Denver, CO Community Summit


Denver, CO

Event Name

Mile High United Way GradNation Workforce Summit

Event Description

Mile High United Way's GradNation Workforce Summit will bring together members of the business, nonprofit and education communities to share expertise and discuss how we can develop a pathway for young Coloradans to succeed in school, work and life.

The day-long event is designed to help the business community effectively engage with schools to increase graduation rates creating pathways into the workforce for Colorado youth and ultimately strengthening the local workforce. The morning session will feature a Denver Business Leaders Panel and Keynote address followed by “Take the Pledge” where participants will be asked to share what school engagement work they are pledging to do during the upcoming year. The afternoon includes a discussion on effective school engagement and a business and school “marketplace” where seven metro-area public school districts will showcasing upcoming opportunities for businesses to engage with

Event Date and Time

Thursday May 7, 2015, 8:30am-4:00pm

Event Location

Mile High United Way Morgridge Center for Community Change
711 Park Avenue West
Denver CO   80205

Convening Organization

Hashtags, website, Twitter, etc: 



Additional Details

Local Sponsors & Co-Conveners:  Intertech Plastics, Inc.

Keynote Speaker(s):  Fiona Arnold, is Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. 

GradNation Panel Moderator: Christine Benero, President and CEO, Mile High United Way

Panelists: Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, Vice President of Government and External Relations, Kaiser Permanente Colorado; Lisa Donovan , Chief People Officer, Sage Hospitality; Mark Everett, Senior Group Director, Target Corporation; Noel Ginsburg is Founder, Chairman & CEO, Intertech Plastics; Gloria Schoch, Community Commerce and Partnerships Management, MillerCoors; Kelly Brough,  President and CEO, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce;

School Engagement Speaker: Shanda Vangas, Corporate Contributions & Volunteer Advisor,  QEP Resources 

Featured Session(s):

Denver Business Leaders Panel

Business leaders will discuss the current landscape regarding employment in their fields and the opportunities and challenges they see for youth entering the workforce.

“Take the Pledge”
Representatives from the business community will be asked to share what school engagement work they are pledging to do during the upcoming year.

Interactive Sessions
Denver Public Schools and business partners will conduct a one-hour interactive session providing practical guidance to businesses on specific entry points for engagement.

Effective School Engagement
Moderator: Shanda Vangas, Corporate Contributions and Volunteer Advisor at QEP Resources, Inc. 

The Business and School Marketplace
Representatives from seven Denver metro-area public school districts will host tables showcasing upcoming opportunities for businesses to engage with.