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.”

Level-Up your Leadership E-Book


In an era defined by rapid change, uncertainty, and interconnectedness, the need for effective leadership has never been more pronounced. From climate change and economic inequality to geopolitical tensions and global health crises, the challenges facing humanity and our valley are multifaceted and complex. Traditional models of leadership, characterized by top-down decision-making and hierarchical structures, often struggle to address these issues adequately. As we stand at the precipice of unprecedented change, there is a growing recognition of the need for a new approach to leadership—one that is adaptive, collaborative, and rooted in trust. Enter Roaring Fork [...]

Level-Up your Leadership E-Book2024-05-21T14:03:25-06:00

5 Skills: Activate Your Leadership Potential


Activate Your Leadership Potential Leadership is not merely a position; it's a set of skills honed through practice and self-awareness. Whether you're leading a team, managing a project, contributing to a community initiative, or striving for personal growth, mastering these skills can elevate your effectiveness as a leader. In this article, we'll explore five key skills that will empower you to activate and enhance your leadership abilities. Understand Yourself: Self-awareness is the cornerstone of effective leadership. Before you can lead others, you must first understand yourself - your strengths, weaknesses, values, and motivations. Take time for introspection, reflect on [...]

5 Skills: Activate Your Leadership Potential2024-02-19T10:47:45-07:00

In Loving Tribute and Profound Remembrance of Sue Smedstad


In loving tribute and profound remembrance of Sue Smedstad, one of the remarkable founders of Roaring Fork Leadership, we celebrate a life devoted to the principles of leadership, service, and community betterment. Sue's enduring legacy, encapsulated in her role as a founder of Leadership Aspen, later evolved into the flourishing Roaring Fork Leadership we know today. In her "retirement," Sue exemplified the essence of leadership by actively participating on numerous boards, generously dedicating her time and resources to the community she cherished. Her commitment to making a difference resonates through her willingness to contribute her wealth of experience [...]

In Loving Tribute and Profound Remembrance of Sue Smedstad2023-12-13T16:30:42-07:00

How to Find Lasting Career Fulfillment


Step-Up For Fulfillment by Nancy Fredericks | Blog Are you aware? Research reveals that the training and development occurring by many companies rarely is designed to help you achieve your desired career—let alone set you up to move into the senior ranks. Yes, organizations are stellar at developing tactical, definable knowledge relevant to your day-to-day development—it’s just not often applicable to gaining a heightened career future! SHRM reports that 69 percent of human resource professionals believe they are not developing their employees to meet the organization’s future requirements. Are they offering leadership training? Yes! However, their executives aren’t acquiring the less [...]

How to Find Lasting Career Fulfillment2024-01-08T14:21:18-07:00

Workforce Vitality


There is a need for upskilling, reskilling, onboarding, and rebounding training to ensure a vital workforce.  Employers directly benefit from investing in their employees through education, training, and development. Additionally, investing in staff results in increased productivity, engagement, and organizational success. Our rural Colorado workforce has changed over the past two years with more remote workers, up to five generations working in the workforce, globalization, high housing prices, lack of affordable housing, and lack of child care options or cost. There are pockets of progress and innovative ideas on these issues, although we continue to struggle. Roaring Fork Leadership (RFL), [...]

Workforce Vitality2022-06-15T07:14:39-06:00

Alumni Highlight – Julie Warren


Q & A with Julie Warren, RFL Academy 2013 Alumni In 2019, Julie Warren suffered the devastating loss of her 16-year-old daughter, Anna, after a three-year battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma. That year she started the ALC Foundation to honor her daughter by raising money for organizations that support families fighting pediatric cancer. As the Chief Marketing Officer for the River Valley Ranch Golf Course and co-owner with her husband, Red Cunningham, of the Homestead Bar & Grill in Carbondale, Warren came to RFL Academy 2013 hoping to improve her management and leadership skills, with the goal of building better a [...]

Alumni Highlight – Julie Warren2022-05-18T11:32:17-06:00

RFL Academy is Transformational! RFL Academy 2019, Meg Plumb


"I remember during our first weekend of RFL being both intimidated and empowered that Greg asked us to name our leadership program. I appreciate that the exercise both challenged us to be self-aware but also to set a tone for our journey through RFL. I named my program “collaborative leadership”. The civic project team experience has been a great opportunity to experiment with collaborative leadership, apply each month’s new lessons and expand my capacity as a leader. I have focused on practicing integrity, working with a team with diverse styles, exercising emotional intelligence, and servant leadership. My team has given me [...]

RFL Academy is Transformational! RFL Academy 2019, Meg Plumb2022-04-28T10:22:14-06:00

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. by Andrea Palm-Porter   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 [...]

Empathy…a lost skill?2022-04-21T07:21:44-06:00

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


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