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Vail Leadership Institute event aims to highlight the ‘Vail Way’

AVON — The Vail Leadership Institute is hosting the inaugural “Vail Way” event, a new program to promote the entrepreneurship of our lives, our organizations and our community. The event begins at The Westin in Avon on Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and keynote presentation by Brad Feld, a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship.

The event continues Oct. 18 at 8:30 a.m. with Larry Donnithorne, author of “The West Point Way of Leadership” at the Hyatt Beaver Creek. Friday concludes with a short hike to Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, followed by lunch and a roundtable discussions for participants. Each day’s event is $35.

“This inaugural ‘Vail Way’ event will be an important gathering that brings thought leaders from the business start-up community, leadership scholars and community leaders who are driving the future success of the Vail Valley,” said Ross Iverson, president and CEO of the Vail Leadership Institute. “We encourage anybody in the Vail Valley with an interest in entrepreneurship and leadership to attend one or both sessions.”

Keynote speaker

Brad Feld, who keynotes The Entrepreneurs Reception on Oct. 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Westin in Avon, will share his “Boulder Thesis” and vision of how the Vail Valley can jump start its entrepreneurial activity.

Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, Feld co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Feld is also a co-founder of TechStars, co-chair of Startup Colorado and is on the board of UP Global. He writes the widely read blogs “Feld Thoughts,” “Startup Revolution,” and “Ask the VC.”

Everyone who registers for the event will receive a free copy of Feld’s book “Start-up Communities.”

Execution is key to success

Larry Donnithorne, featured during the session on Oct. 18, will share his “West Point Way of Leadership” and how execution is key to enduring success.

Donnithorne is president emeritus of Colorado Christian University, from which he retired in 2006. He served as president of two colleges for a total of 14 years after retiring from military service, which included 13 years on the staff and faculty at West Point. He continues to teach ethics and leadership at several institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

After Donnithorne’s program, participants will go on a short hike to Saddle Ridge for lunch and roundtable discussions with those who share a passion for the “Vail Way.” Attendees will receive a personal leadership planner following the session.

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