For Colorado Springs native Ashley Schuermann, Colorado Springs is home — and she’s never strayed far away. Born and raised in the Pikes Peak region, she attended Cheyenne Mountain High School before leaving for the University of Colorado Boulder, where she earned her undergraduate degree. She immediately moved back to the Springs and enrolled at […]
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Will Phillips recently put on a seminar for kids who were part of a summer camp that shared a building with Entrepreneur Nation, a nonprofit he founded that focuses on creating entrepreneurs in at-risk and minority communities. “We talked about emerging technologies,” Phillips said from EN’s space on East Moreno Avenue, “[artificial intelligence], autonomous vehicles, […]
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Traci Marques finds herself faced with a paradox. The better the job market, the closer she is to putting herself out of work. And these days, unemployment is near a two-decade low. “When I first started in 2012, the joke was we were going to work ourselves out of a job,” said Marques, executive director […]
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Zuleika Johnson grew up in the Bronx, the daughter of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, and the first generation in her family to go to a university. Today, as assistant director of development at UCCS, she’s helping to build the scholarships and support that help countless students swap struggle for success in their university careers. […]
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Despite having spent much of his life away from the Centennial State, Pikes Peak Community Foundation CEO Gary Butterworth actually is a Colorado native. “It’s a little-known fact, but I was born in Pueblo,” Butterworth said. The Air Force brat lived in Nebraska and grew up in northern Virginia. His father’s last assignment was at […]
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Amaury Perez, a native of Mexico, moved to the Los Angeles area before he turned 3 years old. “I grew up in inner-city L.A., the 818 area, Van Nuys,” he said. His family was displaced after the Northridge earthquake in 1994, then decided to move away from the city and set up in the suburbs […]
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Corinne LaValley learned to live life while assisting patients during their final moments. “As a young person caring for people who were dying all of the time — it really made me realize how fragile life is,” she said. The 36-year-old nurse believes happiness comes from not wasting a moment and spending an immense amount […]
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The operation began with a few volunteers delivering medical care out of a vehicle. Today, under the leadership of CEO Pam McManus, Peak Vista Community Health Centers spans 26 locations serving nine counties. The nonprofit’s mission is to provide health, dental and integrated behavioral care to those with access barriers. McManus began with Peak Vista, […]
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Brittany Barden isn’t your stereotypical coach. The 29-year-old Kansas native and CEO has forgone a whistle and knee-high socks for a keen understanding of how Millennials approach the world of business. Barden earned an online degree in social sciences from Thomas Edison State University, in New Jersey. Her first job out of college was as […]
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Rainier Ko’s parents gave him three career choices: a doctor, a doctor or a doctor. Somehow, he forged a path in the medical field that’s almost completely his own. He’s one of only seven veterinary neurosurgeons in the world. It’s been a long road — 15 years of post-high-school education in two countries — but […]
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The U.S. Army relies on its officers to act as managers. “As garrison commander, there are a number of challenges you face every day,” said Col. Ronald Fitch Jr. “A lot of them are no different than what a CEO or business owner would encounter, like issues with resources, money and prioritizing things you need […]
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Manitou Springs may not officially be called “The New Orleans of the West,” but entrepreneur and Louisiana native Josh Stelly said it’s the closest thing he’s found. Raised in Arnaudville, La. (population 4,500 “on a sunny day,” he said), Stelly earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Northwestern State University, lived in the Big […]
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