About Andrea Palm-Porter

Palm-Porter’s career trajectory is impressive, with over 25 years’ experience driving strategic growth through strong leadership and relationships. She’s has worked in a multi-million dollar media organization, retail industry, and currently in the non-profit & leadership industry as the Executive Director of Roaring Fork Leadership. She attended the University of Eau Claire in Business Administration with an emphasis on Marketing – including a leadership curriculum. She is known for being able to grow revenue, be innovative, develop relationships, facilitate, define and drive product development, create awareness and execute projects with ease. A graduate and former board member of the Vail Leadership Institute, an alumnus of the American Leadership Forum, and an Alumnus of the RFL Academy, Andrea is passionate about leadership as her personal mission is building a community of leaders. As she puts it, “A community of skilled & thoughtful leaders is a thriving & innovative community.”

Leaders Wanted to Shape our Future


                       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Leaders Wanted to Shape our Future: Roaring Fork Leadership is Accepting Applications for RFL Academy 2021  Aspen, CO (May 14, 2020) – The most important factor going forward in today’s COVID-19 environment is leadership and developing community leaders. That is why it's more important than ever before for RFL to continue to prepare those who will shape our communities and our world. The Roaring Fork Valley’s foremost leadership and professional development program, Roaring Fork Leadership (RFL) is now accepting applications for their annual leadership program, RFL Academy 2021.    The annual RFL Academy entails [...]

Leaders Wanted to Shape our Future2021-03-15T11:54:16-06:00

Empathy…a lost skill?


Empathy……a lost skill. Emotional Intelligence (EQ or EI) has more impact on one’s success in life compared to IQ. Developing your EQ is one of the most important skills to have as a human being and successful leader. To top this off, 72 percent of business leaders are stating the need for more empathy in their organization for sustainable business success in today’s workplace. To that end, we need more empathy and people willing to be vulnerable in our organizations, with each other, and on our planet. At our February RFL Academy session, the topic was Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in Action. [...]

Empathy…a lost skill?2020-02-19T17:47:07-07:00

RFL Civic Project Opportunity for Alumni


Your Community Needs YOU!  Use your unique leadership skill set to connect with your community! RFL has seven amazing civic project ideas that will give you the opportunity to help them enact tramendous change throughout the valley. If you want to be apart of an RFL Alumni Civic Project Team let us know - with enough interest this effort could help support more local intiatives! To sign up for any of these civic project ideas - click here! Safe Drive/Imagine Glenwood: Help us develop a strategic plan including a media campaign to slow and control traffic to the [...]

RFL Civic Project Opportunity for Alumni2019-11-15T13:25:16-07:00

RFL in Action (and in Africa): Austin Klise


Austin Klise, RFL Academy 2018 Alumni, moved to Africa in 2019 (Sierra Leone). He's pretty far out in the bush and is working with, First Things First, an organization working with locals who have good ideas and want to help themselves and their community. Austin’s work feels similar to his experience working in the RFL civic project team, only now as a full-time job in Africa. Austin shares that it’s been a wild experience applying the RFL lessons in a third world country with a completely different value system, social system, etc. For example, nobody lives as an "individual" everyone is defined by their collective [...]

RFL in Action (and in Africa): Austin Klise2019-07-17T09:02:56-06:00

Bryan Ward: Entrepreneur, Coach, and Board Member


What brought you to the Roaring Fork Valley and how long have you been here? After spending 17 years’ flip-flopping back and forth between Boulder and London I was ready for a change so in April of 2017 I moved to Carbondale. What do you currently do professionally? My background is in IT but I’ve always been interested in entrepreneurism so when I moved to Carbondale and I started my own business, Sopris Health & Wellness. What was your most interesting or unusual job? I’ve driven for Uber a few times and while the actual driving was pretty boring the random [...]

Bryan Ward: Entrepreneur, Coach, and Board Member2018-10-16T11:43:14-06:00

Faces of Leadership: Tom Dodd, 2016 Colorado Principal of the Year


2016 Colorado Principal of the Year and 2017 National Principal of the Year Tom went through RFL, he was the vice principal of Aspen High School. He wanted to participate in RFL to get the opportunity to be able to get to know other class members with a similar commitment to improving the Aspen community and the greater Roaring Fork Valley. He left the Roaring Fork Valley in 2005 to pursue his Ph.D. and is now the principal a Lesher Middle School in Fort Collins. Through RFL he learned that integrity, honesty, and service are the most important values of true [...]

Faces of Leadership: Tom Dodd, 2016 Colorado Principal of the Year2018-01-29T16:36:32-07:00

EverGreen ZeroWaste (owned by RFL Alumni Alyssa Reindel) named 2017 Carbondale Chamber Business of the Year


EverGreen ZeroWaste is grateful and honored to be named 2017 Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year! Congratulations also to Carbondale Clay Center, who won Non-Profit Chamber Business of the Year, and is also a composting EverGreen ZeroWaste! An enormous thank you to all the people and businesses that have supported their cause over the years and believe in their joint efforts in composting and more progressive waste diversion. They couldn't have done it without you! #rfleadingtheway #carbondalechamberbusinessoftheyear #carbondalechamberofcommerce#wastediversion #composting #sograteful #evergreenzerowaste

EverGreen ZeroWaste (owned by RFL Alumni Alyssa Reindel) named 2017 Carbondale Chamber Business of the Year2018-01-29T16:25:15-07:00

RFL Alumni Sarah Johnson to Lead Colorado’s Environmental Education Professional Association


Johnson selected as new board president for Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education Denver, Colorado (January 23, 2018) - Sarah R. Johnson of Wild Rose Education in Carbondale, Colorado recently was selected by the nationally recognized Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education(CAEE) to serve as President of their Board of Directors. Johnson has served on the Board since 2015. CAEE is the professional association for environmental education in Colorado whose mission is to advance environmental education by fostering collaboration, mobilizing support, and driving excellence. CAEE supports over 800 environmental education providers ensuring all Coloradans are environmentally literate and make choices that support the health and well-being of all [...]

RFL Alumni Sarah Johnson to Lead Colorado’s Environmental Education Professional Association2018-01-24T08:30:57-07:00

Kevin Jordan (RFL Alumni) provides one tip a day for the entire month of January. 


January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM). As a member of the LSSM Leadership Team and an ambassador for skiing and snowboarding, Kevin Jordan (RFL Alumni) posted one tip a day for the entire month of January. Kevin Jordan is an Examiner with the Professional Ski Instructors of America-Rocky Mountain Division and writes for 32 Degrees: The Journal of Snowsports Instruction and the NSAA Journal. #rflleadingtheway Check out Kevin's Facebook page and view all his tips: Kevin Jordan LSSM Tip of the Day

Kevin Jordan (RFL Alumni) provides one tip a day for the entire month of January. 2018-01-29T16:20:43-07:00

Faces of Leadership – Geneva Moore


To the Top of Mt. Kilimanjaro Geneva Moore, Class of 2008, COO, Project Sanctuary Geneva (Templeton) Moore was inspired to participate in RFL by the positive impact it had on the lives of its participants and by her noticing how much more involved its participants were in the community. After her participation in RFL, she joined the boards of Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers and the Aspen Cycling Club. She has since moved out of the valley to the Front Range but has continued her involvement by participating in local and statewide boards. Currently, she is entrenched in the non-profit world and [...]

Faces of Leadership – Geneva Moore2017-11-14T14:26:25-07:00

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