Join us for the 24th UCCS Economic Forum annual community presentation, which this year will combine with the Pikes Peak SBDC State of Small Business event. We will also have a timely presentation from nationally renowned futurist, Dave Nelsen. Aikta Marcoulier, Executive Director of the Pikes Peak SBDC, will provide data and best practices for local small business. Tatiana Bailey, Director of the UCCS Economic Forum, will give an overview of the national, state and local economy in the context of COVID-19. We will break for a local, mixology tutorial with Lee Spirits and reconvene for our guest speaker! Dave Nelsen will focus on how this major disruption will shape the “new normal” in future years.
Featuring Keynote Speaker
Futurist + President, Dialog Consulting Group
After earning a Masters degree in Operations Research at Stanford University in 1983, Dave spent twelve years at AT&T where he led marketing and product management of the firm’s high-speed InterSpan® Data Services line. Later, he helped networking start-up FORE Systems grow tenfold and become a major player in the Internet backbone.
Dave co-founded and was CEO of CoManage Corp. until selling it to Canadian firm Syndesis after seven years. During this period, he was recognized by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year. Mr. Nelsen subsequently founded TalkShoe, which immersed him in the emerging social networking and social media phenomenon. During this period, he was recognized as CEO of the Year by the Tech Council, a leading US technology trade association.
Dave is a founding member of Vistage group CE 676, part of the world’s largest CEO network. He speaks at hundreds of corporate and industry association events.
Dave is an award-winning professional speaker who has appeared dozens of times since 1999 with radio host Ron Morris on WMNY-AM. Since 2009, he’s also been writing a monthly column for TEQ Magazine.
Dave is a mountain biker, Adventure Racer, and triathlete. In his spare time, he makes award-winning red wines.
Aikta Marcoulier, MBA
Executive Director, Pikes Peak SBDC
Aikta is involved in the El Pomar Emerging Leaders Program. She is an active board member of the Pikes Peak Workforce Development Board, Pikes Peak Community College Business Advisory Board, Better Business Bureau Board of Directors, BRCA Girl, and the Colorado Business Development Foundation. She serves on numerous committees for the Colorado Springs Business Journal, is a mentor for Leadership Pikes Peak, serves as Co-Chair for the Census 2020 Business Committee and is on the Technology and Funding Committees for the Colorado SBDC Network.
Marcoulier received her MBA in global management from the University of Phoenix and undergraduate degrees in both economics and psychology from the University of Iowa. She is a 2018 Colorado Springs Leadership Institute (CSLI) Alum and 2017 Leadership Pikes Peak (LPP) Signature Program Alum.
Tatiana Bailey, Ph.D.
Director, UCCS Economic Forum
Currently, she is the Director of the UCCS Economic Forum and serves as an economic development resource to local businesses and government. In 2016, Dr. Bailey was a “Woman of Influence,” and in 2018, was named “Business Leader of the Year.”
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