Area Business Tour – Epicentral Coworking

We love to introduce students to local entrepreneurs, and what better way to do that than at Epicentral! Our third time visiting this unique coworking space located in downtown Colorado Springs was full of inspiring stories and challenging lessons.

Five entrepreneurs – Nick Lee (lecturer and co-founder, Lee Spirits), Allison Daniel (photographer and owner, Stellar Propeller Studios), Josiah Seaman (lead developer, New Line Technical Innovations), JL Fields (vegan author, advocate, and coach), and Lisa Tessarowitz (owner, Epicentral Coworking) shared their passions and how they got to be where they are today.

Big takeaways:

  • When you follow your passion, the money will come.
  • Every successful person has had someone in their life recognize their potential, encourage them to be better, and  mentor them in some capacity.
  • Don’t limit yourself to pursuing one thing – you can have several professional pursuits throughout your life or even at the same time!
  • If you’re not being groomed for your boss’ position (or you don’t even want your boss’ position), it might be time to quit and do something new.

Students, we know that some of you will become entrepreneurs (or are already!), and we are excited to see how you change our business landscape for the better.

Individual Portraits – 2015/2016 Class

Just two weeks ago, we officially kicked off our 2015/2016 Career Coaching Program with these 21 smiling students! We are excited to embark on a new journey with them as they are mentored by a local alum or community member now through next April.

Now Accepting Applications

Considering applying to be a part of the 2015/2016 Career Coaching Program and want to know if it’s worth it? Don’t take our word on it…listen to these students who completed our most recent program! To apply, visit Applications for Career Coaches are due Friday, August 28, and applications for students are due Friday, September 11.

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CCP Student as Luncheon Speaker

We were proud to have graduating senior and Career Coaching Program student participant, Mark Thurber, speak on behalf of the program during the 7th annual Lifetime Entrepreneurship Award Luncheon on Friday, May 8. Mark, who received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Human Resource Management last week, spoke to a crowd of nearly 450 business owners and community leaders about the importance of mentorship and giving back to your community and local university. His career coach, Heather Harvey, was also in attendance. Mark also shared the great news that he had recently accepted a new professional job, which he claims he would not have known about except through the program. These are exactly the kind of results we hope for!

Mark played a role in an overall program that featured the accomplishments and career achievements of local entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Jon and Becky Medved. The luncheon is a fundraiser for the UCCS College of Business alumni programs to include its Career Coaching Program, which alone will receive $5,000 from the event proceeds.

Final Event – Dinner with Alumnus, Eli Bremer

We wrapped up our 2014/2015 program on Monday, April 27 with a fantastic evening with alumnus and Olympic athlete, Eli Bremer. The students and coaches shared with one another how they’ve grown and developed over the past several months – it was inspiring! Each student was presented with a certificate of completion signed by Dean Venkat Reddy, and each coach was given a small gift, a key chain that said “leading by example.” Eli rounded out the evening by sharing his personal story of triumphs and troubles within the sports and entrepreneurial worlds. He stressed how we should seek to be surrounded by intelligent people and to use your network to connect people in order to solve problems. He also admitted that entrepreneurship isn’t for the faint of heart of risk-adverse, but it can be hugely rewarding with some hard work!

Cheers to the students who completed this most recent program, and we wish you every success as you go on to bigger and better things in your lives and careers!

If you are interested in finding out information about the 2015/2016 program including how to apply, please contact Director of Business Alumni Relations, Samantha Wood.

Etiquette Dinner

How do you know which water glass is yours? Which way do you pass the salt? How do you know what to order when your boss is paying? Instructor Liz Moore covered all of these things and A LOT more during our Etiquette Dinner on Monday, March 16. The gang enjoyed a five-course meal (appetizers, salad, intermezzo, entree, and dessert) as part of this learning experience on how to navigate a professional meal setting. This is always one of our favorite events, because everyone – no matter how seasoned they are – takes a way a new tidbit of information! Thank you to UCCS Catering for doing an amazing job and also to our Alumni Leadership Team who joined as guests. Salut!

Tour of Cherwell Software

Last Friday, our students and coaches toured local company, Cherwell Software, a leading force in IT service management tools and solutions. The company has grown exponentially over the past few years, and the CEO, Vance Brown, has received several awards including being named ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Ernst and Young. Mr. Brown was also our keynote speaker at our 2013 Lifetime Entrepreneurship Award Luncheon.

Thank you to the panelists – Chris Bender, Sunil Salve, Sandra Martinez, Chad Cramer, Stephanie Santos, Heidi Wichenhauser, and Tom Hoagland! We learned so much and were inspired by your great corporate culture and incredible growth over the past few years. Thank you for also sharing what makes the most difference in have a memorable interview – showing initiative, knowing about the company, and having great communication skills.


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