Speaker Date Topic
Diamond Awards Apr 26, 2024
Dr. Tyler Lyson May 03, 2024
How Colorado Springs is Tied to the Extinction of the Dinosaurs and the Rise of the Mammals
How Colorado Springs is Tied to the Extinction of the Dinosaurs and the Rise of the Mammals

Dr. Tyler Lyson is curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, where he is responsible for the fossil reptile collection. His research focuses on the early origin and evolution of reptiles, particularly turtles, as well as the driver(s) and tempo of the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction and subsequent ecosystem recovery. He is working on projects in the Denver Basin in Colorado, Williston Basin in North Dakota and Montana, and Karoo Basin in South Africa. 

Lyson received his Ph.D. and M.A. in geology and paleontology from Yale University, and his B.A. from Swarthmore College. Lyson was a postdoctoral researcher at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History before joining the Denver Museum in 2014. 

Title: Extinction of the Dinosaurs and the Rise of the Mammals 

Description: Sixty-six million years ago, a 6-mile-wide asteroid slammed into Earth and caused the extinction of more than 75% of life on Earth, including the dinosaurs. This was the single worst day for life on Earth. How and when life rebounded in the aftermath of the extinction has been shrouded in mystery due to a poor fossil record. An extraordinary new discovery east of Colorado Springs preserves a remarkably complete fossil record with entire fossil mammals, turtles, crocodiles, and plants and paints a vivid picture of how life rebounded after Earth’s darkest hour. 

Ray Cameron and David Galvan May 10, 2024
The Importance of Mental Health First Aid Training
The Importance of Mental Health First Aid Training

Join Ray Cameron and David Galvan for a presentation on Mental Health First Aid Training and why it is important. 

Ray Cameron, who most recently served as COO at Magneti, is a volunteer and board member with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Colorado Springs. He’s passionate about mental health advocacy, especially when it comes to workplace mental wellness, and helping companies build cultures and systems that help decrease stigma and support employees.


Matt Mayberry May 17, 2024
Leadership Lessons from the Pikes Peak Region
Leadership Lessons from the Pikes Peak Region

Historical leaders in Colorado Springs (not the ones you're thinking of).  

Nate Springer May 24, 2024
What You don't Know about How Care and Share is Serving Colorado
What You don't Know about How Care and Share is Serving Colorado


RoseMary Jaramillo May 31, 2024
The Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association

Learn about resources in Southern Colorado available and how the local Alzheimer's Association is working to advance awareness of Alzheimer’s, dementia, caregiver needs, and brain health and lead the Alzheimer's Association’s programs and services, many of which are powered by passionate and knowledgeable volunteers.

Dr. Heather Beem Jun 07, 2024
Practical Education Network

PEN Update. 
The Practical Education Network (PEN) empowers K­12 STEM teachers in material resource­ constrained environments to engage their students in hands­-on learning. Currently based in Ghana, PEN hosts workshops that build teacher capacity to use and design effective learning experiences. ‚ÄčTeachers learn hands­-on activities that complement the national curriculum and use locally­ available materials. In the introductory workshop, teachers are trained on more than 10 activities for the upcoming term’s topics. PEN partners with the Ghana Association of Science Teachers (GAST) to organize and facilitate the trainings.

The activities are drawn from their innovative manual, which contains hundreds of hands­-on activities developed by the PEN team, by teachers in Tanzania, and from open­ source content online. They have mapped these activities directly to the Ghanaian syllabus, enabling teachers to directly integrate the activities into their ongoing lessons.

PEN has designed a constructivist learning experience around each of the activities to enable participants to form their own understanding as they work through the activity. The PEN trainers facilitate an inquiry­-based, team­-driven exploration through the concepts.

Kathryn Orford Jun 14, 2024
Become your #1 Fan
Become your #1 Fan

Kathryn has spent her entire adult life empowering people to believe in themselves and use their unique inner strengths to deliver the best outcomes in every aspect of their life.

Working with clients around the world, Kathryn’s authenticity comes from a place of overcoming the pain of rejection and proving naysayers wrong.

Excelling as a performer and entrepreneur comes naturally to Kathryn. As the daughter of an Australian Cycling Champion and Visionary winning has always been an expectation from her earliest years.

As a youngster, Kathryn was recognized as an elite athlete winning at regional and state levels.

Transitioning to dance as a teenager Kathryn, was forced to up her game because she was told she'd never make it as a professional dancer. 

Applying her athletic focus to this new endeavour, she went on to prove her critics wrong and achieve tremendous success on the world stage before going on to become the head of a highly respected school of performing arts – consistently winning regional, state and national championships.

Despite these professional successes, Kathryn’s toxic relationship with a partner resulted in a nervous breakdown that left her emotionally exhausted and suicidal.

Through a combination of pure-luck and caring intervention, Kathryn chose life and set about on a journey of self-discovery while learning to love herself from the inside out, instead of looking to others for validation that she was good enough.

Training with the world’s leading authorities in self-esteem, self-belief, human behaviour and human potential, Kathryn now inspires thousands of people around the world every year to produce results they had only previously dreamt of.

Her International Best Selling Book "Become your #1 Fan ~ How to Silence Your Inner Critic and Live the Life of Your Dreams" made #1 on Amazon in 5 Categories and #2 in Self Help and features in the Hollywood Movie Butterfly Caught.


Sam Chapman Jun 28, 2024
End of Year Recap
End of Year Recap