Founder & CEO, Garden City
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Michael serves as the founder and CEO of Garden City, a purpose-driven buyout holding company that has raised $40M of permanent capital to buy, grow, and forever-hold service companies across the Southeast. Most recently, Michael was an early employee at DocuSign where he served as global vice president, general manager, and chief of staff to the CEO. In 2016, Michael founded MAV Ventures, a venture capital group that has invested in more than twenty companies ranging from technology to healthcare to consumer goods. Michael also co-founded New Story, a nonprofit that has built over 2,000 homes in developing countries and was recognized for creating the world’s first-ever 3-D home printer.
Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School; Former CEO & President, American Enterprise Institute
Arthur C. Brooks is professor of the practice of public leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and professor of management practice at the Harvard Business School. Before joining the Harvard faculty in July 2019, he served as president of the Washington, D.C.-based American Enterprise Institute (AEI), one of the world’s leading think tanks, for ten years. Brooks is the author of 11 books, including the national bestsellers Love Your Enemies (2019), The Conservative Heart (2015), and The Road to Freedom (2012). He has also published dozens of academic journal articles and the textbook Social Entrepreneurship (2008). He is a columnist for The Atlantic, host of the podcast “The Art of Happiness with Arthur Brooks,” and subject of the 2019 documentary film “The Pursuit,” which Variety named as one of the “Best Documentaries on Netflix” in August 2019.
Owner, Canlis Restaurant
Mark Canlis is the third-generation owner of Canlis Restaurant, a fine dining experience described by Food and Wine Magazine as “one of the 40 most important restaurants in the past 40 years.” He joined Canlis in 2003 and spearheaded the generational transfer and brand modernization that has garnered the family business national acclaim as one of the finest restaurants in America. Mark has assisted famed restaurateur Danny Meyer in opening his fifth restaurant, Blue Smoke, in Manhattan. Canlis restaurant has received twenty-two consecutive Wine Spectator Grand Awards, and has won three James Beard Awards.
Vice Chairman, Molson Coors Brewing Company
Since joining the Adolph Coors Company in 1971, Pete Coors has served in a number of different executive and management positions for Adolph Coors, Coors Brewing Company and Molson Coors. He served Coors Brewing Company, Molson Coors’ wholly owned subsidiary, as Chairman of the board of directors since 2002, as a director since 1973, and as the Chief Executive Officer from 1992 to 2000. He also served Adolph Coors Company, as chief executive officer from 2000 to 2002 and as chairman of the board from 2002 to 2005.He also serves as a trustee and is Co-Chairman of Adolph Coors Company, LLC, the trust holding company of the Adolph Coors Jr. Trust (Coors Trust) and other Coors’ family trusts. He is Chairman of the Trust Committee of the Coors Trust and trustee of various other Coors’ Family Trust Committees. He is also the President of the Adolph Coors Foundation, a family foundation and a manager of Keystone, Inc., the holding company for Coorstek and other Coors’ family owned businesses. He has also been a director of Energy Corporation of America since 1996. He also serves on numerous community and civic boards, including the American Enterprise Institute, the National Western Stock Show, and the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Author Managing Leadership Anxiety; Lead Pastor, Discovery Christian Church
Steve Cuss is the lead pastor at Discovery Christian Church and the author of Managing Leadership Anxiety. His heart is for those who are in roles of leadership, seeking to equip them with the tools they need for individual and team health. In addition to his leadership at Discovery Christian Church, Steve is a spiritual care professional in the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education and the host of the Managing Leadership Anxiety podcast. He has aided countless leaders in overcoming long-stuck patterns in themselves and their organizations.
Angelina Del Rio Drake
COO, PHI National
Angelina Drake is the chief operating officer of PHI, a national direct-care agency for the elderly and disabled. She leads initiatives across the organization in service of PHI’s strategic goals and oversees its administration, human resources, IT and learning solutions, and operations teams. Angelina was named a Job Quality Fellow at the Aspen Institute and authored “Direct Care Work is Real Work: Elevating the Role of the Direct Care Worker.”
Chairman & CEO, Flow Automotive Companies
Don is owner and CEO of Flow Automotive Companies, which includes 30 dealerships and more than 800 employees. His dealerships span numerous brands, from MINI and Saturn to Cadillac, HUMMER, and BMW, and are located in Winston-Salem, Fayetteville, and Greensboro, North Carolina, and Charlottesville, Virginia. His long list of community involvement includes serving as chairman of the board of visitors, Wake Forest University Graduate School; board of trustees, Winston-Salem Piedmont Triad Symphony; and board of directors, Forsyth Medical Center Foundation.
