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    Leadership Development and Networking Event


    LIFE 2022 - Reimagining and Revitalizing our Future: Equity- and Justice- Centered Leadership

    This event took place on Friday, April 29, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. via Zoom videoconference

    This annual leadership development and networking opportunity took place virtually in 2022. This was NOT a webinar, but rather the kind of interactive learning and networking experience people have come to know and expect from this event - since 2004! As always, the program was OPEN to the PUBLIC.



    Reimagining Our Systems and Structures: What's Going on in Communities?

    This panel discussion will open the door to community-based perspectives on the positioning of funding from systems and structures of power towards new, defining practices of justice and equity. Panelists will discuss the value drivers, leadership practices and methods utilized by community-based organizations for their transformational efforts in environmental justice, restorative justice, and health equity. Panelists will offer their reflections on the personal or community healing practices that are integral to this work. Through the panel and small breakout discussion, participants will come away from this session with:

    • The role of small, local community nonprofits in driving systemic change.
    • Perspectives surrounding the engagement and collaborative practices that are transforming community impact.
    • Individual and organizational restorative practices that keep teams and communities together.
    FACILITATOR: Rich Marquez

    FACILITATOR: Rich Marquez

    Colorado Director for Justice Programs, Latino Coalition for Community Leadership (LCCL)

    Rich Marquez's Biography

    PANELIST: Shannon Francis

    PANELIST: Shannon Francis

    Executive Director, Spirit of the Sun

    Shannon Francis's Biography

    PANELIST: Rossina Schroeer-Santiago

    PANELIST: Rossina Schroeer-Santiago

    Founder/Therapist, Therapists of Color Collaborative

    Rossina Schroeer-Santiago's Biography

    PANELIST: Wendy Talley

    PANELIST: Wendy Talley

    Program Director, Latino Coalition for Community Leadership

    Wendy Talley's Biography



    Reimagining Resiliency and the Pressure to Power Through

    In this session participants and panelists will journey together and begin to explore, deconstruct, and reimagine the importance of self-care and resilience for leaders during challenging times. As leaders it is our responsibility to show up as our full authentic selves so that we give others permission to do the same. Together, let’s move beyond commercial self-care and explore what it means to create personal and professional environments that care for our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. The panel will invite you to move beyond sick days, massages, & baths and develop the tools necessary to create habits of good for long term self-preservation and begin to reimagine and create lives that are just, and well. We will focus on how we use our authentic and compassionate selves to become better leaders. Participants will walk away with:

    • Tools and takeaways for designing healthy professional and personal environments
    • The tools to identify when we are not caring well for ourselves
    • Self-examination to explore if/when inadequacy of our own self-care impedes and impacts the self-care of others
    FACILITATOR: Shontel Lewis

    FACILITATOR: Shontel Lewis

    Nonprofit Executive and CEO of Accountability for Greatness

    Shontel Lewis's Biography

    PANELIST: Elizabeth Battle

    PANELIST: Elizabeth Battle

    Social Worker and Advocate

    Elizabeth Battle's Biography

    PANELIST: Beverly Grant

    PANELIST: Beverly Grant

    Founder, Mo' Betta Green MarketPlace and Food Activist and Educator

    Beverly Grant's Biography

    PANELIST: Destiny Hardney

    PANELIST: Destiny Hardney

    Co-Founder, Dream Create Inspire Tour

    Destiny Hardney's Biography



    Our best work happens when we are revitalized, refreshed and empowered. Throughout the day, leadership coach, Susan Skjei will guide us in helpful practices for strengthening our personal power and resilience, stepping fully into our role power and recognizing how to work with our status power and privilege in ways that are beneficial to ourselves and others.

    PRESENTER: Susan Skjei, PhD

    PRESENTER: Susan Skjei, PhD

    President, Sane Systems

    Susan Skjei's Biography



    9:00AM - 3:30PM

    9:00amWelcome, Opening Remarks, and Introductions
    9:30amRevitalizing Ourselves
    Susan Skjei
    10:15amReimagining Our Systems and Structures: What’s Going on in Communities?
    Rich Marquez, Facilitator
    Shannon Francis, Panelists
    Rossina Schroeer-Santiago, Panelists
    Wendy Talley, Panelists
    12:00pmLunch and optional Virtual Networking
    12:45pmRevitalizing Ourselves
    Susan Skjei
    1:00pm Reimagining Resiliency and the Pressure to Power Through
    Shontel Lewis, Facilitator
    Elizabeth Battle, Panelists
    Beverly Grant, Panelists
    Destiney Hardney, Panelists
    3:00pmRevitalizing Ourselves
    Susan Skjei
    3:15pmClosing Remarks


    Zoom Videoconference

    This event took place using the Zoom meeting platform.

    Sessions included speaker presentations, large group interactions, and breakout groups.





    LIFE is an annual program that provides leadership development and networking opportunities for the Rocky Mountain region. The goals of the event include:

    • Developing leadership skills & competence
    • Stimulating dialog and reflection on leadership issues and concepts
    • Encouraging networking
    • Building and strengthening the community of professionals connected to public and environmental health in our region

    Who should attend?

    This event is OPEN to the PUBLIC, and draws people from a variety of diverse sectors and communities. It is primarily intended for those who work to create and sustain the health and well-being of people and the environment, and for those who are interested in developing and refining their leadership skills. It is NOT limited to members of the host organizations or their graduates.

    History of the Event:

    In 2004, the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL) began Autumn in Aspen as an annual continuing leadership education event for friends and alumni of our institute. This 19th annual event continues that tradition under the event name Leadership is for Everyone (LIFE), and for the tenth time includes co-hosts, this year the Colorado Environmental Health Association (CEHA).

    For nearly all of the past nine years, this event has sold out at or near a capacity of 150 participants. The event draws encore attendees as well as a strong showing of attendees who are new to and/or unaffiliated with the co-hosts and the event.


    For questions regarding this event, your registration, or to pay by check, please contact us through the form below. This message will be sent directly to a staff person.