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Politics, Policies, and Eggplants

October 24th, 2014

By Samantha Barlow

“One, two, three – qiézi!” Shoulder to shoulder with rising Chinese political leaders outside Denver’s new Supreme Court Building, El Pomar Foundation staff discovered yet another point of connection with their foreign guests. Apparently, the practice of shouting a food item that forces the speaker to smile while taking photos crosses cultural boundaries – “cheese” in English, and “qiézi,” or eggplant, in Mandarin. Read the rest of this entry »

Colorado Springs Celebrates Arts Month

October 23rd, 2014

By Allie Romo

This October, the smell of pumpkin spice is not the only thing in the air. Art is in the air and on people’s minds thanks to an effort from Colorado Spring’s Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR.)  The month-long celebration of the arts is joining the national effort, National Arts and Humanities Month, to celebrate the arts locally. COPPeR hopes October Arts Month will become an annual effort to promote the arts in our community.
We are all familiar with the emotional reaction we get from art, but rarely do we remember the economic impact the arts have on our community. To bring this to light, here are a few fun facts… Read the rest of this entry »


October 21st, 2014

Florence Ozor is a Government Relations officer for an oil and gas company in Nigeria by trade, but she is best known for her leadership in the international #BringBackOurGirls campaign. While attending a women’s leadership conference in the United States in April, Florence learned that the terrorist group Boko Haram had abducted 276 Nigerian school girls.  She leapt into action and immediately dedicated herself to bringing the girls home. Her unwavering determination and passion for the cause quickly made Florence the primary leader of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Her inspiring story, relentless commitment and admirable leadership have kept the story in global news, including Newsweek. Currently, Ms. Ozor is touring the United States with the Global Livingston Institute speaking about her experiences as an international leader. Read the rest of this entry »

Mandela Washington Fellow: My Leadership Journey

October 16th, 2014

By Abdirisak Yusuf Ali

Beginning the Journey

I first came across the Mandela Washington Fellowship-Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) on social media. Then I started hearing conversations about the YALI program on the news and at social gatherings. Finally, a friend of mine at Oxford sent to me notice of the program. I studied the program closely and found that it matched my goals. Once I applied, I felt uncertain, and wondered where my application would fall among the millions of vibrant African youth. When I was accepted for the Fellowship, it refueled my dreams of building my leadership more. Read the rest of this entry »

Mandela Washington Fellowship Journey: A Moment of Reflection

October 14th, 2014

By Mustapha Gwary

When I first received information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship through the Young African Leaders Initiative in November 2013, I thought applying for the program was not worth my time. Only 500 young Africans are selected for the Fellowship, and I assumed thousands would apply. In Nigeria alone, there are far more than 500 qualified applicants. I thought about the odds of me making the cut, and thoughts of doubt enveloped my mind. Nonetheless, I applied. During my interview I discovered that nearly 50,000 sub-Saharan Africans applied for the Fellowship and over 15,000 of the candidates were from Nigeria. Despite my initial doubts, I am thankful to be one of the selected candidates to participate in the inaugural class of Fellows. With excitement, I embarked upon a three-part journey to Miami, Florida; Washington D.C.; and Colorado Springs, Colorado. Read the rest of this entry »

Story of Impact: St. Vincent Hospital Foundation

October 9th, 2014

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to spotlight one organization that has recently purchased a digital mammography machine to provide higher quality care for the women in the Lake County community.

Nestled 10,152 feet above sea level, St. Vincent Hospital is a 25 bed Critical Access Hospital in Leadville, Colorado. The hospital’s mission is to provide the best possible, cost-effective, accessible care that balances community needs and available resources.

St. Vincent Hospital has a rich tradition, dating back over 125 years, when nuns from the Sister of Charity- Kansas came to Leadville in 1879. Responding to Leadville’s desperate need for a hospital, the nuns created St. Vincent. Over the years, St. Vincent evolved to meet the ever growing and changing needs of the region. Currently, the hospital offers home health, physical therapy, and acute care. Similar to the Sisters of Charity, St. Vincent remains committed to meeting the ever changing healthcare needs in the region far into the future.

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Battle at the Broadmoor

October 6th, 2014

The hockey community in Colorado Springs had much to celebrate last week as head coaches from two premier college hockey programs faced-off, the Stanley Cup visited the Broadmoor World Arena, and the Colorado Avalanche took on the Los Angeles Kings.

The week commenced Tuesday afternoon when the head coach of the Air Force Academy, Frank Serratore, and the head coach at Colorado College, Mike Haviland, gathered at the Faceoff Luncheon with fans to discuss the upcoming collegiate hockey season. Both coaches discussed their teams’ preparation, expressed their excitement for the season’s start, and, of course, engaged in playful competition. As with any competition, both coaches lauded their own teams, but were primarily excited about the start of the college and professional hockey seasons.

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Girl Scouts Honor Women of Distinction in Colorado Springs

September 19th, 2014

By Hannah Staller

I recall my first Girl Scout meeting. At six years old, I sat in a circle of girls I knew from school. I was a shy child, and felt nervous starting a new activity. My mind quickly changed when my Troop leader introduced me as a new member, and the circle of girls enfolded me in giddy hugs and excited squeals. I held my hands high in the Girl Scout Sign as I performed the Girl Scout Promise and Law, making commitments to respect and honor my fellow troopers, my country, and myself. Read the rest of this entry »

Powerhouse Science Center: Preserving the Penrose Mining Legacy

September 18th, 2014

Molly Brown

With the mission to spark curiosity, ignite imagination and power exploration it is fitting that a Utah Copper Company boiler dated from 1906 resides in the Powerhouse Theater of the Powerhouse Science Center. Spencer Penrose, a man accustomed to adventure himself, was a shareholder of the Utah Copper Company in 1906.  Though he could never have known it, the money that he left to El Pomar Foundation continues to support the engaging work of the Powerhouse Science Center today. Read the rest of this entry »

Chinese Government Officials Meet Colorado Political Leaders

September 18th, 2014

(Colorado Springs, CO – September 20, 2014) — Rising Chinese political leaders arrive in Denver tomorrow to engage with state politicians and Rocky Mountain culture. The nine-member delegation will spend two weeks in the United States, hosted by El Pomar Foundation and the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit, American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL).

“ACYPL provides unique access for the world’s future leaders to a broad spectrum of seasoned experts in diplomacy and communication, and prepares them for effective future service,” reflects William J. Hybl, CEO of El Pomar Foundation and Chairman of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.

While in the U.S. the delegates will visit Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Denver and Colorado Springs. During the program, delegates will participate in open discussions with government officials, community, business and nonprofit leaders, as well as local citizens. Through these interactions they will examine government policy making, American politics, political advocacy, and the diplomatic bonds between the U.S. and China.

On September 21 through 25, the group will travel through Denver and Colorado Springs, where the delegates will examine political leadership at the state and local level with the Colorado Attorney General John Suthers amd members of the Colorado Springs City Council and El Paso County Commissioners board.

While in Denver, delegates will also learn about the Congressional election process through meetings with campaign staff for United States Senator Mark Udall and State Representative Cory Gardner. They will have the opportunity to question state media representatives, including the Denver Business Journal’s Ed Sealover, CCTV’s Hendrik Sybrandy, and Rocky Mountain PBS’s Kristin Jones. The delegation will be hosted by longtime ACYPL partner organization El Pomar Foundation.  Read the rest of this entry »