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Theme: Emergence

This event occurred on
June 14, 2014
1:00pm - 6:00pm MDT
(UTC -6hrs)
Denver, CO
United States

Emergence reveals new ideas for technology, talent, innovation and collaboration inspiring the Mile High region. Harnessing energy at the edge of unlike things, emergent ideas are more than a clever premise, a fresh mashup, or diversity itself; emergent ideas categorically change how we see the world. In structures, patterns, and properties that self-organize in complex systems we see true emergence; the big picture "now" unfolding from an unknown future.

Ellie Caulkins Opera House
1101 13th Street
Denver, CO, 80204
United States
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Jasmine Armstrong

Jasmine Armstrong’s childhood in Denver instilled within her both a love for nature and the desire to ensure that all Americans have access to our natural resources. She graduated in 2010 with a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Colorado. As a student intern for the National Park Service’s Intermountain Regional Office in Denver Jasmine focused on diversity recruiting, cultural competencies and improving the park service’s relevance to all Americans. After graduation, she was hired as a park ranger at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, D.C. While there, Ranger Jasmine was invited to lecture on Douglass and 19th century American history at two universities. Jasmine has served summer details in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in Wyoming and at Petersburg National Battlefield in Virginia; she has served as a student panel member and session presenter for park service conferences in Maine, California, and Washington, DC; served as a panel member for the “Breaking the Color Barrier” Conference in Atlanta, Georgia; and in 2012, she was a keynote speaker for the University of Akron’s “Rethinking Race” conference. Jasmine did not realize she was a Westerner until she moved away. A resident of Louisville, CO, Jasmine can usually be found riding her bicycle long distances, nordic skiing, hiking, reading and spending time with her cat.

Mark Arnoldy

As the CEO of Possible, Mark Arnoldy leads overall strategy; focuses on building a remarkable team; develops partnerships; and makes sure the team never loses sight that everything is impossible until it isn’t. Prior to Possible, Mark worked closely with a Nepali social entrepreneur for three years to create an innovative way to treat malnourished children, and he helped create two U.S. businesses that fund nutrition programs in Nepal. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder, completed Harvard University’s Global Health Effectiveness Program, and was a Fulbright Scholar to Nepal. Mark is an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, 2014 Rainer Arnhold Fellow, Cordes Fellow, and Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellow. In 2014, Mark was named one of Forbes magazine’s top 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs.

Chuck Blakeman

Chuck started and built eight businesses in 25 years in the U.S. and internationally, and now uses his leadership experience to advise others. His company, Crankset Group, provides outcome-based mentoring and peer advisory for business leaders worldwide in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Asia. Chuck sold one of his businesses to the largest consumer fulfillment company in America and led three other $10- $100 million companies through repositioning in the marketing support services industry. He presently leads the Crankset Group and a for-profit business based in Africa, focused on developing local economies to solve poverty. Chuck is a results leader, and has decades of sales, marketing and operations experience leading companies in marketing, import/export, fulfillment, call centers, website development, printing and direct mail processing. His 2010 book, Making Money is Killing Your Business, was named #1 Business Book of the Year by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the largest business owner association in America. His new book released in Nov 2013, Why Employees are ALWAYS a Bad Idea, has been named a Top Ten Business Book of 2013.

Logan Collins

Logan Collins is a futurist with a belief in technology as a chief instrument of positive change. A high school student at Fairview High School in Boulder, he was interested in science from a very early age and intends to go into synthetic biology and bioengineering. Logan was the Best of Category winner in microbiology and a Dudley R. Herschbach SIYSS award winner this year at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his research on a synthetic biology based alternative to traditional antibiotics. Logan plans to pursue his dreams in the hope of using biology to make the future the best that it can be.

Phil Drolet

Phil is the creator of The Feel Good Lifestyle and founder of, a platform designed to help entrepreneurs build world class businesses and have world class lives. He has spoken at Stanford University, is a contributing writer for and a former national team swimmer. Phil is passionate about optimizing human potential, creating profound societal change through entrepreneurship and connecting deeply with others by relentlessly living his truth.

