The Future of Colorado's Workforce

Business for the Common Good 2020

Could businesses in Colorado make a positive, lasting impact on the future of Colorado’s workforce? What specific steps can they take to invest in the high schools and colleges that will produce our future citizens, employees, and leaders? This panel of leaders presents a compelling case for partnership between business and workforce development.

With more than six hours of expert teaching from industry leaders, Business for the Common Good On-Demand is valued at more than $250. To help others experience the gospel in business, please consider a tax-deductible donation to Denver Institute for Faith & Work. We are grateful  for your financial support.

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Presenters

Bill Kurtz

DSST Public Schools

Bill Kurtz is CEO of DSST Public Schools, a charter school management organization that is opening ten secondary schools on five campuses in Denver. He founded the original DSST campus, a leader in STEM education nationwide, with a 100 percent college acceptance rate for graduates over the last 10 years. Bill was recognized as the 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year by the New Schools Venture Fund at their national summit in Washington D.C. He serves on the Advisory Council of the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education MAT program. Before his career in education, he worked as an investment banker at JP Chase in New York City. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University with a B.A. and earned an M.A. from Columbia University’s Teachers College in educational administration and leadership.

Rico Munn

Aurora Public Schools

Rico Munn serves as the 16th superintendent of Aurora Public Schools. Prior to joining APS, Munn served in a variety of leadership roles in Colorado’s legal and business communities. In 2012, he was appointed to the Board of Governors for the Colorado State University System by Governor John Hickenlooper and currently serves in this position. In 2002, he was elected to the Colorado State Board of Education where he served until 2007. In addition, he was a member of Governor Bill Ritter’s Cabinet where he served as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education from 2009-2011.Munn is a graduate of Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska, where he received his B.A. in secondary education and was named Student Teacher of the Year in 1993. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. Munn has been married to his wife Kay since 1998, and he is the proud father of two middle school students.

Hanna Skandera

Mile High Strategies, LLC

Hanna Skandera serves as the president of Mile High Strategies, LLC, and former Secretary of Education for the State of New Mexico. She also was a Distinguished Teaching Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Daniels Fund. During her time as Secretary of Education, Hanna saw graduation rates improve by 10% statewide and an additional 24,000 students achieve grade level skills in reading and math. But Hanna's bold leadership also created conflict, both within the Department of Education and throughout the state.

Renise Walker

Colorado Workforce Development Council

Renise leads the execution of industry-led collaboration and strategy for the Colorado Workforce Development Council Office. In her role, she enjoys working with a committed team of consultants to engage and support forward-thinking businesses to innovate best practices that meet business objectives while contributing to the well being of their communities. Renise serves as the staff point of contact for the Sectors Steering Committee, Industry Intermediaries Consortium, and the BEL Commission. With over a decade of experience in managing social change initiatives, Renise believes strongly that addressing large-scale social challenges requires a willingness to break down silos and collaborate across traditional boundaries. Prior to joining the CWDC in 2015, Renise led the backbone efforts of a collective impact initiative working to advance affordable housing, workforce development, and economic mobility for underserved populations in the nation’s capital. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and a master’s in public administration from the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. As a proud third-generation Coloradan, Renise cares deeply about the future of Colorado and creating and sustaining opportunity for Colorado residents.

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On Friday, January 31, Denver Institute for Faith & Work hosted more than 300 guests from across the nation at “Business for the Common Good,” a one-day event for business leaders passionate about professional excellence and using their gifts and resources for lasting impact.

With more than six hours of expert teaching from industry leaders, Business for the Common Good On-Demand is valued at more than $250. To help others experience the gospel in business, please consider a tax-deductible donation to Denver Institute for Faith & Work. We are grateful  for your financial support.

 

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