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Theme: Commit to Something Bigger

This event occurred on
October 16, 2013
12:30pm - 3:00pm MDT
(UTC -6hrs)
Denver, CO
United States

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Tivoli Student Union - Turnhalle
900 Auraria Parkway
Denver, CO, 80204
United States
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Jeff Price

Think about all the knowledge sitting in a bookstore or library. What if you could have the knowledge of reading 50 books in 50 weeks, and actually retain and act on that knowledge? Imagine all that you could learn. Imagine all the new distinctions you could make and all the different places in your life where you could apply that knowledge. Imagine how you could improve your personal relationships, your professional relationships, your relationships with your kids, your parents, siblings, your career and maybe even your entire approach to life. Although he is known throughout the world as one of the leading experts in aviation security, for the past 20 years Jeff Price has become an excellent synthesizer of knowledge. He has the ability to gather information from hundreds of sources and turn that knowledge into practical and sustainable actions that you can apply to your everyday life. In 1995 he revolutionized a little class at the Metro State University of Denver called Aviation Job Targeting, that was a "how-to" on getting a job in aviation, and turned it into the most popular course in the department. Running for 18 years now, students and graduates say is not really about getting a job, but about how to have a successful and fulfilling life. Jeff is a FranklinCovey facilitator of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and the Leadership Modular Series, and a alumnus of the Presentation Mastery class through the Anthony Robbins company. He has a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University, a Bachelor of Science in Professional Pilot and has trained or facilitated hundreds of various courses for thousands of attendees. He is an associate professor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver in the Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science and the owner of Leading Edge Strategies, an aviation management training company, and where he shares the lessons of reading 50 books in 50 weeks.

Amelia Earhart

In Summer of 2014 I will be retracing and symbolically completing the round the world flight that Amelia Earhart began in 1937. Amelia is a perfect example of the graceful, adventurous, alive woman that I aspire not only to be, but also to inspire in other women. On this flight, my co-pilot Patrick Carter and I will attempt to break the world speed record for the fastest single engine trip around the world. I will also attempt to become the youngest woman to fly a single engine aircraft around the world. I believe deeply in the idea of making “alive decisions” and am currently developing a curriculum for students across the world based on flight, goal setting, and personal responsibility. I am also the President of the Fly With Amelia Foundation, a group that provides flight training to high school aged girls with a passion for adventure, math and science. I am a reporter at KUSA, 9News in Denver and meteorologist in training at Mississippi State University.

Dominique Ashaheed

"Multi-faceted" hardly describes the celebrated talent of Dominique, but it's a word that will have to do. In 1996 the volleyball star, after making the 1996 United States Olympic Volleyball team, suffered an injury during the opening ceremony match of the Olympic games but still took center stage as a featured vocalist for those opening ceremonies.Toting double Masters degrees in English Lit and Education, Dominique has worked as an educator, cultural media director, children's advocate, and non-profit program director (currently for Peace Jam).As a poet and jazz/R&B vocalist, she has shared stages with artists like Joe Bonner, the Flobots, Dead Prez, Saul Williams, Liza Garza, and Staceyann Chin, whose book she helped edit. Dominique began slamming in February 2011 when longtime friend and nationally recognized poet, Ayinde Russell coaxed her into trying. Within a month she qualified herself for the Slam Nuba team that went on to win the title in August 2011 and then seven months later she claimed the National title again at the Women of the World Poetry Slam Championship held in Denver, Colorado March 2012, and just recently Dominique became Women of the World Runner Up for 2013 after receiving a time penalty (which she is becoming rather famous for doing). She is presently the only person to hold two national titles at the same time and is the only person to win a national title every year for the last three years which is the length of time Dominique has been slamming. Dominique is performing on the NACA circuit and will publish her first full length volume of poetry in 2013. She will also conduct workshops for the LOHAS forum in Boulder Colorado, perform for a TED Talk in Spring 2013, another in Fall 2013, and will perform in Birmingham Alabama for the fiftieth anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, and in October will perform alongside Alanis Morisette and work with Eve Ensler of the Vagina Monologues. Dominique is also curating a woman's exhibit with Faatma Merhmanesh and Celia Herrera for their new artist collective called (r)evolve with a focus on "The Ruined Woman" replete with a brand new warehouse/classroom/exhibition space wherein artists can work in various mediums that insist on their voices being heard and moved from margin to center.

Tom Ross

Tom Ross is Creative Director for Entercom—one of the largest broadcast companies in the United States. As such, he has created identities for dozens of stations and has produced hundreds of television commercials and videos for its broadcast properties. Before joining Entercom over a decade ago, Ross had developed campaigns for clients like Microsoft, IBM and the rock band Styx. He’s also been the Creative Consultant for organizations like The Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute and Sir Bob Geldof’s YouBloom musicians’ network. Ross was one of the youngest people appointed to the California Department of Consumer Affairs by that state's governor. On the national level, he was the Private Sector Co-Chair nominee for the Media and Information Technology Policy House Subcommittee where he testified, as a Director of Marketing in the Internet sector, in favor of Anti-Spam legislation citing Permission Marketing techniques as preferable and more effective. This background and his academic award winning research into Cognitive Styles and Group Dynamics lend scientific support for his talk about Inclusivity and the Creative Ethos. With personal and professional anecdotes he exposes the inherent flaws in our “Creative Processes” and provides specific and simple “Open Source Activities” that can make new ideas and solutions emerge faster.

Organizing team


Arvada, CO, United States


Greeley, CO, United States
  • Fabien Vivier
  • Diana Ibarra
  • Jeff Carter
    Lead Designer