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September 20, 2019 | The Lincoln Center | Fort Collins

Your conference evaluations told us you enjoyed a day full of learning and networking with northern Colorado’s premier employment experts and business leaders. We were pleased to host high-impact sessions in each of three conference tracks: 

  • Catalyst Track: Facilitated interactive discussions featuring NoCo business leaders exchanging best practices.

  • Leadership Development Track: Hands-on, interactive workshops led by expert instructors. 

  • Culture Track: Inspiring and informative presentations designed to foster personal and professional growth.  

Many of our featured presenters shared their presentations with us. If you'd like to review the highlights of your day or check on presentations you may have missed, click on the sessions in the Agenda section below and look for links under the names of the presenters. 



7:15-8:15 Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:15 Morning General Session: Regional Workforce "Big Picture" 

9:15 Business Networking Corridor

9:30 Learning Sessions 

  • Catalyst Track: B2B Roundtables and Facilitated Discussions
  • Leadership Track: Workshops Facilitated by Expert Instructors 
  • Culture Track: Inspiring Professional Development Presentations 

10:30 Business Networking Corridor

10:45 Elevate BYTES: Experts sharing best ideas and practices - now 25-minute sessions!  

  • Catalyst Track: B2B Best Practices 
  • Leadership Track: Fast Track Learning Sessions  
  • Culture Track: Inspiring Personal Growth 

11:45-12:00 Business Networking Corridor - Lunch Served

12:00 General Session Lunch and Keynote Address "Making Work Meaningful" 

1:00 Learning Sessions 

  • Catalyst Track: B2B Roundtables and Facilitated Discussions
  • Leadership Track: Workshops Facilitated by Expert Instructors 
  • Culture Track: Inspiring Professional Development Presentations 

2:00 Prize Drawings! 

8:15 – 9:15 Morning General Session

Regional Workforce Analysis Amanda Repella, Workforce Economist  

Talent 2.0: Building a Workforce Development System David May, Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce 

9:30-10:30 Best Practices Hands-On Learning Sessions

Catalyst Track "Talent Management in a Competitive Marketplace" 

  • Wade Keith, Breeze Thru Car Wash
  • Sylvia Usery, Columbine Health Systems 
  • James Walters, Enterprise Holdings  

Market dynamics and the composition of our first five-generation workforce demand that employers adjust their practices to be competitive. These employers share their success stories.

Leadership Development Track "Feedback That Sticks"  

Paulette Hansen, Neenan Archistruction

An experiential session in managing employee performance as an ongoing process. Essential skills for setting expectations and then providing ongoing coaching and feedback to employees. 

Culture Track "Time for a Check Up - How Healthy is Your Organization?"  

Chris Hutchinson, CEO and Abundance Influencer 

The Trebuchet Group

Do you know if your company is working together in a healthy way? What do you do if you aren’t as healthy as you could be? Join this interactive session to define organizational health and assess your own company. You’ll walk away with actionable ideas and tools to adjust your organization as you move in healthier directions for greater success.

Networking and Exhibitor Engagement Times: 9:15-9:30, 10:30-10:45, 11:45-12:00 

Exhibitor Lineup

  • Employers Council 
  • Digital Workshop Center 
  • Define the Line, by simplyHR 
  • Partnership for Age Friendly Communities 
  • Larimer County Small Business Development Center 
  • Front Range Community College Corporate Solutions 
  • BizWest 
  • Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Council 
  • Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development

10:45-11:45 Elevate BYTES - now 25 minutes! Experts sharing breakthrough concepts and best practices 

Catalyst Track: Wade Keith, Breeze Thru Car Wash "Your Brand: Does Your Inside Match Your Outside?"  

Leadership Development Track: Tina Todd, simplyHR "Define the Line"  

Culture Track: David Firth: "Five Pillars of Unconditional Communication"  

Catalyst Track: Sylvia Robinson, Tolmar: "NoCo's Got Talent!"

Leadership Development Track: Andrea Bazoin, everHuman: "Prepping for the 4th Industrial Revolution"

Culture Track: Jennifer Briggs, Mosaic Creation: "The Power of Inclusive Capitalism"


12:00 General Session Lunch and Keynote Address 

Zach Mercurio, Author of The Invisible Leader: "Making Work Meaningful" 

When you lead with purpose – a clear sense of contribution – compelling research finds that you and the people around you feel better, work better and learn better. As a result, purpose and meaningfulness are found to be key predictors of increased motivation, fulfillment and empowering organizational cultures. Zach teaches how to put purpose meaningfulness into action.

1:00-2:00 Best Practices Hands-On Learnings Sessions 

Catalyst Track "Working for Business" Employer Roundtables  

Co-hosted by LCEWD Staff and Area Business Leaders  

  • Work-Based Learning (apprenticeships, internships, career tours)     
  • Veteran Services 
  • Labor Market Information 
  • Candidate Assessments 
  • Economic Development Incentives

Coaching Track (Columbine Room) 

Michael Clingan, The Claymore Group: "The Absolute Basics of Project Management"

In today’s business environments everyone in the organization needs to understand how to help a project succeed; to be completed in scope, on time, and within budget. Designed for project team members at all levels, and focused on improving results by providing basic frameworks and workflows for both traditional (PMBOK) and Agile project approaches.

Culture Track "Dispelling Myths: Exploring New Talent Pools"  

  • Karen Brown, Changing the Narrative 
  • Marc Barker, Veterans Services 
  • Heather Brooks, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation  

If inclusion is an organizational goal, “culture fit” is not an adequate outcome of your talent search. It’s time to try “culture add,” a recruitment strategy with an underlying principle of strength through diversity in your organization.  

Sponsors & Partners

Peak Sponsor

Columbine Health

Timberline Sponsor

Breeze Thru Car Wash

Foothills Sponsors

City of Fort Collins
Colorado Workforce Development Council Logo

Symposium Partners

Larimer County   
AirComfort Colorado