Michael Zu Chen

Michael Zhu Chen was born in Ithaca, N.Y., and spent his childhood years in New York City and Boulder, Colo. He is excited to go to Stanford University this fall to study physics and computer science to pursue his dream of becoming a physician scientist. His life goals are to provide medical care to people in underdeveloped areas of the globe and to conduct basic research to advance medical treatments. Michael swims for the Fairview H.S. boys swim team and his favorite stroke is butterfly. When not in the pool, Michael spends his time volunteering in the Expedition Health exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, helping middle school students start their own science fair projects, and conducting research with Dr. Hans Funke in the Falconer Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Tasha Eurich

With a contagious passion and energy, Tasha Eurich pairs her scientific savvy in human behavior with a practical approach to solving business challenges. Her life's work is to help companies succeed by making their leaders AWESOME. In 2013 Tasha started her company, The Eurich Group, to helps companies succeed by making their leaders AWESOME (primarily through workshops, keynotes, and executive and team coaching). The Eurich Group’s clients include Walmart, Western Union, Newmont Mining, CH2M HILL, Xcel Energy, Vail Resorts, I H S, DCP Midstream, HCA, Centura Health, Cobiz Financial, Destination Hotels and Resorts, and the City of Cincinnati. Tasha serves on the faculty of the Center for Creative Leadership, one of the top executive education institutions in the world. She's also a contributor to The Huffington Post, and has been featured in outlets like Forbes, The New York Times, CNBC, USA Today, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur, Today, and CNN. She’s been named one of Denver Business Journal's "40 Under 40" as well as a “Top 100 Thought Leader” by Trust Across America, alongside the likes of Stephen Covey, Jim Kouzes, and Bill George. In 2013, Tasha released her first book Bankable Leadership: Happy People, Bottom Line Results and the Power to Deliver Both. It debuted at #8 on the New York Times best-seller list and was named a Top 10 Small Business book by Small Business Trends in 2013. In her spare time, when not agonizing about the topic of her second book, Tasha enjoys travelling, cycling and is an unapologetic theater nerd. She lives in her hometown of Denver, Colorado, with her husband and their rambunctious dogs.

Lynn Gangone

Lynn Gangone is dean of Colorado Women’s College and a champion of women’s leadership in the new economy. She is often called upon for her expert opinion by organizations like USA Today, The Shriver Report, PBS, TEDxMileHigh, TIAA-CREF and others who are interested in empowering women through education and business leadership. She writes on women’s leadership development and advancement, and has an upcoming chapter in “Women and Leadership in Higher Education” to be published by the International Leadership Association this year. She serves on the faculty of a number of US-based leadership development institutes, as well as keynotes at various local, national, and international conferences and seminars on women’s leadership and the status of women and girls. Lynn is the 2014 Colorado Women’s Forum president; when she’s not working to advance women and girls she is traveling or walking and hiking in the Rocky Mountains with her fabulous dogs and her human companion.

Katie Glassman

Katie Glassman’s love affair with the fiddle began at the tender age of nine. Inspired by old-time Texas music, she began playing by ear, and was soon winning numerous honors throughout the West. In 1998, she captured the National Junior Fiddle Championship in Weiser, Idaho, and two years later the National Young Adult Fiddle Championship. She is a three- time top five finalist in the National Grand Champion Division and in 2011, she won the National Western Stock Show Championship. 2013 was Katie’s biggest year yet for competing, as she took top honors in two of the country’s most prestigious contests: Walnut Valley, in Winfield, Kansas, and Rockygrass in Lyons, CO. But Katie is no one trick pony when it comes to fiddling. She studied classical and jazz violin at the University of Colorado in Boulder, graduating with a BA in music performance and a certificate in jazz studies. In 2007 she became only the second American to attend the Centre Musique Didier Lockwood in France, the world’s foremost jazz violin school.

