We asked some of the city’s rising stars to reflect on what made a difference in their journey. We asked them to tell us about what they think the most important factor has been behind their success.

Christie Melby-Gibbons | Executive Director, Tricklebee Cafe

The most important factor behind the success of Tricklebee Cafe is generosity. The more we share of the abundance we have, the more abundance seems to flow back to us. A youth from the neighborhood who has been actively involved in our pay-what-you-can community cafe since we opened in 2016 asked me the other day: “How do you stay open if everything is technically free?!” Read more>>

John Stadler | Graphic Designer

For me, the most important factor behind my success is empathy. To meet people from their view of the world and build from there. I believe great work is achieved through listening, accountability and honesty. These beliefs allow me to have healthy and prosperous relationships with the amazing people I’m fortunate enough to work with. For every client, no matter how big or small, if it matters to them then it matters to me. I understand what it means to put your heart into your work and the desire to share your purpose clearly. Read more>>

Douglas Emerson | Bicycle Shop Owner

I remember people’s names like nobody you’ve ever met before. Read more>>

Elizabeth Jumel | founder of Jumel Public Relations

The most important factor behind my success is my network. Colleagues, peers and friends have provided me with the encouragement and support, connections and leads, guidance and counsel that have proven invaluable to my career. Read more>>

Shane Hoefer | CEO Rocky Mountain Forest Products

The most important factor behind my success was acknowledging the importance of human emotion in business. As I was being mentored through the ranks by my Dad to run this business, I learned first-hand of how my father steered the business through his logical, hard, by-the-numbers and somewhat cold way of interacting with people. I saw that this wasn’t the route I wanted to take. The lack of acknowledging the role that human emotions played, was somewhat sabotaging his efforts. Read more>>