officer of Colorado Enterprise Fund, Inc. (CEF). He is responsible for coordinating and optimizing CEF’s operational processes and technologies to maximize their alignment with strategic business goals. Prior to CEF Nim had over 20 years of management experience in various industries including non-profit/social enterprises, venture capital, Fortune 500, Big 5 consulting at the intersection of Finance & Technology.
"When in doubt, bootstrap. Using your own personal resources is the easiest way to start a business. You don’t have to convince investors about the merits of your idea. You just have to convince yourself." -Ryan Holmes, Co-founder of Hootsuite Kay Henze’s expertise in board service and leadership consistently showcases her ability to drive meaningful change and growth. Serving on multiple boards, her contributions are most evident at Ent Credit Union in Colorado Springs. As an Independent Board Director and Governance Committee Member, Kay’s insights have been invaluable, particularly her proficiency in strategic marketing and technological [...]
"When you learn, teach. When you get, give." ― Maya Angelou Bonnie Watson is a finance professional specializing in small business lending, venture capital, rural ecosystem development, and acceleration. Currently, Bonnie serves as the CEO of Energize Colorado, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering resilient business communities across the state by innovatively addressing capital gaps. Her entrepreneurial spirit runs deep, as she proudly represents the fourth generation of entrepreneurs in her family. Bonnie calls Evergreen, Colorado, home, where she resides with her husband, daughter, and two furry companions. Beyond the boardroom, she's a slopes enthusiast, seamlessly [...]
“If you can't do great things, do small things in a great way.” — Napoleon Hill Warren is the President and Chief of HR Advisory Services of TAHR Services Inc and former co-founder of SymbianceHR and SymbianceHiRe. As a business management consultant with specialized subject matter expertise in Human Resources, he continues to provide strategic leadership in both human capital management and business operations. Warren is a human resources management subject matter expert with over 28 years of experience as a strategic human resources business partner, project manager, and people leader across private and public sector organizations. In his current role, [...]
"It's important to be willing to make mistakes. The worst thing that can happen is you become memorable." -- Sara Blakely Brittany is the Executive Director of Startup Colorado and is known as a trusted and collaborative leader with reputable experience working within the rural startup landscape. She founded Thrive Yoga Studios, a Colorado-based franchise focused on supporting small business owners in the health and wellness industry. Her goal is to support rural entrepreneurs building business models that can thrive in any sized community.