Tuesday Talent Series


The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce launched the Tuesday Talent Series in 2022 to compliment the Talent Summit and expand the knowledge around workforce issues. Each seasonal cohort of the series includes presentations from experts in the field on timely topics including: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Family-Friendly and Age-Diverse Workplaces, Apprenticeship Pathways, Skills-based Recruitment; as well as, a hands-on career tours, and more.

About Talent 2.0

The Tuesday Talent Series aims to provide more in-depth presentations, hands-on learning, and opportunities to continue and support employers in attracting and retaining the talent they need.

You can find all upcoming presentations, along with resources and past recordings on this page. 

All presentations are held on Zoom from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 

The 2024 Talent Series is sponsored by:

Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce media contact:

Plante Moran 100th Anniversary Logo 1

2024 Winter Tuesday Talent Series Resources:

Tuesday, May 28

Session Title:  Decoding Your Customer!

Session Presenters: Jeff Havens is not your typical business growth expert. His uncanny ability to provide actionable answers to today’s business challenges in an undeniably entertaining and impactful way has put him in front of thousands of eager audiences across North America anjkd Asia.

Session Description: As hilarious as it is informative, this keynote concentrates on the human behaviors that have brought the customer experience to where it is today, then synthesizes those behaviors into four simple realities that provide a clear vision for how to move forward.



Tuesday, May 7

Session Title:  Affordable Homeownership is Possible in Colorado

Session Presenters: Tiana Patterson is the Vice President of Social Impact and Wealth Equity for Elevation Community Land Trust, where she cultivates and oversees the creation and implementation of community engagement and partnership strategy before, during, and after project development.

Session Description:  This session will focus on Elevation Community Land Trust’s (ECLT) homeownership program; learn how we remove barriers and increase access to homeownership. ECLT’s average home price is $270,000. Learn how we make that possible and see if you or someone you know qualifies for the program!



Tuesday, April 30

Session Title: CareerWise and Pinnacol: Expanding the Definition of Success with Apprenticeships

Session Presenters: Carolyn ‘CJ’ Renaud, Director of Business Partnerships for CareerWise Colorado, and Fatima Amador, Apprenticeship Program Facilitator at Pinnacol Assurance.

Session Description: In this presentation, participants gained insight into the CareerWise model of apprenticeship, firsthand experience of Pinnacol Assurance and their highly effective apprenticeship program, and, most importantly, a fresh perspective on what successful talent development could entail for your organization.




Tuesday, April 2

Session Title: Unlocking Potential: The Power of Fair Chance Hiring

Session Presenters: Kristen DeWitt, Program Manager for the Colorado Fair Chance Hiring Initiative, leverages a background in local government and non-profit work. Jamil Cooks, a Colorado Springs native and advocate for social justice, leverages his business degree from Alcorn State University to make a meaningful impact.

Session Description: This session is essential for business leaders, HR professionals, and hiring managers eager to enhance recruitment strategies and create a more inclusive and dynamic workplace by tapping into diverse backgrounds and experiences. Learn more at www.cofch.org.



FCH One Pager

Copy of Copy of Colorado Fair Chance hiring


Tuesday, March 26

Session Title: How to Communicate like a Human Being in the Age of AI

Session Presenters: Ariana Friedlander, MPA, is an award-winning organizational anthropologist, leadership development expert and author. She is the founder and principal of Rosabella Consulting.

Session Description: With recent advancements in AI (Artificial Intelligence), it’s more imperative than ever for leaders to upgrade their internal operating systems. Communicating like a human being enables us to navigate stressful situations with greater ease and wisdom. In this session, Ariana will review what it takes to communicate like a REAL person. Participants will learn how to apply the latest research in neuroscience to upgrade their internal operating system.



Tuesday, March 5

Session Title: Navigating the New Era of Buyer-Centric Sales: Strategies to Close More Deals

Session Presenters:

– Jessie Ollier, Certified Sales, Leadership and High-Performance Coach 

Session Description: Buyers are completing nearly 70% of their decisions before engaging with sellers. To thrive, businesses must adapt their selling strategies from product-centric to problem-centric. Discover actionable insights to create problem-aware buyers, establish yourself as the top choice, and drive purchasing urgency. Don’t miss out on unlocking revenue and winning more deals.



Prospect Problem Impact Handout


Tuesday, February 27

Session Title:  How Autism Inclusive Policies Can Positively Impact Your Business’s Bottom Line

Session Presenters:

– Daisy Montgomery, Autistic Businesswoman & Owner of Autistics Anonymous

Session Description: With the rise of awareness about autism, ADHD, and other neurotypes in the workplace, businesses can leverage this awareness and create systems to improve recruitment, retention, reputational currency, and employee morale.


Power Point Slides


Tuesday, February 20

Session Title: Intercept the Future and Grow Your Business

Session Presenters: Bill Welter, consulting-educator with over 50 years of experience spanning four separate careers: military (USMC), engineering, business consulting, and education.

Session Description: What did Apple or Netflix or Airbnb or Amazon see and do that led to their growth? Now, flip the coin over. What did Blockbuster, Nokia, Toys-R-Us, and Polaroid not do?
How do these stories apply to small business growth? We’ll review a four-step process you can and should use to keep your business moving “fast enough” to intercept your future.


Power Point Slides

Books Mentioned:

• Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts, Annie Duke, 2018
• Business Model Generation, Alex Osterwalder, 2009


Tuesday, February 13

Session Title: Every Set of Financials Tells a Story

Session Presenters: Becky Ezell, Owner and Chief Visionary Officer of Keep Smart Books and Keep Smart Books Academy

Session Description: You will walk away from this session with a greater understanding of what a Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Statement are and how they can tell the story of your business. As well as how to make better financial decisions.

Clean Books Rock Profit and Loss

Clean Books Rock Balance Sheet



Tuesday, February 6

Session Title: Business Analytics Fundamentals: Data Warehousing and Reporting for Organizational Insight

Session Presenters: 

– Adam Cerullo, Manager, Business Analytics Consulting, Plante Moran

– Stewart Zellars, Senior Manager, Business Analytics Consulting, Plante Moran

Session Description: Join us for Analytics Fundamentals: Data Warehousing and Reporting for Organizational Insight to unravel the core concepts of data analytics, emphasizing data warehousing and reporting. In this engaging session, participants will explore the foundational elements of analytics, gaining insights into effective data warehousing practices and analytics visualizations. This session is designed to enhance your understanding of analytics fundamentals and their transformative impact on organizational decision-making.


Power Point Slides