Colorado State University Students Selected to Participate in Leadership Summit

Thirty-four Colorado State University undergraduate students are among 360 selected to participate in the 2007 El Pomar Leadership Summit Feb. 22-23.

The summit, themed "Trends: People, Issues and Controversies Influencing Society," will allow students to explore the ethical and leadership implications related to critical issues in today’s world. The summit, which will include about 30 local and national speakers, is presented by El Pomar Foundation, the Denver Metro Chamber Foundation and the Colorado Leadership Alliance.

Speakers include Mark Fainaru-Wada, an investigative reporter on the San Francisco Chronicle’s enterprise team; Jim Berger, CEO of High Noon Entertainment; Leanna Clark, principal and co-owner of Schenkein; and William Douglas Jackson, president of Project C.U.R.E.

Five Colorado State students are designated as scholars, a distinguished group of leaders at the university. These students will receive additional leadership opportunities, participate in two retreats and get a $2,000 scholarship from El Pomar Foundation. They are: Kristen Arnesen, Brett Dobinsky, Denise Gomez, Molly McClurg and Tyler Will.

Other students who are part of the program are: Oriana Beemer, Jeff Brooks, Mary Button, Jenna Coleman, Wendy Craig, Caiti Cutter, Amy Eskola, Jenny Eskola, Michael Gestring, Sondra Goings, Gwen Golaszewski, Erika Green, David Harrell, Amy Heaton, Stephen Heydt, Lacey Hood, Keeley Kent, Michael Konschnik, Phil Lindeman, Killian Malone, Meron Menwyelet, Jenn Molner, Kelly Moyer, Kelsi Ottenbacher, Melisa Panagaros, Andrew Polemi, Helenka Rowe, Kayla Swanton and Ranjana Unnithan.

Colorado State staff members also selected to attend the summit are Matt Helmer and Alexis Kanda-Olmstead.

El Pomar Foundation, based in Colorado Springs, is one of the largest and oldest private foundations in the Rocky Mountain West, with assets totaling $550 million.  El Pomar contributes $25 million annually through grants and community stewardship programs to support Colorado nonprofit organizations involved in health, human services, education, arts and humanities and civic and community initiatives.  Spencer and Julie Penrose founded El Pomar in 1937.

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