Speakers: November 2, 2022 @ Block One Events
Multilingual local musician Aquiles Quiroga has been sharing stages with international and national artists since 2011. These opportunities led him to ramp up popularity in the local scene packing venues in the area with his bands: Manabí Latin Band and Denver's premier Iron Maiden tribute act Maiden Denver.
Ariana Friedlander, MPA, is an award-winning organizational anthropologist, leadership development expert and author. She is the founder and principal of Rosabella Consulting. Ariana has over 20 years of experience fostering positive change within organizations and companies of all shapes and sizes. She specializes in modeling shared leadership and navigating co-creating conversations that lead to new innovations by applying the latest research in the Neuroscience of Conversation®. Through her flagship program, Co-Creating Retreat Experiences, Ariana provides master facilitation for collaborative teams that want to improve their communications and their impact. Ariana earned her master’s degree in organizational leadership from the University of Delaware.
Silen Wellington (they/he) is sculptor of sound, artist of people, gender liminal shapeshifter, mercurial name collector, restless poet, and storyteller, among other things. They found their way to wholeness and self-love through mostly "alternative" means, namely: guided rites of passage journeys, performance art, unhinged-unfettered-unapologetic dance, and connections with fiercely humble Elders & mentors who shared some of Silen's marginalized identities. A lover of thresholds, Silen is a transgender, queer Scorpionic initiation seeker, who experiences varying degrees of (quasi-spiritual) madness sometimes self-labeled as neurodivergence. Silen serves as a Peer Support Advocate for the Yarrow Collective and as an LGBTQ+ Coordinator for the Alliance for Suicide Prevention of Larimer County.
Jice Johnson is the Founder and CVO of the Black Business Initiative and Co-Founder of the New Community Transformation Fund - Denver. Jice is a U.S Army Veteran, a mother of three, and an astute businesswoman based in Denver, Colorado. A native of Oakland, California, Jice graduated Cum Laude with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Amridge University. Jice has dedicated her life to building a strong economic base in the Black Community. Playing a vital role as an advocate, she empowers Black entrepreneurs, leaders, and professionals with the information and tools needed to have an intergenerational stake in economic equity and liberation.
An economic developer with a focus on racial equity, Jice is recognized as one of Denver Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40, Denver Urban Spectrum African Americans who make a Difference awardee, Colorado Black Women for Political Action emerging leader, and Urban Leadership Foundations of Colorado awardee. Her work has also been featured in Denver Business Journal, Westward, and 9 News. As one of Denver’s celebrated business owners, touching entrepreneurs nationwide, Jice is passionate about closing the racial wealth gap and creating opportunities for intergenerational wealth. You can find Jice traveling or enjoying the beautiful outdoors with her children and dog.
Leah Johnson’s résumé includes the words Obama, Kay Hagen, and City Councilwoman, but what she has come to find out is that “mom” is the best title she’s ever added to her résumé. After a career that fueled her addiction to success and other things, life was dark, and something had to change. Forced to take a step back, she re-evaluated her priorities and started fresh in many ways. Now she lives with the freedom to be herself and know how far from perfect she is. As an imperfect mother of two, she sometimes says bad words, frequently forgets to pack snacks for preschool, and on occasion, her kids eat popsicles for breakfast. But she knows she is doing the best she can, and that is all people can do on their journey. She had a whole lot of traumas early in life that made the middle part tough. But through an intense spiritual awakening, a reevaluation of priorities, and kicking a few addictions, Leah has confronted her trauma, found a way to pull herself out of the depths of sadness, and finds herself on a lifelong journey to build a self-advocacy campaign to constantly find fantastic joy.
Leah grew up in Loveland, Colorado, and has an undergraduate degree from Boston University, and half of a master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University (because, well, sometimes you just don’t finish things). She has had a 20-year career in campaign politics and public affairs. Her little family unit is everything to her and she spends every free moment she can with them traveling the world or having dance parties in their kitchen.
Dr. Truman-Allen is an Executive Coach serving leaders and their teams. She brings her experiences as Executive Leader, Emergency nurse, Outward Bound expeditionary learning instructor and Organization Development professional into her coaching. Kristen has master's degrees in Nursing Education and Organization Systems and completed her doctoral dissertation on the power of using metaphors in coaching to evoke lasting transformation.
Kristen utilizes expeditionary and experiential methodology to evoke personal transformation, team and leadership development as well as organization experience strategy. As a business owner, wife and mother of four children she is passionate about revolutionizing the leadership experience to living and leading with energy, connection and results.
My name is Jen Cooper.