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Leadership Development and Networking Event

LIFE 2022

LIFE 2022 – Save the Date!

April 29, 2022

Jewish Community Center
Denver, CO


LIFE 2021: A Virtual Series!

April 16, 23, AND 30, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (each day)
via Zoom videoconference

This annual leadership development and networking opportunity went virtual and took place over three consecutive Friday sessions. These were NOT webinars, but rather the kind of interactive learning and networking experiences people have come to know and expect from this event. As always, the program was OPEN to the PUBLIC.



Transcending the Unknown: Becoming more resilient in the face of challenges and changes

Transcending the Unknown: Becoming more resilient in the face of challenges and changes

Presented by Kari Knutson
Professional Speaker, Therapist, Storyteller

This engaging and timely presentation focuses on multiple topics related to how the world has changed since March of 2020. In light of these changes, we have had to refocus our priorities and overcome numerous obstacles in our personal and professional lives. The recurring theme of this presentation is shifting perspectives, cultivating courage, and harnessing the power of compassion. We will discuss the role of stress and how to identify and mitigate it, as well as positive coping mechanisms so that we can show up fully present in our roles, ready to engage thoughtfully and effectively with the people we serve. This presentation will also explore the ways in which we can adapt to new situations by shifting our perspectives and understanding the cycle of change. We will also discuss the role of courage in consciously choosing how we show up for ourselves and others as well as the concept of compassion and how we can use compassion to enhance our connections, expand our influence, and help us heal. Participants will leave with practical and actionable ideas that they can start using immediately.

Kari Knutson’s Biography

Compassion Fatigue & Burnout Prevention

Compassion Fatigue & Burnout Prevention

Presented by Howard Baumgarten
Licensed Professional Counselor, author, consultant, speaker, wellness and small business-training expert, and owner of a mental health private practice in Lakewood, Colorado

This Workshop is designed to teach participants to become aware of compassion fatigue and burnout risks in the workplace, while learning how to manage symptoms, and prevent fatigue and burnout through applied cognitive, behavioral, and emotional interventions. The training includes an introduction, definition and exploration of terminology, a review of the causes of compassion fatigue and burnout, symptom identification, research and original theory, individual and group intervention/prevention strategies, and a summary/conclusion. The training includes a step wise individualized written “Burnout Prevention/Burn-up Invention Plan” that participants will work on throughout the program and finish up on their own after the training. Participants may be divided into breakout rooms for brief exercises related to the topic. The program includes brief video clips and/or audio clips to make and/or support key points. Additional materials/references will be made available to participants in a pre-conference learning packet that includes links to short videos and articles on the subject, along with an original compassion management survey developed by the speaker. A complete list of references used to build the program and for further participant engagement is provided at the conclusion of the training. Note: The purpose of providing video/audio, slides, written exercises, group sharing, in addition to the lecture is to utilize multiple training methods that will accommodate and satisfy the many different ways participants enjoy learning.

Howard Baumgarten’s Biography

The accord Tool for Successful Negotiations, Influential Conversations (and Great Meetings)

The accord Tool for Successful Negotiations, Influential Conversations (and Great Meetings)

Presented by Sara ‘Zora’ Boas
Founding Director, Boas Partners

The same deep structure and process can be used to achieve influential conversations, successful negotiations, and great meetings. Many of us use this structure unconsciously when we are at our best. However, when we skip essential steps, we undermine our own role as positive change-makers. In this highly interactive session, Sara ‘Zora’ Boas will teach us the six phases of her accord tool for transformation. Based on modelling what outstanding leaders and negotiators actually do, accord is used by community and business leaders around the world to engage people, take clear decisions together, gain real commitment, and generate powerful collaborative action. Participants will be encouraged to explore how they can apply accord in their own daily lives, to create and sustain health and wellbeing for people and the environment, even more effectively. By taking part, you will learn to:

  • Prepare for meetings/negotiations/conversations with your own and your partners’ true needs in mind
  • Create an atmosphere of trust, emotional safety, and productive cooperation
  • Establish clear expectations and a process for achieving shared goals
  • Drill down from sharing and developing ideas to agreeing on a specific plan
  • Ensure that each individual shares responsibility and commits to taking action
  • Keep up the momentum of implementation and continuous improvement

Sara Boas’s Biography



Three Virtual Sessions held April 16, April 23 and April 30 from 9:00AM – 12:30PM

Preliminary program – subject to change
April 16, 2021
Transcending the Unknown: Becoming more resilient in the face of challenges and changes
Kari Knutson
April 23, 2021
Burnout Prevention through Compassionate Connection: Awareness and Skills Training for Industry Leaders
Howard Baumgarten
April 30th, 2021
9:00AM: Engaging in Negotiation: What works and what doesn’t

10:30AM: The accord Tool for Successful Negotiations, Influential Conversations (and Great Meetings)
Sara “Zora” Boas


Registration Fee: $135 per person for all three Friday sessions. $100 per person for two sessions. $65 per person to register for each individual session.


This event is OPEN to the PUBLIC. It is NOT limited to members of the host organizations or their graduates. Come one and all, but remember, this event usually sells out, so sign up early.


  • No refunds will be processed after April 8, 2021.
  • Registrations cancelled between April 1st and April 14th may be transferred to another person.
  • Registrations cancelled after April 14th may not be tranferred to another person.

To request a cancellation or transfer, please submit the details of your request through the contact form on this page, and a staff member will follow up to complete the change to your registration.


Zoom Videoconference

This event will take place using the Zoom meeting platform.

Sessions will include speaker presentations, large group interactions, and breakout groups. It is recommended that all participants join the program on a computer or tablet to ensure full participation with the online learning platforms (a phone may be too small).

We also request that all participants use the cameras on their devices to help us connect with each other, have meaningful dialogue and enhance our learning experience.





LIFE is an annual program (typically one day and now a 3-day series for 2021) that provides leadership development and networking opportunities for the Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico 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 17th annual event continues that tradition under the event name Leadership is for Everyone (LIFE), and for the ninth time includes co-hosts, this year the Colorado Environmental Health Association (CEHA).

For the past eight 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.