Wednesday, April 18 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
$10 online registration | $15 at the door
Balistreri Vineyards 1946 E. 66th Ave. Denver, CO 80229
Join us for All Alumni Networking Night: Spring Edition Wednesday, April 18. The evening will be comprised of two, short guided networking rounds, followed by open time for guests to mix and mingle.
Enjoy two free glasses of wine and appetizers all night, while participating in discussions facilitated by your fellow Lynx alumni. Top off the evening with a winery tour and catch up with old friends or make new connections in the community during open networking.
How it Works
You will be assigned two networking tables to visit during the structured portion of the evening. Our staff will prepare these table arrangements based on your responses to a few key questions on our registration form about your current or desired industry, what topics you are interested in discussing, and more.
We strongly encourage you to please fill out the registration page completely so that we can assign you tables that will be relevant to your experience and interests. An alumni discussion facilitator at your table will help break the ice and keep the conversation going, so don't worry if you're new to networking: we got your back.
- 6:30 - 6:45 p.m. - Check-in and Registration
- 6:50 - 7:10 p.m. - Networking Round 1
- 7:15 - 7:35 p.m. - Networking Round 2
- 7:35 - 8:30 p.m. - Open Networking and Winery Tour
Registration will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 16.
Featured Alumni Table Hosts
Antwan Jefferson, PhD'13
is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver. In his work, Antwan teaches in the Human Development and Family Relations program and the Urban and Diverse Communities concentration of the Leadership for Educational Equity doctorate (EdD) program. His teaching emphasizes interrogating race, class, and gender arrangements; achieving social justice; increasing an asset-based emphasis on diverse families; and supporting stronger and deeper community engagement in the schooling education of students through the pre-service training of helping professionals and teachers
His research agenda considers the ways that family and community members experience schools and organizations in their communities, including the implications of space, voice, and power in decision-making and not-for-profit organizations and schools. Antwan also is the faculty liaison for community-based partnerships in the SEHD’s Office of Partnerships. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Innovation from CU Denver in 2013, following completion of a dissertation entitled “(Un)Invited Families: Locating the Institutional Power of School at Work Against the Involvement of Families.”
Antwan Jefferson, Ph.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Human Development and Family Relations (HDFR) and Urban Community Teacher Education (UCTE) programs in the School of Education and Human Development at CU Denver. He also is the faculty liaison for community-based partnerships, bringing together the School of Education and Human Development and local community organizations that serve children, families, and the broader community.
His work emphasizes service and accountability to the community, including a focus on encouraging professionals to serve communities in response to challenges. His research agenda examines the ways that family and community members experience schools in their communities, and the ways in which the institutional power of school(s) impact the individual power of families and community members.
Colin Chapman, BS'99
designs & installs immersive audio-visual systems for commercial, residential & professional audio clients. He specializes in elegant custom solutions tailored to the space & individual tastes. His experience and creative expertise remove the complexity of technology so you experience only the finest in sound & vision.
Colin has been contracted to work nationally in the following locations; New York City, The Hamptons, Los Angles, Washington State, Marfa Texas and Colorado.
Valerie Lash, BA'00
is the imaging director and RIS/PACS administrator for Centura Health, St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, CO. Valerie has also worked in imaging management positions at St Anthony and Littleton Adventist Hospital. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Colorado Denver and her associates degree in Applied Science from the University of Southern Colorado.
Most importantly Valerie provides leadership, guidance and expertise in the imaging areas of CAT scan, echocardiography, MRI, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, x-ray, and the electronic medical records for imaging. Valerie has worked as a technologist in California, in trauma radiography, CAT scan, MRI, interventional, mammography and management.
She currently resides in Keystone and Littleton, Colorado, enjoying the outdoors and all that Colorado offers. Valerie can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Van Leeuwen, PhD'07
currently serves as the Senior Advisor for Governor Hickenlooper after working as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Community Partnerships during the first term. Leading up to the Hickenlooper administration, he worked as the Policy Director and served on the transition team for the Hickenlooper for Colorado gubernatorial campaign. He is also the CEO & Founder of the Global Livingston Institute (GLI), a non-governmental organization in East Africa designed to engage students and community leaders to develop innovative solutions to poverty and is a Senior Research Fellow with the Buechner Institute at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. He became a Fulbright Scholar in 2013 and a Woodrow Wilson International Fellow in 2017.
