New Jersey native Micki Cockrille has lived in the Pikes Peak region for more than 20 years. He grew up in Woodland Park and moved with his family to Colorado Springs, where he went to high school and college, graduating from UCCS with a degree in business, emphasizing human resources management and marketing.

After graduating in 2016, Cockrille began to look at the city differently.

“I recognized that Colorado Springs was more than just a Front Range city in the shadow of Denver,” he said. “Colorado Springs is an up-and-coming leader in business, social enterprise, culture and more.”

He wanted to participate in the city’s vibrant business community. After an internship focused on digital marketing with the Small Business Development Center, Cockrille has engaged with and sought to expand what he calls the “Colorado Springs business ecosystem.”

He’s currently on the board of REACH Pikes Peak and has volunteered with 1 Million Cups and Peak Startup. He’s one of the founders of Aspiring Change Makers of Colorado Springs, an organization that seeks to “inspire young professionals in the future of Colorado Springs.”

“Our mission,” he said, “is to galvanize aspiring change-makers leading the movement into the Colorado Springs renaissance.”

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Since 2017, Cockrille has served as the digital marketing and events specialist for both the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and the Colorado Institute for Social Impact. Formerly the BBB Foundation, the CI4SI “seeks to harness the evolution of a new emerging sector of the economy.”

“Traditional capitalism provides a lot of value,” said Cockrille, “but consumers are shifting their preferences and buying power. This rare phenomenon of an emerging sector happens once in a lifetime, and social enterprise and social impact businesses are reshaping capitalism. CI4SI seeks to bring awareness, education and training for this new sector.”

Cockrille seems well suited to this cutting edge position.

“I’ve worked with Micki on several social media projects and volunteer groups,” said nominator Brad Brackel. “He is honest, dependable, and incredibly hard-working. Beyond that, he is an impressive marketing and business development professional who has always performed above expectations. Micki has always been an absolute joy to work with.”

In his free time, Cockrille loves “exploring the Colorado outdoors, playing guitar and singing, gaming, and spending quality time with friends and family.”

What advice would you give your younger self?

“I would say ‘Hey man, take a deep breath and relax for minute. Be kind to yourself and embrace your vulnerability. Accept who you are. Just remember that you’re enough. You don’t have to be anything but yourself.”