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GlenX Summit seeks to inspire biz leaders

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A first-time event being organized by one of Glenwood Springs’ young movers and shakers seeks to inspire up-and-coming business professionals in their work and personal lives.

While the planned GlenX Success Summit on Sept. 12 at Glenwood Springs High School is geared more toward young leaders, it is open to the public and can benefit people of all ages, said organizer Altai Chuulun.

“We wanted to put together a business event intended to motivate and inspire,” said Chuulun, the president of Roaring Fork Young Professionals, an affiliate of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.

“It is geared toward young professionals and students who want to positively influence their lives,” he said. “But the whole idea is to inspire anyone who wants to find success, happiness and fulfillment.”

The inaugural installment of what Chuluun and his co-organizers would like to see become an annual event in Glenwood will feature keynote speaker Mark Brown, an Emmy-nominated inspirational speaker and winner of the 1995 World Champion of Public Speaking award sponsored by Toastmasters International, the largest public speaking organization in the world.

According to Brown’s website biography at markbrownspeaks.com, “He has dedicated his career to delivering uplifting messages to people all over the world.

“With his ‘tell it like it is’ approach, he challenges some of the most serious issues facing schools today (and) uses a unique combination of humor and poignancy to reach the most diverse audiences,” it says.

He will be speaking at the Glenwood event about “Being Your Best,” Chuluun said.

Other GlenX speakers will include Colorado Mountain College President and CEO Carrie Hauser, local philanthropist and Roaring Fork Cultural Council founder Jim Calaway and noted musician Willy Tea Taylor.

Hauser recently joined the board of directors for American Rivers along with nighttime talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.

Hauser also has co-authored with Walter Isaacson an article in Philanthropy magazine about Calaway’s success as an oilman and his decision midway through his life to give to the causes he cherished, including education, arts and humanities, and the welfare of animals.

“I’ve always been really inspired by Jim Calaway’s story of achieving riches and flying all over on jets, then saying he didn’t feel fulfilled so he started giving back,” Chuluun said.

Chuluun said he met Taylor at a concert at the Belly Up in Aspen and enjoyed his story of “living what he is passionate about,” so decided to invite him to speak and perform at the GlenX Summit.

Other speakers are also expected to round out the event before the Sept. 12 date.

The event, which serves as a fundraiser for Roaring Fork Young Professionals, will include an “experience hall” from 3-4 p.m. in the hallway outside the Jeannie Miller Theater at GSHS, featuring various informational booths.

The speaking event will run from 4-7 p.m. in the auditorium.


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