In 2006, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper appointed Jamie to head up Denver’s Road Home. In this role, he oversaw leadership staff, fundraising, public relations and evaluation for Denver’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. In the first five years, Denver’s Road Home leveraged over $50 million in new resources for the homeless, developed over 2,000 new units of affordable housing, prevented over 3,500 families from becoming homeless, reduced chronic homelessness by 70 percent and was recognized by HUD as one of the top six homeless programs in the country. In 2007, Mayor Hickenlooper appointed Jamie to chair the Drug Strategy Commission and oversee the Office of Drug Strategy. The office launched a major community-wide strategic plan in 2008 to close the unmet treatment gap in Denver. In the first two years the plan created over $500 thousand in new treatment services and generated $3.5 million in-kind media annually. Denver’s Road Home and the Office of Drug Strategy combined to form a new Office of Community Impact under Jamie’s direction.
Since 2009, as the founder and CEO, he has also worked to develop the GLI, an innovative research and learning institute for students and community leaders in Uganda and Rwanda with a social impact focus. Building a campus modeled after the Aspen Institute in rural Ugandan and forging a series of academic and public-private partnerships, this “poor man’s” Aspen institute serves over 200 scholars annually, has hired over 300 East Africans into the workforce and is engaged in multiple research initiatives throughout Uganda. The institute hosts an annual Women’s Leadership Summit and a growing music festival with a focus on HIV prevention and testing. Recent partnerships include work with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation and New York Fashion week, both aimed at empowering and employing Ugandans in the workforce.
Prior to his role in the public sector, Jamie directed fundraising, legislative work and research as the Director of Development & Public Affairs at Urban Peak, a Colorado non-profit agency serving homeless and at-risk youth. During his tenure at Urban Peak he was appointed to serve a two-year term on the National Council for Youth Policy for the National Network of Youth. He is a graduate of Leadership Denver (2002), Emerging Leaders (2003), and Leadership Arts (2004) and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Denver and University of Colorado Denver. Jamie was selected in 2005 as an inaugural Livingston Fellow by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Board to cultivate his leadership in the non-profit community in Colorado and in 2006 was named one of “Forty Under Forty” by the Denver Business Journal. In 2017, he was named by CoBiz Magazine as one of the 25 Most Powerful People in Colorado.
Jamie completed his PhD in Public Policy at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver with an emphasis on affordable housing and homelessness. He has a Masters degree in International Public Health and a Masters degree in Sociology from Tulane University. His career focus is on domestic and international work related to poverty alleviation, specifically targeting homeless and vulnerable youth in developed and developing countries.
Jamie serves on boards for the Biennial of the Americas, Colorado Music Coalition, the Presidents Leadership Class at the University of Colorado, Take Note Colorado and the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs Advisory Board. He has previously served on the boards of the Capitol Hill United Neighborhood Association, Colorado Health Institute, Curious Theatre, Denver Foundation Human Services Advisory Board, Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, Family Directions, the Harm Reduction Action Center, Level One Health Board, Morgridge Family Foundation 21st Century Classroom Board, and the 9Kids Who Care Advisory Board.
He is active as a national and international researcher and presenter. Over 50 publications, poster presentations, lectures and keynotes include a recent article on mental health services in rural Uganda, a book chapter in Globalizing the Streets, and an article in American Journal on Addictions featuring a multi-city research project he directed on homeless youth.
He is the recipient of the 2017 Urban Peak Maverick Thinker Award, the 2014 Creighton University Alumnae Merit Award, the 2009 “Judy Kaufman Civic Entrepreneurship Award” from the Denver Foundation, the 2010 Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Alumnus of the Year, and named in the 2011 Power Issue of the Out Front magazine as a leader in Lesbian & Gay community. Jamie has extensive international experience with travel to over 110 countries. He is an avid runner and has participated in over a dozen competitive races including a two-time finisher of the New York City Marathon. His partner Andrei lives and works in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for the State Department and his son graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in international development.