Lauren Larsen Graduates from 2023 Leadership Northern Colorado Class

NAI Affinity
June 15, 2023

2023 Leadership Northern Colorado Prepares for Graduation
Public and alumni invited to attend presentation on leadership

Fort Collins, Colo. – The thirteenth Leadership Northern Colorado (LNC) class will soon complete their six-month program and LNC alumni and the public are invited to celebrate the class accomplishments and to learn more about leadership at a breakfast featuring keynote speaker Julie Weber.

The event will be from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on June 27 at Windsong Event Center, 2901 Saddler Blvd. Sponsored by Canvas Credit Union, Northern Engineering Services, Inc. and UCHealth, the graduation event provides a great way for Alumni and the community to reconnect to the program and will raise funds to provide scholarships to future class participants. Registration is $20 and available at Registration includes breakfast and the keynote presentation by Weber.

After nearly 30 years of domestic and international Human Resources experience, Julie Weber now serves as an Executive Advisor at Southwest Airlines supporting the CEO and the Chief Communications and Administration Officer. Current areas of focus are executive compensation, board succession planning, employee relations, employment policy, organizational effectiveness, and overall human resource practice transformation.

Most recently, Julie served as Vice President and Chief People Officer for Southwest Airlines where she led all aspects of Human Resources. Her broad responsibilities included hiring the right People at the right time with the right attitude, providing Employees with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth, providing competitive and attractive benefits packages, and assuring quality and depth of Leadership throughout the Company.

Leadership Northern Colorado, a joint initiative of the Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland chambers of Commerce, the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, and the Weld Community Foundation, is designed to build human capacity and to identify, define, and address the issues facing the Northern Colorado region. The 2023 LNC Program was sponsored by Elevations Credit Union.

The Leadership Northern Colorado program will end June 27 with a final class session and graduation by the 31 participants. The class ran from January through June 2023.

The 2023 Leadership Northern Colorado graduates are:

  • Aaron Barrett, Bank of Colorado
  • Curt Bear, LoCo Thank Tank
  • Niroj Bhattarai, Colorado State University
  • Kristie Briles, Respite Care Inc.
  • Grant Buchanan, High Country Beverage
  • Shawn Charpentier, Double S Group at Keller Williiams Realty
  • Tim Coons, Weld Community Foundation
  • Dave Dixon, Bike Fort Collins
  • Keahi Ewa, Sunrise Ranch
  • Kamirae Feldman, BitOSunshine Mortgage
  • Katie Flint, Handshake
  • Hope Hartman, Larimer SBDC - Front Range Community College
  • Doug Hay, United Way of Larimer County
  • Shannon Hein, City of Fort Collins
  • Danaly Howe, Centennial Consulting Group, LLC
  • Kelly Jackson, Aims Community College Foundation
  • Tim Johnson, GH Phipps Construction Companies
  • Taylor Kidd, Larimer County Department of Human Services
  • Alex Kloehn, Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains
  • Lauren Larsen, NAI Affinity
  • Deana Lemos-Garcia, Hensel Phelps/BMS Foundation
  • Mariah McCulley, Animal Friend Alliance
  • Kim Meyer, Town of Johnstown
  • Jesse Patton, Wells Fargo
  • Jessica Plummer, Larimer County
  • Adam Postovit, Nutrien
  • Jerome Rouser, North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Sarah Rupert, Fransen Pittman General Contractors
  • Jon Schwartzbauer, Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards
  • Kerry Westlund, Ent Credit Union
  • Andy Yost, Employment Services of Weld County

The class is supported by a steering committee of program alumni and the Chamber CEOs:
o Heather Anderson, Visit Greeley
o Bill Becker, Loveland Chamber
o Kim Fisher, Vision Catalyst
o Tonja Hadley, The Group Inc.
o Todd Karl, Ent Credit Union
o Elizabeth Mahoney, Complete Professional Development
o Amanda Miller, The Place Setting Company
o Cece Majchrowski, Employment Services of Weld County
o Joy Nyenhuis, Cohere
o Dawn Paepke, Kaiser Permanente
o Natyce Parent, Greeley Area Chamber of Commerce
o Nancy Patton, Canvas Credit Union
o Sara Potter, fnbo
o Ted Ray, First Interstate Bank
o Jared Reimer, The Craft Broker at Elevations Real Estate
o Kristy Wygmans, The Place Setting Company
o Jaime Henning, Greeley Chamber
o Ann Hutchison, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce
o Mindy McCloughan, Loveland Chamber

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