Economic Summit

Fri. Oct. 20, 2017

7:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Allbright Auditorium, Colorado Mountain College, 1275 Crawford Ave.

2017 info coming soon - please see below for a summary of the 2016 event

I Love My Job: Intentional Culture and Why it Matters

October 21, 2016 Event Overview: Every organization has a culture – a set of values, principles and beliefs that guide collective behavior and outcomes.  Some are strong and some are weak; some are accidental and some are intentional.  In today’s competitive environment, it is more important than ever to shape a healthy organizational culture in order to recruit and retain employees, increase productivity and growth, become more efficient, and reduce counterproductive behavior.  The 2016 Economic Summit explored the components and drivers of healthy cultures; the economic and demographic trends that impact culture; and practical tactics for shaping an intentional culture in public, private and non-profit sector organizations.


Summit speakers included Kris Boesch, CEO of Choose People; Craig Wasserman, Management Consultant; Brian Lewandowski, Associate Director of the Business Research Division at the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business; Elizabeth Garner, State Demographer; Karen Goedert, Resort Manager with One Steamboat Place; Gretchen VanDeCarr, Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Youth Corps; and Gary Suiter, City Manager of the City of Steamboat Springs. 

2016 Speaker Presentations and Materials

Brian Lewandowski - Cultural Context: Economic Overview

Elizabeth Garner - When the Boomers meet the Millennials: Current Demographic Trends

Karen Goedert - When the Millennials meet the Boomers: Intergenerational Dynamics in the Workplace

Gary Suiter - A Cultural Perspective from the Local Government Sector

Gretchen Van De Carr - Nurturing Values: A View from the Non-profit Sector

Kris Boesch - How to Make Your Employees Happy… and Save your Organization Money

Kris Boesch

Kris Boesch is the CEO of Choose People, and will be presenting this year's keynote speech on How to Make Your Employees Happy...and Save your Company Money. Choose People is a company that transforms company cultures, increases employee happiness and boosts the bottom-line. The Choose People 360° Culture Audit is based on over 1000 hours of research Boesch conducted with a team of doctoral students in the Industrial Organizational Psychology Department at Colorado State University. Prior to Choose People, Boesch was the CEO of Exodus Moving & Storage. Under her leadership Exodus became the largest mover in Northern Colorado with a turnover rate nearly 40% less than the industry average and a bottom line twice that same average

Craig W. Wasserman

Craig Wasserman holds a Ph.D. and is a Management Consultant. He will be framing the questions today's managers need to ask themselves about their relationships with employees and customers.

Craig has been a management consultant, trainer and lecturer for forty years with a wide array of clients nationwide. He long ago left consultant-speak behind to focus on the uneasy, unfamiliar moments that managers encounter. Dr. Wasserman co-authored The Invisible Spotlight – Why Managers Can’t Hide, a refreshingly digestible book on the realities of common sense management practices.


Brian Lewandowski

Brian Lewandowski is the Associate Director of the Business Research Division at the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business. He is a Leeds MBA and has worked at CU-Boulder since 2006, preparing economic forecasts, econometric models, and market research and real estate studies. Brian has a background in banking, international development, mining, and tourism, working for Fortune 500 companies, as well as with the U.S. Peace Corps.


Elizabeth Garner

Elizabeth Garner is the State Demographer and will be presenting on the demographic forces that shape workforce, customer and community profiles.

Elizabeth joined the Colorado Department of Local Affairs in 2004 and has over 20 years of experience analyzing population and economic trends in the state. The State Demography Office produces population and economic estimates and forecasts for use by state agencies and local governments and agencies. Current areas of research include aging in Colorado, characteristics of migration, and poverty.


Karen Goedert

Karen Goedert is a Resort Manager with One Steamboat Place and will be presenting on intergenerational dynamics in the workplace.

Karen has resided in Steamboat Springs for more than 20 years and has worked in human resources for 16 of those 20 years, working with local hospitality organizations as a consultant, recruiter, and team trainer. She is currently one of the Resort Managers at One Steamboat Place, overseeing all HR functions for the club as well as daily operational management.


Gretchen VanDeCarr

Gretchen VanDeCarr is the Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and will be sharing her perspective from the non-profit world with focus on RMYC's culture and outcomes.

Gretchen has served as Rocky Mountain Youth Corps' Executive Director since founding the organization in 1993. She is a founding member of numerous local youth organizations, and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Community Resource Center Board of Directors, and Co-Chair of the interim NW Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days Steering Committee, as well as serving on a number of local boards.


Gary Suiter

Gary Suiter is the City Manager for the City of Steamboat Springs, and will be presenting on organizational culture in the local government arena. He has a distinguished career of over 30 years, serving in chief executive positions for several local governments in Colorado, which included city, county, airport, and emergency preparedness management positions in rural, urban, and resort communities. Since starting his own consulting firm in 2002, he has assisted dozens of local governments and organizations throughout the Rocky Mountain west with strategic planning, group retreats, executive recruitment, major land use applications, annexations, organizational analysis, interim management, and performance measurement.

Gary is a graduate of the University of Colorado with both a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Geography and a Master of Public Administration.  He is recognized as a leader in the local government management profession and has served as President of the Board of the Colorado City and County Management Association. Mr. Suiter’s mission is to help people and organizations achieve their full potential.



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