CBC Featured Speakers & Teachers

Taylor Short

Coach, Trainer, Author, Speaker | Harmonious Return

Helps her clients move from feeling exhausted and overwhelmed to energized and fulfilled, without leaving their job. Having spent over 15 years climbing the corporate ladder herself, Taylor discovered a huge missing piece in Corporate America. The entire focus was on external success, but most employees were experiencing a significant internal struggle. Through her own work she learned what it really takes to balance these two and eventually left to start her own business to help people reset the way they relate to their jobs. She knows when people are fulfilled internally, they tap into an explosive goldmine of energy, passion and worth that positively impacts everything they do.

January 2022 Webinar: Reset Your Career Intentions for 2022

John Gies

Business Growth Strategist | RAS Squared

John supports Professional Service Firms get new clients, revenue and profits, without spending more money on marketing and advertising.

John helps individuals and organizations build award-winning teams by teaching them the power of communication in order to deliver performance, profit, and  quality. He learned his communication skills in the crucible of the sales profession, where your ability to communicate determined your level of income and  influence. For over 30 years his work with Small and Large Business, Telecommunication Pioneers, Financial Services and Government agencies and supported them to achieve operational and financial performance. He continues to work with leaders from across all industries to improve  communication and leadership effectiveness to deliver powerful results.

He is an award-winning speaker and leverages his own wholehearted approach to communication to help leaders create accountable teams, productive teams and profitable teams.

February 2022 Webinar: Communicating for the Bottom Line: How Communication Impacts Human and Financial Performance

Shigeko Leveque

Yoga Therapist Coach • Nutritionist | Shigeko Yoga

Born and raised in Japan, her Eastern discipline is very much a part of her life. Along the way, she became enamored with martial arts and acquired second degree black belts in Japanese Kenpo and Tae Kwon Do. She is also became proficient in meditation and Qigong and Tai Chi.

As the founder Shigeko Yoga, she has been teaching yoga in the Denver metro area since 2003. Her style is influenced by wonderful Denver local teachers in Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Hot Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga. She also completed her yoga therapy certification with Canadian Institute of Therapeutic Yoga. She continues to discover herself and deepen her knowledge and wisdom by studying with her spiritual guide, Mitch Rosacker at Self Discovery Studio.

With an open heart, she welcomes everyone and serves the world in her own unique way. Her passion for yoga is shared at her studio for private sessions, public studios for groups and special events, and the Denver Police Department. She’s extremely honored and grateful for the opportunity to touch so many lives through yoga—her truth and gift to the world.

2021 Wellness Events: Botanic Gardens Yoga
2021 Immersion Destionation Retreat: Mazunte, MX

Ethan Silvera

Reiki Master Intuitive | Intend Reiki

“The Universe we exist in is comprised of loving energy. As your Reiki Practitioner, it’s my honor to channel this energy with the sole intention to harmonize the frequency of your Higher Self. Take comfort that I’m here to hold space, have compassion and be pure love for any intentions that resonate with Your Spirit.

At a young age I felt an intense connection with the World we inhabit. This realization was the catalyst to think outside of Self-Ego. I believe it’s possible to cultivate a pure energetic, source relationship with all that surrounds us. First and foremost, this journey begins with self.

There are insurmountable distractions in our everyday life. The worst of which could be perceived as chatter in our mind. It can be said that the body/ mind is a storage facility for everything that has ever happened throughout our existence. That is why it’s vital one actively pursue any modality which enables one to cleanse and clear the energy which hampers the intention of their higher purpose.

It takes tremendous courage to face our vulnerabilities and ask for help. Your willingness to seek reclamation of Self and the power within is nothing less than perfection. I’m extremely proud of you! I would be elated and honored to support your alignment with any intention you hold. Trust that I will always be present with love and compassion.

