10 Hours and 38 Minutes in the Grand Canyon

It was late May, but the morning air was frigid on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. I was excited but nervous about what lay ahead of me. Our challenge: hiking from the south rim to the north rim in one day.

by Charlie Andrews, the March 30, 2016, 8:23 a.m.

The Energy to Lead

Paul invited me to be part of the founding team for this new enterprise, Kadi Energy Company. Kadi means “light” in Paul’s native language of Ewe, spoken in southeastern Ghana. Addressing Ghana’s energy insecurity issues seemed like an unsurmountable task to those of us on the team, and it was an even tougher sell to investors. Convincing them your startup is the most deserving recipient of their money and time requires considerable conviction and strategic planning. It was – hands down – the most exhilarating professional experience I’ve ever had.

by Samantha Barlow, the March 23, 2016, 8:41 a.m.

Educating in the Face of Challenge

Imagine a classroom where you’re encouraged to learn and explore the world without limits, no matter the circumstances. Now meet Ivan, a six-year old child who was diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome, a disorder that can cause developmental delays in young children. His adoptive parents were concerned with supporting his development and sought out ways to facilitate healthy growth for their new child.

by VJ Brown, the March 17, 2016, 10:22 a.m.

Under the Etruscan Sun: Lessons in Life and Leadership from a Classical Archaeology Student

Jordan Miranda, a dear friend and valued colleague, passed away on February 29. It is a tragic loss for the El Pomar family and he will be deeply missed. Several weeks prior, Jordan wrote this blog post, “Under the Etruscan Sun.” We share it in his memory, as a reminder of his character and wisdom and a model for living our lives.

by Jordan Miranda, the March 7, 2016, 12:05 p.m.

Fostering Friendships, Changing Lives

When we make a mistake, many of us rely on the support of family, friends, and mentors to help us learn from the experience and recover. This has been the business of Denver nonprofit Friends for Youth since 1998.

by VJ Brown, the March 2, 2016, 4:39 p.m.