Stacked Credentials

A few weeks ago I learned an astonishing statistic regarding student debt. According to The Institute for College Access and Success ( “Seven in 10 seniors (69%) who graduated from public and nonprofit colleges in 2013 had student loan debt, with an average of $28,400 per borrower. This represents a two percent increase from the average debt of […]

Intellectual Relevance

This past week a RoundTable group from Vail met for a regularly scheduled meeting, and the topic of “intellectual relevance” came up.  As a self-selected lifestyle, Vail residents choose a moderately paced way of life to create a daily depth of living that I have not found in other areas. The pace is set by […]

This is a Gift!

Getting eight people together to have a retreat is…magical. Let me explain. Each year, Roundtable members have a two day retreat.  The group gets together and starts with a Lifelines exercise.  During this exercise, each person tells their “whole” story – without being interrupted.  The members tell about their foundation and where their life began. […]


This past weekend I had the privilege of attending the Feagin Leadership Forum on the campus of Duke University.  This annual forum gathers CEO’s, medical leaders, military leaders, and celebrates the culmination of an annual leadership project by the Feagin Scholars.           The keynote speaker, Alex Gorsky (Chairman and CEO of […]

Realize Potential in the Round

Amidst the constant stream of communication and commitments, are you able to realize your potential and create meaningful connections? Higher Learning Higher learning is a way to continue education outside of formal institutions.  These flexible, educational, adult opportunities come in a variety of digestible learning nuggets – Lectures, short-courses and certificate programs.  The different mediums […]

What is Lifelong Learning?

What is lifelong learning?  Great question!  We hear the phrase batted around universities, colleges, institutions, and intellectual circles (fun!).  But what does it mean?   Is it continuing education? Is it personal or professional development? Is it the general pursuit of knowledge? Well, the answer is “all of the above.”  Lifelong learning was introduced as a […]

International Learning

On April 6th in Vail, the Vail Leadership Institute helped to co-host a meaningful evening at the Sebastian Hotel with Governor Hickenlooper, focused on bringing together two business cultures that have a vested interest in each others future. The Vail Mexico connection has been strong for many decades, and the Vail campus during this event served […]

Clear Vision

This past month one of the Vail Leadership – Executive RoundTable Groups headed out of the board room and onto the mountain.  This more casual experience provided a natural way to connect with others, and really helped the members determine where they were at in their progression as a leader.  While skiing through 6 inches […]

My interview with Teresa Taylor, our Applied Leadership Series speaker

Tell us a little bit about yourself and a little bit about your story: “Right, well I started my life in little small farm town in Wisconsin and eventually made my way like many do out west to Denver. And when I started my career I just bumped my way into telecommunications industry. Just in […]

Duke – Feagin Scholar Program in Vail

24 Duke Medical Students came to Vail for their Bi-Annual retreat this past December.  Vail resident Dr. John Feagin launched the Feagin Scholars program in 2009 as a visionary in the field of medicine regarding the future challenges of leaders in the field.  I was able to attend the Forum in 2014 and will be […]

Applied Leadership Series Welcomes Teresa Taylor

February 27th in Vail, Teresa Taylor will be leading an interactive workshop about her new book the Balance Myth. Despite making up half of the work force, women are in charge of only 3.6 percent of Fortune 500 companies. One in ten of the country’s largest corporations have no women on their boards, and across […]

University of Colorado – Boulder in Vail

At most Universities, student government plays a key role into the engagement and culture of the school. The Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado ventured to Vail looking to engage a student government that had plans on making a large impact during their semester of service.  Through the combination of Vail Leadership […]