Inigo San Millan

Over the past 18 years Iñigo San Millán has worked with all kinds of professional teams and elite athletes worldwide across multiple sports like cycling, football, soccer, basketball, rowing, triathlon, hockey, and running, studying the metabolic and physiological responses to exercise in elite and professional athletes to improve their athletic performance. His areas of research and interest include exercise metabolism, lactate metabolism, fat and carbohydrate utilization during exercise, nutrition, sports performance and overtraining. Today he is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the director of the exercise physiology laboratory and sports performance program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health & Wellness Center. He is also focused on the study of the metabolism and pathogenesis of different chronic diseases like type 1 and type 2 diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease.

Jeff Olson

Jeff Olson is an accidental urban agriculture activist. Like many, he grew up surrounded by agriculture and ran away from it. Some 30 years later, when his business mentor and corporate partner bought a patented way to grow food, Jeff thought this is what Steve Jobs would do if he were a farmer. He would leverage design, grow beautiful food, make growing it cool and scale it. Jeff is a social and business entrepreneur and proud father of three daughters. After successful careers in professional athletics, money management and technology, he and his wife founded Well Nourished Worldwide in 2000 to deliver a new standard in health food and its business. Jeff was co-founder of the Metro Denver Health and Wellness Commission, the predecessor to LiveWell Colorado, and serves on the boards of the Jimmie Heuga Endowment; Turn the Tide Foundation; and the Colorado Olympian and Paralympian Association. He is also a strategic advisor to Veterans to Farmers.

Scott O'Neil

Scott O’Neil is driven by a strong commitment to making music of the highest quality accessible to young audiences. Scott is prominently featured with the Colorado Symphony as conductor and creator of the “Inside the Score” series, in addition to appearances on each of the masterworks, family, pops and holiday series. This his ninth season with the Colorado Symphony, and his fourth full season as resident conductor. Previously he served as associate conductor for the Utah Symphony, which he joined in August 2000, and has guest conducted symphonies across the country. Scott studied piano performance at the Oberlin College Conservatory, served as the assistant conductor of the Eastman School Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras at the Eastman School of Music, and earned a master’s in orchestral conducting at Rice University, where he was the director of the Campanile Orchestra, a community/university orchestra. In the spring of 2003, Scott was selected by the League of American Orchestras to conduct an orchestra comprised of members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and advanced students from the University of Southern California in Synergy, a program created to promote young, contemporary composers.

Jake Weidmann

Jake Weidmann is a professional artist and certified Master Penman who lives and works in Denver, Colo. Weidmann received his Master Penman certificate through The International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting in July 2011. Jake works across several mediums including drawing in pencil and charcoal; pen and ink; painting in acrylic, airbrush, oil and gouache; sculpting in wood, bone, antler and clay; and is versed in numerous forms of calligraphy. He is most well-known for the integration of flourishing and hand- lettering in the context of his art pieces. From the beginning of his calligraphy career, Jake has designed his own hand-made pens and has sold several hundred world-wide. Jake, like his pens, travels the globe, reintroducing this Old World art form and cultivating its relevance in the world of today, of tomorrow, and forevermore.

Larry Zhang

Larry Zhang, 18, is a recent graduate from Fairview High School in Boulder, Colo. In the fall, he will be studying molecular biology and computer science at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. For the past three years, Larry has interned at a biological research lab at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he is investigating skin cancer development. He is a three-time finalist at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his work on RNA interference and skin cancer regulation. Outside of research, Larry is also involved in various math, student government, and music programs. In his spare time, he enjoys teaching himself Italian and dancing.

Organizing team


Denver, CO, United States
  • Angela Bruns
    Speaker Relations
  • Jason Dilg
  • Nicole Dill
    Operations Director
  • Lacey Hoff
    Set Designer
  • Karmen Koehn
    Exhibits Director
  • Leslie McKay
    Strategic Partnerships Director
  • Micah Williams
    Marketing Director
  • Chris Anthony
    Video + Photo
  • Josh Brage
    Technical Director