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What Great Resignation?
April 7, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm MDT
Millions of U.S. employees left their jobs last year in what has been dubbed “the Great Resignation,” and Colorado was fourth on that list.
Are Colorado employees really leaving the workforce? Or are they just seeking a better balance?
This panel discussion will feature Colorado companies from Outside Magazine’s list of Best Places to Work in the country. They’ll share how their commitment to building an empowering company culture has helped them bypass the Great Resignation altogether and provide new and interesting perks for their employees as they continue to thrive during one of the toughest times in recent history.
With more than twenty years of marketing and communications experience, Jim Licko brings a wide range of expertise to Denver-based creative agency CenterTable and its sister agency GroundFloor Media (GFM) including social media and digital campaign strategy, crisis management, public education and engagement campaigns, media relations, and creative content development. As a former journalist, he has a keen sense for successfully connecting brands to individuals through creative storytelling and enjoys keeping his hand on the pulse of the ever-changing media industry. CenterTable utilizes Jim’s diverse skill set in managing the day-to-day work of the agency as well as with a variety of clients ranging from consumer brands to government relations. Before joining CenterTable and GFM, Jim worked for Pete Webb Public Relations, where his responsibilities included managing the Colorado Department of Transportation’s statewide “Heat is On” drunk-driving and “Click It or Ticket” seat-belt safety programs and conducting an award-winning launch of The Inn at Auraria student housing facility in downtown Denver. He also tackled crisis situations ranging from land-use issues to complex legislative matters. During his time at Webb PR, Jim was particularly proud of his work managing media for both the groundbreaking and dedication of the Columbine Memorial, including a visit and remarks from former President Bill Clinton.
Previously, Jim was vice president of public relations for the integrated marketing firm MCS in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where his account work ranged from crisis communication for Swiss Valley Farms to creating a successful holiday NASCAR promotion for Dobson Cellular Systems that raised more than $980,000 for local Big Brothers Big Sisters chapters. He started his career as a broadcast news reporter and later a sports reporter/anchor at KWWL-TV in eastern Iowa. Jim credits his time as a reporter for his ability to quickly understand and get up to speed on new client work.
Jim is an active proponent of civic and community volunteerism, donating time and efforts to several Denver-area organizations including the Tennyson Center for Children, Youth Opportunity Foundation, Naturally Boulder and the local chapter of Trout Unlimited. He is a proud graduate of the 2009 Denver Metro Chamber’s Leadership Denver program.
A native Iowan, he holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic media and public relations from Wartburg College where he previously served on the school’s Alumni Board of Directors and was a four-year letter-winner on the nationally-ranked baseball team.
In his spare time he can be found in the mountains enjoying the numerous outdoor and mountain activities of Colorado with his husky/collie mix and frequenting Coors Field during the summer months.
Jami Duffy is a locally and nationally recognized thought leader and innovator in the areas of equitable company culture, the global impact of artmaking, public policy advocacy, music ecosystems, and inclusive leadership. Jami has participated on panels before the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Labor, among others, and is on a journey to advance equity in the arts, music, education and in the workplace.
Jami joined Youth on Record as Executive Director in 2009 and has since provided the strategic vision and fundraising expertise that has led to consistent growth and national brand recognition for the organization. She spearheaded a $2M capital campaign to build YOR’s state-of-the-art Youth Media Studio in west Denver, and has grown the organization by 1,400% in her tenure. She is also the co-founder of a local advocacy organization, All in Denver, and a member of Denver’s Cultural Affairs Commission.
Co-Owner and Senior Director of Employee Experience and Social Impact, Namasté Solar
Geri Mitchell-Brown is the Senior Director of Employee Experience & Social Impact at Namaste Solar, an employee-owned, Certified B Corporation that designs, installs, and maintains solar systems for homes and commercial properties along the Front Range. Prior to Namaste Solar, Geri led corporate social responsibility at two other companies. She helped design and then taught the Certification in CSR course at the CU Boulder Leeds School of Business’ Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility. In 2019, Geri was selected by the Boulder Chamber as one of the Women Who Light the Community.
Managing Director, Shareholder, Head of People and Culture, Crestone Capital
In this role, Ronda enables the firm to develop and preserve its organizational culture through the power of talent management. She executes an integrated talent management strategy and delivers a best-in-class candidate and employee experience. She is a passionate advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. During her time with Crestone, the firm has received numerous culture commendations including Outside Magazine and Colorado Biz Magazine.Prior to Crestone, Ronda was a Managing Partner at S3 Talent Management, a consulting firm, focused on integrated Talent Management.
Ronda received her Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management from the University of Illinois. She is a member of Human Resources Society Management (SHRM).
Ronda serves on the Crestone Diversity and Inclusion Committee.