October 21, 2021
Warning. This conversation covers a difficult subject. Human trafficking is a crime that involves coercing a person to provide labor or services, or to engage in commercial sex acts. And Denver has a big problem it is facing around this issue. On this episode of the Good & Grounded podcast, Jim Licko and Laura Love talk with Chief Deputy District Attorney Lara Mullin about her approach it as the leader of the human trafficking unit within the Denver District Attorney's Office and what warning signs we should all be looking for.
How can we help? Be observant. Trust your gut. When you see something that feels questionable, give the National Human Trafficking Hotline a call at 1-888-373-7888.
October 7, 2021
Why do nonprofits apply to foundations? Why don’t foundations apply to nonprofits? Why is the onus of finding the giving opportunities on the folks receiving the dollars? These are just a few of the things on Youth on Record Executive Director Jami Duffy’s mind. It was our pleasure to welcome Jami to the Good & Grounded podcast for a fascinating conversation.
September 23, 2021
Mental health has been on everyone’s minds this last year, now more than ever. Mental Health Colorado works hard to advocate for every Coloradan who experiences a mental health or substance use condition. On this episode of the Good & Grounded podcast, Jim Licko and Laura Love talk with President & CEO Vincent Atchity about the issues our state faces, how to get involved and more.
September 9, 2021
The COVID-19 vaccine. Does it alter your DNA? Are my kids safe to get vaccinated? Will it impact fertility? Will pregnant women be harmed? Dr. Lalit Bajaj, the Chief Quality and Outcomes Officer at Children’s Hospital Colorado answers these questions and more during this important episode of Good and Grounded with Jim Licko and Laura Love.
August 19, 2021
For more than 40 years, Swallow Hill Music has offered music lessons, presented and promoted concerts, and provided music education in under-resourced communities. In 2019, they provided over 19,000 private lessons, ran nearly 1,200 group classes and put on 250 concerts. On the latest episode of Good & Grounded, Jim and Laura talk with CEO Paul Lhevine about this Denver-based non-profit organization, how they approached the challenges of the pandemic and the lessons he learned as a leader during such a tumultuous time.
August 5, 2021
Did you know that Denver features part of the longest continuous street in the America with Colfax Avenue, which extends over 26.5 miles? That is one of Visit Denver President & CEO Richard Scharf’s favorite fun facts about our city. On the latest episode of Good & Grounded, we talk with Richard about his organization’s mission, the impact of the pandemic on our local economy and some of the leadership lessons he’s learned over the past year.
July 22, 2021
The Women's Bean Project is a non-profit organization that believes all women have the power to transform their lives through employment. On this episode of Good & Grounded, Jim Licko and Laura Love talk with longtime CEO Tamra Ryan about how this incredible Denver-based program strives to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty by helping women discover their talents and develop skills by offering job readiness training opportunities.
July 8, 2021
On May 25th of this year, Children's Hospital Colorado declared a state of emergency for youth mental health. “I don’t know how to effectively articulate how bad this is. And it’s not going to get better any time soon,” said Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Vice President of Population Health and Advocacy, Heidi Baskfield. On this episode of Good & Grounded, Jim Licko & Laura Love talk with Heidi about this ongoing issue, how the pandemic exacerbated the problem, and what’s being done to address things going forward.
June 24, 2021
The Girl Scouts are about so much more than selling delicious cookies (we happen to prefer the Samoa variety). This non-profit is trying to bend and evolve to meet girls where they are. Most recently, that means embarking on a mental health program as well as a focus on DEI. The organization currently serves over 15,000 girls across the state with support from 8,000 volunteers. On this episode of Good & Grounded, Jim Licko talks with Girl Scouts of Colorado CEO Leanna Clark and two incredible young ladies who recently earned their Gold Award – the highest achievement a Girl Scout can receive.
June 10, 2021
Be authentic. You won’t get away with faking it. Stick to what you know and know what you CANNOT do. Foster deep connections in your communities…. and more sage advice from several of the best and the brightest in Colorado’s CSR community. This is Part 2 of a conversation that Jim Licko and Laura Love had with Adeeb Kahn of the Delta Dental Foundation of Colorado, Katie Bedard Dell of RK Industries and Kayla Garcia of Molson Coors about Colorado’s vibrant CSR community and how organizations like B: CIVIC are helping companies pave the way in developing community-focused companies.