Robin Wise

From the Desk of Robin Wise: Colorado’s Business Legends are Role Models for Young People

December 10, 2018 4:21 pm

Each year, in partnership with the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, we honor Colorado business pioneers who, with grit and determination, helped shape the institutions and economic landscape of this great state. These business legends have dedicated their lives to their families and communities, and to the principles of free enterprise. Their contributions have not… Read More

Robin Wise President & CEO of Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc.

From the Desk of Robin Wise: JA Students Are Future History-Makers

October 9, 2018 2:07 pm

The path to business ownership does not necessarily begin as an adult, as we witnessed just a couple of weeks ago at Denver Startup Week. Through Junior Achievement, 200 teens gained powerful insight from local business owners and leaders into how to jump start their own business ideas and transform them into reality. These teens,… Read More

President’s Message: Pump Up the Bacon Jam

September 4, 2018 7:00 pm

I love farmers markets. Amid all the tents and colorful signs, there’s something charming about discovering unique foods not available in a brick and mortar store and having a direct connection to fresh, locally grown produce. But to me, the most exciting aspect of farmers markets is having conversations with the farmers and vendors who… Read More

President’s Message: Inspired to Action

June 28, 2018 4:10 pm

We’ve all heard rousing speeches, read stirring books, and watched exciting movies. But what makes something meaningful, rather than simply enjoyable, is the action that results. As author Mary Morrissey says, “Inspiration, without action, is merely entertainment.” In fact, inspire is a word of action – it comes from the Latin word that means to… Read More

Satisfied Volunteers and Employers = Better Outcomes for Students

February 28, 2018 10:16 pm

Last month I joined JA executives from across the U.S. for a think tank on volunteerism from a corporate perspective. Leaders from some of the nation’s most successful and admired companies including Honda, HSBC, KPMG, JP Morgan Chase, and Fidelity, shared their ideas about engaging their employees in the community. It was hugely interesting to… Read More

Resilience is All Around Us

January 29, 2018 7:10 pm

Like many Denver theatre lovers, I’ve eagerly awaited the premiere of Hamilton, the musical, in Denver! Yet, as I work to secure tickets, I learn that I’m number 96,391 on the waiting list. 96,391! This is truly an exercise in resilience! Perhaps it’s only fitting given that Alexander Hamilton, the American founding father whose life… Read More

A Creed for Young America

January 29, 2018 3:01 pm

JA was founded in 1919, and as we prepare for our century celebration next year, we have been sifting through a lot of old documents. One gem we found was A Creed for Young America, which was adopted by JA students in 1950.  It captures the spirit of what it means to live in America where we have the… Read More

A New Year, A New Approach

January 2, 2018 3:58 pm

Through JA programming, Hannah Phillip and her classmates wrote a business plan; developed a budget; produced, marketed and sold water bottles; and made a $4,300 profit. Hannah and her fellow entrepreneurs went on to donate the money they made to help bring safe drinking water to communities in need around the world. Hannah credits her… Read More

Technology: Integral to shopping, charitable giving and JA

November 30, 2017 10:55 pm

It’s shopping season – that time of year when retailers battle for gift-giving dollars and Black Friday and Cyber Monday become sacred holiday shopping days. Interestingly, Cyber Monday has overtaken Black Friday as the biggest shopping day of the year. Online giving is growing as well, up 7.9% in 2016. Online, we can research and… Read More