We had the good fortune of connecting with Josi Carlson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Josi, what do you attribute your success to?
I believe that the most important factor behind any successes that I have had is surrounding myself with the right people. Even an individual success could not happen without the people who you engage throughout the process. I believe that people rise to the occasion and when you choose to work with people who bring a different skillset to the table, have a diverse background and even have differing opinions, you are able to have a more satisfying outcome.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I spent a majority of my career in collegiate athletics. As a a former athlete, it was an amazing way to stay involved in sports and I loved the camaraderie, the energy and the team-centric work environment. While I was in a role where I was producing and executing events for many years, there was a creativity that was missing from my work. Making the decision to move out of college sports was probably the most difficult choice I’ve had to make, but I also knew that I would only leave for the right opportunity. That opportunity was presented when I was introduced to Bespoke. With human connection in mind, Bespoke helps organizations create engagement opportunities that bring their brand to life, evoke emotion and inspire action. From exclusive dinners on the gondola in Aspen to shooting country music videos, with Bespoke I found the perfect place to stretch my creative legs and help clients to think beyond their wildest dreams. At Bespoke we believe that engaging people for the sake of engagement isn’t enough. We move business objectives forward, inspire donors to give, make employees feel appreciated and everything in between. We design the engagement opportunities that drive the behavior that people want and I love the personal interactions that our brand creates.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There is nothing better than introducing someone to your city. Creating an itinerary in Denver is easy, there are so many neighborhoods, restaurants, hikes, venues and sporting events that are available at our fingertips. If you are coming to visit me, you can always expect to do at least a few of these things: Union Station Dinner at Tavernetta, the Denver Art Museum, a workout or concert at Red Rocks, drinks at the Dairy Block,  Griffiths Coffee and a lap around Sloans Lake, shopping and a drink at Forget Me Not in Cherry Creek, day trips to Boulder, the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park or Garden of the Gods, ice cream at High Point and local boutique shopping on Tennyson, frisbee and local beer at Cheesman Park, a CU football game at Folsom Field, happy hour at Avanti, volleyball at Wash Park, a spin class at Rush Cycle. Who wants to come and visit?

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to all of the amazing, powerful and successful women in my life! Whether it’s the badass teammates I had growing up as an athlete, the friends who have become family or the strong female leaders in Denver I have had the privilege of working worth, I am constantly in awe of the power of women.

Website: www.bespokeconnects.com

Instagram: Josi_co_

Image Credits
Allison Moulton Jensen Sutta

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