2023 Ascent Powder_Pitch Recap


Simply, wow. Earlier this month we had the incredible honor of hosting our inaugural Powder_Pitch @ Monarch Mountain. The testimonials have been rolling in and the prevailing feeling was that this was among the best business events that our attendees had participated in. Throughout two days, participants received nearly $20,000 in complimentary consulting from some of the leading business growth advisors and mentors in the state.  And, the vibe was HIGH! Honestly how could it not be when you mix entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, live music, and fresh mountain snow with some epic backcountry cat-skiing to boot! We want to give a [...]

2023 Ascent Powder_Pitch Recap2023-03-15T19:21:49+00:00

2023 Ascent Lauch Recap


It's been less than a month since we hosted our 2nd Annual Ascent Launch event and we're still reeling from this sold-out celebration. The community support, incredible start-up stories, and generous sponsors, truly made the night an unforgettable one. We couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to our 2023 Cohort! Get to know these remarkable companies, some of which are already making a really big impact in rural Colorado, and check out our full event recap below.  Introducing 📣 The Ascent 2023 Cohort! B1: Sustainable, Renewable, and Regenerative Energy Buena Goods CarbonKicker, Inc DifferentKind HOA Guru Knome Little Red Hen [...]

2023 Ascent Lauch Recap2023-02-15T14:32:24+00:00

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

Todd Evenson


“A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.” —Charles Schwab “Recognized by Modern Healthcare as “Top 25 COO in Healthcare” and the Denver Business Journal as a “Top C-Suite” award winner, Mr. Evenson is an experienced executive with a demonstrated history of leadership in the health care industry. He is an expert in strategy, finance, performance improvement, communication, analytics and research. Before founding Think Health Consulting, Todd served as COO of Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), the premier association for more than 54,000 medical practice executives and 12,500 medical groups in [...]

Todd Evenson2022-11-14T20:17:01+00:00

Matt Pesce


“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” - Peter Drucker Matt’s specialty is helping technology- and innovation-led B2B companies grow and scale, with expertise in strategy, product, marketing, business development and international expansion. Having led growth initiatives for organizations from startups to the Fortune 100, he is able to help scaleup companies grow effectively without losing the ability to adapt and innovate quickly. Matt brings insights and best practices from a variety of industries, including healthcare, IT, e-commerce, entertainment, construction/infrastructure, professional services and more. Matt is Managing Partner of Resilient Growth Partners, a consultancy [...]

Matt Pesce2022-10-04T16:25:23+00:00

Joe Thurman


“It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.” – Steve Jobs Joe is an entrepreneur, community leader, and talent expert who is currently the founder and CEO of interviewIA of, a VC-backed SaaS company focused on transforming the hiring process via data and machine learning. Being in the talent and HR technology space for over 15 years, Joe has a passion for people and helping them to find meaning and purpose in the work that they do. Joe [...]

Joe Thurman2022-11-14T21:05:31+00:00

Michael Robinson


“Starting a business is a huge amount of hard work... You had better enjoy it."- Richard Branson Michael Robinson possesses a rich history of global executive leadership in telecom infrastructure operations and engineering, technology innovation, corporate security and fraud detection, banking and business risk management. He was a pioneer in the deployment of land and sea based fiber optic systems, where he collaborated on the development and implementation of the first transcontinental U.S. fiber network and most of the submarine fiber optic systems that span the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian oceans as well as the China Sea and [...]

Michael Robinson2022-11-14T21:05:38+00:00

Will Sarni


“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” – Robert Swann Will Sarni is the Founder and General Partner of The Future of Water Fund, a water strategy consultancy. He is also the CEO of the Colorado River Basin Fund, the first placed-based water technology venture fund in the United States. He has been a sustainability and water strategy advisor to multinationals, water technology companies, investors, and non-governmental organizations for his entire career. Prior to The Future of Water Fund, he was a managing director at Deloitte Consulting where he [...]

Will Sarni2022-11-14T21:05:45+00:00

Todd Stockbauer


“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Todd Stockbauer started Stockbauer & Associates in late 2008 to provide financial, operational and administrative/cultural guidance and expertise to early stage and less mature brands.  He operates as a CFO, COO, strategist, advisor and partner to brands in the sports (apparel and hard goods), retail, alcohol beverage and food industries.  Prior to commencing Stockbauer & Associates, he served as a financial and operational executive with a number of brands including Airwalk, Spyder Active Sports, brandbase Holdings and PL360 Beverage Partners among others.    When he is [...]

Todd Stockbauer2022-11-14T21:05:51+00:00


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