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Theme: Flourish

May 1, 2024
4:30pm - 9:00pm MDT
(UTC -6hrs)
Fort Collins, Colorado
United States
This event is open to the public.
Tickets are available.

Join us for an evening of thought provocative talks as we explore our theme of Flourish. Tickets are on sale now

Poudre High School Auditorium
201 South Impala Drive
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80521
United States
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Dr. Chrissy Chard

Founder, Courageous Parents & Director, Advanced Leadership Training Program at RIHEL
Dr. Chrissy Chard is a leader grounded in the values of courage, connection, and love. She wears many hats, including being the founder of Courageous Parents, a Colorado-based parent coaching practice . Through an individualized, values-based approach, she supports parents in their own healing journey so they may do the important work of raising the next generation of social change agents. Chrissy is also the director of the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership’s Advanced Leadership Training Program where they support public health and environmental health leaders across the region to develop heart-centered leadership skills. She is also the co-founder of Smart Fit Girls, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of adolescents. Among her many leadership roles, none is more important than being “mom”. She views parenting as important to social justice and continues to be humbled by the lessons her children continually teach her.

Dr. Sonja Gedde

Assistant Principal
Dr. Sonja Gedde is a high school administrator in Poudre School District and affiliate professor at Colorado State University who teaches in the University Honors program and the Communication Studies Department. She is fortunate to have served every educational context from elementary to graduate level as a classroom teacher, schoolwide interventionist, administrator, and professor. With a Doctorate in Education and Human Resources and a Specialists degree in Educational Policy, Sonja’s research and writing focuses on the intersections between identity and context. Recent publications include articles in Education Week and Kappan, as well as a keynote speaker appearance at the International Academic Forum in Honolulu. An avid traveler, she has visited over 80 countries and relishes opportunities to understand and immerse herself in new cultures. In her spare time, she trades the classroom for the gym and teaches multiple local fitness classes specializing in martial arts.

Gabrielle Judge

CEO and Content Creator of Anti Work Girlboss
Gabrielle is a content creator and CEO/Founder of Anti Work Girlboss, a social movement that represents the next generation of workplace. With a focus on trust and authenticity, millions of viewers a month find the content produced relatable and inspiring for their careers. Concepts include but are not limited to work life balance, Gen Z employee branding, and the future of work. Gabrielle has been invited to speak on BiggerPockets Money Podcast, People Science Webinar Panel, NPR, BBC Future of Work Podcast, and Success Story Podcast. Her ideas have been featured on over 10,000 worldwide media mentions including WSJ, Bloomberg, NY Times, and 60 Minutes Australia.

Iris Radin

Iris Radin is a senior at Poudre High School in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. Iris grew up in a family that focused on emotional literacy, active listening, and open communication. Iris has since translated those skills into her own relationships, both personal and professional. This background has allowed Iris to notice the difference between conversations that are more or less fulfilling and mutually beneficial. Her goal is to help others, especially those her age, develop stronger emotional intelligence and communication skills in order to have more connecting conversations, especially during challenging times. Iris currently explores these passions through peer mentoring and leadership at her school and in her job at Ben & Jerry’s. She hopes to continue that focus in college with an interest in organizational psychology.

Kyrstin Askew

Kyrstin Askew is a Senior at Rocky Mountain High School and the president of EDA (Eating Disorder Alliance). She has accumulated many skills such as art, dance, rock climbing, and makeup artistry. She has suffered from anorexia for most of her life and has made it a goal to share her experiences with the world. She does public speaking in her school to initiate more meaningful and positive conversations about eating disorders. Kyrstin is the creator and president of the Eating Disorder Alliance at Rocky,- a student initiated group with the goal of supporting students and fighting the stigma surrounding eating disorders. She is very passionate about making the world a better place and encouraging love, kindness, and understanding. Ultimately, she strives for compassion and positivity and is passionate about improving the world through sharing her personal experience with an eating disorder.

Susan Blanco

Chief Judge of 8th Judicial District of Colorado
Susan Blanco is the first female to serve as Chief Judge of the 8th Judicial District of Colorado (Larimer and Jackson Counties) and was appointed to the bench in January 2017. She has presided over criminal, civil, probate, domestic relations, and terminations and adoptions. Prior to the bench, she served as a Deputy District Attorney followed by over a decade in private practice with a focus on criminal defense, juvenile delinquency, and dependency and neglect. Chief Judge Blanco developed the first Competency Court in Colorado and the Latinx Task Force in Larimer County. For the judicial branch, she serves on the Chief Judge's Council, chairs the Pathways to Access Committee, co-chairs the Information Technology committee, and is a commissioner on the Colorado Access to Justice Commission. She currently serves on the Colorado Bar Association’s Executive Council, Criminal Law Executive Council, and COBALT program for leadership development.

Tom Lockridge

Prosecutor and Screenwriter
Tom Lockridge served as the elected Commonwealth Attorney for the 13th Judicial Circuit in Kentucky for more than 26 years and has well over 30 years-experience as a violent crime prosecutor. He received the Carroll M. Redford Award as “Outstanding Kentucky Prosecutor” and was named “Outstanding Commonwealth’s Attorney” by the Kentucky Attorney General. He has served as a member of the Prosecutors Advisory Council, The Governor’s Task Force on Sexual Assault, and served as chair of the Kentucky Multidisciplinary Commission on Child Sexual Abuse. In his second career, Tom is the co-founder and President of Lucky Day Studios. He served as a writer/producer on "Unrequited" (Lionsgate) and "Faith, Love, and Chocolate" (Pure Flix/Amazon Prime). Most recently, Tom wrote & produced "Midway to Love" (Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel). In 2022, Tom was a a Top 10 Finalist in the Emerging Screenwriters Comedy Contest with the screenplay, "A Bourbon Tale".

Organizing team


CO, United States


Fort Collins, CO, United States
  • Isa Fontana
  • Kacy Larson
  • Melissa Wong
  • Tishawn Payne
    Team member
  • Varick O'Brien