Mentoring the Next Generation

Everyone needs outside eyes to solve problems and I love having the opportunity to be that person,” said Dan Kobler, partner at Campfire Digital and a current member of the Leadership Denver (LD) 2018 class.

Dan had the opportunity to be that person for Paul Hunter, a student leader at Regis University, this past fall through the Colorado Leadership Alliance (CLA) Mentoring Program, which connects all ages of Leadership Foundation participants by pairing Denver metro area-based leaders with collegiate student leaders over a semester to help them kick start their engagement in the community.

“It has been great to get to know Paul and find out what he is working on and how I can help. I’ve learned a lot about how to ask the right questions and help him get to the core of what is next,” Dan said. “The most meaningful part has been being able to see some lights go on and help a fellow entrepreneur figure out his path.”

After meeting Paul, Dan was surprised by how much he had already accomplished at a young age. Paul founded Repurpose Bowties in 2015 to connect families with the memory of their fallen soldiers using fabric from military uniforms. Repurpose Bowties handed out 400 bowties to celebrities in a gifting suite at the 69th annual Emmy Awards. Read more about Paul’s success in The Denver Post.

“I have learned so much from my mentor, Dan, but most of all, I feel like I have somebody well-connected in the Denver network who has my back and my best interest at heart,” Paul said. “Dan has shown that he is interested in my success and well-being, and it’s great to have somebody like that in your corner.”

Do you want to become a mentor for the next generation of leaders? Sign up for the spring semester CLA Mentor Program or join us for a group mentoring experience at the CLA Summit Mentors Walk on Saturday, Jan. 27.

This blog was originally published on the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation’s blog. Click here to view the original post.

Erica Rutledge is the  program and events coordinator for the Leadership Foundation.