October 31 – Kelly Sloan – Ballot Issues ReviewKelly Sloan joins us for a review of some of the more controversial issues on this year’s ballot. We’ll discuss the proposed increase to the Colorado’s minimum wage, Amendment 70; requirements for constitutional amendments, Amendment 71; the proposed State Healthcare System, Amendment 69; Medical Aid in Dying, Proposition 106; Presidential Primary Election, Proposition 107; and Primary Elections, Proposition 108 as well as Amendment T, which changes language regarding "no exception to slavery."
Deborah Jordy and Meredith Badler join us to discuss the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts’ biennial Economic Activity Study. The Economic Activity Study of Metro Denver Culture, demonstrates the financial and social impact of the arts. We’ll discuss the return on investment for public and private arts support.
John Lanning of UC Denver joins us from Global MindED, dedicated to improve diversity, inclusion and access to education. John will talk with a first generation student leader and explore how businesses in Colorado can support, recruit and hire this talented group of emerging leaders.
Make-A-Wish Colorado grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses, to give them a reprieve from intensive medical care. Jeff Krebbs and Lauren Beede, Associate Directors of Philanthropy with MAWCO share how you and your business can get involved. We’ll discuss the Star Campaign with three businesses that have committed to raising money and raising spirits.
Adams County Development Progress Barry Gore, President and CEO of Adams County Economic Development will discuss what we can expect to be developed along I-25, E -470, and out to DIA. Hear about plans for everything from Boulder to Louisville, North Thornton to Brighton and more. Plans include retail, manufacturing, residential and attractions like a new IKEA, Viewhouse, and Top Golf.
Anna Ewing from the Colorado Innovation Network joins us along with Dan Powers, the Executive Director of CO-LABS. We’ll discuss the impact of Colorado's federally-funded lab community and CO-LABS' mission related to the labs and our overall R&D environment and its role in our innovation economy.
Peter Moore, President of VITAL for Colorado is a regular contributor to Connect & Collaborate, discussing the importance of energy production in the state. His guest is Andrew Browning, CEO of Consumer Energy Alliance.
Paul Bergman, director of the United States Commercial Service – Denver Export Assistance Center introduces us to key players in Denver who help make exporting easy and profitable for businesses of all sizes. Dan O’Brien, acting national director for the US Commercial Service will provide a top-down look of the organization going into the new year. We’ll also discuss the upcoming Discover Global Markets-Chicago event.
Anthony Lambatos shares his unique perspective on running a family business while creating a company culture that works for both employer and employee. He’ll talk with Andrew Graham, President of Clinic Service about what he’s done to create a great place to work. We’ll discuss how a great work culture needs constant work, and how easily a single toxic employee or manager can set all progress back.
Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey and Steve Siegel, Director of the Special Programs Unit, discuss their work on Colorado’s Witness Protection Program. Gang activity and anti-snitching culture has had an impact on the justice system, resulting in extreme circumstances to protect witnesses who do come forward. This system has become a national model for other states’ witness protection plans.