Archive for September, 2014

Girl Scouts Honor Women of Distinction in Colorado Springs

Friday, 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. (more…)

Powerhouse Science Center: Preserving the Penrose Mining Legacy

Thursday, 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. (more…)

Chinese Government Officials Meet Colorado Political Leaders

Thursday, 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.  (more…)

Mandela Washington Fellows – From Africa to Colorado Springs

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

(Colorado Springs, CO) – In August El Pomar Foundation welcomed Mr. Abdirizak Ali from Somalia and Mr. Mustapha Gwary from Nigeria who are participants in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.  During their eight-week internship, both Fellows gained valuable leadership experience through contributing to El Pomar’s programs and participating in professional development activities.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the new flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).  President Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.

Abdirizak Ali comes to El Pomar Foundation for his two-month internship with a background in community education and outreach.  Prior to his arrival he participated in the Civic Leadership Institute at Rutgers University.  He leaves the Foundation strongly motivated and well-equipped with skills from nonprofit development courses and leadership training to effectively promote civic development and economic growth, and is eager to share his experience when he returns home to Bosaso, Somalia to start an institute for leadership and governance. (more…)

Local Food Week Organization Feature: Colorado Springs Food Rescue

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Andy Post, Internship Class of 2014

As the harvest season descends upon Colorado Springs, the Local Food Movement is in full swing. This week Colorado Springs celebrates Local Food Week, featuring a rich concentration of events seeking to bring the food economy, from cultivation to compost, back to the local community. Colorado Springs has witnessed an explosion of businesses and organizations focused on restoring the food system to promote the health of economy, community, and natural resources.


Reflections from LeadershipPlenty

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

All communities contain an untapped pool of people with the potential to improve their own lives and the lives of those around them. This idea is the driving force behind LeadershipPlenty, a leadership training program designed to empower individuals to “think in new ways about who can be a leader, how diverse leaders can work together effectively, and what action they can take.” Rather than focusing on issues and problems in communities, LeadershipPlenty recognizes that the key to long-term success is identifying community assets and mobilizing them to be positive forces for change. (more…)

The Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun

Friday, September 5th, 2014


Nathan Mackenzie

The Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun is one of Colorado Springs’ great landmarks, offering visitors an unrivaled panorama of the city and surrounding area.  In addition to the wonderful view, the Shrine has a rich history that, as with many things in Colorado Springs, began with Spencer Penrose.

In 1932, upon learning that he had throat cancer, Spencer Penrose began planning the construction of a memorial tomb on Cheyenne Mountain. Designed to resemble a medieval tower, construction of the Shrine lasted from 1934 to 1937. The tower was built with a 200,000-pound steel frame and 6,500 cubic yards of granite quarried from a single Cheyenne Mountain boulder.  The 114-foot tower is a “singing tower” with chimes and a vibraharp that can play 125 selections.


15th Annual Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

“My participation in NELP had a great impact on my personal life as well as on my professional efforts. Because of the open sharing environment during the NELP program, I came to realize that many others are dealing with similar situations and that there are ways to work through them that make a nonprofit even stronger.”

-2013 NELP Alumni Mary Stegner, Executive Director, Partners in Housing

On August 11 – 14, 2014, El Pomar Foundation and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) partnered to welcome 23 participants to the 15th annual Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program (NELP). NELP is a four day leadership training program for Presidents, CEOs, and Executive Directors of Colorado nonprofits with annual operating budgets exceeding $750,000. The program provides participants the opportunity to develop their individual leadership styles, in addition to understanding their strengths and weaknesses. Ultimately, this experience allows nonprofit leaders to better serve the communities they work with across Colorado.


Please click here to learn more about the program. Past program participants have particularly benefitted from the environment of peer feedback and self-reflection that the program encourages:

“NELP was the most in-depth training I’ve ever received. The data and feedback was extremely valuable, and the coaches were top-notch. The training was helpful in giving me the perspective of so many other Executive Directors sharing their similar struggles and stresses.”

-2013 NELP Alumni, Tony Shawcross, Executive Director, Open Media Foundation

“Managing employees is one of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of my job. I have used the Situation Behavior Impact (SBI) feedback tool with employees and appreciated having a tool to help me lay out my thoughts ahead of time.”

-2013 NELP Alumni, Teresa Malone, Executive Director, Durango Education Center

“What an inspiring and invaluable week learning about leadership, mentoring and myself. I’m so grateful to El Pomar Foundation for the opportunity to spend time with colleagues and experts in such a world-class program. I’m constantly learning there is still so much to learn and this experience was no exception – in fact, it exceeded my expectations in every way.”

-2012 NELP Alumni, Joanne Kelley, CEO, Colorado Association of Funders