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Mayor's Young Leader Awards 2016


Tuesday night the community celebrated young leaders who are making a positive impact within Colorado Springs. The Mayor’s Young Leaders Award recognizes the outstanding achievements in five categories: Future Industries, Economic Impact, Creative Industry, Innovation in Education and Innovation in Sports and Wellness.

2016 Winners 

Click on a name to read more about each winner.

Economic Impact: Todd Baldwin, Red Leg Brewing Company

Innovation in Sports and Wellness: Megan Leatham, Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

 Future Industries: Allison Plute, Colorado Springs Utilities

Creative Industry: Claire Swinford, Downtown Partnership

Innovation in Education: Brittni Darras , Academy School District 20





Innovation In Education
Uses creative, non-traditional approaches to improve education;
An educator that is helping foster the future generations of innovative thinkers

  • Brittni Darras , Academy School District 20
  • Kelley Pomis, Teach For America
  • Hannah Widmer, The Arc Pikes Peak Region
  • Jami Sunkel, One Orbit

Creative Industry
An individual that is using creative methods/systems to transform their given industry;
Demonstrates the power of art and business working together to make a positive impact

  • Brett Andrus, The Modbo and S.P.Q.R
  • Claire Swinford, Downtown Partnership
  • Cyndi Parr, Dragon Theater and Elope, Inc
  • Daisy McGowan, UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art

Innovation in Sports and Wellness
Individual who has implemented compelling new ideas to deliver better sports/health and wellness initiatives in the community through their business/events

  • Kasey McClurg, Rocky Mountain Health Care Services
  • Megan Leatham, Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
  • Mina Liebert, El Paso County Health
  • Nathan Dirnberger, School District 11

Future Industries
Individual or Business focused on sustainability/innovation and creating a positive economic impact

  • Clay Guillory, Titan 3D Robotics
  • Allison Plute, Colorado Springs Utilities
  • Erin Miller, C-Trac

Economic Impact
An individual that has measurably impacted the local economy through their business or events
Outstanding contributions to the economy in terms of job growth or events increasing tourism dollars

  • Chef Brother Luck, Brother Luck Street Eats
  • Todd Baldwin, Red Leg Brewing
  • Sarah Humbarger, Downtown Partnership
  • Sean Fitzgerald, The Wobbly Olive
  • Rhea Phaneuf, El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization, UCCS​

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