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Heart Led Thought Leaders

One of the things that you will quickly notice is that each of our thought leaders has a radically different background, point of view and discipline of excellence. Their commonality lies in their deep belief that love and results are two sides of the same coin, that results are driven by the willingness of the team to let go of all of their personal and professional history to become exactly what their team needs them to be at this moment to ensure the outcome desired. That transformation is only made possible by unselfish love for the team, project, company and customer. It is through this passion that all things become possible.

Chris B Warner is a hard-core Himalayan climber. Chris was the ninth American to summit both Everest and K2 and has led more than 200 international mountaineering expeditions. He guided the first ever reality TV show on Everest for ABC, filmed, starred in and produced an Emmy Nominated documentary about his K2 expedition for NBC, and hosted a leadership special on the History Channel. Chris was the first American to “solo” an 8000 meter peak, climbing the South Face of Shisha Pangma in a 34 hour non-stop ascent and descent. He and his partners forged new routes on extremely technical peaks in the Himalaya (Ama Dablam and Shivling).

Colleen Abdoulah guided WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone for 12 years, overseeing industry-leading financial success and creating unprecedented value for employees and shareholders.


Jim Hodge has been following a 29 year career in philanthropic leadership at Mayo Clinic, Jim is now the Associate Vice Chancellor at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Center in Denver Colorado. His years of fund-raising experience include specific emphasis on planned giving. For more than 7 years he has been a guest lecturer at the Center on Philanthropy and has written articles focusing on planned giving and major gifts.

Rick Barrera is a nationally acclaimed speaker, marketing consultant and author, known throughout the Fortune 500 for his extraordinary speaking ability and his unique approach to brand building. His research on the strategies used by breakthrough brands like Apple, American Express, Lexus, Minute Clinic, Southwest Airlines, Starbucks, Google and ZipCar will change your thinking about business forever.

Business Improv specializes in creating leadership development programs and customized experiential learning programs for corporations, including many Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, they have created corporate training programs and executive education programs for several top business schools in the US and abroad.

Steve Foster is the Chief Revenue Officer at RAS & Associates where he shares a commitment to deep investment and creative engagement in long-term success for the firm’s clients. Steve has over 25 years of unique and diversified experience driving energy and passion around strategic business growth.

Eric Frohardt has co-founded a number of different businesses. He is now the CEO of StrongFirst, a premium strength and fitness education company. He has a passion for heart led leadership and is an expert in managing fear while delivering consistent excellence.

Mark Hughes currently serves on several technology arena and adjunct company Boards supporting executive leadership, merger-acquisition, and integration activities. Mark is also a technical / business executive consultant to the Air Force and the Intelligence Community on major space and fighter weapons systems.

Denise Burgess is President and CEO of Burgess Services, Inc. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, and is the first African-American Board Chair of the Chamber. She has been listed in the Top 25 Most Powerful Women by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and a recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award and the Davide E. Baily Small Business Advocate Award.



Walter C. Rakowich is the former CEO of Prologis a NYSE company and a member of the S&P 500. He led one of the largest turnarounds in Wall Street history by increasing cash flow, raising new equity, paying off $10 billion of debt and completing the largest real estate merger ever. He won the support of investors and employees with his genuine honesty, transparency, and heart-led leadership.


Todd Musselman is a powerful and effective leader who combines his background as a business owner, sales representative, and professional musician to produce strong, measurable results in the fields of organizational training, motivational speaking and executive/life coaching.

Patrick Kelly is the Founder and President of Change Point Consulting, working with organizations who struggle to recruit and retain Millennial-aged workers and customers. He focuses on leading organizations to properly define their cause, identify their unique culture, and create increased engagement and empowerment of employees, ultimately leading to greater growth and long-term success for companies.



Rick Searfoss is a fighter pilot, test pilot, astronaut, shuttle commander and business entrepreneur. He flew three space shuttle missions and is one of less than 100 people to ever command a human space mission. He captivates audiences with his speeches on leadership, teamwork, and personal performance.

Cathy Sunshine has coached thousands of executives and worked in strategy development and business design in virtually every industry. Her groundbreaking work in organization design has been responsible for whole-systems transformational change and cultural revitalization in numerous organizations.

Rick Tetzeli is co-author with Brent Schlender, of Becoming Steve Jobs, and editor-at-large of Fast Company magazine. He was Fast Company’s executive editor for five years, running the print magazine. Before that, he was editor of Entertainment Weekly and deputy editor of Fortune.

Dan Dye is the CEO of Ardent Mills, the independent joint venture of its parent companies. Prior to the formation of Ardent Mills. Dan was named president of Horizon Milling. Dan currently serves on the Executive Committee of the North American Millers’ Association and the Board of Trustees of the Grain Foods Foundation.

Amy Young loves the intersection of science – medicine – and business. Her career path has been one that has contained clinical, research and business experience She has acquired a unique ability to navigate complex programs and execute within changing healthcare settings. These attributes have allowed her to lead DaVita Clinical Research to grow 4x in revenue and 125% in FTE since 2007 and to contribute meaningfully to every end-stage kidney disease drug approved by the FDA in the last 15 years.