25 Business Professionals Graduate from the Arvada Chamber’s Spring 2024 Leadership Bootcamp

May 28, 2024

This month, 25 Arvada business and non-profit professionals graduated from the Arvada Chamber’s Spring 2024 Leadership Bootcamp. Completed across 12 weeks, this program is designed for current managers or supervisors or anyone looking to move into more of a leadership role in the future.

Leadership Bootcamp explores one or two topics each week on a proven leadership methodology taught by an expert in that field of personal leadership, leading others, or leading a business. Speakers included Noelle Oberg (City of Arvada), Kitty Coy (You Be You Coaching), Mary Ann Littler (Peak to Peak Business Strategies), Bill Martin (Bill Martin & Associates), Dr. Dwinita Mosby Tyler (The Equity Project), Anthony Lambatos (Footers Catering), and more.

“The Arvada Chamber Leadership Bootcamp did it right!” said Judy Swartwood, Executive Assistant at Arvada Fire Protection District. “They provided weekly background of the speaker along with a worksheet to use with references, assigned seating that was shuffled every week causing us to network and we practiced our presentation skills by introducing ourselves weekly teaching us all to get out of our comfort zones. Every speaker was prepared and excited to be invited. I thought 12 weeks would be long, I blinked, and it was over. I already miss my group.”

Congratulations to our Spring 2024 Leadership Bootcamp graduates!

  • Ali Stofflet, Director of Business Outreach & Growth at the Arvada Chamber of Commerce
  • Chris Vigil, Operations Support Manager at Climb Credit Union
  • Deborah Alvarado, Associate at Martin/Martin
  • Emma Baker, Community Associate at Thrive Workplace
  • Evangelina Diaz, Inside Sales at Arvada Rent-alls
  • Jennifer Hunt, Assistant Collections Manager at Climb Credit Union
  • Jessica Marshall, Lead Residential Advisor at Hope House Colorado
  • Judy Swartwood, Executive Assistant to Fire Chief at Arvada Fire Protection District
  • Kay Palmer, Recreation Manager at Apex Park & Recreation District
  • Kayleen Patrick, Administrator at Deeply Rooted Music School
  • Lenna Gregory, Donor Relations and Outreach Manager at Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation
  • Lisa Siler, Branch Manager at FirstBank
  • Margaret Brunet, Head of Graphic Design and Large Format Production at AlphaGraphics
  • Mark Johnson, Foundation Program Coordinator at Red Rocks Community College Foundation
  • Meghan Nies, Early Learning & School Age Assistant Manager at Hope House Colorado
  • Paige Shaffer, Hospitality Logistics Manager at Footers Catering
  • Patricia Riffle, 17th JD Manager at Ralston House
  • Paul Lillagore, Director of Member Outreach & Growth at Arvada Chamber of Commerce
  • Rachel Goodman, Director of Clinical Relations at Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation
  • Ramzi Ghazaleh, Fundraising Events Coordinator at Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
  • Rena Schomburg, Owner at Schomburg Insurance Agency
  • Sarah Vincent, Senior Financial Analyst at Intermountain Health — Lutheran Medical Center
  • Sha Ronda Wilson, Senior Lab Technician at Rocky MTN Children’s Health Foundation (Mothers’ Milk Bank)
  • Tetiana Kolcheva, CEO at Summit Cleaning
  • Vita Dubinin, Assistant Branch Manager at FirstBank

Applications are now Open for the Next Leadership Bootcamp!

Leadership Bootcamp was designed for current managers or supervisors or anyone who is looking to move into more of a leadership role in the future as well as anyone interested in honing their management and leadership skills. There will be a 90-minute session on Wednesdays from September to November (dates TBD).

The framework of Leadership Bootcamp includes the below three sections focused on different areas of leadership. Each week, we’ll explore one or two topics on a proven leadership methodology taught by an expert in that field.*

  • Personal Leadership
    Sessions include a personality assessment, emotional intelligence, public speaking and goal setting.
  • Leading Others
    Sessions to include developing a rockstar team, instinctual leadership and conflict management.
  • Leading a Business
    Sessions to include strategic planning, hiring best practices and workplace culture.

*Sessions subject to change based on speaker availability and needs of the Bootcamp participants.

Why Leadership Bootcamp?

Partial scholarships are available! Please reach out to Samantha Geerdes at samantha@arvadachamber.org or call (303) 424-0313 and we can work with you on accommodations to attend.

Learn more and apply today for this powerful, award-winning program!


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