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RFL Attends Belonging Colorado Launch Event


Fostering Belonging Across Colorado: A Recap of the Belonging Colorado Launch Event On June 11, the Belonging Colorado launch event, hosted by the Denver Foundation, brought together a diverse group of leaders and community members at the iconic Red Rocks in Morrison, CO. This event served as a platform for insightful discussions, powerful speeches, and the unveiling of the Colorado Belonging Barometer. Through work from the Colorado Health Institute, the barometer revealed that only about half of Coloradans feel a sense of belonging in their local communities. This statistic underscores the need for initiatives like Belonging Colorado, which aims to [...]

RFL Attends Belonging Colorado Launch Event2024-06-13T09:33:40-06:00

Alumni Highlight: Adam Frisch


Q & A with Adam Frisch, RFL Academy 2006 Photo by Evan Semón Photography In 2022, Adam Frisch drove over 24,000 miles on his campaign trail for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, one of the largest and most diverse rural districts in the U.S. An RFL Academy alum who’s lived in Aspen for over 30 years, Adam has embraced politics as “elective community service.” Whether it’s addressing affordable housing through serving on the Aspen City Council or becoming a part-time substitute teacher in local public schools during COVID, the leadership skills and civic engagement Adam learned through RFL have been [...]

Alumni Highlight: Adam Frisch2024-06-11T11:07:57-06:00

Leadership Tip of the Month: May 2024


Leadership Advice for New Grads It’s graduation season! Amid all the ceremonies and celebrations, this time of year can also carry a lot of uncertainty about what comes next. Starting out in your first job, or a new career can feel intimidating, but the good news is we all have the potential to be a leader, regardless of our title or experience. Leadership is a mindset, and leadership skills can be learned. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, here are a few tips about where to start. Embrace learning Think back to a time when you participated in sports or clubs while [...]

Leadership Tip of the Month: May 20242024-06-14T11:23:15-06:00

Alumni Highlight: Callie Dickson


Q & A with Callie Dickson, RFL Academy 2024 alum Callie Dickson never thought she’d end up learning American Sign Language (ASL) when she enrolled in RFL Academy 2024. The program manager for Challenge Aspen, with a background in therapeutic recreation, Dickson wanted to expand her leadership perspective to better serve the individuals with disabilities that she serves. When the opportunity to learn ASL came up through her civic project group’s sponsor, the Aspen Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Dickson jumped at the opportunity.   We chatted with Dickson recently about what learning ASL taught her and [...]

Alumni Highlight: Callie Dickson2024-05-17T12:15:24-06:00

Roaring Fork Leadership featured at Aspen Business Forum


RFL Encourages Civic Engagement at Aspen Business Forum Andrea Palm-Porter, executive director of Roaring Fork Leadership, presenting her keynote speech at the Aspen Chamber Resort Association business outlook forum. RFL Executive Director Andrea Palm-Porter was a keynote speaker at the Aspen Chamber Resort Association's forum on Wednesday, April 24 about the importance of civic engagement among the valley's business leaders and how she has s guided businesses to become more engaged in their communities. Palm-Porter pointed to the COVID-19 pandemic as an example of businesses engaging with elected leaders to convey their legislative needs as a business, noting that [...]

Roaring Fork Leadership featured at Aspen Business Forum2024-04-30T17:28:04-06:00

Leadership Tip of the Month: April 2024


The What, Why, and How of Giving Praise Praise matters. Most of us can remember a time when we got positive feedback at work, and it gives us a warm glow. When our actions are recognized and celebrated, it lets us know we’ve done a good job. The positive reinforcement and sense of accomplishment provided by praise also means it’s more likely that we’ll try again in the future, which makes a positive impact on performance management. But sometimes, written praise gets left by the wayside in favor of verbal recognition. Both have their place — but nailing how to write great [...]

Leadership Tip of the Month: April 20242024-04-10T13:36:21-06:00

Alumni Highlight: Dana Wood


Q & A with Dana Wood, RFL Academy 2015 Dana Wood was drawn to the valley for the sense of community and opportunities to get involved. Now based in Silt, she works for the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments managing two groups that are focusing on transportation projects in seven rural counties in Colorado. She’s currently on the Silt Planning and Zoning Commission, helping her town navigate the big challenges around growth and housing that so many Colorado communities are facing. Dana also serves on the board of directors for Highwater Farm, a local educational nonprofit regenerative farm. On top of [...]

Alumni Highlight: Dana Wood2024-03-18T08:59:03-06:00

Leadership Tip of the Month: February 2024


Empathy: The Top Leadership Skill for Today’s Work Environment Recently, a large study ranked empathy as the most important leadership skill in the workplace. Empathy has been shown to drive positive business results and has numerous therapeutic effects on stressed employees. When leaders expressed empathy for their team, it increased a team’s innovation and engagement, improved customer service, and helped them balance their home and work life. British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson said, “Understanding empathy, as well as the experiences of people from different areas of life, is a key skill for business leaders.” With similar conviction, Satya Nadella, CEO [...]

Leadership Tip of the Month: February 20242024-02-23T12:40:21-07:00

Alumni Highlight: Jennifer Smith


Q & A with Jennifer Smith, RFL Academy 2008 Alum Jennifer Smith has worked as an immigration lawyer in the Roaring Fork Valley for 17 years. In that time, she’s helped people navigate the U.S.’s often challenging and bewildering immigration system through her Glenwood Springs-based law firm, Smith Immigration, and through numerous free legal aid workshops and clinics she’s hosted throughout the valley. Jennifer credits RFL with helping instill many of the core values she brings to her work — empathy, understanding, and a desire to serve her community.   Roaring Fork Leadership: How did you end up in the Roaring Fork Valley practicing law?  [...]

Alumni Highlight: Jennifer Smith2024-02-05T14:57:01-07:00

Alumni Highlight: Jonathan Hagman


Q & A with Jonathan Hagman, RFL Academy alum Jonathan during a recent trip to Spain. Carbondale native Jonathan Hagman has built a life and career around making things. When he was in fourth grade, his family moved to Woody Creek near Aspen, into a house designed and built by his architect father. Jonathan has gravitated to pursuits involving creativity and movement ever since — from competing at the international synchronized skiing championships (yes, it’s a real thing!), to traveling the world as a professional white water kayaking instructor, to studying ceramics in college, and then opening an artists’ [...]

Alumni Highlight: Jonathan Hagman2024-01-23T09:35:53-07:00


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