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Rising Stars of Centennial

The heart of our mission at VoyageDenver is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of Denver’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out Centennial’s rising stars below.

Cathy Hawk

The journey to creating Clarity started 25 years ago by following a series of clues that created curiosity about passion and human energy. I had just retired from a career in Dental Hygiene, and I was asking myself “What’s next to create passion and energy ?” I am a life long learner, so I took an 18-month sabbatical and studied with teachers at that time who were delving into self-actualization, Eastern chakra system, and heart math physiology. Read more>>

Natalie Smith

My sister, brother, and aunt are art teachers today. My grandma has always been one of the biggest influences in my life. My family always lived across the street from her. So, I would walk over to her house and she would have stories after story about her life and genealogy. She went to all the first Fridays in the park in Henderson, NV. She was named woman of the year in the newspaper. She had eight kids and was an early feminist for her time. Read more>>

Gina Schreck

I had dreamed of opening a coworking space after seeing a great group in Indiana seven years ago, but like so many others, I put that idea “on the back burner” because I had too much going on. The loneliness epidemic has reached an all-time high and I am feeling the rise of women who are over 40, needing to connect, be around others doing BIG things in the second half of our lives, and many wanting to start something new. Read more>>

Bonnie Klehm

I was a stay at home mom to my daughter and two sons for many years. I took photography and graphic design in college and have always had an artistic side. I love working on crafts with my kids, painting something or doing photography to satisfy my creative drive. I started working with a friend who did screen printing in her basement and eventually bought a vinyl cutter where I could work out of my home. Read more>>

M.J. Bell

My first foray in writing was an alternative ending to Silas Marner that I wrote back in high school. I was not a good student at the time and desperately needed the extra credit. To my surprise (and horror), my English teacher thought it was exceptional and read it out loud in front of the entire class as an example of a good story. That simple praise was a turning point in my life and also planted a seed inside me. Read more>>

Dean Isaacs

I’m originally from London, England. I grew up playing rugby and started playing American football around age 16. I left England at 19 to come to the US to play college football, not soccer, American football! After two years in San Jose, California, I transferred to Mesa State College, now Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado. Read more>>

Lee Thomas

I took a job as a sales engineer with a local company, Alloy Wire Belt. I was their first sales engineer. Things went pretty well and in 3 1/2 years, we were able to more than double revenue, and add three salespersons. I was promoted to Sales Manager. One day, I approached the owner and, in looking back”, inappropriately” told him I should receive a 10% interest in the company. He terminated me on the spot. Lesson: when you work for someone else, they will control your career destiny. Read more>>

Steven Kyle Schober

Before I begin with my personal story, I am compelled to share just how strong my mother actually is. The resilience in the face of adversity that she has demonstrated in her life is astounding. After seven miscarriages, doctors telling her she will never have any kids, and her being aged into her forties. She still managed to spark me into existence, at the ripe age of 42. Making me a Colorado Native. Read more>>

Megan Pendley Pickett

I began my career in higher education working with college students on leadership development, student activities, and community building. I worked in this field for about 15 years and really loved the opportunities to connect with students, build relationships with others, and truly make a difference in the lives of those I worked with. It is such a gift to have a student that you do not know very well or even at all. Read more>>

Emily Pahl

Sometimes what seems like a crisis turns out to be the best thing ever. I was laid off from my medical editing job in 2012 and decided to turn my part-time baking hobby into my full-time job. Whipped Bakery officially launched in February of 2013 and has been growing exponentially ever since. Read more>>

Catherine Tidd

I had just turned 31 and he was 34. Up until that time, I had been a stay at home mom to our three children, who were 5, 3, and 1 when he died. I learned quickly that there is no going back to the life you had – when your life has been shattered, the best you can do is pick up the pieces and create a new picture. Read more>>

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