I’ve found through Reiki the medium to help. Blessed with the gift to channel energy, together we can relieve physical pain, stymie mental anguish and create the presence of self that one needs in order to resonate at their highest frequency. Step one is saying yes to change. In a Universal moment, we can create the reality you seek.”

2021 Blossoms of Light Experience

March 2022 Webinar: Unpacking “The Four Agreements”

Tara Grainger

Mindfulness CoachYogiCreatrix | Root To Rise Wellness LLC

After an extensive career in education and a life in Florida, Tara left everything in 2019 to pursue a more awakened existence. She eventually landed in Colorado, and like many, instantly fell in love with the mountains. Soon after moving, COVID struck her small mountain community, shutting down opportunities for social connection. Taking this as a sign from nature, Tara cocooned in her new environment, studying multiple disciplines of yoga, playing with art as therapy and healing, and regularly hiking and meditating in the forests surrounding her home. Little did she realize that these activities would not only support her own healing journey but soon would support others’ healing journeys in the form of mindfulness practices.

Now, through Root To Rise’s unique mindfulness practices that integrate yoga, art, and nature-based activities, Tara helps other’s – kids, adults, families, and communities – to explore the inner landscape, discovering their own unique light, gifts, and talents while also releasing trauma and developing internal resources to navigate life’s joys and challenges. 

2021 CBC Trail of Lights Experience

March 2022 Wellness Event: Guided Hike with CBC and Root To Rise Wellness

Kelli Oberndorf

Organizational Development • Coaching • Team Facilitation | Banyan Collective

Kelli holds a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration and is a Certified Professional Facilitator and Coach. She empowers organizations to invest in the well-being of their employees by strengthening relationships, building trust, and establishing community within the companies she works with. Kelli is highly skilled in interpersonal and team dynamics, conflict resolution, and 1:1 management coaching. Her work is practical, applicable, and will improve communication, kindness, and trust throughout the organization.

April 2022 Wellness Event: Guided Walking Meditation & Community Circle

John Leemhuis

Attorney | Leemhuis Legal

John has been practicing business law his entire career.  As a partner, he ran the business law department of a mid-sized firm in Pennsylvania where he began his practice in 1991.  In 2018 he started his own law practice – Leemhuis Legal, PLLC, where he continues to focus on business law, but with a focus on working with purpose driven businesses and entrepreneurs, benefit companies, Certified B Corps, and nonprofit organizations to help them succeed.

He serves clients with a goal of helping them thrive by offering significant experience along with innovative solutions and engagements. He is particularly driven to foster growth in the emerging areas of social entrepreneurship and mission-driven business. 

He counsels clients on their business life-cycle – from entity selection and formation, through growth via debt or equity financing, to the purchase/sale of the business. 

John brings a unique, holistic and conscious approach to his work with clients as he is also a certified yoga teacher and formerly owned a yoga studio!

John is licensed to practice and actively operates in Colorado and Pennsylvania. 

May 2022 Webinar: Exploring Legal Business Structures for Conscious Businesses

Jenn Uhen

Founder | The Pledgettes

As a mentor and advocate, The Pledgettes Founder Jenn Uhen heard from many women that they will start investing “someday,” or that growing up they were taught to save their money. They weren’t taught the benefit of “investing in themselves” or investing on their own.  Jenn also saw that women who were confident and clear with their financial goals had these “right-time, right-place conversations.”  Jenn had a number of those conversations and saw the impact it made her in life. 

Combine these conversations with binge-watching The Handmaid’s Tale, researching the gender income and (more important) wealth gaps, and some infuriating realizations and personal experiences, Jenn knew she had to do something. Jenn built The Pledgettes to democratize access to financial literacy, build a supportive space for women to evolve their relationship with money, and create connections so no woman is going after her personal financial goals alone.

Jenn and her husband have clear financial goals, which include a diverse portfolio of investment property, retirement accounts, and businesses. All while living a minimalist (but comfortable) lifestyle, including traveling the country in an RV.

June 2022 Webinar: Aligning Your Values with Your Money

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