Introducing the Next Generation of Chamber Connect

Denver, CO – On February 20, 2014, Metropolitan State University of Denver welcomed the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 2014 Chamber Connect class. After receiving it’s largest pool of applicants, the foundation welcomed 40 individuals from across Colorado. They each came prepared, alert, and eager to commence their Chamber Connect journey.

The first day of class, students received the first taste of the curriculum after having listened to a panel of Chamber alums. Monique Dyers, Tanaka Shipp, Javon Brame, Brandis Meeks, Antoine Quichocho, and Carrie Warren spoke about the Chamber Connect experience and covered other subtopics such as networking and branding. “Remember, it is not what you know or who you know, but it’s what people know about you.” This profound statement spoken by 09’ Chamber Connect alum resonated throughout the classroom but was merely a glimpse of what is to be learned within the coming 10 months.

Although, the program is a fun way for aspiring leaders to network and refine their professional skills— the road to graduation is not an easy one. “Buckle up!” was the phrase succinctly proclaimed by Chamber Connect Co-Chair, Tracey Adams-Peters. As stated on the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation website, for the next 10 months, the 2014 Chamber Connect class will be meeting every other Thursday on the Metropolitan State University of Denver campus to learn how to “become effective, well rounded and influential leaders.” The foundation successfully achieves this mission by dividing the curriculum into four categories: Leadership, Business, Politics, and Community Services. Learning the Chamber Connect way is a multifaceted process consisting of lectures from guest speakers, panels in the classroom, as well as, outside community application through networking and community service projects.

The CBCC Foundation Leadership Program is committed to transforming leaders and connecting them to the community so that they can make an impact in cities across the country. The mission of the foundation is: “to provide individuals and organizations with real world leadership training and advancement services as it relates to business, political and community leadership.” Spearheading the organization is Chairman of the Board Mayor Wellington E. Webb, CBCC Foundation President Ed Wingfield. Serving as Chamber Connect Co-chairs are Tracey Adams-Peters and Derrick Haynes. For more information on upcoming events and event sponsorship opportunities, please visit us at

Please welcome the 2014 Chamber Connect Class:

Alicia Harvey- Agilent Technologies
Angel McKinley- Paige Colorado Access
Brande Micheau City and County of Denver- City Council
Brendon Henderson- Denver Public Schools
Cassandra Ernst- Urban League of Metro Denver
Charlene Byron- Firefly Autism
ChukwuFumnanya Egbune – Goodwill Denver
Damon Jackson- Monopoly Investments
Darcell Carter- Kaiser Permanente
Desharia Meeks- Costco Wholesale
Earl Johnson- Pepsi CO
Ermias Hadera- CH2M Hill
Ernest Curry- T-Mobile USA
Ibukun Alao- CarMax
James Jackson- Limelight Networks Inc.
Jason St. Julien- United States District Court for the District of Colorado
Justin Adams Scripps – KMGH 7
Kara Cayce- State of Colorado
Katherine Burse- U.S. Department of Agriculture
Keya Willis- SAFEBuilt-Building Department Operations
Keyana Brown- Flagship Help Center
Kiara Calbart- University Physician’s Inc.
Kristy Rooks- Gilmore Construction
Malvia A Henry-Brown-  TIAA-CREF
Nahum Kisner0 Community College of Denver
Nycole Bradshaw- Aurora Public Schools
Philine Darwin- TIAA-CREF
Raychel Duncan- Community College of Denver
Raymael Blackwell- Goodwill Denver
Rocky Miller- Denver Public Schools
Sanai Fennell- FIRSTBANK
Senaye Gebre-Michael The Creative Group
Shawn Willard- Trizetto
Sheniqua Smith- Freedom Financial Services
Shontel Lewis- Goodwill Industries Denver
Davis Burl- Aramark Uniform Service
Jonathan Seals- University of Denver
Marcus Shaw- FIRSTBANK
Alysyn Harvey- Middleton Metropolitan State University of Denver

For more pictures visit the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation website.

Press Release from Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation.  


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