“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead
Dr. Carrie Arnold
Dr. Carrie Arnold is the CEO of Arnold Educational Consulting, LLC. She was recently awarded her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, Research, and Policy from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Her research is in Emotional Intelligence and the impact it has on student retention and success. She has two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Political Science and the other in the German Language from The University of Maryland at College Park. Additionally, Carrie earned her Master’s Degree from The College of Notre Dame of Maryland in Nonprofit Management. While there, she was inducted into Delta Mu Delta, a national honors society for Business Administration and upon graduation she was awarded the highest honor in the graduate program, the St. Catherine’s Medal.
Currently, Carrie is the Assistant Director of the Gateway Program Seminar and Honors Programs at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She works with freshmen, probationary, honors, and veteran students. Carrie is also Executive Vice President of the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council.
Josh Anderson is a Colorado native and proud husband and father. He’s a US Marine Corps veteran, who ran intelligence operations for a special operations unit during two overseas deployments in support of the Global War on Terror. Since transitioning from active duty in 2007, he has worked with Accenture, Google, Vail Resorts, and a handful of venture-funded growth stage startups in Colorado. He’s an organizer of Denver Startup Week, Director of Patriot Boot Camp presented by Techstars, co-founder of the Colorado Alliance for Veteran Entrepreneurship (CAVE), and serves as a Board Member and Chief of Staff for the Post 1 Foundation – which provides financial support for veteran programs and services in Colorado. Josh is passionate about creating a richer community for families, veterans, and entrepreneurs in Colorado.
Grace Wright teaches entrepreneurship and social and sustainable venturing at Colorado State University. Grace has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Denver and a Global, Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA from Colorado State University. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of a 501(c)(3) international health business, Ascent Global Market Solutions. Additionally, she is the Founder and Owner of AptiTech, a technology education firm for seniors. Previously, she worked as a Regional Coordinator for Free the Children, human resources and fundraising with Whole Foods Market and health care and programmatic fundraising with the University of Colorado Health Foundation. In December 2016, Grace was recognized as a Northern Colorado Superwoman by the Coloradoan. In 2010, Grace was recognized as a Colorado Woman of Vision by Colorado Women of Influence LLC.
Danielle brings exceptional educational and entrepreneurial experience to the emerging market of Social Impact companies. Danielle has a B.S. in International Business, with emphases in Marketing, Women and Ethnic Studies and Political Science, from the University of Colorado. She started her entrepreneurial career with her ownership of a residential real estate company, which accelerated her into an industry staunch with greed and ethical dilemmas. Danielle realized her passion through many hard lessons and found that she is meant to live as a changemaker. She began her new journey at AspenPointe, a non-profit organization in Colorado, which housed a lucrative portfolio of Social Enterprises. She was able to be at the forefront of their innovation, development and the emergence of the Social Impact Sector of the economy.
Danielle works closely with business owners, small business, social enterprise, midmarket and large corporate scenarios, offering additional support in business development, strategic planning, leadership, and change management. She boasts a Master’s Degree (MBA) in Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. Currently, she successfully leads multiple ventures and helps others through the innovation process, from traditional for-profit to a Social Impact business model, specifically a Social Enterprise. Her company, SOVENCO, has successfully launched an innovative framework to conquer the problem of limited scalability of social impact organizations.
In Danielle’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, running, cycling, writing, and reading. Her personal vision for life is to stay passionate and live each day like it is the last.
Dr. Robert Roehrich
Seizing opportunities to develop a diverse skill portfolio after serving in the U.S. Air Force, Robert has held positions in logistics, commercial banking, project management, university teaching, proprietary higher education management, consulting, and coaching. As an experienced senior executive with a record of leadership accomplishments in public and private companies, he is skilled in strategic influencing; operational execution; project and team leadership; managing in complex matrix, regional and international environments; and board relations.
In addition, Robert has provided leadership in private foundations and serves as a volunteer coach in community-based leadership development programs. Dr. Roehrich’s client base is as broad as his experience, he has coached domestic and global leaders in: technology, manufacturing, financial services, government agencies, legal professions, marketing, communications, petrochemicals, geological exploration, satellite mapping, university administration, engineering, hospitality, agriculture, analytics, healthcare, technical training, environmental health and safety, unions, human resources, and international development.
Jesse Shuler is an Ohio native and moved to Colorado in 2009 to pursue his love of the outdoors and the entrepreneurial spirit of the west. His career spans the gamut of commercial real estate, hospitality management, and client relations. In 2015 he took an opportunity with the Downtown Denver Partnership, the managing partner of The Commons on Champa. He threw his passion into activating an old city building into what is now a thriving public campus for entrepreneurship. The Commons on Champa is the first of its kind public private partnership that supports start ups and entrepreneurs of all walks of life with programming, mentorship, and resources.
As the Operations Manager, he is responsible for the Community management, building operations and event management. Jesse is at the forefront of campus and sustaining a diverse entrepreneurial community at The Commons. To learn more about The Commons please visit www.thecommons.co.
Erin M. Miller, at the Center for Technology, Research and Commercialization, is the Managing Director for this technology transfer-focused non-profit at Catalyst Campus. Erin is ambitious about using technology transfer for regional economic growth in Colorado Springs. As a technology transfer professional working alongside the Chief Scientist and Associate Dean of Research for six years at the United States Air Force Academy, she facilitated negotiation of hundreds of CRADA, EPAs and license agreements. Erin’s contribution led to multi-disciplinary, cross-domain research collaborations for support to the warfighter, cadet education, faculty development and technology transfer. Erin’s emphasis on technology transfer led key leaders at USAFA to adopt it as a core mission of the new CyberWorx program, launched in August of 2016. She completed her Master of Arts Degree in Communication and her undergraduate studies in Political Science and Communication at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
Since March 2016, she has worked as the Managing Director at C-TRAC where she leads a team that is building a streamlined, centralized tool for the Air Force to use in conducting day-to-day in house operations, modeled after the NASA technology transfer tool (“NTTS”). Additionally, she established a model for industry partners to collaborate with the CyberWorx at the US Air Force Academy and to participate in projects with less than 30 days of advanced planning.