Regional Operations Manager, McCoy Building Supply
Carlos joined the McCoy team in 2003 and has served in commercial sales support, as an assistant store manager, and as store manager. He was appointed to his current role as the regional manager of the area known as “Heart of Texas” in 2018, and oversees locations in Bastrop, Brownwood, Belton, Austin, Waco, Taylor, Georgetown, Corsicana, and Bee Cave. Carlos describes his focus as “mentoring and supporting my store managers to effectively run their store operation, serve our current and potential customers, and care for and develop our team members”.
Founder, Builders and Backers
Donna is an internationally known entrepreneur, who believes in the power of entrepreneurial thinking to drive culture change and collective flourishing. She is the founder of Builders + Backers, co-founder and managing partner of 1776 Ventures, and was previously managing director of the Startup America Partnership. As a board member of both the Global Entrepreneurship Network and the National Center for Entrepreneurship, an advisor to the Economic Innovation Group, a distinguished fellow of the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship at The Busch School, and an entrepreneur-in-residence at Georgetown University, Donna works to inspire entrepreneurs to create companies of impact and to become leaders in their communities.
President, Edgerton Gear
Dr. David Hataj has served for over 40 years at Edgerton Gear, a second-generation precision machine shop. With decades of experience in workforce development, Dave brings real-world insight about caring for workers in the trades. His innovative approach to small business has birthed two additional businesses, two charitable trusts, and a mentoring partnership with the local high school. He authored the book Good Work: How Blue Collar Businesses Can Change Lives, Communities, and the World.
Chief Advancement Officer, Hope International
Chris Horst is the chief advancement officer at HOPE International, a global nonprofit that fights poverty through entrepreneurship. He loves to write, having been published in The Denver Post and Christianity Today and co-authored Mission Drift, Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing, and Rooting for Rivals with Peter Greer. Christianity Today, WORLD Magazine, and the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association named Mission Drift a book of the year in 2015.
D. Michael Lindsay
President, Gordon College
Michael Lindsay serves as the eighth president of Gordon College. Prior to arriving at Gordon, Michael was a member of the sociology faculty at Rice University, where he won multiple awards both for his teaching and his scholarly research. The author of two dozen scholarly publications, Dr. Lindsay’s Faith in the Halls of Power was nominated for the nonfiction Pulitzer Prize in 2007. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University and completed graduate theological degrees from Wycliffe Hall at Oxford University and Princeton Theological Seminary.
Meagan McCoy Jones
President & COO, McCoy’s Building Supply
Meagan McCoy Jones serves as the president and COO of McCoy’s Building Supply, where she is the fourth generation of leadership in this entrepreneurial family. McCoy’s owns 88 retail locations across five southern states. She is a member of the board of directors of McCoy Corporation and McCoy’s executive team, a partner in McCoy Remme Ranches, a member of the board of directors of the Texas Association of Builders, and co-chair of the legislative committee of the Lumbermen’s Association of Texas.
Chief Revenue Officer, Weifield Electrical Contracting
Karla Nugent is the chief revenue officer of Weifield Electrical Contracting, a national electrical construction company that seeks to build the world’s most energy-efficient buildings. Karla’s focus on people has led Weifield to become one of the Denver Post’s Top Workplaces multiple years running. Her advocacy for improved training for the next generation of construction workers led to her becoming one of the founding members of SkillBuild Colorado and Skills2Compete Colorado.
President & CEO, Daniels Fund
Hanna joined the Daniels Fund in December 2020 and manages more than $1.5 billion in assets, making her organization one of the Rocky Mountain region’s largest foundations. Previously, she served as secretary of education for the State of New Mexico under Governor Susana Martinez, realizing the most significant gains for students in New Mexico’s recent history. In this role, she oversaw a budget of $2.7 billion and more than 300 employees. Skandera also served as undersecretary for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, deputy commissioner for Governor Jeb Bush, and deputy chief of staff and senior policy advisor for U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.
Executive Vice President & COO, Red Rocks Credit Union
Darius Wise is the executive vice president and COO of Red Rocks Credit Union. Darius works as a visionary leader whose work stretches far into the communities around him. Before working in the business sector, Darius spent more than 17 years in pastoral ministry and leadership. He previously served as the director of Upstream Impact, a nonprofit that seeks to help families in the Denver area escape poverty and pursue their dreams. He currently serves on the board of directors for Denver Institute For Faith & Work.
Advisor, InCite Performance Group
As a dually engaged theologian and business advisor, Drew straddles the worlds of faith and work. Alongside his role as VP of Leadership Partners, he is a business advisor helping clients solve challenging problems at the nexus of risk, strategy, and innovation. He has more than a decade of strategy consulting and executive leadership experience across multiple industries. His career started in the food industry, where he was the Director of Strategy for a top 50 foodservice distributor, helping lead the company through its acquisition by a top five distributor. He then became CEO and led the turnaround of a produce merchandising and distribution company. After that, he was a consultant at Clareo, helping Fortune 500 clients create new growth paths. He is the author of Transforming Enterprise: American Evangelicalism, Capitalism, and the Challenge of Practical Theology.