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Monday, May 11


Opening Keynote with Jerry Colonna and Matt Stinchcomb
Limited Capacity seats available

Standing Still While Your Hair's on Fire: Surviving the Startup Life
Join Jerry Colonna, CEO of Reboot, and Matt Stinchcomb, Vice President for Ethics Impact at Etsy, for this interactive discussion on how purpose and values are helping today's top companies navigate the process of going public.

Moderated and hosted by Naropa University President Chuck Lief.

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Bill Rigler

Director of University Relations, Naropa University
My role is to share the incredibly cool things taking place at Naropa and work with strategic partners to maximize impact and visibility.

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Jerry Colonna

CEO & Co-Founder, Reboot.io
Jerry Colonna is the Co-Founder and CEO of Reboot.io, and is an executive coach who uses the skills he learned as a venture capitalist to help entrepreneurs. He draws on his wide variety of experiences to help clients design a more conscious life and make needed changes to their career... Read More →
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Matt Stinchcomb

Executive Director, Etsy.org
Matt Stinchcomb is the Executive Director of Etsy.org, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to​ h​elping people develop the skills, connections, and wisdom needed to use commerce as a tool to regenerate the self, the community, and the Earth. Previously, he was the VP, Values and Impact at... Read More →

Monday May 11, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Performing Arts Center, Naropa University 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302


An Intro to Mindfulness for Startups
Limited Capacity seats available


"Mindfulness" has become a buzzword in the popular culture and is now regularly featured in places ranging from the Harvard Business Review to the local coffee house. Most of the time, it’s brought up in the context of stress management and relaxation. As anyone in the startup world knows stress is constant.  But that’s only half the picture…

The other half of the picture is augmenting performance - how can mindfulness tools be employed by entreprenuers to gain and maintain an edge for themselves and their start-up? Brought to you by Mark Williams, a former F-15 pilot, Gulf War combat vet and long-time practitioner of meditation, martial arts and entrepreneurship, this presentation shows how top performers can optimize across the board through the practice of mindfulness.

Mark focuses on and directly trains three key competitive talents: the ability to proactively manage stress and anxiety; the ability to maintain focus, concentration and awareness under duress; and the ability to function smoothly as leader or member of a team. This presentation introduces the “OODA Loop” – the high performance paradigm of fighter jet flying – and combines it with the science of mindfulness, hands-on experiential exercises, and stories of high performerresults to show how mindfulness impacts performance and well-being.

Monday May 11, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Performing Arts Center, Naropa University 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
Tuesday, May 12


Hack beyond the comfort zone with Professional Athlete Sonya Looney
Limited Capacity seats available

Looney's experiences enduring the hardest and longest mountain bike races across the globe have accomplished more than an impressive list of accolades.  She has sought out races that had never been done and in countries that most people wouldn't travel to alone. It was in those experiences that the value of pushing past the limits of the comfort zone became clear. "Trying new things completely shifts your frame of reference and dramatically improves self-confidence. You develop a wider capacity to experience life and will achieve more ambitious goals. We die a slow death of complacency by doing things the same way and not ever feeling that slight anxiety when trying something new." Sonya brings her experience as a mountain bike pioneer to life and shares how you unlock your true potential and break down barriers. 

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Rachel Scott

VP MarComm, Quick Left
Rachel is VP of MarComm at Quick Left and co-founder of Naked Women's Racing. Don't worry, she rides her bike clad.

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Sonya Looney

Professional Athlete. Writer. Speaker. 4x US National Champion. Ex-engineer. Beer snob.

Tuesday May 12, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
eTown 1535 Spruce Street Boulder, CO 80302
Thursday, May 14


Yoga @ Riverside with Rob Loud
Limited Capacity seats available

It wouldn't be a Boulder-style Startup Week without a little yoga! Join us for a 1 hour vinyasa yoga class at the beautiful Riverside Park with celebrity instructor Rob Loud. Rob is an ERYT 200 certified yoga instructor and teaches full-time in his hometown of Boulder, CO as well as Denver. His passion for yoga and ability to serve as an effective teacher is apparent through prioritizing his personal practice....and his hair color choices. Rob empowers, inspires, and shares his love of yoga through every connection. Rob’s classes are creative, challenging, intelligent, FUN, and bring depth beyond physical asana. Stick around for some Q&A about Boulder's yoga community afterwards! Don't forget your yoga mat, towel and hydrating beverage of choice too! 

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Rachel Scott

VP MarComm, Quick Left
Rachel is VP of MarComm at Quick Left and co-founder of Naked Women's Racing. Don't worry, she rides her bike clad.

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Rob Loud

Inspired by the Infinite, and motivated by his own inward journey, Rob's desire is to be a catalyst for positive change in others on the path of self-realization.  Rob teaches yoga full-time exclusively at the Yoga Pod in his hometown of Boulder, CO as well as in Denver.  He is... Read More →

Thursday May 14, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Riverside 1724 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302
Friday, May 15


Finding balance: a conversation about health within the startup community
Limited Capacity seats available

Work life balance is tough. Work life balance in a startup is tougher. Depression in startups is becoming more and more common. This session will be a facilitated conversation exploring what kinds of things professionals can do to avoid depression and burn out. We want to hear your point of view on how can we still enjoy the ride in the face of so much pressure. What things can we do as individuals? What can teams do to support the well being of its team members? Leave with a few new tools and the knowledge that you are not alone on this quest to find balance. 
The conversation will be led by Sam Elmore & Michael Rich from org dev.

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Miles Matthias

CTO, inKind
I'm the CTO of inKind.com, and I love food and wine. So let's talk about those things!

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Sam Elmore

co-founder, Org Dev
Sam Elmore has 20 years experience helping teams get ready to perform. As a consultant & coach he helps his clients become more embodied and leverage their strengths. Sam is also a member of @PlaybackBoulder a local improvisational performance company.
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Michael Rich

co-founder, orgdev
As a coach and consultant, I am passionate, curious, and otherwise alive on the journey of enhancing the conditions that support our best work, and accessing the fullness of our lives as human beings (those two things not being separate).

Friday May 15, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
dojo4 2030 17th Street, Boulder, CO 80302